Siena Photography Awards 2018

Siena Photography Awards 2018

Siena International Photo Awards 2018 Winners Announced 
An image by Bangladeshi photographer K M Asad wins the title of “Photo of the Year

Selected from more than 48,000 of entries, an image of a young refugee -­‐ a traumatized Rohingya girl -­‐ is the overall winner of the 2018 Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) contest. The photo, titled “Battle Victim”, was shot by documentary photographer K M Asad 

K M Asad / Siena International Photo Awards “Photographer of the Year 2018” The Bangladeshi photographer beat entrants from 156 countries to scoop the title of SIPAContest Photographer of the Year 2018. K M Asad captured this moment of a Rohingya refugee girl in the Thankhali refugee camp in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar. She looks on at newly arrived refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar. The photo was shot on September 6, 2017: “Asmat Ara looks clearly traumatized after the recent violence which took place in Myanmar. The previous night she had entered with her family at Tenkhali Rohingya refugee camp from Kumar Khali, Myanmar Rohingya state,” K M Azad said in a recent interview.  According to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, more than 520.000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmarsince August 25th, 2017, most of them trying to cross the border to reach Bangladesh. Tariq Zaidi, a freelance photographer based out of London, UK, represented by Zuma Press (USA) and Getty Images (UK), won the prestigious title of “Best Author 2018,” thanks to his powerful stories from Congo, North Corea, Brazil and Sudan.

in Travel & Adventures, Zac Lowry’s striking image shows a man running through a checkpoint carrying his injured son in West Mosul, Iraq. British documentary photographer David Chancellor came in first in Storyboard with an impressive series, documenting how, in Africa, trophy hunting is a big draw for rich tourists who are able to pay big money to kill animals for sport. His work examines mankind’s commodification of wildlife. Francisco Negroni, Chile, placed first in the Nature category for flashes of lightning that lacerate the sky while the glow from molten lava lights up the billowing smoke. The Wildlife category was won by Amos Nachoum, Israel, for a shocking image which shows a leopard seal getting into a lagoon just before he catches a penguin by its feet, dragging it into the open water. Klaus Lenzen, Germany, placed first in the General Color category with a picture taken in summer 2017 during a triathlon competition in the Duesseldorf Media Harbour; Sina Falker, Germany, placed first in “Splash of Colors,” the Special category for 2018, with a photo taken early in the morning before sunrise, where boats meet at the colorful Lok Baintan Floating Market in Indonesia; and Marcel van Balken, the Netherlands, placed first in the Monochrome category for a photo which highlights the modern architecture of Arnhem Central Station in the Netherlands. The People & Portrait category was won by David Nam Lip Lee, Malaysia, with a stunning image of a child of the Suri tribe in Ethiopia standing among traditional metal handcraftsFyodor Savintsev, Russia, won Architecture with a picture of some Russian dachas near the city of Arkhangelsk, just after an intense snowfall. The Spanish photographer Ajuriaguerra Saiz Pedro Luis came in first in the Sport category for an amazing image catching a pole vaulter’s reflection as he made his final jump.

The Under 20 prize went to Chinese photographer, Yinzhi Pan, for his beautifully detailed shot of a young fisherman captured at Inle Lake, Shan Plateau, Myanmar.

 

The winning photographers in categories are:

  • General Color winner: Klaus Lenzen, Germany
  • Monochrome winner: Marcel van Balken, The Netherlands
  • Travel winner: Zach Lowry, USA
  • People & Portrait winner: David Nam Lip Lee, Malaysia  
  • Nature winner: Francisco Negroni, Chile
  • Wildlife winner: Amos Nachoum, Israel
  • Architecture winner: Fyodor Savintsev, Russia
  • Sport winner: Ajuriaguerra Saiz Pedro Luis, Spain
  • “Splash of Colors” winner (special theme 2018) : Sina Falker, Germany 2nd -­‐ Anurag 
  • Storytelling winner: David Chancellor, United Kingdom
  • Under 20 winner: Yinzhi Pan, China
  • Olympus Pangea Prize: Emily Garthwaite, United Kingdom The Olympus Pangea Prize aims to recognize the photographer who entered the Siena International Photo Awards with the best image taken using a mirrorless camera.

 

Kid With Hand Crafts. David Nam Lip Lee

Colors of Joy. Noor Ahmed Gelal

Migration.  Khalid Alsabt

The Ramnami Lady. Debdatta Chakraborty

Mt. Bromo.  Riksa Dewantara

Horizontal bar on the tricycle. Weiguo Hu

Holy Rain with Golden Blessing. David Nam Lip Lee

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After incorporating and enhancing U Point local adjustment technology, DxO PhotoLab 2, which follows on from DxO OpticsPro, has improved its exclusive DxO ClearView tool, added a new image management system (DxO PhotoLibrary), and now supports DCP color profiles.

 

DxO, one of the world’s most innovative consumer imaging companies, has announced the release of DxO PhotoLab 2, a major update of its RAW processing software for Mac and PC, recently awarded the 2018 TIPA Award for Best Imaging Software. DxO PhotoLab 2 introduces ClearView Plus, the latest version of the software’s incredibly effective haze removal and local contrast improvement tool, as well as DxO PhotoLibrary, a brand-new image and data management feature that lets users search, select, sort, and display images. DxO PhotoLab 2 also supports DCP color profiles, which maintains consistent color renderings across the industry’s main programs. 

U Point technology: The most powerful local adjustment tools on the market

DxO PhotoLab offers a complete RAW and JPEG processing solution based on optical corrections from mathematically established laboratory models, as well as such exclusive features as PRIME noise reduction technology and DxO Smart Lighting intelligent exposure optimization.To provide photographers with all the tools they need to make local corrections, DxO purchased and integrated Nik Software’s U Point technology into DxO PhotoLab. This exclusive technology, which millions of photographers enjoy, allows users to make complex selections in just a few clicks and apply local adjustments with Control Points, a unique system of equalizers and multiple correction tools. DxO PhotoLab is the only software to fully integrate U Point technology within a non-destructive RAW workflow. With this latest version, DxO PhotoLab 2 has become an even more comprehensive image editing solution. 

DxO ClearView Plus: Create show-stopping images

DxO PhotoLab’s exclusive DxO ClearView feature is a revolutionary tool that removes haze and enhances local contrast. The improved DxO ClearView Plus feature in DxO PhotoLab 2 lets users make even more dramatic adjustments without creating a halo around transitions between light and dark. The results are spectacular. In just one click, users can remove haze without creating an unnatural effect around objects, edges, details, or transitions. When combined with PRIME, an exclusive denoising tool, users can optimize the image’s dynamic range while still controlling noise. For an even greater degree of flexibility, DxO ClearView Plus can be applied to the entire image or just to specific areas using local adjustment tools. 

DxO PhotoLibrary: A comprehensive image production workflow

DxO PhotoLibrary offers new image search, selection, sorting, and display features. A dynamic text field tool makes searching simple. As the search term is being entered, DxO PhotoLab 2 suggests all relevant interpretations and any results that match the user’s personal database. Users can search for images using a number of criteria, including shooting parameters (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), file name and extension, the date the photo was taken, and the number of stars assigned to the photo. The search results are displayed in a brand-new movable and adjustable vignette grid. “With its automatic features and correction tools, DxO PhotoLab strives to help photographers express their artistic vision without compromising on image quality,” says Jean-Marc Alexia, VP Marketing and Product Strategy at DxO Labs. “With the addition of DxO PhotoLibrary, DxO PhotoLab 2 has now advanced to the next level, giving users complete control over the image product processfrom organizing photos to exporting them. By the end of the year, this new tool will incorporate additional search features, including keywords and many other criteria.” 

Support for DCP color profiles: New options for managing color in RAW images

DxO PhotoLab 2 now supports DCP color profiles; this means it can deliver color renderings that are compatible with and close to those of third-party photo editing programs like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW as well as camera color calibration solutions like X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo and DNG Profile Editor. 

Users do not need a subscription to use DxO PhotoLab 2. They can install the program on two computers with the DxO PhotoLab 2 ESSENTIAL Edition or on three computers with the DxO PhotoLab 2 ELITE Edition. Photographers who purchased a license for DxO OpticsPro or DxO PhotoLab 1 can get a discounted upgrade license for DxO PhotoLab by signing into their customer accounts at www.dxo.com. A fully-functional, one-month trial version of DxO PhotoLab 2 is available on the DxO website: http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/download.

Price & availability

The ESSENTIAL and ELITE editions of DxO PhotoLab 2 for PC and Mac can be downloaded now from the DxO website (shop.dxo.com) for an introductory price through November 18, 2018:

DxO PhotoLab 2 ESSENTIAL Edition :     99,99 €instead of 129 € DxO PhotoLab 2 ELITE Edition :           149,99 € instead of199 € 

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AI Sky Enhancer is a revolutionary new tool for automatically enhancing skies and making them beautiful without the need for masks and layers. This will save photographers an enormous amount of time in post-processing while allowing photographers of any skill level to achieve dramatic skies.  

Hundreds of thousands of photos incorporating varying degrees of tonal skies were used to train a deep neural network that powers the AI Sky Enhancer filter and allow Luminar to analyze each image and detect (and adjust) only the sky. The result is complete automated control of the sky. AI Sky Enhancer works with sunsets, blue skies, partly sunny skies, storm clouds, and virtually any other sky scene imaginable. 

“And while this update is great by itself, it’s just the beginning. Luminar now includes an innovative core neural processing engine that enables all Luminar users to harness the power of AI. This will give the Skylum team the possibility to introduce more smart and automated tools more frequently,” explains Dima Sytnik, CTO and co-founder of Skylum. “Expect more innovative AI-powered features in Luminar in the near future.”

 The new AI-powered filter comes ahead of Luminar 3 with Libraries, which will start being rolled out to Luminar owners on December 18. Skylum has made the unprecedented decision to include every new feature of Luminar — big and small — at no additional cost to current Luminar 2018 owners until late 2019. This will include Luminar 3 with Libraries, which will allow photographers to organize, browse, and edit images on the fly. Additionally, Luminar customers don’t have to pay an annual subscription fee. New and current users of Luminar will also receive a value-added promotional package including a three-month Pro Membership to ViewBug ($42 value), a two-month Pro Membership to KelbyOne ($40 value), a choice of any ebook from Rocky Nook ($40 value), the Awesome Landscapes Tutorial from Daniel Kordan ($80 value), and a $20 gift card toward the purchase of any Manfrotto/Gitzo product valued at $120 or more. 

Luminar is available to new customers for just $59/€59/£53. Current users of other Skylum software including Aurora HDR, Photolemur, and Skylum legacy products can purchase Luminar for the special price of $49/€49/£44.

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ON1 announces ON1 Photo Raw 2019

ON1 Photo RAW 2019, an all­ new photo editing experience and a major upgrade to ON1 Photo RAW, will be available this November.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will include an abundance of new features and technologies along with a streamlined workflow that is elegant, powerful, and easy to learn. Notable new features include a new non­destructive workflow for layers, auto­alignment of layers, focus stacking, a new portrait module, a new AI­powered masking tool, a new text tool, new digital asset management updates and more. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will include the tools photographers need in a single well thought out photography workflow application.

Dan Harlacher, VP for Products at ON1 states, “ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will give photographers the features they use the most from the Lightroom® and Photoshop® worlds in a single application. This is what we mean by an all­new photo editing experience. We want to keep the photographer’s workflow fast and efficient.”

 ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will also include significant enhancements to the migration process for customers looking to switch from Lightroom®. Version 2019 will be one of the first solutions to utilize AI­powered algorithms to transfer and display Lightroom edited photos in ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The transferred settings will also remain non­destructive and be re­editable inside ON1 Photo RAW 2019. 

“A big hurdle for customers looking to adopt a new workflow is the fear of losing years and years of work. We want to remove that hurdle by giving them the ability to keep their edited photos and more importantly keep them in a non­destructive workflow when making the switch to Photo RAW,” says Craig Keudell, President of ON1.

The ON1 community continues to drive the development of ON1 Photo RAW based on what’s most important for their photo editing needs.  Every new feature and improvement made in version 2019 is a direct result of community input through the ON1 Photo RAW Project.

 

  • A New Workflow for Layers – ON1 Layers will no longer be a separate module. Instead, the power of layers will be accessible within the non­destructive workflow inside of Develop and Effects. This will allow for creating or editing multi­layered files, including raw files, and keep the non­destructive settings for each photo Customers will also be able to move, size, and mask each layer. More importantly, and a new concept, each layer has its non­destructive settings, all the way back to the original file. What’s most exciting is if you are working with raw files, powerful adjustments like exposure, highlights, shadows, and camera profiles can now be processed using the raw data in a layered photo workflow. All without having to change modules or applications.
  • New Lightroom Photo Settings Migration – New AI­powered algorithms will give customers the ability to transfer Lightroom edited photos, keep the non­destructive settings, and move them into ON1 Photo The updated Lightroom Migration Tool in

version 2019 will transfer almost every edit you can make in Lightroom including raw processing, crop, retouching, and local adjustments along with folders, photos, albums, and metadata.

  • New Focus Stacking – Automatically blend a series of photos at different focus distances to increase depth­of­field. It’s so fast, you can adjust the focus in real­time, just like changing the focus on your lenses. Think of it like HDR, but for focus instead of exposure.
  • New Auto­Align Layers – Easily combine multiple photos as layers, then automatically align them based on image content, making it easy to mask and blend them
  • New AI Masking Tool (coming in December) – This new tool, powered by AI, will allow customers to easily identify areas of your photo to create a selection or mask and the AI technology detects your subject matter and automatically creates a beautiful
  • New Portrait Module – The new Portrait module will automatically detect faces in your photo allowing you to easily retouch, smooth skin, brighten and sharpen eyes, and whiten
  • New Text Tool – The new text tool will be perfect for creating posters, adding your byline or adding editing annotations. Easily control font size, color, position, and more and then save a preset to add the same text overlay to a batch of photos
  • New Master Keyword List – Now you can see every keyword you use in a single, searchable list. You can quickly apply, clear, edit, or delete
  • Improved Local Adjustments – Local adjustments will be updated to use the raw processing data. This allows for more highlight and shadow details with more tonal range.
  • New Layered HDR Workflow – With the powerful new non­destructive live layers you can combine other photos, text or alternate exposures with your HDR photos. Use the powerful masking tools to combine multiple HDR renditions
  • New Filter Options in Effects ­ We have added dedicated film grain, curves, color adjustment filters to Effects. This lets you add film grain to color photos and make advanced, targeted color and tone adjustments faster. There’s even a new filter selector that allows you to search for filters, learn what they do and even view a sample before you add
  • New User Interface – The new user interface will have a fresh and modern feel. Overall contrast has been reduced to make photos stand out along with a new font to help increase readability. Updated, icons, tabs, and sliders will also take up less visual
  • New Cameras and Lenses – Added support for the latest cameras and

 

Price and Availability

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is available to pre­order now at an introductory special of $99.99 for a limited time. Previous owners of any ON1 product can pre­order at a special introductory upgrade price of $79.99 for a limited time. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is also available as part of an ON1 Plus Pro membership for a limited time for $129.99/year (Reg: $149.99/year). ON1 Plus Pro includes a perpetual license of ON1 Photo RAW along with in­depth post­processing and photography education from the industries best trainers such as Matt Kloskowski, Hudson Henry, Tamara Lackey and many more. All of it is easy to follow along and fun.  A 30­day free trial of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will be available when the product officially arrives this November. A single purchase of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 includes both macOS and Windows installers and activation for up to five computers. It comes with a 30­day money­back guarantee, world­class customer support, hundreds of free video tutorials, and free ON1 Loyalty Rewards every month. 

What’s Ahead for ON1

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will include several free updates over the next year with all­new photo organizing and editing features, AI­powered algorithms to enhance workflows, other feature refinements, as well as updates for cameras and lenses. The first free update will arrive soon after the initial release (in December) and include a new AI­powered tool for creating masks.  

Craig Keudell states, “You will see AI­powered technologies manifest into Photo RAW where it makes sense. We aren’t looking to use these technologies to take anything away from the creative process, but to enhance it and make it much more efficient.”

ON1 is also working on solving additional problems for customers who share files across multiple computers or work environments as well as those customers who are shooting video as part of their photography process. 

“As we peek into the not so distant future, we have much bigger plans at ON1. We will continue to be a transparent company when it comes to what we are building, but we are not quite ready to unveil what we have in store for the photography community just yet. Rest assured, ON1 is researching and building exciting new features and products to benefit all levels of photographers for years to come,” says Craig.

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Alien Skin Software Announces Exposure X4, Advanced RAW Photo Editor 

Exposure X4 includes improved highlight/shadow recovery – fully adjustable light effects – perspective and keystone correction – monitored folders for tethered shooting – smart collections – speed boosts 

Alien Skin Software announced the release of Exposure X4, the latest version of their award-winning RAW photo editor and organizer. Exposure is a non-destructive photo editor that enables photographers to create beautiful images and complete their full workflow. It is a subscription-free solution that is the choice of today’s most accomplished creative photographers.  Exposure continues to grow, with Exposure X4 giving photographers more creative control over their edits, and enabling them to achieve the very best quality possible from their RAW files,” said Alien Skin CEO Finley Lee. “It’s the fastest, most intuitive way for photographers to create beautiful images.”

This release of Exposure X4 introduces significant new enhancements. Improved shadow and highlight recovery enable photographers to extract the maximum amount of detail from their RAW images, and faster photo processing times speed up their editing. Photographers now have complete control of the placement and rotation of Exposure’s high-quality light effects. This makes it possible to precisely place natural-looking effects like sun rays and light leaks in an image, enabling gorgeous new creative looks. The new transform tools enable photographers to easily correct tilted or skewed perspective, such as key stoning of buildings in architectural photography. The addition of monitored folders for tethered shooting is great news for studio photographers, who can now edit, cull, and share images from Exposure during a shoot. Smart collections make use of Exposure’s robust metadata handling to automatically populate collections based on camera metadata and criteria that photographers specify. Keywords, ratings, folder location, and shutter speed are among the metadata that Exposure can query to build a smart collection. This helps to automate the process of image organization, enabling photographers to focus on creative choices. Exposure’s already considerable speed gets a boost with several ways: file exports are now up to 60% faster, image rendering is up to 30% faster, and launch times have been reduced by a third.  

Exposure began in 2005 as a film simulation plug-in for Photoshop and was immediately embraced by digital photographers of all genres seeking to recapture the organic look of film. Over the years, Exposure became a legend among plug-ins and evolved into a standalone full-featured editing and organizing solution. Today, Exposure provides photographers with a complete selection of creative editing and retouching tools, including hundreds of customizable presets that encompass analog film and other styles. Outstanding RAW processing quality helps photographers achieve exceptional image quality in their edits. Exposure also includes advanced special effects that deliver striking looks like bokeh, vignette, and film grain. 

Exposure’s full-featured organizing tools – collections, keywords, virtual copies, and more – make it the ideal photo management solution. Its catalog-free approach provides photographers with a faster, more intuitive approach to their organizing work. Exposure also streamlines the photography workflow. Photographers browse directly to their photos, skipping the unnecessary step of importing into a catalog. This enables them to start culling, organizing, and editing their shoots without delay. An intuitive, highly customizable interface puts everything on screen, without the need to switch between browsing and editing modules. Refinements like multi-monitor support and a complete set of keyboard shortcuts enable efficient workflows. Photographers can also use Exposure as a creative editing plug-in with other editors such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. No subscription is required. Today’s best photographers use Exposure to create beautiful images. Among them is the master photographer and educator Sue Bryce. “Exposure is every look I’ve ever wanted, all in one software product. It truly replicates every type of film you could possibly imagine, and helps me bring a painterly, Old Masters-feel to my images,” she said.

Additional enhancements include the following:

  • New print presets for standard paper sizes, making it easy to print photos directly from Exposure
  • A Lightroom migration tool that brings Lightroom organizational metadata such as keywords and ratings into Exposure, helping those who want to use existing photo libraries with Exposure
  • Ability to inspect RGB values at any position in a photo, for accurate color correction and color grading
  • Expanded workflow options for image copying and exporting
  • Support for additional cameras and lenses, including popular models from Fujifilm, Canon, Sigma, Sony, Nikon, and Olympus

 Pricing and Availability

Exposure X4 is available now from www.alienskin.com for $149. Upgrade pricing is available to owners of previous versions of Exposure for $99.  

Exposure X4 is also available in the Exposure X4 Bundle. This integrated collection bundles Exposure with Alien Skin’s award-winning Blow-Up and Snap Art tools to add high-quality upsizing and natural media special effects. It is available for $199. Owners of one or more of the current apps in the Exposure X3 Bundle can purchase for $119. A 30-day fully-featured free trial of Exposure is available. Visit www.alienskin.com/exposure to learn more and download the trial. 

Exposure X4 may be used as a standalone program or as a set of plug-ins. When used as a set of plug-ins, it requires one of the following host applications:         

  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 or newer
  • Adobe Lightroom 6 or Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 or newer

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Affinity Photo for iPad. New improvements.

Affinity Photo for iPad. New improvements.

Affinity Photo for iPad boasts more power and professional features than ever – and it’s available now with a 30 % discount.

Developer Serif is running the flash offer until midday BST on Tuesday (18 Sept) to celebrate the launch of a big update to Apple’s reigning iPad App of the Year. It means Affinity Photo for iPad is currently available for a one-off £13.99 / $13.99 / 14,99€ from the App Store (subject to regional currency variations).

Serif Managing Director, Ashley Hewson, says: “Reviewers and customers told us Affinity Photo for iPad was a truly revolutionary product when we launched on-stage during Apple’s WWDC keynote last year.

“For the first time, it gave photographers, artists, editors, and retouchers a full professional mobile workflow with all the features you’d expect, on the go.”

Version 1.6.9 of the app introduces:

  • massively-expanded support for touch gesture control
  • refined UI and much-improved brush management
  • a new Export persona, allowing instant export of multiple slices and layers
  • many performance and other improvements.
  • Undo/Redo gesture with two/three finger tap.
  • Export persona – a new workspace for exporting regions of your image as slices.
  • Added drag modifiers to studio icons for color, text, navigator, and history.
  • Added support for brush nozzle base texture mode.
  • Added canvas rotation control via Navigator Studio.
  • Added swipe gesture to swap primary and secondary colors on the Colour Studio
  • Context menu now uses a long-press release gesture to invoke.
  • Added two-finger hold gesture to resize a layer from its center.
  • During shape creation, a two-finger hold gesture will transform the layer.
  • On the Layers Studio, with a layer selected, a two-finger tap on another layer will select all layers in between.
  • On the Layers Studio, pinch inwards (either vertically or horizontally) to group selected layers. To ungroup, do the opposite and pinch out.
  • With the Move Tool active, a two-finger hold gesture on a layer plus a one finger drag duplicates the selected layer.
  • Easy access to merge and rasterize commands via Layer Studio icons.
  • Improved brush stroke lag and small stroke response.
  • Brushes remember previously used stroke settings.
  • Move any custom brush to any category.
  • Added support for on-screen keyboard trackpad mode.
  • Added Tab key to on-screen keyboard context bar.
  • Updated Persona icons.
  • Numerous other improvements and fixes.

“As we’ve talked to our users, witness the inspirational work they create and understood more about their workflows, it’s inspired us to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on a mobile device.”Affinity Photo for iPad is available now without subscription from the App Store. Existing users can download the updated version free of charge at any time.

Hewson adds: “We broke new ground in being the first to bring a desktop-class professional photo editing tool to iPad and just this week we’ve reached a quarter of a million users.For more information go to https://affinity.serif.com/photo/ipad

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