2017 Sony World Photography Awards accepting entries

2017 Sony World Photography Award entries

The Dinagyang Festival is a religious and cultural festival in Iloio City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January

© Raniel Jose Castañeda, Philippines, Entry, Open, Culture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards are open for business and accepting entries in four main competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. The Open competition includes 10 separate categories including Architecture, Street Photography and Wildlife, and Open competition entries are automatically submitted to an applicable National award.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, you can find how one DPR regular took home a World Photo National prize last year, and flip through a selection of early entries here. Submissions will be accepted for the Open and National competitions until January 5, 2017.

2017 Sony World Photography Award entries

Bear Apartment Six. © Alexandra Cearns, Australia, Entry, Open, Enhanced, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Little bears can be very busy and the cub residents of Free the Bears Fund’s enclosure number six in Cambodia are no exception. ‘Bear Apartment Six’ is a composite print made up of 16 photographs taken by photographer Alex Cearns. The single images have been meticulously pieced together to form a visually enthralling scene of bustling bear activity, indicative of an apartment building. Photographed over 90 consecutive minutes in June 2016, three sun bear cubs are the stars of the show as they climb in and out of their den entrance. Cheeky, joyful and adorable, sometimes they’re solo and sometimes they’re with their bear buddies. Each bear was rescued from the illegal wildlife trade when they were only a few months old, and will now be in the care of Free The Bears for the rest continue…

From:: DPreview

Ep. 110: The Photokina 2016 Mega Episode – Part 2

By Mike James

Episode 110 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Brad Smith, former Sports Illustrated Director of Photography

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Former Sports Illustrated Director of Photography, Brad Smith opens the show. Thanks Brad!

Lightroom gets a much-needed speed boost with Smart Previews. (#)

Amazon ditches its $12/year unlimited storage…and finally launches a photo printing service to Shutterfly’s chagrin. (#)

Panasonic reveals its upcoming GH5 body with stills and video features. (#)

500+ million Yahoo! passwords were hacked…and why you need to change yours on Flickr and elsewhere ASAP. (#)

Alien Skin releases its Exposure X2 software. (#)

Flickr throws its Marketplace stock service overboard. (#)


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Thank you for listening to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast! Connect with me, Sharky James on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @LensShark) as we continue…

From:: Petapixel

Medium Format the New 35mm?

By Jon Fauer Medium Format for Still Photography cropped up as a major theme at Photokina 2016 in Cologne. This is the world’s largest photo trade fair in the world. It’s helpful for cineastes to watch what’s happening in the still world. After… read more… continue…

From:: FD Times

Watch: The Half-Haunted Creative Style of DP Darius Khondji

By V Renée

The best cinematographers are the ones that find balance.

If you look at the filmography of DP Darius Khondji you’ll soon realize that has not only worked with some of the greatest directors of our time, including Woody Allen, David Fincher, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, but he has shot pretty much every genre imaginable. From horrific psycho thrillers (Seven) to quirky romantic comedies (Midnight in Paris), Khondji has brought his own unique creative sensibility, as well as his adept collaborative efforts, a half-haunted style that is explored in this video essay by Sareesh Sudhakaran of wolfcrow.

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From:: No Film School

Winners Announced! The cinema5D Photokina 2016 Audience Choice Awards.

By Nino Leitner


Photokina 2016 is coming to an end and what a show it has been for filmmakers! We asked you to chose your favourite filmmaking related products from a list of nominees. Now the voting is over and we have clear winners!

Here are the results:

We handed over the prizes to the representatives of the companies who we spoke to.

1st Prize: Panasonic GH5

We are happy to announce that Panasonic with their GH5 announcement won first prize. It’s true that technically it’s not a finished product but rather an announcement of some few specs – but the exciting thing about this is definitely Panasonic’s willingness to put 10-bit 4:2:2 color space in such a small interchangeable lens camera package.

2nd Prize: Syrp Slingshot


People also got very excited about the Syrp Slingshot, an affordable wirecam setup that many haven’t seen yet. Other more high-end solutions have been used on sports and nature films for years now, but this makes such a system more attainable for a lot of users.

3rd Prize: GoPro Hero 5 & Karma System


GoPro is back with their new Hero 5 camera and a whole system of usages for that camera (or their new Hero Session). The Osmo-like Hero-5-Grip is an additional use, as is their Karma drone, but how the GoPro products compare to the smart stuff coming out continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

The 30 Best J-Horror Films of All Time

By Panos Kotzathanasis


Probably the genre of Japanese cinema that has produced the most well-known contemporary Japanese films, J-horror brought to the forefront the style and aesthetics of the country, which have been somewhat forgotten after the V-cinema era. In the process, franchises that are still present were created, with their impact reaching Hollywood, which produced a number of remakes.

However, the genre has been thriving in the country since the 1960s, although in a very different fashion and without the title that made it famous.

Here is a list with 30 of the best films of the category, with a focus on diversion.

30. Ringu 0: Birthday (Norio Tsuruta, 2000)


The prequel of this story deals with Sadako’s story, as she tries to become a theater actress, after advice from her doctor who tries to find a cure for her constant nightmares. Due to her beauty and charisma, she soon becomes the star of the troupe, but strange occurrences start to happen as her powers are revealed.

Hideo Nakata had already abandoned the trilogy, disappointed by the sequel, leaving it to Norio Tsuruta. However, the film was even worse than the second one, filled with clichés and drawing excessively from the original story. The result was, once again, quite horrifying, but the movie lacked the depth and originality of the first one.

29. Carved: The Slit Mouthed Woman (Koji Shiraishi, 2007)


Based on a Japanese urban legend, “Carved” is one of the most cult entries on this list, and part of a large franchise that currently features seven films.

Decades ago, a spirit of a woman wearing a surgical mask terrorized a Japanese suburb, by asking people “Am I pretty?” before slaughtering them. Currently, similar incidents start happening again, and teachers and continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

I am a Dolly Grip

By D I am a Dolly Grip. This means that I am an expert in camera movement. I have a highly developed sense of spacial relationships. I can stand an actor up and sit them down consistently. I can repeat a move down to the millisecond. I understand blocking. I know where a camera has to be to make the shot work even without staring into a monitor. If a camera operator asks me,”Can you boom up and push in at the same time?” my answer is, “Can you pan and tilt at the same time?” I can swing a Technocrane arm around inches over an actor’s head, land on a mark and repeat it precisely. That’s what I do. If you can’t do these things consistently, you are not a dolly grip. If your signature move is to park the dolly, grab an apple box, sit down and open a paper or Facebook, but you can’t stand up an actor, you are not a dolly grip. You are a pretender. And you make my job harder .Pushing dolly is a craft. It takes years,YEARS of work. You don’t learn it overnight. You don’t learn it by being the only guy available so you get the job. You learn it just like you learn anything else: repetition and time. It’s not about a bigger paycheck. It’s about the craft. Learn your craft. Learn your craft. LEARN YOUR FUCKING CRAFT. If you are too lazy or too stupid to learn the craft, then do something else. I am tired of going onto jobs with operators I have never worked with before and having to audition because they are used to working with crappy Dolly Grips. I should start each job with at least the assumption that I am a competent Dolly Grip. continue…

From:: Dolly Grippery

Pulling Focus: Johnny Guitar (1954)

By Shane Scott-Travis


“Johnny Guitar is surely one of the most blatant psychosexual melodramas ever to disguise itself in that most commodious of genres, the Western.”

– Roger Ebert

Anyone can play guitar

“I’m gonna kill you,” spits a venomous Emma Small, played with evil élan by Mercedes McCambridge, to the legendary Joan Crawford (Forsaking All Others, Mildred Pierce) as Vienna—in a full blast conquering turn as a saloon proprietress in the centre of a cyclone of misgivings and bad blood in an Arizona cattle town. “I know,” she gamely quips,”if I don’t kill you first.”

Their dealing is amidst several armed deputies and town folk eager to mete out frontier justice over a stagecoach robbery, with a controversial railroad project, a murder, and whispers of a long-since doomed love triangle all feeding into a fire of ferment and jealous suspicion that will likely reduce many to ashes.

All this is only the flying-start to Nicholas Ray’s (In A Lonely Place, Rebel Without a Cause) avant-garde and oft-maligned revisionist Western from 1954, the singularly strange and impossibly cool Johnny Guitar.

The two women, bête noire dames in an ancillary reversal of gender archetypes, abandon the typical Western forecast in roles heretofore deemed solely by men—as hero and villain—just one of many volte-face deviations in Ray’s misunderstood masterpiece.

Vienna and Mercedes are to-the-death antagonists who, at a time prior to our story’s telling, shared a lover, the Dancin’ Kid, played by veteran tough guy cowboy actor Scott Brady (Canon City, He Walked By Night).

There’s another inamorato gunslinger in the film, too, Sterling Hayden (Dr. Strangelove, The Godfather) as the eponymous Johnny “Guitar” Logan, and like his opposite number, Dancin’ Kid, these dominator male figures are little more than commodities; objects of female fancy in another annulment of societal norms, these recognizable leading men here are merely continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

IFP Film Week Template

By Liz Nord Lede

See all of our coverage of IFP Film Week 2016.

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From:: No Film School

The Socially Anxious Framing of 'Mr. Robot' and How It's Used to Tell Stories

By V Renée

This is how framing can change everything about your story.

There are lots of different ways to convey emotions on screen, from explicitly verbalizing it with dialog to tapping into the psychological effects of color. But framing shots in specific ways can also be extremely effective at communicating a character’s mental and emotional state. Video essayist James Hayes of Film in the Making talks a bit about how the creators of the Emmy award-winning TV series Mr. Robot used framing, namely quadrant framing, to communicate the social anxiety and distrust experienced by its protagonist, a vigilante hacker named Elliot.

There are many different established theories about composition that look to explain how a subject’s positioning within a frame affects the audience’s interpretation of that scene. The popular concept of the “Rule of Thirds” states that the frame is divided by imaginary horizontal and vertical guide lines that create a multi-quadrant grid, the intersections of which serve as focal points for important features of the image (faces, objects, etc.)

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From:: No Film School

Photos of Mirror Spiders with Silvery ‘Scales’ That Grow and Shrink

By Michael Zhang


For several years now, Singaporean macro nature photographer Nicky Bay has been focusing his lens on spiders that have mirror-like reflective abdomens, which he calls mirror spiders. Certain species have mirror-like scales on their abdomens that change size depending on the spiders’ mood.

“The “silver-plates” on the abdomen seem to shrink when the spider is agitated (or perhaps threatened), revealing the actual abdomen,” Bay says. “At rest, the silver plates expand and the spaces between the plates close up to become an almost uniform reflective surface.”


Here are some of Bay’s photos of mirror spiders — not all of them are the same species:











Here are a few animated sequences showing the spiders’ scales shrinking and expanding:

If you’d like to see more of Bay’s photos of mirror spiders and keep up with new continue…

From:: Petapixel

Leica and Huawei Team Up to Launch a New Research Center

By Michael Zhang

Leica and Huawei are taking their photography partnership to a new level. Just 5 months after the launch of the Huawei P9 smartphone, which features dual Leica cameras, the two companies have announced the creation of a new research and innovation center to push photography forward.

The Max Berek Innovation Lab is located at Leica’s headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany, and is named after Max Berek (1886-1949), the German microscopy pioneer who created the very first Leica lenses and designed the optics of more than 20 lenses for Oskar Barnack’s 35mm camera.

Researchers at the lab will be working on improving imaging quality through better physical optical systems and digital software-based technologies. They’ll be innovating in a wide range of fields, including traditional photography, computational imaging, augmented reality, and virtual reality. The lab will also be collaborating with other researchers around the world.

Leica owner and chairman Dr. Andreas Kaufmann (left) signing with Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei
Leica owner and chairman Dr. Andreas Kaufmann (left) signing with Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei

“In the future, over 90 percent of data traffic will be images and videos,” says Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei. “The Max Berek Innovation Lab provides the capacity to establish an even closer partnership with Leica, leading to continuous improvements in image and video quality.”

“As a result, we will deliver the most advanced innovations in the smartphone camera market and bring greater value to consumers.”


From:: Petapixel

London Noir: The Beauty of Black and White

By Guest Author


My name is Zarko Panic, and I’m a London-based photographer specialising in noir style imagery. My city and everything in it represents the main source of inspiration, which I try to capture in the rawest way possible.

I’ve been shooting with Leica for a while, which allows me to be an unobtrusive spectator of everyday life in the bustling metropolis, ultimately translating into an honest and often accidental feedback from my subjects. The following images were created with the Leica M-P (Typ 240), Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), and Summilux 35mm f/1.4 FLE ASPH.

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When I first arrived to London 15 years ago from a small, provincial town in Serbia I was instantly hooked! I distinctly recall walking around Soho, Covent Garden and Chinatown on a cool September night and being mesmerized by everything I saw.

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One thing that especially captured my attention was the sheer diversity of people. It seemed like every race and culture imaginable flocked down to this bustling city from all over the world. I felt at home that very night and have been in continue…

From:: Petapixel

Snapchat Spectacles: $130 Sunglasses with a Built-In Camera

By Michael Zhang


Snapchat just unveiled camera sunglasses for capturing your daily life as your eyes see it. The Snapchat Spectacles are upcoming $130 shades that will compete against the likes of Google Glass.

Spectacles were developed by Snapchat over the past few years, and it has an integrated video camera — one of the smallest wireless video cameras that exist.


“Imagine one of your favorite memories,” Snapchat says. “What if you could go back and see that memory the way you experienced it? That’s why we built Spectacles.”


On a single charge using the provided case, the Spectacles can capture a day’s worth of Snaps to document your life.


Tapping the sunglasses records a 10-second Snap, and lights on the device indicate that recording is in progress.


The shades connect directly to Snapchat using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, transferring your Memories into the app using a new circular video format.

The circular videos play full screen on any device and in any orientation, showing what you experienced with a 115-degree field of view.


Here’s a short promo video that introduces the new Snapchat Spectacles:

Spectacles will be launching as a limited initial batch to the public “soon” — the exact date hasn’t been revealed — and will be available for $130 in 3 different colors.

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From:: Petapixel