Macro Art

The second Photo Project of the IGPOTY calendar is Macro Art. This is a chance to capture the world of plants and gardens on a completely different scale, utilising a unique set of macro photography skills. From the life of tiny insects, to the mesmerising shapes and swirls of flowers, you are encouraged to explore our green planet close-up through macro photography, whilst showcasing the beauty and complexity of nature.

‘Mayflies’ by Petar Sabol – 1st Place
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‘Salad Burnet Flower’ by Ian Gilmour – 2nd Place
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‘Unfurling’ by Ashley Moore – 3rd Place
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‘Jumping Spider’ by Richard Kubica – Finalist
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‘Heaven’ by Petar Sabol – Commended
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Single entry award winners – Competition 12
more at International Garden Photographer of the Year

Sunrise Photography Tips that will get you more Likes

We call it the golden hour for a reason. Yes, sunrise and sunset are both beautiful and serene, but they also happen to provide the perfect amount of light and color to transform an ordinary photo into one worthy of record-breaking Instagram likes. We’re breaking down the ideal sunrise photography session based on location.

Snapping a Skyline Sunrise
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Alan Glazier | Shot on an Olympus OM-D
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Sunrise Over Sand and Sea
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Michael Garnier | OM-D E-M10 Mark II | M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
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Olympus Visionary, Alex McClure | Shot with an Olympus OM-D Camera, M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO
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A Journalistic Sunrise
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Michael Garnier | OM-D E-M10 Mark II | M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
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Sunrise Photography Tips that will get you more Likes
more details at Olympus

Syling for SteamPunk Portraits

What is SteamPunk portraiture? According to Wikipedia “SteamPunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.” It also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions or Victorian-era fiction and films from the mid-20th century. That, being said, there are apparently no boundaries as far as how to portray a SteamPunk person or fashion: it is a wildly creative form of CosPlay that lends itself perfectly to photo portraiture!

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Syling for SteamPunk Portraits with Sigma’s new 105mm F1.4 Art Lens
By Judy Host
more at Sigma

Australia’s drought – the cancer eating away at farms

From ground level, Australia’s drought looks like a featureless, brown dustbowl, but from the air it transforms into an artistry of colour and texture as the land cracks under a blazing sun.

Circular dry plough tracks resemble the concentric circles in Aboriginal dot paintings that tell of an ancient mythology, starving cattle queuing for feed look like an abstract painting and their black shadows stretching across the land a surrealist image.

But for farmer Ash Whitney, there is no such beauty, just blood, sweat and tears as he struggles to feed his cattle, cutting the drying branches of Kurrajong trees – a last resort during the worst of droughts.

“I have been here all my life, and this drought is feeling like it will be around a while,” says a despairing Whitney, whose property near the town of Gunnedah is on the Liverpool Plains, a usually fertile area now withered having received the lowest average rainfall in nearly 30 years.

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Australia’s drought – the cancer eating away at farms
More from David Gray
at Wider Image

An inspiring approach to photography

Clean, spare, and meditative, joSon’s photography reveals a mind of extraordinary focus as well as a deep sense of captivating simplicity. Perhaps these qualities can be attributed to the fact that joSon lived in a Buddhist temple from age 10 to age 18, gardening, drawing, and teaching art to the resident monks. When he turned 18, the temple master told him he was destined for artistry, noting that, “Life chooses us and takes us places.” Here, joSon shares how his experiences played a role in shaping his life as a photographer, and why his images incorporate what he was looking for in the temple—a deep desire for peace, combined with an inspired approach to life.

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Insights and ideas from joSon, Adobe® Photoshop® user

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Olympus Visionary | Tracie Maglosky

Tracie Maglosky is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer living in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. Her studio is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati’s Brewery and Arts District in OTR. As a distinguished member of the Visionary Program for Olympus, she travels frequently to present her photography, lighting and posing techniques for weddings, maternity and newborn photography and proven business strategies.

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Olympus Visionary
Tracie Maglosky

more at Olympus

Beautiful Landscapes of Catalonia by Carlos Girona

Carlos Girona is a talented self-taught photographer, retoucher, and traveler based in Catalonia, Spain. Carlos focuses on traveling and landsaping. He travels all over the Spain to capture spectacular nature and urban landscapes.

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Beautiful Landscapes of Catalonia by Carlos Girona
more at Landscape Photography