Global Photography Event Will Include Downtown, East Side Walks » Urban Milwaukee

Looking east down E. Wisconsin Avenue from Jefferson St. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Milwaukee will play host to two walks during the annual Worldwide Photo Walk day on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Veteran photographer David Bernacchi will host a Downtown walk that starts at 9 a.m. at 3rd Street Market Hall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. The walk will return to the market by noon. A second walk will take place on the East Side.

The free event was created in 2008 by Scott Kelby, a Florida-based professional photographer and Adobe Photoshop expert.

“The concept of a photo walk is simple. Photo walks are created by walk leaders in cities all over the world. Walkers meet up at a pre-designated location to spend a few hours socializing, capturing images, and sharing with like-minded people. At the end of the Photo Walk, most groups convene at local restaurants or taverns to share their images and experiences over food,” said Kelby in announcing the 2023 event.

The volunteer-led walks offer the opportunity for amateurs, enthusiasts and professionals alike to see Milwaukee from new angles and exchange strategies and techniques.

Urban Milwaukee will publish some of the best photos from the Downtown walk following the event.

The East Side walk, organized by Melynda Benjamin, will start at 10 a.m. at the parking lot at 1410 E. Belleview Pl. and end at noon in front of Crossroads Collective food hall, 2238 N. Farwell Ave. It will include a greater focus on nature, including a walk through the Rotary Arboretum, than the Downtown walk.

Registration is not required, but it is suggested to enable the organizers to plan the walks. The walks are free to attend, but Kelby is encouraging donations to The Springs of Hope Kenya ministry.

Additional information on the international event, including a map and history, is available on the Worldwide Photo Walk website.

Individuals can follow the event by searching for posts with the tag “#WWPW2023” on different social media platforms.

35 Inspiring Winning Photos Of The Drone Photo Awards 2023

Here are the inspiring winning photos of the Drone Photo Awards 2023. This year photo of the year won by Or Adar for his photograph “Must Resist” (An aerial view of protesters holding banners during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister.)

There are total nine categories Urban, Wildlife, Sport, People, Nature, Abstract, Wedding, Series and Video. For each category there are winner, runner up, highly commended, and commended photographers are selected.

Drone Awards is the most important worldwide competition about aerial photography and video. It’s a project of Siena Awards, dedicated to a different photographic genre deliberately separated from being compared to traditional photography.

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#1 Photo Of The Year: Must resist by Or Adar

An aerial view of protesters holding banners during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul plans, in Tel Aviv Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Israeli cities for the ninth straight week, on Saturday March 4th, to fight a government plan to overhaul the country’s court system.

#2 Urban – Winner: Playground by Sebastian Piórek

A playground full of joy hidden somewhere deep in the south of Poland shows its beauty in the first flash of sun from above. This region is known for its mines and strongly urban character of architecture, so such a colorful playground is a kind of pearl from the ground and also from the air.

#3 Urban – Runner Up: Sunken church tower by Paweł Jagiełło

#4 Urban – Highly Commended: Carpet Farm by Muzaffer Murat İlhan

#5 Urban- Commended: A monument to eternal love, the Taj Mahal by Michele Falzone

#6 Wildlife – Winner: Sleeping Giant by Dhanu Paran

The elephant rests on its side, its massive body occupying a significant portion of the frame. Its wrinkled grey skin appears to harmonize effortlessly with the surrounding foliage, giving the impression that it is an inherent component of the landscape.

#7 Wildlife – Runner Up: Sorry Sight by Lalith Ekanayake

#8 Wildlife – Highly Commended: Gathering in Gold Harbour by Renato Granieri

#9 Wildlife – Highly Commended: Paving the Way by Joanna Steidle

#10 Wildlife – Commended: Fresh Tracks by Austin Johnson

#11 Sport – Winner: Highline by David Machet

In January 2021, amidst intense cold, the renowned tightrope walker Nathan Paulin successfully crossed a 200m long and 2.5cm wide “highline” at “Pointe d’Areu” in the Aravis range, at an altitude of 2460 meters. This incredible achievement required the dedicated efforts of a team of six individuals over the course of three days to execute this world premiere.

#12 Sport – Runner Up: Streaming by Joanna Steidle

#13 Sport – Highly Commended: Rhythm of Life by Xiaoke Wang

#14 Sport – Commended: Dinghy Donuts by Debbie Stevens

#15 Sport – Commended: Dunker by Rafal Saganowski

#16 People – Winner: Beach Bliss by Simon Heather

Sun lovers bring their brightest towels, swimsuits and umbrellas to the shores of Cascais, creating a wonderful vibrant wallpaper when viewed from above. Life is better at the beach!

#17 People – Runner Up: Nowruz Kurdistan by Omid Heydarifar

#18 People – Commended: Y Crossing 18 by Chin Leong Teo

#19 People – Commended: A walk in the ice by Arturo De Frias

#20 Nature – Winner: Austfonna Ice Cap by Thomas Vijayan

I have visited this place several times before, but last year it was disheartening to witness the sea ice melting as early as June. Our ship was able to navigate through the melted ice and reach the ice cap. However, even the ice cap had begun melting earlier than usual last year, which was a concerning observation.

#21 Nature – Runner Up: Boon to Bane! – The 300 acres of dumpyard by Raj Mohan

#22 Nature – Highly Commended: The lonely volcano by Daniel Viñé Garcia

#23 Nature – Commended: Art Of CLAY LAYERS by Ammar Alsayed Ahmed

#24 Nature – Commended: Skýjasnúningur / Cloud Inversion by Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove

#25 Abstract – Winner: The Exhausted Lungs of Earth by Ignacio Medem

The Colorado River basin has been severely impacted by a combination of poor management and prolonged drought, reaching a critical point of no return. The intricate patterns formed by the water, metaphorically resembling the lungs of the earth, have become depleted and are teetering on the edge of collapse.

#26 Abstract – Runner Up: Arctic Forrest by Marek Biegalski

#27 Abstract – Highly Commended: River of Fire by Tom Putt

#28 Abstract – Commended: Vibrant Speckled Way by Joanna Steidle

#29 Abstract – Commended: Posti Liberi by Pier Luigi Rivasi

#30 Wedding – Winner: Swim in the stars by Krzysztof Krawczyk

Under the heavy clouds, thousands of dry leaves glisten like stars from this vantage point, while gentle waves ripple beneath. The bride and groom find themselves in a boat adorned with beautiful flowers, creating a truly romantic scene.

#31 Wedding – Runner Up: Wedding Ring by Marcis Baltskars

#32 Wedding – Highly Commended: You belong among the wildflowers by Robin Goodlad

#33 Wedding – Commended: Sleep in the dead sea by Krzysztof Krawczyk

#34 Series – Winner: Foodscapes by George Steinmetz

FOODSCAPES is an aerial component of my Feed the Planet project, which aims to comprehensively explore the global food supply and address the increasing challenge of feeding the growing human population, projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, without further encroaching on natural lands. Gaining a deeper understanding of food production and its environmental impacts is crucial for making informed decisions. To accomplish this, I utilize professional drones to capture elevated perspectives, as they offer the most effective means of showcasing the immense scale required to sustain the entire human population.

#35 Series – Runner Up: Drawing the Line by Oren Alon

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New entomologist for The Nat uses macro photography to study his specimens

An arachnid from the island of Tasmania is seen above in a photo by Shahan Derkarabetian. Its tall eye-mount, which looks like a neck and a head, is very unusual. And after capturing the rare creature with his camera, the reactions to it have been sort of strange.

“When I put photos of this on social media a lot of people thought this was from the ocean. I had to correct multiple people (who said) ‘That’s crazy! It’s amazing what you can find in the ocean.’”

“This is from underneath a log!” said Derkarabetian, the entomology curator for the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Entomologist Shahan Derkarabetian sets up his macro photography camera in a lab at the San Diego Natural History Museum on Sept. 27, 2023.

Derkarabetian took up macro photography after he got frustrated with the poor photos he was trying to take through his microscope. He says taking these super-close photographs help you get to know the creatures a lot better.

“You see how they move, you’re paying attention to the fine details of how they look and maybe things you wouldn’t notice from somebody else’s photograph, right?” Derkarabetian said. “When you’re looking through the camera, and you see this weird structure, you want to focus on it.”

Derkarabetian attended San Diego State University and got his Ph.D. from UC Riverside. He spent five years at Harvard as a postdoctoral fellow.

He has focused his studies on arachnids called Opiliones. You may know them best as daddy longlegs or harvestmen. He said the name comes from Leiobunum Vittatum, which is very common in the U.S. and typically appears around the fall harvest.

Opiliones are not spiders and they’re easy to tell apart.

“Spiders will have two body parts. But Opiliones will have those fused. So they are basically a ball with legs,” Derkarabetian said. “Harvestmen don’t have venom. They don’t have fangs. They don’t make silk. They don’t make webs or anything like that and they are completely harmless.”

Harvestmen come in many varieties. Triaenobunus Pilosus is another native of Tasmania. Trogulus Tricarinatus originally came from Europe and it’s now seen along the Eastern Seaboard. Derkarabetian found one in the park where he’d eat lunch while going to Harvard.

Derkarabetian is a Southern California native who fell in love with nature at a very early age, growing up on the edge of development in Rancho Cucamonga. He says, to go into nature, he just had to cross the street.

“There was one day I remember. I wasn’t really paying attention to bugs or anything but I flipped this rock and there was a giant centipede. And it scared me but I couldn’t look away,” he said. “And ever since then I’d be flipping rocks and looking at the rolly pollies and the snails and things so it kind of started there.”

And now he’s collecting those strange, hidden creatures for The Nat in San Diego.

CJPOTY round 8 winners – Camera Jabber

The theme for the August 2023 round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition was ‘Light’. Once again, there was a terrific array of images submitted and it was a genuine delight to narrow them down to our top ten. We are thrilled to reveal that the following images will be added to our shortlist to be judged by our illustrious panel of judges at the end of the year.

One of these ten shortlisted images has also been selected as the round winner, with the photographer being awarded a voucher from MPB worth £500 – scroll down to find out who.

CJPOTY August 2023 ‘Light’ shortlisted images

Edyta Rice

Edita created this wonderful image with her Nikon D850 in Provance a year ago. It’s a brilliant self-portrait showing natural light being ‘captured’ in the lantern. Edyta says she was fortunate with the conditions and looked for the perfect location and shooting angle to deliver her idea.

Melanie Sharp

Melanie photographed this beautiful male Mandrill with her Sony R10 IV. She says, ‘ he was looking up at the sky deep in thought – or so it appeared. He knew exactly what was going on around him and where all his troop were. I loved how the light fell on his face and eyes.’ That’s precisely what pulled us into the shot, Melanie.

Louise Norris

Who doesn’t love a puffin? Louise captured this wonderful image using her Canon EOS 90D in the golden glow of sunset while looking out to sea on Skomer Island. It’s a tricky scene to expose, but Louise has got it just right.

Samantha Deakin

Samantha tells us, ‘My daughter loves jigsaws. Jigsaws and dolls. She often takes herself away and when I go to find her, she will be playing with one or the other in the most unusual places – the stairway, bathroom and sometimes in cupboards. I love it best when she finds a pretty patch of light! We are renovating our house and there is lots of clutter and unsightly decoration to hide if I am to realise my vision. By exploiting the properties of ‘light fall-off’ I can let the clutter melt away into the shadows. I used an off-camera flash as my light source in this image.’ We love it, Samantha. There’s a wonderfully cosy, family feel to the shot and your lighting has recreated a sunbeam perfectly.

Linda Wride

As always, Linda’s composition is excellent. We love how the white-painted walls make the photograph all about the light and its fall-off. There’s a real elegance to this photograph.

Helen Trust

Helen has two images shortlisted this month, both captured using her Canon EOS 5D IV. The first is this beautiful image of the Hamburg subway. The clean, futuristic appearance and bold leading lines draw the eye effectively. Great work, Helen.

This image was Helen’s reward for an early trip to witness the morning commute past the City of Arts & Science in Valencia. It’s a fabulous scene made even more attractive by the light from the low sun, while the cyclist gives our eyes a place to rest.

Jo Martindale

Jo is the second photographer to have two images shortlisted this month. Her inspiration for this image came when she spotted the shadows the low morning sun was creating on the wall. She gave her daughter a ball, asking her to throw it up in the air and used her Canon EOS R6 to capture the whole scene. The girl in strong directional light while her shadow is framed by the foliage shadows. It’s a playful image that the Jabber team like a lot.

Jo saw the light streaming through the tall windows in the old turbine hall at Battersea Power Station and immediately reached for her camera. She let her children explore the area and waited until her daughter was in the perfect spot for this super shot.

Fo Bugler

There’s a fabulous sense of style in this image, it’s only the nose ring that grounds it in modern times. Fo made the right decision to shoot in (or convert to) black and white because it really emphasises the pattern of light and shade on the model’s face. It’s a striking portrait.

CJPOTY August 2023 winner: Melanie Sharp

Congratulations, Melanie, a voucher worth £500 from MPB is heading your way!

Melanie’s image joins the other 9 images selected this month and goes onto our shortlist for our panel of VIP judges at the end of the year for the overall prize.

CJPOTY September: Natural Colour

There are just a couple of days left to submit images to the September round of CJPOTY. The theme ‘for the ninth round of the 2023/24 Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is ‘Natural Colour’.

Nature always seems to go one way or the other with colour. It’s either full-on or subtle. We want to see your images of whichever you prefer, muted tones or vibrant hues – or both!

This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 23:59 BST (00:59 CET and 15:59 PST) on 30th September 2023.

To submit your entry, follow the link to cjpoty or click on the CJPOTY button at the top of any of our website pages. You can submit up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing costs (£0.26). Images should be Jpegs at least 1920 pixels along their longest side but no larger than 2MB.

Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year prizes

At the end of the month, the Camera Jabber team will pick one winning image and nine runners-up from the September entries. The photographer of the winning image will receive a voucher from to the value of £500 which can be spent on anything from a huge range of kit from the World’s biggest platform for used photographic gear.

All 10 of the selected images will go into our shortlist for the year.

We’ll do this each month in 2023 so that by the end of the year, there will be 120 shortlisted images. These will then go before our fantastic panel of judges who will decide the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-placed images.

The photographer of the first-placed image overall, as decided by the panel of judges , will receive a voucher to the value of £1000 from as well as a trophy and the title ‘Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year 2023‘. The photographers who come second and third will receive vouchers worth £500 and £250, respectively.

About MPB

Founded by Matt Barker in 2011, MPB is the world’s largest platform for used photography and videography kit. MPB has transformed the way people buy, sell and trade equipment, making photography more accessible, affordable and sustainable.

Headquartered in the creative communities of Brighton, Brooklyn and Berlin, the MPB team includes trained camera experts and seasoned photographers and videographers who bring their passion to work every day to deliver outstanding service. Every piece of kit is inspected carefully by product specialists and comes with a six-month warranty to give customers peace of mind that buying used doesn’t mean sacrificing reliability.

17 Winning Photos Of The 2023 International Pet Photographer Of The Year

Here are the stunning winning photos of the 2023 International Pet Photographer Of The Year. Photographers specializing in pet photography hailing from 32 different countries showcased their finest works featuring dogs, cats, horses, and a myriad of other beloved animals in the esteemed 2023 International Pet Photographer of the Year competition.

Hosted by the renowned dog photography platform, Unleashed Education, the curtain was raised on the triumphant winners during the groundbreaking Shutterhound event – the world’s inaugural specialist dog photography conference.

The illustrious title of International Pet Photographer of the Year was bestowed upon the talented Swedish photographer, Sanna Sander, for her exceptional portfolio of images. Beyond Sander’s overall victory, this prestigious competition also honored outstanding photographers across five distinct categories: Portrait, Action, Pets and People, Documentary, and Creative.

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#1 International Pet Photographer of the Year – Sanna Sander

#2 Action: Winner By Sara Glawe

#3 Creative: Winner By Padraig Maguire

#4 Documentary: Winner By An Di Prima

#5 Pets and People: Winner By Alicja Zmyslowska

#6 Portraits: Winner By Sanna Sander

#7 Creative: Finalist By Belinda Richards

#8 Portrait: Finalist By Adam Coish

#9 Pets and People: Finalist By Renate Zuidema

#10 Action: Finalist By David Macias

#11 Portrait: Finalist By Merlin Viir

#12 Creative: Finalist By Jaydene Chapman

#13 Action: Finalist By Karin Bruhin

#14 Creative: Finalist By Saskia Rosebrock

#15 Documentary: Finalist By Yannik Nagel

#16 Creative: Finalist By Judy Reinford

#17 Action: Finalist By Sabrina Theden

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Pride, pain and parasites: the photography show about the injustice of tropical diseases | Photography

At first, they look like studio portraits, reminiscent of the jubilant style of Malick Sidibé. Against lime and verdant green fabrics fashioned into makeshift backdrops, the subjects face the camera. But they do not return our gaze. They are blind.

The portraits are part of a series by the award-winning photojournalist John Kalapo – who worked for a time as a digital archivist preserving the work of Malian photography legends, including Sidibé. In this series, the history of Malian studio portrait photography and documentary converge, as Kalapo evokes the devastating effects of onchocerciasis, known as “river blindness” – a tropical skin disease caused by a parasitic worm – in the Malian villages of Sagabary, Boukarybaye-Bohan, and Kita town.

The portraits are included in the exhibition Reframing Neglect organised by the EndFund, a private philanthropic organisation working to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – 20 conditions that disproportionately affect impoverished communities around the world. Working with activist, artist and entrepreneur Aïda Muluneh, the End Fund commissioned seven African photographers to create bodies of work to inform the viewer on NTDs. The works are also couched as a riposte to the long history of photography of Africa’s problems by white, western charitable organisations.

From pity to empathy … Aïda Muluneh, The Barriers Within (2021). Photograph: © Aïda Muluneh, Courtesy of The END Fund

Putting pain into pictures is a tough task, and photographing the suffering of others remains an extremely contentious activity. Reframing Neglect is an attempt to find a new vocabulary for visualising illness and pain in Africa. Muluneh, the best-known artist in the exhibition, has become a figurehead for this new autonomous visual language of – and for – African issues, shifting the viewer from pity to empathy.

The Ethiopian artist’s conceptual approach combines feverish colours and symbolism with traditional east African body painting techniques in highly choreographed, surreal scenes. You can take the images at face value – they are beautiful and evocative. They also offer allegories about the impact of NTDs: motifs of insects refer to the vectors of invisible, life-altering diseases. In another image, a figure dressed in red stands in a deserted classroom, pointing at a diagram on a blackboard depicting the life cycle of an infectious insect. Embedded in these images are the signs of struggle, as well as a history of survival.

More classical documentary-style images focus on collaboration and individual dignity. Sarah Waiswa spent time with Eunice Atieno, a 48-year-old single mother who has been living with lymphatic filariasis (LF), another disease caused by parasitic worms and a leading cause of permanent disability worldwide. Atieno was diagnosed in 2019, following a mass drug administration exercise that took place in her neighbourhood. Waiswa’s documentation unfolds as an extended portrait, showing vignettes of Atieno’s everyday life as she attends medical appointments and cares for her child at home. Yet the camera remains at a respectful distance – a reminder that this is someone else’s life, inviting reflection rather than action.

Dreamlike scenes of female figures … Meseret Argaw, A Broken Wing (2022). Photograph: Meseret Argaw/ Courtesy of The END Fund

It is not always about what a picture shows. Sudanese documentary photographer Ala Kheir worked with individuals in the Stables Industrial Area on the outskirts of Khartoum. Most of the community living there are migrants fleeing conflict elsewhere, and they are gravely affected by NTDs. Kheir’s illusory black and white images attempt to put the problem in a wider context, connecting the city’s architecture and the impact of war across the country with the experiences of its communities. In a haunting suite of double-exposure images, figures are engulfed by the landscapes on which they have been forced to build their temporary homes. The fate of these communities depends on what is happening elsewhere, and the pictures point us there.

As an exhibition of photography, Reframing Neglect is most engaging when it experiments with new forms. Meseret Argaw offers a conceptual series focusing on stories of women living in rural communities in Ethiopia. She combines sculpture and performance, staged, dreamlike scenes of female figures who appear isolated or excluded. They are mesmerising and mysterious interpretations of the experience of living with an NTD – Argaw comes the closest to finding an expression that is artistic and stirring, without being descriptive or illustrative.

There is something raw about this show, as it grapples with photography as both an effective and problematic tool of consciousness-raising, veering from on-the-nose documentation to conceptual art. But it contributes to a discourse and burgeoning style that is still being formed after decades of seeing Africa’s issues through a western lens. But ultimately, this isn’t an exhibition about photography. And if you walk away from the exhibition thinking about the photographs, they haven’t done their job.

Sony announces three new wireless microphones for their mirrorless Alpha cameras

Sony has unveiled its latest innovations in wireless microphone technology. The ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S wireless microphones, along with the wireless streaming microphone ECM-S1, represent a leap forward in sound quality, portability, and versatility.

Sony continues to lead the charge in technological advancements with the introduction of the ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S wireless microphones, accompanied by the ECM-S1 wireless streaming microphone. These groundbreaking microphones promise not only exceptional audio recording but also an incredibly lightweight and compact design.

ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S: Versatility Redefined

The ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S models cater to a diverse range of shooting scenarios. Whether you’re engaged in vlogging or conducting interviews, these microphones ensure pristine sound quality even when shooting away from the camera.

The ECM-W3 boasts a two-channel receiver and two microphones, while the ECM-W3S offers a one-channel receiver and one microphone. This versatile setup ensures that you can capture high-quality audio, irrespective of your filming environment.

ECM-S1: Elevating Professional Sound

For professional videographers and content creators who demand top-notch audio quality, the ECM-S1 wireless streaming microphone is the ultimate tool. With its compact and lightweight design, this microphone features three 14mm large-diameter capsules meticulously tuned to capture human voices naturally and deliver high-quality sound.

The ECM-S1 seamlessly connects to cameras, computers, and smartphones, making it indispensable for content creators seeking a dynamic audio-video experience. Unlike traditional setups that require syncing audio and video, the ECM-S1 ensures perfect synchronization during in-camera audio recording and live streaming.

Sony’s ECM-W3, ECM-W3S, and ECM-S1 microphones exemplify the brand’s unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence. These new offerings empower creators to achieve exceptional sound quality across various content creation avenues.

Pushing Boundaries for Superior Sound

Both the ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S are designed with sound quality as the top priority, delivering exceptional sound pickup with minimal noise. Equipped with advanced noise-cut and low-cut filters, these microphones effectively reduce harsh noise and unwanted low-frequency interference, resulting in clear audio recordings with minimal post-production noise removal.

When connected to a Sony camera equipped with the Multi-Interface (MI) shoe, the ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S receivers enable direct audio signal recording, ensuring outstanding sound quality with minimal interference. With support for MI Shoe, these microphones offer battery-free and cable-free shooting.

Unparalleled Connectivity and Portability

The microphones feature versatile connectivity options, including USB Type-C® and 3.5mm mini jack audio output terminals, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of devices, even those without an MI shoe. Additionally, the microphones can be used as external microphone input terminals, making them adaptable to various recording scenarios.

Compact and lightweight, the microphones are dustproof and moisture-proof, making them suitable for outdoor use. For added convenience, a portable charging case is included, ensuring you stay powered on the move.

ECM-S1: Where Artistry Meets Audio

The ECM-S1 microphone takes sound capture to new heights with its three large-diameter (14mm) capsules, supporting three sound pickup modes: Uni-directional, Omni-directional, and Stereo. It’s all about high-quality sound pickup with high sensitivity and wide frequency characteristics.

With Bluetooth 5.3 (Bluetooth Low Energy) and LC3plus codec, this microphone offers low power consumption, low latency, and high sound quality. The receiver can be attached to a compatible camera via its MI Shoe, and USB Type-C® terminals support 48 kHz/24-bit digital audio output.

Empowering Creators with Intuitive Features

The ECM-S1 microphone is lightweight and compact, offering low latency and high sound quality. It features an independent dial for sound recording level adjustment, and real-time audio input level monitoring with indicator lamps.

With built-in batteries for extended use, both the microphone and receiver support direct power supply when connected to the camera’s MI Shoe or a USB Type-C® cable. The microphone can record continuously for up to 13 hours on a full charge.

Pricing and Availability

The ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S wireless microphones will be available in select European countries from November 2023, with the ECM-S1 available in October 2023.

Pricing details are as follows:

  • ECM-W3: 500 EUR
  • ECM-W3S: 370 EUR
  • ECM-S1: 450 EUR

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10 Winning Photos Of The CEWE Photo Award 2023

Behold the stunning visuals captured by the 10 talented winners of the CEWE Photo Award 2023, under the theme ‘Our world is beautiful.’ An astonishing 509,612 entries poured in from across the globe, each one a testament to the inherent beauty of our world.

From this vast pool of creativity, a distinguished winner emerged from each of the 10 categories, each image a unique celebration of the overarching theme, ‘Our world is beautiful’.

Photographer Ariani Dikye from Indonesia has best captured the beauty of our world with this outstanding photo “Warung kopi”. The jury came to a clear conclusion, as this shot shows how joy comes to life when people come together in their community to share the beauty of their world in a moment. The photographer has elicited something very special from the scene and brought the mood of the moment to life through the quality of the photo we see.

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#1 Overall & People Category Winner By Ariani Dikye

Warung kopi – A place where people meet and hang out in Bogor, Indonesia

#2 Landscapes Winner By Marian Kuric

Doom – A volcano makes the perfect landscape shot in Grindavik, Iceland

#3 Sports Winner By Rainer Koefferlein

Triathlon – Runners pass clapping spectators cheering them on in Munich, Germany

#4 Nature Winner By Christian Bovians

Collapsing Glacier – An impressive glacier break-off witnessed during a boat tour to the Aialik Glacier in Seward, Alaska, US

#5 Cooking & Food Winner By Clerio Back

Night workers – Cooks taking their break from night work in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil

#6 Aerial Winner By Teo Chin Leong

Crossing – A man crossing a street in Tokyo, Japan

#7 Animals Winner By Claudia Räss

Hand – Chimpanzee hands photographed in the Kibale forest of Uganda

#8 Architecture & Technology Winner By Michael Kemter

Crowd – People gather at Summit One Vanderbilt in New York City

#9 Travel Winner By Hans Wichmann

Palmenhain – Scenes on the banks of the Nile reminiscent of times 2,000 years ago in Luxor, Egypt

#10 Hobby & Leisure Winner By Karl Bordron

The pool – Time is suspended after this plunge in France

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Photography school steps in for students after Art Institute of Atlanta closes

ATLANTAAfter the sudden closing of the Art Institute of Atlanta (AIA), students were left scrambling to figure out how to continue their education. One school focused on photography announced it would be stepping up to the plate to help the affected students enroll.

Sara Keith, the owner of the Atlanta School of Photography, has opened a scholarship fund to provide free classes and discounted workshops for students of AIA.

“A student’s dream of higher education should never be in jeopardy of loss,” the Atlanta School of Photography website reads. “The will and dedication to become a professional artist takes a truly unique person, and we want to do our part to support them.”

To apply for the scholarship, students must provide proof of enrollment at AIA. You can find more information here.

Keith is also still accepting donations to help more students.

AIA said it would be mailing current students up to five official copies of their transcripts at no cost to help with transfers.

Nikon Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena, price, specs, release date confirmed

The Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena is a top-flight full-frame lens designed for Z-series mirrorless cameras such as the Nikon Z8 and Z7 II. Its 135mm focal length and maximum aperture of f/1.8 make it especially well-suited to portrait, fashion and nature photography.

Nikon has included ‘Plena’ in the lens name to convey that it is a ‘complete’ lens without defects or flaws. The Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena is Nikon’s second lens to have a name, the Noct (Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct) being the first.

According to Nikon, the width of the Z mount has extended the possibilities for lens design, and the Plena takes full advantage of this for top-quality results. The new lens is said to deliver the best rendering power of any Nikon S-Line lens to date, along with the best vignette control of any S-Line lens at f/1.8. This is achieved by a prestige optical construction comprising 16 elements in 14 groups with Nikon’s SR glass, an aspherical lens element and an 11-blade iris with a round aperture. Nikon’s Meso Amorphous Coat and ARNEO Coat are also used to counter glare and lens flare. It all adds up to a lens that is said to minimise diffraction and counter sagittal coma and spherical aberrations.

Nikon also claims there is no need to stop down the Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena, and even when the aperture is wide open, point light sources are sharp, round, and clear, while backlit bokeh is devoid of sagittal coma and flare.

Naturally, the Plena features a fast, precise autofocus system, making it a great pairing with cameras such as the Nikon Z9 or Z8. There’s also a minimum focus distance of 0.82 mm.

The Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena has customisable controls, including a dedicated control ring, and it weighs just under 1Kg.

As it’s an S-Line lens, the Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena’s barrel is made from tough yet lightweight metal. It features two L-fn buttons arranged for horizontal and vertical shooting, and a large knurled ring for manual focusing. In addition, all the joints and buttons are weather-sealed, and there’s a rubber gasket around the mount. The filer mount is 82 mm, the same as S-Line f/1.2 lenses.

Nikon Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena price and availability

The Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena’s price is £2699 / €3,099. It will go on sale in mid-October 2023.


  • Product type: Portrait lens

  • Announced: 27th Sepetmber 2023

  • Mount: Nikon Z

  • Format: Full-frame (FX)

  • Focal length: 135mm

  • Maximum aperture: f/1.8

  • Construction: 16 elements in 14 groups (including 1 SR and 1 aspherical lens element)

  • Coatings: Meso Amorphous Coat and ARNEO Coat

  • Focusing system: Internal focusing system

  • Minimum focus distance: 0.82m

  • Stabilisation: No

  • Number of diaphragm blades: 11

  • Filter size: 82mm