25 Incredible Winning Photos Of The 2023 Nature inFocus Photography Awards

The winners of the 2023 Nature inFocus Photography Awards were recently unveiled during a prestigious ceremony held in Bangalore, India. Chosen from a staggering collection of 24,000 wildlife images submitted by more than 1,500 talented photographers, these exceptional works of art captivated the judges and audience alike. Emerging victorious, filmmaker and dedicated conservationist Srikanth Mannepuri was bestowed with the esteemed title of Photographer of the Year. His portfolio of captivating images brought to the forefront the perilous challenges that loom over the coastal mangrove forests of India.

In an international call to action, photographers spanning the globe were summoned to contribute their finest visual narratives across six distinct categories: Animal Portraits, Animal Behaviour, Conservation Focus, Creative Nature Photography, Wildscape & Animals in Their Habitat, and the grand title of Photographer of the Year – Portfolio. While the roots of this competition lie in India, this year’s edition witnessed a remarkable surge in participation from photographic virtuosos around the world.

Rohit Varma, co-founder of Nature inFocus, exclaims, “The Nature inFocus Photography Awards has blossomed into a crossroads for talents both nationally and internationally. Each year, we are privileged to encounter imagery that unveils novel facets of our natural realm, simultaneously casting a spotlight on pressing global conservation concerns. The surge in participants and their diverse geographical origins fills us with elation. Undoubtedly, it has truly evolved into an international stage for wildlife photographers!”

From gripping instances of leopards on prowl to mesmerizing compositions featuring minuscule insects, the artistic interpretations of nature showcased by this year’s laureates are nothing short of extraordinary. Below, we present a selection of our most cherished victors from this year’s competition. For the complete roster of winners, a visit to the Nature inFocus website is highly recommended.

You can find more info about Nature inFocus

#1 Photographer of the Year – Portfolio: Disappearing Guardians By Srikanth Mannepuri | Winner

#2 Photographer of the Year – Portfolio: Giants in Peril By Lalith Ekanayake | Special Mention

#3 Animal Behaviour – Shell I Eat You? By Sankhesh Dedhia | Winner

#4 Animal Behaviour – A Love Like No Other By Afroj Sheikh | Winner

#5 Animal Behaviour – Lights Will Guide You Home By Merche Llobera | Special Mention

#6 Animal Behaviour – Lion, Marlin and the Sardine School By Merche Llobera | Special Mention

#7 Animal Behaviour – Kick, Peck and Impress By Naushad KA | Special Mention

#8 Conservation Focus – Cry Me a River By Hiren Pagi | Winner

#9 Conservation Focus – Planet Plastic By Lalith Ekanayake | Winner

#10 Conservation Focus – Luck by Chance By Joshua Barton | Special Mention

#11 Conservation Focus – Road to Perdition By Geoffrey Reynaud | Special Mention

#12 Wildscape & Animals in Their Habitat – The Things You Do for Love By Amit Eshel | Winner

#13 Wildscape & Animals in Their Habitat – The Land of Stripes By Amit Vyas | Special Mention

#14 Wildscape & Animals in Their Habitat – This Photograph is Something ‘Elsa’! By Hira Punjabi | Special Mention

#15 Creative Nature Photography – All That Glitters Are Spores By Anirban Dutta | Winner

#16 Creative Nature Photography – Chiaroscuro By Kai Kolodziej | Winner

#17 Creative Nature Photography – Skimmer Love By Padmanava Santra | Special Mention

#18 Animal Portraits – Cat on the Roof By Morup Namgail | Winner

#19 Animal Portraits – Inspector Booby By Suliman Alatiqi | Winner

#20 Animal Portraits – The Bonobo and His Pet By Christian Ziegler | Winner

#21 Animal Portraits – Easy Like a Sunday By Bharath Kumar V | Special Mention

#22 Animal Portraits – Here Comes the Rain By Sergey Gorshkov | Special Mention

#23 Animal Portraits – A Face in the Crowd By Tom Shlesinger | Special Mention

#24 Young Photographer – Slender in the Night By Arnav Deshpande | Winner

#25 Young Photographer – Raiders of Hives By Pranav Mahendru | Winner

Related Articles:

Instagram photo hunters flock to sunflower fields

Instagram-worthy fields of blooming sunflowers are proving a big hit for farmers, thanks to visitors sharing their beautifully curated images on social media.

Content creator Stacey recently shared a photo of herself sitting on a swing in a field full of sunflowers – it quickly attracted more than 1,000 likes and scores of admiring comments.

“Whenever I post anything with sunflowers it always has huge interactions,” said Stacey.

The 36-year-old from Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf, said sunflowers made the perfect backdrop for a social media image.

“There’s that contrast of the yellow flower and the blue of the sky which is so eye-catching,” she said.

“You can’t look at a picture of sunflowers and not feel happy and it makes you feel joyful just walking around them.”

Stacey said she was thrilled if her social media posts encouraged others to visit.

“Getting out in nature is so good for our wellbeing and it’s a good way of increasing tourism… and then obviously they’re good for bees and insects,” she said.

Stacey’s photos were taken at Rhossili Sunflowers on south Wales’ Gower peninsular, one of the many sunflower visitor attractions that have sprung up across the UK.

It is run by fifth generation farmer Rob Morgan, who set up the attraction four years ago in a bid to “diversify to survive”.

He said it had been non-stop since opening their doors to the public on 10 July.

“People love the whole experience from leaving their car,” he said.

“The walk out to Rhossili Bay, then the multitude of different flowers and wildlife, the bees, birds, butterflies, the porpoises in the bay, seals, sea birds, choughs.”

He said the positive influence social media had had on his business was “huge” as it “motivates people to get out”.

“Some of the photos are unbelievable… people love posing for their pictures with their loved ones, dogs and children.”

He admitted there had been occasions where the beautifully curated images had not reflected the reality of the visit.

“I’ve had couples here who have argued, had a terrible time, and then all you see is this lovely picture on Instagram,” he laughed.

Portia Jones, a travel journalist and host of Travel Goals Podcast, said the success was down to farmers like Rob “understanding the social media appeal and then leaning into it”.

“They’re creating backdrops, plots, letting people pick their own flowers – it’s brilliant from their perspective isn’t it because the customers are doing the advertising for you,” she said.

“There are even guides online now about how to take the best sunflower pictures – what time of day, what you should wear.”

With sunflowers currently in full bloom, the flower is having its moment in the sun on social media too.

“People want to jump onto whatever’s popular and sunflowers at the moment are in their peak period,” said Portia.

But what drives so many of us to want to share our days out on social media?

“On a much deeper level I think we’re all moving towards ‘brand me’,” she said.

“Once upon a time social media was for seeing what your friends are up to and now it’s for telling people what you’re up to.

“It’s creating this image of a digital self. I’m just as guilty, I post loads of pictures!”

World of photography is amazing: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the world of photography is amazing. Today is World Photography Day. Warm greetings to all the colleagues associated with the work of photography.

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of former President Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on Saturday, Chief Minister Chouhan, while congratulating the photographers present in the garden at Rait Ghat on World Photography Day, said that today is a day to express respect for the art of photography.

Chouhan got photographs clicked with many photographers and himself also clicked photographs of photographers with the camera.

what is it, and why is it today?

Every year, on August 19, we observe World Photography Day – a globally recognized celebration of the photograph and its history. What actually is World Photography Day, though, and why does it take place on this particular date?

This is the date that recognizes the invention of the Daguerrotype, a process that was devised by the French artist and photographer, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in 1837. His idea was then effectively sold to the French Academy of Sciences, which subsequently gifted the process to the world on 19 August 1839.

• 184 years later, these are the best cameras for photography

The idea to recognize World Photography Day as we know it now didn’t take hold until 1991 – and for that, we can thank respected Indian photographer OP Sharma.

“The idea came to me in 1988 when, over and over again, in various publications that documented the history of photography, I came across this date: 19 August 1839,” he told Harmony – Celebrate Age magazine. “It was recorded as the date on which the then French government announced the invention of the Daguerreotype process of photography as a ‘free gift to the world’.

“I proposed the idea to several masters and photographers around the world, about 150 of them, including the RPS and the Photographic Society of America (PSA)… by the beginning of 1991, everyone took a unanimous decision and we started celebrating World Photography Day that year.”

What is a Daguerreotype?

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, whose Daguerreotype process is commemorated by World Photography Day

Louis Daguerre’s Daguerreotype process is commemorated by World Photography Day (Image credit: Louis Daguerre (public domain))

Louis Daguerre was an artist and physicist who also became a famous theatre designer. He was the business partner of inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, whose heliography method is the forebear of the photographic process. Niépce’s image View From The Window At Le Gras, recorded on a polished sheet of pewter plate coated with light-sensitive bitumen in 1826, is the earliest surviving permanent image from nature.

Daguerre, however, developed his own unique process following Niépce’s death in 1933. He invented the Daguerreotype in 1837, which was a positive image recorded on a copper plate coated with silver iodide. Latent images produced in-camera were developed by exposure to mercury vapor, and were then fixed by a strong salt solution.

Daguerre sold his process to the French Academy of Sciences in exchange for an annual pension of 6,000 francs, in addition to an annual stipend of 4,000 francs to the Niépce estate. The process was announced on 7 January 1839, and full details were given ‘free to the world’ on 19 August that year – except in Great Britain, where a patent was filed by Daguerre’s agent.

World Photography Day: View Of The Boulevard du Temple

Daguerre’s View Of The Boulevard du Temple, shot in 1938 (Image credit: Louis Daguerre (public domain))

When was the first photograph of a person?

Each daguerreotype was unique and couldn’t be reproduced except by re-photographing the image or the scene itself. Even so, they quickly became very popular.

Daguerre’s View Of The Boulevard du Temple, taken from the window of his apartment in Paris in 1838, is a unique example of early street photography that includes the first known recorded image of a human being.

It shows a busy Parisian street that would have been filled with people and carriages. However, the 10-15 minute exposure meant that none of them stayed still for long enough to be recorded. The one exception is a man having his shoes shined in the bottom-left corner. Has he appeared by accident, or did Daguerre ask him to pose?

Samuel Morse noted on seeing this picture in 1839: “Objects moving are not impressed… Consequently, his boots and legs are well defined, but he is without body or head because these were in motion.”

So, now you know where World Photography Day comes from, celebrate the occasion by getting out there and shooting your own images to ‘gift to the world’ – share them on social media with the hashtag #WorldPhotographyDay, and make sure to tag us on  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

You might also like to read: 

The best film cameras: cameras that recapture the magic of film
Learn how to apply vintage effects to photographs in Photoshop
Get the wet plate look in Affinity Photo using image layers and textures

30 Fascinating Historical Photos Shared by This Facebook Page That Could Expand Your Knowledge

It’s often said that a single image can convey a wealth of meaning, and when it comes to historical photos, this sentiment rings especially true. Over the course of history, certain photographs have transcended their visual nature, serving as invaluable records of pivotal moments and offering insights that extend far beyond their frames.

Delve into a captivating chronicle with these thought-provoking historical photographs curated by the Facebook page ‘Old Photos.’ This visual expedition through time promises to unearth lesser-explored narratives, potentially reshaping your understanding of the past and the world at large.

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 Little Girl And Her Kitty, Harlem, NY, 1949

Image source: Old Photos

#2 Dutch Boy With A Pillow Strapped On His Backside To Soften The Falling On Ice While Skating, 1933

Image source: Old Photos

#3 Two Little Girls In 1887

Image source: Old Photos

#4 Three Women In Marshall, Texas, 1899

Image source: Old Photos

#5 A Stylish Family Outing, 1946

Image source: Old Photos

#6 New York Street Style, 1940s

Image source: Old Photos

#7 Portrait Of 2 Lads With Their Baby Sibling Taken In Manhattan, New York, 1918

Image source: Old Photos

#8 Camera Girls, Late 1930s

Image source: Old Photos

#9 A Boy And His Peddle Car, 1930s

Image source: Old Photos

#10 Two Sisters, Florence And Susie Friermuth Arrested For Moonshining During The Prohibition, 1921

Image source: Old Photos

#11 Women On Motorcycles In Great Britain, 1930s

Image source: Old Photos

#12 A Group Of People At The Beach. Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1910

Image source: Old Photos

#13 Lifeboat Carrying Titanic Survivors, 1912

Image source: Old Photos

#14 Two Gentleman From The Early 1900s

Image source: Old Photos

#15 A Mother Homeschools Her Children, Louisiana, 1937

Image source: Old Photos

#16 Rainy Nights In London, 1899

Image source: Old Photos

#17 A Portrait Taken Of A Woman While She Was Mid-Sneeze

Image source: Old Photos

#18 A Young Boy Comforting His Friend In Scotland, 1968

Image source: Old Photos

#19 A Female Firefighting Team On A Converted Motorcycle In London, 1932

Image source: Old Photos

#20 On The Left, Antonin Baldrman Is Pictured At 17 Years Old. On The Right, He Is 101 Years Old

Image source: Old Photos

#21 Frederick Patterson Was The First African-American To Manufacture Cars

Image source: Old Photos

#22 Two Women Sitting Under A Tree 117 Years Ago!

Image source: Old Photos

#23 Rural One-Room School House In Florida, 1870s

Image source: Old Photos

#24 A Woman Churning Milk To Butter While Reading A Book, 1897

Image source: Old Photos

#25 A Cow Carries Seven Children “To School”. Washington, 1907

Image source: Old Photos

#26 Photographer Above The Skies Of Berlin, 1912

Image source: Old Photos

#27 Teachers On Spring Break, 1910

Image source: Old Photos

#28 Two Musicians Sitting On A Porch In Louisiana, 1938

Image source: Old Photos

#29 An Immigrant Family Arriving At Ellis Island In 1904

Image source: Old Photos

#30 A Couple Skating, Berlin, 1905

Image source: Old Photos

Related Articles:

When was photography invented?

When was photography invented? Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is the person who takes the credit for taking the first permanent photograph in around 1826 – although he did not invent the camera.

After years of experimentation, Niépce succeeded in making permanent images from nature. He called his process ‘héliographie’, which translates as ‘drawing with the sun’.

The earliest surviving image (above) shows a courtyard at his house in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes in France. It was recorded onto a sheet of pewter plate, which was coated with bitumen of Judea, a light-sensitive compound.

An 8-hour exposure in bright sunshine resulted in a positive image, which was complete once the unexposed areas were dissolved in oil of lavender and white petroleum.

Niépce’s 1826 heliograph was dark and blurred and the plate had to be viewed from a certain angle for the details of the building to be visible. Nevertheless, it was undoubtedly a major breakthrough.

Niépce had previously made a copy of a 17th-century engraving using the same process. He also made another ‘heliograph’ in 1824 and described it in a letter to his brother: “I have succeeded in obtaining a picture as good as I could wish,” he wrote.

“The objects appear with astonishing sharpness and exactitude down to the smallest details and finest gradations. As the image is almost colorless, one can judge it only by holding it at an angle, and I can tell you the effect is downright magical.” This heliograph has not survived.

Joseph Nicephore Niepce (1765-1833) photographer and chemist french engraving from the book

Niépce’s pioneering work was not recognized in his lifetime and he died in obscurity in 1833. It wasn’t until 1952 that the photo-historian Helmut Gernsheim discovered the image, stored in a London warehouse, and confirmed it as the world’s first photograph.

However, before his death, Niépce shared his process with his business partner, fellow Frenchman Louis-Jacques Daguerre, who went on to develop his own ground-breaking process – and is credited as the person who invented the camera.

The house of Nicephore Niepce, the inventor of photography, opens its doors to the general public for the first time In Saint Loup De Varennes, France on September 21, 2002

The precursor to the camera

Niépce’s new invention used a camera obscura to create the image. This optical device could take the form of a light-tight box or a darkened room, with a small hole in one side that lets in light from outside. As light travels in straight lines, the resulting image of the exterior scene is projected, upside-down, onto the surface directly opposite.

The camera obscura had been in use for a long time. The term, first used in 1604 by the German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, comes from the Latin for ‘chamber’ (‘camera’) and ‘dark’ (obscura).

The first known use of a camera obscura was in around 400 BC, by the Chinese philosopher Mozi. It was later by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. In the 13th century, Roger Bacon described using one to observe a solar eclipse.

Rudimentary lenses were added to the aperture from the 16th century onwards, to give a sharper and more detailed image. By the early 18th century, wooden camera obscura devices were being made that had a distinctly camera-like design.

Images made by a camera obscura were regarded as a visual wonder, a scientifically interesting phenomenon, and a useful drawing aid. However, beyond tracing their outlines by hand, it was impossible to make these images in any way permanent until Niépce’s invention.

Thomas Wedgwood

Thomas Wedgwood (1771-1805) made the earliest documented experiments in recording images on paper and leather coated with light-sensitive silver nitrate – and therefore also has a claim to being the first photographer.

In a letter from the 1790s, inventor and mechanical engineer James Watt wrote that Wedgwood’s primary objective in these “silver pictures” had been “to capture real-world scenes with a camera obscura,” but those attempts failed.

The son of the famous potter Josiah Wedgwood, Thomas Wedgwood did succeed in capturing what Watt described as “silhouette images of objects in contact with the treated surface”, later called photograms. However, as Wedgwood lacked a means to make them permanent, the unexposed areas gradually darkened in daylight.

30 cameras that changed the world of photography

The history of photography dates back to 400BC

Chasing storms and stars enlightens photographer’s perspective in new exhibit

Wright Dobbs opens up our perspective and shows us the serenity of the sky with his astrophotography and aerial shots of Tallahassee.

“Wright Dobbs & Alex Armitage,” a photography exhibition of works created by local artists Wright Dobbs and Alex Armitage, is featured at City Hall through Sept. 21. Dobbs is a meteorologist in Tallahassee, working for the National Weather Service. Alex Armitage was born and raised in Tallahassee but now lives on the road full-time. Dobbs and Armitage come together to share their passions for photography and the outdoors.

St. Marks Milky Way by Wright Dobbs is part of the photo exhibit at City Hall running through Sept. 21 2023.

Capturing the cosmos

There is nothing more powerful and vast than Earth’s sky. Our beautifully fragile planet, surrounded by its seven sisters, finds a home amongst the stars, dust, and gas that makes up the Milky Way galaxy. As we sit beneath this intricate system, we become one with the universe and all its possibilities.

The feeling is intimate and sonic, all at the same time. We are left with a sense of peacefulness that is impossible to capture, or is it? Astrophotographer Dobbs combines meteorology, a long exposure lens, and dedicated patience to capture the sky’s grandness and glamour.

Meteorologist and photographer Wright Dobbs has photos on display at City Hall through Sept. 21, 2023.

Dobbs’ foray into photography was a surprise. After an injury left him unable to enjoy bowling, Dobbs set out to find another hobby. His lifelong love of the outdoors and professional relationship with meteorology led him to storm chasing and star gazing. Lucky for us, he brought along his camera.

“I think I’ve always loved all things weather; I’ve always had a passion for the sky and of space,” says Dobbs. “Even though with our naked eye you can see a lot of the Milky Way, you can’t see the detail. When you use long exposure photography, a world opens up that the camera brings in.” Through astrophotography and drone-driven aerial photography, Dobbs delivers that detail to the naked eye and provides a much-needed perspective on the beauty of our Tallahassee treetops and canopied cosmos.

Lightning History Capitol Building by Wright Dobbs is part of exhibit at City Hall running through Sept. 21, 2023.

Planning leads to perspective

The power of the perfect photograph is in the preparation and the planning. Though Dobbs admits there is no perfect shot, he believes in his ability as a meteorologist to read the weather. It allows him to be at the right place at the right time to capture rare moments like the instance of a lightning strike beside the Capitol.

For this photographer, it is imperative to understand the weather and how it affects the visibility and location of the target, which for Dobbs is usually the Milky Way. “The Milky Way is a big portion of what I do because it’s the most prominent in the night sky,” says Dobbs.

“There are other things like the constellations, the Big Dipper, and the rare comet. The goal of my photography is just to get out and see what’s there.” Dobbs finds solace and peace in the Forgotten Coast, where he captures most of his shots between the magical time from dusk till dawn.

Summertime Storms by Wright Dobbs, taken with a drone, is one of the weather photographs on display at Tallahassee’s City Hall gallery through Sept. 21, 2023.

The eye of the photographer can go as far as their lens. For Dobbs, drone photography has allowed him to expand his artistic vision. Still marking unique astrological events like a solar eclipse on his calendar, Dobbs keeps watch of the weather and plans for ways to catch a new perspective of storms not captured by other devices.

“(My photograph) Summertime Storms shows a storm south of Tallahassee. I took that picture from the back of my house,” Dobbs said. “I took the drone up, flew enough to not see any houses. And there was a cool storm over the canopy of trees. The drone allowed me to see above all the trees.”

Georgia Storm, taken by Wright Dobbs, is part of the City Hall exhibit of weather photographs on display through Sept. 21, 203.

Chasing storms and premiering shows

Dobbs’ photography continues to grow and shift as he evolves as an artist, but when asked what he sees for the future, he admits the shot has not been set up yet. “I don’t know what is next. I don’t know what’s going to be out there,” says Dobbs. “I’ll keep watching the weather. With the way I take photographs, I can’t say what’s next, but I am always looking for what’s out there.”

Next April, Dobbs, with his storm-chasing enthusiast mother, will go on the chase through the Montana sky-scape for one of his dream shots: an image capturing the Milky Way and lightning, combining his two loves of astrophotography and storms. We await the results with anticipation.

Throughout August and September, Wright Dobbs’s photography will be featured for the first time at COCA’s City Hall Gallery along with Tallahassee artist, Alex Armitage.

“This is the first time I’ve ever had photos printed for a gallery. Seeing all those prints in a display – it’s a whole other ball game when you see the photos off your screen. And it gives you an appreciation of what COCA does for artists,” Dobbs said. Though new to the scene, the series captures the ancient skies with reverence and is sure to awe and inspire.

Tallahassee Night by Wright Dobbs is part of the photo exhibit at City Hall running through Sept. 21, 2023.

If you go

What: Wright Dobbs & Alex Armitage Exhibition

When: Through Sept. 21

Where: City Hall Art Gallery, 300 South Adams St. | Online at tallahasseearts.org

Cost: Free

Contact: info@tallahasseearts.org | 850-224-2500 x6

Dr. Christy Rodriguez de Conte is the feature writer for the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA). COCA is the capital area’s umbrella agency for arts and culture (www.tallahassee arts.org).

This article originally appeared on Tallahassee Democrat: Wright Dobbs & Alex Armitage chase storms, stars in photo exhibit

Wishes and Greetings to Share!

HAPPY WORLD PHOTO DAY 2023 WISHES, SMS, QUOTES, STATEMENTS, STATUS UPDATES AND MORE: World Photography Day celebrates the technology, history and evolution of this art form. Every year on August 19, people pay tribute to the photography pioneers who inspired them to pursue this skill and recognize the contributions of renowned photographers. The goal of World Photography Day is to raise awareness, about the same and share ideas and inspire people to take their passion seriously.

This day is not only a tribute to the technological advances that have revolutionized the way we capture photos and share moments of our lives, but also a celebration of the art and creativity behind the lens. According to the World Photography Day website, it’s the worldwide celebration of all kinds of photography, but each year, people also have an optional theme to focus on. The theme of World Photography Day 2023 is “LANDSCAPES”.

On this occasion, here are a few wishes and greetings you can share with photography enthusiasts.

World Photography Day 2023: Wishes and Greeting

Here are some wishes and greetings you can share on World Photography Day 2023:

• “Happy World Photography Day! Let’s celebrate the art of capturing moments in time.”

• “To all the photographers out there, thank you for capturing the world in all its beauty and wonder.”

• “May your photos always capture the joy and magic of life.”

• “Photography is a way to see the world through your own eyes and share it with others. Happy World Photography Day!”

• “Let’s take a moment to appreciate the power of photography to capture memories and emotions that will last a lifetime.”

• “May your photos always inspire and amaze.”

Here are some specific messages you can send to your friends and family who are photographers:

• “To my talented friend, happy World Photography Day! Your photos always take my breath away.”

• “I’m so proud of your work as a photographer. You have a real gift for capturing the beauty of the world.”

• “Thank you for sharing your photos with me. They always make me smile.”

• “I’m so glad to have you in my life as a friend and photographer. You always know how to capture the perfect moment.”

• “Happy World Photography Day! I can’t wait to see what you create next.”

I hope these wishes and greetings help you celebrate World Photography Day in a meaningful way!

On World Photography Day, This Wild Elephant Image Deserves Your Attention

Every year on August 19, people gather to celebrate World Photography Day. The event honors the creation of the daguerreotype, a photographic process created by Louis Daguerre in 1837 that turned out to be a turning point in the history and development of photography. The day celebrates the creative and technical aspects of photography. Photography enthusiasts often share their trove of images on social media, especially on World Photography Day, showing their passion for the subject. Among the many photographs circulating on social media, one particular snapshot taken by an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer has drawn particular attention from social media users.

Celebrating World Photo Day, IFS officer Parveen Kaswan regaled the Twitter populace with a stunning image of a majestic wild elephant, leaving us in awe. “Lord of the land !! Today on World Photography Day sharing one of favourite from my gallery. Which one is yours,” he tweeted.

The image captured a stunning sight of an elephant, in the middle of a densely forested region, surrounded by nothing but wild nature. The tusk looked menacingly beautiful in the photo standing powerfully in the center, a cloud of dusty smoke billowing up behind the animal. Ahead of the elephant, there was a narrow path, probably left by safari jeeps, leading deeper into the forest. The minimalist yet striking play of colors in the image, which comprises shades of green, brown and grey, shows the complexity of the shot as it is taken.

Evidently, social media users were in awe after finding the image during their virtual scrolls. “Made my day, splendid image,” praised one user. “Beautiful! Thank you for bringing nature closer by sharing your trip,” said another. “Gentle Giant in midst Green so beautiful,” read one comment.

The comments section was equally enjoyable to scroll through as following the words of IFS Officer Parveen Kaswan, Twitterati started sharing some of her clicked photographs, flaunting her love of photography i.e. capturing memories in a frame One user dropped an image of a rhino, peacock, and bird in the same frame, which he revealed was gathered from Twitter.

Deep Sky Marianas: HDR Sturgeon Super Moon | Lifestyle

Astrophotographer Joshua Brazzle introduces the new photo series he’s launching with PDN called Deep Sky Marianas.

The Sturgeon Super Moon is my first astronomical event photo I’ve taken since my transition to Saipan from Tinian. 

This image of the Sturgeon Super Moon was taken by astrophotographer Joshua Brazzle at 9 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2023, from Saipan. 

Tinian has lower light pollution than Saipan. Finding a dark place will be my biggest challenge here. It’s possible to shoot in high light pollution, but it costs a bit more in astrophotography gear. Moving to Saipan will not hold me back from what I love to do. When it comes to challenges in astrophotography, I keep on working towards improving no matter what issues I come across. I hope one day Saipan will have an official star gazing park for the community and tourists, or maybe an observatory in the future.

Deep Sky Marianas: M57, The Ring Nebula

Deep Sky Marianas: M16, The Eagle in the Heavens and Pillars of Creation

Deep Sky Marianas: M51 Spiral Galaxy

Follow Josh Brazzle on IG @tinianfitastrodad.