Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a famous photo contest, showcasing the world’s best nature photography and photojournalism. In its fifty-third year, it still makes us curious about the natural world, shines the spotlight on the beauties, but also on the problems of the natural world. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from photographers coming from 92 countries. Until the winner is announced next month, this is the first look into stunning photos from the finalists.
In August this year, we presented you with beautiful shortlisted images of Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 contest. The winners of nine categories are officially announced today, along with the overall winner. There were over 3800 entries taken from over 90 countries across the globe. We bring you the best images according to the contest judges.
National Geographic has announced the winners of their annual Travel Photographer of the Year photo contest. From over 15,000 entries from photographers in more than 30 countries, the grand prize went into hands of Sergio Tapiro Velasco from Mexico.
The winning photo displays a magnificent sight of an erupting volcano hit by a bolt of lightning. And even though this is the winning image, the rest of them aren’t anything less stunning. Take a look at the gallery of the winning images of the NatGeo’s prestigious photography competition.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, organized the ninth annual contest for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year. They have recently published the shortlisted images for 2017, which will show you spectacular images of space taken from all corners of the world.
Over 3800 entries were sent to the contest, from 91 countries across the globe. They range from stunning photos of Aurorae to photos of galaxies, comets, planets, and stars. The contest even includes the first time images of Uranus and asteroids. Out of almost 4000 photos, here are 31 of the shortlisted ones for your enjoyment and inspiration.
Sydney artist Justine Varga recently won the $20,000 Olive Cotton Award for a portrait photo of her grandmother. Only, her work is not really a portrait, nor it’s a photo (at least not in conventional terms).
In Justine’s work titled Maternal Line, the grandmother doesn’t appear in the image at all. Instead, there are only her pen scribbles and traces of her saliva on a piece of film. And as expected, the fact that this work was rewarded the main prize sparked an outcry within the photographic community, leading even to some hate emails for one of the judges.
Dronestagram is the first social network dedicated to aerial photography. Four years in a row, they’ve been choosing the best of the best aerial images. In partnership with National Geographic, they have recently published the winners of their 2017 drone photography contest.
There were about 8,000 photos submitted. Photographers all over the world sent their works, both professionals and enthusiasts. The winners have been chosen in three main categories: Nature, Urban, People; and the additional category: Creativity. So, here are the Dronestagram’s best 12 aerial photos of 2017.
RØDE Microphones film competition, My RØDE Reel, is now in its fourth year. Established in 2014, it’s rapidly grown to become the world’s largest short film competition. With close to 8,000 entries from 89 countries, it’s become a staple amongst the global filmmaking community.
This year, the competition is back with a massively increased prize pool of more than $500,000 worth of equipment up for grabs. These prizes include one completely new one, membership to the RØDE Directors Club. This could net you every new broadcast and filmmaking category microphone that RØDE release for the next three years, and you get them before they’re even launched.
Two weeks ago we asked you if you can toss a reflector behind your back folded and catch it open. Apparently, it was not as an easy task as we thought. (you can practice, 5-in-1 reflectors are cheap, just remember they are out to get you).
13 photographers took a shot at this dangerous trick. Watch them ace or fail this dangerous trick! (The reward however is awesome! aside OWNING your reflector, two winners also got a Light Blaster kit)
Well, do OWN your reflector or does your reflector own you? There is a very simple way to find out. Just fold it, toss it behind your back and catch it as it flaps open. I know it sounds easy, but try it. could be harder than you think.
We are starting an OWN your reflector movement and to make it formal we are starting a contest. See if you can pull that reflector stunt off. Film yourself owning your reflector and share in the comment below (you can share a link to youtube, facebook, vimeo, or even flickr).
The best shot and the best blooper are going to win a pack of prizes courtesy of Spiffy Gear: A Light Blaster with a studio adapter and a pro gobo slide pack (retails @ $287). We are also going to throw a 5-in-1 reflector in there. Just because you OWN it.
Deadline for this contest is next friday (Oct. 7th) , end of day. Don’t wait too long if you want to make sure you get it.
Submitting your work to competitions can feel daunting. You submit your work to scrutiny and for anyone who is emotionally invested in their photos, they make themselves vulnerable too.
However, if you can summon the courage to submit your photos to competitions, you might find that the benefits extend beyond just the possibility of bagging yourself some swag.