2016 Sony World Photography Awards

We are proud to reveal the shortlist for the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition.

This year’s competition has broken records once again, with a staggering 230,103 entries in total across all competitions, up 28% on last year.

From zip-lining acrobats, moonlit dung beetles, scrummaging rugby players and floating ballerinas, to heartening stories of love and loss, the standard of quality from both professionals and photography enthusiasts alike, has taken the competition to new heights.

The Professional Photographer of the Year plus overall Open, Youth and Professional category winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony in central London on 21st April. They will share the $30k cash prize and receive the latest Sony digital imaging equipment.

WPO2016sl01Maoyuan Cui – Ancient Chinese Villages

WPO2016sl02Dora Maar by Cristina Vatielli

WPO2016sl03Prakash Singh – Landscape

WPO2016sl04Liu Chengliang – Bulguksa

WPO2016sl05uk leacks by laurian

WPO2016sl06Frozen Nights by Vincent Frascello

WPO2016sl07Nature & Wildlife by berna236

WPO2016sl08Church on the fields of Sorško polje by Tarfila

WPO2016sl09Environment by EkaterinaKZ

WPO2016sl10Lesbos-07 by Alessandro Penso

WPO2016sl11Running Away with the Circus by Stephanie Sinclair

WPO2016sl12Nomadic Life Threatened on the Tibetan Plateau by Kevin Frayer

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2016 Sony World Photography Awards

much more at: worldphoto

10 Tips for Compelling Street Photography

10 Tips for Compelling Street Photography
by Mike Boening, Olympus Trailblazer

MikeBoening02aStreet photography is one of the most exciting forms of photography because all you need to do is go for a “walk.” Actually, it may not be a simple as that but documenting everyday life can get easier as you explore and practice this exciting genre of photography. Capturing that decisive moment when an image becomes more than just a snapshot can happen by following a few tips.

MikeBoening02b1- Check your settings
Street photography is not always technical in nature.
At its roots it’s about emotion and the mood of an image. But, no matter what, you still have to know your camera settings. Understanding your camera is a big key into forgetting about it, so you can focus on the composition of the image. I try to shoot most of my street photography in “P” Mode setting my ISO on Auto with its high end being 6400. When I do this I am letting the camera think for me, while I think about the scene in the viewfinder. Now, I modify this on occasions like night shooting or if I am intentionally trying to create blur in my images, but I select the “P” Mode because it lets me focus on the emotion, which is the most important part of my creative process.

MikeBoening02c10 Tips for Compelling Street Photography
by Mike Boening, Olympus Trailblazer

MikeBoening02dcontinue at: getolympus


Au Pays de la Chouette Épervière

Au Pays de la Chouette Épervière
par André Brocard

AndreBrocard02a“Au cours du printemps 2015, nous avons parcouru la Norvège en fourgon California. Fin mai, à l’approche du cercle polaire arctique, le temps était encore à la neige et à la pluie malgré une saison bien avancée. Le sol des tourbières était gorgé d’eau et les bottes bien utiles pour circuler dans les forêts. C’est en privilégiant les endroits un peu surélevés qui permettaient l’absence d’eau et une meilleure observation, que j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer la chouette épervière.”

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par André Brocard

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André Brocard
Passionné de nature depuis toujours…
encore plus sur ABphotosnature

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à lire et à voir dans:
Image & Nature, Numéro Spécial 10 ans
Février – Avril 2016

Élégant et efficace: Olympus PEN F

Élégant et efficace: Olympus PEN F
Yoshihisa Maitani, le créateur du PEN F en 1962, n’imaginait sans doute pas que l’appareil connaîtrait une seconde vie au XXIe siècle.
Mais s’il était encore parmi nous, il pourrait être fier de ce nouveau modèle.

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Élégant et efficace: Olympus PEN F

à voir dans:
Chasseur d’Images N°381 – Mars 2016
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Liquid Mountains by Dave Sandford

Liquid Mountains by Dave Sandford
Dave Sandford, who is best known for his sports photography, spent October to December capturing images of the waves of Lake Erie. Each photo shows an eerie immensity and power that can be found on the lake. The series is called “Liquid Mountains”, which is an accurate description for the waves that come in the surprisingly shallow lake.

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“Images show beauty, immensity of Lake Erie’s waves”
by Sophie Kruse

more at: designfaves

A photographic film producer develops the world’s first fully digital camera and 9 different cameras that were a “first” in their own special way.

Did you know that Fujifilm developed the world’s first digital camera? In 1988 at the Photokina trade fair in Germany, Fujifilm announced the FUJIX DS-1P, the world’s first camera to save data to a semiconductor memory card. Taken for granted today, this method of storage was revolutionary for its time and was a Fujifilm original. With its then-impressive 2 megabytes of SRAM, the semiconductor memory card could hold 5 to 10 photographs’ worth of data.

FujiFirstDigitalCamera02aFujifilm was one of the first companies to envision the digital era, and to engage in digital camera R&D. In the 1970s, Fujifilm began developing CCD (charge-coupled device) technology, which a digital camera requires to convert visible light into an electric signal. In the 1980s, Fujifilm was already researching and developing digital imaging technologies. In 1988, Fujifilm developed the FUJIX DS-1P, the world’s first fully digital camera, and in 1989, it began sales of the FUJIX DS-X, the world’s first commercially produced digital camera.

FujiFirstDigitalCamera02bread the story at: fujifilm

FujiFirstDigitalCamera02cFujix DS-1P, 1988, 0.4MP 2/3″ CCD, F5.6 fixed focus 16mm / F4 with flash, 1/2,000s to 1/60s, 105 x 75 x 50mm, 500 grams, 2MB re-usable SRAM memory card

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9 different cameras that were a “first” in their own special way.
1. McCord & Westphal Digital Camera (1971-1973)
First digital silicon pixel array field operational camera. Invented and built by Thomas B. McCord (MIT) and James A. Westphal (CalTech) in 1971. Paper published and patented in 1972. A photometer-digitizer system with A/D converter that stored images on a digital tape. Tethered to an electronics rack. Handheld no. Marketed no.
2. Kodak Prototype Electronic Still Camera (1975)
First hand-held silicon pixel array (CCD) camera. Conceived by Steven Sasson of Kodak Eastman. Started in late 1974, finished by December of 1975. All electronic still camera that recorded a digital representation of the output of a single frame of the CCD on a digital tape. First ever built hand-held CCD still camera. Handheld yes. Marketed no.
3. University of Calgary All-Sky Imager (1977?)
First all-sky digital monitoring system for auroral studies. Designed and constructed at the University of Calgary. Handheld no. Marketed no.
4. Pointing Products FS-2505 Digital Freeze Frame Camera (1984)
First commercially sold video camera with a built-in “freeze frame” capability using solid state digital memory. Handheld yes. Marketed yes.
5. Kodak / Videk Megaplus (1986)
First megapixel class digital camera. Developed and manufactured by Kodak. Sold by Videk. Built in 1986. Hi-res CCD camera with external processing unit. Digital camera but not a stand-alone product (tethered to a digital processing unit). Handheld no. Marketed yes.
6. MegaVision Tessera System (1987)
First commercially available professional digital camera. Tethered system. Developed and manufactured by MegaVision. Built in 1986, on sale in 1987, first regular use in 1989. Handheld no. Marketed yes.
7. Kodak Electro Optical Camera (EO) (1987)
First hand held marketed digital camera. Developed by Kodak’s FSD Division engineer Jim McGarvey for a federal contractor. It was the first megapixel digital camera from Kodak. Handheld yes. Marketed yes (government customer).
8. Fujix DS-1P (1988)
First consumer friendly pocket sized digital camera. Developed jointly with Toshiba. Manufactured by Fuji in 1987, introduced in 1988. It utilized IC cards for storage (SRAM). First consumer digital camera. Handheld yes. Marketed no (distributed to other camera manufacturers though).
9. Fujix DS-X / Toshiba IMC-100 (1989)
First marketed consumer friendly pocket sized digital cameras ever. Developed jointly with Toshiba. Manufactured by Fuji and Toshiba in 1988, introduced and marketed in 1989. It utilized IC cards for storage (SRAM). First consumer digital cameras marketed. Handheld yes. Marketed yes (only in Japan I assume).

Tesseramore at: digicammuseum