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Winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards announced

19 Jul

Winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards announced

Earlier today, Magnum and LensCulture officially announced the winners of their 2017 Photography Awards, doling out prizes in six categories: Documentary, Fine Art, Open, Photojournalism, Portrait and Street.

Each of the ‘Single Image’ award winners (Magnum and LensCulture also gave out awards for best Series) walks away with $ 1,500 in prize money and the serious bragging rights that come with having won an award administered by one of the most prestigious names in photography.

Additionally, all of the winners, finalists and juror’s pics will be screened at various photo festivals worldwide throughout the year.

Press Release:


Twelve international photographers have been announced as the winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards. The legendary photography agency, Magnum Photos, and LensCulture have joined forces for the second time to produce this opportunity to recognize, reward and support photographic talent. Each photographer will be awarded a cash prize and will also receive international exposure through Magnum Photos and LensCulture’s combined audience of over 6.5 million. The winning projects will be shown in a digital exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in London later this year and exhibited at photography festivals worldwide. Furthermore, the laureates will be awarded access to expert guidance from Magnum and LensCulture.

The twelve winners of the prestigious award hail from all over the world and deal with a diversity of subjects. Nick Hannes, the Documentary series winner, pursued a project featuring the culture of the elite in Dubai, while Lissa Rivera’s striking portraits of her non-binary partner explore contemporary notions of gender and its narratives in today’s society. All told, the series and single image awards include six categories: Street, Portrait, Photojournalism, Open, Fine Art and Documentary.


Street: Argus Paul Estabrook, South Korea — “Losing Face”?

Portrait: Lissa Rivera, United States — “Beautiful Boy”

Photojournalism: Jason Florio, United Kingdom — “Destination Europe”

Open: Medina Dugger, Nigeria — “Chroma: An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere”?

Fine Art: Daniel Shipp, Australia — “Botanical Inquiry”

Documentary: Nick Hannes, Belgium — “Bread and Circuses”


Street: Hakim Boulouiz, Switzerland — “Choral”?

Portrait: Artur Zdral, Poland — “Kasia”

Photojournalism: Szymon Barylski – “Fleeing Death”

Open: Britta Jaschinski, United Kingdom — “Confiscated”?

Fine Art: Ellie Davis, United Kingdom — “Stars”

Documentary: Retam Kumar Shaw, India – “Street Wrestling”

In addition, twenty-one finalists have also been selected, and each juror has chosen one photographer as a “Juror’s Pick.”

Jurors’ Picks

Edgar Martins, United Kingdom — “Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes.” Selected by Yumi Goto, independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, and publisher.

Shahria Sharmin, Bangladesh — “Call Me Heena.” Selected by Susan Meiselas, Magnum photographer and MacArthur Fellow.

Christian Werner, Germany — “Road to Ruin.” Selected by Sarah Leen, Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine.
Sonja Hamad, Germany — “Jin—Jiyan—Azadi: Women, Life, Freedom.” Selected by Lesley Martin, creative director at the Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review.
Antonio Gibotta, Italy — “Enfarinats.” Selected by Jim Casper, editor-in-chief of LensCulture.

MD Tanveer Rohan, Bangladesh — “Fun Bath.” Selected by David Hurn, Magnum photographer.

Terje Abusdal, Norway — “Slash and Burn.” Selected by Alec Soth, Magnum photographer.

Mirko Saviane, Italy – “B-Uranus.” Selected by Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival and the African Artists’ Foundation.


Zhang KeChun, China — “Between the Mountains and Water”

Thomas Alleman, United States — “The Nature of the Beast: Living On The Land In Los Angeles”

Thom Pierce, South Africa – “The Horsemen of Semonkong”

Sasha Maslov, United States — “Veterans: Faces of World War II”

Roei Greenberg, Israel — “Along the Break”

Paul D’Haese, Belgium — “Building an Imaginary City”

Panos Kefalos, Greece — “Saints”

Jonathan Bachman, United States — “Unrest in Baton Rouge”

Jens Juul, Denmark — “Biotope”

Gregg Segel, United States — “Daily Bread”

Gabriel Romero, United States — “Liberation and Longing”

Emilien Urbano, France — “War of a Forgotten Nation”

Ash Shinya Kawaoto, Japan — “Scrap and Build”

Antonio Faccilongo, Italy — “Habibi”

Ramona Deckers, Netherlands — “Goran in Bed”

Matthew Sowa, United States — “Grandmother’s Room”

Karen Pulfer Focht, United States — “Busiest Brain Surgery Unit”

Farida Lemeatrag, Belgium — “Milo”

Ana Carolina Fernandes, Brazil — “Burning Bus”

Amos Nachoum, United States — “Seal and Penguin”

A.M. Ahad, Bangladesh — “Childhood Covered with Metal Dust”

Winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards announced

Retam Kumar Shaw, India – “Street Wrestling”

Photo © Retam Kumar Shaw. Documentary Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards announced

Ellie Davies, United Kingdom – “Stars”

Photo © Ellie Davies. Fine Art Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards announced

Britta Jaschinski, United Kingdom – “Confiscated”

Photo © Britta Jaschinski. Open Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Surely an elephant foot is of no real use to anyone but the animal itself. These elephant feet were attempted to be smuggled from Africa to the US, but were seized by the American Border Patrol and are currently stored at the National Wildlife Repository Denver, Colorado, USA.

I have been documenting illegally traded wildlife products since August 2016 at borders and airport across the globe.

Winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards announced

Szymon Barylski, Ireland – “Fleeing Death”

Photo © Szymon Barylski. Photojournalism Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Fleeing Death. Refugees in the queue for the checkpoint at Idomeni, Greece. March 6, 2016.

Winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards announced

Artur Zdral, Poland – “Kasia”

Photo © Artur Zdral. Portrait Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards announced

Hakim Boulouiz, Switzerland – “Choral”

Photo © Hakim Boulouiz. Street Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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Dronestagram and Nat Geo crown the best drone photos of 2017

07 Jul
Winning images from Dronestagram’s fourth annual drone photography contest. Some of the best drone photos in the world.

Dronestagram just wrapped up its fourth annual drone photography contest. Organized in partnership with National Geographic, the point of the contest is to surface the best drone photos from around the world. Now that the winners have been announced, we’ll let you be the judge of that.

The aerial photography social network awards prizes in three categories: Nature, Urban and People. They also name three ‘most creative’ photos in no particular order.

Scroll down to see them all for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments down below:


1st Place: Provence, summer trim by jcourtial

Lavender harvest in Provence. Photo © jcourtial

2nd Place: Infinite Road to Transylvania by Calin Stan

Aerial view of a winding mountain road in Transylvania, Romania. Photo © Calin Stan

3rd Place: Ice formation by Florian

Sea ice off the eastern coast of Greenland. Photo © Florian


1st Place: End of line by Martin Sanchez

An abstract photo captured one weekend while driving down the New Jersey coast. Photo © Martin Sanchez

2nd Place: Waterlilu by helios1412

A woman harvests water lilies in a pond in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Photo © helios1412

3rd Place: La Vijanera by feelingmovie

An aerial photo of La Vijanera, a winter masquerade that takes place in the town of Silió, in Cantabria (Spain), the first Sunday of each year. Photo © feelingmovie


1st Place: Concrete Jungle by bachirm

Aerial view of the Dubai Marina at sunset. Photo © bachrim

2nd Place: Dawn on Mercury Tower by alexeygo

Window washers on the ‘Mercury’ tower in Moscow City. Photo © alexeygo

3rd Place: Peace by luckydron

Aerial photo captured in Madrid, Spain. Photo © luckydron

Most Creative

Two Moo by LukeMaximoBell

Two cows take their morning drink in Paarl, South Africa. Photo © LukeMaximoBell

Next Level by macareuxprod

A funny and original, video game-inspired pregnancy announcement. Photo © macareuxprod

Ugo le marin by rga

A little bit of fun with sand art. Photo © rga

So, what do you think? Best drone photos in the world? There’s definitely room for debate, but if you want to see more great drone shots like these, the Dronestagram website is a great place to start.

All photos courtesy of Dronestagram.

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2017 iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced

28 Jun
The grand prize (left), first place (top right), and second place (bottom right) winners of the 2017 iPhone Photography Awards. Photos courtesy of IPPA, individual credits below.

When the iPhone Photography Awards were established in 2007, the first iPhone had just been released and its 2MP images were… well, they were nothing to write home about. Fast-forward to 2017, and the winners of this year’s 10th annual IPPAs are stunning, taking full advantage of a decade’s technological advancement.

This year’s winners were selected from ‘thousands’ of entries that poured in from over 140 countries around the world. Let’s take them one by one:

Grand Prize

This year’s grand prize and title of iPhone Photographer of the year went to Sebastian Tomada for his photograph titled ‘Children of Qayyarah’. Photo © Sebastian Tomada

The grand prize winner, titled ‘Children of Qayyarah’, was captured by Sebastian Tomada, a photojournalist based in New York City and the Middle East.

As the title suggests, the image was captured in Qayyarah, Iraq. It was shot on November 4th, 2016 after Islamic State militants set fire to oil wells in the city. The image was captured with an iPhone 6s.

1st Place

First place went to photographer Brendan O Se from Ireland, for her striking photograph titled ‘Dock Worker’. Photo © Brendan O Se

Photographer Brendan O Se—a university teacher/teacher trainer in Cork, Ireland—was awarded 1st place in the competition for his portrait of hands titled ‘Dock Worker’.

The photograph was taken on an early morning walk around the docks in Jakarta in April of 2016. “These were the hands of a dock worker who was taking a break,” says O Se. “I was struck by the texture created by the accumulated dirt on his hands.”

This photo was also taken with an iPhone 6s.

2nd Place

Second place was awarded to photographer Yeow-Kwang Yeo of Singapore for his portrait titled ‘The Performer’. Photo © Yeow-Kwang Yeo

Coming in 2nd behind O Se and Tomada is photographer Yeow-Kwang Yeo, formerly a Mechanical Engineer and Business Administrator who decided to change tracks and devoted himself entirely to photography in 2007.

His photograph, ‘The Performer’, was captured at a performance of traditional Chinese street opera.

“Instead of shooting their performance, I decided to go the back of the stage to capture the performers’ preparation activity,” says Yeo. “I spotted this experience performer who is taking a short rest and was waiting for his turn to perform. I was attracted by the lighting of the old plastic curtain, electric fan, and the overall calm atmosphere.”

The photo was captured with an iPhone 6 Plus.

3rd Place

Third place in the overall competition was awarded to photographer Kuanglong Zhang of Shenzhen, China for his image ‘The City Palace’. Photo © Kuanglong Zhang

The 3rd and final award handed out in the IPPA’s main Photographer of the Year category went to Chinese photographer Kuanglong Zhang, a freelance photographer living in Shenzhen city. This photograph was taken in Udaipur, a city Zhang calls ‘one of the most romantic in India.’

“In the City palace, I snapped a moment of one of the staff gazing out of the window,” says Zhang. “[It’s] as if he saw the slowly historic course of the palace’s construction, which was quite an attractive moment.”

The photo was taken with an iPhone 7.

To see more winning images from the other 19 categories the IPPA ran, or if you’d like to learn more about each of the photographers above, visit the IPPA website by clicking here.

All photos used with permission, courtesy of IPPA.

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2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs: full-frame

23 Jun

Last updated: June 23, 2017

For those wanting to step up from entry-level to midrange ILCs, there are many things to consider, including the choice between a DSLR or mirrorless camera, what sensor size suits you best, how important video is to you, and of course the lens system.

While full-frame cameras typically offer superior low light image quality and more control over depth-of-field, crop-sensor cameras are extremely capable in their own right – and (usually) more compact and less costly.

We’ve split the $ 1200-2000 ILC marketplace into two segments – full-frame sensor cameras (discussed in this roundup) and crop-sensor (APS-C/Four Thirds) covered here.

This group of full-frame cameras is split right down the middle, with three DSLRs and three mirrorless models. Sony is, by far, the major player in the full-frame mirrorless market, with most of the other manufacturers sticking with DSLRs.

Here are the cameras we’ll cover in this enthusiast full-frame roundup:

  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Nikon D610
  • Pentax K-1
  • Sony Alpha a7
  • Sony Alpha a7 II
  • Sony Alpha a7R

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The Kennel Club 2017 photo contest winners are cute as h*ck

21 Jun

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

The Kennel Club has announced the 2017 winners of its annual ‘Dog Photographer of the Year’ photo contest. Now in its 12th year, the international competition received almost 10,000 entries from 74 countries around the world, and was sponsored by SmugMug and Nikon School. As the internet would say, that’s a lot of h*ckin’ good puppers.

We present the 1st place winners from each of the ten categories in the competition. To see all the winners in each category, head over to the Dog Photographer of the Year website.


Overall winner and ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category winner: Maria Davison Ramos (Portugal)

About the photo: For me, capturing real and candid moments is what photography is all about. This is one of those moments. My friend had just adopted Yzma and while we were chatting in the kitchen I was taking some photographs. The location and the light were far from perfect, but I ended taking one of the photos I’m most proud of.

About the dog(s): The dog’s name is Yzma and she’s a Golden Retriever cross. She was adopted by one of the photographer’s closest friends.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Assistance Dogs’ category winner: Alasdair Macleod (Ayrshire, Scotland)

About the photo: Megan was photographed during her weekly visit to South Beach Care home in Saltcoats, with one of the residents, 95 year old RAF veteran Mr Duncan Currie (a pilot for the Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, Dam Busters) who has Dementia.

About the dog(s): Megan is a rescued Greyhound and was the top Therapet for 2016.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Dogs at Play’ category winner: Kalyee Greer (United States)

About the photo: Petey and I stood there together on the water’s edge in awe as the day bowed out to the night and the sun slipped its yellow head behind the horizon. Pastel colours painted themselves across the Summer sky above our shoulders in stripes of pink and cobalt blue as we quietly revelled in that perfect, endless moment. Then, just as suddenly as the sky had lit itself on fire, Petey clumsily jumped into the water with a joyful little sparkle in his eye, beckoning me to come along. I followed him in and giggled until my sides hurt as he would push his paw down into the warm, salty water, sending little crystal droplets flying through the air all around him. With each happy splash came the realization of the perfection in those tiny moments, and of the unmatched purity of the canine heart.

About the dog(s): The dog in the photo is named Petey. A cuddly and endlessly sweet Wheaten Terrier who belongs to a previous client of Kaylee’s.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Rescue Dog’ category winner: Alexandra Robins (Wiltshire, England)

About the photo: When I went to Bath Cats and Dogs home to photograph some of their animals, Chloe and Tess were the first on my list. We took them out to one of the large, grassy paddocks for them to have a run around. Both dogs flew across the field together, I managed to get some fun action shots of them playing. However, it was this image of Chloe looking up at her carer that has always been my favourite. Chloe was a little timid towards strangers; she was probably looking for reassurance with a strange photographer present!

About the dog(s): Chloe came to Bath Cats and Dogs home with her friends, Tess and Diego, when their owner died. Chloe the brindle greyhound was a timid dog and used to hide away from strangers but was gentle and caring to her friends. All three dogs found loving homes.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Dogs at Work’ category winner: Sarah Caldecott (Yorkshire, England)

About the photo: The photograph of Rita was taken during a training day in February this year on the moors in County Durham the weather hadn’t been kind and the light was fading fast.

About the dog(s): The dog in the photograph is a pointer called Rita owned by a friend who Sarah met during training sessions with her dog.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Puppy’ category winner: Mirjam Schreurs (Netherlands)

About the dog(s): Mirjam placed a call out on Facebook for dogs to photograph and the owner of Tyson the Boxer puppy responded to it. Mirjam photographed Tyson when he was 14 weeks.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘I Love Dogs Because…’ category winner: Julian Gottfried (Chicago, US)

About the photo: I especially enjoy this photo because it exemplifies what I love about my dog. In the image you can easily see his cuteness, personality, and playful manner. Combined with the snow, they create a truly lively photo.

About the dog(s): Pippin, a terrier-mix. Julian’s family adopted him on Valentine’s Day in 2010. He and his brother had been wanting a dog for a really long time, and their parents finally decided to adopt one. Pippin had been found wandering around Missouri with his mother in a poor state, and was staying at a shelter. He was only seven pounds, but the most adorable dog there, and he has since become an integral part of the family.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Oldies’ category winner: John Liot (St. Helier, Jersey)

About the photo: This image was taken as part of a commissioned shoot with three rescue dogs. It was a beautiful and bright November day and the Sun was creating an intense light through the windows, warming the client’s house. Kelly, an apprehensive 12 year-old collie-cross, found her spot in the God rays heating up the arm of a sofa and had a nap. She was a cautious girl with a sad backstory and had challenging behavioural issues prior to being adopted. Happily though, she has found rejuvenated life with her new family in Jersey who are giving her all the love and attention she sorely missed in her younger years.

About the dog(s): Kelly is rescue and her breed is unknown. She was 12 when the photo was taken. She was adopted by Bex D., a worker at Jersey’s animal shelter, who has two other rescue dogs that she’s also adopted from the JSPCA.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Young Pup Photographer’ category winner: Dylan Jenkins (Swansea)

About the photo: I took this photo in my garden. We had some cake and Mosey came to sniff it. I took about twenty photos and this was the best and the funniest.

About the dog(s): Mosey is the older of our two hounds. She’ll be 10 in October. She has had some scent training (truffles!) and has appeared in a few dog shows but is happiest as a pet/companion dog She is incredibly gentle and sweet-natured and hilariously funny. Mosey and Dylan have an incredible bond.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Dog Portrait’ category winner: Anastasia Vetkovskaya (Russia)

About the photo: This magnificent Afghan was incredibly nice to shoot – he is very expressive and emotional.

About the dog(s): SISLEY- SHOU GERAT GRANT AHTIAR AK JAR, Afghan Hound

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2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs – Crop-sensor

16 Jun

Last updated: June 16, 2017

For those wanting to step up from entry-level and midrange ILCs, there are many things to consider, including the choice between a DSLR or mirrorless camera, what sensor size suits you best, how important video is to you, and of course the lens system.

While full-frame cameras typically offer superior image quality and more control over depth-of-field, crop-sensor cameras are extremely capable in their own right – and are (usually) more compact and less costly. They can also often shoot faster, with many of the models in this group include sophisticated focus systems and more capable video.

We’ve split the $ 1200-2000 ILC marketplace into two segments – cropped sensor cameras (which you’ll find in this roundup) and full-frame options.

The price range covered means there’s a wide variety of cameras here, from the PEN-F with its Four Thirds sensor and style-conscious mirrorless design, up to the D500 which is essentially a smaller-sensor version of Nikon’s professional sports camera, the D5. Depending on your needs, one of these crop-sensor cameras might just be right for you.

Here are the competitors in this crop-sensor round-up:

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • Fujifilm X-T2
  • Leica TL
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D7500
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
  • Sony Alpha a6500

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2017 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras

10 Jun

Last updated: June 9, 2017

While most of new 1″ sensor enthusiast cameras have been on the shorter end of the focal length spectrum, there are now quite a few long zoom models, as well. Whether you want something pocketable or want to shoot for the moon (pun intended), you’ll find it in this group.

There are plenty of other long zoom compacts out there, some offering focal ranges reaching 2000mm though they use much smaller 1/2.3″ sensors. The larger sensors used in the cameras in this roundup completely eclipse those models, especially when it comes to image quality and control over depth-of-field.

The models we’re looking at in this article include:

  • Canon PowerShot G3 X
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500/FZ2000
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

With the exception of the Panasonic ZS100/TZ100, all of these cameras are pretty hefty, so don’t plan on stuffing those into a pocket. Focal ranges are all over the map, ranging from 200mm on the Sony RX10 I/II to 600mm on the Sony RX10 III and Canon G3 X. The vast majority of these cameras shoot 4K video, with some having more controls than others.

To further help you pick the right camera in this class, we’ve created the chart below, which breaks down the equivalent aperture for each camera, as you work your way through the zoom range. Our article here explains the concept of equivalence, but at a high level all you need to know is that the lower the line is on the graph below, the blurrier the backgrounds you’ll be able to get and, typically at least, the better the overall low-light performance.

LensEquivalentApertures([“Equivalent focal length (mm)”,”Panasonic FZ1000″,”Sony RX10 II”,”Canon G3 X”,”Panasonic ZS100″,”Sony RX10 III”,”Panasonic FZ2500″], [[24,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Sony RX10 II at 24mm: F7.6″,7.6363636363636367,”Canon G3 X at 24mm: F7.6″,null,””,6.5454545454545459,”Sony RX10 III at 24mm: F6.5″,7.6363636363636367,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 24mm: F7.6″],[25,7.6363636363636367,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 25mm: F7.6″,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Panasonic ZS100 at 25mm: F7.6″,6.8181818181818183,”Sony RX10 III at 25mm: F6.8″,7.9090909090909092,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 25mm: F7.9″],[26,7.9090909090909092,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 26mm: F7.9″,null,””,null,””,7.9090909090909092,”Panasonic ZS100 at 26mm: F7.9″,null,””,null,””],[27,null,””,null,””,8.7272727272727284,”Canon G3 X at 27mm: F8.7″,8.1818181818181834,”Panasonic ZS100 at 27mm: F8.2″,null,””,null,””],[28,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Sony RX10 III at 28mm: F7.6″,8.1818181818181834,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 28mm: F8.2″],[30,8.1818181818181834,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 30mm: F8.2″,null,””,null,””,8.7272727272727284,”Panasonic ZS100 at 30mm: F8.7″,null,””,8.454545454545455,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 30mm: F8.5″],[32,null,””,null,””,null,””,9.0,”Panasonic ZS100 at 32mm: F9.0″,null,””,8.7272727272727284,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 32mm: F8.7″],[34,8.454545454545455,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 34mm: F8.5″,null,””,null,””,9.2727272727272734,”Panasonic ZS100 at 34mm: F9.3″,null,””,null,””],[35,null,””,null,””,9.5454545454545467,”Canon G3 X at 35mm: F9.5″,null,””,8.7272727272727284,”Sony RX10 III at 35mm: F8.7″,9.0,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 35mm: F9.0″],[36,null,””,null,””,null,””,9.5454545454545467,”Panasonic ZS100 at 36mm: F9.5″,null,””,null,””],[39,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,9.2727272727272734,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 39mm: F9.3″],[41,8.7272727272727284,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 41mm: F8.7″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[43,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,9.5454545454545467,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 43mm: F9.5″],[47,9.0,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 47mm: F9.0″,null,””,10.90909090909091,”Canon G3 X at 47mm: F10.9″,null,””,null,””,null,””],[49,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,9.81818181818182,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 49mm: F9.8″],[51,9.2727272727272734,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 51mm: F9.3″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[56,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,9.5454545454545467,”Sony RX10 III at 56mm: F9.5″,10.090909090909092,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 56mm: F10.1″],[58,9.5454545454545467,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 58mm: F9.5″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[60,null,””,null,””,12.272727272727273,”Canon G3 X at 60mm: F12.3″,null,””,null,””,null,””],[63,9.81818181818182,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 63mm: F9.8″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[69,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,10.363636363636363,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 69mm: F10.4″],[70,10.090909090909092,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 70mm: F10.1″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,10.636363636363637,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 70mm: F10.6″],[79,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,10.90909090909091,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 79mm: F10.9″],[81,null,””,null,””,13.636363636363637,”Canon G3 X at 81mm: F13.6″,null,””,null,””,null,””],[84,10.363636363636363,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 84mm: F10.4″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[91,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,11.181818181818182,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 91mm: F11.2″],[100,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,10.90909090909091,”Sony RX10 III at 100mm: F10.9″,null,””],[102,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,11.454545454545457,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 102mm: F11.5″],[105,10.636363636363637,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 105mm: F10.6″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[144,null,””,null,””,null,””,15.818181818181818,”Panasonic ZS100 at 144mm: F15.8″,null,””,null,””],[151,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,11.727272727272728,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 151mm: F11.7″],[157,null,””,null,””,null,””,16.090909090909093,”Panasonic ZS100 at 157mm: F16.1″,null,””,null,””],[163,null,””,null,””,15.272727272727273,”Canon G3 X at 163mm: F15.3″,null,””,null,””,null,””],[170,10.90909090909091,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 170mm: F10.9″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[200,null,””,7.6363636363636367,”Sony RX10 II at 200mm: F7.6″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[208,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,12.000000000000002,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 208mm: F12.0″],[250,null,””,null,””,null,””,16.090909090909093,”Panasonic ZS100 at 250mm: F16.1″,null,””,null,””],[262,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,12.272727272727273,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 262mm: F12.3″],[400,10.90909090909091,”Panasonic FZ1000 at 400mm: F10.9″,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””],[480,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,null,””,12.272727272727273,”Panasonic FZ2500 at 480mm: F12.3″],[600,null,””,null,””,15.272727272727273,”Canon G3 X at 600mm: F15.3″,null,””,10.90909090909091,”Sony RX10 III at 600mm: F10.9″,null,””]])

With its F2.8 constant aperture lens, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 I & II capture more total light and offer more control over depth-of-field compared to its peers, by 1 or 2 stops. The trade-off is that its focal length caps out at 200mm equiv. The Canon PowerShot G3 X and Sony RX10 III have the longest lenses, with the latter being about 2/3-stop faster once hitting around 100mm. The Panasonic FZ2500 splits the difference between the G3 X and RX10 III.

And with that out of the way, let’s get right into exploring the enthusiast long zoom cameras!

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Long Shot 2017 is Saturday, June 10th. Will you be shooting?

08 Jun

Here in Seattle, we are pretty excited when summer arrives. Granted, the warm weather doesn’t actually get here until sometime in mid-July, but that doesn’t stop us from leaving the socks at home and heading out without a raincoat (and then complaining about the inevitable rain and hashtagging all of our Instagram photos with #junuary).

One of the ways we celebrate the coming of summer is with the Photographic Center Northwest’s (PCNW) Long Shot – a global 24-hour photo shoot that is open to anyone, anywhere, with any camera (yes, including your phone). Long Shot isn’t a competition; it’s an opportunity to take a day to focus on photography, share what you capture and see what other photographers are doing. It’s also a way PCNW raises awareness and funds to support its photographic mission.

Photo by Luke Peterson | Long Shot 2016

This year’s Long Shot is on Saturday, June 10th. Between 9AM Pacific on Saturday and 9AM Pacific on Sunday, participating photographers around the world ‘chase the light’. You photograph whatever you want, wherever you are. If you register (there is a $ 20 suggested donation), you can submit up to 5 favorite images from the day and a jury will pick one of your images to include in the annual Long Shot slideshow and pop-up exhibit in Seattle on June 17th. You don’t have to attend the pop-up to participate, and you don’t have to participate to attend the pop-up.

“Ode to 18th Century” by Anna Ream | Long Shot 2016

If you choose not to register, you can still take photographs and share them on social media using the hashtags #longshot2017, #photocenternw and #pcnw. Your images won’t be included in the slideshow or exhibit, but you’ll still be part of a worldwide community of photographers taking part in a fun event.

Take a look at the Long Shot 2016 slideshow to see what last year’s participants photographed. (Note: There are a lot of beards.) What will you photograph this year, if you participate?

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SkyPixel and DJI now accepting entries to 2017 Aerial Video Contest

03 Jun

DJI and SkyPixel have opened up their latest competition for entries. The 2017 SkyPixel Video Contest accepts video clips from 30 seconds up to 5 minutes in length. Videos can be created by any aerial platform, so if you don’t own a DJI drone, fear not – you’re still in the running. Prize packages include DJI drones, Nikon DSLRs and some slick-looking (?) Oakley sunglasses.

Entries must be submitted to one of three categories: City, Nature and Sports. The deadline for submissions in August 2nd, 2017. Find out more at the contest website.

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2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200

02 Jun

Last updated: June 2, 2017

These days, many (if not most) consumers are likely to shop based on price and capability, rather than according to whether a certain model contains a mirror, or not. We think this is a good thing; With all the increased competition, cameras are improving more and at a faster rate than ever before. From the gear perspective, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a photographer.

In this category, you’ll find both mirrorless and DSLR cameras that are highly capable under a variety of shooting situations, offer built-in high-spec viewfinders – either optical and electronic – and an extensive array of external controls. The biggest differences in performance tend to come down to autofocus sophistication and video capability, but neither of those is dictated by the presence or lack of mirror.

The contenders are:

  • Canon EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS M5
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
  • Pentax K-3 II
  • Pentax KP
  • Sony Alpha a77 II
  • Sony Alpha a6300

Most of the cameras in this roundup are built around either Four Thirds or APS-C sensors. Sensor size plays a large part in determining the image quality a camera is ultimately capable of and, in general, the larger a camera’s sensor, the better the image quality and the more control you have over depth-of-field. APS-C sensors are larger than Four Thirds chips, but the differences are rarely huge.

Of course, the sensor sizes and image quality of these cameras are not the only thing that varies; the feature sets and performance of each camera are also quite different across the board. Within this category you’ll find weather-sealed cameras, cameras that can capture 4K video, cameras that can shoot bursts at incredibly high speeds with autofocus, and cameras that are simply well-balanced all-rounders. Which one should you buy? Read on to find out…

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