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.
I was sitting in my dorm room at Arizona State University. To my left I had my Xbox on (as it was pretty much 24/7) with some racing game on pause. In front of me I had my future, for I was entering a photography competitionthat I believed would make me famous and rich beyond my wildest dreams. To this day, I can’t remember if I won any prize in that specific competition, but I remember that was the genesis of the idea that photo competitions were how you become successful in this career.
As I grew in my career, I paid less attention to trying to win competitions and focused more on learning my craft and developing a style that would serve my clients well. In the same way that I worried schooling for photography would train my eye to be generic, I worried that results (be it good or bad) in a photography competition would jade the direction of my style. So for that, and many other reasons, I decided to save the money that I would spend entering them and put it towards camera gear.
I wanted to write to you about photography contests — why I generally recommend staying away from them.
First of all, if you enter your photo into a contest, you suddenly become a slave to the opinions of others.
The most important person to please in your photography is yourself. Not judges. Not random people voting on your photos.
Do you really care about what others think about your photos? If so, why?
Nature and wildlife lovers from all corners of the globe can now vote in one of the most prestigious photo contest in the world – Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The Natural History Museum published a shortlist of 25 photos for 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year. And it sure was a difficult task – they had to choose from almost 50,000 photos from 95 countries.
The photos they chose cover different styles. You can see breathtaking moments from everyday life of wild animals, or their captivating portraits. There are also surreal and abstract details of flora and fauna. The jury had a difficult task of choosing 25 photos, and you may also find it difficult to choose only one to vote for.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza‘s emotional series of 8 images that received third place in the People, Stories category of the World Press Photo contest (see the winners here) has been withdrawn by Associated Press, stating that the submission of the set was made in error.
The photographs in question were never distributed by the AP – our criteria for entering work in contests – because of our policy on reproducing photographs taken by others.
We sincerely regret the inconvenience our withdrawal of these eight photos has caused World Press Photo and we will take immediate steps to prevent this from happening again in any photojournalism contest. – Santiago Lyon, Associated Press vice president for photography
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.
Our texture store has already been up for one week with over 2,000 downloads and we are grateful for the comments, and suggestions that we are getting. WE are releasing a new batch of resources today and asking you to take advantage on our free (CC-BYed) resources to create a photo of your own. We have three awesome Judges and each will pick a favorite to be awarded $250 to the store.
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