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You’re history: historic photographers of the year revealed

You’re history: historic photographers of the year revealed

November 25, 2021

The winners of the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2021 were unveiled today by broadcaster and historian Dan Snow. The awards, which celebrate the best cultural sites and historic places across the globe, attracted a “huge swathe” of submissions from amateurs and professionals alike.

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The Overall Winner is Steve Liddiard for his shot of the Whiteford Point Lighthouse in the Gower Peninsula, south Wales (above).

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The Historic England category was won by Sam Binding’s atmospheric view of Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, captured during a misty sunrise, above.

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Meanwhile the Where History Happened category went to Iain McCallum for his picture of the wrecks of the Wastdale H and Arkendale H, which collided in the River Severn in October 1960 (above)

Commenting on the awards, judge Dan Snow said: “The wonderful entries we’ve seen highlight both the immense heritage that surrounds us, along with the often precarious and fragile nature of some of our most precious locations of cultural value. The awards demonstrate the huge dedication that entrants often go to when trying to capture that perfect shot, whether rising in the dead of night to capture the perfect sunrise or climbing, hiking and trekking their way to discover far flung places from our past.”

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Beyond the UK, shortlisted entries captured historical locations ranging from Uzbekistan’s Shah-i-Zinda mausoleum (below) and the Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, Japan (above), to Paestum’s ancient Temple of Hera which dates back to 460 BC.

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Entries were judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind the submission and its historical impact. Another judge, Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regions at Historic England said: “it’s been wonderful to see so many high-quality entries again this year, particularly given the challenges and restrictions faced by the photographers.”

“(The quality of the entries) was perhaps all the more poignant and redolent for the fact that there has been so much restriction, constraint and hardship for so many over the past couple of years,” said Dan Korn of Sky HISTORY, another sponsor. “But to see some of the wonderful work on display here and the iconic and significant sites from around the world captured so vividly was a sign that history and humanity are very much alive in all their splendour in 2021.”

See the full list of winners here: www.historicphotographeroftheyear.com | Instagram.com/historicphotographeroftheyear | @hpotyawards

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Google Pixel 6 Series Accidentally Revealed Ahead of Official Launch

Google Pixel 6 Series Accidentally Revealed Ahead of Official Launch

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Google hasn’t had the best time thus far keeping the Pixel 6 under wraps since it was leaked with dead-on accuracy in May and more last month, but it isn’t getting any better: a product listing has fully revealed the smartphone a week before its official launch.

As screen-captured and shared by Evan Blass (known as evleaks on Twitter), CarPhoneWarehouse — a London-based phone retailer — appears to have accidentally published the entire Google Pixel 6 landing page that reveals all the details of the phone that has not officially been announced by Google and isn’t scheduled to be for another week.

The product pages for both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were shared by Blass in two screenshots on Twitter, but the image compression makes the details difficult to read:

The two pages have since been taken down, but the Internet Archive remembers all, and both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro product pages are still available to view through it.

The two pages advertise the new Google Tensor chip that was revealed to be coming to the two devices in a webpage set up by Google earlier this year, so its inclusion here isn’t particularly noteworthy. That said, Google is promising that it will allow the phones to provide up to 80% better performance compared to the Pixel 5’s Snapdragon 765G chip.

The listing also shows that the Pixel 6 will be getting a 6.4-inch display with a nondescript variable refresh rate while the Pixel 6 Pro will get a slightly larger 6.7-inch screen with a 120Hz variable refresh rate that Gizmodo notes is similar to the one found on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro sport IP68 water and dust resistance.

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Camera features have always been part of Google’s selling point for its Pixel devices, and the listing confirms a lot of what was speculated in previous rumors. The Pixel 6 will pack a 50-megapixel main camera with a backup ultra-wide that doesn’t show a specific resolution. The listing does show that Google is touting this new main camera to let in 150% more light than the one on the Pixel 5.

The listing for the Pixel 6 Pro is a lot more descriptive, however. It shows that in addition to a main 50-megapixel main wide camera and 12-megapixel ultra-wide, it will also add a 48-megapixel telephoto camera that features 4x optical zoom and up to 20x hybrid zoom thanks to Google’s Super Res Zoom feature. The front-facing camera promises a 94-degree field of view, but specific resolution was not noted.

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The Pixel 6 Pro page also shows a graphic that superimposes the Pixel 5 sensor on top of the much larger Pixel 6 sensor, which explains the previous note about 150% more light-gathering capability. While not confirmed, it is likely that the sensor on the 6 and 6 Pro is the same.

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While this looks like a set of legitimate product pages, it’s all still technically speculative until Google officially announces the phones, an event which is scheduled for next week. But if what is seen here comes to pass, both Apple and Samsung may have a real competitor on their hands.

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The Northern Photography Prize Winners Are Revealed

The Northern Photography Prize Winners Are Revealed

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© Louise Warburton

 

Two talented amateur photographers from the North East have scooped the winning landscape and portrait awards at the Northern Photography Prize in its debut year.

Michelle K. Williams, from New Hartley near Seaton Delaval, picked up the landscape award The Spirit of the North East Prize with her striking entry “The North East coast is our very own pot of gold”, depicting a wide, vivid rainbow set against the backdrop of moody coastal skies and equally colourful beach huts.

The Heart of the North East Prize for the best portrait was awarded to Whitley Bay’s Louise Warburton for “On Reflection”, a stunning image of a child’s reflection in the sea capturing a moment in time to perfection.

Michelle K Williams said: “I love our area and to me being able to capture this moment in time was very special. I loved that the colours of the rainbow were represented in the colours of the beach huts and that the rainbow’s end looked to be hiding behind one of the beach huts. The positioning of the second rainbow placed the wind turbine out to sea directly in the middle of the rainbows, giving an additional depth and perspective of scale.

“I am absolutely over the moon (or should that be over the rainbow!) to be chosen as a winner for the first Northern Photography Prize.  As an amateur photographer, it’s a great honour to have my work recognised in this way and showcase the spirit of the North East at the same time.  The standard of the other shortlisted entries was amazing, and I’m pleased I didn’t have to judge it! I’m really excited about the opportunities that will arise from this and look forward to what the future may bring for me in my photography journey.”

 

Rainbow

© Michelle K. Williams

 

Louise Warburton commented: “This is a photo of my friend’s daughter taken on Whitley Bay beach looking towards St Mary’s Lighthouse. She was running in and out of the water and for the one moment she stood still, I captured her before stepping into the water while it was all still. I love that it shows her reflection and the light was perfect.

“I am thrilled to have won “The Heart of the North East” award in this year’s Northern Photography Prize! It was so unexpected and an honour to be selected from such an impressive line-up of talented finalists. A huge thank you to LJ Ross and Dark Skies Publishing for the opportunity. It has been an amazing experience so far and is an encouragement to continue to capture more great shots!” 

In its debut year, the prize attracted hundreds of submissions from amateur photographers across the region, who were invited to capture the spirit and heart of the North East of England through its people and places. The two winners will each collect a £1,000 cash prize courtesy of bestselling author LJ Ross, who founded and sponsored the prize through her publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing.

Reflecting upon the prize’s inaugural year, LJ Ross said: “I’ve always been inspired by the unique ability of talented photographers to capture the essence of a person or a place, and the people and places of the North East of England are particularly special to me, since they represent my homeland. After such a difficult time during the pandemic, I wanted to found a prize that celebrates the ‘spirit’ and ‘heart’ of our shared region and to continue to support and encourage the arts. We’ve had an overwhelming response in our first year, which made it no easy task for the judges to choose between so many powerful entries. It was a privilege to be a part of the process.”

A special, free-entry exhibition entitled “Northern Photography Prize 2021”, showcasing all of the shortlisted entries across the landscape and portrait categories, will be on display at the Biscuit Factory Art Gallery in Newcastle Upon Tyne, from 1 November until 30 November. The winning entries will be projected onto the wall of BALTIC Art Gallery in Gateshead on the evening of 4 December. 

For more competitions, you can enter, have a look at our competition round-up.

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EISA Maestro 2021 international winner revealed

Photo by EISA Maestro winner Willem Kuijpers

The EISA Maestro 2021 photo contest was on the theme of Faces and the international winner has been chosen. We showcase his stunning entry


In addition to its awards for best photographic products of the year, which AP featured in our 4 September issue, the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) runs its own pan-European photography competition open to both amateur and semi-professional photographers.

Called EISA Maestro, the annual contest revolves around a different theme each year. This year’s theme was Faces. The winning portfolios from each of the 16 participating EISA countries were judged together in June and the top three winners of the International contest have now been decided.

Willem Kuijpers

This year’s overall winner was Willem Kuijpers from the Netherlands, who takes home €1,500 and the EISA Maestro 2021 Gold Trophy. Pauline Petit from France was second and wins €1,000 euros and a trophy, while third-placed Barbara Farkas from Hungary wins 750 euros and a trophy.

The EISA Public’s Choice was Pauline Petit from France, winning €1,000 euros. All three also have their portfolios featured in each of the 16 EISA photography magazines in Europe. AP will publish the other awarded entries in a forthcoming issue. Visit eisa.eu/maestro.

EISA Maestro winner Willem Kuijpers

EISA Maestro winner Willem Kuijpers

Willem Kuijpers – Appassionato, Netherlands

Portrait of Willem Kuijpers

www.fotowillemkuijpers.nl

Photo by EISA Maestro winner Willem Kuijpers

Willem Kuijpers began photography as a hobby in the early 1970s. After four years studying at the Fotovakschool in Amsterdam, he made photography his profession. For many years he had his own studio in Uden, while also making personal work. For the past two years Willem has been a pensioner, and photography has once again become a hobby.

Photo by EISA Maestro winner Willem Kuijpers

‘This is the 24-hour procession I Misteri di Trapani in Sicily, held during Holy Week before Easter. It is a very intense and emotional event. During the course of 24 hours, 18 heavy sculptures depicting the Way of the Cross (the Passion of Christ) are carried through the old city of Trapani.

Photo by EISA Maestro winner Willem Kuijpers

The images in this series were all taken on the return to the church. For me the series is not so much about the Christian aspect, instead what I especially want to show is the mixture of culture, folklore and diversity. Often with deeply felt emotions, but also with a smile and, above all, with pride.’

Photo by EISA Maestro winner Willem Kuijpers
Photo by EISA Maestro winner Willem Kuijpers


Further reading

EISA Maestro 2021 UK winner announced

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Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021: Grand Prize Winners Revealed

Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021: Grand Prize Winners Revealed

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© Amin Nazari 

 

The winners of the Nikon Photo Contest – one of the world’s largest photography competitions – have been announced with Grand Prize accolades been awarded to the winners of each category of the Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021.

The recipient of the photo competition ‘Grand Prize’ was a piece entitled “Radiance”, entered by Amin Nazari (Islamic Republic of Iran) from the Open Category. Meanwhile, the short film competition Grand Prize winner was a piece entitled “Escaping from Karma“, entered by REI KURODA (Japan) from the Next Generation category.

Grand Prize Winner: “Radiance” by Amin Nazari (Islamic Republic of Iran) 

The senior citizen pictured was admitted to Razi Hospital in Ahvaz,Iran, to receive treatment for COVID-19. Throughout Iran,many people were infected and there were fatalities every day. The virus caused serious problems in all areas of society, affecting social interactions, employment and education,etc.

Grand Prize Short Film Winner: “Escaping from Karma”, by REI KURODA (Japan)

The theme of this work is liberation from the various societal constrictions, while also touching upon the subjects of feminism, race, and nationality. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about drastic changes to everyone’s lives. People found themselves unable to count on what they previously took for granted – what they once believed to be unwavering became increasingly uncertain. This film was created based on the notion that perhaps, liberation exists in the transformation of, or escape from, the colossal systems that have been built.

Lead Judge Neville Brody’s comments on the Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021: “What amazed me was the number and quality of the entries that were submitted, despite the pandemic and the personal challenges it brought upon every practitioner, every human being on the planet. Within the entries, we saw a wide range of interpretations of the world. From very different, private points of view, to points of view that revealed ideas that were more universal – there was a lot of reflection of personal narratives. We saw some very moving, highly emotional entries this year that stunned the judges – images of personal suffering, and of beauty, of captured lives, of joy, and of magic. It’s been an extremely difficult year for every individual, and to create works that somehow communicate these challenges shows that photography and video are very powerful tools to capture these narratives.”

The winners were selected from the 65,062 entries submitted by approximately 26,000 people from 150 countries and regions around the world.

The archive video of the online awards ceremony will be released on the Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021 website at the beginning of October. The winning works will also be showcased at the Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021 street exhibition, taking place in Tokyo’s Shibuya, New York and London later this year. An online exhibition will be available for viewing from 5 October 2021 on the Nikon Photo Contest website

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners revealed

Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners revealed

Photographer Shuchang Dong has won this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition with The Golden Ring (below), an image of the annular solar eclipse that took place on 21 June 2020. He wins the £10,000 top prize for this image, which also won the Our Sun category

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“The square crop has a tension with the mystic ring, and the misty bluish sky is the complementary of the yellow ring,” said competition judge László Francsics, who went on to describe it as a “true masterpiece.”

Winning images from other categories and special prizes include the Aurora dance taken from the bridge of a ship by the Third Officer Dmitrii Rybalka (Russia), who was on watch duty that night; Venus rising over the rocky horizon of the Moon by Nicolas Lefaudeux (France); a star trail image taken during lockdown by Deepal Ratnayaka (UK); and a very striking image of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket passing the Moon by Paul Eckhardt (USA).

Meanwhile 15-year-old Zhipu Wang (China) won top prize in the Young Competition category for his composition of the sun, the moon and the planets of the solar system. “As a planetary scientist I applaud the work that has gone into creating this photo,” added competition judge Dr Sheila Kanani. “I really like the composition with the moon on the right-hand side too.”

Astronomy Photographer of the Year is run by Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Now in its 13th year, the competition received over 4,500 entries from 75 countries. The winners, runners-up, highly commended and shortlisted images will be showcased in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13 exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, opening to the public from 18 September 2021.

They will also be published in the competition’s official book, available for pre-order at Royal Museums Greenwich shops and online and on sale across all bookstores from 30 September for £25 shop.rmg.co.uk.

To see the winning photographs and find out more about the exhibition visit www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto. For information about entering next year’s competition visit www.rmg.co.uk/astrocomp


Enjoy some of the other category winners below

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Aurorae winner: Polar Lights Dance © Dmitrii Rybalka

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Galaxies winner: The Milky Ring © Zhong Wu

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Our Moon winner: Beyond the Limb © Nicolas Lefaudeux

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People and Space winner: Lockdown © Deepal Ratnayaka

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Planets, Comets and Asteroids winner: A Colourful Quadrantid Meteor © Frank Kuszaj

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Skyscapes winner: Luna Dunes © Jeffrey Lovelace

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Stars and Nebulae winner: California Dreamin’ NGC 1499 © Terry Hancock

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Young Competition winner: Family Photo of the Solar System © 至璞 王

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The Manju Mehotra Prize for Best Newcomer: Falcon 9 soars past the Moon @ Paul Eckhardt


Further reading
How to photograph stars and the milky way

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Shortlisted Photos For The Northern Photography Prize Revealed

Shortlisted Photos For The Northern Photography Prize Revealed

The top entries for the ‘Northern Photography Prize’ have been announced which capture the spirit of the North East of England.

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Overlooking Cowbar and Boulby Cliffs

Kerry Adams, Doncaster, South Yorkshire – Overlooking Cowbar and Boulby Cliffs

 

Following hundreds of submissions from amateur photographers, the ‘Northern Photography Prize‘ has announced who has been put forward on a shortlist to be in with a chance of winning the overall prize. 

Photographers were asked to capture the heart and spirit of the North East of England through its people and places and the shortlist features powerful and emotive street photography of a lively local busker and an optimistic homeless man on the city streets, and awe-inspiring natural images of rainbows and stunning sunrises along the coast. 

 

Ian Bell, North Northumberland - Pure Gold

Ian Bell, North Northumberland – Pure Gold 

 

Local residents and regular visitors including students, hobbyists and retired entrants are among the shortlisted photographers, selected by the judges which include LJ Ross (prize founder and sponsor), award-winning photographer David Taylor, editor of Living North magazine Janet Blair, and marketing expert Sam Missingham.

The prize, founded and sponsored by bestselling author LJ Ross last year through her publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing, invited entries from amateur photographers across two categories; landscape (Spirit of the North East) and portrait (Heart of the North East), with a £1,000 cash prize for the two winners, and the platform to develop their passion for photography.

 

A Snow Angel of the North

David Minihane, Cork, Ireland – A Snow Angel of the North 

 

Landscape Shortlist – ‘Spirit of the North East’

  • Kerry Adams,  Doncaster, South Yorkshire – Overlooking Cowbar and Boulby Cliffs
  • Ian Bell, North Northumberland – Pure Gold 
  • David Minihane Cork, Ireland – A Snow Angel of the North  
  • Chris Moors and Cristina Babures, Whitley Bay – The Bathing House
  • Michelle Williams, New Hartley – The North East Coast is our Very Own Pot of Gold  

 

Whitley Bay On Reflection

Louise Warburton, Whitley Bay On Reflection  

 

Portrait Shortlist – ‘Heart of the North East’

  • David Coser, Hartlepool – Disciple  
  • Lynsey McEwen, North Tyneside – Couple walk amongst the daffodils and cherry blossom at The Alnwick Garden 
  • Cameron Pearce, Alnwick, Northumberland – Music in Northumberland Street 
  • Helen Rowlands, Gateshead – James 
  • Louise Warburton, Whitley Bay – On Reflection 

 

Chris Moors and Cristina Babures, Whitley Bay - The Bathing House

Chris Moors and Cristina Babures, Whitley Bay – The Bathing House

 

Winners of the ‘Northern Photography Prize’ 2021 will be revealed on 30 September 2021. For more competitions you can enter, have a look at our competition round-up.

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Best-buy cameras revealed – Amateur Photographer

Best-buy cameras revealed - Amateur Photographer

AP has been testing cameras since the 19th century so we know a thing or two. Don’t miss this round-up of the AP testing team’s favourite and most highly rated cameras from our archives. You can buy either new or used with confidence!


Compacts and Superzoom/Bridge cameras

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Olympus Tough TG-6
£370 l www.olympus.co.uk
Olympus’s Tough compacts have habitually won our underwater camera group tests, and this latest model is still the best of its type. It’s waterproof to 15m, shockproof against a 2.4m drop, crushproof and freezeproof. The 25-100mm equivalent lens is paired with a 12MP sensor, and viewing is via a 3in LCD. This is also one of the few rugged cameras that can record raw files.

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Panasonic LX100 II
£729 l www.panasonic.com/uk
A high-end compact for creative photography, the LX100 II is based around a 24-75mm equivalent f/1.7-2.8 lens and a 17MP Four Thirds sensor that features a true multi aspect-ratio design. It also boasts a full range of traditional analogue control dials, and the corner-mounted viewfinder is complemented by touchscreen LCD.

Best-buy cameras revealed - Amateur Photographer 24Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
£1,119 l www.canon.co.uk

This unique zoom compact offers excellent image quality by employing the same 24.2MP APS-C sensor as several of Canon’s DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, along with a 24-72mm equivalent lens.

A central viewfinder, fully articulated touchscreen and comprehensive external controls round off a superb little camera for enthusiast photographers.

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Sony RX100 VII
£1,199 l www.sony.co.uk
Sony has somehow crammed a 24-200mm equivalent zoom, pop-up electronic viewfinder, tilting screen, 20 fps shooting and 4K video recording into a body that you can slip into a jacket pocket. With the firm’s latest AF technology also on board, it’s without doubt the most accomplished pocket camera on the market.

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Fujifilm X100V
£1,300 l www.fujifilm.eu/uk
Fujifilm’s charismatic rangefinder-styled compact employs a fixed 23mm f/2 lens, APS-C sensor, traditional analogue controls and a unique hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder. In this latest version the lens has been redesigned for improved sharpness, and the back is now adorned with a tilting screen. It’s a truly gorgeous little camera.

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Sony RX10 IV
£1,699 l www.sony.co.uk
This sets a new standard for superzoom cameras, with a 24-600mm equivalent lens, 20MP 1in sensor, and 24 fps continuous shooting. Its SLR-shaped body hosts a large electronic viewfinder and a decent set of physical controls. It’s the best all-in-one camera for wildlife or travel photography that you can buy right now (reviewed December 2017).


DSLR and mirrorless cameras
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Nikon D3500
£400 with 18-55mm VR l www.nikon.co.uk
Nikon’s entry-level DSLR hits a sweet spot of capability versus affordability. It sports a 24MP APS-C sensor with a sensitivity range up to ISO 25,600, and can shoot at 5 frames per second. Its Guide Mode makes the camera easy to use for beginners, while full manual control is also available.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV
£799 with 14-42mm lens l www.olympus.co.uk
With a charismatic retro design, fine handling, highly effective in-body stabilisation and attractive JPEG output, Olympus has made a camera that’s more pleasant to use than its entry-level competitors. Its 20MP sensor delivers good results up to ISO 3200 at least, and its tilting screen can be set to face forwards beneath the camera. The 16MP Mark III is also still a great buy.

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Canon EOS 250D
£599 with 18-55mm IS lens l www.canon.co.uk
One of the smallest DSLRs around, the EOS 250D strikes a great balance between portability and usability. It’s equipped with a novice-friendly Guided Mode, while Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS sensor provides excellent autofocus in live view. Image quality is very good, delivering vibrant colours and plenty of fine detail.Best-buy cameras revealed - Amateur Photographer 31

Canon EOS M50
£649 with 15-45mm lens l www.canon.co.uk
This likeable little camera is simple and approachable for novices, while offering plenty of manual control for enthusiasts. Its central electronic viewfinder is joined by a fully articulated touchscreen, autofocus is fast and accurate, and it’s capable of producing consistently fine images. The updated Mark II version adds a few minor extra features.

Best-buy cameras revealed - Amateur Photographer 32Fujifilm X-T30
£899 with 15-45mm lens l www.fujifilm.eu/uk
This lovely little camera provides excellent performance, while preserving the charm and charisma of the X-series. It’s a great all-rounder, and handles exceptionally well thanks to an intuitive interface based around traditional analogue dials. Image quality is superb in both raw and JPEG, aided by Fujifilm’s peerless Film Simulation modes.

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Panasonic Lumix G9
£999 l www.panasonic.com/uk
Easily the finest stills camera Panasonic has ever produced, the G9 backs up its sturdy construction with a winning combination of high-speed shooting, fast focusing and effective in-body stabilisation. Boasting a control layout as complete as most pro-level DSLRs, it’s an extremely versatile camera that’s capable of dealing with any subject.

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Fujifilm X-S10
£949 l www.fujifilm.eu/uk
Fujifilm’s latest model brings a distinct change in design. It looks much like a conventional DSLR, with electronic dials for changing exposure settings. But you still get Fujifilm’s signature fine image quality, along with in-body image stabilisation. The result is a camera that’s perfect for APS-C DSLR users looking to upgrade to mirrorless.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III
£1,049 l www.olympus.co.uk
This small, fully featured and weather-sealed mirrorless camera is both a pleasure to use, and capable of great results. Its petite body finds space for an extensive complement of controls, along with class-leading 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, yet weighs in at just 414g. On-chip phase detection enables fast, decisive autofocus.

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Fujifilm X-T4
£1,549 l www.fujifilm.eu/uk
Fujifilm has built on its outstanding X-T3 by adding in-body image stabilisation and a vari-angle screen. With high speed, impressive resolution and sophisticated autofocus, the X-T4 is the finest APS-C mirrorless camera yet, and a great choice for both demanding professionals and keen enthusiasts who would like to build a smaller, lighter system.

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Nikon Z 6II
£1,999 l www.nikon.co.uk
This upgraded full-frame mirrorless all-rounder boasts a 24.5MP sensor, 273-point autofocus and rapid 14fps burst shooting. It also gains an SD card slot, alongside XQD/CFexpress. Its excellent viewfinder is complemented by a tilting screen, and both image quality and handling are superb. The older Z 6 remains a good buy for £500 less.

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Sony Alpha 7 III
£1,749 l www.sony.co.uk
Sony’s enthusiast-focused full-frame mirrorless model is a remarkable all-rounder that’s packed full of high-end features.

Its 24MP sensor is supported by fast, responsive autofocus, 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, 10 frames per second shooting and 4K video recording. Handling and battery life are notably improved over its predecessor, too.

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Nikon D780
£2,199 l www.nikon.co.uk
The long-awaited successor to the D750 shows that there’s life in the DSLR yet. It’s superbly built with extensive weather sealing, handles brilliantly, and gives excellent results in any conditions. It’ll provide top-level service to photographers who want to keep using their F-mount lenses and still prefer an optical viewfinder.

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Nikon Z 7II
£2,999 l www.nikon.co.uk
Nikon has delivered a sensible update to its flagship high-res model, with an additional SD card slot and slightly faster shooting. As before, its 45.7MP sensor gives stunning image quality, backed up by 5-axis in-body image stabilisation and fast, accurate autofocus. The viewfinder is superb, and F-mount SLR lenses can be used via the FTZ adapter.

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Nikon D850
£2,499 l www.nikon.co.uk
This brilliant professional all-rounder provides a winning combination of high resolution and speed. Its 45.7MP sensor produces fine results at high ISOs, and the autofocus is incredibly responsive and accurate. Build quality and handling should satisfy the most demanding of users. It’s an absolutely sensational camera capable of tackling any type of subject.

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Canon EOS R6
£2,499 l www.canon.co.uk
With this powerhouse all-rounder, Canon has finally got full-frame mirrorless absolutely right for stills photographers. It handles brilliantly, its subject-tracking autofocus is incredible, image quality is superb in both raw and JPEG, and the addition of in-body IS is transformative. It also works brilliantly with adapted EF-mount DSLR lenses.

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Sony Alpha 7R IV
£3,499 l www.sony.co.uk
With its 61MP sensor, the A7R IV takes full-frame image quality to new heights, without compromising on speed or dynamic range. It’s as accomplished when shooting sports or wildlife as it is for landscapes or portraits. With an excellent viewfinder and effective in-body stabilisation, it’s the most capable all-rounder you can currently buy.

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Leica M10 Monochrom
£7,400 l uk.leica-camera.com
Within its own specialist niche, this monochrome-only manual-focus rangefinder is almost perfect. Its build quality is stunning, and the pared-back design allows you to immerse yourself completely in the process of taking pictures. Most importantly, the 40.9MP sensor produces fantastic results, reaching a new pinnacle in black & white image quality.

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Fujifilm GFX100S
£5,499 l www.fujifilm.eu/uk
Fujifilm’s second-generation super-high resolution camera places a 102MP medium-format sensor in a body the size of a full-frame DSLR.

On-chip phase detection provides rapid autofocus; in-body image stabilisation allows the camera to be used handheld with confidence. It’s perfect if you need to shoot in the field without compromising on image quality.


Further reading
What are the best mirrorless cameras you can buy?
What are the best DSLRs you can buy?

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Amazon Prime Day is coming – best deals and discounts revealed

Amazon Prime Day is coming - best deals and discounts revealed

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is almost here, taking place from 21-22 June! As we saw with Black Friday last year, there are likely to be some great deals for photographers, whether you are looking to invest in a whole new camera system, or just after a big discount on a tripod, for example.

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What is Amazon Prime Day and how long does it last?
Simple – Prime Day is a two-day shopping event where people who have signed up to join Amazon Prime can get special deals that non-members can’t access. It takes places from 21-21 June.

There will be no shortage of photography gear deals for you to spend your hard-earned cash on. The challenge is the same as ever – cutting through the noise and hype to figure out which are the really good discounts on cameras, lenses and accessories, rather than simply getting money off sub-standard or obsolete gear that you don’t really want or need anyway.

So, over the Amazon Prime period we will be updating you with the best deals, curated by AP’s team of camera, lens and accessory experts – if we flag up an offer, you can buy with confidence.

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AP’s testing team are the best in the business, so if we flag up a good deal, go for it!

How to get the most from Amazon Prime Day

Look out for lightning deals
Amazon recommends using the Watch List to keep track of these on Prime Day.

Blue means ‘deal’
Prime day deals are colour coded, so watch out for blue badges to save big.

Early deals with Alexa
Alexa can apparently get you early access to some great deals, and no special password is necessary

See you soon!

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The 2021 Pulitzer Prizes for Photography Have Been Revealed

The 2021 Pulitzer Prizes for Photography Have Been Revealed

Columbia University today announced the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board. For the second — and the organization hopes last — year, the awards were announced remotely.

Among the multiple categories, two are dedicated to photography: Breaking News Photography and Feature Photography. This year, the Associated Press took both awards.

Photographer Emilio Morenatti, who is the AP’s chief photographer in Spain, won the feature photography Pulitzer Prize for his “poignant series of photographs” that depicts the lives of the elderly in Spain struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic. Morenatti has spent more than 30 years as a photojournalist and documentary photography and has covered international events in more than 50 countries.

The most compelling image is arguably of Agustina Cañamero, 81, and her husband Pascual Pérez, 84 who were captured hugging and kissing through a plastic film screen to avoid contracting the coronavirus at a nursing home in Barcelona. The photo was captured on June 22, 2020.

Even when it comes wrapped in plastic, a hug can convey tenderness and relief, love and devotion. The fear that gripped Agustina Cañamero during the 102 days she and her 84-year-old husband spent physically separated during Spain’s coronavirus outbreak dissolved the moment the couple embraced through a screen of plastic film.

The full set of images can be seen on the Pulitzer Prize’s gallery of Morenatti’s work.

The AP’s full photography staff took the award for Breaking News Photography, specifically for a collection of photographs from multiple United States cities that “cohesively capture the country’s response to the death of George Floyd.”

The most notable of the group of images depicts a protester carrying a U.S. flag upside down — which is a sign of distress — next to a burning building in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The photo was captured on May 28, 2020.

The full gallery of photos from the winning series can be viewed on the Pulitzer Prize website here.

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