“30 New and Emerging Photographers“


“PDN’s best 30“ probably sounds familiar to you. In 1999 already the Photo District News Magazine published its first “30 New and Emerging Photographers” list and thus started a new era in the photographic industry. Before that, young photographers barely had the chance to start a successful career or attract attention. They would usually work as newcomers and assistants for experienced photographers, practically doing a traineeship. The “PDN’s best 30” list, according to PDN editor Holly Hughes, has significantly helped to eventually overcome this system.

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iPhone Photography Award – Winners 2017


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I’ve never been a member of the “Team iPhone”. But for quite some time I’ve been a fan of the iPhone Photography Award. Every year, I’m impressed by the incredible variety of breathtaking pictures you can take with an iPhone (and of course, with other smartphones as well). No matter if it’s spectacular landscape images, street photography, artistic portraits and atmospheric momentary shots – the Award shows us the possibilities the technology of smartphone photography offers. You almost always have it with you and have the chance to capture every moment, and sometimes you manage to capture very special moments in a photo.

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Get on the train, please! –Michael Wolf and Tokyo’s rush hour


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Everyone living in a big city can at least picture how unbearable the situation of people captured in the photos taken by Michael Wolf must be like. In the summer months, in particular, public transport isn’t a place to feel very good. In cities with an extremely high population density it won’t ever be. As someone living in a city with an excellent public transportation network where masses of passengers, apart from some exceptions, are rather limited, I almost get dizzy when looking at the photos from Tokyo. Perched in, their faces pressed at the glass windows and pushed to their limits is how I’d describe the looks of these persons. Feeling something like that is what I can’t and don’t even want to imagine and certainly not experience on an everyday basis, every morning and every evening.

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Frederik Buyckx


Winning the biggest photography competition in the world, this mainly means one thing: international fame, recognition and an incredible stage for one’s works. When you count among the ten photographers who are finally awarded with one of ten Sony World Photography category prizes, you know that you’ve successfully beaten thousands of other photographers worldwide. 227,595 photos were submitted this year and one of the lucky winners is 32-year-old photographer Frederik Buyckx from Belgium.

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Lensculture & Magnum Photo Award 2017


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MAGNUM, a name everybody who even knows a bit about photography is familiar with. For decades Magnum has ranged among the most important and most influential photo agencies worldwide. Many of the most popular photographers are among the series of Magnum photographers and working under a contract for Magnum Photos surely is a great honor.

Magnum was founded in 1947, which means that the legendary agency will celebrate its 70th anniversary on 27 April this year. To celebrate this special event Magnum and Lens Culture Magazine are organizing a photo competition.

The Magnum Photography Award will give a chance to all photographic talents from all over the world to present their work on an international stage. We think this is a great idea, even the thought of having a chance to present your own pictures in connection with Magnum makes us all excited.

For a second time Magnum Photography and Lens Culture Magazine are aiming to discover the best photographers in the world. A jury is going to award all submitted photos, 12 winners and 20 finalists in 6 categories (documentary, street photography, portrait, fine art, photo journalism and open compositions).

On their website Magnum emphasizes what participating at an award-winning contest of such popularity actually means for your own photo. The images classified by the jury as top photos are shared with a public of 3.5 million people and in addition the winners can be happy with a publication of their own photo series. If that isn’t enough already, the works of the winners as well as those of the finalists and the jury’s favorites will be exhibited in London’s Photographer’s Gallery.

One part of the prize is getting access to Magnum workshops worldwide, which in our opinion is already a very good reason to take this incredible opportunity. 😉

Submission deadline is on 16 May 2017!

SIGMA’s special design scores a strike at the Red Dot Award


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Obviously spring comes with a lot of success for SIGMA, about which we can all be. As announced a couple of days ago, the SIGMA sd Quattro series won the best prize at the Red Dot Award in the category Product Design: the “Red Dot: Best of the Best”. But that’s not all – the SIGMA Cine lenses also received the award “Red Dot”.

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Hasselblad Award 2017


The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography is a renowned photography prize that is awarded every year for extraordinary performances. The award, which is considered to be the most significant in photography worldwide, is organized by the Hasselblad Foundation and worth about 100,000 €.

The list of award winners includes big names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson (1982), Irving Penn (1985) and Cindy Sherman (1999). This year the famous award was given to Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra.

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SIGMA Photo Safari update


Hey guys,

A couple of weeks ago I already told you about the annual lottery organized by SIGMA where one participant’s ticket for the SIGMA Photo Safari is drawn. At this safari the participants get the chance to take some impressive wildlife photos every day with high quality photographic equipment that will be rented.

In 2017 the journey will take us to the unique Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. There the participants will get the opportunity to learn everything about wildlife photography from an expert photographer.

In order to participate at the contest you needed to answer ten questions on the company’s website correctly and then upload your favorite photo. From a pool of all correct answers a professional jury has selected 16 finalists who now compete against each other in a voting. Maybe one of you has managed to convince the jury? Unfortunately I wasn’t that lucky this time but of course I will also join the voting.

The best thing to do is to check this website and pick your favorite!

https://www.sigma-foto.de/voting

Until 05 March 2017 you even have the chance of winning a SIGMA Art 18-35 F1.8 DC HSM lens after voting!

The infamous winning photo of the World Press Photo Award 2017


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Every year the Press Photo of the Year receives the World Press Photo Award. It’s not unusual that this particular award has stirred up some controversy.

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