Burhan Ozbilici, the photographer who documented the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, won the World Press Photo of the Year. On December 19, 2016, he was at an exhibition opening in Ankara, when the incident occurred. As he said back then, he was only doing his job. As the crowd started panicking, Ozbilici remained calm and documented what he witnessed. The photo went viral almost instantly and the reactions were different and pretty intense.
How far would you go for a shot? French photojournalist Yan Morvan spent his 40-year long career shooting gangs and wars. He was exposed to dangers, gunshots and bombs all the time, and even got kidnapped by one of the most notorious rapists and murderers in France.
An educated man and a talented photographer in situations like these – that had to result in some amazing photos and interesting stories. And you can see both of these in the video.
Photojournalists go through many dangerous situations during their career. Have you ever wondered how this could be changed? Dillon Kane has, so he designed a car of the future – a concept created especially for photojournalists. He submitted his design to Magna International’s “Main Event” design competition, and won the first place.
His concept is called “30 Degrees West”, and it shows his vision of a car for 2030. It’s a car for photojournalists to drive and capture whatever they need to capture. Dillon showed a lot of creativity, and his concept really has some interesting features. He shared his vision and idea behind the project with DIYP.
Earlier this week, confirmation hearings of Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General were followed by protests. Of course, many photographers and reporters covered this even. And one of them had an unpleasant experience which looks a bit like censorship. While Jim Lo Scalzo was taking photos of protesters being escorted out of the hearing room, he was interrupted. As he said, Texas. Rep. Louie Gohmert tried to stand between his camera and the action, blocking his view.
Lo Scalzo asked him if he was seriously blocking him from taking photos of protesters, and Gohmert said “Yes. The story is not there.” Then he pointed to Sessions and said “The story is over there.”
Don McCullin’s 60 year photographic career started during his period of National Service in the RAF. He failed to pass the written theory paper necessary to become a photographer in the RAF. So, he spent his service in the darkroom. During this time, he bought his first camera, a Rolleicord, which he pawned upon returning to the UK due to a funds shortage. His mother used her own money to buy it back for him.
Since that time, he’s covered conflicts all over the world, including Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Iran and the Congo. At 81 years old, just last month he travelled to Iraq to photograph the Battle of Mosul and photograph people fleeing the city. His life has been an incredible journey from very humble beginnings. It’s a life that has now, at the age of 81, granted him a knighthood.
Photographer and teacher Todd Bigelow is a little upset, although at first glance it might appear to be a little confusing as to why. As a teacher of The Business of Photography, at various universities , Todd has received many emails and letters of thanks from those students who have had the opportunity to learn from his wisdom.
While initially quite the little ego boost, Todd became concerned when he started to dig a little deeper into why the students were thanking him, and it took on a significantly more worrisome meaning.
In my career as a sports photographer, I’ve been hit by all sorts of objects: balls, helmets, sticks, pucks and even a mouthguard or two. One thing I haven’t been hit with – and hope to never be hit with – is a shot put.
Unfortunately, a photographer shooting the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland can’t say the same. [Read more…]
You might remember that World Press Photo announced new guidelines last year after controversy that saw around 20% of entries disqualified, but that doesn’t seem to have slowed down the entries.
From a pool of 82.951 photos made by 5,775 photographers from 128 different countries, the contenders for the 59th annual World Press Photo Awards have been whittled down and the winners have been announced.
Of 8 themed categories, prizes went to 41 photographers in 21 countries including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey and the USA.
Australian photographer Warren Richardson has won the grand prize for World Press Photo of the Year, as well as first prize in the Spot News category.
Just over 10-years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, leveling much of New Orleans and severely damaging surrounding areas. Too many, the wicked storm needs no introduction, nor will it’s memory be soon forgotten. Eight of the brave photojournalists that risked their physical and mental health to cover the tragedy, recently sat down with Newseek to recount their experiences documenting Katrina, giving the world a glimpse into the life of a photojournalist.
As you could imagine, the tales are gripping, gritty at times and tear jearking during others, as they detail their journeys–sharing some of their most memorable shots along the way. Be warned, there are graphic photographs shown during the clip, but you can take a look at the mini-documentary and pulitzer prize winning photography from the likes of Smiley N. Pool, Eliot Kamenitz, Susan Walsh, Roberto E. Rosales, Thomas Patterson, Radhika Chalasani, Sakamaki, and Timothy Fadek