STORIES 2021

STORIES 2021

STORIES 2021 IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Stories seeks to discover, promote and amplify the important work being made by Australian photographers.

Stories is an annual award for photographic storytellers operated by Photo Collective. We are calling for series work and photo-essays exploring traditional, artful and new modes of storytelling which reflect our current times. While this award is open to anybody residing in Australia or Australians living abroad, the themes of the work do not need to be Australian focussed. 

Stories is sponsored by Nikon Australia and Momento Pro.

We celebrate diversity. As such, in 2021 we will be seeking to reward three diverse visual narratives. All three recipients will receive a A$3,000 cash prize, a Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera kit with a NIKKOR Z 24 – 70mm f/4S lens (valued at A$4,000), and a A$250 Momento Pro voucher to go towards the production of a beautiful photobook. The three Stories will also receive a headline feature in the

The People’s Choice recipient will receive A$500 and will also feature in the Stories Journal, our online galleries, and social media platforms. Alongside these four Stories, we will also be including the top 27 shortlisted submissions in the Stories Journal. Throughout the year we will continue to share, promote and feature shortlisted Stories through our website, social media network, digital database, and blog. We are committed to providing a platform for artists to not only gain recognition through the awards process but to also be showcased through in-depth features and photographer profiles. The 2021 Stories judging committee is comprised of Australian photographic artist Kate Disher-Quill and Mags King, managing photo editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. The internal committee is made up of Photo Collective Creative Director Tom Goldner and Harriet Tarbuck alongside Content Editor Angus Scott.

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FAUXLIAGE By Annette LeMay Burke 

Foreword by Ann M. Jastrab 
Disguised Cell Phone Towers of the American West.

 

 

In Fauxliage, Annette LeMay Burke artfully documents the proliferation of disguised cell phone towers in the American West. By attempting to conceal an unsightly yet essential technology in our modern world, the landscape is now populated by a quirky mosaic of masquerading palms, evergreens, flagpoles, crosses, and cacti. Technology is modifying our environment with idiosyncratic results. The often-whimsical tower disguises belie the equipment’s covert ability to collect valuable personal data. The book includes a foreword by Ann M. Jastrab, Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, CA. Annette LeMay Burke is a photographic artist and Northern California native who lives in the heart of Silicon Valley. 

Publication Date: May 2021
10 x 10 | 112 pp
60 color photographs
Paper over Board 
US $45.00 | CAN $58.99  

Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. For more information, visit www.daylightbooks.org.

 

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“The gods of government help those who help themselves: Therefore, women and sisters, and one day fellow voters, let us help ourselves. Say to the rulers of this nation: You deal negligently with the interests of women at your peril. As you have sowed so shall ye reap. We, as women, refuse to uphold that party that has betrayed us. We refuse to uphold any party until all women are free.—Inez Milholland, from the Suffragist 4, no. 42 (October 14, 1916), pp. 8-9)

In 1916, Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886–1916) embarked on a grueling campaign across the Western United States on behalf of the National Woman’s Party appealing for women’s suffrage ahead of the 1916 presidential election. Standing Together, by fine artist Jeanine Michna-Bales (born 1971), retraces Milholland’s journey. The 30-year-old suffragist delivered some 50 speeches to standing-room-only crowds in eight states in 21 days: Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Nevada and California. She battled chronic illness and lack of sleep during her travels and died a month after her last speech in Los Angeles, where her final public words were, “Mr. President, how long must this go on, no liberty?”

Through her photographs, combining dramatic landscapes and historical reenactments of important vignettes of Milholland on her journey with archival materials, Michna-Bales captures a glimpse of a remarkable chapter in the monumental effort required to pass the 19th Amendment. Standing Together includes an itinerary of Inez Milholland’s Western Campaign and a timeline of Suffrage in the United States spanning 1776 to 2020. 

Driven by her belief that women were equal to men, Inez Milholland challenged traditional gender norms in the early 1900s by becoming a lawyer, activist, war correspondent, suffragist and orator. She wrote speeches, letters, plays, and articles arguing that women were worthy of the right to vote. When she saw an injustice, she threw herself full-force into fixing it. From labor laws and prison reform to war and women’s rights, she fought tirelessly to dispel the stereotypes about women she kept butting up against, and each rejection only fueled her determination more. She was turned away by three Ivy League law schools and denied access to the front lines as a war correspondent due to her gender. Graduating with a law degree from New York University in 1912, she later practiced law despite the fact that it was a male-dominated profession.

 

After a whirlwind courtship in which Inez proposed to Dutchman Eugen Jan Boissevain, the couple married and enjoyed a partnership based on equality and mutual admiration for each other. The book includes excerpts from Inez’s letters to her husband while on the campaign. His support provided her with the psychological fuel she needed to keep going on her arduous journey which often involved overnight travel across the vast territory of the American West. Inez would arrive at each stop exhausted and sleep deprived, but the rapt crowds that awaited her lifted her up as she made her impassioned case for suffrage.

 

The incredible story behind Standing Together, tying the past to the present, is outlined in an essay by Michna-Bales and an introduction by Linda J. Lumsden, noted historian of women’s rights and the author of INEZ: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland (Indiana University Press, 2004) and Rampant Women: Suffragists and the Right of Assembly (University of Tennessee Press, 1996) sets the foundation for the visual essay.

 

 

 

 

 

Bound for Medford, Oregon, 2020

About the Artist:

Jeanine Michna-Bales is a fine artist working in the medium of photography. Her work explores our fundamentally important relationships – to the land, to other people and to oneself – and how they impact contemporary society. Her work lives at the intersection of curiosity and knowledge, documentary and fine art, past and present, anthropology and sociology, and environmentalism and activism. Her practice is based on in-depth research – taking into account different viewpoints, causes and effects, political climates – and she often incorporates primary source material into her projects.  Michna-Bales’s latest photographic essay on the American Suffrage Movement, Standing Together, was featured in the July/August 2020 summer issue of Smithsonian Magazine and the Arts section of The New York Times. It will be released as a comprehensive publication from MW Editions in May 2021 and a traveling exhibition will launch in the Fall of 2021. For more information, go here.

 

 

 

 

 

Inez Milholland wearing “The Star of Hope” for the 1911 suffrage parade in New York City.

Automobile Caravan from the Train Station, Reno, Nevada, 2019

Ready for Battle, 2019

Exhibition Schedule

Accompanying exhibitions are scheduled to open at the PDNB Gallery in Dallas, Texas in September 2021, and the Arnika Dawkins Photographic Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2021. More details coming soon. 

Book Details: 

MW Editions
Hardcover, 8 x 10 in (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
216 pages
ISBN: 9780998701899
May 2021
$45.00

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1er juillet – 1er novembre 2020

Today, Skylum released LuminarAI Update 2, a free collection of powerful workflow enhancements to its groundbreaking photo editing tool. With these updated tools, it is easier than ever before for LuminarAI creatives of every skill level to achieve incredible results with their photos, thanks to the power of Artificial Intelligence.

“Too often, complexity is the enemy of creativity. It adds time and frustration to a process we think should be fun, even joyful.” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum. “With LuminarAI, our goal is to strip out that complexity. Update 2 builds on this work and offers more creative tools. I am excited to see what people make with it.”

IMPROVED AI Sky

Improved SkyAI with reflections and more
Skylum created the world’s first automatic sky replacement technology. Now, building on this legacy, we’ve listened to feedback from creators in the Luminar community and delivered a faster, more robust experience in the next generation of our SkyAI tool. Under the hood, our enhanced AI engine ingeniously creates new possibilities.

Sky reflections in water: This much-anticipated update means there’s no more worrying about sky replacement in photos featuring water! Ocean, river, lake, pool, it does not matter, LuminarAI will automatically reflect the new sky in the body of water in the most realistic way.  The new sky automatically conforms to the angle and depth of the scene to produce incredible results down to the smallest details.

Scene relighting: SkyAI now provides realistic scene relighting by eliminating strong color casts from the sky on foreground objects. Improvements to these tools provide discrete control over the amount and saturation of relighting enhancements. The new Relight Human control can dramatically improve environmental portraits by matching people to the new sky for a more realistic effect.

Seamless sky orientation: One of the toughest challenges in traditional editors is cleanly aligning a new sky to the original horizon. New controls for Rotation and Horizontal Offset join existing controls that allow new skies to be flipped, rotated and positioned for a perfect fit.

Easier sky selection: Quickly browse and select new skies with a new visual interface from the SkyAI panel. We’ve added six new free skies with this release and made it easier to add your own skies or add new sky packs.

IMPROVED TEMPLATE EXPERIENCE


Improved Templates experience
Templates are an essential part of the innovative LuminarAI workflow. As a result, Skylum is constantly working to improve the Templates experience. In Update 2, finding the perfect Template for your photo is even and faster.

Easy Access: To make them easier to find and use, all Templates, including Favorites, My Templates Purchased, and Legacy Templates, are now available within the main Templates tab, just beneath For This Photo.

Easier Browsing: Template Group previews are now uniform in size to make them more visually accessible and comfortable to work with.

Marketplace Integration: Templates purchased in the Luminar Marketplace are now automatically added to For This Photo and may be presented by LuminarAI when suggesting enhancements for your photos.

Other Enhancements featured in Update 2 include:

 

Transformable Texture Overlays
With Update 2, Local Masking adds amazing new creative abilities. The Texture tool now offers advanced controls to transform texture and image overlays. 

PNG Overlays: PNG files with transparency can now be uploaded as textures in LuminarAI. These files can then be used to add special effects to photos, including watermarks, text, emoticons, and other decorative elements.                        

Easy placement: New overlay elements can be easily moved, flipped, rotated, resized and placed anywhere you want. There’s even blending modes and masks to precisely control how the object interacts with the original image.

Overlays in Templates: Once applied, an overlay can be synced across multiple images or saved in a custom template for future re-use. 

Improved camera support
Update 2 brings support for new cameras and file formats to LuminarAI. New Cameras: Canon EOS R5, Canon EOS R6, EOS 850D, EOS-1D X Mark III (lossy compressed files), Fujifilm X-S10, Leica M10-R, S3, SL2-S, Nikon Z 5, Z 6 II, Z 7 II, Olympus E-M10 Mark IV, Panasonic DC-G100 / G110, DC-S5, Sony ILCE-7C (A7C), ILCE-7SM3 (A7S III) and Zeiss ZX1.

New File Formats: Lossy compressed CR3 files and Lossy compressed RAF files.

 

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uatrième édition du Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains, 2020-2021. Une rencontre inédite entre photographie et musique 

 

Soutien actif de la création artistique depuis plus de 10 ans, la Fondation Swiss Life a créé en 2014 son Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains – photographie et musique. Il est depuis ses débuts accompagné par Chantal Nedjib, de l’image par l’image. Destiné à révéler ou valoriser des talents, ce prix artistique, l’unique Prix photographie et musique en France, récompense un projet de création croisée et originale d’un photographe et d’un compositeur. Avec cette 4ème édition, la Fondation Swiss Life a choisi de réinventer son Prix et de continuer à décloisonner les disciplines.  

Une édition plus ouverte avec de nombreuses nouveautés 

Avec cette quatrième édition, la Fondation Swiss Life a souhaité ouvrir la sélection des artistes au niveau national et faire vivre le Prix sur deux ans. « Notre objectif : que le grand public et les collaborateurs Swiss Life puissent s’approprier l’œuvre, avec un choix de lieux diversifié à Paris et en région comme des salons, musées, galeries… » souligne Nathalie Martin, déléguée générale de la Fondation Swiss Life.   

Les principales nouveautés de cette édition 2020-2021 : 

  • Appel à candidatures national en ligne à des binômes photographe / compositeur déjà constitués, lancé pendant les Rencontres d’Arles 2019.
  • Un soutien continu par des conseillers artistiques photographie et musique de renom : Emilia Genuardi et Elsa Janssen, directrices du salon a ppr oc he, pour la photographie ; Olivier Bouley, fondateur des Pianissimes, pour la musique.
  • Valorisation de l’œuvre commune et des artistes sur 2020 et 2021 dans des institutions et galeries partout en France. Chaque exposition sera unique et montrera des œuvres différentes, car le projet est modulable et adaptable.
    • 13 au 15 Novembre 2020 : révélation de l’œuvre au salon a ppr oc he, sortie de l’édition photographie et musique
    • 9 au 23 Décembre 2020 : exposition de l’œuvre à la Galerie Thierry Bigaignon
    • 2 mars au 2 mai 2021 : exposition de l’œuvre au Musée de la Piscine à Roubaix, avec un voyage de presse prévu le 19 mars 2020.
    • Juillet 2021 : projection de l’œuvre aux Rencontres d’Arles
    • 9 au 30 septembre 2021 : exposition de l’œuvre arrêt sur image galerie à Bordeaux
  • Le Prix est également accompagné d’un ouvrage photographie et musique sur-mesure et atypique réalisé en partenariat avec un nouvel éditeur : les éditions Filigranes. 

 

Chaque étape est accompagnée par l’équipe de la Fondation Swiss Life.  

Donner les moyens de créer librement  

En plus du conseil artistique personnalisé, du livre et d’une large monstration sur deux ans, les lauréats reçoivent une bourse de 15 000 € chacun pour concrétiser leur projet. La Fondation Swiss Life prend également en charge les frais de production de l’œuvre. 

L’objectif ? Offrir aux artistes les moyens de créer librement, dans les meilleures conditions, et donner du sens à l’engagement de la Fondation Swiss Life pour le soutien à la création artistique. 

Le Bleu du Ciel, d’Edouard Taufenbach et Régis Campo  

Ce projet autour du vol de l’hirondelle est l’histoire d’un voyage. Il part d’un souvenir d’enfance, de la musique de ces oiseaux dans le ciel et de leur rassemblement sur les fils électriques avant leur grand départ pour l’Afrique, annonçant la fin de l’été. Deux fois par an, des hirondelles traversent le Sahara et la Méditerranée pour joindre l’Afrique subsaharienne et l’Europe.  

A partir du sujet de l’hirondelle, Edouard Taufenbach et Régis Campo cherchent à développer une représentation sensible du passage du temps, du mouvement, et des échanges et circulations au sein d’un espace. A l’échelle du vol, le mouvement des hirondelles dans le ciel est l’objet d’une fascination qui nourrit l’imaginaire. Les oiseaux semblent suivre une partition faite de ruptures, d’accélérations et de silences, dessinant des formes abstraites comme des signes à interpréter. Ce projet est une expérimentation au croisement des usages artistiques et scientifiques des médiums photographique et musical. Entre rigueur formelle et narration subjective, la recherche déploie une approche où l’hirondelle en vol figurant un vecteur de force, donne forme et matière à un insatiable désir de liberté avec le ciel pour perspective.  

Sans jamais s’illustrer l’une l’autre, l’image et la musique se pourchassent, se dépassent successivement. Un exercice de voltige où la répétition de rythmes et de motifs s’appuyant sur la composition de la musique itérative dialogue avec la répétition d’images organisées. D’une case à l’autre, d’une mesure à l’autre, d’une hirondelle à l’autre, Le Bleu du Ciel dessine des espaces de liberté, construisant un sentiment de mouvement, de vitesse, de ruptures de lignes, si caractéristiques du vol des hirondelles.

Fondation Swiss Life

Edouard Taufenbach et Régis Campo, formation d’un duo intergénérationnel 

Edouard Taufenbach découvre le travail du compositeur Régis Campo par son album Ombra Felice paru en 2011. Il suit depuis avec attention son travail jusqu’à son élection en 2017 à l’Académie des beaux-arts dans la section Composition musicale. Au printemps 2019, à l’annonce de la nouvelle édition du Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains, il voit la chance de le contacter pour travailler ensemble. La rencontre a été forte, car ils partagent un imaginaire cinéphile et musical commun. Qui plus est, ils aiment à dire qu’Edouard est un compositeur d’images et Régis un créateur de vignettes sonores.

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L’Abbaye Royale de l’Epau, le cœur de la Saison Photo

1er juillet – 1er novembre 2020

Imagine – Erik JOHANSSON – Leap of Faith

« Imagine »
Virtuose du montage, l’artiste crée des images digitales extrêmement réalistes de scènes complétement improbables, entre illusionnisme et surréalisme. Avec des hotomontages empreints de poésie, le photographe suédois interpelle. Chaque photographie nous invite à découvrir le monde avec un nouveau regard et offre une autre façon de considérer le monde. En alliant vie quotidienne et photo de paysage il nous ouvre les portes d’un monde onirique où les lois de la physique n’existent plus

Pour la huitième année consécutive, la photographie investit la programmation culturelle proposée par le Conseil départemental de la Sarthe, notamment au sein de l’Abbaye Royale de l’Epau, dont il est propriétaire, mais aussi avec la saison photo hors les murs qui s’exporte cette année encore sur les grilles de l’Hôtel du Département. 

De juillet à novembre, un parcours photographique extérieur présentera dans le parc de l’abbaye les regards croisés de 5 photographes professionnels. Chaque projet sera installé dans un espace particulier avec une scénographie permettant un dialogue harmonieux entre la photographie, le bâtiment et son écrin de verdure. 

Dans le cadre de la biennale 2019-2020 d’animations culturelles et patrimoniales départementales construite autour du thème de « l’itinérance », les photographes invités interrogeront, de manière troublante ou insolite, nos rapports à l’environnement, aux autres, à notre mémoire collective, à nos représentations et aux évolutions de la société

EMMANUEL SAUVAITRE
« Le monde de la nuit »

Passionné par la nature depuis son enfance, ce photographe sarthois ressent très rapidement l’envie d’immortaliser la vie sauvage. L’artiste se passionne pour la prise de vue nocturne, et invite à découvrir ce petit monde mystérieux qui ne sort qu’à la nuit tombée

FAUSTO PODAVINI
« Omo change »

Classée au Patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco, la vallée de l’Omo dans le sud de l’Ethiopie, est l’un de ces endroits mythiques qui depuis longtemps fascine.
La construction du barrage Gilgel Gibe III par le gouvernement éthiopien en 2008 a fortement modifié les habitudes ancestrales des ethnies qui peuplaient ces forêts. Le photographe italien a suivi pendant plus de six ans les conséquences de l’apparition de ce barrage sur la région et ses habitants

NYANI QUARMYNE
« We Were Once Three Miles From The Sea »

Cette série témoigne puissamment du quotidien des habitants du village de Totope, sur la côte atlantique du Ghana, à l’heure où le sable a envahi leurs habitations.
Le photographe Ghanéo australien est parti à la rencontre des habitants qui se retrouvent contraints d’abandonner leurs foyers avant qu’ils ne soient emportés par l’océan. En à peine six années, le changement climatique a radicalement transformé leur lieu de vie et leur existence

BRUNO LASNIER
« Les icebergs sont encore libres d’ouvrir les yeux »

Difficile au Groenland de se déplacer autrement que par la mer. Elle apporte presque tout.
Depuis le hublot d’un bateau, Bruno Lasnier observe la dérive des icebergs. Ceux-ci ne nous apparaissent qu’à travers le cadre des fenêtres d’un bateau, magnifiés et profondément mystérieux. Cet artiste français nous invite au voyage dans l’Icefjord, un no man’s land improbable qui n’est ni fleuve, ni mer, à la fois glace, eau douce et eau salée.

 

Informations pratiques :

Horaires Abbaye Royale de l’Epau
– De septembre à juin du mercredi au dimanche de 11h à 18h (dernières entrées à 17h30) Ouverture différenciée « l’Abbaye rien que pour vous » les lundis uniquement sur réservation.
– Juillet et août du mercredi au lundi de 10h à 19h (dernières entrées à 18h30) Fermé les mardis.
/!\ Fermetures exceptionnelles : 9 juillet et 14 juillet

Horaires Espace restauration
– Du 1er juillet au 31 août du mercredi au lundi de 14h à 19h. 

Tarifs Abbaye Royale de l’Epau
Adultes : 5.5€
Tarif réduit (demandeur d’emploi, étudiant et PMR) : 4€ Tarif famille : 13€ (2 adultes + 2 ados)
Adolescent (10-17ans) : 3€ Visite guidée : supplément 2€ Gratuit pour les moins de 10 ans

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It’s great to win a photo competition, but what about everyone else? Better Photography Magazine’s Photo of the Year 2020 is a competition with a difference because every entrant gets a score and a judge’s comment.

This makes the Photo of the Year competition great value for everyone who enters.

“It can be hard to know how good your photos really are”, explained Better Photography’s editor and chief judge, Peter Eastway. “Social media is great for getting likes and hearts, but what do the experts think? It’s only when you enter a competition and your photos are judged anonymously that you get honest feedback from judges with experience.The problem is, many competitions don’t even give you a score, let alone feedback to help you improve your photography.”

Peter has years of experience as both an entrant and a judge, having won the AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year twice, and later being the chairman of the Australian Professional Photography Awards.

“My own photography developed by entering photography competitions and then attending the public judging sessions and listening to what the judges had to say. It was this feedback that helped me improve, no matter the results. In fact, the single biggest influence in my work as a photographer has been entering photo competitions every year.”

To give enthusiast photographers the same type of experience, Peter has engaged David Oliver and Tony Hewitt as co-­‐judges. All three are Grand Masters of Photography.

“While we don’t have a public judging, we can provide a score, an award (Bronze, Silver or Gold for scores over 75%), and an expert comment to give the entrant some guidance on how his or her photo could be improved.”

The Photo of the Year offers four category prizes of AUS $750 (landscape, portraiture, travel and nature) and one overall prize of AUS $2000, making a total prize pool of AUS $5000. Entry is just AUS

$20 (less than US $15) per photograph, with every fifth entry free.

Entries close on 15 August 2020, with late entries up until 22 August 2020 and the results will be announced on 30 September 2020. The winning images will also be published in Better Photography Magazine.

For more information and to enter, visit www.betterphotographyphotocomp.com

Creative-MarcelVanBalken

Portrait-PollyFenton

Landscape-Allen Koppe

Travel-KentOlsson

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Guest Blog. Dasha Arts

Forget everything you knew about Art.

The world of art is so changed that it has narrowed to a point that can be called an art mafia.

Collecting maybe is a thing of the past, because true collectors are gradually leaving for another world, and their children and grandchildren are people who photograph food for insta. For them, the ultimate goal is how expensive sell paintings or photographs from the collection of his father or grandfather and buy with this money a mountain of unnecessary things. Or another option, for example, to buy a banana for a very round sum, to proudly say to his friends: – Heard about a banana? I bought it, lol!

It is completely paradoxical that among such a huge number of talents all over the world, they sell banana, not in the market – but in the gallery!

It is very difficult for young talents and 98% of them will never be able to be heard and recognized. Although, among them there are many worthy artists. In order to get into these same 2%, artists are likely to have to join the art mafia. Order a millionth marketing, find people who will tell other people that this work needs to be bought. Remember the movie 1 + 1, where one of the main characters decided to make money on art, before having nothing to do with it. He did it thanks to connections and it really works.

It is unfortunate that many cannot take a good job, for example, to become the editor-in-chief of a magazine, a leading designer or director. Most likely, you will hear the phrase: – Sorry, but this place is occupied by the son (or daughter) of an important person, or – You are too young, wait for old age.

So, what to do for those 98% who have only talent.? Do not despair, you need to update ideas!
After all, the world has changed! it’s unfortunate that only the phrase “Hungry Artist” remained the same.

I will try to give you 5 tips on how to make a difference and look at the world of art in 2020.

Tips for the lazy:

  1. Banana is already sold. Glue another fruit to the wall.
  2. The potato has already been sold. Take a photo of another vegetable.
  3. Find for yourself a sheikh and persuade you to buy your entire collection.
  4. Wait until you receive a letter from an agent or art dealer. If nothing has come within 10 years, wait another 10.
  5. Do not work in art

And now tips for talent and enthusiasts!

  • Adjust to the art market, but do not change your style.The theme should be relevant, but in your style. Try to beat an interesting news or item. Meditate!
  • Do it high quality. Many galleries complain of low-quality art. Take the time to create something unique.
  • Engage in marketing yourself! Nobody knows better about you than you yourself! Register on sites dedicated to your topic. Delight subscribers with new artworks. Take part in contests. Send letters to interesting companies – sooner or later they will answer you.
  • Instagram. A separate point, because everything goes there. Watch the hashtags. Update information and posts – you will succeed!
  • Believe in yourself! Keep believing in yourself! Well, just in case – look for a sheikh.

What is missing now is the place where talents can turn. There are many galleries that say that they will promote you, but at the same time, they will set a large bill for the provision of services, without giving any guarantee of a positive result.

DASHA’s idea is to create a home for the artist. A place where everyone can share their art, show a curator, get feedback and appreciation. Get the opportunity to exhibit, sell and support what is primarily needed by young talents.

Dream project Dasha’s art is the prospect of showing real talents, both to collectors and companies and people who love art. This is a global project that can put art on the rails on which it should be. And even if there appears an image of a banana or potato, most likely it will be a protest, but it is executed as a real art!

For the implementation of such a global project, while there is no funding, it is a matter of time. But We hope that DASHA’s voice will sound loud all over the world right now!–

DASHA ART TEAM
www.dashafoto.com

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    The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019

    The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019

     THE 5th INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018

    Professional and amateur photographers worldwide were invited to enter the fifth International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition for a chance to share in the prize pool, including US$10,000 cash.

    From nearly 3000 entries from 863 photographers, the winner of the fifth International Landscape Photographer of the Year (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images) is Adam Gibbs from Canada.

    What makes a great landscape photographer? Persistence? Experience? Luck? Passion? Looking at Adam Gibbs’ winning portfolio, we can see a diversity of views, an understanding of light and the expert use of framing and composition. From sandy aerials to icy mountain locations, Adam’s portfolio demonstrates a range of topics, an essential component when it comes to convincing our judges that you are the International Landscape Photographer of  the Year.

    Adam Gibbs lives part-time between New Westminster, British Columbia and Parksville, Vancouver Island, Canada.

    “I’ve been a professional photographer since 1992 and up until 2014, my primary source of income was photographing gardens for gardening publications, but since then I have been a full-time nature photographer.” Adam says he was originally inspired by a nature photography book written by John Shaw in the 1980s.  

    “Since I’m still a bit old school from the film days, I tend to try and capture the majority of my images in a single frame. I don’t have strong views on image manipulation, other than I find more joy in capturing great light and composition on site, rather than creating something that didn’t exist when I took the photo. My love of nature and the outdoors is much stronger than my desire to make images, so for me, pictures taken at the moment have far more integrity and personal meaning than those made later in a computer. “I generally try to keep the image accurate to form and not use too much post-processing, although when the light is not great, I’ll use a few more tricks to bring the best out of an image. I use Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC 2019 for all of my work.”  

    Adam is currently using a Nikon D850 along with 14-24mm, 16-35mm, 24-120mm and 70- 200mm lenses. 

    “And I l love the Breakthrough Photography filters, especially the Dark X4 CPL filters that combine a 3 or 6 stop ND filter with a polariser into one filter. “Most definitely, light is the key to great photography. If I don’t have great light, then I search out subjects that go with the light at hand.”  

    When we asked Adam if he had any secret locations worth investigating as a landscape photographer, he was quick to nominate one of his homes, Vancouver Island. “It is an exceptional place. The landscape is rugged, but not in your face and extremely challenging, especially the forests. I love it. However, other than the popular Canadian Rockies, the rest of British Columbia and Canada itself are highly underrated, in my opinion, as prime photo destinations for those seeking raw wilderness experiences.  

    “And entering contests such as the International Landscape Photographer of the Year is an excellent way to gain recognition from your peers and the general public. It’s also a great way to get your work out there in front of the world to see – and the chance of winning a major prize is always appealing! “I have entered many contests in the past. I tend to enter in waves. Some years I’ll enter a few and other years none. Of course, not placing in a contest is disappointing, especially if you believe that your image is the best that you have ever taken. However, I don’t take it personally because I know that judging in itself is a long and sometimes arduous process. The results are almost always contentious and, of course, subjective, but in the end, I am usually happy for the winners as they have gained the things that I enjoy about winning contests, recognition from their peers.  

    “After all, landscape photography is not generally considered a competitive pursuit, but an opportunity to enjoy nature and make a few images along the way.”

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    British Journal of Photography in collaboration with Galerie Huit Arles have announced the second edition of OpenWalls Arles, an award aimed at creating opportunities for emerging and established photographers. We are searching for up to 52 photographers to be exhibited as part of a group show at Galerie Huit Arles alongside Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020.

     

    For the first time, the award is split into two categories. In the Series category, photographers are invited to enter a body of work, consisting of up to 10 images. Two winners will be chosen from this category and their series will be exhibited alongside the 50 winning images that are selected from the Single Image category. The group show at Galerie Huit Arles will run throughout July 2020.

     

    We are calling photographers to respond to the theme: Growth. We will award 50 winning images, and two bodies of work that convey a sense of change or transition; whether this be personal growth, or the changes we witness around us.

    © Birgit Püve, OpenWalls 2019 Shortlist

    © Alma Haser, Nick Ballon, Save the Children, OpenWalls 2019 Shortlist

    Prizes

    Single Image category 

    • 50 winning images will be exhibited as part of a group show at Galerie Huit Arles in Arles, France alongside Les Rencontres d’Arles in July 2020
    • Receive international press coverage
    • Be featured on BJP-online
    • Have your worked judged by industry leaders Series category
    • Two winning series will be exhibited as part of the group show at Galerie Huit Arles in Arles, France alongside Les Rencontres d’Arles in July 2020
    • The two winners from this category will be flown to Arles for the opening of the exhibition, with return flights and two nights of accommodation included
    • Receive international press coverage
    • Be featured on BJP-online
    • Have your worked judged by industry leaders

      Key Dates

      • Calls Open: 29 May 2019
      • Calls Close: 25 July 2019 23:59 (UK time)
      • Winner and shortlist announcement: Spring 2020
      • Exhibition at Galerie Huit Arles, France, July 2020

      © Lance Henderstein, OpenWalls 2019 Shortlist

      © Adriana Granado, OpenWalls 2019 Shortlist

      What’s next for Skylum

      Alex Tspeko, Skylum’s CEO, gave us an exclusive interview about AI and the new software developements.

      2018 was a great year for Skylum, and 2019 has been full of new products and improvements. Can you tell us about how Skylum is moving forward?
      2018 was a year of changes. And the first half of 2019 was full of changes and challenges as well. At the end of last December, we launched Luminar 3, the long-awaited update to our flagship product. Luminar 3 includes a Library so users can easily manage and edit their images in one place. Most people were happy with it, but some still preferred the old workflow. They wanted a tool that allowed them to stick with their existing workflow but that also offered our new AI-powered features. That’s why we decided to launch a new product, Luminar Flex. This was a new direction for us, but it was what our users wanted.
We also recently launched a new product called AirMagic — an automatic image enhancer for drone photos. This was a totally new niche for us. Drone photography is popular, but it requires a different editing approach. We had to invest a lot in figuring that out. In other words, we’ve been exploring new directions to expand the business and not simply sticking with our proven products. We believe this has made us stronger.
This year, we’re continuing to work on Luminar to make it a better “place” for photographers of all skill levels. In autumn, we’ll be launching a new version of the software with updated editing functionality and even an updated UI. You also can expect more innovative AI-powered features in Luminar in the near future. I can’t reveal all the details yet, but I’m sure photographers and artists will enjoy it a lot. Moreover, our team is working on Luminar Cloud, business-to-business cloud-based solutions for affordably automating image processing using technologies from the Skylum AI Lab. We’ll provide tools that save time and money for businesses small and large, whether it’s a real estate business that needs quality HDR photos for their listings or an online retailer that wants to batch edit product photos. We’ll help companies automate the monotonous traditional post-processing techniques. And, of course, we’re thinking about going mobile. It’s perfectly clear to everyone that mobile apps are the present and the future. But it’s too early for any details. AI is now one of the biggest trends in imaging software.

      Can you tell us about Skylum’s AI strategy?
      I think that AI will occupy an increasingly prominent place in image processing. It’s inevitable. We’ll spend less and less time on routines, for instance, masking and fixing white balance, exposure, and clarity. I believe that AI technologies can make the lives of artists easier and save a lot of time by automating the most common tasks of a photographer. So instead of spending plenty of time on editing photos, our users can get stunning images in seconds. At Skylum, we see our mission as automating photo editing with Artificial Intelligence. Our goal is to completely replace traditional editing techniques with the help of new AI technologies that will not only be smarter but also give significantly better results. Accent AI 2.0, which we recently released, shows our approach to the future of photo editing. We want to make learning how to edit images unnecessary thanks to intuitive AI filters. We’re also working hard to create AI tools that will help businesses automate editing and cut costs using AI-powered solutions with Luminar Cloud. For example, we’ll soon be launching a suite of cloud-based tools that use Skylum’s award-winning technologies to automatically breathe life into photographs.

      Serif, with Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, and Adobe, which is now launching the full Photoshop for iPad, are taking the most significant spots in the growing mobile market. Does Skylum have any mobile plans for Luminar?
      Before Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and Adobe Photoshop there were Pixelmator, SnapSeed, Enlight and other amazing apps working on mobile platforms like iPad and iPhone. The main thing that stopped us from entering this niche before was that we understood that users behave differently on mobile devices than on desktops. And they expect other features and follow another workflow. I’m really glad that Adobe and Affinity are coming out with mobile options, as photographers don’t limit themselves to one editing tool. They’re looking for as many tools as they need to achieve their creative results. Unfortunately, lots of new players who bring their applications to the market copy each other and do not add any value for users. So answering the question – we will definitely come out with Luminar for both iPad and iPhone, but only after we release Luminar 4, which is scheduled at the end of this year. And after we release Luminar Cloud, which will be in beta testing in July. Right now, we already have several prototypes of Luminar for mobile platforms, but we want to make sure that we come out with exactly those features that will bring additional value to users – that will bring something new to photographers and artists. And once we have these new, unique, and interesting solutions ready, it won’t matter how many apps already exist on the market since we’ll bring people something that no one else has given. Skylum’s philosophy is not to copy, not to duplicate, but to create and introduce new value. And we are now forming this value.

      You’ve acquired Photolumur for its AI technology and launched AirMagic for drone shooters. Why are these apps separated, as they’re using the same technology with different presets?
      Photolemur and AirMagic share a similar interface but are absolutely different in their purpose. Photolemur can be used for all types of images, while the AI algorithms in AirMagic are new and are tailored for drone and aerial photography. AirMagic works by first detecting the drone camera used to produce an image and analyzing its lens and color profile. From there, it makes automatic lens corrections and other camera-specific optimizations. Also, AirMagic is faster and more optimized than Photolemur.

      Is machine learning implemented in Luminar 3.1, allowing improvement with multiple tries, or Is it just a smart detection algorithm?
      Our technologies are based on AI-driven algorithms. We train our neural networks on hundreds of thousands of images taken in different conditions by cameras from Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus, Nikon, Canon, and many other manufacturers. It lets us bring outstanding results for all photographers, regardless of what style they shoot and what gear they’re using. Depending on the project, whether it’s sky improvement or skin detection, we pick specific photos to train neural networks and run tests until we get accurate results. So a photographer doesn’t have to think about dozens of adjustments like fixing the tone, details, exposure, depth, and color. The trained algorithm does it automatically and presents the results.

      You’re now on version 2 of the Accent AI filter. Can you tell us about the improvements, and what will be its evolution possibly in Aurora?
      The original Accent AI was groundbreaking, making a photographer’s workflow not only easier but quicker. It took care of common adjustments to shadows, highlights, contrast, and over a dozen other things. The results were great but weren’t always perfect for every photograph. Colors may not have always been correct, images could be over- or under-processed, and the technology didn’t recognize faces and people. That’s why we created Accent AI 2.0 to manage these problems. With the latest update, Accent AI became completely human-aware. Accent AI 2.0 features facial and object recognition technology, helping photographers create more realistic images. With this update, we’ve connected a new neural network that recognizes objects better. We also added a new “person” class. The latest version analyzes photographs, identifies things like faces, and truly improves an image every time. Finally, Accent AI 2.0 features more careful color corrections, making for more accuracy and quality. It also works better with hidden details. If Accent AI 2.0 can’t make an object look better, it won’t touch it. We’re committed to making photographers’ lives and workflows easier with our AI technologies like Accent AI and AI Sky Enhancer. We believe that AI is helping more people to engage in photography and photo editing at the entry-level and get great photos without having to spend ages learning how to apply manual changes to luminosity, contrast, color, and exposure. Everyone deserves to realize their photographic vision, and Skylum’s AI solutions will allow more of us than ever to do that.

      Do you have any plans on improving Luminar as a full suite and making an all-in-one product from all your different imaging apps?
      Right now our main product is Luminar. It has absorbed almost all the functionality of our previous products. We deliberately stopped developing and supporting other apps like Tonality, Snapselect, Intensify, and Snapheal and put all our energy into building Luminar, which is becoming an all-in-one photography platform. We’re following our mission to make Luminar a convenient platform for everyone who loves to photograph. And this platform will be available on mobile, desktop, and in the cloud, so even businesses will be able to integrate it using an API and implement Luminar’s technologies. So, in a word, Luminar will continue to evolve by adding new filters and new tools for improving and organizing photography. We’ve outgrown the idea of competing with others. We see plainly that our technologies are unique. And now the “complete rather than compete” idea is reflected in our company’s philosophy. We’re ready to integrate with Affinity and Adobe as plugins because everything we do is for the sake of users. With the power of Luminar, artists will get more. So even if users have other tools, Luminar will always be on their list. And with the success of our Luminar Flex plugin, we see that thousands and thousands of Photoshop and Lightroom users buy and download Luminar Flex daily. Despite the fact that they have these great products, they buy Luminar because they see the additional value. Step by step, we’re building a platform that has a set of basic tools along with solutions that no one else has and that bring lots of additional value.

      Get it Now!

      Get the latest version of Luminar 3 with Assets management and AI features, or the NEW Luminar Flex Plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom

      Adjust AI from Topaz Labs

      Adjust AI from Topaz Labs

      Topaz Labs Releases Adjust AI

      Joining Topaz Labs’ line-up of AI-powered photo editing applications, Adjust AI helps users achieve brilliant photo contrast, clarity, detail, and color through artificial intelligence.

       

      Topaz Labs released today a major new product to its AI-powered photo editing offerings, introducing Adjust AI. This new application is available as a standalone solution, as well as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Topaz Studio.

      After months of training and testing, Adjust AI leverages machine learning to analyze and transform ordinary photos into lively, vivacious images that would normally require time-consuming, manual adjustments. Adjust AI is the fastest way to achieve ultimate clarity, detail, contrast, and an eye-catching aesthetic with minimal user input.

       

      Application Details

      With Adjust AI, users can:

      • Utilize two AI-powered modes (Standard and HDR Style buttons in the right panel) to automatically bring out colors, shadows, details, and more to make photos as vivid as intended–all in one click.
      • Utilize advanced shadow & highlight recovery that reveals lost detail.
      • Utilize Topaz Clarity’s intelligent, proprietary technology to manipulate macro, midrange, and overall contrast without halos or noise, all while maintaining a natural feeling and tonality in your image.
      • Move Topaz Detail sliders to independently adjust small, medium, and large amounts of detail inside the shadows and highlights of your image.
      • Apply new & modern presets for versatile effects.
      • Create and save custom presets for a faster workflow.

      Adjust AI caters to professionals and enthusiasts alike. Users can utilize the output of the AI to speed up workflow as well as take advantage of a range of new, modern presets. Adjust AI also includes the ability to create and save your own variations in order to create presets bespoke to you.

      “With Adjust AI, we hope our users will be impressed by the versatility and depth of the effects possible with this single application,” said Albert Yang, CTO of Topaz Labs. “In our first development meeting for Adjust AI, our mission was clear: Let’s develop an intelligent application to take photos from dull to dynamic in less than 10 clicks. We wanted to create a solution that offers stunning image enhancement, but doesn’t consume all of the user’s time. Adjust AI harnesses really powerful AI processing, but also allows for light, masterful finishing touches, so you can truly transform a lackluster image into an eye-catching photo that doesn’t look over-processed.”

      Recommended Workflow

      To achieve the best results with Adjust AI, Topaz Labs recommends the following workflow:

      1. Import photo. Use JPEG to RAW AI to restore RAW editing capabilities if needed.
      2. Apply noise reduction with DeNoise AI.
      3. Make any composition, cropping, or straightening adjustments desired in Topaz Studio.
      4. Apply Adjust AI and make any further tweaks.  

      Adjust AI Pricing and Availability

      Adjust AI is available now for an introductory price of $59.99 until July 8, 2019. Following July 8, Adjust AI will be available for $79.99. Users owning the original Topaz Adjust, Topaz Clarity and/or Detail will receive a complimentary copy of Adjust AI. Adjust AI is also a part of the Topaz AI Bundle, which includes Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI, DeNoise AI, and JPEG to RAW AI. Users with one or more of the applications can still take advantage of savings with a prorated discount for just the applications desired. Like all Topaz applications, users can always download a free, 30-day trial of Adjust AI before purchasing the application.

       

      Get it Now!

      The new Adjust AI is available now for an introductory price of $59.99 until July 8, 2019.

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