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
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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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Spotlight
Insights and ideas from joSon, Adobe® Photoshop® user

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Drone photos from around the world

Drone photos from around the world

Hong Kong
Andy Yeung Photography
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
jcourtial/Dronestagram
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Tokyo, Japan
Dan116/Dronestagram
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Al Hishman, Oman
Altoqi/Dronestagram
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Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France (high tide)
WanaiiFilms/Dronestagram
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from “24 breathtaking drone photos that show the majesty of our world”
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Sossusvlei and the Dunes of Fire

… The wind picked up; the sand was swirling in every direction you could imagine. The dunes around us came alive, and lit up like they were on fire…

The swirling sand took on the appearance of the cruelest of bushfires, with flames reaching hundreds of meters into the air.
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Sossusvlei and the Dunes of Fire
by Alistair McBurnie

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2016 SkyPixel Photo Contest Results & Winners

2016 SkyPixel Photo Contest
Results & Winners

skypixel02aGrand Prize
2016 SkyPixel Photo of the Year
Fishermen close the net by 郑戈 | Zheng Ge
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skypixel02bProfessional
Beauty – First Prize
Exploration by 王 汉冰 | Wang Han Bing
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skypixel02cProfessional
Drones in Use – Third Prize
Drone in Use by Norman Nollau
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skypixel02dDonna Wood in Scroesby Sound
by Eric Vickery Photography
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skypixel02e看不见的城市
by NK7
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more at SkyPixel