” …today everything is on Instagram, everything is online, everything is posted right away and it lasts for 24 hours and then your photo is done… “

Water photographer Ben Thouard’s new photo book, “SURFACE,” takes you on a visual journey inside and underneath Tahiti’s best waves.

What’s your favorite image in the book?
There are a few, but one is defnitely the cover. I shot it over a year ago and I decided not to show it to anyone. I didn’t want to just release the photo on social media or on the web—which was really hard to do for one year. Nowadays with social media, when you shoot something it’s almost instantly online.

That’s another reason why I really wanted to work on this book: today everything is on Instagram, everything is online, everything is posted right away and it lasts for 24 hours and then your photo is done. It’s forgotten. As a photographer, it’s a really good tool, but it’s also really frustrating. I didn’t want to work on a collection of photos for Instagram. I wanted to work on something tangible.

Ben Thouard
Interview by Ashtyn Douglas

more in Surfer Magazine
volume 59 – Issue 5

On the cover:
While 99.9 percent of surf photographers spend the majority of their time aiming their lenses at what happens on the face of a breaking wave, Frenchman Ben Thouard has made a career out of capturing the ocean’s beauty beneath its surface. “This photo was taken at Teahupo’o last year,” says Thouard of the sub-surface image on page one of this issue. “I was exploring the underwater world, not giving too much attention to the surfers, and more to what happens under the surface. The light reflecting on the bubbles underwater fascinated me. At some point, I dove under water and just let go a ton of air while diving under the wave so when I turned back to shoot the waves I would have all my bubbles into the frame. I decided to focus on the bubbles and have a surfer in the background. It took me a few tries until I got the shot.” Photo by Ben Thouard

Olympus Global Open Photo Contest

Throughout our near 100-year history, Olympus has been recognized as a pioneer and innovator focused on contributing to society by making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling. In line with these contributions, the Olympus Global Open Photo Contest 2017-18 featured the following six categories.

Over 150,000 entries were received from around the world. Thanks to all who entered. Here are the photos our judges selected as winners and runners-up. Congratulations to the photographers of these fascinating photos!

Grand Prize
Not leave Me by Myo Thet
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Connections to Cherish
Category First Prize by Alexandr
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Category First Prize – salt by giancarlolepore
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Power of Life
Category First Prize – Maternidad by Mick-Villa
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Category First Prize – The winds of Aegean Sea by almoustris
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Olympus Global Open Photo Contest
more at Olympus


There is no better way to appreciate the image quality of a Hasselblad than to have a look at an image on your own computer. Here is a selection of files that showcase the depth and clarity of our medium format camera output.
To get the best results from the RAW files, we strongly suggest opening them in our free imaging software, Phocus.

H6D-100c + HC 2,2/100 © Ming Thein
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X1D-50c + XCD 4/21 © Haitong Yu
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H6D-100c + HC 120 II © Sails Chong
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X1D-50c + XCD 4/21 © Haitong Yu
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H6D-100c & DJI M600 Pro + HC 3,5/50 © Ming Thein
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Sample Images Gallery
more at Hasselblad

On The Edge

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots of people on the edge in this photo contest

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “The Seeker ” by exploredexposure
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Congratulations Runner Up “Playing in the sky again ” by jamesrushforth
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Congratulations Runner Up “RoqueNublo10 ” by AnotherDayisNOW
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Congratulations Amateur Winner “S@Santa Rita Flats” by butchpomtier
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Congratulations People’s Choice “A Woman’s Wrath ” by ryanbuchanan
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On The Edge Photo Contest Winners
more at viewbug

From the World Photographic Cup

The WPC was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. A Governing Committee has been created to conduct the ongoing affairs of the competition, also supported by UAPP (United Asian Professional Photography) and AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography). The brotherhood and sisterhood of photography is a bond that transcends language, culture, and geography. That’s the foundation behind the World Photographic Cup, an one of a kind international team competition. Sure, there are lots of other competitions, but there is just one World Photographic Cup.

Andy Cheung, Australia
Reportage / Photojournalism – 10th Place
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EngTong Tan, Malaysia
Nature (Landscape and Wildlife) – Gold Medal
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Jun Matsuoka, Japan
Wedding – 6th Place
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Erich Caparas, United States
Portrait – Silver Medal
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Paul Wright, Canada
Reportage / Photojournalism – Bronze Medal
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Angela Miller, Australia
Commercial – 10th Place
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Dan McClanahan, United States
Nature (Landscape and Wildlife) – Bronze Medal
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Vincent O’Byrne, Ireland
Illustration / Digital Art – Bronze Medal
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Onni Wiljami Kinnunen, Finland
Commercial – Gold Medal
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more at:
The World Photographic Cup