One photo could change your life!

Snapshot Millionaire aims to be the world’s richest photo contest… open only to Amateurs.

The First Prize contestant funded target of $1 Million USD is offered exclusively to Enthusiasts, Instagrammers, Facebookers, Snappers and Shutterbugs around the world.

Entry Fees start at $2 USD per photo with multiple entry discounts across 16 Categories.
The entry fees will fund an expected total prize pool of $1.1 Million dollars. With more than 400 million photos uploaded and shared on Social Media every day, Snapshot Millionaire offers people around the globe another reason to share their skills and passion. So here’s your chance to win big and take part in the most amazing photo contest the world has ever seen!

Snapshot Millionaire opens September 1st and the closing date will be announced once the prize pool approaches our target.

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One photo could change your life!
more details at Snapshot Millionaire

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Best Wildlife Photography

What makes a wildlife photograph the best? Is it because it’s a tack-sharp, perfectly lit technical masterpiece? A jaw-dropping shot of megafauna? A glimpse of a rarely seen moment from the animal kingdom? A new perspective on ordinary behaviour?

I don’t think there’s one answer. Photography, like all art forms, is largely subjective. Sure, there’s a certain level of skill and knowledge that’s required to take a beautiful wildlife image; composition, exposure, lines, patience, diligence, etc. But what makes a wildlife image the best is really up to you, the viewer.

Well, we’ve certainly given you plenty to look at in Best Wildlife Photography 2018. To close out Canada’s 150th year and usher in the next 150, we looked back on the past seven issues of Best Wildlife Photography and chose images worthy of the designation “the best of the best.” Photographed by talented members of our 70,000-photographer-strong Canadian Geographic Photo Club, these images are the kind that prompted us, as magazine editors, creative directors and designers, to stop and say “Wow!”

Deadlock
The mating rituals of elk are confrontational. A bull elk with a harem of cows and calves will be aggressive in their defense and will battle other bulls for dominance, sometimes to the death.
Photographer: Jim Cumming
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Making tracks
Heavy snow blankets the ground at the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge, home to this grizzly named Boo.
Photographer: Neal Weisenberg
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Frosty feline
Called the ghost of the north woods, the lynx stays as silent as possible when stalking its prey, which is usually swift snowshoe hares.
Photographer: Chris Gale
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Whiteout
Many animals blend into their native environments, but rarely is their camouflage as uniform as this grey wolf’s.
Photographer: Bill Maynard
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A parliament of owls
Snowy owls congregate on a picnic table at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm in the spring.
Photographer: Michelle Valberg
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Spring surprise
Nestled into a vivid day lily, this spring peeper could easily be mistaken for tropical fauna, but these tiny tree frogs are suited to the cold. By hibernating under logs and in loose bark, they’re able to range well into the forests of eastern Canada.
Photographer: Brian Robin
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Best Wildlife Photography

more in Canadian Geographic
Special Collector’s Edition – Best Wildlife Photography 2018

Call of the Wild

Witnessing first-hand the impact of global climate change, Israeli wildlife photographer Roie Galitz talks to Caroline Schmidt about Greenpeace, a photographers’ responsibility and building a career.

” My images should come with a ‘don’t try this at home’ disclaimer as they’re developed from a lot of experience, expert help and time with wildlife. “

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Call of the Wild
more in Digital SLR Photography – Issue 131

First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53

Discover the stories behind the images in a first look at this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Explore the world’s best nature photography, highlighting the incredible range of life on Earth. Opens 20 October.
The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals.
This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.
See winning images selected by a panel of judges for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

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First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53
more at National History Museum

Super-Telephoto Zooms: Canon vs Fujifilm vs Nikon vs Pentax vs Sigma vs Sony vs Tamron

Whether you’re shooting sports, wildlife or something else altogether, sometimes a standard telephoto zoom lens just can’t get you close enough to the action. A supertelephoto zoom lens will extend your reach signifcantly – and there are plenty to choose from.

A zoom range of around 100-400mm has long been a popular option to include in lens ranges (there are four included here), but some manufacturers have been pushing the envelope, super-sizing focal lengths to as much as 600mm.

Apart from the Fujiflm X-mount lens, all of the contenders in this group are fully compatible with both full-frame and cropsensor cameras. Naturally if you fit them to an APS-C format camera, you can extend your effective reach even further, with a 1.5x multiplication effect (1.6x for Canon cameras). Typical attractions include fast autofocus systems and optical image stabilisation, but there can be notable differences in features and performance. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer…

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Matthew Richards tests the leading lenses for bumping up your telephoto reach
The Contenders
1. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
2. Fujiflm 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
3. Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
4. Pentax 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW HD
5. Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C
6. Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S
7. Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 OSS G Master
8. Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

via Digital Camera World

Vincent Munier au Tibet | Sur les traces du léopard des neiges

Le grand photographe animalier Vincent Munier s’est rendu dans l’une des dernières régions vierges du globe, le haut plateau tibétain, pour mener une quête d’un genre particulier. Cette zone totalement isolée constitue un sanctuaire préservé pour des espèces endémiques et méconnues. Mais un animal en particulier faisait rêver Vincent : le craintif et reclus léopard des neiges… Il nous raconte ici cette traque de l’impossible.

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Vincent Munier au Tibet
Sur les traces du léopard des neiges

à voir dans Réponses Photo – Octobre 2017

Nature Abounds

Australian Geographic’s 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year competition is a spectacular celebration of our rich and rare wild beauty.

Overall Winner
Predatory Pursuit
Spider crabs, Leptomithrax gaimardii; Maori octopus, Octopus maorum
Justin Gilligan, New South Wales
Nikon D810, 15mm f/2.8, 1/100, f/14, ISO 400, two Ikelite DS161 strobes, Nauticam housing
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Winner Animal Portrait
Windblown Egret
Little egret, Egretta garzetta
Jennie Stock,Western Australia
Nikon D7200, Sigma 150–600mm Sport at 440mm, 1/1000, f/6.3, ISO 100, monopod
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Winner Landscape
Spirit in Country
Julie Fletcher,South Australia
Nikon D800, Nikon 24–70mm, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 200, handheld
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Winner Animal Behaviour
Devouring a home
Giant jellyfish, Tiburonia granrojo; green turtles, Chelonia mydas
Scott Portelli, New South Wales
Canon 5D Mk III, 16–35mm, 1/200, f/11, ISO 250
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Winner Threatened Species
Coming in for a Drink
Grey-headed flying-fox, Pteropus poliocephalus
Status: Vulnerable
Elizabeth Howell, New South Wales
Nikon D500, 200–500mm at 500mm, 1/1250, f/7.1, ISO 720
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2017 AG Nature Photographer of the Year winners
more at Australian Geographic