Enter for a Chance to Win One of NINE Photomatix Licenses! Contest Deadline Extended!

Enter for a Chance to Win One of NINE Photomatix Licenses! Contest Deadline Extended!


Enter the Photomatix “Spring in HDR” Photography Contest Today!

Over the last few years here at dPS, we’ve run very some very popular competitions with our partners to give away some of their great photographic products to lucky dPS readers.

We are lucky enough to be able to do it again today!

Enter to Win One of NINE Photomatix Licenses

For this competition, HDRsoft is giving away THREE Photomatix Pro Plus Bundles, THREE Photomatix Pro, AND THREE Photomatix Essentials.

HDRsoft, the maker of the popular Photomatix software and pioneer of HDR photography post-processing, bring you the “Spring in HDR” photo contest.

What is HDR, you ask? HDR stands for “high dynamic range.” In simple terms, dynamic range is basically just the difference between the lightest light and darkest tones in a scene. HDR photography lets you capture a high contrast scene as you saw it. Take three or more photos with different exposures and merge them to create one stunning HDR image.

With spring in full swing, let’s have fun and SPRING into HDR!

These prizes are designed to help every level of photographer create impressive HDR pictures. Each prize will be won by a different dPS reader.

Photomatix Pro and Essentials offer the dPS readers High Dynamic Range photography software to:

Merge bracketed photos to HDR

  • Load photographs taken at different exposures (a.k.a. bracketed photos) to merge them into a single HDR image.
  • You can leave your tripod at home. Photomatix will align your bracketed photos for you.
  • If there are moving objects or people between the bracketed shots, Photomatix will remove them via its ghost removal tools.

Adjust the HDR image to your liking

  • Choose from a wide variety of styles, with built-in presets from natural looks right through to surreal or grunge effects.
  • Try different HDR styles and fine-tune the HDR settings to find enhancements that work best for your photo.

HDR Photo by Manarola Wojciech Toman, created with Photomatix Pro.


Three grand prize winners will win the Photomatix Pro Plus Bundle, a $119 value. Three second prize winners will win Photomatix Pro, a $99 value. Finally, three third place winners will win Photomatix Essentials 4, a $39 value.

HDR Photo by Manarola Wojciech Toman, created with Photomatix Pro

THREE Grand Prizes

Photomatix Pro Plus Bundle – a $119 Value

Bundle of two products:

  • Photomatix Pro 6
  • Tone Mapping Plugin for Photoshop

3 second place prize winners will receive Photomatix Pro 6 – $99 Value

Photomatix Pro is a standalone program (running on Windows and Mac) to create HDR photos with the look you want, from natural to artistic, using one-click presets and a large range of settings.

  • Merge bracketed photos to HDR.
  • Automatic alignment of hand-held photos.
  • Advanced ghost removal tools.
  • 6 HDR styles (Tone Mapping / Fusion).
  • Over 70 HDR settings and 40 built-in presets.
  • Create an HDR “Look” with a single photo.
  • Native RAW file support.
  • Brush Tool.
  • Options for real estate photography.
  • Batch processing.
  • Plugin for Lightroom included.

Three third place prize winners will receive – Photomatix Essentials 4 – $39 Value

Photomatix Essentials is an easy-to-use standalone program (running on Windows and Mac) to create HDR photos with the look you want, from natural to artistic, using one-click presets and streamlined settings.

  • Merge of bracketed photos to HDR.
  • Automatic alignment of hand-held photos.
  • Automatic ghost removal.
  • 4 HDR styles (Tone Mapping / Fusion).
  • 33 HDR settings and 30 built-in presets.
  • HDR “Look” with a single photo.
  • Native RAW support.
  • Plugin for Photoshop Elements included.

Learn a little more about Photomatix Pro 6 HERE

How to Win

To win this competition you’ll need to:

  1. Download a free trial of Photomatix Pro or Photomatix Essentials from HERE
  2. Load a bracketed photo set or a single photo of your favorite shots in Photomatix Pro or Photomatix Essentials, to create an HDR photo and adjust it to your liking.
  3. Post your HDR photo in our comments section below, include a few words about what you like about the software…and of course, a few words about your HDR photo. It’s as easy as that!

Do this in the next month and on or about August 13, 2018, the team at HDRsoft will choose the nine best photos and comments, and we will announce the winners in the following days.

Deadline to enter has been extended to July 30, 2018, 11:59 pm PDT. Photos and comments left after the deadline will not be considered.

Please click HERE for full contest rules, terms and conditions.

There’s no need to write essay length comments to win, just what you like about Photomatix and/or HDR. Don’t forget to include your HDR photo in our comments section below. We encourage you to have fun and be creative!

This competition is open to everyone, no matter where you live. To enter – simply leave your photo and comment below.

HDRsoft will be offering a 25% discount on Photomatix when we announce the winners. Make sure to get your trial now and watch out for the announcement after July 20th!



Learn more about Photomatix HERE

Disclaimer: HDRsoft is a paid partner of dPS.

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Juanita Nessinger is the Vice President of Advertising Partnerships for Vertical Online Media, partner to dPS. She has worked in the technology field for close to 20 years, with a focus on photography since 2013. Juanita lives in San Francisco, where she likes to photograph the ever-changing city.

  • Akash Srivastava

    I photographed this amazing sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. The 3 exposures for bracketing were shot handheld because I couldn’t grab a spot to setup my tripod. After some basic edits in Adobe Lightroom I exported the images in TIFF format and merged them using Photomatix Pro and viola photomatix aligned them perfectly without any halos. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e21b1ccac9e945b9a4904da7f7aca47ef784d9c37ce7712c94b398eb3ca26954.jpg

  • RisaPlata

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42adeb4f0b86158d08d608f2bae9174e453ea351571036eef94701850fd047e4.jpg I took this picture on vacation in Portugal, from St. George’s Castle in Lisbon. I loved how the city looked like a postcard from the window, but I really enjoyed using Photomatix to give the castle a presence in the photo, too. Now it’s a clear picture of the past and present coming together.

  • Martha Patricia Gomez H.

    I chose a “difficult” picture I had taken which had not been processed at all (raw.) I am not an expert so I tried to experiment and get the best result I could according to my knowledge. I have done HDR before as an amateur, with people’s pictures and a little extreme results.

  • Martha Patricia Gomez H.

    I chose a “difficult” picture I had taken which had not been processed at all (raw.) I am not an expert so I tried to experiment and get the best result I could according to my knowledge. I have done HDR before as an amateur, with people’s pictures and trying little extreme results, just for fun. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5dd97e140c32142ec115b89f5e803b85baea38f77dc8594633b84b0db0589021.jpg

  • Bill Boswell

    From atop Mauna Kea a 9-stop photo taken in howling winds at sunset and processed in Photomatix.

    The challenge was to capture the detail in the black lava and the bright sky. I am very pleased with the result which was in Popular Photography as a 2-page spread.


  • Jeff W

    I took this 3-shot bracketed exposure set in Rocky Mountain National Park in the U.S. I waited for the sun to be partially blocked by the clouds to reduce glare and then waited for the ripples in the water to reach a minimum.

    I love many aspects of using Photomatix!!

    The software is both easy to use for novices and very powerful for experts, and being that I have worked in software development for about three decades myself, I find that is a hard combination for many kinds of software to achieve because many software packages tend to lean too much towards ease of use for novices but a bit lacking for experts, or they are very powerful for experts but too complex for novices.

    Photomatix also lets users twirl all the settings to adjust for a very wide variety of photos and a wide variety of user preferences, ranging from highly saturated surreal-looking HDR photos to softer more natural HDR effects. I tend to prefer more natural HDR photos myself and Photomatix lets me create photos that may not even look like they were HDR-processed.

    Photomatix’s anti-ghosting and image alignment features are also amazing, and sometimes it even manages to perfectly auto-align a 3-exposure bracket of a field of flowers that are slightly swaying. In my submitted photo, Photomatix let me mask the water region so it was just the main exposure so only the non-water areas were HDR-processed. I originally tried HDR-processing the entire photo, but the water reflections were not as crisp. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a63b92ffc8d25af92c48490fc33ffeef3b909a8a1951f4b05a928f7557c87b98.jpg

  • Boris Frkovi?

    Spring in HDR
    This photo was taken in the popular Zagreb’s park Bundek, where I like to go early in the morning before sunrise and enjoy the walks, the twittering of birds and swans and ducks floating by the lake.
    I love Photomatix because it is very easy to use, it has great adjustment options and it stays stable and fast. Most of my photos are processed in Photomatix.
    EXIF: PENTAX K5 + PENTAX 10-17 fisheye @ 16mm, f/13, ISO 100, 1/8 sec, 5 exp, EV steps +/-2 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eb62c57ea72985a484bcfe94186218fe116e31129d0d91cef310b9b641b96270.jpg

  • Gabriel Vidu

    I love using this software and every time I have a project I count on Photomatix because it is simply the best! The photo picked for this competition Is a picture of a fountain inside of Château de Versailles in France! Picture was taken with a Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-55 lens!


  • Upon first use of Photomatix Pro I processed this picture. A mundane subject, just a storefront on Superior Street in Duluth MN, I immediately found the much needed transformation tool to straighten up the leaning building. Next I found a preset I liked, evaluated the results, dropped the exposure about -1.5 ev, cropped the image and I was done. Before purchasing, I heard that Photomatix is deep and difficult, but for this certain look it was easy to find my way around and finish in two minutes.
    Aqui esta! I simply called it Work Boots.

  • Julia Ríos Gómez

    So far, I had not used Photomatix Pro to create a HDR photo, but I had heard about this software before. What I liked most about Photomatix Pro was the interface, it is quite straightforward to get a stuning HDR photo, in just a few clicks you get it. Nonetheless, whether you are unconfortable with the presets that the software gives to you, you can still fine-tune the HDR photo according to your taste, quite useful!!!

    The photo attached corresponds to the Roman Bridge and the Calahorra Tower, both have been surveilling the river Guadalquivir and the entrance to Cordoba City in South Spain, I wanted to give the water a silky smooth, so that I decided to shoot long exposure photos to assemble them in Photomatix Pro.


  • Olga Lú Gomez H

    This is my picture and I like the possibilities to create more lifely photos using PHOTOMATIX. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/55c5f813f6b79c0de8c2cbdff19e39670972b38d3bc943b669a6729c7a3940a6.jpg

  • Dr. Jaideep Singh

    I loved PHOTOMATIX software. As a beginner, I fount it very user friendly. Simultaneously, it also provides wide range of possibilities in experimenting with the look of the photograph! A must for seekers of quality photography.
    This picture is what I see from my balcony – contrast of old building, modern skyscrapers and natural seascape providing to background canvas. The whole impact is enhanced with PHOTOMATIX. Thank you, PHOTOMATIX! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5ad1f48b6b1f75ca74d5140df317b58cdd453eb3cf353da16163cd5c9d9cd372.jpg

  • Claire Jordan


  • Martha Patricia Gomez H.

    I had uploaded an interior HDR picture. Some days later I noticed everybody had posted landscape pictures, so I realised something was not going right. I told my sister, and she is a cell phone photographer, so she is participating now. I could still try to upload another picture.

  • Martha Patricia Gomez H.

    Sorry, just to participate and replace my previous posting. The original is a single photo behind a glass door with no special lense. It is a raptor in Woodbridge, VA. It is not very clear how long the extension is. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a188044d0f0048c97a1de86674ef0a0f08b965924453b679791291e1b9804a52.jpg

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