2018 Sony World Photography Award Winners Announced
After first revealing the shortlist and later the Open category and National Award winners, the World Photo Organization has finally unveiled the overall winners of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. This includes the coveted Photographer of the Year, Open Photographer of the Year, Youth Photographer of the Year, and Student photographer of the year awards, as well as the 10 winners of the Professional categories.
This year’s winners vary greatly in both style and substance: from stark portraiture, to dreamy landscapes, to an ecologically-minded photo project that sheds light on the problem plastic pollution.
The overall winner and 2018 Photographer of the Year accolade goes to British photographer Alys Tomlinson, whose project Ex-Voto:
The winning work encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still life images of the ‘ex- votos’ (offerings of religious devotion) found at pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland).
Tomlinson’s project was selected as the best from the 10 Professional category winners, where she also took home top prize in the Discovery category. The title comes with $25,000 worth of prize money.
Open Photographer of the Year was awarded to IT specialist and self-taught photographer Vaselin Atanasov for his photograph Early Autumn; Youth Photographer of the Year was earned by 16-year-old Megan Johnson for her image Still; and Student Photographer of the Year went to Canadian student Samuel Bolduc for his series The Burden, shot on behalf of College de Matane, Quebec.
Scroll through the slideshow to see the Overall, Open, Youth, Student, and all 9 remaining Professional category winners, then head over to the World Photo Organization website to see all of the 2018 winners and runners-up.
Canon has just released its smallest and lightest printer yet. The IVY Mini Photo Printer is a rechargeable battery-powered portable printer that uses ZINK Zero-Ink technology to create 2×3 prints and stickers of your smartphone photos from anywhere. The printer launches today, and offers some stiff competition to similar instant printers from Polaroid and Fujifilm.
Like all the other portable printers on the market, the IVY uses an app to sync with your smartphone. In this case it’s the Canon Mini Print App, which has been tricked out with a lot more than just a “print this photo” button. The app allows you to apply filters, frames, AR face distortion, and other photo-editing tools “including added text […] and the option to draw.”
If 2×3 is too small for you, the app also allows you to “tile print” images using either four or nine frames to create one larger collage. Alternatively, there are “over ten unique collage templates” you can print onto a single 2×3 sheet.
Here’s a closer look at the printer:
The IVY Mini Photo Printer is available starting today in Rose Gold, Mint Green and Slate Gray for $130. The printer comes with a 10-photo starter pack of ZINK paper, with refills costing $10 and $25 for the twenty- and fifty-sheet packs, respectively.
The Canon Mini Print App is available for free for both iOS and Android.
#LiveIRL With Canon U.S.A.’s New IVY Mini Photo Printer
With the Push of a Smartphone Button through the Canon Mini Print App, Print Creative 2×3 Photos and Stickers in Seconds
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 19, 2018 – Today’s consumers are increasingly looking for unique ways to seamlessly blend their personal online brand and real life persona. With internet users having an average of seven social media accounts, → continue…
GoPro has relaunched its Trade-Up program, this time as a permanent option for customers located in the United States. The program first launched last year, but only as a temporary promotion limited to previous-generation GoPro cameras exchanged for discounts on current-generation models. This time around, GoPro is accepting nearly any digital camera in any condition.
The company says it will accept any GoPro or non-GoPro digital camera under the program, and that any condition is acceptable, including “destroyed.” To participate, customers must use the Trade-Up website to purchase either a Fusion or HERO6 Black, where they’ll receive a $50 discount on the HERO6 Black (bringing the price down to $350) and/or a $100 discount on the Fusion (bringing the price down to $600).
GoPro provides the customer with a prepaid shipping label to send the company their trade-in camera; once the trade-in is verified, GoPro ships the newly purchased camera to the customer.
According to the program’s FAQ, the trade-in camera must have a new value of at least $100 USD, and while multiple cameras can be traded-in, only one discount can be applied per camera purchase. Customers have 45 days to ship the trade-in to GoPro; once received, the company will charge their payment card for the new device.
Explaining why it decided to expand the program to cover any digital camera, GoPro says, “It’s not so much that we want your old camera. We just want to make it easy for you to get your hands on the latest and greatest GoPro.”
Tokina announced the FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF—its second prime lens in the premium FíRIN lens lineup for mirrorless cameras—back in February, and we got to see it in person at CP+. But it was only this month that they revealed when the lens would ship, and only earlier today that we finally know the price.
According to Tokina itself, the autofocus lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras lens will begin shipping on June 1st; and according to online retailers who finally put the lens up for pre-order today, the price will be $950.
There’s not much more we can say about the lens that we didn’t already reveal in the announcement post and hands-on at CP+. The Fírin 20mm F2 FE AF is simply the autofocus version of Tokina’s first high-end Fírin lens. The two lenses share an optical formula, and the addition of AF is simply meant to offer “more options for end-users to choose from according to the purpose and style of shooting.”
To learn more about the Tokina Fírin 20mm F2 FE AF lens, dive into the optical design, and see some sample images captured with this lens, visit the Tokina website.
New Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF
April 06, 2018 – Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the sales release of Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF – the second prime lens in Tokina’s premium lens series FíRIN for mirrorless cameras.
FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF belongs to the newly launched “FíRIN” series of Tokina lenses for mirrorless cameras (or ILCs – Interchangeable Lens Compacts) marking a new epoch in Tokina history. FíRIN is a variation of Fírinne – the old Irish word for “truth”. It means “that what is → continue…
Skylum Software—the artist formerly known as Macphun—has released a major update to its photo editing program Luminar. The update, known as Luminar Jupiter, brings more than 300 updates and improvements, including a big performance boost for both Mac and Windows users, automatic lens correction tools, a new Raw conversion engine, and much more.
One of the biggest improvements Luminar Jupiter brings is speed. According to Skylum, the update improves performance by up to 5x on Windows devices and a whopping 12x on MacOS, as illustrated in the graphics below:
|Comparison charts for Luminar 2018 running on a Mid-2015 15″ MacBook Pro.|
|Comparison charts for Luminar 2018 running on a custom-built PC.|
Beyond speed, the core of the update is two new features available in both the Windows and MacOS versions of Luminar 2018. They are: automatic lens correction controls and an improved Raw conversion engine that’s said to yield better exposure calculation, cleaner gradients, minimized chromatic aberrations and more robust camera compatibility.
Windows users in particular gain numerous new features including batch processing, an improved cloning tool, and better masking controls, while Mac users gain advanced digital camera profiles.
The Luminar Jupiter update is available now as a free update to owners of Luminar 2018. Luminar 2017 owners can upgrade for $50, while entirely new users can grab the most recent version of Luminar for $60. To find out more or to purchase Luminar 2018 for yourself, head over to the Skylum Software website.
Skylum Updates Award-Winning Software with Luminar 2018 Jupiter
Includes Enormous Speed Increases/New Features and Functions
WHO: Skylum Software, creators of multi-award-winning Luminar 2018 imaging software, has added new and improved features with Luminar 2018 Jupiter.
WHAT: Luminar 2018 Jupiter now provides processing speeds up to 5X faster → continue…
Cinema and video accessory makers Redrock Micro have teamed up with Disney/ABC Television Group and Disney Research to design and develop the DigiBoom, a handheld gimbal-stabilized camera boom.
The DigiBoom is targeted at solo operators and small production teams who want to add unusual angles and smoothly stabilized footage to news, sports, and event video productions. The DigiBoom lets you place the camera anywhere from ground level to more than 8 feet (243 cm) up; 12 feet (365 cm) with the optional extension.
Redrock Micro says the DigiBoom is ideal for creating sweeping camera moves or unusual points of view. Key Features include complete control of operation and settings for both camera and gimbal from the grip, automated, manual, or hybrid control of camera aim and angle, and professional audio-connections and functions.
Additionally, the device comes with a single power source for camera, DigiBoom, and accessories, and the option to use an external power input. A high-resolution display allows for full-time monitoring. DigiBoom can be used with a wide range of cameras and displays but Redrock Micro recommends the Blackmagic Video Assist and Micro Studio Camera 4K recorder and camera for best performance.
The DigiBoom can be preordered for $500 on the Redrock Micro website, where you’ll also find additional product information. Target availability is Summer 2018.
New DigiBoom Aims to Energize Location Shots, Breaking News, and Sports Footage
New Hybrid Camera Rig from Redrock Micro and Disney ABC Television Group/ Disney Research Merges Best of Gimbal, Jib, Drone, and Handheld to Achieve Cinematic Moves and Impossible Camera Angles
Dallas, TX and Hollywood, CA – Redrock Micro in collaboration with Disney/ ABC Television Group and Disney Research today announced DigiBoom® – a new gimbal-stabilized camera rig that merges → continue…
The longest telephoto lens in Fujifilm’s medium format lineup has arrived with the introduction of the company’s GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR.
The lens has a 35mm equivalent of around 200mm, which can be further extended via the 1.4x teleconverter also announced today. The 250mm F4 has 16 elements, including 1 super ED and 2 ED elements, a linear focus motor and 5-stop image stabilization (per Fujifilm). The minimum focus distance is 1.4m while the maximum magnification is 0.22x.
This hefty lens is made of magnesium alloy and is sealed against the elements and can operate in temperatures as low as -10C/+14F. It has
The GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR will be available in late May for $3299.95 USD / $4124.99 CAD, while the 1.4x teleconverter will set you back $849.95 USD / $1059.99 CAD.
FUJIFILM INTRODUCES A NEW TELEPHOTO LENS FOR THE GFX MEDIUM FORMAT MIRRORLESS CAMERA SYSTEM
The GFX System Expands with the New FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR Lens, FUJINON GF1.4X TC WR Teleconverter and MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR Macro Extension Tubes; Firmware Updates for GFX, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 and X100F
Valhalla, N.Y., April 12, 2018 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the launch of the FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR, a lens that expands the telephoto range for the FUJIFILM GFX 50S medium format mirrorless digital camera system.
When combined with the GFX medium format sized sensor with an area approximately 1.7 times larger than 35mm format, the GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR lens achieves exceptional image quality. Composed of 16 lenses in 10 groups, this lens delivers unsurpassed color reproduction, three dimensional image quality, as well as ultra-high resolution and rich bokeh.
In addition, this telephoto lens is equipped with a powerful five-stop optical image stabilization and a new focus preset function, which → continue…
MindShift Gear, the sister company of ThinkTank Photo, has released its all new Exposure messenger bag lineup. Like its backpacks, the MindShift Exposure lineup is made with outdoor photographers in mind, complete with water-repellent material and a rugged bottom.
The Exposure shoulder bags come in two versions: the Exposure 13 and the Exposure 15. As the names suggest, the Exposure 13 can fit a 13-inch laptop, as well as one ungripped DSLR with a 24–70mm F2.8 attached and 2–3 extra lenses depending on your setup. Moving up, the Exposure 15 can fit a 15-inch laptop, as well as one ungripped DSLR with a 70–200mm F2.8 lens attached and 2–5 extra lenses depending on the glass you’re packing. Both bags can also hold up to a 10-inch tablet inside a zippered pocket.
As for looks, the bags are available in two color schemes: Black and Solar Flare, the latter of which is essentially gunmetal grey with orange accents.
Here’s a closer look:
Looks and capacity aren’t the Exposure lineup’s selling point though; these bags were purpose built to handle inclement weather.
The Exposure 13 and 15 were constructed out of durable water-repellant (DWR) fabric and lined with a polyurethane coating, with integrated waterproof sailcloth panels for increased protection from the elements. And for those times when you need to set the bag down, MindShift has constructed the bottom of the bag with Tarpaulin, a strong waterproof fabric that shouldn’t have a problem keeping your gear dry. Finally, if the weather gets even more demanding, there’s also an included rain cover.
As the name suggests, PolarPro’s new filters are made of 99.9% pure fused quartz wrapped inside a brass frame. PolarPro says the use of quartz sets, “a new bar for light transmission and purity as the rare, fused quartz element delivers an extremely low refractive index compared to traditional filters.”
|PolarPro QuartzLine ND Filter|
QuartzLine Filters will be offered in ultraviolet, circular polarizing and multiple neutral density varieties. They come in 37mm, 46mm, 67mm, 77mm and 82mm thread sizes, with optional step-up rings available. Below is the entire collection of filter options and step-up ring sizes:
- Filter Options: UV, CP, ND8, ND8/PL, ND16, ND16/PL, ND64, ND64/PL, ND1000, ND1000/PL, ND100000
- Step-up Ring Options:
- Step 52mm, 55mm and 58mm lens to 67mm filter
- Step 62mm, 67mm and 72mm to a 77mm filter
- Step 62mm, 67mm, 72mm and 77mm lens to an 82mm filter
PolarPro has also released a pair of Kanga Camera Filter Cases to keep either three or six filters safe and sound when traveling. They feature a soft microfiber lining and a magnetic opening for quick and quiet access. Like PolarPro’s filters, these come with a lifetime warranty.
PolarPro’s QuartzLine filters start at $60 and go up to $250, depending on the size and filter style. The three- and six-filter Kanga Camera Filter Cases retail for $40 and $50, respectively. You can find the full lineup of filters and cases on PolarPro’s website.
|Credit: SLR Magic|
Lens maker SLR Magic is exhibiting a new lineup of cinema lenses at NAB 2018 this year. The new MicroPrime CINE lenses are designed for the Sony E-Mount, and there are five of them in all. The first four—a 25mm T1.5, 35mm T1.3, 50mm T1.2, and 75mm T1.5—will all be released in May, and a fifth 18mm T2.9 will be ready “by Q3 2018.”
According to SLR Magic, the MicroPrime lenses are designed with an image circle large enough to cover full-frame sensors, a similar weight distribution across the lineup for easy lens swapping when using a gimbal, and an internal focusing mechanism. The company also says the focus gears were designed with “a throw slightly longer than photographic lenses but still manageable when a motorized follow focus is not used.”
The image below shows a basic set of specs for all five of the MicroPrime CINE lenses, although there is one mistake in the table: the lineup features an 82mm filter thread across all five lenses, not 77mm as the image below shows.
|Basic spec sheet for the 25mm T1.5, 35mm T1.3, 50mm T1.2, and 75mm T1.5 MicroPrime CINE lenses. Credit: SLR Magic|
SLR Magic is exhibiting the first four MicroPrimes at NAB 2018 this week, but if you’re not in Vegas you can expect to see these lenses at authorized SLR Magic dealers starting in May for $800 each. The MicroPrime CINE 18mm T2.9 will join its siblings sometime in Q3 2018.
Apple made a big splash in the video industry last week when it debuted ProRes RAW: a new video codec that seeks to combine the flexibility and editing latitude of RAW video with the performance and space benefits of a compressed ProRes file. And now, thanks to a free firmware update from Atomos, owners of the Shogun Inferno and Sumo19 monitor/recorders can immediately begin shooting in the new and improved format.
Simply download and install the AtomOS 9 firmware at this link, and your Shogun Inferno and Sumo19 will be able to record ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ using any of the nine supported cinema cameras from Panasonic, Sony and Canon. As of this writing, that makes the Shogun Inferno and Sumo19 the first and only monitor/recorders to offer ProRes RAW.
If you’re still a bit confused as to what ProRes RAW is, and how it differs from standard ProRes, Atomos breaks down the benefits of the new format on its website. The company also produced the following ProRes RAW sample footage using the Atomos Shogun Inferno and three different cinema cameras: the Panasonic EVA1, Canon C300mkII and Sony FS5.
ProRes RAW available today for Atomos recorders
Melbourne, Australia – 9 April 2018 – ProRes RAW is available today for Atomos recorders, delivering a powerful new RAW workflow when combined with Final Cut Pro 10.4.1. Simply install the free AtomOS 9 upgrade on the Atomos Shogun Inferno or Sumo19 monitor/recorders, connect to one of the nine supported cinema cameras, and begin recording in ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ.
Users can immediately enjoy the benefits of the amazing new RAW end-to-end workflow that combines the incredible performance of ProRes with the flexibility of RAW. Atomos devices are → continue…
In the midst of all the NAB video news, Leica has unveiled a little something for the photography crowd. Meet the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm F3.5-4.5 ASPH lens, an ultra-wide angle zoom lens that promises “performance and versatility, coupled with quick and quiet autofocus” for users of Leica’s full-frame mirrorless Leica SL.
Leica hopes the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 will be a “go-to” lens for a variety of uses: from landscapes and architecture, to weddings, concerts, and even reportage and documentary photography.
Inside the lens barrel you’ll find 18 elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical elements and three elements “made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion.” This optical formula is paired with a specially developed focusing drive with stepping motor and linear positioning that, paired with a single dedicated focusing element, promises to deliver fast and quiet autofocus.
Here’s a closer look at the lens from all angles:
The Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm F3.5-4.5 ASPH joins two other zoom lenses in the Leica SL system—the Vario-Elmarit–SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 ASPH and the APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm F2.8-4—which now cover a combined focal range of 16mm to 280mm. The lens will be available at Leica stores, boutiques, and dealers worldwide starting April 23rd for $5,495.00.
Leica Camera Announces Expansion of SL-System with an Ultra-Wide Angle Lens
The highly-anticipated Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35/3.5–4.5 ASPH provides unparalleled imaging performance and versatility, coupled with supremely quick and quiet autofocus
April 9, 2018 – Leica’s new Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35/3.5–4.5 ASPH. ultra-wide angle zoom lens perfectly rounds out the current zoom lens portfolio for the Leica SL, offering what is sure to be a go-to lens in the full-frame mirrorless Leica SL-System kit. While this ultra-wide angle lens is well-versed at capturing everything in a scene, its range of focal lengths makes it ideal for a diversity of uses, including landscape → continue…
Western Digital has unveiled a new line of solid state drives in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities. Called the Black 3D NVMe, this new model is designed for gaming but is ideal for video production as well, due to its key selling point: the ability to rapidly and seamlessly handle 4K/UHD graphics.
The 500GB and 1TB 3D Black NVMe drives have a sequential read speed up to 3,400MB/s, while the 1TB drive exclusively has a read speed up to 2,800MB/s. Additionally, the new SSD is capable of up to 500,000 random-read IOPs for what Western Digital calls “extreme throughput.” That, the company explains, makes its new NVMe drives particularly ideal for multitasking environments that are data-intensive, as well as multi-threaded applications.
“With our new architecture and controller, the Western Digital Black SSD integrates our 3D NAND technology with the NVMe interface to enable new levels of performance,” says Mark Grace, senior vice president of WD’s Devices Business Unit. “Whether it’s a new gaming rig or a video-editing workstation, our innovative NVMe drives will power many existing and future environments that enable data to thrive.”
The drives will be available in the US by the end of the month for $120, $230, and $450 for the 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB chips, respectively.
Western Digital Ups the Game with Powerful New Gaming SSD with NVMe Performance
PC gaming is increasingly immersive, with richer and more intense visual content than ever before, and gamers are faced with making technology choices to maximize their experience. To push leading-edge performance, lower power consumption and extended durability for PC gaming systems, Western Digital Corporation(NASDAQ: WDC) today introduced a high-performance Western Digital® Black 3D NVMe™ SSD featuring the company’s own SSD architecture and controller. → continue…
Following its successful campaign for the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System, Lomography has added the new ultra-wide 15mm F3.8 front lens to the lineup. The so-called Naiad 15mm Art Lens has a 135° FOV and is designed to capture sharp images up to 1cm away from the subject. It also features a lens hood that doubles as a filter mount.
The Naiad 15mm front lens features 9 elements in 7 groups, 100mm filter compatibility, a multi-colored lens coating, and support for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Pentax K mounts via the Lens Base. Though Naiad was made for full-frame systems, Lomography says the lens is suitable for crop sensors as well, with a 24mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras and 30mm on M43 systems.
Images captured with Naiad feature bright, highly saturated colors and “punchy contrast,” according Lomography. And the integrated lens hood—which can rotate 360-degrees—supports rectangular filters with thickness up to 2mm so you can further customize your results.
Here are a few sample images captured with the Naiad 15mm:
The Naiad 15mm can be purchased from Lomography’s website now for $450 USD by itself, $700 USD with the Lens Base, and $800 USD with a full filter set. Lomography is also offering the full Neptune Convertible Art Lens system, with Naiad, for $1,140; of you can buy the full set, plus Naiad, plus the full range of Naiad filters, for $1,250.
Naiad 3.8/15 Art Lens: A 15mm Front Lens for the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System
Open Up Your World — Capture Ultra-Wide Shots Steeped in Saturated Colors and Punchy Contrasts
The Olympus PEN E-PL9, the company’s entry-level mirrorless camera, is coming to North America two months after launching everywhere else. The E-PL9 features a 16MP Four Thirds sensor, 3-axis image stabilization, a tilting LCD, 4K/30p video capture and Bluetooth support.
The camera is available immediately for $599 USD / $699 CAD body only and $699 USD / $899 CAD with a 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens, custom bag and strap and a 16GB memory card. It will initially ship in three colors: Pearl White, Onyx Black and Honey Brown. A limited edition blue model is expected in early summer.
IMAGING MADE SIMPLE: THE EYE-CATCHING OLYMPUS PEN E-PL9
New PEN Is a Compact, Lightweight Interchangeable Lens Camera That Delivers Outstanding Image Quality and Creativity for the Trendy Shooter
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., April 5, 2018 — Olympus introduces the Olympus PEN® E-PL9, a compact, lightweight interchangeable lens camera packed with features to enhance your photography with stunning image quality and sophisticated design. The PEN E-PL9 is the newest model in the award-winning PEN lineup and combines Olympus’ latest touchscreen controls with an array of interchangeable lens options to go beyond smartphone photography, perfect for those looking to capture and share their lifestyle in attention-grabbing detail with friends and followers.
The Olympus PEN E-PL9’s sophisticated design is bolstered by aluminum accents, metal dials, and leather grain that perfectly complements each color option to match your personal style — Pearl White, Onyx Black, and Honey Brown. The 180-degree flip-touch LCD monitor simplifies selfie stills and videos with an easy-to-use interface that automatically switches the camera to Selfie Mode when the monitor is flipped downward to its front-facing position.
In-body image stabilization delivers sharp images and smooth 4K video even in low light environments or when using a telephoto lens. The latest Olympus → continue…