Mahmoud Abou Zeid, an Egyptian photojournalist also known as Shawkan, is facing a death sentence in Cairo, Egypt. He was arrested in connection with an anti-government protest back in August 2013, and prosecutors requested a death sentence for him on 3 March 2018.
In a break from the past, World Press Photo (WPP) released the short list of finalists in advance of naming the winners to their annual contest – arguably the most prestigious in all of photojournalism.1 The photos are remarkable for their composition, exposure and intimacy. But judging by the subject matter one might surmise that we’re living in a hellish dystopia, or that the jury believes pain and suffering is the most valid form of photojournalism.
The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the finalist of their renowned World Press Photo of the Year contest. The 2018 contest is the 61st, and for the first time, the six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year are revealed.
Over 4,500 photographers from 125 countries submitted their photos. There were over 73,000 to judge. As always, the final selection of photos contains storytelling, powerful and moving images. However, some of them contain graphic content, so viewer discretion is advised.
Sometimes, photography is powerful enough to change your life. This is what happened to both photojournalist Ted Jackson and a homeless man he photographed in 1990. This photo created a strong bond between the photographer and his subject – who turned out to be a former football quarterback, Jackie Wallace.
Ted Jackson tells his story about the image and the man in the photo, whose life has been anything but kind to him. It’s a story about friendship and devotion, about life’s unpredictable paths and it’s bright and dark moments. It’s a wonderful story, but very sad at the same time.
The desire to switch brands has never really been there for me. That’s not to say that I believe the brand I shoot is particularly the best, just that there doesn’t seem to be much point. The gear I use gives me what I need, and all the brands seem to leapfrog each other every year or two anyway. But there are an awful lot of people switching over to Sony right now.
The latest to join the list is photojournalist David Burnett, who’s been shooting Canon for 40 years. He recently posted a video to his Vimeo account talking about why he decided to make the transition over to Sony. And for what he shoots, it makes a lot of sense.
One of my goals for 2017 was to get back to taking photos for no one but myself. I have been so focused on my own work that I forgot what it’s like to just take photos for the sake of it and have the luxury of not shooting to a brief or a deadline. One of the main reasons for this was simply due to the fact my cameras were too good!
Whenever I’d take either my Canon 5d’s or 1d’s out for personal work I felt like I was taking a gun to a knife fight. They are too heavy, too loud & quite often would get the attention of the subject when I didn’t want their attention at all.
I’ve never been one to care much for ‘specs’ of cameras, I just know what sort of camera I need for the type of assignment I’m shooting. For the most part, cameras mean little to me other than being a tool I need to do the job.
Straight out of college, Andrew Harnik’s goal was as many of us with a passion for the camera. To make a living as a photographer. A goal he has reached. A Washington D.C. native, he’s worked as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist since 2003. Now working for the Associated Press, he is one of the photographers responsible for covering the President of the United States.
In this five minute short by filmmaker Bas Berkhout, Andrew talks about his journey. From his beginnings as an art photography student, working with the Washington Post, to finally ending up following the President.
He traveled with men who illegally mine for tusks of the long-extinct woolly mammoth. In Siberia, a vast and isolated region of Russia, these men go on real treasure hunts. Between hard work, fear of getting caught, hordes of mosquitoes and desperate drinking, they struggle to find the treasure and make money, but also to survive. And a talented photographer captured it all in a series of amazing images.
For those that don’t live in the UK, there’s a general election going on at the moment. Today is the day we cast our votes. This particular polling station is where Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, happens to be casting his. And as is likely around the polling station of each party’s leader, the entrance is littered with the media.
It seems that here, though, a photographer and video camera operator couldn’t agree on who was going to be standing in a particular spot. They both wanted the same shot as he was coming out, but to quote Connor McLeod, “There can be only one”. A quick shove starts to turn into something a little more determined as this 18 second video plays out.
There’s never really been any doubt that GoPro cameras are built pretty tough. Just how tough is often tested. But I never thought I’d hear about one actually stopping a bullet and potentially saving a life. Iraqi journalist Amma Alwaely probably never expected to be the one experiencing it, either, but that seems to have been exactly what happened.
Digital Trends reports that on May 13th, Alwaely was covering the Iraqi troops attempts to recover the city of Mosul from ISIS. A sniper took aim at Alwaely and fired. The bullet is obviously too fast for the camera to pick up, but this video shows the impact of that bullet hitting the GoPro on his chest.