10 Shortlisted Photos of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018

The prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year photo contest put on by Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the shortlisted photos for the 2018 competition. It’s a set of space and astronomy photos that will dazzle your eyes. 4,200 photos were entered in this year’s contest from amateur and professional photographers from 91 countries around the world. Here’s a selection of the finalists:
The International Space Station (ISS) between two massive sunspots during its solar transit. Dani Caxete/National Maritime Museum
The Milky Way over a thunderstorm in Florida. Tianyuan Xiao/National Maritime Museum.
A weathered juniper tree in Montana’s northern Rocky Mountains
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These Photos Reveal What Lie Beneath Europe’s Top Tourist Attractions

Photography can reveal the hidden side of things, and that’s exactly what photographer Tomas Sentpetery traveled around Europe to capture. He visited some of the continents most popular tourist attractions and went underground to reveal what likes beneath each location. The project was done in collaboration with Nikon Europe and is titled Look Deeper. Sentpetery shot each tourist hotspot from both above ground and below the surface (either directly below or nearby), resulting in a serious of fascinating diptychs.

Big Ben in London, UK

Below Big Ben in London is the abandoned Aldwych underground station.

St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
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Coal Mining Photographed with a 100-Megapixel Camera

After reading about how mining-related injuries and deaths are systematically covered up by many authorities, Swedish photographer Sebastian Sardi began a project in 2008 called Black Diamond that focuses on miners and mines. The photographer, who splits his time between Denmark and Sweden, has spent the past several years photographing the burning coalfields of Jharkhand in East India, first with a film camera and subsequently with a 100-megapixel Phase One XF 100MP camera. “I don’t think anyone has ever taken a 100 MP camera out from the studio and down to dirty mines such as these,” Sardi tells PetaPixel. “The
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This Timelapse Shows the Ultra-Bright Mars Rising in the Night Sky

Mars is brighter than it has been for 15 years this month, and it’s so bright that you can shoot its reflection in the ocean. Felix Jäger of Austria shot this 30-second timelapse showing the uber-bright red planet rising into the sky from behind his house. “The low light pollution of our small city lets the stars shine bright every evening,” Jäger writes. “The timelapse itself is from my mom’s balcony facing our local mountain, the Pfänder,” the photographer tells PetaPixel. “You can see a castle on top of the mountain too, right around the area where Mars pokes out
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These Are the Best iPhone Photos of 2018

The IPPAWARDS, or iPhone Photography Awards, has been celebrating the joy of iPhone photography since 2007, and it just released the winners of its 2018 photo contest celebrating the best iPhone photos of the year. The grand prize winner this year is Jashim Salam of Bangladesh, who shot the above photo with an iPhone 7. Captured in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, the image shows “Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhiya.” Here are the other winning photos from this year’s contest:
Alexandre Weber of Switzerland. 1st Place, Photographer of the Year.
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How I Captured a Wasp Paralyzing a Tarantula

I’m a bug enthusiast and macro photographer, and I was recently fortunate enough to photograph a wasp fighting a tarantula. It felt like winning the lottery. At the end of a rather dull and disappointing 4-day-long macro photography trip to a mountainous region in Israel, I was ready to pack up my stuff and head back to the city with almost nothing exciting written on my SD cards. It was only when I reached the gate of the countryside house where I was staying, right when the World Cup battle between Croatia and France began airing, that another clash of
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Photos That Show Similarities Between the Human Body and Nature

Visual Exercises is a new photo project by Polish fine art and portrait photographer Alicja Brodowicz, who hunted for similarities between the human body and nature created diptychs of her findings. I photograph the human body – the microcosm,” Brodowicz says. “Its’ fragments: hair, scars, texture of skin, wrinkles. I am interested in individual particularities; I look for distinguishing features and irregularities. Imperfections are my favorites.” “I photograph nature – the macrocosm,” she continues. “Surface of water, grass, tree bark, dry leaves. “I combine the two images, looking for converging lines, textures, similarities in layout and analogies in
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These Are the Best Dog Photos of 2018

The Kennel Club has announced the winning photos of the 2018 Dog Photographer of the Year photo contest. This is the 13th year of the contest and entries are submitted by thousands of photographers from countries all over the world. The overall winner (and the top photo in the “Oldies” category) is “The Lady of the Mystery Forest” by Dutch photographer Monica van der Maden.
Great Dane. Photo by Monica van der Maden.
This picture was made in the early morning in the forest. I wanted to photograph her in a position where she was sitting relaxed next to a
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Watch a Model Pose with a Crocodile in an Underwater Photo Shoot

Here’s a photo shoot you probably shouldn’t attempt yourself: photographer Ken Kiefer recently took his wife (underwater model Kimber Kiefer) and two other models into the crocodile-infested waters of the Chinchorro Banks in Mexico for a photo shoot. The goal was to shoot underwater glamour photos of the models right next to the fearsome reptiles. The New York Post reports that lionfish were used to lure the crocodiles toward the models.

These Surreal Photos Were All Created Without Photoshop

Photographer John Dykstra says he believes in the power of perspective. His surreal photo style is created entirely with practical effects and simple ingredients — things like paint, chalk, and glass — rather than digital image manipulation techniques. “My goal is to create photographs that dabble between abstract truths and concrete reality,” Dykstra says. “By drawing connections between illusions of realism and the subjectivity of human experience, my work lingers between daylight and daydream.” Here’s his account of how his first anamorphic illusion (shown above) came about:
My first idea came to me when I thought about how our
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Photos of Intense Lightning Storms in Volcanic Eruptions

Francisco Negroni is a Chilean freelance photographer has spent years pointing his camera at volcanic eruptions. Over time, he has captured a series of incredible photos showing the lightning of “dirty thunderstorms” that are found in massive volcanic plumes. Dirty thunderstorms occur when ash, rock, and other “ejecta” collide and create static electricity in the plume of volcanic eruptions. Researchers estimate that about 35% of volcanic eruptions are accompanied by lightning. Colossal writes that Negroni travels light in the Chilean backcountry as he travels to eruptions, bringing only a backpack, laptop, camera, tripod, and three lenses in his
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10 Photos That Show the Extreme Drought on the Dutch Coastlines

This year has been a year of extremes in the Netherlands. We had an extremely cold winter with all of the country frozen, including the Amsterdam canals which almost never happens. I took the chance to document the extreme cold of the Netherlands earlier this year. Now, what followed was an extremely hot spring that has now transitioned into summer. Similar to the unusual cold, this heat is unusual. Last time it was this dry with lack of rain was more than 40 years ago in 1976! With the heat comes a long period of no rain and dryness. You
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Mars is So Bright Right Now You Can Shoot Its Reflection in the Ocean

Mars is closer to Earth and brighter than its been since back in 2003. It’s so bright that photographer Abdul Dremali managed to capture this photo of the planet casting a bright reflection on the ocean as it rose into the night sky. Dremali captured the photo last Friday from Rhode Island. Mars will be the closest to Earth later this month — it’ll appear about 1.8 times brighter than Jupiter in the sky — and it won’t be this close to Earth or this bright in the sky again until 2035. “The 2018 Perihelic Apparition of Mars will
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Human/Nature: A Conversation with Lucas Foglia

In the In-Between In Foglia's work, the environment is not just a setting for a story to take place - a field of characterizing details - but an essential subject of the story itself in the photographer's quest to reveal the complicated relationship we have with a natural world. Lucas was kind enough to answer some questions about his practice. This post Human/Nature: A Conversation with Lucas Foglia appeared first on In the In-Between.

These Photo Manipulations Take You Into a Dreamlike World

Justin Peters is a 22-year-old self-taught artist from Germany who uses Photoshop to creative dreamlike photo manipulations. His work blends reality with his imagination to transport the viewer to strange worlds. “‘Everything you can imagine is real’ by Pablo Picasso is a quote I live by especially when creating my work, which is inspired by the world around me and surreal painters,” Peters tells PetaPixel. “I hope that when people experience my work, they discover a new and different world, which they can dive into to prove that everything is possible when you open your mind.” You can find
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Wedding Photographer Uses Building Fire as Backdrop

Wedding photographer Megan Allen was shooting a reception in Dayton, Ohio, this past Saturday when she and the bride noticed that a large fire had broken out at an abandoned building nearby. “[O]ne of the abandoned buildings […] went up in massive flames, shooting huge, black plumes of smoke into the sky, and leaving us speechless as the flames whipped higher and higher,” Allen writes. “While I’m always game for an opportunity for a photo, [the bride] set the bar to level 11 awesome as she met me in the middle of the loft as we ran toward each other
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The Summer Solstice: 24 Photos of 24 Hours in the Longest Day of the Year

For some time now I’ve wanted to do a project which follows the light over this period. The longest day. The shortest night. To sit in one spot and photograph a simple composition of sea and sky as the light changed. I knew that I wanted to shoot looking north, I didn’t want the sun in any of the images and also it had to be on a cliff above the sea with a clear, empty horizon. There were a few spots that I thought of — the north of Lewis, Durness/Cape Wrath, or the coastline near Peterhead. All miles
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Long-Exposure Street Photos of People in the Flow of the City

“The Sound of Silence” is a series by Chilean street photographer Eduardo Asenjo Matus, who uses long exposures to show people in flow of the city. Matus started out studying architecture and graphic design, but his passion switched over to street photography after he purchased a Fujifilm X10 camera online. Nowadays, Matus uses a Fujifilm X-E2S with a 35mm f/2 lens and a neutral density filter, which allows him to shoot at slower shutter speeds without overexposing his daytime shots. Matus usually shoots at apertures between f/8 and f/10, adding a little camera movement blur in addition to the
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