Here's the best action and adventure sports photography of 2016

Here’s the best action and adventure sports photography of 2016

The winners of the Red Bull Illume Sports Photography Contest were announced this week, and they include some stunning perspectives of action and adventure sports.

Photographer Lorenz Holder won top prize for his colorful image of BMX Pro Rider Senad Grosic.

“In my photos, I like to show the viewers the beauty of the environment where athletes perform. I think a great location is one of the key elements for a great action picture, Holder said.

In the image (embedded below) Holder was able to capture the mirrored scene on the water surface as the full color-spectrum of the autumn leaves acts as a frame for the image.

Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Senad Grosic Location: Gablenz, Germany

Image: Lorenz Holder/Red Bull Illume

The winning images represent the best from the world of action and adventure sports photography. The contest, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, attracted photographers from 120 countries who submitted 34,624 images.

The winning photographers images will be unveiled in Wrigley Square in Chicago as the first stop of the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour a nighttime photo exhibition where the photos will be illuminated on 2x2m lightboxes. The Wrigley Square exhibit is free and open to the public every night until Oct. 9.

Following the two-week exhibition in Chicago, Red Bull Illume will travel to its next world tour stop Toronto, Canada. The exhibition will be open to the public at Torontos Union Station from Nov. 18-27.

Category: Playground Athlete: Conny Mirbach Location: Riem, Germany

Image: Lorenz Holder/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Enhance Athletes: Arthur Longo, Gjermund Braaten and Ludwig Biltoft Location: Kitzsteinhorn, Austria

Image: Markus Rohrbacher/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Playground Athlete: Senad Grosic Location: Senftenberg, Germany

Image: Lorenz Holder/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: New Creativity Athlete: Cedric Romanens Location: Laax, Switzerland

Image: Lorenz Holder/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Spirit Athlete: Pete Takeda Location: Hildale, Utah

Image: Greg Mionske/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Enhance Athlete: Jonathan Paredes Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Image: Dean Treml/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Sequence Athletes: Miroslav Krejci, Jan Rudzinskyj, Stanislav Cejka and Jan Tvrdik Location: Jaromer, Czech Republic

Image: Daniel Vojtech/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Wings Athlete: Jamie Smith Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Image: Micky Wiswedel /RED BULL ILLUME

Category: New Creativity Athlete: Aaron Chase Location: Brooklyn, New York

Image: Ale Di Lullo/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Mobile Location: Hakuba, Japan

Image: Vegard Aasen/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Max Horn Location: Murnauer Moos, Germany

Image: Lorenz Holder/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: New Creativity Athlete: Rahel Schelb Location: Iceland

Image: Tim Kemple/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Lifestyle Athlete: Ken MacDonald Location: Choum, Mauritania

Image: Jody MacDonald/RED BULL ILLUME

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/09/29/red-bull-photography-contest/

15+ Pics That Show Photography Is The Biggest Lie Ever

15+ Pics That Show Photography Is The Biggest Lie Ever

The internet is full of beautiful and amazing photographs, but do you ever stop and wonder just what went into that perfect shot? I’m not just talking about the digital manipulation side of the process, although there’s certainly plenty of that involved. No, I’m talking about the physical hard work combined with the often super-creative approaches that photographers employ in order to ensure that their final shot is the very best it can be.


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Take a look at these behind-the-scenes pictures to see what we mean. Compiled by Bored Panda, they’re sure to give the budding photographer some fresh ideas while giving the rest of us an enlightening glimpse into the reality that hides behind many a perfect picture.

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/truth-behind-photography-tricks/

Louder than a bomb: 40 years of hip-hop photography in pictures

Louder than a bomb: 40 years of hip-hop photography in pictures

A new photography book, Hip-Hop Raised Me, chronicles the rise of rap as it spilled from the US to the world featuring the likes of Eminem, Notorious BIG and Lauryn Hill

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/oct/07/hip-hop-raised-me-dj-semtex-rap-photography

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 Finalists

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 Finalists

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 (see 2015 here) came to an end on October 1st, and the shortlisted final 40 entries have finally been revealed.


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Laughter is not the only thing this annual event that focuses on revealing the amusing side of nature wants to bring you, though – as the authors state on their website, “way more importantly, this competition is about conservation.“ They work together with Born Free Foundation, animal welfare, and conservation charity, that takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild.

Founded by two passionate wildlife photographers, this quirky competition showcases the cute silliness of glorious animal kingdom. This year‘s awards have six amazing categories to explore and we assure you that there‘s no shortage of fun in them. Take a look at the final 40 entries below and vote for your favorites!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-shortlist-2016/

New photography book features adorable flying cats

New photography book features adorable flying cats

Image: seth casteel

Do you ever lose track of time looking at cat photos on Instagram? Do your loved ones consistently beg you to pull your face away from your phone?

You know the answer is yes. And honestly, this book of cat photos is the perfect solution.

Seth Casteel’s POUNCE, a coffee table book that comes out today, features gorgeous photos of adorable airborne cats in a variety of settings.

POUNCE follows up Casteel’s previous literary ventures, which include Underwater Babies and Underwater Puppies.

Image: SETH CASTEEL

The cats in the photos are all from animal shelters and rescue groups in the U.S. and Canada. Every cat who modeled for the book was available for adoption or already rescued during the photoshoots.

“At the heart of the book is Casteels commitment to showcasing animals who are in need of human love, attention, and care yet who sadly have not always received it,” reads the the book’s press release.

It also explains more of Casteel’s process behind POUNCE.

An essential gift for cat lovers, this beautiful, funnybook, with more than 80 previously unpublished photographs, reveals adorable cats and kittensas they pounce and jump through the air, legs outstretchedall in Casteels signature up-close, mid-action style. His latest collection of animal portraits features cats doing what they do best. In fact, as he reminds us, pouncing is cats undisputed number one instinct, making them among the most incredible creatures on earth.

And now, please sit back and enjoy the following photos of pouncing cats.

Image: SETH CASTEEL

Image: SETH CASTEEL

Image: SETH CASTEEL

Image: SETH CASTEEL

Image: SETH CASTEEL

Image: SETH CASTEEL

Image: SETH CASTEEL

Image: SETH CASTEEL

Image: SETH CASTEEL

POUNCE is available online, starting at about $17.00.

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