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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Event tip: Watched! Surveillance Art & Photography


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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.

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27 Frames – Professional photographers and single-use cameras – a fantastic project


An idea that became an experiment. The desire to move a bit further away from the glossy perfection of an Instagram account and to get a bit closer to the essential…

That’s the way Matt Titone felt as he launched his very special art project – he decided to send some single-use cameras away to some of his favorite photographers. They were supposed to create pictures – without being able to make any configuration at all.

Many participated at this experiment. Titone presents the outcome in the “Think Tank Gallery” in Los Angeles in his photo exhibition titled “27 Frames” .

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Dragana Jurisic – “Yu: The lost country“


I still remember it as if it had been yesterday. Even though I’ve never been affected myself as somebody who grew up in Austria and who had the privilege of going to the sea twice a year. To the sea in Yugoslavia. Even I feel strange writing this name although I never really came to know Yugoslavia and the war there happened at a time I can hardly remember. I was young and didn’t really have much interest in news and in wars. Yet I remember clearly how I was having breakfast with my parents and my sister in Rovinj and my parents kept discussing a bit nervously to consider returning to Austria earlier from our holiday.

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Ren Hang – Remembering a great photographer


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On 23 February 2017 the sad news of Ren Hang’s death was published in many different art magazines and newspapers. The Chinese photographer, who with his emotional, special and highly aesthetic analogue photographs counts among the most prominent representatives of the new, word-renowned generation of photographers, died at the early age of 29.

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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 NEWS – 4 new lenses


Attention guys! There’s some big news coming from SIGMA again! Only this week four new lenses were presented at this year’s CP+ in Japan. We’re happy about two fixed focal length lenses from the Art series and two zoom lenses.

SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art:

This lens is the first and only F 1.8 with an ultra-wide angle. This provides photographers unforeseen new and creative prospects and, thanks to the enormous light intensity, a high resolution subject with a very shallow depth of field. The best requirements to capture some impressive subjects! This Art series lens is perfect for landscape and architecture photography as well as for astrophotography.

SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art:

Also new is this popular lens. A fixed focal length range of 24-70mm makes it an absolute all-rounder! This lens masters travel and documentary photography as well as portrait and wildlife photography.

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary:

The SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM is the only lens among the four newcomers that’s not part of the Art but of the Contemporary series. According to the description this lens convinces with a good optical performance and with a very compact build quality. This ensures that the ultra-telephoto lens can produce top quality pictures and due to its light design it can be a fantastic companion for every sort of adventure.

SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art:

Another very promising newcomer from Sigma is the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art. With a light intensity of F1.8 this lens perfectly matches SIGMA’s Art series. It is said to convince with an excellent photo quality for the entire image field and it sets new standards for comparable telephoto lenses. When producing this lens manufacturers specifically focused on reducing longitudinal chromatic aberration in order to guarantee impressive bokeh. All this makes the lens ideal for wildlife, travel and portrait photography.