CJPOTY round ten winners – Camera Jabber


The theme for the tenth round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition was ‘Silhouettes’ and it proved to be a very popular round.

Now, we can reveal that the following images will go onto our shortlist to be judged by our illustrious panel 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. One clever photographer has also managed to get two images shortlisted.

CJPOTY October 2022 Silhouettes shortlisted images

Angela Harrod

Angela’s image shows that the best camera is the one you have with you as she shot this simple yet memorable image with her iPhone. We love the composition and timing of this shot.

Rebecca Hedges

Rebecca has two images shortlisted in this round, her first was captured at sunrise in Morocco using a Sony Alpha 100. It’s another simple yet well composed shot and it makes brilliant use of the colourful sky.

This time Rebecca was in Andermatt, Switzerland and shooting from the top of the Gemsstock mountain with her Sony SLT-A77. We love the interlocking mountains with their different shades of gold and the deep shadow in the foreground.

Nancy Arehart

Nancy’s striking image, shot with a Nikon D850, shows a mother rhino with her well-grown calf walking across a dam just after sunset. Their shape and the colour of the sky really pulled us in.

Edyta Rice

Edyta tells us that she stumbled across this magical early morning scene in a local woodland. Light was spreading across the forest, diffused in the strong fog, and it created these outstanding conditions. Edyta grabbed her Nikon D850 and captured a few shots of the magnificent stag moving right in front of her.

Philippa Huber

Philippa says, ‘just before the pandemic closed our borders, I was on Lake Kerkini photographing the magnificent Dalmatian Pelicans. The boat left the small harbour before dawn and over the course of 4 days I experienced all sorts of weather. I took this shot using my Nikon D750 on a stunningly crisp, cold morning as a pelican glided past, you can see the sun emerging above the horizon, bathing the lake in its golden glow.’

Sue Newman

Sue was up early to capture this magical image with her Canon EOS 90D at Bushy Park near Hampton Court Palace in the UK, but it could easily be mistaken for an image taken in Africa. It was well-worth getting up for Sue!

Eileen Welland

Eileen says that this is one of the very first silhouettes that she captured when she started shooting with her Nikon D3400. The statue creates a bold shape against the window blinds and the image caught our eyes from the outset.

Helen Cherry

Helen tells us that she visited Kew Gardens in the UK in April and was absolutely fascinated by the
beautiful aluminium Hive installation, particularly from underneath its glass floor. This image, captured using Helen’s Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, is of several children playing on this glass floor making interesting silhouettes.

Jane Gross

Jane captured this image of an elephant walking across the horizon at Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kenya with her Nikon D750. She says, ‘for two evenings we lay in the grass watching the elephants walking across the horizon. I wanted to frame a smaller animal in the elephant’s trunk. An impala stopped to graze just where I wanted it, then just as I took the photo, it looked up in my direction. When I looked at the photo I had taken, I was thrilled to see that a bird had flown by in the frame at just the right time, giving me an impala and a bird framed in the elephant’s trunk.’ Well done Jane, it’s an excellent image.

CJPOTY October 2022 winner: Nancy Arehart

Congratulations Nancy, a voucher to the value of £500 from MPB is heading your way!

Nancy’s image will join the other nine in our shortlist to be judged for the overall prize at the end of the year.

CJPOTY November 2022: Wonderful Woodlands

The theme for the tenth round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is ‘Wonderful Woodlands. We want to see a celebration of woodlands; their trees, flora and fauna – don’t worry, you don’t have to get them all in the same shot.

This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 23:59 GMT (00:59 CET and 15:59 PST) on 30th November 2022.

To submit your entry, visit cjpoty.com. You can submit up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing costs (£0.26). The images can be taken at any time and should be Jpegs at least 1920 pixels along their longest side, but no larger than 5MB.

Photographing woodlands

There are lots of potential subjects for this round and you can use just about any lens. A macro lens is ideal for getting close to tiny fungi, a wide-angle lens will let you capture a bigger view and a telephoto will let you pick out distant (or high-up) details.

Woodlands can be especially attractive in mist while strong sunlight creates nice patches of shadow with strong highlights. Whatever the weather conditions, think about the white balance that you use because the deep shady areas can end up looking a bit too neutral or even cold if you use the auto setting – although that’s fine if that’s the look that you want.

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 June entries. The photographer of the winning image will receive a voucher from MPB.com 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 2022 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. You don’t have to enter the competition every month, but you are welcome to do so and the more shortlisted images you have at the end of the year, the greater than chance of winning the top prize.

The photographer of the first-placed image overall, as decided by the panel of judges, will received a voucher to the value of £1000 from MPB.com 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.

The judges are:

Ben Brain – Photographer, journalist & Sigma ambassador
Sophie Collins – Chief Marketing Office at MPB
Donna Crous – Food photographer, author, Nikon Europe ambassador and Rotolight Master of Light
Kate Hopewell-Smith – Wedding, portrait & boudoir photographer, Sony ambassador
Sanjay Jogia – Wedding photographer & Canon ambassador
Pete Reed OBE – Three times Olympic gold medal-winning rower and keen documentary photographer
Dominique Shaw – Photographer and co-founder of York Place Studios and Fujifilm ambassador
Craig Strong – Lensbaby founder
Christina Vaughan – Founder of Cultura Creative, the home of inclusive stock photography
Jeremy Walker – Landscape photographer, author & former Nikon ambassador

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.



Digital Artist Cristian Girotto Creates Imaginative Portraits Of Adults With Childish Features


Paris-based Digital Artist Cristian Girotto creates imaginative portraits of adults with childish features. We all agree that, somewhere inside each of us, there’s a young core, instinctive, creative but also innocent and naive. What would happen if this intimate essence would be completely revealed? Cristian Girotto’s project “The Outer Child” takes into analysis this possibility.

Here in this gallery, you can check 15 images from the project. Scroll down and inspire yourself. Please check Girotto’s more amazing work on his Website and Instagram.

You can find Cristian Girotto on the web:

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Architectural Photography: growing competition releases artsy shortlist


Extravagant train stations and mirror illusions are among the shortlisted images at the 2022 Architectural Photography Awards shortlist. Now in its 10th year, the APA celebrates photographers that encapsulate beautiful buildings, seek out new innovative designs and offer a different perspective on the world. 

The competition is split into six categories; interior, exterior, sense of place, buildings in use and mobile. For a photographer working on a series of photos, there is also the portfolio category which is awarded to a body of work consisting of 3 or more images. Every year there is a particular theme for both the mobile and portfolio category and for 2022 they are bridges and transport hubs respectively. 

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This year, photographers from 64 countries entered, which is a big increase on last year’s 42. For each category, four photographers were selected to be shortlisted and stand-out shortlisted images include the Chapel of Sound in Chengde by Kangyu Hu (Interiors), High-Density City in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong by William Shum (mobile) and Glass Floor in Tokyo by Tom Ponessa (buildings in use).

Yuyuan Garden Station in Shanghai, China (Image credit: Xhang Xiuning)

In the portfolio category, Zhang Xiuning wowed the judges with a series of photos taken at Yuyuan Garden Station in Shanghai China showing off its wavey, LED canopy. Simon Kennedy’s photos of Istanbul Airport in Turkey which oozes Arabid design and Kangyu Hu’s photos of Shenzhen Bao’an International airport also made it into the top selection. 

An unusual-looking primary school in Seyyed Bar, Iran taken by Deed Studio, a vernacular animal shed in Lissewege, Belgium by Servass Van Belle and Autumn in the Stone Forest in Kunming from Eric Siedner made it to the sense of place shortlist. 

Chapel of Sound in Chengde (Image credit: Kangyu Hu)

Paul Finch, program director of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) says, “’Now that ‘everyone’s a photographer, the importance of good architectural photography has increased because of the myriad images that potential clients (and award judges!) encounter every day. The APA program is an annual reminder of how architectural photography can enhance our understanding of design, rather than merely recording what is there. Long may it continue”

Overall winners will be announced at the end of WAF on Friday 2 December and from each category, there will be two winners; the WAF delegates winner and the jury’s choice. From November 30 – December 2, shortlisted photographs will be exhibited at the WAF in Lisbon.

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Florence Launches New Photography Division


LA-based production house Florence announces the launch of Florence Image, a new branch of its highly acclaimed creative studio. The addition of Image further establishes Florence as a cultural tastemaker and expands their ability to offer brands high calibre talent with a streamlined production approach across more mediums. 

Image’s purview encompasses still imagery, photography, events, book publishing, and other creative endeavours that may not fit into a traditional box. Image builds upon Florence’s founding vision to manifest a progressive culture where creativity thrives and diverse perspectives are valued. 

The roster includes well-known names such as ‘it’ celebrity photographer Amber Asaly, who has photographed Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Winnie Harlow, among others; Gunner Stahl, with his trademark intimate portraits of iconic entertainers; Neil Favila, renowned for his youthful and authentic imagery; Alondra Buccio, with her impressive list of global brand clients including Nike, Adidas, and Beats by Dre; Lucy Sandler, whose raw portrayal of her subjects explores identity and character; and the documentary and fashion talents of Theo Cottle, who combines a direct style and emotional mood with his own powerful, personal vision. 

The talent also includes the up-and-coming artistry of Angalis Field, a trans writer-director and photographer; South African Travys Owen, whose off-kilter visual effects and bold lighting create striking content; Ali Saloum, an Arab-American whose projects explore surrealism, existentialism, and social justice; Mishka Kornai, and his multi-disciplinary practice of combining photography, digital collage, sculpture, and performance; Vietnamese-American Pham, known for his work with artists like Nipsey Hussle, Harry Styles, Donald Glover, and Billie Eilish; Scarlett Kapella and her raw, yet playful photographs that exude female empowerment; Millicent Hailes, a multi disciplinary artist specialising in creative direction; Michael Barth’s lyrical, humorous, and sometimes contradictory images for global brands like FIFA, UGG, and Coca-Cola, and FitBit; Carissa Gallo and her photography for Vogue, Playboy, Allure, Glamour, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle; the crisp, clean stylings of Erik Ian, and Erik Paul Howard, who has created a comprehensive visual index of his community’s traditions, culture and history. 

“We’re aiming to push creativity and individuality with Image,” says Florence founder/EP Jerad Anderson. “Our latest artistic arm is intended to help further unlock opportunities for these culture-defining artists who are reaching exciting new heights in their medium. We look forward to all that they will be creating and inspiring us with as a result.” 

Florence Image Head Kristen Beecy says, “I’m thrilled to be a part of this new division dedicated to artistry and elevated expression. Representing this diverse group of photographers and directors is such a rewarding journey.”

Sigma unveils 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary lens for Fujifilm X mount


Sigma has launched its first zoom lens for Fujifilm X mount, introducing the Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, price tag £429.99.

The new standard zoom comes in an ultra-light and portable body that weighs just 290g, making it the smallest and lightest constant f/2.8 aperture crop sensor standard zoom for mirrorless cameras.

The Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary provides a full-frame equivalent focal range of 27-75mm and promises excellent edge-to-edge sharpness. This is down to its optical design, which includes one Special Low Dispersion element and three aspherical elements to keep aberrations at bay. Overall, there are 13 elements in 10 groups.

Sigma says it has also developed a control algorithm specifically for the X mount that optimises AF speed and supports in-camera aberration correction.

Despite its small size, it promises a robust build. Its internal structure is comprised of aluminium with a Thermally Stable Composite outer barrel.

The Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary joins the 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C, the 30mm F1.4 DC DN | C and the 56mm F1.4 DC DN | C in Sigma’s Contemporary lineup options for Fujifilm shooters.

30 Simple & Interesting Photos Without Context That Get Weirder The Longer You Look At Them





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Here are the 30 simple and interesting photos without contest that get weirder the longer you look at them. “Pictures Of The End” is an Instagram account where such funny pics are posted. Just look at the photos listed below and let us know if the photos make you feel like the world is going to end soon.

Scroll below 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.

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Points Of View – An Archival Gaze of Photography in India by Gayatri Sinha


Celebrated art critic and curator Gayatri Sinha’s latest edited books Point of View: Defining Moment of Photograph in India and The Archival Gaze: A Timeline of Photography in India 1840 – 2020 take a deep dive into the technological changes and aesthetic movements in photography across the Indian subcontinent. Focusing on archival and visual elements, the collections provide a much-needed kaleidoscopic lens on photography in colonial and post-colonial India. Artist, writer, curator Steven Evans is the Executive Director of FotoFest International.


The views and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, do not reflect the opinion, position or official policy of Asia Society Hong Kong, its members, or its committees. Asia Society Hong Kong does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for the content of the information presented.



Charlevoix man offers guilty plea in 2019 photography incident


GAYLORD — A Charlevoix man has been sentenced to six months in jail and has been placed on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry after pleading guilty to surveilling an unclothed person.

The Michigan State Police Gaylord Post was contacted in 2019 by a woman who was shopping at a store in Gaylord. She said a man took photos up her skirt while she was shopping for shoes.

The victim told police a man was standing uncomfortably close to her in a local store while she was shopping for shoes. The man bent over, and she observed he had his phone in his hand while his camera app was open. She immediately confronted the man and asked if he was taking photographs. He denied the allegation and then showed her photos on his phone.

The victim video recorded her confrontation with the man. She posted the video of the confrontation on Facebookand asked if anyone recognized him. Someone replied and said the man was Tim Bruce of Charlevoix.

Troopers interviewed Timothy Mark Bruce at his residence in Charlevoix. Bruce stated he was at the store in Gaylord shopping and said he remembered the confrontation with a woman, but denied taking any photographs. His phone was seized and sent to the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit in Traverse City for analysis.

The evidence was returned, and a report sent to the Otsego County Prosecutor for review. A warrant was authorized, and Bruce was arrested for one count surveilling unclothed person, a two-year felony.

He was arraigned in 2019 in the 87-A Court in Otsego County. The case was bound over to the 46th Circuit Court in Otsego County. Last June, Bruce plead guilty to surveilling unclothed person and was sentenced recently to six months in the Otsego County Jail and his name will be added to the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.

This article originally appeared on The Petoskey News-Review: Charlevoix man offers guilty plea in 2019 photography incident

Photographer Alper Yesiltas Uses AI To See How Historical Icons Would Look Like Today




Istanbul-based photographer Alper Yesiltas uses Artificial Intelligence to see what historical icons would look like today. Alper created the hyper-realistic portraits for a project titled Thisness. Behind this project lies the question “What would some iconic people look like if they lived in our time instead of living in theirs?”

Yesiltas used the original photos of these individuals to create modern-day portraits. With the help of AI, he reconstructs their outfits and the composition of the photo before editing the image to transform these historical legends into modernized icons.

Alper Yesiltas is a lawyer and photographer living in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been imagining scenes and capturing memories for about 19 years now.

Scroll down and inspire yourself. Please check Yesiltas’s more amazing work on his Instagram.

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#1 Audrey Hepburn – British Actress, Famous For Her Many Films, Especially “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”

#2 (Sir) Charlie Chaplin – British Comic Actor, Filmmaker, And Composer Who Became A Worldwide Icon Through His Screen Persona, “The Tramp”

#3 Amelia Earhart – American Aviation Pioneer And Writer, The First Female Aviator To Fly Solo Across The Atlantic Ocean

#4 Helen Keller – American Author, Disability Rights Advocate, Political Activist And Lecturer

#5 Al Capone – Nickname “Scarface”, American Gangster And Businessman Who Attained Notoriety During The Prohibition Era As The Co-Founder And Boss Of The Chicago Outfit

#6 Benjamin Franklin – Founding Father Of The United States

#7 Rosa Parks – American Activist In The Civil Rights Movement Best Known For Her Pivotal Role In The Montgomery Bus Boycott

#8 Humphrey Bogart – Nicknamed “Bogie”, An American Film And Stage Actor Famous For His Many Films, Especially “Casablanca”

#9 Sharon Tate – American Actress And Model

#10 Babe Ruth – The American Professional Baseball Player, Considered The Most Famous Baseball Player In The Entire World

#11 Gene Kelly – American Actor, Dancer, Singer, Filmmaker, And Choreographer, Famous For His Many Films, Especially “Singin’ In The Rain”

#12 Henry Ford – American Industrialist, Business Magnate, Founder Of The Ford Motor Company, And Chief Developer Of The Assembly Line Technique Of Mass Production

#13 Lauren Bacall – American Actress, Famous For Her Many Films, Especially “To Have And Have Not”

#14 Ginger Rogers – American Actress, Dancer And Singer During The Golden Age Of Hollywood, Famous For Her Many Films, Especially “Top Hat”

#15 Greta Garbo – Swedish-American Actress, Regarded As One Of The Greatest Screen Actresses, Famous For Her Many Films, Especially “Ninotchka”

#16 Alexander Hamilton – American Revolutionary, Statesman And Founding Father Of The United States

#17 Christopher Columbus – Italian Explorer And Navigator Who Completed Four Voyages Across The Atlantic Ocean, Opening The Way For The Widespread European Exploration And Colonization Of The Americas


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Seattle Eastside Bright Stage by Hamilton & Co.


The best part about my job (other than witnessing beautiful spaces and interiors firsthand) is meeting incredibly talented designers and stylists. Erin Vernon of Hamilton & Co. is not only a powerhouse of styling prowess, but also one of the kindest humans on the planet. Her design skills are so good that you don’t even notice the level of intentionality and detail. You know when you see something so perfectly as its whole that the smaller pieces blend in seamlessly so that you’re not looking at a collection of items but rather experiencing an entire feeling? That’s walking into one of Erin’s projects.

This stunning project on the Seattle Eastside was so much fun to photograph. Erin worked with the abundance of natural light to create an airy, light and crisp interior space that you just want to live in. Each room has its own flavor but everything works together to create a cohesive vision for a potential resident.

Staging: Hamilton & Co.






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