Raw and Retro: Film photography is back, baby! | Back To School 2023

Over the past few years, young people everywhere have been scanning the aisles of their local drugstores for disposable Kodaks or surfing the pits of eBay for vintage film cameras. I’m no exception to the trend. The earliest seeds of my pseudo-adulthood are frozen in albums stuffed with film photos, capturing a mix of candids and “plandids” of the last three years of my life. 

As this resurgence sweeps the city, Seattle’s beautiful scenery and grunge scene serve as a magnet for film photography professionals and amateurs alike. 

Sarrah Khan, a sophomore, has been experimenting with film photography for a little over two years. She says that she was inspired to jump on the bandwagon after seeing many of her friends in the Seattle area fall in love with film photography.

“Polaroids and film photos started becoming trendy again online,” Khan said. “So I was looking around and found my dad’s old film camera. He got it right before DSLR cameras started becoming popular, so it’s like 20 years old and I’ve been using it for a couple of years.”

It’s interesting that this rise of film photography culture is coinciding with the rapid development of more and more advanced technology. The newest iPhone 14 boasts camera specs so complex, I can’t even begin to decrypt all the odd anagrams.

But despite this continual improvement in photo technology on our iPhones, people still seem to be drawn to classic film. Khan said that part of the allure of film photography compared to digital photography comes from the physical nature of using film.

“There’s something really nice about it being documented only in a physical form,” Khan said.

Khan also commented on the ease and accessibility of using a film camera and how her passion was formed and fueled by the photography community.

“I would say that I’m the most amateur of amateurs,” Khan said. “I’ve done the most basic research but it’s really hard to screw up. The nice thing about film photos is that they’re so forgiving and there are so many people to learn from who are eager and willing to help out, both online and personally.”

My own film journey began in a similar fashion to Khan’s. My older sister hopped onto the film camera trend a couple months before I did, and in a classic younger sibling fashion, I was in total awe of her film photos and immediately copied her as soon as I could get my hands on a camera. I quickly fell into her world, trading tips and suggestions with my sister on what brands of film are best for what kind of pictures and navigating the resources that the Seattle film scene has to offer together.

Moonphoto is a photography lab just a 15-minute drive from campus and has been in business over the past 40 years. Olivia Vick, a Moonphoto lab technician, wrote in an email on behalf of the whole Moonphoto team echoing Khan’s sentiments on the film community, adding that the visual effect of film photos is what makes them special.

“People like the color, grain, and look better compared to digital,” Vick wrote. “It’s looked at as vintage and very aesthetic to take film photos.” 

According to Moonphoto, the time involved in the developing process also makes film photography more attractive than its digital counterpart. The way that it transforms the simple act of taking photographs into a longer activity makes the photographs feel more personal because of the time and labor involved.

“The waiting process and the surprise are so fun,” Vick wrote. “It’s like a gift for your future self, like when you forget you ordered something online and it shows up at your door.”

Khan sees the process involved as a blessing and curse. She says while the developing process is what makes film photos so special, it can be a bit cumbersome to go through. It can also be a bit disheartening to finally send in rolls of film full of intimate moments only to receive pictures that are blurry, covered by fingers, or totally black. One of the more humbling moments of my life was getting back pictures from my highschool graduation and discovering that I had forgotten to turn the flash on for a solid 80% of the pictures, leaving me to interpret 25 photos of grainy silhouettes.

The Moonphoto team said the most common mistakes they see come from not having enough light in the photo.

“If you are going to shoot film, use the right ISO of film and expose it properly with aperture and shutter speed,” Vick wrote. “The next most important thing is making sure when you load film into your camera that it catches properly. We get so many rolls that come out unshot because the camera couldn’t feed the film through properly.” 

But when a photo comes out just the way you want it to, the feeling that picture can hold is unmatched.

“It almost looks like a snapshot of time,” Khan said.

According to Khan, the limited number of pictures on each roll of film combined with the exclusively physical nature of these photographs create a raw and genuine form that perfectly satiates the odd nostalgia our generation craves for a time we weren’t even around for.

“I think the draw towards that is like, simpler times when things were more real,” Khan said. “Things weren’t as filtered. I feel like there’s more of an attraction now to things that are very real glimpses, or attempts of real glimpses, to show your life and of keeping interactions more raw and being able to share that with your friends and people you care about.” 

Both Khan and Vick emphasized how the limited nature of film makes you reconsider what you’re capturing.

“There is something very mindful about only being able to take one shot at a time,” Vick wrote. “It makes you live in the moment more and appreciate every shot you take.”

Khan’s photographs focus on her family and friends along with her travels. She said that she chooses her subjects by thinking about what she’d want to look back on in 10 or 20 years, and her time at UW with friends is definitely something she tries to capture.

“We love seeing people’s photos and what catches people’s eye,” Vick wrote. “It’s part of what makes our job so fun, so keep shooting film, everyone.”

Reach writer Asma Masude at pacificwave@dailyuw.com. Twitter: @asmayikes 

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Annie Leibovitz photography exhibit invites viewer to learn, think deeply, find connections

Annie Leibovitz’s work as a photographer is never done.

That’s why she and the curatorial team at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art struggled to come up with the title of her exhibit there, she said.

“It’s never over; it’s just never ending,” Leibovitz said during a media preview Sept. 14.

“Annie Leibovitz At Work” is the artist’s first major museum exhibition in a decade. It opened to the public Sept. 16 and will continue through Jan. 29, 2024, then go on to museum stops in Charlotte, N.C.; Sacramento, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Wichita, Kan.

The work is displayed on homasote panels, a fiber wall board made of recycled paper, with push pins to hold up photographs that span the entirety of Leibovitz’ career, from those early years with Rolling Stone and her time at Vanity Fair and Vogue to her most recent commissions and lesser known works.

The paper and pushpin model resembles the way the well-known photographer hangs work in her studio, transporting viewers temporarily to her typical working space. There they will see familiar faces: Presidents Obama and Biden, LeBron James, Lizzo, Rhianna, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and many more.

In the final room of the exhibit are four high-tech digital display screens — 10 feet by 12 feet each — that feature 20 minute slideshows of Leibovitz’s work. Having that as an easy way to incorporate new work means Leibovitz is truly not finished, even as the exhibit receives its initial visitors.

“I plan to continue to shoot and add more to these screens as we go along,” she said.

Alejo Benedetti, acting curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges, said even if not every museumgoer immediately recognizes Leibovitz by name, they’re sure to recognize her photos.

“They’re emblazoned in our minds,” he said, such as the portrait of John Lennon naked, curled up next to Yoko Ono and kissing her cheek that was taken hours before his death. The iconic image of pregnant Demi Moore. The Rolling Stones on tour. “Her work is well known. It’s the highest compliment for an artist.”

Leibovitz initially arrived in Northwest Arkansas to take Alice Walton’s portrait, which she described as a “hoot,” saying Walton jumped off her boat into water when it was freezing cold and that she could hardly keep up with her.

At some point during the visit, Walton broached the idea of her having an exhibit at Crystal Bridges. The museum had none of Leibovitz’ work in its collection, and they would leave the prompt open to whatever she wanted to photograph.

Leibovitz told Walton: “I would love it if you would let me do some more work,” she recalls, telling her “there are people I’d like to photograph that I don’t always get the chance to.” Walton and the Crystal Bridges team agreed to help her with access, and so they were off on the exhibition project.

“One of the coolest things a museum can do is really trust an artist,” Benedetti said. “The product that you see in the end is Annie’s vision, no doubt about that. She has been deeply engaged in every aspect.”

As droves of schoolchildren pass by, Leibovitz seems charmed by the educational aspect of this museum. She says she wanted the show to be for young photographers or really anyone interested in photography.

“I set up the first two rooms as ‘aha!’ moments for me in my 54 years of work that taught me about photography along the way,” Leibovitz said. “I wanted a young person to see that, see what I went through, and explain that a little bit and then get to the last works.”

Annie Leibovitz started her artistic journey at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she initially studied painting but, she says, she was not very good at it. A night class in photography showed her a medium that was much more immediate, and it stuck.

Her earliest works were shot with a 35 mm small camera, which was new at the time, and the chosen style to emulate was photographer and documentarian Robert Frank’s.

“We were taught to look through the camera and use the camera as the frame,” Leibovitz said. The resulting photos of that time were rectangular, then square and finally a fatter square, the Haaselblad. Standing in the exhibition, she points to a photo of a beach scene as one influential to her early interest. She took it on a class outing, shot the image through a car window and, while it wasn’t by her estimation that good, “it made me think of the dynamics of photography and what it could do.”

Leibovitz’s practice gained momentum when she took her photographs to the art director at Rolling Stone Magazine. Just 20 or 21 years old, she was in her third year of school at the time and would end up graduating early, but they hired her.

“Visuals were not the No. 1 interest … but I was allowed to cohort with people like Hunter Thompson and go on these stories with them,” Leibovitz said. At Rolling Stone, she was credited for her work and internalized that it was important. “They made you feel, (I) learned young, that what you did mattered. That means so much for young people.”

Leibovitz’s biggest break while working for the magazine was during the uncovering of the Watergate scandal. She and Thompson were paired together to create an 11 page feature on the big news, but Thompson never showed. He was engrossed, watching it unfold on TV, so Rolling Stone ran a photo spread for the first time, 11 pages of Leibovitz’s pictures.

In 1975, Leibovitz became tour photographer for the Rolling Stones.

“I sort of fell victim to the whole circus, and it was a lesson for a young photographer,” Leibovitz said. “Up until that time, I thought I had it figured out. I thought you become one with your subject, you get involved, you’re there and you do what they do.”

While she doesn’t regret that period, Leibovitz said she was lost in the lifestyle and didn’t come completely back for years. From that time on, she said, she never got that close to a subject again, always ensuring some distance.

In 1980, Leibovitz did a series of portrait sessions of poets for Life Magazine. In doing so, she read their works, thought deeply about them and tried to incorporate the emotional aspect of poetry into the portraits. That kind of conceptual work is at play in her portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, she said.

Leibovitz left Rolling Stone and went to work for Vanity Fair Magazine because she wanted to have a broader scope of subjects, which turned out to be an integral shift in her career. She began to shoot images in a place that had significance for the sitter.

Later on, with a series of women’s portraits, Leibovitz experimented with the use of her photos on screens — a new way to see her work. That choreography of images, Benedetti says, is something that a book or a magazine can’t quite do in the same way because it incorporates movement into it.

These immersive dips into the digital realm add texture to the exhibition, he says. They’ll also help make clear the connections of Leibovitz’s early works and her more recent ones.

“The newer work? I found the older work sort of correlated with it,” Leibovitz says, noting an older portrait of Salman Rushdie against a new one and a series of photographs of those who supported him, which she took a few years ago while he was in hiding. “So you’ll see, in the screens, the relationships, which are really quite interesting.”



‘Annie Leibovitz At Work’

WHEN — Through Jan. 29, 2024; hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday & Wednesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

WHERE — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

COST — $12

INFO — 657-2335 or crystalbridges.org

    Annie Leibovitzs career began in the 70s, when she was Rolling Stones chief photographer and was caught up in the volatile cultural upheavals of the time. She worked for Vanity Fair and Vogue in the 80s, where she expanded her repertoire of subjects and became established as the portraitist of well-known people. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)
    This famous portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono was inspired by the image of them kissing on the cover of Double Fantasy, their final album together. Leibovitz had planned for both of them to be unclothed, but Ono changed her mind at the last minute. Annie took the Polaroid and let the couple look at it, to which Lennon said: “Thats our relationship; thats really us.” Several hours later, Lennon died. Leibovitz said photographs have a certain meaning attached when you take them, and that meaning can suddenly change, as it did in this case, based on the circumstances. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)
    The exhibit “Annie Leibovitz at Work” has new and rarely seen recent photographs, as well as images made over the course of Leibovitzs legendary career of more than five decades. Included are portraits of Cindy Sherman, Lizzo, LeBron James, Presidents Obama and Biden, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rihanna, Dolly Parton, Shonda Rhimes, Tom Ford and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, among many others. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)
    Images of the show are seen in prints on paper and on high-tech digital display screens, such as this portrait of Alice Walton. Leibovitz initially came to the area to photograph Walton and received an invitation to make an exhibition for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)
    On The Cover: Annie Leibovitz looks on as visitors view her work Sept. 14 during a guided media preview at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)

Photography contest for Swachha Vijayawada

Vijayawada: Mayor Rayana Bhagyalakshmi and municipal corporation commissioner Swapnil Dinkar Pundkar on Saturday released the photography contest poster as part of Indian Cleanliness League 2.0 aimed at creating awareness about cleanliness and environment in the city.

Bhagyalakshmi said that photography has the power of visual storytelling and the ability to drive meaningful change. The active participation of citizens in keeping Vijayawada clean and green is important. She stated that the Vijayawada municipal corporation (VMC) will encourage all the citizens to create awareness about the ill-effects of plastic and garbage through the photography contest.

The mayor stated that Swachha Vijayawada is the main theme of these competitions, being organized as part of Indian Cleanliness League 2.0. She stated that the photos and videos for Instagram reels and informative videos are useful to the people and can be sent to the municipal body.

Swapnil said that the first prize of Rs. 20,000, the second prize of Rs.10,000 and a third prize of  Rs.5,000 are up for grabs. He further said that as regards the Instagram reel, the first prize will be Rs. 30,000, the second prize Rs. 20,000 and the third prize will be Rs. 10,000.


How to get started with black and white photography with a Canon camera

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You can shoot anything in black and white, but the skill lies in ‘seeing’ your subjects in shades of grey rather than being distracted by colour, and it’s much harder than it seems.

Colours are, of course, converted into shades of grey, which means that you don’t see the contrasts in black and white that colours provide. Instead, black-and-white photography is much more dependent on lighting, contrast, shapes and textures. This also makes it easier to produce powerful, graphic compositions.

But while it’s perfectly possible to just go out and start shooting black and white photography, you can learn and understand this medium a lot quicker in a controlled situation with a simple still life setup, where you can arrange your subject, the lighting and the composition bit by bit.

Read more: The best camera for black and white photography

Our setup was created on a kitchen island, with a large sheet of material taped to a wall cabinet and draped over the island. Our subject is a little vase of narcissi and the lighting is provided by natural window light to the right and a Rotolight Neo LED panel to the left, though you could also use a reflector instead. This little setup took no more than half an hour to fix up, followed by about an hour of shooting and half an hour of editing in Lightroom to achieve the finished image.

Black and white photography

The great thing about a still life setup like this is that you can get everything just how you want it while being able to see the effect live. Just moving the light a couple of inches or a few degrees can make a huge difference. If you use loosely hung material like we did, you can also spend time adjusting the creases and the folds to pick up the light and help create textures and contrast.

The real secret, though, is to use your Canon’s Monochrome Picture Style to see your subject in black and white on screen as you shoot. Even if you edit a Raw version later, this black-and-white preview is invaluable in helping you see the effect of the lighting and the composition. You will see exactly what works and what doesn’t work when shooting in monochrome.

1. Mono picture style

Black and white photography

(Image credit: Rod Lawton)

Visualizing a full-color world in black and white is not easy, even for experienced photographers. This is where your Picture Styles come in. With the Monochrome Picture Style, you can see your scene in B&W using the Live View display or EVF.

2. Shoot RAW and JPEG

Black and white photography

Canon’s Picture Styles are applied to in-camera JPEG images. Sometimes these will be good enough quality on their own, but it’s often best to have the Raw image for more advanced editing – so set your camera to capture both Raw+JPEG files.

3. Use Live View to compose

Black and white photography

(Image credit: Rod Lawton)

You can use your Canon camera’s Info button to cycle through various display modes, and the histogram display, for example. Cycle through these modes until they’re all switched off so they don’t distract you when you’re composing on screen.

4. Choose a preset or profile

Black and white photography

(Image credit: Rod Lawton)

Capturing the image is only half the job – now you need your digital darkroom! This is Lightroom Classic, but the same tools are available in other photo editors. As a starting point, try out the different black and white presets or profiles on offer, as they can get you closer to the right ‘look’.

5. Boost the contrast

Black and white photography

Almost all classic black and white imagery was enhanced with ‘dodging and burning’ in the darkroom, making different areas of the picture lighter or darker to improve the contrast and composition. In Lightroom you can use the Adjustment Brush to ‘burn in’ areas that are too light, for example.

6. Tone your mono photos

Black and white photography

A straight black-and-white shot can look amazing, but it can look even better with a subtle toning effect. Forget about sepia toning because it’s been done to death; instead, try split toning (this is Lightroom’s Colour Grading panel) to give shadows a blue tinge and highlights a warmer tone.

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35 Rare & Interesting Photos That Shift Your Perspective

Picture yourself examining an ostensibly mundane grain of sand, but now, delve deeper as it’s magnified 300 times, unveiling an astonishing universe within its minuscule dimensions. The mesmerizing intricacies, vivid hues, and intricate textures that materialize during this up-close odyssey will fill you with profound wonder for the hidden magnificence within the tiniest of spaces.

Plunge headlong into this captivating domain, where the boundless expanse of the internet condenses into moments of awe and enlightenment. Explore a curated selection of some of the most captivating marvels in the gallery below.

Scroll down and enjoy yourself. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.

#1 How A Zoo Feeds Their Baby Hornbills

Image source: Petr Hamernik, Zoo Praha

#2 Ex-World Champion Cyclist Janez Brajkovic Leg After A Race

Image source: janibrajkovic

#3 This Cat I Met Today Has Sauron’s Eyes

Image source: butterfly-the-dick

#4 Supercell In Wyoming, USA

Image source: CryptoExodus

#5 The Local Nursing Home Is An Indoor Town. There’s A Movie Theater And A Pub

Image source: ParzivalsQuest

#6 Customer Came In And Let Me Take A Picture Of Her Hands That Had 6 Fingers On Each

Image source: Designer_Drugz

#7 This Shower Formed Naturally Inside A Cave

Image source: Bandolerow

#8 This Is What Some Grains Of Sand Look Like When Magnified 100 To 300 Times

Image source: Gary Greenberg

#9 Translucent Blue Tang

Image source: beesbuzzlots

#10 An Extremely Rare Melanistic Serval

Image source: MrBonelessPizza24

#11 Saw A Snail Today While I Was Outside And Its Shell Is Crystal Clear

Image source: reddit.com

#12 Sun Through A UV Lens

Image source: Nathalia Alzate / SDO

#13 This Little Transparent Guy Landed On Me In The Ecuadorian Amazon

Image source: neighma

#14 A Blonde Squirrel On My Old Mail Route

Image source: hoobgooblin

#15 My Friend’s Blind Cat Soren Has Amazing Eyes

Image source: DemonreachDaycare

#16 This Purely Golden Bee Landed On My Car Today

Image source: EliteDangerous72

#17 Blue Bees Exist (Blue Carpenter Bee)

Image Source: Imgur

#18 The Baby Vest

Image source: natrasharomanova

#19 A Curly-Haired Horse

Image Source: Imgur

#20 The Blue Java Banana, Which Is Said To Have The Same Consistency As Ice Cream And A Similar Flavor To Vanilla

Image Source: Imgur

#21 A Purple Grasshopper Found In My Garden

Image source: prnlc

#22 Rocks On The Lake Baikal

Image source: Елена Вторушина

#23 This Bicolor Sunflower I Grew

Image source: VonClawde

#24 Time Lapse Photo Of A Beehive

Image source: King_Toad

#25 This Tulip Has A Leaf That Has Half Morphed Into A Petal

Image source: melvaer

#26 This Is What A “Split Lobster” Looks Like. This Coloring Occurs Once In Every 50 Million Lobsters

Image Source: Imgur

#27 One Of The Oldest Rocks In Existence, The Murchison Meteorite. It’s 4,600,000,000 Years Old, And Likely Existed Before The Earth Itself Had Completely Formed

Image source: bpoag

#28 There’s A 1 In 20,000 Chance Of An Albino Doe Giving Birth To An Albino Fawn. I Spotted Such A Pair On A Recent Camping Trip

Image source: lo-key-glass

#29 This Is A Music Typewriter: How Music Was Typed Before Computers

Image source: Mass1m01973

#30 This Mutated Daisy

Image source: SuperBlowball

#31 This Sea Slug, Which Looks Like A Leaf, Can Go Without Eating For 9 Months, Because It Can Photosynthesize Just Like A Plant While Basking In The Sun

Image source: Patrick J. Krug

#32 This Funky Little Ribbon Cloud Outside My Plane Window

Image source: LordofHares

#33 My Grandparents Clock Measures Time On A One Week Scale Instead Of A 12 Hour One

Image source: creezewe

#34 This Teal Cicada I Saw

Image source: Grass_Danimals

#35 This Blue Jay Still Has Half Of Its Baby Feathers

Image source: CanadianGrown

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UAE: Police Warn Residents Of Exercise Public Asked To Avoid Area, Photography Not Allowed

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Last updated: Sat 23 Sep 2023, 11:40 AM

The Abu Dhabi Police have said in a tweet on X that it will be conducting an exercise with partners today.

The authority asked residents to avoid approaching the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium as it will be carrying out the exercise there today.

In the tweet, the Police called on the public to avoid the area and to inform them to refrain from filming and photographing the area in the interest of public safety.

The exercise is being carried out to measure readiness and enhance response.


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33 Stunning Winning Photos Of The Nature TTL Photographer Of The Year 2023

The 2023 Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition has announced its victors, with a poignant image capturing the top spot. This year, the contest attracted over 8,000 entries from nature photographers worldwide, all vying for the coveted £1,500 cash prize.

Thomas Vijayan, hailing from Canada, emerged as the overall winner with his captivating photograph titled ‘Austfonna Ice Cap.’ This mesmerizing image showcases a waterfall formed as a result of rapid ice melt due to global warming. Vijayan’s stunning panoramic composition, created by stitching together 36 images, serves as an undeniable testament to the stark reality of climate change and its consequences on rising sea levels.

In another category, Lucy Monckton, representing the United Kingdom, was bestowed with the title of Young Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2023 for her compelling portrayal of a honey bee swarm in search of a new hive.

In total, photographers competed in 8 different competition categories celebrating the natural world: Animal Behaviour, Camera Traps, Landscapes, Small World, The Night Sky, Underwater, Urban Wildlife, and Wild Portraits.

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#1 Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2023 By Thomas Vijayan, Canada

Austfonna Ice Cap, the world’s third-largest, on Nordaustlandet Island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, covers about 8,000 square kilometres. It is melting at alarming rates due to global warming and contributing to rising sea levels; a grave concern. I visited Austfonna Ice Cap and captured a striking image of a waterfall created by the melting ice. Although I had been here before, it was disheartening to see the sea ice had melted in June.

#2 Young Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2023 By Lucy Monckton, United Kingdom

On a walk in Staffordshire, UK, I was alerted to the presence of this swarm by a loud buzzing sound. I cautiously walked into the centre of the swarm, where thousands of bees were crawling over a branch. It was important to remain calm, so while I was apprehensive about having hundreds of bees crawling over me, their well-being was my priority. Relocation is a natural process that occurs when a colony becomes too big for its home; the queen leaves with a few of the bees to find another home.

#3 Wild Portraits – Winner By Simon Biddie, United Kingdom

Compared to their female counterparts, male California sea lions are larger, have thicker necks, and possess a protruding, grey sagittal crest. During mating seasons, the males become territorial and protect their harem of up to 30 females. This male allowed us to stay with the group for a long period and was more curious about us than territorial. The sea lions in this area have expanded in number compared to other colonies in Mexico. This is thanks to the protection offered by being a UNESCO World Heritage site and a National Marine Park, where the no-take zone protects the entire food chain, providing a rich food source for the sea lions.

#4 Wild Portraits – Runner Up By Robert Gloeckner, USA

#5 Wild Portraits – Highly Commended By Julie Grohs

#6 Wild Portraits – Highly Commended By Simon Jenkins

#7 Animal Behaviour – Winner By Florian Ledoux, France

We witnessed a polar bear’s patience during a sleepy hunt on the ice in Svalbard’s frozen expanse. This male polar bear stalked seals at their breathing holes. After they evaded him, he opted to rest, vigilant and patient. As we endured the long Arctic day of 24 hours without sleeping, we eventually retreated, in awe of his resilience. In this Arctic symphony of survival, the polar bear’s unwavering determination left an indelible mark on our souls.

#8 Animal Behaviour – Runner Up By Jane Hope, United Kingdom

#9 Animal Behaviour – Highly Commended By Amish Chhagan

#10 Animal Behaviour – Highly Commended By Paul Lennart Schmid

#11 Camera Traps – Winner By Fernando Constantino Martínez Belmar, Mexico

This jaguar had been seen before, so I decided to place a camera trap in a broken wall that led to the jungle. I placed one of the flashes strategically to get the jaguar’s shadow reflected on the wall behind. Poaching, deforestation, and habitat fragmentation have caused an increase in interactions with humans, and most of the time, it doesn’t end well for these cats.

#12 Camera Traps – Runner Up By Igor Mikula, Slovakia

#13 Camera Traps – Highly Commended By Tibor Litauszki

#14 Camera Traps – Highly Commended By Florian Smit

#15 Landscapes – Winner By Thomas Vijayan, Canada

#16 Landscapes – Runner Up By Florian Smit, Germany

Using a drone to gain a unique perspective, I captured this image of a trickle from the Rio Tinto River in Spain.

#17 Landscapes – Highly Commended By Justin Minns

#18 Landscapes – Highly Commended By Bernhard Schubert

#19 Small World – Winner By Florian Smit, Germany

This image was captured in Rondane National Park in Norway. It shows a dead moth lying on the surface of a bacterial film. As I looked through the viewfinder, it looked like a painting to me.

#20 Small World – Runner Up By Yicai Chang, Australia

#21 Small World – Highly Commended By Andrew Neal

#22 Small World – Highly Commended By Bernhard Schubert

#23 Underwater – Winner By Rowan Dear, United Kingdom

Over the last few years, I have witnessed a large gathering of Jelly Blubber in Sydney around March to April when the wind and currents are right to bring them from further up North. This year, we had 2-3 times more than I had ever seen. One area had a large condensed gathering, which extended down by around 5m deep. From the surface, shooting downwards, it was great to get a real depth perception of how many there were and create this alien-like environment.

#24 Underwater – Runner Up By Andy Schmid, Switzerland

#25 Underwater – Highly Commended By Mike Korostelev

#26 Underwater – Highly Commended By Talia Greis

#27 The Night Sky – Winner By Bence Mate, Hungary

I keep searching for new perspectives on photographing wildlife. This picture was taken with a remote-controlled camera placed into a fish tank. It was lucky that the wild boar stayed unmoved for the moment the picture was taken. In Hungary, where this composition was captured, the Milky Way is very rarely low enough in the sky to touch the horizon, and this phenomenon occurs only for a few days in the month of August.

#28 The Night Sky – Runner Up By Josselin Cornou, France

#29 The Night Sky – Highly Commended By Josselin Cornou

#30 Urban Wildlife – Winner By Florian Smit, Germany

This image shows a brown rat in an abandoned house captured back in 2018. I used three flashes to illuminate the scene, and used a PIR motion sensor to trigger the camera.

#31 Urban Wildlife – Runner Up By Simone Baumeister, Germany

#32 Urban Wildlife – Highly Commended By Jan Piecha

#33 Urban Wildlife – Highly Commended By Antonio Aguilera Galisteo

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20 Winners Of Ocean Photographer Of The Year

From thousands of drone, underwater and coastal images submitted by the world’s best ocean photographers, Ocean Photographer of the Year 2023 has announced the overall and the different category winners of its prestigious awards.

The Ocean Photographer of the Year has a simple mission: to shine a light on the beauty of our oceans and the threats they face.

Marine biologist and amateur photographer Jialing Cai has been named Ocean Photographer of the Year 2023, with a stunning image (below) of a paper nautilus floating on a piece of ocean debris, photographed on a blackwater dive in the wake of a volcanic eruption in the Philippines.

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Cai was inspired to start shooting on blackwater dives after learning about “diel vertical migration,” when zooplankton moves from the deep ocean to the surface at night. “That hit me like lightning,” said Cai. “My professor was telling me the deep sea was within my reach, that it would come to me. That realization was mind-blowing. It’s why [I’ve become] so obsessed with blackwater photography.”

All the winning photos will be showcased at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Australia, which opens to the public on November 17.

The overall winner, category winners and winning photos can be seen here.

Overall Winner and Runners-Up

A Paper Nautilus drifts at night on a piece of ocean debris, surrounded by heavy sediment (Philippines).

Andrei Savin was named runner-up with his astonishing image of a crab sitting in the middle of a sea anemone as it sways in the ocean current (Philippines).

A distressing but thought-provoking image of a whale struggling on with its flukes severely damaged as a result of continued entanglement (Mexico).

Category Winners

As a figure surfs North Shore’s famous Banzai Pipeline, a rainbow appears in O’ahu, Hawaii.

A scuba diver explores the underside of a gigantic iceberg in Tasiilaq, East Greenland. Only in springtime, when the hard winter slowly subsides, are the ice-cold waters suitable for divers who can dive around icebergs that float in crystal-clear water.

A manatee enjoys the crystal-clear waters of Florida’s Homosassa River.

Two pale octopuses sit on a pipe that forms part of an artificial reef built to attract octopuses and other marine life to this area of Australia.

During low tide, a coral reef is perfectly mirrored on the surface at Mayotte Island, a French overseas region in the northern Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean.

The essence of Raja Ampat: Myriad colorful soft corals and schools of sweetlips in one frame at Indonesia’s Raja Ampat.

A batallion of mobula rays swim peacefully in the shallow waters of the Gulf of California in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

A whale shark and its entourage of remoras is attracted by the bright lights of fishermen in The Maldives.

The calm after the storm: After feeding on a baitball, almost diminishing it, a blue marlin swims through sparkling fish scales at Baja California Sur, Mexico.

A porcelain crab sits atop a sea pen, its constant companion in the Philippines.

Chilean devil rays glide through the ocean off Costa Rica.

Humpback whales in the shallow water at Turks and Caicos Islands.

A cormorant dives beneath the surface to hunt in Mexican waters.

A young gray reef shark is seen at the surface being hooked by an angler during the night in the open sea at Burma Bank, an offshore plateau in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Tanintharyi region, Myanmar.

Although shark fisheries are legally banned in Myanmar at the national level, the lack of enforcement at sea and trade regulation can barely prevent shark fishing or trade in shark products.

Half-and-half image of a shallow, healthy mangrove habitat containing numerous hard corals and fish and a local woman in a handmade canoe near Kavieng, Papua New Guinea.

Although the corals are plentiful and beautiful, they exhibit the beginnings of bleaching, which is a reminder of the urgent need not only to protect our oceans but also mitigate the factors contributing to climate change.

A South Right Whale fin-slaps the surface at Argentina’s extraordinary Peninsula Valdez.

A polar bear cub contends with the fragility of melting ice in Svalbard, Norway.

The young polar bear yearling is playing in the water, testing the fresh ice to get out of the water and jumping back and forth with his sibling while their mother is resting nearby.

Framed by her unexpected surroundings, walrus Freya sits on a concrete pier in the harbor of Harlingen in the Netherlands.

Monochrome – Peter Dazeley’s latest book

Monochrome is the new book from world renowned photographer Peter Dazeley, known professionally as Dazeley. As the title suggests, the book concentrates on black and white imagery, but more specifically platinum prints produced using the platinotype method developed by William Willis in 1876.

Dazeley’s images of plants, animals and flowers were produced by hand with the distinctive rich, luminous quality of platinum prints giving them great depth and warmth. Monochrome has been printed on high-quality paper with metallic inks to best show off the platinum qualities. Many of Dazeley’s platinum prints also combine the process with solarization. Also known as the Sabatier effect (after Armand Sabatier who worked with solarization in the late 19th century), the method was largely forgotten until the 1930s when Man Ray’s muse Lee Miller (an accomplished photographer in her own right) accidentally switched on a light whilst developing one of Man Ray’s films. The combination of solarization and the platinum printing process produces incredibly strong and distinctive imagery.

Dazeley is one of the world’s foremost advertising and fine-art photographers. Working with 31 Studios, the foremost specialist for Platinum printing in the UK, Dazeley produced his first book 21st Century Platinum (2003), which he likened to taking photography back to its origins. As a born and bred Londoner, he has also fulfilled his passion to record the history of London, in
four highly successful books: Unseen London (2014), London Uncovered (2016), London
Theatres (2017) and London Explored (2021). He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to photography and charity.

Monochrome will be released in October 2023 and is available to pre-order from:

Trope Publishing https://trope.com/collections/books/products/monochrome
Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1951963202?ref_=cm_sw_r_apin_dp_KHER4Y3J9BSTPSTGBC45