“What can we do through photography? What is possible only through photography?”

The New Cosmos of Photography is Canon’s cultural support project to discover, nurture, and support new photographers pursuing new possibilities in creative photographic expression. The annual contest, launched in 1991, has been open to the public regardless of the age or nationality of the contestant or the theme, the number, or format of entered works. As such, the contest encourages the creative activities that push the boundaries of photography’s potential and systematically assists and nurtures award winners by means of exhibitions and published collections of their winning works as well as publicity on the New Cosmos of Photography website.

Halka
Vamonos!
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Tetsuo Kashiwada
Stranger
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Goro Miyashita
Windows
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Megumi Yamakoshi
How to hide my Cryptocurrencies
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Haruko Nakamura
The Gift from the Sea
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The New Cosmos of Photography
more at canon

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Dance//Salem Project | Sarah Jennie

As a photographer, I constantly strive to challenge myself to continue growing as an artist. When I create my own project, it is derived from my personal passions and what I find inspiring. That is how my “Dance//Salem” project came to life …

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Dance//Salem Project
by Sarah Jennie

more in The Big Photo e-Zine

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Traveling The World | The Yoga Lifestyle

I Spent A Year Traveling The World And Photographing People Committed To The Yoga Lifestyle By​ Alexey Wind

A year ago, I went on a round-the-world trip, during which I visited 28 countries and took photos of people practicing yoga in unusual places.

Through my project, I wanted to show people from the big cities who are committed to yoga philosophy and yoga lifestyle; people, who live in the middle of a hustle but manage to maintain their harmony and happiness. It doesn’t matter what is surrounding you. What really matters – is how you look at everything around you.

The project called “Yoga and the City” combines art, spirituality, and fitness. It is a reflection of a person’s strength and power. Strength to overcome adversities and to find a balance while living in a fast-paced environment. Yoga – is a way to find alignment with your true self, to become closer to your spiritual core.

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I Spent A Year Traveling The World And Photographing People Committed To The Yoga Lifestyle
By​ Alexey Wind
more at Bored Panda

James Musselwhite on shooting wrestlers

Canon photographer James Musselwhite explains how he accessed the closed-off community of pro wrestlers to shoot a spectacular personal project – and reveals why L-series lenses proved vital in delivering sharp, rich-coloured images.
To succeed as a photographer, you have to follow your passion. And that’s just what Canon photographer James Musselwhite has done, drawing on his love of wrestling to capture this weird and wonderful world with verve and style – as well as a kitbag full of Canon L-series lenses.

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James Musselwhite on shooting wrestlers
more at Canon

Capturing Birds in Nature

After spending countless weeks with a unique variety of European birds as his only company, the time has finally come for Markus Varesvuo to share his breathtaking project with the world.

Capturing Birds in Nature
Factfile
Photographer: Markus Varesvuo
Full-time occupation: Wildlife photographer
Aim of project: To create a large-format, high-quality coffee table book on birds
Location: I mostly got my shots in Europe, but I also travelled overseas
Duration: The photography itself spanned three or four years, and the design of the book then took a further year
Time spent: Probably too much time all in all if I were to be totally honest!
Images taken: The photos I shot for this project go into the hundreds of thousands
Website: facebook.com/markus.varesvuo

via Practical Photography Magazine

Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson

Between 2010 & 2013 Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to document some of the most fantastic indigenous cultures left on the planet today. He had come to realize that from a life spent travelling that his camera was the perfect tool for making contact and building intimate and unique friendships. Relationships with hither to unknown and understood communities in some of the farther most reaches of the planet. He wanted to discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. But most importantly, he wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time.
Jimmy’s projects title ‘Before they pass away’ is intended to be a controversial catalyst for further discussion as to the authenticity of these fragile disappearing cultures. Jimmy Nelson is not a studied scientist but rather an self trained and visual anthropologist who through curiosity is trying to find answers. He wants to tell stories that leave room for the recipient’s questions. With the project Jimmy Nelson tried next to creating a photographic document, creating an awareness for the fascinating variety of the culture- and history charged symbols of the people, reflecting their rites, customs and traditions, that had hitherto has not existed.

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Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson
more in Lens Magazine – Issue 36

My Raptor Photography Project | Les Arnott

Birds of prey have fascinated me all my life and to spend two years photographing a variety of owls, hawks and falcons was a dream come true!

The equipment I used mainly for the photography of the birds of prey was basically my Canon 1Dx with a L series Canon 70-200mm and a 7D Mk2 armed with a L series 400mm prime lens. On occasions I would swap lenses between the two cameras depending on the light. The 1Dx performs much better in low light and I used this camera extensively for flight shots in the dense low lit woodland where very high ISO settings were unavoidable to capture the fast moving birds.

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My Raptor Photography Project | Les Arnott

more in Phototrain – Photography Magazine – Issue 5