Society of Biology photography award shortlist – in pictures

From sea turtle eating jellyfish to wasps building clay pots to protect their young, here is a pick of some of the best images from 800 entries on the theme of Home, Habitat and Shelter. The competition is open to amateur photographers with top prize of 1,000 for above 18 age group and £500 for below 18. The winners will be announced on 14 October.

SocietyofBiology00Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, US: Bisons on Grand Prismatic Spring by Lukas Gawenda, shortlisted in the adult category.
Photograph: Lukas Gawenda/Society of Biology

SocietyofBiology01Kabini, Karantaka, India: Courage doesn’t always roar by Nagarjun Ram, shortlisted for Young Photographer of the Year 2014.
Photograph: Nagarjun Ram/Society of Biology

SocietyofBiology02Bulgaria, Predel: Spider, like from another world by Krasimir Matarov, shortlisted in the adult category.
Photograph: Krasimir Matarov/Society of Biology/PA

SocietyofBiology03Tangkoko, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia: Spectral tarsier by Wolfgang Weinhardt, shortlisted in the adult category.
Photograph: Wolfgang Weinhardt/Society of Biology

SocietyofBiology04Rodriguez in Rizal, Philippines: Man-made forest by Ysabel M Victoriano, shortlisted for Young Photographer of the Year 2014.
Photograph: Ysabel M Victoriano/Society of Biology

SocietyofBiology05Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines: A shelter designed by nature by Robert Cabagnot, shortlisted in the adult category.
Photograph: Robert Cabagnot/Society of Biology

via theguardian

Time To Lose The Mirror

New interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras are threatening to take the place of your DSLR
When rangefinder cameras came along in the early part of the 20th century, they revolutionized photography. Designed to use 35mm movie film with its rugged film base and sprocket system for advancing frames, 35mm rangefinders ushered in a new era of compact, fast cameras that were mated with ultra-high-level optics. Ultimately, Leica became synonymous with rangefinders, but for much of the 20th century, the rangefinder design was a mainstay of the camera industry until the SLR superseded it.

losethemirrorThe traits that enabled rangefinders to overthrow handheld medium and large-format cameras in the 1930s were clear: small size, roll film, excellent compact optics, and fast and accurate focusing systems. Today, we’re on the verge of a similar sea change for some of the same reasons. The bulk of a 4×5 Speed Graphic camera was tolerated until a smaller, lighter, nimbler camera capable of delivering professional image quality arrived. The DSLR has been the professional’s tool of choice for a decade, but a new generation of mirrorless cameras are positioned to knock DSLRs off their perch. In 2013, we ran an article about where mirrorless cameras fit into a professional photographer’s repertoire. At that time, the available models were well suited as compact backup cameras or dedicated motion-capture tools that wouldn’t add a lot of bulk to your kit, yet gave you a lot of versatility. Today, there are mirrorless options that are ready to step into the role of your primary camera.

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Miranda Kerr by Mario Testino

Miranda Kerr by Mario Testino
for Vogue Japan

Supermodel Miranda Kerr teams up with fashion photographer Mario Testino for the cover story of Vogue Japan‘s November 2014 issue. In charge of styling for Miranda Obsession story was Anna Dello Russo.

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Mario Testino Photography

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NO AD: NYC

New York is a city of commuters. 5.5 million riders move through its expansive subway system on an average weekday. Advertisers take advantage of this huge, captive audience by bombarding everyone with commercial messages. Over the years, artists have attempted to take back this public space and our attention, but the system remains full of ads. This is why we created NO AD, a mobile app available now for FREE on iOS and Android. NO AD uses augmented reality technology to replace ads with artwork in realtime through your mobile device. The app will work with dozens of common ads and will be updated regularly with new content. Try it with as many ads as possible to discover lots of new art! Turn your commute into a curated art experience with NO AD.
by The Heavy Projects

‘Angels’ By Russell James Is 304 Pages Of Nude Artistry & Sensuality

‘Angels’

The stunning art book captures runway veterans such as  Gisele Bündchen, fresh faces like Kendall Jenner, as well as Rihanna, and Victoria’s Secret stars including Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge, Adriana Lima —all of them posing nude.

I hope people see images that are sensual, empowering to women and that show my love for light, shape and form.

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‘Angels’ By Russell James

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Earth Is My Witness

Art Wolfe’s new book is a massive compendium of his life’s work
By William Sawalich, Photography By Art Wolfe

ArtWolfe001« The entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees, and the earth. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise…then we can build a noble environment. If our lives are not based on this truth, then we shall perish. »
—Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Buddhist philosopher

ArtWolfe007Art Wolfe’s « Earth Is My Witness » is the product of experiences that began decades ago. Wolfe says, « In 1969, when man looked back from the moon to the earth, that single image has stuck in my mind. And it kind of spurred me on to look at projects from a global perspective. Most of my books, whether it’s 55 or 65, whatever it might be, it looks at the earth as a whole. There have been some regional books, but most of my books have been from a world perspective. Cultures, wildlife, landscape—they have been a global perspective. So I think it’s really fitting that this book really encompasses so much of my favorite moments. »

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Photography By Art Wolfe

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Film Photojournalism Challenge with Mike Drew

Film Photojournalism Challenge with Mike Drew

Until very recently, all the images we saw in newspapers and magazines were captured on film. Within the last decade, film has been completely replaced by digital. With that in mind, we went out with Calgary Sun photojournalist Mike Drew to see if he could still do his job with a Canon A2E and some Kodak Portra 400.