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Prix Pictet: new photography exhibition to open at the V&A

Mak Remissa, My grandmother assisted her sick husband to walk, 2014. From the series: Left 3 Days, 2014 © Mak Remissa, Prix Pictet

November 19, 2021

A new major exhibition, Prix Pictet: Fire, presenting work by 13 international photographers will open at the Victoria and Albert Museum this December.


Twelve series of powerful photographs by 13 international photographers exploring the topical theme of ‘fire’ will be presented in the exhibition Prix Pictet: Fire at the V&A, London, 16 December 2021 – 9 January 2022.

The exhibition will showcase the world-class photography shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Prix Pictet, the global award with a unique commitment to promoting discussion and debate on issues of sustainability and the environment.

The bodies of work shortlisted for the prize draw their inspiration from both major global events and personal experiences. The photographic images span documentary, portraiture, landscape, collage and studies of light and process. The shortlisted photographers are based in five continents across the world.

The exhibition features established names such as Sally Mann, who documented the vast wildfires and thick smoke that consumed the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia during her visit in 2008, and Rinko Kawauchi, who photographed firework displays throughout Japan every summer from 1997-2001.

They are joined by young and emerging names in photography, including David Uzochukwu, whose portraiture series In The Wake is set within an unknown landscape on fire, and Fabrice Monteiro, whose series The Prophecy addresses worldwide pollution through staged photographs of figures in costumes made of trash and natural materials.

The award of 100,000 Swiss Francs (USD108,000, €91,000) will be announced on Wednesday 15 December 2021. We share the shortlisted photographers below.


Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (Lebanon)

Series: Wonder Beirut, 1998-2006

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Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, WONDER BEIRUT, The story of a Pyromaniac Photographer, 1998-2006. From the series: Wonder Beirut © Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Prix Pictet

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige are known for their long-term research projects based on personal or political documents, with a focus on secret histories, such as the disappearances during the Lebanese Civil War and a forgotten space project from the 1960s. Their artworks create thematic and formal links between photography, video, performance, installation and cinema.

They are held in major private and public collections and have been presented in solo and group exhibitions in institutions around the world, such as Jeu de Paume (Paris), Guggenheim (New York), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), MOMA (New York), Red Brick Art Museum (Beijing), Tate Modern (London). Together, they have directed numerous films shown in major international festivals.

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Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, WONDER BEIRUT, The story of a Pyromaniac Photographer, 1998-2006. From the series: Wonder Beirut © Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Prix Pictet

Wonder Beirut is an ongoing project based on a series of postcards from the 1960s and 1970s which are still on sale in Lebanese bookshops today, even though the places they depict were destroyed or altered in the bombardments or in subsequent reconstruction programmes. The artists created a fictional character: photographer Abdallah Farah who supposedly took photographs that were used to produce these postcards – and then burned them himself to record the impact of street battles during the Lebanese civil wars.


Rinko Kawauchi (Japan)

Series: Hanabi, 2001

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Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled, 2001. From the series: Hanabi, 2001 © Rinko Kawauchi, Prix Pictet

Rinko Kawauchi was born in 1972 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, and now lives and works in Tokyo. In 2001, she simultaneously released a series of three photographic books published by Little More, and in 2002 she was awarded the prestigious 27th Kimura Ihei Award. Other awards include the eminent Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography in 2009, the 63rd Ministry of Cultural Affairs Newcomer of the Year award in 2012, and the 29th Shashin no Machi Higashigawa Native Japanese Artist Award in 2012.

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Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled, 2001. From the series: Hanabi, 2001 © Rinko Kawauchi, Prix Pictet

Kawauchi has exhibited in a multitude of group and solo exhibitions both within Japan and all over the world. Solo exhibitions include: Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris (2005); The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2006); Hasselblad Centre, Göteborg, Sweden (2007); Semear at Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2007); and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2012).

Between 1997 and 2001, when Kawauchi was living alone in Tokyo and in the process of making her earliest works, she photographed fireworks every summer. Hanabi is a collection of photographs representing this body of work.


Sally Mann (USA)

Series: Blackwater, 2008-2012

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Sally Mann, Blackwater 13, 2008-2012. From the series: Blackwater, 2008-2012 © Sally Mann, Gagosian, Prix Pictet

Sally Mann is known for her photographs of intimate and familiar subjects rendered both sublime and disquieting. Born in Lexington, Virginia, Mann began studying photography in the 1960s, attending Ansel Adams Gallery’s workshops in Yosemite National Park, and Putney School and Bennington College, both in Vermont.

She received a BA from Hollins College, Virginia, as well as an MA in creative writing. A Thousand Crossings, Mann’s recent exhibition, explores the identity of the American South and Mann’s relationship with her place of origin. It debuted at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC in 2018 and travelled extensively.

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Sally Mann, Blackwater 3, 2008-2012. From the series: Blackwater, 2008-2012 © Sally Mann, Gagosian, Prix Pictet

In 2001, Mann was named “America’s Best Photographer” by Time magazine. Mann’s Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (Little, Brown, 2015) received critical acclaim; it was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Awards and won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.

For her series Blackwater, Mann explored the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia, documenting the vast fires and thick smoke that consumed the swap during her visit and which seemed to epitomise the great fire of racial strife in America.


Christian Marclay (USA/ Switzerland, based in UK)

Series: Fire, 2020

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Christian Marclay, Untitled (Burning I), 2020. Image still from the series: Fire, 2020 © Christian Marclay, Fraenkel Gallery, Prix Pictet

Christian Marclay studied at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel in Geneva from 1975–1977 and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston from 1977–1980. Marclay’s work has been shown in museums and galleries internationally, most recently in the major solo exhibition “Compositions” at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2019).

Other exhibitions have been held at Kunsthaus, Zurich (1997), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2001), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2002), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010), Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2015) and Sapporo Art Museum (2017). Marclay received the Golden Lion award for best artist at the 54th Venice Biennale for his 24-hour virtuosic video piece, The Clock, which was first shown at White Cube in London in 2010.

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Christian Marclay, Fire, 2020. Video still from the series: Fire, 2020 © Christian Marclay, Fraenkel Gallery, Prix Pictet

Fire is a series of photographic prints that began as small-scale collages featuring fragments from comic books, movie stills and images found on the internet. Fire, 2020, is a video animation made from paper cut-outs from comic book illustrations of fire. More than 1,500 photographs shown in rapid succession suggest a flip book, creating the illusion of a flickering fire.


Fabrice Monteiro (Belgium/Benin)

Series: The Prophecy, 2013 – 2020

Fabrice Monteiro is an Agouda, the descendant of Brazilian slaves with Portuguese names. He was born in Belgium, grew up in Benin, and now lives and works in Dakar, Senegal. Monteiro worked as a model for around a decade before becoming a photographer in 2007. Fabrice Monteiro’s images are at the intersection between photojournalism and fashion photography.

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Fabrice Monteiro, Untitled#11, 2016. From the series: The Prophecy, 2013 – 2020 © Fabrice Monteiro, Prix Pictet

His series The Prophecy began in 2013 when Monteiro returned to Africa after several years and discovered that devastating pollution had overtaken the continent. The series was based on nine environmental problems in Senegal, including forest fires, plastic waste and oil spills, and was gradually expanded to address worldwide pollution.

Fabrice Monteiro, Untitled#9, 2015. From the series: The Prophecy, 2013 – 2020 © Fabrice Monteiro, Prix Pictet

Fabrice Monteiro, Untitled#9, 2015. From the series: The Prophecy, 2013 – 2020 © Fabrice Monteiro, Prix Pictet

This theme is personified in the photos of various figures who were inspired by West African masquerades and animism. The beautiful and distressing figures were created in collaboration with the Senegalese fashion designer Doulsy, who devised couture-like costumes made of trash and natural materials.


Lisa Oppenheim (USA)

Series: Stilleben, 2021

Lisa Oppenheim, Pendant (1943/2021), 2021. From the series: Stilleben, 2021 © Lisa Oppenheim, Prix Picte

Lisa Oppenheim, Pendant (1943/2021), 2021. From the series: Stilleben, 2021 © Lisa Oppenheim, Prix Pictet

Lisa Oppenheim received a BA in Art and Semiotics from Brown University in 1998 and an MFA in Film/Video from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 2002. Oppenheim’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe and the United States.

Her work is held in major museum collections such as the Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, among others.

In 2014, she won both the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography awarded by the Israel Museum and the The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize awarded by the Art Gallery of Ontario. Solo exhibitions have been held at MOCA Cleveland and the MCA Denver in 2017; The FRAC Champagne-Ardenne in Reims, France in 2015; the Kunstverein in Hamburg in 2014 and the Grazer Kunstverein in 2013.

In Oppenheim’s series Stilleben, the presence of fire is indicated by smoke even if it remains unseen. Using found images in newspapers or the internet, Oppenheim ‘reprocesses’ the photographs in the darkroom, using the light of a match to expose the negative.


Mak Remissa (Cambodia)

Series: Left 3 Days, 2014

Mak Remissa, My grandmother assisted her sick husband to walk, 2014. From the series: Left 3 Days, 2014 © Mak Remissa, Prix Pictet

Mak Remissa, My grandmother assisted her sick husband to walk, 2014. From the series: Left 3 Days, 2014 © Mak Remissa, Prix Pictet

Mak Remissa is regarded as one of the most successful Khmer photographers of his generation. In 1995, he graduated in Fine Art and Photography at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. He credits his first and third place awards in the 1997 National Photojournalism competition as a major catalyst in his career.

Currently working as a photojournalist for the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), his work is often seen on the international news wires. His 2005 fine art photography exhibition, titled “The fish eats the ant”, was shown in Phnom Penh galleries, the Angkor Photo Festival in Kobe, Japan, in 2013, and GETXOPHOTO festival 2014 in Bilbao, Spain. Remissa has exhibited his fine art photography in Cambodia, France, Canada, US, Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, China, Japan, Singapore, and Myanmar.

Mak Remissa, Khmer Khmer Rouge soldiers took control Phnom Penh capital city, 2014. From the series: Left 3 Days, 2014 © Mak Remissa, Prix Pictet

Mak Remissa, Khmer Khmer Rouge soldiers took control Phnom Penh capital city, 2014. From the series: Left 3 Days, 2014 © Mak Remissa, Prix Pictet

Left 3 Days recalls Remissa’s memories from his childhood during the Cambodian genocide, particularly on 17 April 1975 when Khmer Rouge troops took control and occupied Phnom Penh.


Carla Rippey (Mexico)

Series: Immolation, 2009-2019

Carla Rippey, Fashion, 2019. From the series: Immolation, 2009-2019 © Carla Rippey, Prix Pictet

Carla Rippey, Fashion, 2019. From the series: Immolation, 2009-2019 © Carla Rippey, Prix Pictet

Carla Rippey is an American artist based in Mexico City. Her work seeks to expand the margins of drawing and graphics. She works extensively from her collection of archives (images from photographs, postcards, family albums, newspapers, magazines, books and internet sources), which she translates into drawings, artist’s books and prints.

She was educated in Nebraska, La Sorbonne in Paris, The State University of New York and the University of Chile in Santiago. Rippey’s solo shows include the Museum of Modern Art, Mexico, The National University Museum “El Chopo”, the National Print Museum, the galleries Arte Mexicano and Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, as well as the Graphics Institute of Oaxaca, Seguela Gallery in Guangzhou, China, and the Mavi Museum in Santiago, Chile.

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Carla Rippey, Fire, 2010. From the series: Immolation, 2009-2019 © Carla Rippey, Prix Pictet

Her series Immolation began in 2010 with a series of artist’s books made from images of fire collected in magazines, newspapers and the internet: juxtaposing images of volcanoes and people set on fire (lynchings in Mexico), throwing fire (Palestinians) or people setting themselves on fire in acts of desperation. To make the collages, Rippey transfers photocopies to Japanese papers using solvent and an etching press.


Mark Ruwedel (USA)

Series: LA Fires, 2017-2020

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Mark Ruwedel, San Gabriel Fire #5, 2020. From the series: LA Fires, 2017 -2020 © Mark Ruwedel, Prix Pictet

Mark Ruwedel was born in Pennsylvania in 1954 and lives in Long Beach, California. He received his MFA from Concordia University in Montreal in 1983 and taught there from 1984 to 2001. He is currently Professor Emeritus at California State University. In 2014 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Scotiabank Photography Award, and was short-listed for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize in 2019.

Ruwedel is represented in museums throughout the world, including the J. Paul Getty Museum; Los Angeles County Art Museum; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Yale Art Gallery; National Gallery of Art, Washington; National Gallery of Canada; Stichting Foundation, Brussels; Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Mark Ruwedel, La Tuna Canyon Fire/Beekeeper, 2017. From the series: LA Fires, 2017 -2020 © Mark Ruwedel, Prix Pictet

Mark Ruwedel, La Tuna Canyon Fire/Beekeeper, 2017. From the series: LA Fires, 2017 -2020 © Mark Ruwedel, Prix Pictet

Ruwedel’s work was the subject of an Artists Room at Tate Modern in 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include: Large Glass, London, 2020-21; California Historical Society, San Francisco, 2019; Museum of Art and Culture of Marrakech, Morocco, 2018; and Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA, 2018.

LA Fires is a series of photographs selected from Ruwedel’s four-part, in-progress project titled “Los Angeles: Landscapes of Four Ecologies”. The photographs document the La Tuna fire in 2017, which is considered to be the largest in the history of the city.


Brent Stirton (South Africa)

Series: Burns Capital Of The World, 2013

Brent Stirton, 2013. From the series: Burns Capital Of The World, 2013 © Brent Stirton, Prix Pictet

Brent Stirton, 2013. From the series: Burns Capital Of The World, 2013 © Brent Stirton, Prix Pictet

Brent Stirton is a special correspondent for Getty Images and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Stirton specialises in documentary work, generally photographing at the intersection of man and the environment. He regularly works for Human Rights Watch, The Environment Investigation Agency and LAGA, as well as the Gates and Clinton Foundations and various UN groups.

He has received many awards, including the Overseas Press Club, The National Magazine Awards, The Peabody awards, Pictures of the Year International as well multiple awards from the World Press Photo Foundation. His photos have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Le Figaro and GQ amongst others.

Brent Stirton, 2013. From the series: Burns Capital Of The World, 2013 © Brent Stirton, Prix Pictet

Brent Stirton, 2013. From the series: Burns Capital Of The World, 2013 © Brent Stirton, Prix Pictet

Burns Capital Of The World documents young victims recovering from severe burns in India. Despite over six million people being burnt every year, India has very few burns facilities at clinics and hospitals and the best of these are very expensive.


David Uzochukwu (Austria/Nigeria)

Series: In The Wake, 2020

David Uzochukwu, Wildfire, 2015. From the series: In The Wake, 2020 © David Uzochukwu, Prix Pictet

David Uzochukwu, Wildfire, 2015. From the series: In The Wake, 2020 © David Uzochukwu, Prix Pictet

David Uzochukwu is an Austrian and Nigerian artist. Growing up in Luxembourg and Belgium, Uzochukwu delved into self-portraiture at age thirteen, and began developing a largely digital practice. This led to vivid collaborations with artists FKA twigs and Iris van Herpen, and a commission for the World Wildlife Fund.

David Uzochukwu, Tectonic Shift, 2020. From the series: In The Wake, 2020 © David Uzochukwu, Prix Pictet

David Uzochukwu, Tectonic Shift, 2020. From the series: In The Wake, 2020 © David Uzochukwu, Prix Pictet

Their self-portrait series A FAMILIAR RUIN was included in group show Dey Your Lane! at Bozar (2016). Further exhibitions include Photo Vogue Festival (2018, 2019) and The New Black Vanguard at Rencontres d’Arles (2021). Uzochukwu was nominated for an ICP Infinity Award in 2019 and named ‘One to Watch’ by British Journal of Photography the following year. Uzochukwu’s first short film, GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, premiered at Max-Ophüls-Preis in 2021.

In The Wake is a series of portraits set within a landscape on fire. With all historic and geographic markers removed from each image, the bodies in the photographs are submerged into the landscape and removed from the confines of their social reality.


Daisuke Yokota (Japan)

Series: Matter / Burn Out, 2016

Daisuke Yokota, Untitled, 2016. From the series: Matter / Burn Out, 2016 © Daisuke Yokota, Prix Pictet

Daisuke Yokota, Untitled, 2016. From the series: Matter / Burn Out, 2016 © Daisuke Yokota, Prix Pictet

Daisuke Yokota was born in Saitama prefecture in 1983. Awards include the Grand Prix at the 2nd “1_WALL” Photography Competition in 2010, the Foam Paul Huf Award in 2016 and the 45th Kimura Ihei Photography Award in 2019. He has published numerous photography collections including MATTER/BURN OUT, VERTIGO, and Tarachine. His major exhibitions include Site/Cloud at Foam photography museum (2014) and Shape of Light at Tate Modern (2018).

Daisuke Yokota, Untitled, 2016. From the series: Matter / Burn Out, 2016 © Daisuke Yokota, Prix Pictet

Daisuke Yokota, Untitled, 2016. From the series: Matter / Burn Out, 2016 © Daisuke Yokota, Prix Pictet

Matter / Burn Out documents the burning of Yokota’s large-scale installation of photographic prints, titled ‘Matter’, at Aichi Triennial held in August 2016. This ‘burn out’ process was documented in 4,000 photographs, whereby the data was processed, manipulated and revived to form the new work titled Matter / Burn Out.


The Jury for the ninth cycle of the Prix Pictet is:

Sir David King, FRS (Chair), Founder and Chair, Centre for Climate Repair, University of Cambridge; Duncan Forbes, Head of Photography, V&A; Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography, FT Weekend Magazine; Professor Herminia Ibarra, Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School; Jeff Rosenheim, Joyce Frank Curator in Charge, Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Joana Choumali, Winner Prix Pictet ‘Hope’ (2019); Philippe Bertherat, President, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; Shahira Fahmy, founder and Principal, Shahira Fahmy Architects, Cairo.

About Prix Pictet

The Prix Pictet award was founded by the Pictet Group in 2008. Today, it is recognised as the world’s leading prize for photography. Each cycle of the Prix Pictet tours the world, with exhibitions in over a dozen countries annually, bringing the work of the shortlisted photographers to a wide international audience.

The Prix Pictet is also published in book form, with extensive documentation of the work of each of the shortlisted photographers together with images from the wider group of nominees and essays by leading writers on the theme of the prize.

The eight previous Prix Pictet winners are Benoît Aquin (Water), Nadav Kander (Earth), Mitch Epstein (Growth), Luc Delahaye (Power), Michael Schmidt (Consumption), Valérie Belin (Disorder), Richard Mosse (Space) and Joana Choumali (Hope).


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Why You Should Photograph Everything Wide Open

Why You Should Photograph Everything Wide Open

Landscape photography is often about achieving maximum depth of field, fantastic sharpness, and gathering as much quality into one image as possible. Or is it? This photographer shoots everything wide open and has an excellent reason for it.

Adrian Vila has established a reputation for his ethereal black and white images featuring natural and urban landscapes. Unlike the majority of landscape photographers, his work is not about megapixels and lens sharpness. Instead, it’s about conveying his personal sense of a place through his images, rather than trying to replicate more scientifically what he finds in front of his lens.

Vila and I have a similar approach, and I wish I’d also developed the same creative, almost poetic understanding of why it works. I wrote a few months ago about why much of my woodland photography is done with a cheap, Chinese, faux-vintage 35mm lens that opens all the way up to f/1.4. Like Vila, my interest isn’t in image quality but creating an impression of the light and the forest as I experience them when walking the dog each morning.

Do you shoot wide open for the same reasons? Let us know in the comments below.

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APOY Round 10 is open: Close-ups

APOY Round 10 is open: Close-ups

October 5, 2021

It is time to enter the latest round of our Amateur Photographer of the Year competition (APOY), the biggest and best of its kind…

We are now into round 10 of APOY, with the theme of Close-ups.

With APOY’s varied categories, there should be a round for you, no matter what you like to shoot. You might choose to enter just one category or enter them all with the aim of taking home the main prize and, of course, the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers* and we have again teamed up with Photocrowd, who will be hosting the competition on a simple and intuitive platform. This year we have two new categories. Under-21s can enter the Young Amateur Photographer of the Year, with each category winner receiving a £250 voucher for MPB, and the overall winner being awarded a £500 voucher.

Finally, there’s a camera club category, where you can accumulate points for your society. The most successful club will receive a voucher for £500.

*For the purposes of this competition, an amateur photographer is defined as someone who earns 10% or less of their income from photography or photographic services.


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Timing, precision and immaculate focusing are all crucial for a successful close-up image

Time for your Close-ups!

Getting up close and personal to your subject means you can create scenes that might otherwise be missed. A huge range of subjects can be considered for close-up photography, so you can really push your creative limits here. Plants and natural subjects will be the first port of call for many, but don’t be afraid to explore other themes that also work well – such as jewellery, shells, feathers, food and more. In short, anything you can scrutinise at close quarters is what we want to see.


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Your guest judge
Tracy Calder has more than 20 years of experience in the photo magazine industry, and is a former editor of Outdoor Photography. In 2018 she co-founded Close-up Photographer of the Year – an international competition celebrating close-up, macro and micro photography. She has written numerous photography books, and her work has appeared in more than 20 consumer magazines, as well as on the walls of The Photographers’ Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery in London. To find out more visit Instagram: @cupoty, @tracy_calder_photo.


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There are £11,000 (GBP) worth of vouchers to win in APOY 2021, supplied by sponsors, MPB, plus the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021.

The winner of each round of APOY receives a £500 voucher to spend on anything at MPB. From top-of-the-range digital medium-format camera bodies, to entry-level DSLRs, telephoto zooms and wideangle lenses, MPB is a one-stop shop for used kit. And, of course, you can use your voucher towards your dream piece of kit, if it happens to cost more than £500.


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Great gear for close-ups
MPB has a range of macro lenses to suit all budgets. Sigma has a great reputation as a third-party lens manufacturer, and this Canon-fit 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro is well worth considering. Purists consider 105mm to be the perfect macro focal length, and this one is a true 1:1 lens. It’s extremely sharp, features a dual-focus system, and has a minimum focusing distance of 31.3cm.APOY Round 10 is open: Close-ups 16

This lens goes for £239 at MPB, and can also be found in Nikon fit. For those who prefer a manufacturer’s own-brand lenses, there’s the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro.

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This lightweight lens comes in at only 280g, has a construction of nine elements in eight groups, and features a closest-focusing distance of 23cm. Like all macro lenses, it can also be used as a standard lens, making it a versatile choice. Pick one up at MPB for between £194 and £224.APOY Round 10 is open: Close-ups 18The Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS has superb resolution and gives lovely, soft bokeh. Its 90mm focal length, giving 1:1 magnification, is wonderfully versatile, while its minimum focusing distance is 28cm. It also features built-in image stabilisation.

This lens is available at MPB for £719 to £754. There are second- and third-placed prizes of £100 and £50 vouchers respectively, while the winner of the Youth category wins a £250 voucher. Check out www.mpb.com to take your pick from thousands of items.


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Watch This FPV Drone Video Open Stephen Colbert’s Late Show

Watch This FPV Drone Video Open Stephen Colbert’s Late Show


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Stephen Colbert’s Late Show welcomed back its first live audience in 15 months this week, marking the occasion with a snazzy opening sequence shot by a drone at New York City’s Ed Sullivan Theater where the show is recorded.

Footage created using first-person-view (FPV) setups in which the drone operator uses a real-time video feed delivered to a headset has been gaining in popularity, with mainstream broadcasters and even Hollywood getting interested in hiring the best pilots. Such drone kits usually use specially built flying machines that are faster and more versatile than regular consumer drones.

Late Show senior producer Jake Plunkett and art director Andro Buneta came up with the main plan for the fly-throughbefore handling responsibility for the shoot to New York-based CineRigs.

“The biggest obstacle we faced was getting everything we wanted into a 30-to-40-second box,” Plunkett told Variety, which got an advanced look at the new opening sequence.

The final piece is an impressive bit of work, with the camera starting off outside the theater before swooping down through the doors and into the audience-packed studio. The drone then zips off to take us behind the scenes of the show, performing plenty of challenging moves as it goes. The sequence ends with a shot of Colbert arriving on stage, cheered by the first live audience to attend the show in 15 months due to the pandemic.

While the Late Show’s drone video is designed to look like a single take, watch carefully and you’ll spot several moments where the footage was likely edited. Still, that doesn’t take anything away from the impressive fly-through, which matches perfectly with the band’s intro music and Jen Spyra’s enthusiastically delivered voiceover.

FPV drone videos have been getting a lot of attention lately, with pilots’ skillful handling of the camera-equipped quadcopters producing some extraordinary results. Take this truly astonishing effort showing a fly-through of a bowling alley in Minneapolis, or this brilliant tour of a soccer stadium in England.

Impressed? Then your jaw may well hit the floor if you watch these equally amazing FPV drone videos shot by pilots clearly at the top of their game.

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APOY round nine is open: Street

APOY round nine is open: Street

It is time to enter the latest round of our Amateur Photographer of the Year competition (APOY), the biggest and best of its kind… the theme is Street


We are now into round nine of APOY, with the theme of Street.

With APOY’s varied categories, there should be a round for you, no matter what you like to shoot. You might choose to enter just one category or enter them all with the aim of taking home the main prize and, of course, the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers* and we have again teamed up with Photocrowd, who will be hosting the competition on a simple and intuitive platform. This year we have two new categories. Under-21s can enter the Young Amateur Photographer of the Year, with each category winner receiving a £250 voucher for MPB, and the overall winner being awarded a £500 voucher.

Finally, there’s a camera club category, where you can accumulate points for your society. The most successful club will receive a voucher for £500.

*For the purposes of this competition, an amateur photographer is defined as someone who earns 10% or less of their income from photography or photographic services.


Send us your best street shots

Street photography is accessible to most, but it’s challenging to capture successfully. Paying attention to the everyday movements of folk and spotting the extraordinary within the mundane is one thing, but capturing a scene unfold in front of you at the perfect moment is another. It’s this forward thinking that is key to great photography. For inspiration, look at the likes of Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier or contemporary shooters such as Niall McDiarmid and Nick Turpin.

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As well as capturing candid moments, look for dramatic light, which gives a structure to the image. Picture credit Graeme Youngson


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Your guest judge

For this round, your guest judge is Peter Dench, a UK-based photographer, writer, presenter, educator and curator. His accolades include a World Press Photo award for his reportage, Drinking of England. Solo books include Alcohol & England and The British Abroad. He has also been commissioned to write by The New Yorker, Telegraph Magazine and a number of photography journals.


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What you win

Take your pick from MPB’s huge catalogue of used gear

The winner of each round of APOY receives a £500 voucher to spend on anything at MPB. From top-end digital medium format cameras to entry-level DSLRs, telephoto zooms and wideangle lenses, MPB is a one-stop shop for used kit. And of course, you can use your voucher towards your dream piece of kit, if it happens to cost more than £500.

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The Fujifilm X-T1 was the first of the iconic models in this popular range, with 16.3MP, a 200-6400 ISO range and 11 film-simulation modes. It’s ideal for street photography, and is available at MPB for £299 in excellent condition. Any street photographer will tell you a single prime lens is better than any zoom, so why not combine the X-T1 with the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR? It’s equivalent to 53mm in full frame, often seen as the classic focal length for candids.

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Find it at MPB for between £299 and £349. There are second- and third-placed prizes of £100 and £50 vouchers respectively, while the winner of the Youth category wins a £250 voucher. Check out www.mpb.com to take your pick from thousands of items.


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Amazon to Open Its Own Department Stores: Report

Amazon to Open Its Own Department Stores: Report

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Amazon is reportedly planning to start opening large physical retail stores in the United States that will be its version of department stores.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting, based on anonymous sources familiar with the matter, that Amazon is expanding heavily into brick-and-mortar retail to increase its reach in sales of all kinds of products, including electronics.

Locations for the first Amazon department stores will likely be in California and Ohio, with each store occupying around 30,000 square feet. By comparison, a drug store is usually 15,000 square feet, grocery stores are 30,000 square feet, Walmart Supercenters are around 200,000 square feet, and department stores range from 100,000 to 250,000 square feet.

In addition to top consumer brands, Amazon’s department stores will presumably also heavily promote the company’s private label products. Sources tell the WSJ that Amazon aims to gather more data on customers as well as expose them to products they wouldn’t ordinarily search online for.

Since its founding back in 1994, Amazon has grown to become the 800-pound gorilla of online retail shopping in the United States. The New York Times reported this week that Amazon has just unseated the biggest brick-and-mortar retailer in the country — consumers now spend more money at Amazon than they do at Walmart.

As Amazon has ascended, sales have evaporated from many brick-and-mortar retail stores — especially specialty ones — forcing locations to close and companies to go bankrupt. Camera stores, in particular, have been closing left and right in recent years as customers opt to use them for hands-on time with cameras equipment to make a decision before purchasing for a lower price on Amazon.

Brick-and-mortar stores have tried different tactics to reduce “showrooming”, as it’s now called. Some have started charging a “just-looking” fee while larger stores that can compete more closely with Amazon in the area of margins (e.g. Best Buy) have allowed customers to price match Amazon.

After years of taking sales from physical stores and killing off many of them, Amazon is now ramping up its offensive by bringing the fight to their home turf, which doesn’t bode well for retailers that are already treading water and struggling to stay relevant in today’s online shopping world.

If Amazon’s upcoming department stores catch on, we could see even more mom-and-pop camera stores close as photographers turn to their local Amazon stores to both handle camera gear and purchase them without the delay of shipping.

Amazon seems to be far along in its plans to launch these new physical stores, but the WSJ notes that these plans aren’t final yet and could still change.


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APOY round eight is open: Travel

APOY round eight is open: Travel

It is time to enter the latest round of our Amateur Photographer of the Year competition (APOY), the biggest and best of its kind… the theme is Travel


We are now into round eight of APOY, with the theme of Travel.

With APOY’s varied categories, there should be a round for you, no matter what you like to shoot. You might choose to enter just one category or enter them all with the aim of taking home the main prize and, of course, the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers* and we have again teamed up with Photocrowd, who will be hosting the competition on a simple and intuitive platform. This year we have two new categories. Under-21s can enter the Young Amateur Photographer of the Year, with each category winner receiving a £250 voucher for MPB, and the overall winner being awarded a £500 voucher.

Finally, there’s a camera club category, where you can accumulate points for your society. The most successful club will receive a voucher for £500.

*For the purposes of this competition, an amateur photographer is defined as someone who earns 10% or less of their income from photography or photographic services.


Send us your best travel shots!

Visiting somewhere new, whether it’s another city, country or continent, can really get the creative juices flowing. Every location has its own unique feel and photographing the buildings, landmarks, and people you encounter will help to convey the real spirit of a place.

Get up early and visit a local market or stay out late and shoot lights reflected in water. Talk to people – a smile can go a long way towards securing willing subjects. Try not to ‘steal’ a shot; be patient and courteous.

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by Sirsendu Gayen. Cities provide endless potential for travel shots – whether it’s only a few miles from home or on a different continent. Look for colour, shape and balance in your compositions


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There are £11,000 (GBP) worth of vouchers to win in APOY 2021, supplied by sponsors, MPB, plus the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021.

The winner of each round of APOY receives a £500 voucher to spend on anything at MPB. From top-of-the-range digital medium-format camera bodies, to entry-level DSLRs, telephoto zooms and wideangle lenses, MPB is a one-stop shop for used kit. And, of course, you can use your voucher towards your dream piece of kit, if it happens to cost more than £500.

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For £769, you can pick up a Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark III in excellent condition. A sophisticated and versatile bridge camera, it features a 24-600mm-equivalent lens with an f/2.4 to f/4 aperture and 20.1MP sensor. It has an excellent dynamic range and, for moving-image shooters, 4K video. It’s an ideal travel companion.

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A good zoom lens is a must when shooting travel, where subjects can often be dynamic and fast moving. The Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art offers an f/4 aperture throughout its range, and is impressively sharp, with Hyper Sonic Motor technology ensuring fast and quiet autofocus. It is available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA and Sony A mounts, and is priced between £376 and £539 at MPB.

There are second- and third-placed prizes of £100 and £50 vouchers respectively, while the winner of the Youth category wins a £250 voucher.

Check out www.mpb.com to take your pick from thousands of items.

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Fujifilm PrintLife@Home Exhibition & Competition Open For Entries

Fujifilm PrintLife@Home Exhibition & Competition Open For Entries

Enter The Fujifilm PrintLife@Home Competition For The Chance To Win Weekly Prizes!

 

Fujifilm has launched its second printlife@home exhibition where you can also be in with the chance of winning top prizes.

printlife@home is open to anyone and photos can be captured on cameras or smartphones. Plus, as well as having your photos shared by Fujifilm, you might win a prize as each week, 5 photos will be selected as ‘photos of the week’ with the photographers winning an instax camera or voucher to spend on any photo gift product (T&C’s apply) at any Fujifilm Photo Retailer, in-store or online (this includes the Fujifilm House of Photography, Fujifilm Independent Photo Retailer, or myfujifilm.co.uk).

Everyone who submits a photo will also receive a free 8×10 print in the post and 20% off site-wide on myfujifilm.com.

To enter the competition, visit: www.fujifilm-printlife.eu

 

From Fujifilm UK: 

Following last year’s successful digital exhibition and a 15-year history of hosting public photo exhibitions, Fujifilm has today launched its second printlife@home exhibition to tell the stories behind the photos taken over the last year in Europe.

After long lockdowns across Europe, photography has been firmly established a key part of collecting new memories as families, friends and loved ones begin to reunite with one another. Every photo tells a story, and Fujifilm is calling for these stories to be shared in this year’s printlife@home exhibition.

Launching on August 2 2021, members of the public can submit their photos to Fujifilm’s second virtual photo exhibition until 5 December 2021 on www.fujifilm-printlife.eu. The exhibition is open to everyone, irrespective of whether their photos are shot on a smartphone or a camera.

Creating and looking back at memories through the medium of photography has provided comfort and happiness to many through these difficult periods, so Fujifilm wants the public to not only share their special snaps but also their arrangements or displays of photos at home to provide the feeling of walking through personal galleries, providing the perfect storytelling setting.

David Honey, General Manager Photo Imaging at Fujifilm Europe, said: “Over the last 18 months, so many of us have returned to old photos to remind us of what life was like before the global pandemic, searching for the comfort of nostalgia. At Fujifilm, we strongly believe in the power of photography to capture and preserve memories for years to come, with each photo telling its own unique story. Whether you consider yourself a professional photographer or you prefer to capture your own memories on your smartphone camera, printlife@home is open to all to share these stories.

And we’re not stopping there. This year, after so long apart, we want printlife@home to help bring people together in a creative way and encourage everyone to get involved with their friends and loved ones on SoMe, and by bringing physical photo prints of their special moments into their homes with myFUJIFILM. We hope that this exhibition inspires people everywhere to join us and be part of something truly unique and special, together.”

printlife@home is open for any member of the public to enter and Fujifilm is looking to celebrate the most creative contributions and meaningful stories by choosing five Photos of the Week. Winners, selected by an independent jury, will not only have their photos profiled by Fujifilm but will also receive a voucher of €200, €150 or €100, or currency equivalent, to spend on photo printing products, or instead opting for an instax mini 40 or instax mini 11 camera, both with instax mini film provided to have everything needed to get creative and shoot beautiful instant prints.

In addition, anyone submitting a photo in the UK/NI will receive a number of exciting incentives:

1. A free 8×10 print in the post
2. Receive 20% off site-wide on myFUJIFILM.com
3. Be in with a chance to win one of five prizes (5 winners per week)

Prizes up for grabs include an instax Mini 40 or instax Mini 11, £100/£150/£200 voucher to spend on any photo gift product (T&C’s apply) at any FUJIFILM Photo Retailer, in-store or online (this includes the Fujifilm House of Photography, Fujifilm Independent Photo Retailer, or myFUJIFILM.co.uk).

After Fujifilm’s global 100,000 Photos exhibition was postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, printlife@home launched in Europe in 2020 to provide a way for amateur, professional and hobbyist photographers to connect with each other. More than 10,500 photos were uploaded, giving a unique insight into the stories emerging across the continent.

David Honey, General Manager Photo Imaging at Fujifilm Europe, said: “Last year’s exhibition really demonstrated the simultaneously shared and unique experiences we have all been through over the last 18 months, giving focus to the varied cultures, roles and identities emerging from the hundreds of thousands of uploaded photos. The printlife@home exhibition provides a unique snapshot into how daily life has changed – and continues to change – using the creativity of photography. We want to continue this discovery journey this year and look forward to seeing and reviewing the thousands of entries we hope to receive.”

Fujifilm’s 15-year history in mass public participation photo exhibitions has seen the 100,000 Photos exhibition tour across various locations, from Japan and Malaysia to France and the USA. This year, 500 photos entered into printlife@home will also be showcased in an on-site exhibition at The Photography Show in Birmingham, UK in September.

For more information and to enter, visit: www.fujifilm-printlife.eu

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Ernst Leitz Museum To Open New Interactive Photography Facility

Ernst Leitz Museum To Open New Interactive Photography Facility

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The Ernst Leitz Museum in Leitz Park, Wetzlar is a modern museum dedicated to photography that, in October, will open a facility where visitors will be able to enjoy what it calls an interactive photography experience.

The museum will have four newly designed adventure areas that occupy about 600 square meters on the upper floors of the facility. The museum says the purpose of the interactive version of this display is to raise awareness of conscious perception — it wants attendees to try things out, get inspired, and discover the world of photography in a new light.

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The four new visual experience areas will showcase optical phenomena in interactive stations with basic rules of photography displayed as a reference point. Each display concept and design is developed in partnership with the studio klv from Berlin, an interdisciplinary consulting and creative office specializing in the creation of interactive exhibits.

The first area will focus on “Seeing and Perceiving,” where optical phenomena are explained in an easy-to-understand way. This includes a giant screen that covers the museum’s large panoramic window and will open and close like a shutter when a guest approaches it.

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A second area is dedicated to “Technology and History,” where visitors can browse historical photos, drawings, cameras, and designs that showcase Leica’s impact on photography over the generations. Additionally, this area includes information on how lenses are built, technical details of various camera components, and even a virtual darkroom with an interactive table to digitally recreate the steps used in photo development.

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The third experience area will showcase the basic rules of photography and what influence different factors can have on photos taken at various interactive stations. This area will encourage visitors to use their phones and cameras with different settings to experiment with the reflections, colors, and shadows to fully understand the “diverse possibilities” of creative image design. It will also include a “Self-Portrait” station.

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The last area will be a rotating set of special exhibitions on various topics presented by Leica, starting with an exhibit on Oskar Barnack and followed by plans for many more from passionate photographers and filmmakers from around the globe.

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The new interactive photography exhibit at the Ernst Leitz museum is scheduled to open in October of 2021.

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Food Photographer of the Year now open for entries

Food Photographer of the Year now open for entries

The 2022 round of Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition is now open for entries. The contest, which has grown into the biggest food-photography competition in the world, attracted 10,000 entries from more than 70 countries in the 2021 round, and now features over 25 categories.

“During my years as a judge, then as Chairman of the Judges, I’ve watched the Awards grow into one of the most important and much-loved photographic competitions in the world,’ says noted food photographer, David Loftus, Chair of Judges, ‘Every year, more amateurs and professionals, young and old, compete against each other anonymously, making it truly universal and democratic, anyone with a talent can win.”

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Last year’s overall winner by Li Huaifeng

Food photographer and Nikon ambassador, Donna Crous, who reached the 2020 Final, added: ‘Entering this competition a few years ago totally changed my life and has forged a very successful career for me in food photography.’

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Joseph P Smith, 2021 winner of the Winterbotham Darby Food for Sale category

This year sees the introduction of Regional Awards as an additional celebration of winners from around the world. The 2022 winner of The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographer, launched last year in memory of Finland’s greatest woman photographer, will receive a trip to Finland courtesy of VisitFinland. Full entry details are at www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com

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