LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2018: See the Winners and Finalists

The fourth annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards winners have been announced. Photographers from over 170 countries entered the contest, and 39 photographers from 22 different countries made the cut.

Street photography allows people to see other country’s settings in a more artistic way. The winners in this years competition take you to the streets around the world, from the “futuristic urban scenes in Tokyo” to “intimate black-and-white moments in Berlin.”

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Interview: Dog Photographer Offers Pro Tips for Capturing Stunning Portraits of Your Pooch

You don’t have to be a pet owner to know that photographing dogs can be tricky. It takes time, patience, and skill to snap artful images of canines. Those who are able to capture such images undoubtedly have a gift—with both photography and animals. Anne Geier is one of these incredible individuals taking gorgeous pictures of dogs—both alone and in groups—that highlight their heart and humanity. Their expressive faces, which will make even the most lukewarm dog lovers melt, are made even more enchanting by being set amidst gorgeous natural backdrops.

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See Nature Reclaim These Abandoned Places

Weeds penetrate the wrought iron grid of the greenhouse standing next to a boarded up castle in Belgium. French photographer Jonathan “Jonk” Jimenez climbed through the shattered glass to capture nature reclaiming the site man has long forgotten.

“It’s a rusty place with broken windows, but still it’s beautiful. I like to find beauty where you think you cannot find beauty,” Jonk explains. This quest was the impetus behind his travels to more than 700 abandoned locations in 33 countries on four continents, resulting in a new book, Naturalia: Reclaimed by Nature.

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A passion for photography, the environment lead to national forest internship

Evan Pak ’19 came to St. Olaf College with a love for the outdoors and a camera in his hand.

Even before classes started, Pak landed a job in the Office of Marketing and Communications as a student photographer. Once on campus, he enrolled in the Environmental Conversations program, and he joined the outdoors club, Oles Under the Sun (OUTS).

Pak even started a physics major, something he enjoyed in high school. However, he gradually realized it wasn’t a perfect fit. “I enjoy physics, but it wasn’t necessarily something I wanted to dedicate that much time to,” he remembers.

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Here’s the Full List of the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ For 2018

The news straight out of Bilbao, where hundreds of chefs and restaurateurs gathered today for the announcement of the annual ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants,’ is that Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is once again the “best,” after previously taking the top spot in 2016. Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca, which nabbed the No. 1 spot in 2015, is currently No. 2, and last year’s victor, Eleven Madison Park, is now ranked at No. 4. So much drama.

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Hot Plates: Documentary about women in the restaurant business — ‘we need to get a little louder’

Although more than half of culinary school graduates are women, fewer than 7 percent of restaurant owners and head chefs are female, according to a Bloomberg News statistic James cites. And when Time magazine ran a story earlier this decade lauding “Gods of the Kitchen,” a roundup of top culinary talent that exclusively featured men, James, a former newspaper reporter who worked at her mother’s restaurant growing up, found the enraging inspiration for her first documentary film.

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