Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 – Call for Entries

The Natural History Museum are now calling for entries for the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to inspire greater understanding of the natural world, challenging perceptions and encouraging change to preserve the beauty and diversity of Earth for future generations.   Lets have a look at some of the entries from 2014, which are currently being exhibited at the Natural History Museum.

wildlife-photographer-year-2014 2014′s overall winner was Michael Nichols with this image of five lionesses and their cubs. The image was taken in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Nichols had been following this particular pride for nearly six months.

wildlife-photographeeer-year-2014 This stunning image was captured by Jan van der Greef. The sword-billed hummingbird on the right, fends off the collard inca bird to get to a bird feed. Sword-billed hummingbirds are the only birds with a bill longer than its body. They use them to reach the nectar at the base of flowers. Fascinating!

image Will Jenkins captured this stunning image whilst on holiday in Costa Rica. This meter long green iguana jumped down from the hotel roof and posed long enough for Jenkins to get an awesome shot.

gg Bruno D’Amicis took this photo of a three month old fennec fox in Tunisia. Catching or killing wild fennec foxes is illegal in Tunisia but D’Amicis discovered widespread exploitation of the foxes for commercial trade and traditional medicine. Super sad! The 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is on at the Natural History Museum until 30 August 2015. Entry is £12.50 Entries for 2015 Competition must be in by Thursday 26 February.

To find out more and to enter, visit www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/wpy

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Taylor Wessing – National Portrait Gallery

2014 saw the seventh year of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize take place.

The prize was awarded to fashion photographer David Titlow for his intimate portrait of his baby son being introduced to a dog.

Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow,
Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow, 2014 © David Titlow 

The £12,000 award was presented to the London-based photographer at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Tuesday 11 November 2014. The winning portrait goes on show at the Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 from Thursday 13 November 2014 until 22 February 2015.

David Titlow (b.1963) works as a photographer in fashion and advertising. He has exhibited widely and has been commissioned by numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Vice and Vanity Fair. Originally a musician from Halesworth in Suffolk, Titlow switched to photography in the early nineties and has since worked in the industry.

£3,000 Second Prize: Jessica Fulford-Dobson for Skate Girl.
Jessica Fulford-Dobson (b. 1969) has worked as a freelance photographer since 2000. Her photographs have been widely exhibited throughout Europe and have been published in The Telegraph Magazine, Vogue and the Evening Standard.

Skate Girl by Jessica Fulford-Dobson
Skate Girl from the series Skate Girls of Kabul, 2014 © Jessica Fulford-Dobson 

£2,000 Third Prize: Birgit Püve for Braian and Ryan: Her portrait is from the series Double Matters for a photography book on twins and triplets living in Estonia.

Birgit Püve (b. 1978) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been commissioned by publications such as The Sunday Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel and Ryanair Magazine.

Braian and Ryan from the series Double Mattress, 2013 © Birgit Püve

£1,000 Fourth Prize: Blerim Racaj for Indecisive Moment: His portrait is from a recent and unpublished series entitled Young Kosovars - a project triggered by the socio-political landscape in Kosovo.

Blerim Racaj (b. 1964) is a London-based freelance photographer.  Racaj grew up in Kosovo and studied Economics before moving to London in 1995.

Indecisive Moment © Blerim Racaj 

One of our favourites from this years entires is this fun image by Neil Raja

Dolly & Co. 2014 © Neil Raja 

These, along with the rest of the entries, can be seen at The National Portrait Gallery, 10am – 6pm.

Exhibition closes 22 feb 2015.

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The Guardian Photographer of the year 2014 – Bulent Kilic

The Guardian picture desk have chosen Turkish photographer Bulent Kilic as their agency  photographer of the year for 2014. Kilic covered the unrest in Ukraine, the refugee crisis on the Turkish-Syrian border and the MH17 air crash.

Ankara, Turkey, 12 March
A young girl wounded during clashes between riot police and protesters.

a5881c46-6642-42f4-af59-acf04006cd4b-2060x1236Donetsk, Ukraine, 26 July
Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service search for bodies in a field near the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the rebel-occupied Donetsk region of Ukraine.

Sanliurfa, Turkey, 20 September
A Syrian Kurd pours water on a child after they crossed the border between Syria and Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc.

See more works by Bulent Kilic here - http://bit.ly/1KF4ALw

See the shortlisted photographers on the Guardian website here…http://bit.ly/1xWEGxc

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Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection


Leicester Square, 1896, Paul Martin, The Royal Photographic Society Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

From serene landscapes to exquisite nudes, this new exhibition brings together over 200 extraordinary highlights from the collection of the world’s oldest surviving photographic society, by some of the greatest names in photography.

Founded in 1853, the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection is now held at the National Media Museum, Bradford as part of the National Photography Collection. With over 250,000 images, 8,000 items of photographic equipment and 31,000 books, periodicals and documents, it’s one of the most important and comprehensive photographic collections in the world.

In collaboration with the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim, Germany, and with the support of The Royal Photographic Society, the Science Museum has made a selection of key treasures from this extraordinary collection.

Visitors can see some of the earliest known photographic images dating back to the 1820s, by pioneers of photography such as Roger Fenton, William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron, alongside contemporary works by some of modern photography’s most influential figures, such as Don McCullin, Terry O’Neill and Martin Parr.

Key artefacts from the history of photography, such as Nièpce’s heliographs and Fox Talbot’s experimental cameras, will also be on display.

Visit Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection to discover stories behind some of the world’s most famous photographers and their works, and explore how photography has fundamentally shaped our perception of the world.

After its run in London, Drawn by Light will go on show at the National Media Museum, Bradford from 20 March – 21 June 2015.

Visit: sciencemuseum.org.uk

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Guy Bourdin: Image Maker – Exhibition coming up!

© The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2014

‘The UK’s largest ever exhibition of the influential and enigmatic fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, featuring over 100 works and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate, from 1955 to 1987.  This major show will chart Bourdin’s distinguished 40-year career from Man Ray’s protégé to photography revolutionary in his own right and explore his pursuit of perfection. The exhibited works will exemplify the craftsmanship behind his images, from production to publication, and their enduring quality as a consequence.

Guy Bourdin’s editorial and advertising imagery represent a highpoint in late twentieth century fashion photography. His work took the basic function of the fashion photograph -to sell clothing, beauty and accessories- and made it into something rich and strange. Bourdin did this without resorting to exoticism; instead, he established the idea that the product is secondary to the image. From his professional debut for Paris Vogue in the 1950s, Bourdin developed a distinctive style of visual storytelling which continues to serve as a source of inspiration to contemporary fashion photographers from Tim Walker to Nick Knight.’

© The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2014

‘Curated by Alistair O’Neill with Shelly Verthime, the exhibition will include over 100 colour exhibition prints of Bourdin’s most significant works, as well as early and late works in black and white that serve to challenge Bourdin’s reputation as a colour photographer. This is complimented by a range of other photographic materials: unique Polaroid test shots, double-page spread layouts, contact sheets and transparencies marked for composition that explore Bourdin’s craftsmanship as an image maker and the processes involved in producing startling and provocative imagery in a pre-digital age. It also highlights Bourdin as a pioneer of fashion film, showcasing a range of Super-8 films he made at the same time as his on-location photo shoots.

The exhibition will also feature a selection of paintings, working drawings, sketches and notebooks, not seen in the UK before, which inform his approach as an compositional image-maker and meticulous draughtsman.  A highlight will be the ‘Walking Legs’ series – a campaign commissioned by Charles Jourdan in 1979 exhibited in its entirety for the first time with a yet unseen accompanying fashion film.’

Opens 27 November 2014
Full exhibition details can be found here: somersethouse.org.uk

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Open For Business

Mark Power, Bombardier, Open for Business

Mark Power, Bombardier, Open for Business

In 2013, Jonas Bendiksen, Stuart Franklin, Bruce Gilden, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alessandra Sanguinetti photographed over 100 workplaces across the UK, from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies.

Through eye-opening photography and film footage, Open for Business celebrates the resilience of British industry. From traditional, handmade crafts, foundries and assembly lines to modern, intelligent automation, laboratories and high-tech cleanrooms, this economic sector demonstrates an extraordinary adaptability and diversity.

Discover a different side of London in the work of award-winning American street photographer, Bruce Gilden, who focuses on the varied manufacturing taking place in the city. Creating unflinching portraits of workers at the Tate & Lyle and Vauxhall factories, Gilden demonstrates the physical impact of work, and raises questions about the social responsibilities of companies to their employees.

As British industry faces several challenges, Open for Business reveals the daily struggle at a human level as businesses attempt to cut costs, streamline processes and level up to international competition. The project captures British manufacturing’s effect on regional culture and community life, and celebrates the work, activities and lives of its employees.

Visit: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk, www.openforbusiness.uk.com

Until: Sunday 2 November


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Fanø – An exhibition by Nick JS Thompson

© Nick JS Thompson 

“A wound never heals so well that it leaves no scar.” – Danish proverb. 

Nick JS Thompson’s documentation of the varied remnant military structures of the Atlantic Wall on the small island of Fanø, Denmark explores the architecture of war.

The private view of Nick JS Thompson’s exhibition, “Fanø” is on Thursday 6th November, 6-9pm, at Doomed Gallery, Dalston. 

Exhibition Runs: 6th November – 9th November
Private View: Thursday 6th November, 6-9pm

This show is part of Photomonth (www.photomonth.org)

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Open Call! – One Eyed Jacks


Brighton’s One Eyed Jacks is pleased to announce the launch of its first Open Call to promote the works of lens-based artists from across the world. Winners will have their work shown at the gallery as part of a group show for a month from 07 January 2015. The Open Call will begin a series of submission-based shows over the coming years juried by a single person with a unique vision. The first show will be curated by British Journal of Photography’s Senior Reporter, Gemma Padley.
The show will feature a private view on the opening night, and all the usual marketing efforts in the locality and on the national and international stage via our extensive mailing list. It’s a fantastic opportunity to have your work shown in a gallery context and to build up your exhibition CV.

Image: Peter Williams 

Juror’s selection:
Director’s selection: £300
Honourable mentions: 2 x £100 

The exhibition is open to all photographers worldwide, both amateur and professional. One Eyed Jacks invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions.

Usage rights: Each artist retains full copyright of their images. Artist recognition is provided with all use. By submitting works for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant One Eyed Jacks gallery the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting exhibitions and the artist, and subsequent display on the gallery’s website. Images may also be placed on One Eyed Jacks’ social network channels with an artist credit for promotional purposes. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from the gallery.

Closing date Midnight Saturday 01 November
Follow this link for more information and how to enter - oneeyedjacksgallery.com

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Save the Children International Photography Commission (For aged 18-30)

 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos

Calling all IdeasTap members!

IdeasTap have teamed up with Save the Children and Magnum Photos to give one lucky IdeasTap member the photography opportunity of a lifetime.
Right from the beginning, photography has been at the heart of Save the Children’s campaigns. Documenting real people, in their environment, and sharing their personal experiences with mass audiences, is key to the charity’s visual communications.
One applicant will win the opportunity to undertake an international photographic commission in Central America for Save the Children. The winner will be mentored during the trip by Magnum photographer Alex Webb and also win £1,000 from IdeasTap.  

All you need to do is submit a photo essay of five to 10 images, which documents a community and illustrates how its residents relate to their environment. The series must include at least one portrait, contextual images and be in colour. One winner will be selected by a panel of industry judges at the beginning of November. Judges include Alex Webb and Jess Crombie, head of visual creative for Save the Children. The judges are looking for a photographer with a strong sense of style and excellent technical ability. 

The assignment will take place sometime between 19 November and 5 December (only enter if you will be available to travel at this time). The purpose of this trip will be to gather stories that can be used in the media about how climate change is affecting children in the region.

Closing date Friday 24 October 2014 at 5pm BST
Follow this link for more info and to enter – ideastap.com

Don’t forget applicants must be aged between 18-30. Good Luck! 

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‘Francesca Woodman | Zigzag’, at Victoria Miro Mayfair, 9 Sep to 4 Oct

francesca-woodman-exhibition-victoria-miro-mayfair-1 ‘Untitled’ New York, 1979-80 © Victoria Miro

When was the last time you saw some photography that really inspired you?

Throughout September, the Victoria Miro Mayfair gallery is showing the work of Francesca Woodman, a highly regarded American artist who photographed prolifically during her short lived life.

The theme of this exhibition unusually considers the underlying geometrical forms that reoccur throughout Woodman’s photographs. Typically it has been the surreal and symbolic elements that have been prominent, but here you are asked to look into the composition, the lines and angles, and particularly the shape of the zig zag. Woodman’s father has said, “Domination by a zig-zag motif is very rare… It creates a world of flux without horizon, a rhythmic oscillation.”

Seeing this work in an art gallery, who’s artists include the likes of Grayson Perry and Chris-Ofili seems fitting, as you’re invited to view her work as art, and away from the ever cascading sea of imagery that surrounds our daily lives.

Why not take an afternoon to have a quiet stroll through this exhibition, and see if you can spot some zig zags, and perhaps a dozen more underlying themes that are present in Woodman’s work, and maybe, just maybe this could be the inspiration you have been looking for.

‘Francesca Woodman | Zigzag’ runs at Victoria Miro Mayfair, 14 St George Street, London, W1S 1FE, until 4 October 2014.

Find out more here – www.victoria-miro.com

Francesca-Woodman-Victoria-Miro-Mayfair ‘Untitled’ MacDowell/Stanwood, 1979-80 © Victoria Miro

Francesca-Woodman-Victoria-Miro-Mayfair ‘Untitled’ Providence, Rhode Island, 1976 © Victoria Miro

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