Sublime smartphone snaps of the 2019 iPhone Photography Awards
In its 12th year the iPhone Photography Awards presents a collection of winning images that highlight the incredible quality of modern smartphone photography. Anchored by a beautiful grand-prize-winning shot of two children in Tanzania, the unique competition cements the omnipresence of iPhones and their ability to quickly capture fleeting moments larger cameras could easily miss.
Spanning a massive 18 categories and thousands of entries from over 140 countries, the IPPAWARDS not only features photographs of a quality matching any other serious competition around the globe, but also showcases images with a sense of spontaneity that only a small on-hand smartphone could capture.
Perhaps, more than other photographic competitions, this collection of images feels like a unique chronicle of wonderful transitory moments in time, existing solely due to the fact that so many people now have these amazing smartphone cameras within reach at all times.
Unlike the broader Mobile Photography Awards, the IPPAWARDS only accepts entries taken on iPhone or iPad devices. While, unsurprisingly, many winning entries this year were taken with the more current iPhone X or XS models, a large number of impressive, and awarded, entries were taken with older models going back as far as the iPhone 6.
Memorable highlights from the wide variety of winners include a perfectly timed shot of a pigeon flying across the facade of the Janta Manta Observatory in Jaipur, a gorgeously composed shot of a child’s face looking out the window of a steam train, and a lovely snap of a bather in a striped shirt on a Portugal beach.
Take a look through our gallery at all of the fantastic winners in the 2019 competition.
(For the source of this article, and to view all 55 images, please visit: https://newatlas.com/iphone-photography-awards-2019-winners-gallery/60787/)
Glorious shapes, patterns and textures in the 2019 Minimalist Photography Awards
The art of minimalist photography involves stripping an image back to just a few key compositional elements – be it a color, shape or texture. The images celebrated in this year’s Minimalist Photography Awards highlight how beautiful, and compelling, this deceptively simple aesthetic can be, across an impressively broad variety of categories.
The competition spans 12 categories, from conventional targets such as Architecture and Landscape, to the more experimental, including Abstract, Fine Art, and Conceptual. There is no clear definition to explain what constitutes a “minimalistic” photograph in the competition’s entry requirements, but looking at this year’s winners and honorable mentions it becomes quickly apparent what caught the eye of the expert judging panel.
Explorations of geometric shapes, simple color contrasts, or abstract images, seem to make up the majority of the highlighted winners this year. The overall Photographer of the Year prize went to Klaus Lenzen, for a series of images entitled Pole Vault. While Lenzen’s series is inarguably minimalistic, it perhaps isn’t the most compelling set of images to come out of the 2019 competition.
Digging deeper into the large trove of celebrated photographs reveals a truly incredible variety of images, from long-exposures of a full moon to extraordinary patterns in Iran’s desert sands. Maja Strgar Kurecic’s Other Worlds microscopic series envisions an entire universe of psychedelic galactic patterns, Eli Matityahu examines Zaha Hadid architecture with long-exposure abstractions, and Alfonso Calero finds glorious color in Tokyo at night.
Take a look through our gallery at more of this year’s gorgeous Minimal Photography Award winners and honorable mentions.
Source: Minimalist Photography Awards
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Action stations for 2019 Red Bull Illume photography competition
Not so long ago, most photographers had to be selective when shooting due to the cost of film, but the advent of digital cameras has made it easier than ever to catch moments that would otherwise have been missed – which is a particular boon for action photography. Recognizing this, in 2006 Red Bull came up with the idea for its Illume Image Quest devoted to digital action and adventure sports photography. The call has now been put out for photographers to get their action-packed images in for the 5th edition of the competition.
Since 2007 Red Bull Illume Image Quest has highlighted creative and captivating images from around the globe every three years, but from this year on it will be held every two years, in response to growing interest in photography around the world (the competition attracted 34,624 images by 5,646 photographers from 120 countries in 2016).
This year the competition sees the addition of two new categories; Best of Instagram by SanDisk, which will see adventure and action sports pic entries posted in Instagram judged each month, and the Moving Image category, which will accept video sequences of five to 30 seconds in length. This takes the total number of categories to 11, with a winner from each category and an overall winner to be selected from 55 finalists and unveiled at the awards ceremony in November.
Those winners will share in over US$100,000 in prizes, so if you want to throw your photographic hat in the ring for a slice, head over to the Red Bull Illume site for more info and submit your images. And if you want an idea of what gets the judges’ attention, check out our gallery for some of the past winners.
Source: Red Bull Illume
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From city to coast: The incredible infrared art of Paolo Pettigiani
Italian photographer Paolo Pettigiani has been experimenting with capturing the infrared spectrum of light for several years, most notably turning New York’s Central Park into a psychedelic wonderland. His latest work explores two fascinating infrared contrasts: the imposing concrete jungle of Dubai and the amazing tropics of the Maldives.
Pettigiani’s work is primarily created using full-spectrum converted cameras. While the Dubai photographs used a converted Nikon D750, the Maldives shots were taken using a converted DJI Mavic Pro 2.
“Those conversions involve removing the lowpass filter in the camera and replacing it with a clear glass,” Pettigiani explains to New Atlas. “This enables the full sensitivity of the camera’s sensor, making it sensitive to UV, visible, and IR light. This allows you to pick and choose which parts of the spectrum your camera captures depending on which screw-in filter you use in front of your lens.”
Both sets of images were created using a 590 nanometer filter, with only mild editing work done in Photoshop to slightly adjust the colors. The technique essentially takes organic elements containing chlorophyll, and captures the infrared light they reflect, turning an invisible wavelength into a visible otherworldly red hue.
The Dubai photographs compellingly highlight an impressive amount of greenery in a city filled with concrete and glass structures. Pettigiani’s Maldives images, meanwhile, offer a great contrast to the city shots. Celebrating aerial photography, the images offer a unique perspective on classical tropical landscapes, contrasting the gorgeous blue ocean and white sands with the dense patches of surreal red trees and jungle.
Take a look through our gallery at more of Pettigiani’s amazing city and coast infrared photographs.
Source: Paolo Pettigiani, Instagram
(For the source of this article, and to see all 26 pictures associated with, please visit: https://newatlas.com/infrared-photography-maldives-dubai-paolo-pettigiani/60028/)
Skypixel’s awe-inspiring top drone photos of the year
Skypixel’s 2018 Aerial Storytelling Contest winners have just been revealed offering an incredible array of spectacular drone videos and photographs. The overall grand prize this year went to a truly stunning shot of French island monastery, Mont Saint Michel, shrouded in the wisps of an early morning fog.
This massively impressive annual contest is run by Skypixel, a large online community for aerial photographers and videographers, in conjunction with DJI. This year the contest, for the first time, combined its video and photography awards into the one, single event.
The grand prize for video aerial photography went to Australian filmmaker Ain Raadik. The amazing three-minute video offers a compilation of Raadik’s recent work and travels spanning Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
“For me drones are an incredible film making tool that help me to further share the ideologies behind my work through new and unique perspectives,” says Raadik. “Instead of staying put in one place, my life stories are being told through accumulating explorations of new places with my Inspire 2. Passions for film making, testing physical limits and exploring new locations are all heavily influential factors behind my work. And I hope everyone would find their own passion in life and stick to it.”
Deryk Baumgartner’s grand prize winning photograph is another fantastic example of how drone photography has allowed artists the ability to catch fleeting moments from perspectives that would have been impossible just a few short years ago. Baumgartner, using a Mavic Pro, explains how the winning image was captured after a morning spent battling the conditions.
“I was sitting on a rock fighting with stubborn wind and thick rain for the whole morning,” says Baumgartner. “The sun came up when I was just about to stand up and go home. This photo tells a simple story of you and me. Stick to it for a little longer in life when you are just about to fold, the silver lining would often unveil itself.”
Alongside these two grand prize winners, the contest awarded a top three in Nature, Fun, Sport and Architecture categories as well as five other general winners and a People’s Choice prize.
Take a look through our gallery to check out all the extraordinary shots from this year’s contest.
(For the source of this article, and to see all 26 award-winning images as well as Ain Raadik’s Adventure Show Reel, please visit: https://newatlas.com/skypixel-2018-drone-photo-video-contest-winners/59010/)
Gallery: The incredible overall winners of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
After a couple of months of slow reveals, the final overall winners of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced featuring a provocative array of images. The impressive assortment of winners in one of the world’s largest photo competitions cover everything from moving photojournalism to impressionistic underwater photography.
The Sony World Photography Awards this year amassed a record-breaking 326,997 entries spanning 195 countries. The overall Photographer of the Year prize was selected from the 10 professional category winners, judged on a submitted series of between five and 10 images. Federico Borella took this year’s big prize with a series of emotional images investigating the link between increased suicide rates amongst farmers in South India and global warming.
The Open Photographer of the Year, based on single image submissions, went to an incredible shot from Christy Lee Rogers. The gorgeous image above is titled Harmony and sees a stunning classical painterly composition created using surreal underwater photography techniques.
Other stunning highlights from this year’s massive trove of winners include Stephan Zirwes’ stylish geometric shots of public pools in Germany, Kieran Dodds’ drone shots of Ethiopia’s declining native forests (above), and Christian Vizl’s beautiful black and white underwater portraits.
Take a look through our gallery for more winning and shortlisted highlights from this year’s huge photo competition.
(For the source of this article, and to see all 85 photo winners, please see: https://newatlas.com/sony-world-photography-awards-2019-overall-winners-gallery/59407/)
Breathtaking visions in the 5th Fine Art Photography Awards
The winners of the 5th annual Fine Art Photography Awards span a huge variety of categories, but all share a sense of creative spectacle delivering everything from incredible landscape vistas to astounding architectural abstractions.
As with last year’s competition, the two major Grand Prize recipients represent some of the least interesting winners in the contest. Instead, digging into the massive trove of category winners and nominees, we’ve uncovered an array of truly astonishing images.
Nominee, Professional, Landscape. Lightning triggered by a volcanic eruption in Colima, México
The very broad contest is split between professional and amateur competitions, each divided into 20 categories covering Architecture, Travel, Nature, Abstract and Cityscapes, just to name a few.
This spectacular collection encompasses everything from abstract drone photos to microscopic images of crystals. Other highlights include shots of lightning from the cockpit of a massive cargo plane, trippy renderings of futuristic architecture, and incredibly majestic landscape shots.
3rd Place, Amateur, Night Photography. Trains on a foggy night
Take a look through our gallery for all the highlights in this impressive and large photographic competition.
Source: Fine Art Photography Awards
(For the source of this article, and to view all 105 photographs, please visit: https://newatlas.com/gallery-fine-art-photography-awards-2019-photos/59316/)
Otherworldly winners of the Life in Another Light infrared photography competition
Life in Another Light is a photo competition that focuses solely on the spectacular art of infrared photography. The gorgeous spread of winning images recently announced in this inaugural competition highlights the astonishing beauty of photography that experiments with wavelengths of light our eyes cannot see.
Our eyes can only see a quite narrow wavelength of light. Referred to as the “visible light” spectrum, this usually spans the wavelengths between around 380 and 700 nanometers. Above 700 nanometers is a spectrum referred to as infrared, and most infrared photography is concerned with capturing the narrow band of wavelengths between 700 and 1,000 nanometers – usually dubbed “near-infrared”, so as to separate it from the longer infrared wavelengths more associated with thermal imaging.
This new photo contest focusing on infrared imagery is run by Kolari Vision, a company dedicated to converting digital cameras into being able to capture a wider spectrum of light. Despite being in its first year, interest in the competition surprised all involved with nearly 3,000 submissions received from just under 500 photographers.
“We wanted this event to gather up truly great examples of what can be done with Infrared photography as an artistic medium,” says Pat Nadolski from Kolari Vision. “Since creative IR photos aren’t very prevalent in the professional photography world yet, we wanted to create a place to see what the best IR shots look like and how to use alternative wavelengths of light creatively and as a form of storytelling. We also wanted to give visible light shooters a chance to win some equipment to get started with shooting in another wavelength of light. This was a truly global contest and the winners are from the US, UK, India, Russia, France, Italy, Serbia, Germany, Austria, Egypt, Hong Kong.”
Entries spanned five categories: Landscape, Black and White, Color Infrared, Portrait and Photo Essay. The last category, involving collections of at least 10 photographs that tell a complete story, generated a single grand prize winner. This year the overall winner was Luciano Demasi’s collection, Utah, which turned a familiar desert landscape into a colorful alien wonderland.
Take a look through our gallery featuring all the winners and honorable mentions.
Source: Kolari Vision
(For the source of this articles, and to see all 57 photo entries, please visit: https://newatlas.com/infrared-photography-content-winners/59081/)
Extraordinary winners from the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
After recently revealing a massively impressive shortlist, the Sony World Photography Awards has announced the winners in its Open competition celebrating the best single images taken in the past twelve months. Spread across ten varied categories, these incredible images present a magnificently diverse snapshot of the art of photography in 2019.
After recently revealing a massively impressive shortlist, the Sony World Photography Awards has announced the winners in its Open competition celebrating the best single images taken in the past twelve months. Spread across ten varied categories, these incredible images present a magnificently diverse snapshot of the art of photography in 2019.
The Sony World Photography Awards is undeniably one of the largest and most influential photography competitions in the world today. The Awards are spread across categories including Travel, Landscape and Culture, with entries split between Open and Professional competitions. The Open competition celebrates the art of a single image, while the Professional competition evaluates larger portfolios of work comprising between five and ten images.
This first wave of winning images concentrates on entries in the Open competition, with ten single category winners presented alongside 62 National Award winners, recognizing the best overall submissions from individual countries.
In April, alongside the Professional winners announcement, the competition will reveal an overall photographer of the year, but ahead of that take a look at some of the spectacular category and National Awards winners in our gallery.
(For the source of this article, and to see all 66 photo winners, please visit: https://newatlas.com/winners-sony-world-photography-awards-2019-open/58658/)
Architectural abstractions – the seductive geometry of buildings from above
Architects have long embedded geometrical patterns into their designs that lay hidden from the view of us ground-dwelling humans. Until the advent of drone photography these patterns were only visible in building plans or from those lucky enough to be flying overhead in helicopters or planes. Now drone photographers are revealing the beauty of these previously obscured designs.
The vast majority of photographs featured in this gallery examine structures that predate the development of drone photography. So these wonderful geometric shapes now reveal themselves as if they were secret symmetries embedded by architects to be discovered by someone in the future.
Camilo Monzón Navas’ ongoing series called Aerial Facades is one of the most impressive investigations into these unseen geometries. His work primarily focuses on the architecture of Bogotá, Colombia, uncovering remarkable previously concealed spatial arrangements in the city’s 20th century architecture.
Other incredible artists featured in this gallery include architect Dimitar Karanikolov’s aerial art examining the cities of Sicily, Sofia and Venice, and Zurich-based photographer Alex Buschor’s amazing collection of images simply titled Architecture from Above.
Take a closer look at our gallery for a trip through the hidden architectural geometries uncovered by drone photography.
(For the source of this article, and to view all 42 images, please visit: https://newatlas.com/drone-architecture-geometry-from-above-photography-gallery/58702/)
Majestic views: The winners of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards
With a gorgeously composed set of almost mythical fantasy-styled images, Canadian photographer Adam Gibbs has taken the top prize in this years International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. In its fifth year this impressive competition reveals a hundred of the most spectacular landscape photographs from the past twelve months.
“Landscape photographers are a passionate lot!” explains Peter Eastway, chairman of the judges. “Some are passionate about discovering remote locations under exceptional light, while others are passionate about using their imagination to create landscapes of the mind.”
The competition features two main awards, Photographer of the Year – based on a body of four images, and Photograph of the Year – the best single image. There are also special single awards that are different every year. For this competition those special categories were: Sunset/Sunrise. Abstract Aerial, Snow and Ice, Mist and Fog, and Exemplary Tree.
Winning the best single photograph of the year award was a beautiful mind-bending shot from Paul Marcellini entitled Autumnal Abstract. Marcellini’s extraordinary shot presents a surreal combination of color tones achieved almost completely in-camera with minimal post-processing.
“I think art is art and there are no rules, but composite photographs in landscape and nature should be disclosed to the audience,” says Marcellini. “Swapping skies or subject matter is deceptive and not true photography in my opinion.”
The top 101 images of the year were chosen from 3000 entries by a jury of five experts. As you’ll see in our gallery, the result is a gloriously diverse photographic collection – from classic panoramic shots to hauntingly abstract portraits of natural beauty.
(For the source of this article, and a chance to see a selection of 73 photographs, please visit: https://newatlas.com/international-landscape-photographer-2018-awards-gallery/58495/)
Smartphone photography comes of age in the 8th Mobile Photography Awards
In its 8th year, the Mobile Photography Awards has finally become more than a niche or novelty photography competition. Celebrating the artistry that can be created using current smartphone cameras, this year’s winners demonstrate just how far the technology has come, with an incredible array of world-class photographs.
It’s fair to say this competition probably looked quite a bit different when Canadian photographer Daniel Berman founded the awards back in 2011. Whereas the challenge of the competition originally would have been to find a creative way around the resolution limitations of a mobile phone camera, eight years on technology has evolved to the point where the competition’s submissions are genuinely a match for any major global photographic competition.
“It’s another astounding year for the evolution of mobile phone cameras, both technologically and artistically,” says Berman.
Berman suggests the iPhone is still the smartphone behind the most winning entries, but among those celebrated submissions you will find photographs snapped with Google’s Pixel 3 and the latest Samsung Galaxys. The only conditions for entry into one of 20 different themed categories is that the image must be entirely created on a smartphone or tablet. Additionally, any editing or post-production can only be undertaken using apps on a smartphone or tablet.
Alongside individual category winners, the jury selects an overall Grand Prize winner based on a larger body of submitted work. This year’s top prize went to Polish fine art photographer Dominika Koszowska for an incredible series of images shot with a Sony Xperia smartphone (one example above).
“The advantage of mobile photography is that I always have my phone with me. I can quickly edit a photo and share it with my family, social media, friends,” Koszowska explains. “Besides, I can easily blend in with the crowd without paying attention. The cost of taking a picture is really non-existent.”
Take a look through our gallery at some other celebrated entries in this years Mobile Photography Awards.
Source: Mobile Photography Awards
(For the source of this article, and to view many additional photos, please visit: https://newatlas.com/mobile-photography-awards-2019-winners/58476/)
The most spectacular, surreal and psychedelic photography of 2018
From alien architecture to neon water reflections, the last 12 months have delivered a stunning array of photographic treats. To celebrate the new year we have hand-picked a collection of the most mind-bending, sublime, and spectacular photographs we’ve been treated to in 2018.
As drones have become increasingly accessible the field of drone photography has exploded with a variety of incredible aesthetics. Some of the most impressive drone photos this year came from German photographer Kevin Krautgartner. Alongside two striking collections offering surreal aerial perspectives on mining in Australia, Krautgartner also chronicled his long car journeys to often remote sites via a series of drone snaps from above.
Spanish artist Al Mefer’s psychedelic photography was also a 2018 highlight. His Deserts of the Future and Alien Architecture collections took earthly sights and transformed them into surreal otherworldly visions. A Russian photographer known as Local Preacher also embraced neon-drenched psychedelia this year, particularly in a collection called Liquid Portals focusing on the colorful abstractions found in water reflections.
The last 12 months also served up compelling geometric ice patterns, massive solar power plants, gothic South African nightscapes, and foggy Dubai vistas. Take a look through our gallery to trip through some of the more astonishing images captured in 2018.
(For the source of this article, and to see all 52 digital photo images, please visit: https://newatlas.com/gallery-best-photographs-2018-year/57813/)
Spectacles of the past showcased by the best historic photography of 2018
The Historic Photographer of the Year is only in its second year but it is quickly securing a place as one of the most aesthetically exciting and intellectually stimulating photographic competitions on the increasingly crowded annual calendar. This year’s incredible winners celebrate a medieval island commune in France, a surreal WW2 anti-aircraft sea fort, and an ancient Scottish stone circle.
1. Le Mont Saint-Michel, France 2. Callanish Stone Circle, Isle of Lewis, Scotland 3. Palmyra, Temple of Bel, Syria 4. Pripyat, Chernobyl, Ukraine.
There seems to be a photographic competition for every kind of niche interest these days –drones, underwater, iPhones, panoramas, astronomy, and Instagram all have their own dedicated awards. And while on the surface a photography competition centered entirely on historical and cultural sites around the world may seem as niche as they come, in reality it has generated one of the more compelling collections of images delivered in the past 12 months.
The competition is pretty straightforward, with the main category covering images illustrating any historical site around the globe. This can include everything from spectacular castles and ancient prehistoric stone structures, to more modern historical images such as decaying vistas of Chernobyl and brutalist architecture from the 1970s.
Le Mont Saint-Michel, France
“Historic and cultural sites are among the most picturesque places on the planet and the very best shots demand not only time and patience but also a willingness to get off the beaten track and frame their place in history in a unique and personal way,” explains Dan Snow, one of the judges. “This year’s winning entries and submissions perfectly showcase just how stunning the history all around us can be and will doubtless encourage people to get out there and see these amazing places for themselves.”
Snow, famous for numerous BBC history documentaries, and the rest of the judging panel came up with three winners this year, alongside an expansive and impressive shortlist. The overall award went to Daniel Burton for a gorgeous shot of a medieval island commune in France called Le Mont Saint-Michel (pictured above).
Callanish Stone Circle, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Two new sub-categories were introduced this year. The Ancient History category, covering subjects primarily dating earlier than 500 CE, was won by David Ross for his remarkable shot of the Callanish Stones at sunset (above). The mysterious stone monument is thought to have been erected some time between 2900 and 2600 BCE.
The English History category was won by Mark Edwards for his haunting image of the Red Sands sea forts. These historic forts were built for anti-aircraft defense in the Second World War.
“They were operated by the army and destroyed several flying bombs,” explains Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England and another member of this year’s judging panel. “Built 76 years ago at Gravesend, the forts bear witness to the ingenuity of these building defenses along our coast in wartime Britain.”
Alongside the obvious aesthetic and technical proficiency of the photographs, a vital judging criteria in the competition is the historical story behind each image and how the photograph evokes that narrative. This excitingly novel aspect to the competition makes the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards a little more interesting than the average photo competition.
Take a trip through our gallery for a closer look at all the amazing shortlisted images encompassing thousands of years of compelling human history.
Source: Trip Historic
1. Enisala, Romania 2. WW2 Bunker, Isle of Sheppy, near Kent, England 3. The Daymark, Kingswear, Devon, England 4. Engine Room, SS Great Britain, Bristol, England
(For the balance of this article, including all 56 award-winning images, please visit: https://newatlas.com/historic-photography-awards-2018-gallery/57505/)
Jaw-dropping drone photos that highlight the best of the natural world
Camera drones are not only getting better, they are also getting cheaper, giving more and more aspiring aerial photographers the tools to gather incredible imagery from above. All over the world, hobbyists and professionals are putting their aircraft into the sky to gain incredible new perspectives on the natural world. Here we take a look at some stunning examples taken from photo-sharing platform Dronestagram.
In the space of a few short years, drone photography has become hugely popular, meaning there are more eyes in the sky than ever before. These flying cameras can be positioned out over waterfalls, above forests and in the midst of wildlife to show us perspectives on the world that simply haven’t been seen before.
In the mix here we have all manner of natural phenomena, from flamingos taking flight, to majestic waterfalls in Laos, to frozen lakes in Siberia where cracks are beginning to appear. This particular photo reveals a rocky coastline in Portugal.
And this one shows a waterfall in El Salvador’s El Impossible National park. Dronestagram user “Champagneroads” believes she was the first person to fly over this incredible landmark with a drone.
To see the full selection of images, jump on into the gallery.
(For the source of this article, and to see many additional photos, please visit: https://newatlas.com/jaw-dropping-drone-photos-natural-world/57333/)
Trip through the universe with the Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners
The winners of the incredible Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards have been revealed showing off spectacular work from the world’s best astrophotographers. The top prize this year was given to American photographer Brad Goldpaint for his sublime shot of a lone photographer capturing the Milky Way near Moab, Utah.
Goldpaint’s magnificent photograph won him a £10,000 (US$12,800) top prize, with Will Gater, one of the judges, commenting, “For me this superb image is emblematic of everything it means to be an astrophotographer; the balance between light and dark, the contrasting textures and tones of land and sky and the photographer alone under a starry canopy of breathtaking scale and beauty.”
The competition, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, is in its 10th year with this round bringing in over 4,200 entries from 91 countries. Open to both professional and amateur photographers, there are eight main categories in the competition, including Galaxies, the Moon, the Sun, Aurorae, and Skyscapes.
A Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category is also a significant part of the competition, focusing on the incredible skills of astrophotographers aged 15 years and younger. Fifteen-year-old Fabian Dalpiaz from Italy took the top £1,500 (US$1,900) prize in this category for his striking snap of the Alpe di Siusi in Italy. The gorgeous composition indulges in the autumnal colors of the landscape while capturing a passing meteor trail in the sky.
“With a competition that keeps on flourishing over the years, the growing community of amateur astrophotographers have time after time surprised us with technically accomplished, playfully imaginative and astoundingly beautiful images that sit at the intersection of art and science,” says Melanie Vandenbrouck, a curator at Royal Museums Greenwich and judge in this year’s competition. “This year did not disappoint. To pick just 31 winners from the 134 shortlisted images was fiendishly difficult!”
Other highlights in the jaw-dropping competition include a mind-bending shot of a solar eclipse, an eerie yet beautiful image of a silhouetted figure looking out to the cosmos, and a unique view of the aurora borealis in the UK filled with unusual colors.
A book featuring all this year’s winners and shortlisted entries is available at Royal Museums Greenwich, and if you’re in the UK you can see all the best images from this, and previous years, in a special exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in London.
Check out all the awe-inspiring winning and highly commended images in our gallery.
Source: Royal Museums Greenwich
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Nikon Small World winners zoom in on microscopic marvels
A surreal close-up of a weevil eye has taken the top prize at this year’s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The magnificent annual photography competition, now in its 44th year, celebrates the skill and artistry in the world of microscopic photography.
The winning image this year, selected from nearly 2,500 entries, came from United Arab Emirates-based photographer Yousef Al Habshi. Zooming in on a unique type of beetle, only found in the Philippines, Habshi’s image captures the green scales surrounding the weevil’s compound eye in never-before-seen detail.
“Because of the variety of coloring and the lines that display in the eyes of insects, I feel like I’m photographing a collection of jewelry,” says Al Habshi. “Not all people appreciate small species, particularly insects. Through photomicrography we can find a whole new, beautiful world which hasn’t been seen before. It’s like discovering what lies under the ocean’s surface.”
Second place went to an equally extraordinary image of a Fern sorus. This striking snap used autoflorecence, capturing incredible colors by striking the structure with ultraviolet light. Third place was given to a somewhat more traditional, but no less spectacular, image of a spittlebug in the midst of constructing its “bubble house”, a protective structure made from a foam substance.
“The Nikon Small World competition is now in its 44th year, and every year we continue to be astounded by the winning images,” says Eric Flem, from Nikon Instruments. “Imaging and microscope technologies continue to develop and evolve to allow artists and scientists to capture scientific moments with remarkable clarity. Our first place this year illustrates that fact beautifully.”
Take a look through our gallery featuring all the winners, honorable mentions and images of distinction in this remarkable competition.
Source: Small World Nikon
Handy Men All!
This South African Cop probably missed a few training days
Garden or no garden, we must have a trampoline
I’ll wear it, but only because I have to!
Easy to walk forwards, not so easy to get back…
This man’s got his priorities straight
If they pull this off they’re engineering geniuses
I like teamwork, but this…?
Keep on believing! Nothing can go wrong
What’s the one part of your body you shouldn’t trust to a galloping giant?
Oh yeah, like that’s gonna help?
Can’t find your helmet? No problem – use a bucket
Ok, friend, I’ve got a job for you. It’s a tough one…
An opened window does not a balcony make
This guy likes his odds
Do you think he’s a professional window cleaner?
The winners of the inaugural Drone Awards elevate the art of aerial photography
The Drone Awards is a new photography competition dedicated to the emerging art of aerial photography. This year’s inaugural competition has just revealed its winning snaps, a spectacular assortment of photographs ranging from gorgeously abstract images to profoundly unique portraits of urban life.
The competition was started by a non-profit association called Art Photo Travel, based in Italy, that’s dedicated to promoting photography and culture. The association is behind one of the stronger photo contests in the world today, the Siena International Photo Awards.
Inspired by the breadth of work emerging in the field of aerial photography the new Drone Awards set out to feature this new form. Describing the mission behind this new competition the organizer’s write:
“Becoming more sophisticated, cheaper and more accessible, drones, along with satellites, have moved from warfare technology towards a constant state of Orwellian nervousness. In this growing debate, regarding surveillance and privacy issues in the midst of ever-advancing technology, the role of the artists seems seminal. Contemporary aerial artists continue to use photography to create images of extraordinary reach and power, deepening our understanding of the world beyond its surface appearance and the way we relate to it.”
There are six categories celebrated in the competition spanning the usual suspects for drone photography awards: Nature, Sport, Urban, Wildlife and People. But perhaps the most interesting section of the bunch is the Abstract category. This section really nails into the artistic side of drone photography with some truly breathtaking and surreal images of geometric patterns.
The Grand Prize winning photograph this year went to a familiar snap from Florian Ledoux called Above The Polar Bear. Ledoux’s beautiful photograph, capturing a polar bear leaping across a gap in the sea ice, has already won a heap of awards over the past twelve months and rightly so. It’s an immediately iconic and memorable image.
Other standout shots include Gabriel Scanu’s haunting shot of Mada’in Saleh, an archaeological site in Saudi Arabia, a truly psychedelic image of an iceberg, and Entrance to Hell, from a Chinese photographer taken off the coast of Hawaii.
Take a look through the gallery for a glimpse at all the captivating winners in this impressive new photo contest.
Source: Drone Awards (For the complete set of 114 photos visit: https://newatlas.com/drone-photography-awards-contest-winners-gallery/55636/)
Pictures Worth More Than Words
The Wonderful Thing About Authentic Photographs is,
That They Often Render Words Unnecessary!
Small wonders: The winners of the Macro Art Photography awards
The winners of the Macro Art Photo Project have been revealed with first place awarded to a magnificent shot of two mayflies perched atop a poppy. The competition highlights the world of plants and gardens through the lens of macro photography.
The Macro Art Photo Project is part of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, an annual global search for the best in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. Alongside the primary competition (with entries open until late October), there are three seasonal, smaller scale awards offered. This year those smaller projects include black and white, macro art and still life. The still life project will not be revealed until early September, but winners have been announced in both the other smaller categories.
Alongside Peter Sabol’s beautiful winning shot, other commended entries include Richard Kubica’s frightening close-up of a jumping spider, a surreal image of two leaves that resembles a pair of apples, and a vibrant close up of moss framed to look like tiny strands of fire.
The Macro Art Project follows on from the Black & White seasonal competition awarded earlier this year. That competition focused on the ways black and white photography can be used to emphasize textures, patterns and shapes in the realm of garden photography.
The International Garden Photographer of the Year is run in association with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. Entries close for the main competition on October 31st with winners announced the following February before a touring exhibition kicks off to celebrate the best photographs.
(For the balance of this article please visit: https://newatlas.com/best-macro-art-garden-photography-gallery/55749/)
Great Photos From Around The World
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TIMES YOU AND I NEVER SAW
Camping out in 1918.
At least this one won’t be quite as dangerous as the old single wheeled models.
Look in the trailer over the back wheel.
They have their baby in there!
This was the approved way to change the street lamps in 1910.
A single Paddy Wagon. Never knew they had such a vehicle!
Here is an early motor-home, built in 1926.
This is a travel tent accessory built in 1910.
These are vintage treadmills in the 1920’s.
This is a 1920’s refrigerator.
Only the elite could afford such a thing, and most still had the old ice boxes.
A hair dryer in a 1920’s Salon. What a contraption!
Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911
A postcard from the 1800’s advertising a knife throwing act with the traveling circus.
A Strong-woman balances a piano and the pianist on her chest.
London, in the 1920’s, this was a telephone engineer. What a job!
A Gibson Girl in her corset in the early 1900’s. Those poor women.
This was one fad that really hurt a lot of women for life.
The Real Estate Firm
Real Estate Consultant
1521 E Elliot Road Ste 104
Gilbert, Arizona 85234
I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
Drone photography through the eyes of an architect
Fascinating Old Photographs
Cowboys around the hoodlum wagon,
Spur Ranch, Texas, 1910Judging by the saddle style, this
unidentified cowboy was working in the late 1870s or early 1880s. In his holster, he carries a Colt model 1873 single action revolver with hard rubber grips, and he
has looped his left arm around a Winchester
model 1873 carbine in a saddle scabbard.Snow Tunnel ~ On the Ouray and
Silverton Toll Rd ~ Colorado ~ 18881899
Concord , Michigan
Buggy & Wagon ShopThankful someone took the time to
photograph this type of beauty – April 1937. Buttermilk Junction, Martin County, Indiana .1887 – West
Center Street, Anaheim , California.Now we have Disneyland here!Moser’s Guns, Banjos, and Mules at the livery stable in East Tennessee around
1890In 1906, a massive magnitude 7.9
earthquake ruptured the entire San Andreas Fault in Northern California. That is a huge running crack in the ground.Now they are building houses right on the line as fast as the boards can be delivered.
Hmmmm…This is what real cowboys looked like
in 1887. Not as fancy as on TV, huh!(Notice 1st 2 women w/short skirts to stay out of the dirt!)Some of the toughest, bravest people we know of. They gave it their all to go west and start a new life. This wagon train is in eastern Colorado in 1880.This moose team belonged to W.R.
(Billy/Buffalo Bill) Day. They were found by a Métis near Baptiste Lake, Alberta
in 1910 and were reared by bottle and broken to drive by Mr. Day at Athabasca
Landing during the winter of 1910.Mr. Day and the moose team hauled mail and supplies.In the American Civil War, soldiers
were required to have at least four opposing front teeth, so that they could open a gunpowder pouch.Some draftees had their front teeth
removed to avoid service. In our day they just jumped the border into Canada.Here we have a tired old prospector
during the Klondike Gold Rush.Lulu Parr – Her skill with the gun
caught the attention of Pawnee Bill, who signed her to his show in 1903. She left that show but came back in 1911. By that time, Pawnee Bill had joined Buffalo Bill’s show.Buffalo Bill was so in awe of Lulu’s
willingness to ride unbroken ponies that he presented her with an ivory-handled
Colt single-action revolver, engraved with
‘Buffalo Bill Cody to LuluParr – 1911.’From the driver’s seat of a 40-horse
team. These rigs were used to haul Borax out of Boron, California & then loaded onto railroads for manufacturing.All this so you could do the laundry!Man, that’s a lot of horses!Hoops had to be removed before taking
your seat in a carriage and then they were hooked onto the back of the carriage.A deer hunter living in a log, 1893.
Tough guys live in tough places, I guess. Home is where you make it!Omaha Board of Trade in mountains near
Deadwood, April 26, 1889. It was created in 1889 by John C. H. Grabill, photographer. The picture presents a procession of stagecoaches loaded with
passengers coming down a mountain road.
This is a stunning photograph from1862. The image shows a Civil War ambulance crew removing the wounded from a battlefield.It shows a horse-drawn ambulance, and the Zouave uniforms of this unit.
TRULY AMAZING PHOTOS!
Each year in February
the Sun’s angle is such
that Horsetail Falls Waterfall lights up
like fire. Yosemite, USA
Panda, scared after the
earthquake in Japan, embraced the leg of a
Kalapana, Hawaii where the sea
meets the lava.
Beijing Airport by night.
Two year-old Chimpanzee feeding
milk to “Aorn”, a small tiger 60 days old.
Ducks tend to continue
to be seen in birth order,
whether or not by their mother.
Highway in Japan with snow
more than 10 meters high.
Spectacular rice fields in
Austria’s Green Lake is a
beautiful park in
winter. The snow melts in summer and
creates a very clear lake.
Undersea tunnel linking Sweden
The world’s highest swimming
pool is located in the skyscraper Marina Bay
Amazing lightning storm over the
Beautiful image of a panda bear
“The Road to Heaven”,
a place in
Ireland where every two years the stars
align with the road.
World’s Largest Swimming Pool in
Chile. More than 1,000 yards long.
Crystal Palace. Madrid.
Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain,
The Northern Lights,
The white owl.
The famous” Rosa Moss Bridges”,
Tower. Romantic and beautiful Paris,
Road to Hana, Maui,
Sea otters hold hands while they
sleep in case the current changes, so they
There are animals with
more sensitivity than many people.
Fireman giving drink to a baby
Koala in Australia fires.
Amazing view of
Manhattan, New York from above.
Frozen bubbles in the Canadian
An Iridescent spiral cloud in
observed on October 18,
View of the semi-submerged
Northern lights over
the Rocky Mountains in
A pink lake, due to the harmless
bacteria of Retba Lake, north of the Cap
Vert peninsula of Senegal.
This dog saved her puppies from
a fire at home and put them safely in one of
the fire trucks
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” — Lao Tzu
Just a reminder: Life does have an expiration date ……….. so it is time to enjoy each and every day.