Columbia University has announced the winning photographs of both the Breaking News and Feature Photography Pulitzer prizes for 2013 — all of which depict the heartrending civil war in Syria. At first glance that may not seem like a big deal, but when you consider that the Breaking News prize wasn’t awarded to one, but five AP photographers jointly, the power of these photos begins to sink in. Read more…
Glance through the winners list of this year’s prestigious Photography of the Year International awards, and one newspaper may jump out at you: the Dubois County Herald. The small town newspaper doesn’t even have its own Wikipedia article, but its photography has it placed next to big names like the The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. Wired has a great article on how The Herald has succeeded by focusing on photojournalism rather than neglecting it, as many papers have done:
Shirking expectations of both its size and location, the paper has produced some of the country’s best documentary photography and most thoughtful presentations since the late ’70s.
[...] The paper, a tabloid instead of a broadsheet, has created a following mostly because of its now-famous Saturday photo stories, which combine thoughtful reporting and powerful photography. They’re run ad-free and take up the entire front page plus five additional pages inside, sometimes more.
[...] Because the new Saturday cover features were driven by photography, it was often the photographers who were out finding the stories instead of the other way around. This earned them a newfound respect that has since trickled down.
Today, photographers not only have a real voice in the Saturday features but also in the entire news cycle, bucking a trend of second-class citizenship that still plagues other photojournalists across the country.
Despite the financial downturn in the journalism industry, the paper has had no layoffs and has given its staff a raise every year.
Small Paper Prioritizes Photography, Wins Awards (via APhotoEditor)
The above photo of a defiant Herring Gull braving a wave has won this years British Wildlife Photography Awards, netting photographer Steve Young the £5000 cash prize.
Judge Greg Armfield of the WWF commented,
This is a unique and striking image. One that captures perfectly the power, chaos and intensity of the ocean as it surrounds the majestic gull.
While judge Tom Hind of Getty Images is quoted as saying,
I like the defiance in this shot – the gull’s refusal to be moved in the face of this crashing wave seems to sum up a peculiarly British stoicism! It’s also a great example of how the commonplace can be transformed in a judicious moment.
Check out the winners of each individual category here.
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Awards are among the most prestigious awards for photography equipment, software, and accessories, and this years winners have just been announced.
The awards are given to the best products to be introduced to the market in the past 12 months, and are voted on by 28 editors of the member magazines of the association.
In the DSLR camera categories, Canon took prizes for advanced consumer and “prosumer” cameras, while Nikon took the prize for professional DSLRs:
Best DSLR Entry Level: Pentax K-x
Best DSLR Advanced: Canon EOS 550D
Best DSLR Expert: Canon EOS 7D
Best DSLR Professional: Nikon D3s
However, Canon didn’t fare so well with its lenses this year:
Best Entry Level Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
Best Expert Lens: Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM
Best Professional Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
The winners in the compact camera category were much more diverse:
Best Compact Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V
Best Rugged Compact Camera: Casio Exilim EX-G1
Best Superzoom Camera: Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Best Expert Compact Camera: Canon Powershot G11
Best Compact System Camera Entry Level: Olympus PEN E-PL1
Best Compact System Camera Advanced: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
Finally, Photoshop CS5 and Blurb won awards for best software and best photo service, respectively. For the complete list of winning products, check out the TIPA Awards 2010 website.
Do you think the awards were given to the correct cameras and lenses? Do you own any of them?
The Shorty Awards now have a prize dedicated to Twitter photography: The Shorty Award for Real-Time Photo of the Year. The winner of the award will be invited to the special awards ceremony on March 3rd, 2010 in New York City.
Candidate photographs are nominated through the website, and must be cameraphone photos shot in 2009 and distributed on Twitter through one of the popular social media channels (i.e. Twitpic, Flickr, etc…). The nomination phase ends on February 5th, 2010.
An obvious favorite to win is the following photograph by Janis Krums of US Airways Flight 1549‘s successful ditch in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009:
Krums was on the ferry sent to pick up the passengers, and sent the tweeted the photo via Twitpic from his cameraphone. Here’s a screenshot:
What made the tweet and story particularly noteworthy was that the real-time nature of Twitter allowed the photograph to circulate widely before any mainstream news sources were able to obtain photographs. We’re guessing this is exactly the type of photo the new Shorty award would like to honor.
The ubiquity of cameraphones combined with real-time distribution offered by Twitter has changed the world of photography. When something happens in one part of the world, people can now see it all over the world almost instantly — if someone with a cameraphone and Twitter account is nearby.
Can you think of any other candidate photograph for the new award?
Victor Pinchuk, the Ukrainian billionaire who purchased the photograph 99 Cent II Diptychon in 2007 for a record breaking $3.34 million, has launched an international award for artists called the Future Generation Art Prize.
The biennial prize awards $100,000 to a young artist under the age of 35. Anyone who meets the age requirement can apply online through the award’s website. Once the nominations have been received, 100 art experts from all over the world each select 2-5 candidates. From there, another selection committee reviews the resulting 200-500 entries and selects 20 artists for an exhibition. The winner will then be selected from the exhibition.
Pinchuk, who is 49, has only been collecting art for five years, but has ranked among the most active collectors during that time. Though he will not take part in selecting the winner of the prize, the prize stipulates that the finalists must include the winner of a separate Ukrainian award that he established. One of Pinchuk’s goals through his museums and awards is to establish Ukranian capital city Kiev as one of the cultural hubs of the world.
Future Generation Art Prize (via PDNPulse)
Image credit: Photo by Sergei Illin