20 Finalist Photos from the World’s Largest Photo Contest

The EyeEm Photography Awards has just announced 100 finalists for this year’s competition. This year, it received over 590,000 entries from over 88,000 photographers based around the world. That’s 3 times more than the Sony World Photography Awards, making it the world’s largest photo contest. The EyeEm Photography Awards is now in its 4th year, with judges coming together to select winners from 5 categories: The Architect, The Great Outdoors, The Photojournalist, The Portraitist, and The Street Photographer. Here are 20 of the finalist photos, although you can see the full 100 images on the EyeEm website. Winners
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Photos of Tiny, Lone Figures Dwarfed by Large Buildings


Insignificant Moments is a photo series by Australian photographer Thomas Ryan that juxtaposes tiny, lone human figures against the architecture of large structures. “Insignificant Moments explores concepts surrounding the built environment we engage with on a daily basis; loneliness; isolation; and exploring the notion that insignificant moments in our daily lives are acts that provide the soul of the built environment,” Ryan writes. “Through the austere and lonely there is beauty in these insignificant moments.” Ryan shoots architectural photography, so he often finds himself on city streets, focusing his lens on different built environments. It’s his time out
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How To Change The Lives Of Millions w/ Scott Harrison

Scott is the founder of charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries – you may have heard me mention them before, and that’s because I’m deeply passionate about their cause and a huge admirer of what Scott’s done as the founder of the org. In less than a decade, their community has raised over $250 million to fund 22,000+ projects that have brought clean water to more than 7 million people around the world. I want to highlight not just what charity: water has done, but how they’ve done it – because they’ve brought Continue reading "How To Change The Lives Of Millions w/ Scott Harrison"

How Quick Thinking and an iPhone LED Light Led to a Nat Geo Cover Photo

Photographer Alessandro Barteletti had one of his photo featured on the cover of this month’s issue of National Geographic Italia. It’s a beautiful portrait of Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli that was created thanks to quick thinking and the LED flashlight on an iPhone. DPReview writes that Barteletti has spent the past year working on a photo essay about the 60-year-old Nespoli for National Geographic. The astronaut has been training at centers across the world for yet another upcoming space mission, becoming the first 60-year-old to undertake such an endeavor. For the cover photo, Barteletti was photographing Nespoli inside a
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‘Ghosts of the Arctic’: A Photographer Hunts for Photos in the Polar Winter

Here’s a hauntingly beautiful video from photographer Joshua Holko titled “Ghosts of the Arctic” that will chill you to your bones. Take 6 minutes of your day to allow his incredible short film to transport you to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard in the depths of winter. Holko is an Aussie landscape, nature, and wildlife photographer who has committed himself to specializing in the polar and sub-polar regions of the globe. Holko braved temperatures down to -30ºC (-22ºF) for up to 16 straight hours a day to shoot this video while on his mission to photograph polar bears. He and
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This Music Video Was Made Entirely In-Camera on a Giant Set

This trippy music video for Bonobo‘s new track “No Reason” is full of what would appear to be clever CGI, but it’s actually all shot in-camera using “a very small camera and a very big set.” The video is a look inside the head of a hikikomori, a young man who stays hidden from society. They “spend years at a time stuck in their bedrooms,” according to director Oscar Hudson. In the video, a small action camera is moved through a series of 18 rooms. The rooms get progressively smaller, and the young man seems to get bigger.
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The Part Of Success That Nobody Talks About

We’ve all been there: after spending countless hours building something – a product, a new website, a piece of art – you release it into the world, put out the word on your social channels, hold your breath and…. nothing. Crickets. Tumbleweeds. Then you start looking at other creators or companies enviously, wondering how they manage to get so much traction for their work when yours – which is just as good if not better – struggles to get any attention. You rewind the tape to look for mistakes, but there are no obvious ones. You did everything you were Continue reading "The Part Of Success That Nobody Talks About"

The Abandoned Building in This Photo is a Handmade Miniature

Photographer Felix Hernandez shot this somewhat surreal photo of an abandoned seaside inn, titled “No One Cares.” No, he didn’t come across this building in real life: he made it as a miniature model and shot it on a tabletop. Hernandez built himself a building structure using styrofoam that he carefully cut, assembled, textured, and painted. In addition to the building, Hernandez also used wood and paint to create an extremely detailed wooden signboard and pier, complete with a ladder, ropes, and life preservers. Once his miniature model was completely, Hernandez took it to the coast and placed it
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This Guy Built an Underwater Housing for a Super 8 Camera to Shoot Surfing

Photographer Joey Ready wanted to take his Super 8 film camera into the water to snap some clips of surfers. There aren’t any underwater housings designed for his old Canon camera, so he built his own. The video above is what resulted. Here’s a 9-minute video in which Ready shows how he adapted an old VHS camcorder housing he picked up in a thrift shop to house his Super 8mm Canon Zoom 318, allowing him to take to the waves without fear of losing his beloved Canon to the sea:
This is what the housing looks like with his Super 8 camera
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20 Light Painters Create a Giant Man Inspired by Gulliver’s Travels

In Spain, a community of light painters has come together to coordinate and create a huge giant man in the night. Light painter Frodo Álvarez DKL envisaged and directed the effort in Getafe, Madrid. The incredible creation was brought to life on June 23rd, 2017, and saw nearly 20 light painters joining forces. They were inspired by the story Gulliver’s Travels.
An illustration of Gulliver’s Travels that the artists were inspired by.
Their neon-man measured almost 82 meters in length, and 35 meters wide, occupying a huge 1,400 square-meters. In this video, you can get a rather shaky idea of how the man
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20 Light Painters Create a Giant Man Inspired by Gulliver’s Travels

In Spain, a community of light painters has come together to coordinate and create a huge giant man in the night. Light painter Frodo Álvarez DKL envisaged and directed the effort in Getafe, Madrid. The incredible creation was brought to life on June 23rd, 2017, and saw nearly 20 light painters joining forces. They were inspired by the story Gulliver’s Travels.
An illustration of Gulliver’s Travels that the artists were inspired by.
Their neon-man measured almost 82 meters in length, and 35 meters wide, occupying a huge 1,400 square-meters. In this video, you can get a rather shaky idea of how the man
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An Inspiring Look at the Life and Work of Photographer Zhang Jingna

Here’s an 8-minute video by Adorama about the Beijing-born photographer Zhang Jingna. In the interview, we get a glimpse into the life and career of a fashion, beauty, and fine art photographer who puts a unique spin into her work. “Jingna discovered photography during her time at art school, and eventually dropped out to pursue her passion for image-creation full-time,” Adorama says. “By 20, she had worked with Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Mercedes Benz and Ogilvy & Mather Taiwan, and published her first photobook, Something Beautiful. In 2012, Jingna moved to New York, and since then, her work has been featured
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Catching Up With Quintin Lake on His 10,000km Walk Around the UK Coast

We first spoke with Quintin Lake back in 2015, when he had completed just 4% (361km) of his journey around the perimeter of Britain. He’s now covered 39% (3,928km), and we caught up with him to see how he’s been getting on. Quintin Lake is a fine art and architectural photographer based out of Cheltenham, England. His ambitious project, titled The Perimeter, sees him walking 10,000km around the coast of Britain in sections over 5 years. Lake started the journey on April 17, 2015 at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and he is following the coast clockwise. He
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New Member Shout-Outs: July 2017 Edition

We’ve got a great round-up of new members this month! Not only do these three photographers have great work, but the wisdom they bring to their creative outlook and photographic approach is inspiring. featured image by Reza Bahrami Hilde Foss PhotoShelter template: East Location: Oslo, Norway Specialty and background: I am a freelance photographer with… The post New Member Shout-Outs: July 2017 Edition appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Hey Look, Another Racist Fashion Spread!

Fashion is often inspired by other cultures. Cries of cultural appropriation are sometimes overblown, sometimes not. But at a time where asian actors are trying to gain equal pay while dismissing ongoing racist caricatures, along comes photographer Billy Kidd in an advertorial for Chanel in Interview Magazine. Yes, some asians wear straw hats while farming… The post Hey Look, Another Racist Fashion Spread! appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

How To Build A Media Juggernaut w/ Piera Gelardi

Piera is the co-founder of Refinery29, one of the most important and influential lifestyle editorial companies on the internet with millions of visitors a day from just about every corner of the planet. It’s one of those classic entrepreneur stories, starting with a few friends in a cramped makeshift office who had a ton of passion but not a lot of experience – they’ve had some ups and downs, made some pivots, but here they are – they’re still standing, stronger than ever, and they’ve unquestionably made their mark on our culture with a voice that’s distinctly different from that Continue reading "How To Build A Media Juggernaut w/ Piera Gelardi"

What It Takes to Photograph Nepalese Honey Hunters for Nat Geo

National Geographic‘s Renan Ozturk is an adventure photographer and filmmaker who will stop at nothing to get the perfect shot. Really. This 9-minute behind-the-scenes video looks at how he shot The Last Honey Hunter, a film documenting the painstaking process of harvesting hallucinogenic honey from cliff faces in Nepal. Despite wearing American-made bee suits, the team still suffered from the stings of the biggest bees in the world. They’re seen swinging with thousands of dollars of camera gear, 300 feet above the ground, being harassed by angry bees. But the star of the film, Mauli, braves the stingers with nothing
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What It Takes to Photograph Nepalese Honey Hunters for Nat Geo

National Geographic‘s Renan Ozturk is an adventure photographer and filmmaker who will stop at nothing to get the perfect shot. Really. This 9-minute behind-the-scenes video looks at how he shot The Last Honey Hunter, a film documenting the painstaking process of harvesting hallucinogenic honey from cliff faces in Nepal. Despite wearing American-made bee suits, the team still suffered from the stings of the biggest bees in the world. They’re seen swinging with thousands of dollars of camera gear, 300 feet above the ground, being harassed by angry bees. But the star of the film, Mauli, braves the stingers with nothing
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