Boat on Loch Creran image wins Jolomo photography award – BBC News

Image copyright Hugh Nicol
Image caption The winning photograph by Hugh Nicol

A photograph of a fishing boat as it navigated an Argyll loch has won first prize in a new Scottish landscape photography competition.

Hugh Nicol, from Appin, took the image called The Audrey, Loch Creran, while on an evening cycle ride.

The picture won the Jolomo Colours of Scotland Photography Competition, which was launched last year by Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison.

The runners-up photographs included images taken in the Western Isles.

Mairead Maclennan, from North Uist, was a runner-up with her picture Old School, Loch Portain, North Uist.

Image copyright Mairead Maclennan
Image caption Mairead Maclennan’s photograph was taken on North Uist

The other runners-up were Susanne Wilson, of East Kilbride, for Luskentyre Beach, Harris and Raymond Hosie, from Campbeltown for The Gauldrons, Machrihanish.

Mr Nicol, an estates manager in Argyll, said: “I have no professional photography experience, I’m not even an amateur, but I do like to carry a camera when I can and will take a snap when I have the time.”

“The photograph was taken one beautiful, very still, autumn evening when I was out cycling around Loch Creran from my home at Portnacroish in Appin.

“I knew it was going to be a good night for photographs so took my camera with me. When you have somewhere as beautiful as Appin to work with, taking the picture was easy.”

Image copyright Susanne Wilson
Image caption Susanne Wilson’s picture of Luskentyre Beach on Harris

Lowrie Morrison, who is known as Jolomo, said: “The entries were superb, making it difficult to judge.

“Hugh’s picture is beautiful and stood out from the beginning. It shows the colours of Scotland extremely well.

“In fact, the whole image expresses a real feel of Scotland and a lovely feeling of movement. I love the way he has expressed the landscape through reflection. He has captured a moment in time.”

Image copyright Raymond Hosie
Image caption Raymond Hosie’s image of Machrihanish in Argyll

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36922524

4-Year-Old With Autism Reveals How He Sees The World With Beautiful Photography

4-Year-Old With Autism Reveals How He Sees The World With Beautiful Photography

Giving people a creative outlet allows them to express their point of view in a way they may not be able to with words alone.

Art helps people emote, heal, and seek happiness in their own unique way, while producing something that they find beautiful.

One of the most expressive artistic mediums is photography. Through portraits, abstract images, or Photoshopped creations, photographers can let their audiences in on the world through their eyes.

They can also create entirely new, fantastical worlds like what this photographer did for these kids with cancer.

It can also help people understand the perspectives of individuals on the autismspectrum a little more clearly.

This was the case for Lauren Casper, who let her sonMareto shoot his very own photos with her camera.

What he captured is acollection of shots that depict his creativity, his aesthetic, and the people that he loves.

Check below to see Mareto’s amazing photos.

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“Im so thankful I decided early on in my childrens lives to say yes whenever possible,” explains mother and photographer Lauren Casper on The Mighty.

One of the many things she has said “yes” to isgiving her 4-year-old sonMareto the chance to snap pictures with her camera.

Having been diagnosed with autism,Mareto’s photos offer a little bit of life from his perspective.

“I love seeing what he thinks is important, interesting, valuable and worthy of a picture,” says Casper.

The photos are a fun glimpse into hisfamily members’ lives as well as the mind ofMareto, who creates his own interesting compositionsand subject matter like his photo-savvy mother.

His parents and siblings are frequently subjects in the shots, though many times they are caught candidly.

Being a big fan of trains and trucks, he captures his favorite hobbies and toys at dynamic angles.

In fact, he seems to be a fan of anything with wheels!

He enjoys theceiling fan, which he watches spin around and around while it’s turned on.

The colorfulcrepe paper dances around with the spinning air, making a cool,whimsical spectacle.

And the bright colors on the television are an obvious draw.

He even explores photographic subjects that are all the way down on the floor and hard to see or appreciate.

Some of the them even incorporate light to create images that mirror those of photographers far more experienced than he is.

Since allowing him to snap around with her DSLR, Casper has loved emptying out her camera’s contents onto the computer to see what surprise images await.

“Every time I dump the photos from my camera to my computer I enjoy going through to find his little treasures,”she explains.

She lets him capture images in the car, like this one with the light bouncing around the windows.

And his little sister in her car seat!

His attention to light and color in the rug comes out in this cool shot.

And, like mostphotographers, he even sneaks in a self portrait, cleverly concealed with the camera’s flash.

The photos offer an exceptional perspective and displayhis eye for interesting subjects, loved ones, and beauty in unexpected places.

Giving someone the chance to express their point of view to the world often yields the most profound and interesting products, as Casper has shown by simply saying “yes.”

If youlove the way children view our world, be sure to SHARE these lovely photos on Facebook!

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/4-year-old-with-autism-uses-camera/

Photography at Cambodian funerals helps mourners express grief

Photography at Cambodian funerals helps mourners express grief

.A mourner uses his smartphone to capture an image of the flag-draped corpse
Image: holly robertson/mashable

For two weeks, crowds of mourners streamed into a Buddhist pagoda in Phnom Penh’s east, clutching lotus flowers and incense.

They had come to pay their respects to Kem Ley, a popular Cambodian political analyst who was gunned down as he bought his morning coffee on July 10.

Clad in white, funeralgoers kneeled to pray in front of a small shrine before circling around the glass casket that contained his body. It was at this point that many reached for their smartphones.

Kim San and his wife pose for a photograph in front of Kem Leys body.

Image: holly robertson/mashable

While some snapped close-ups of the government critic’s face, others stood for portraits in front of the casket.

In many cultures, pulling out a camera at such a sombre occasion is widely frowned upon.

“I want to have my picture with his body for my children and grandchildren to see,” explained Kim San, 62, a small business owner from Phnom Penh, as he posed with his wife. “He was a special, good person who dared to speak without fearing death.”

When the Tumblr blog “Selfies at Funerals” emerged in 2013, it quickly went viral as people expressed outrage at what they saw as an inappropriate reaction to grief.

Image: holly robertson/mashable

Yet for Cambodians in mourning last month, taking a photograph with the murdered pro-democracy advocate was both a mark of respect and a way to convey their sorrow.

“They want to show that they have come here to [give their] support,” said Ley’s widow, Bou Rachana, who was “proud” yet surprised by the outpouring of grief.

Sydney-based Lavy Sayumborn, 35, who is originally from the riverside town of Kratie said: “People just want to take a picture with him because he is the hero.

“It is unusual [in Australia] … but here, we allow people to take many if they want. That’s the way of the culture.”

A mourner uses his smartphone to capture an image of Kem Ley’s flag-draped body.

Image: holly robertson/mashable

Death in different cultures

Death taboos vary wildly from culture to culture, as do imaginings of the afterlife, according to religious studies scholar Erik Davis, author of Deathpower: Buddhism’s Ritual Imagination in Cambodia.

The Buddhist belief in a cycle of life, death and rebirth does not evoke the same sense of finality as in the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

“For most, the notion of death is that it is a separation from loved ones, but not a final end or disposition; that individual will take a new birth,” Davis said.

Image: HOLLY ROBERTSON/MASHABLE

A modernisation of religious tradition.

According to Davis, funeral photography represents a modernisation of religious tradition in Cambodia. “I think what you are seeing is … a local version of the influence of technology on religion and vice-versa. You will find very similar sorts of transformations in Christianity, [such as] televised blessings in the Catholic church.”

Bereavement photography is also slowly gaining traction in the West. Mark Taubert, a grief expert and palliative care doctor, said he first witnessed families taking photographs of deceased relatives in 2011.

“It feels a bit strange, but we mostly accept it because it is perhaps a family’s way of working through the experience, or sharing it with others who could not be there,” he said.

Photos at funerals becoming more accepted

Taubert predicted it would gain widespread acceptance in time. “I would find it intrusive if people took lots of photos or videos at a funeral I went to … but I think in 50 years’ time, anyone reading this article will probably think Im a hopeless relic of the past and may find my views rather curious.”

Image: holly robertson/mashable

In some ways, it is a throwback to an earlier era, when Victorians began to utilize emerging photographic techniques to replace deathbed portraits, making photography of the dead and dying a common practice.

And neither it is an entirely new phenomenon in Cambodia: before the advent of digital technology, it was not unheard of to hire a photographer to capture formal family shots at a funeral.

More and more photos of the dead are taken with smartphones.

But now, more and more such images are snapped with smartphones which have been enthusiastically embraced by those who can afford them now have the power to galvanize the citizens of a country racked by political tensions.

Kem Ley’s murder, at the hands of a killer who initially gave his name as “Meet Kill”, comes during an ongoing crackdown on opposition lawmakers, activists and civil society by the ruling Cambodian Peoples Party.

Images of his body lying in a pool of blood quickly circulated on social media, and within hours an estimated 5,000 people had gathered to accompany a makeshift hearse to the pagoda.

Hundreds of thousands later joined a funeral procession to his home village on July 24.

Images of slain Cambodian political activist Kem Ley are displayed at Phnom Penhs Wat Chas pagoda.

Image: holly robertson/mashable

“The pictures spoke viscerally to the injustices happening in Cambodia,” said Sophal Ear, associate professor of diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College, Los Angeles, who has described the combination of youth disenchantment and social media as a “powder keg” in a country where half the population is under 25.

“The proliferation of smartphones for the spread of social media and photography mean that word of mouth is instantaneously shared and very graphically,” Ear said. “No one can say they didn’t see the images; they dont know about the injustices. It stares them in the face.”

The overwhelming response to Cambodia’s first political assassination in the smartphone era demonstrates the profound, and potentially long-reaching consequences of these images.

Ou Virak, the head of local think tank Future Forum, said smartphones would “dominate” crucial upcoming elections. The government appears increasingly nervous as rousing images are shared rapidly across the country.

“Smartphones will be a game changer in the 2018 election. Political parties will have to adapt to a much more scrutinised campaign,” he said.

Additional reporting by Bun Sengkong.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/08/12/cambodia-funeral-photography/

Man Teaches Himself Photography In Prison, Comes Out To Show The World What Hes Got

Man Teaches Himself Photography In Prison, Comes Out To Show The World What Hes Got

New York City-based photographer’s Donato Di Camillo is a self-taught professional photographer known for his gritty portraits from the heart of New York City. But what makes his career stand out is that he taught himself how to handle a camera in a rather unusual place – while serving his sentence in prison.

Not surprisingly, Di Camillo avoids associating himself with his past mistakes, so he shares very few details about his imprisonment except for the fact that he spent countless hours reading all the books about photography he could get his hands on. Which is actually fine, because his past ordeals could only take something away from his almost shockingly realistic take on life in the less glamorous parts of the New York City.

As a child, I witnessed a lot of traumatic things,” Di Camillo says, “I saw my first friend die at the age of nine, right by my feet,” (the boy was killed by a passing car as they played outside). Back in the 1978s and 1980s, Brooklyn was a rather unforgiving place the artist explains, he “had to learn to think quick and use street instincts.

The artist’s photo series is about “people on the fringes of society,” the same description he uses for himself aswell. His upbringing has inspired him to do street photography, and as he simply explains, that’s “something that I felt I needed to do.

‘His name is Rosario. He was born in Sicily. At a very young age, he was abandoned by his caregivers after his parents died tragically in a car accident. He said the scar tissue in his eye was from a fight he had in an orphanage he occupied as a child. These days, he lives the best he can working odd jobs for local small businesses.’

’91-years-young teacher of life still exercises every day, harder than most.’

‘He was joking with his friends about his teeth when I encountered him. When I asked him if he was worried about his teeth, he replied “ain’t they pretty though?”’

‘Self-proclaimed subcultures exist on the fringes of Coney Island. Travelers and train jumpers find means to maintain life against society’s rules.’

‘United States Army Veteran just barely has enough income to keep a roof over his head.’

A history of sports photography  in pictures

A history of sports photography in pictures

Sports: a history of the best photography

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2016/sep/09/history-sports-photography-brooklyn-museum-in-pictures

Animals show their silly side in Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

 (Courtesy Angela Bohlke/Comedy Wildlife Photography )

Professional photographers and amateur travelers spend hours staking out the perfect scene to capture wildlife in all its glory.

From lions hunting to gazelles leaping, weve all seen the classic pictures of majestic animals in their natural habitat.

But animals arent majestic 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Sometimes they can be pretty funny.

Thats the idea behind the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Now in its second year, the CWPA seeks out the lighter side of animal photography featuring dozens of “lol-worthy” pictures of critters of all shapes and sizes.

From a smiling frog, to a fox with its head stuck in the snow, these pictures are sure to put a smile on your face.

What a smile! Courtesy of Artyom Krivosheev #winasafari #photography #comedy #cwpa #wildlife #funny #frog #happy

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But the message behind the seemingly silly contest is to promote a serious message of conservation.

I dont think its the funny images themselves [that] are helping promote conservation, Paul Joynson-Hicks, the founder of CWPA and a professional photographer tells FoxNews.com. Its  the fact that so far this year we have had 810,000 people who have looked at our website and hopefully from that, they can glean some understanding that a conservation problem exists.

Oh what have I done… #photographycompetition #photocompetition #winasafari #cwpa #comedy #wildlife #funny #animals #funnyanimals #animalsdothefunniestthings

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Joynson-Hicks works closely with the Born Free Foundation, a U.K.-based charity that works globally to combat animal suffering and protect threatened species.  The photographer hopes that this lighthearted contest will raise awareness for the work that Born Free is doing. With more images, comes more awareness.

This year, CWPA received entries from 75 countriesabout half of which came from photographers based in the U.S. and the U.K.

Third place. 2015 awards. #comedy #comedywildlife #gorilla #funny #funnyanimals

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Winners of the contest will get to go on a safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya led by Joynson-Hicks, a Nikon D810 camera and a handmade trophy.

The finalists for this year have already been chosen and the winner will be announced during a ceremony on Nov. 9.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/10/31/animals-show-their-silly-side-in-comedy-wildlife-photography-awards.html