The Power of Photojournalism, made by The Annenberg Space for Photography and Arclight Productions, is a short video which asks winners of the 66th Pictures of the Year International Awards and also editors from several newspapers what photojournalism means to them. Why is their work important? What kind of challenges do these photographers face? Why do they do it?
This video (shown in two parts) is truly inspiring and emotionally moving. It has left me with even more respect than I already have for photojournalists and the risks they take every single day for their work.
You can view the most recent winners of the 68th Pictures of the Year International Awards here.
Source: My Modern Metropolis
A brief look back at some of the best Reuters pictures from 2010.
Rescuers help a woman to move a safer place from flooded Ghaghar river after heavy rains in Punchkula in the northern Indian state of Haryana September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
A man wounded by a rubber bullet looks at burning rubber tires during a protest in Villa Hayes, 34 km (21 miles) north of Asuncion, Paraguay, against the dismissal of workers at Acepar's factory July 22, 2010. At least 15 people were injured during the protest held by the workers trade union, police said. REUTERS/Stringer
Insects fly in a dump yard as a ragpicker collects scraps, on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Hyderabad November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder
A protester urinates in front of a row of policemen during riots following the death of a 15-year-old boy in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, June 18, 2010. According to local media, provincial government officials have confirmed that four police officers, involved in the incident which left the boy dead during an alleged robbery, have been removed from their posts. Three people have died and at least 12 have been injured during the clashes. REUTERS/Alejandra Bartoliche
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest jumps into the arms of team-mate Kobe Bryant after scoring the game-winning basket against the Phoenix Suns with less than 1 second on the clock during Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference final playoffs in Los Angeles May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
A hand of an acid attack victim hangs from a bed during a therapy session at a secure shelter run by non-profit organisation "Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity" outside Phnom Penh July 7, 2010. After years of indifference to a rise in acid attacks across Cambodia, authorities are drafting up legislation to restrict acid sales and to punish perpetrators. The move comes as Cambodia seeks to tidy up its reputation for human rights abuses, rampant corruption, and lax law enforcement, some of many factors that have deterred foreign investors. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Riot police spray water on a high school student during a protest in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago August 18, 2010. Students protested against changes to the public state education and are demanding that government increase their budget to fund universities, according to local media. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez
An undercover Israeli police officer holds a weapon as another detains a Palestinian suspected of throwing stones during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz March 16, 2010. Palestinians mounted violent protests in a "day of rage" in Jerusalem and a U.S.-Israeli crisis over a Jewish settlement project deepened with the cancellation of a U.S. peace envoy's visit. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
You can see the full set here at Reuters.
National Geographic is once again holding their annual Photo Contest. For the past eight weeks, they have been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to rate them as well.
With some truly amazing shots, it’s going to be hard to pin a winner. Check out some more submissions over at The Big Picture.
Posted by Kristen.
Switcheroo is a fun little photo project put together by Vancouver-based photographer Sincerely Hana. Couples exchange outfits and are photographed twice against the same background. It may take your eyes a few seconds to focus on the changes, but when they do, it’s hard not to have a little giggle at these playful pieces.
Posted by Kristen.
This really blew me away. I have seen long exposure photographs before where the shutter is left open for extended periods of time. Many of these shots range in time from a few seconds to five or more minutes. The effect can be really dramatic and can capture light, detail and movement in stunning and interesting ways. However, I have never heard of anything on this scale before. Michael Wesley has created photographs with a self built pinhole cameras with exposures as long as three years.
In 2001 he started shooting a series of photographs tracking the demolition and reconstruction of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. He shot using four different pinhole cameras and left the shutter open for close to three years finishing in 2004.
An appropriate photo as today is the 4th July in the USA. This photo was taken on this day in 1949 at Coney Island, Brooklyn. NYC.
If you are not aware of the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico then you have been living under a very large rock. This is one of the largest ecological disasters the world has seen and worse yet, it is still happening. This horrific picture of a bird struggling through the oil slick goes someway towards illustrating the tip of this disasterous ice berg. See the full set here courtesy of the Big Picture.
For those who don’t know what poutine is you are missing out, I think. A Quebec classic, it is about as far as you can get from French cuisine and perhaps that is the point. Consisting of french fries, gravy and cheese curds it makes for a great 3am snack. This photo courtesy of Torontoist is from the ‘World Poutine Eating Championship’ held in Toronto. It makes you hungry doesn’t it? See more photos from the event here.
This week saw the passing of the enigmatic actor and director, Dennis Hopper. Hopper first burst onto our screens alongside James Dean in the 1955 classic ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ and then the following year with ‘Giant’. He went on to to gain critical acclaim as a director and co-writer for the 1969 Peter Fonda film ‘Easy Rider’, in which he and Fonda also starred. He went on to make many other appearances, both as an actor and director, in significant films including ‘Apocalypse Now’ and the man who was perhaps the real ‘rebel without a cause’, will no doubt be missed. What you perhaps did not know about Dennis Hopper was that his talents were not limited to the motion picture. Hopper was also a well regarded photographer especially for his celebrity portraits. Enjoy some of his work below courtesy of Le Blog de Yoland.
Portrait 1st Place, Alexei Sorokin – “Beauty”
BestBookmarks has just announced all winners of their ‘Best Photographer 2009′. 14,500 works were submitted by 2000 photographers from 29 different countries. There are 12 professional categories and 10 for amateurs as well as awards within categories such as ‘Photo of the Year’ and ‘Discovery of the Year’. There is nothing like looking at stunning photographs to inspire you to get out and start shooting.
Animalistic Shooting, 2nd place, Dmitry Monastery – “Morning dragonfly”
Still Life, 1st Place, Marina Volodko – “On the fragility”
Architecture, 1st Place, Alexander Petrosyan – “Suspension bridge in St. Petersburg”
Animalistic Shooting, 3rd place, Dmitry Utkin – “Chudy-Yuda”
Genre Shooting, 3rd place, Cyril Ponomarev – “Dream”
Check out all the winners here