The AIPP Epson State Awards

The AIPP EPSON State Awards, be challenged, be inspired and to take your photography to the next level. Congratulations on taking the leap into the world of photography awards. Here we have paved the path brick by brick to help make your journey as smooth as possible. Good luck!

Landscape photographer Adam Williams has been named overall winner at The 2017 AIPP NSW AUSTRALIAN EPSON Professional Photography Awards
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Illustrative photographer Lisa Saad has been named overall winner at The 2017 AIPP VICTORIAN EPSON Professional Photography Awards
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Pet/Animal photographer Ken Drake has been named overall winner at The 2017 AIPP QUEENSLAND EPSON Professional Photography Awards
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Landscape photographer Aaron Dowling has been named overall winner at The 2017 AIPP WESTERN AUSTRALIAN EPSON Professional Photography Awards
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Illustrative photographer Andrew McConachy has been named overall winner at The 2017 AIPP TASMANIAN EPSON Professional Photography Awards
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Navin Chandra – 2017 AIPP Northern Territory Emerging Photographer of the Year
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Ignacio Palacios APP M.Photog. – 2017 AIPP NSW Science Wildlife and Wild Places Professional Photographer of the Year
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Pamela Jennings APP – 2017 AIPP Western Australian Science Wildlife and Wild Places Professional Photographer of the Year
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Elizabeth Reeves APP AAIPP – 2017 AIPP Queensland Highest Scoring Print
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The AIPP Epson State Awards
more at the Australian Institute Of Professional Photography

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Super-Tele Zooms

Super-size your telephoto reach with a monster zoom lens. Matthew Richards searches out the best buys for your Canon camera.

Sometimes a standard telephoto lens can simply come up short. A typical 70-300mm zoom can lack sufficient telescopic reach when you’re shooting anything from birds in the garden to animals in the wild, or from sporting events to air shows. For greater reach, you’ll need a longer lens with more pulling power.

Over the next few pages, we’ll compare all of the latest super-telephoto zoom lenses currently manufactured to fit Canon DSLRs. Sizes go from large to enormous, and there’s an even broader spread of prices. However, all of them stretch to a focal length of at least 400mm, and some go extra-long to as much as 600mm. They’re also all fully compatible with both full-frame and APS-C format camera bodies. The latter gives a 1.6x crop factor, further boosting the effective telephoto reach.

A perennial problem, when shooting at such long focal lengths, is camera-shake. It’s therefore no surprise that every current super-telephoto zoom lens on the market for Canon cameras has optical image stabilization built in. They also feature fast and whisper-quiet ring-type ultrasonic autofocus systems. Even so, when it comes to additional features and build quality, there are major differences between some of the lenses on test. Let’s take a closer look…

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Super-Tele Zooms by Matthew Richards

Canon vs Sigma vs Tamron

via PhotoPlus – Issue 130 – Sept 2017

India’s Wild West

The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India, has one of the largest salt deserts in the world but experiences great change when the monsoon arrives. Dhritiman Mukherjee spent 170 days photographing the unique flora and fauna of this area.

India’s Wild West
more in BBC Earth Asia Edition | Vol 9 Issue 9

Emma Enchanted

Our September cover star plays legendary tennis champ Billie Jean King in this month’s Battle of the Sexes—here, she and costar Sarah Silverman explore how the role taught her to find her voice.
Photographs by Greg Kadel

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Emma Stone on succes, anxiety & facing her fears
more in US Marie Claire – September 2017

(Shared) Viewpoint | Nigel Atherton

Nikon says it’s developing a new mirrorless camera. Nigel Atherton is hoping for a change of direction that steers it away from the 1 series.

If I were on first-name terms with Doctor Who – friendly enough, say, to borrow his Tardis at weekends – one of the fun things I’d like to do is bring people back from the past to show them what the world looks like now. Imagine taking the Wright brothers to modern-day Heathrow Airport, or taking Galileo around Cape Canaveral. Slightly less dramatically, I’d love to fetch some AP readers from the 1970s and show them the cameras of today. They would marvel at the speed, quality, convenience and variety of today’s digital cameras, from DSLRs and action cameras to drones, and think we’re a thoroughly spoiled generation.

Mirrorless cameras would be a particular source of envy for our bell-bottom-wearing time travellers, and I’d have a fun game lined up to entertain them over their quinoa and rocket salad lunch in which I’d cover up the brand names of each system and they’d have to guess which was which. I bet that when asked to pick out Nikon’s contribution they’d choose the Fujifi lm X system over the poor old 1 system every time.

Abandoned the brand values

I don’t think I’m being controversial when I say that in developing its mirrorless system, Nikon abandoned the brand values on which its reputation was built in favour of pursuing a mythical demographic of gadget-loving compact users looking to trade in their camera phones for shiny, high-tech, pocket-sized, point-and-shoot cameras with interchangeable lenses. The 1 system hits this target audience perfectly – the only problem is that these people don’t actually exist in sufficient numbers to justify all that investment. It turns out that most of them are happy with their camera phones after all. Meanwhile, Fujifilm crept in when Nikon wasn’t looking and built the mirrorless cameras that Nikon should have made, and is now reaping the rewards.

I’m hoping that, after several years spent flogging a dead horse, Nikon may have admitted defeat and is starting again. In a statement made to DPReview recently, a Nikon spokesperson said, ‘We are currently developing new mirrorless products that build upon Nikon’s strengths, and offer the performance prospective customers expect, including the ultimate optics performance, image-processing technologies, strength and durability, and operation.’

That doesn’t sound like a 1-system camera, and as someone with a cupboard full of Nikon kit, I am pretty excited by that. I’m hoping for a mirrorless version of my FM2, and I know I’m not alone. The last time Nikon took inspiration from this well-loved classic we ended up with the Df – a kind of Land of the Giantsversion – but by making it mirrorless Nikon should be able to get close to the perfect dimensions of the original… fingers crossed.

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Nigel Atherton – Editor – Amateur Photographer Magazine
via Amateur Photographer – Saturday 19 August 2017

It’s Time for a Folk Tale

It’s the A/W trend story everyone’s on about—textiles are as sexy as it gets, and it’s time to get those brocades, block prints, and chanderis out of remission and back on the road.
Photographs: Hormis Antony Tharakan; Styling: Amandeep Kaur

It’s Time for a Folk Tale
more in Cosmopolitan

The 2017 EyeEm Awards Finalists

This year’s EyeEm Awards shattered all previous records: In five categories, we received more than 590,000 submissions from over 88,000 photographers. This is our jury’s pick of finalists—the winners will be announced at the EyeEm Festival on September 16th.

The Architect
by Bruno Guerreiro
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The Photojournalist
by Pantea Naghavi Anaraki
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The Street Photographer
by Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet
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The Portraitist
by Valerio Gualandi
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The Great Outdoors
by Michael Moeller
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more finalists at EyeEm