Out of this world! Stunning images shortlisted for astronomy photography competition reveal the beauty in space

From an image of the Northern Lights to a photo of the International Space Station, the shortlist for the Royal Observatory’s Insight Investment AstronomyPhotographer of the Year 2018 has been revealed.

The competition is now in its tenth year, and received over 4,200 entries from amateur and professional photographers from 91 countries.

Shortlisted images include one of the Milky Way looming over a thunderstorm, as well as a breathtaking view of deep space framed by a glacial tongue.

This year’s judges include comedian Jon Culshaw, Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine Chris Bramley, and the Royal Observatory’s Public Astronomer, Dr Marek Kukula.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 23 October.

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Talent, Not Tools, Will Determine the Quality of Your Photography

Talent, Not Tools, Will Determine the Quality of Your Photography

Today, I state the obvious. But sometimes even the most obvious things can be easy to forget.

I got an email yesterday from a talented young photographer. The aspiring professional asked a very logical question, one that I myself would’ve asked when I was just starting out on my journey. How does one become a professional photographer if one can’t afford to purchase a top of the line camera? I responded to the question in a brief manner, stating that talent makes a photographer, not his or her tools. And while that may roll easily off my tongue like any other proposed words of wisdom, I thought it might be helpful for some out there if I were to go a bit further.

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17 Types of Photography: Which Niche is Right for You?


The best thing about being a beginner and aspiring photographer is that you are free to explore virtually every photography niche there is. Fashion, photojournalism, sports, events—armed with a camera, you can try it all out and improve your skill at the same time.

But as you gain more experience in photography, you’ll find that it’s hard to master a specific style if you don’t stick to it. In fact, it may be the very thing that could be holding you back from being successful in a particular niche.

In this article, we’ll help you understand some of the most popular niches in photography, what they’re like, and how you can excel in each of them.



Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest now open

Now celebrating its tenth year, the BC SPCA’s Wildlife-in-Focus Photography Contest is officially open for entries. Whether the subjects are in your own backyard, foraging for food in rivers, or exploring B.C.’s beautiful forests, amateur photographers at least 14 years of age are invited to send in their work. The contest runs until Sept. 15.

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As she battled and beat cancer, Kathryn Dyer found peace and passion through photography

In the latest episode of the sixth season of Adorama’s Through the Lens, the focus is on photographer Kathryn Dyer. Sacramento-based Dyer first forayed into the world of Instagram and became more serious about photography when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her husband bought a camera for them to share and take Kathryn’s mind off her battle with cancer through nature photography sessions.

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International Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards open for entries

Overall Winner: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year: Noor Ahmed Gelal, Bangladesh. Praying with Food. Breaking the fast in congregation. A section of the Hindu community is preparing to break the day-long fast in one of the local temples at Swamibag, Dhaka, Bangladesh. They believe their fasting will redeem their sins.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers from anywhere in the world, and is the largest competition of its kind.

In 2019 there are two new categories, including for the very first time the Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer to show how celebration of this great life event is marked with food and feasting across the world. While the Food Stylist Award will reward the talent of those who put so much skill in to creating styled food photographs.

The judging panel for 2019 includes new jurists Claire Hyman, eminent photography collector Rahul Singh, President, National Restaurant Association of India, Per Anders Jorgensen, Scandinavia’s food photographer and founder of Fool magazine, Jock Zonfrillo, top Australian chef in World’s Top 50 Restaurants, Lucy Pike, Head of Photography, We Transfer Donal Skehan, chef/blogger, Ireland and New York Tom and Harry chef and producer of Twisted, the Facebook channel for cooking, Charlie Stebbings.

Entries close on 10 February 2019. You can enter the awards here.

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Photographer fights fear, anxieties from behind the camera lens

Melanie Parent's "A Distance Nearer Home" photography

For more than 20 years, fear and anxiety ruled Melanie Parent’s life.

The northwest Louisiana native avoided going out in public whenever possible, afraid of what dangers may lie in wait for her outside.

“I wouldn’t leave the house. I wouldn’t travel. I was afraid of going on trips,” Parent said. “I was afraid of getting into a car accident.”

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“The government photographer who gave a face to #American poverty”

My hero..

Digitized for the Oakland Museum of California.

In the 1930s, hundreds of thousands of poverty-stricken Dust Bowl refugees poured into California from the parched Midwest in search of food, jobs and dignity. Meanwhile, much of the country, mired in its own Depression-fueled misery, was oblivious to the ecological and social catastrophe at hand. Armed with a camera and a good dose of outrage and compassion, Dorothea Lange set out to change that.

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