The lockdown solitude

The lockdown is a nightmare for many photographers. For some of them, it is an inspiration for creativity. Julia Fullerton Batten is well-known for her complex images. She works with a huge team for most of her pictures. Julia found with the restrictions imposed by the lockdown, an opportunity to create intimate portraits of people at home. She kept the beautiful lighting to build moody and subtle cinematic images.

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The lockdown solitude
by Julia Fullerton Batten

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Black and White Challenge – A selection

A few weeks ago we put out an appeal in our LFI Gallery, asking you to dig through your archives to take part in our Black and White Challenge, and to send us your best moments between black and white. The response was lively: in the shortest of time we received all kinds of artistic perspectives, quiet portraits and unusual outlooks, expressed in monochrome beauty. All these images confirm that black and white photography continues to enjoy great popularity.

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Black and White Challenge – A selection
more at LFI Gallery

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Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners and Finalists

We are excited to announce the winners and finalists of the 17th annual Smithsonian magazine photo contest. The images were selected from more than 36,000 entries submitted by photographers hailing from 145 countries and territories.

From Jon Enoch’s Grand Prize-winning photo of a merchant’s unique display of fish to Terrell Groggins’ snapshot of boxers in the ring, they capture moments in time for Smithsonian readers around the globe.

Moraine Lake by Timo Heinz
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A Fish Seller Displays His Goods by Jon Enoch
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Home Survives Direct Hit From Tornado by Matt Gillespie
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Iceberg Tower by Natnattcha Chaturapitamorn
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Harvesting Water Lilies by Tuan Nguyen Tan
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Photo Contest Winners and Finalists
more at Smithsonian Magazine

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A Pivotal Year for Street Photography

This year’s Street Photography Awards took place under unusual circumstances, to say the least. As a precaution against the Covid-19 pandemic, much of the world went under lockdown, and streets in every corner of the globe were strangely quiet, uninhabited, eerie and uneasy.

1st Place Series – Kevin Fletcher
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The usual hustle-bustle of crowds, consumers and commuters came to a halt, and the everyday pleasures of people-watching fell away to what we could view from the windows of our self-isolation or the screens of our phones.

3rd Place Series – Michael McIlvaney
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Nevertheless, hundreds of photographers from five continents submitted images from their streets, made before and during lockdown. Great photographs and series from “normal life” just a few months ago now seem charged with new poignancy as they reflect the liveliness and excitement of human interactions before street life stopped for a while.

1st Place Single – Gabi Ben Avraham
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In short, there was a lot of great work submitted, and much of it was not typical of what we usually consider “street photography” — so that was exciting, too. After hours of deliberation and discussion, the international jury selected 6 top Winners, 8 special Juror’s Picks, and 25 Finalists. We hope you like them as much as we do.

3rd Place Single – Paul Kessel
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These 39 photographers hail from 19 countries, and each has an undeniable talent in capturing life as it unfolds through careful observation, sharp technical skills and a strong creative vision.

Jurors’ picks – Wenpeng Lu
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Enjoy!
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Street Photography Awards 2020
more at lens culture

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Staying Safe

Thank you to all the participants that shared their best photos of the Covid-19 pandemic in this free photo contest

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “covid 19 ” by Alexsvoy
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Congratulations People’s Choice “COVID ready ” by adelynbaber
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Congratulations Amateur Winner “clotheline of love ” by MCHpics
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Congratulations Runner Up “The mask ” by LuzMery_Scotland
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Congratulations Honorary Mention “Covid-19 ” by SpikeB
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Staying Safe Photo Contest Winners
more at viewbug

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