32 nature photographers for 365 days a year. That’s the concept of the Nature Photo Blog and I’m most likely one of its biggest fans. It’s almost become a ritual by now: Every morning when I start my laptop or switch on my smartphone, the first thing I do is to take a look at the Nature Photo Blog or on the Facebook page of the photographers’ community.
Wonderful nature photos from 32 different perspectives, taken in 32 different ways and corners of the world, that’s exactly what I like. The best thing for me is that this often inspires me for completely new ideas and opportunities about how I can approach a subject and how similar subjects can differ from each other in the end.
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.
The experience that transforms an astronaut’s perspective of our planet Earth and mankind’s purpose and place upon it is referred to as the overview effect. The term was first used by Frank White in 1987. Astronauts, who were lucky enough to make this incredible experience, mentioned a shift of perspective related to our planet Earth and the importance of the actions of human-beings. They spoke about the emergence of a profound understanding of how valuable life and our planet really are and they mentioned a deep sense of connection and a newly discovered responsibility towards Earth and everything it offers.
I’m definitely someone who is easily impressed by creative photo ideas. It amazes me how some photographers have the most unique and genius ideas and it makes me realize, how endless the possibilities are when it comes to photography.
Rich McCor, a.k.a Paperboyo, is one of those artists who recently left the biggest impression on me.
I found his Instagram profile through a friend who is a big fan of his work and I was instantly thrilled.
The life of another person is definitely a mystery to an outsider. Looking at it from a distance, one can of course imagine what the life of another person looks like. One might even be able to get to know the surface of this particular life, be it through conversations or maybe just by observations through the Social Media platforms. Although people are said to become more transparent over the last few years, what the lives of others really look like is still and will probably always be a mystery. Even more so, when this “other person” belongs to a different culture, or is part of what is known as the margins of society.
By chance I happened to come across and got stuck with Zack Seckler . Seckler’s got humor, a lot of humor. You can notice this at first sight. And he’s got an extraordinary image style. His photos express something bizarre, something fantastic. And the colors are creamy like ice cream.
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. 😉
Looking at his photos makes you feel good. Especially the ones of his personal series “Full Colour”. They shine, they’re partly funny or simply beautiful and full of colors in particular.
Will Sanders, a photographer from London, created his personal project in which he captures the colors in the streets in wonderful compositions. He shoots when he sees the perfect image – very often his photos are full of dynamic, with people who sometimes look a bit surreal and situations that may seem a bit bizarre. His message is to show that our everyday lives often seem to occur like in a fantasy world. As his photos tell us, he went to many places all over the world.
Since March 16th the book about his project is available online on his website for 30 pounds. And, corresponding to his theme, you can choose between three different colors for the cover of the book. There’s a blue, yellow and red one.
As I already mentioned wildlife photography in my opinion counts among the key disciplines in photography. Animals hardly ever stand still, they don’t care about how you’d like them to pose, they’re unpredictable and mostly don’t want to cooperate. That’s particularly true with wild animals as, besides the above mentioned facts, they also tend to escape from photographers or even attack them.
Photographers specializing in wildlife photography fascinate me for this reason. You often read interviews about photographers using their own tricks and techniques to get very close to the animals without disturbing them in order to take pictures in really natural scenarios and behaviors. Wildlife photographers often say that it doesn’t matter how often they track an animal in the wilderness as the moment when they take the picture and face the animal is always something exceptional and awesome.
A recent and much-discussed video by National Geographic makes us understand the special and magical experience of a wildlife photographer in a better way. The video is about Michel d’Oultremont, a Belgian photographer who explains the pursuit of the perfect photo of a wild animal. The video makes clear that excelling as a wildlife photographer means hard work and a lot of patience in particular. Solitary hiking at daytime and at night and waiting for hours in the cold or in the heat, not knowing whether, at the end of the day, you’ll be rewarded with a great photo or not…
In any case this video has increased my respect for all those who dedicate themselves to wildlife photography!
You can find more pictures taken by Michel d’Oultremont here.
Surveillance, big data and the Transparent Man – keywords that have been popping up very often in the media in recent years.
They are often accompanied by articles on Facebook, Google & co who keep observing all our moves and collecting data in order to make profits in the best possible way. Names like NSA and Edward Snowden are also known to most of us and do not really make us feel that good.