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Ashley Wee’s turtle photo wins Commonwealth Environmental Photography Awards

It appears that Charles Mountbatten-Windsor, the Prince of Wales, has a soft spot for sea turtles. And, this ‘soft spot’ is exactly what resulted in a personal meeting between Ashley Wee and the Prince of Wales. It was Ashley Wee, a Calgary photographer, snatched the top spot in the Commonwealth Environmental Photography Awards.

Ashley told www.citycardmanchester.co.uk that it was really a great experience. He was very kind. It was definitely an once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was very surreal, and it did not really sink in until she was standing right there beside him as he presented the award.

She met the Prince of Wales previous week after she was flown to a event at the historic Maritime Museum in Malta. The Out of The Blue, the contest sought photographs displaying the ocean, as taken by citizens of Commonwealth in a Commonwealth country — the aim being to draw attention to the sea’s vulnerability, along its economic importance.

Wee’s snapshot, named ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ shows the head of a sea turtle weakening from the ocean surface, as it surfaced to breathe — a photograph the judges termed a “a cry for the ocean and its creatures.”

Wee stated that the snapshot was really pure luck, clicked as she snorkeled with her family off the coast of Nassau. Having studied marine biology and dealt an undergraduate honors thesis on the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins, the twenty-six-year-old Wee was more than happy to see a pack of about 6 or 7 sea turtles swimming by, though she knew not to upset the endangered creatures.

Photographers of Sudbury Valley Nature arranges public exhibit in Concord

People are invited to be a part of a meeting of Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers on 4th September, at 7 pm in Community Room of Newbury Court, 80 Deaconess Road, Concord. Newbury Court is a disabled accessible facility placed off ORNAC Road, south of Emerson Hospital.
Budd Titlow, a well known photographer and author, would give a presentation named Bird Brains – Inside the Strange Minds of Our Fine Feathered Friends based on his newest book of that same title, issued September 2013 by the Globe Pequot Press. Both nonphotographers and photographers are asked to relish an intimate visit with birds from across the world. There would also be some refreshments.
In the year 1995, Budd Titlow was a co-founder of the Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers. Budd, a member of the board of directors for North American Nature Photography Association, lives in Tallahassee in Florida. To know more, you can visit – svnp.homestead.com.
Meanwhile, the Annual Nature Photography Contest & Exhibit would take place on 17th August. Matted snaps are handed to the snap committee from 12 to 3 pm. Following the judging, snaps would be on exhibit at the 5010 N. Jugtown Road, Morris, on 23rd and 24th August. The exhibit would take place at the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Visitors Center during open hours.
The first hundred snaps are guaranteed acceptance. All snaps have to be matted. Mat board have to be 11 x 14 inches. Snaps secured to mat board can be from 11×14 inches to 5×7 inches. Labels downloaded from the website have to be secured on the back of the snap.

People are invited to be a part of a meeting of Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers on 4th September, at 7 pm in Community Room of Newbury Court, 80 Deaconess Road, Concord. Newbury Court is a disabled accessible facility placed off ORNAC Road, south of Emerson Hospital.

Budd Titlow, a well known photographer and author, would give a presentation named Bird Brains – Inside the Strange Minds of Our Fine Feathered Friends based on his newest book of that same title, issued September 2013 by the Globe Pequot Press. Both nonphotographers and photographers are asked to relish an intimate visit with birds from across the world. There would also be some refreshments.

In the year 1995, Budd Titlow was a co-founder of the Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers. Budd, a member of the board of directors for North American Nature Photography Association, lives in Tallahassee in Florida. To know more, you can visit – svnp.homestead.com.

Meanwhile, the Annual Nature Photography Contest & Exhibit would take place on 17th August. Matted snaps are handed to the snap committee from 12 to 3 pm. Following the judging, snaps would be on exhibit at the 5010 N. Jugtown Road, Morris, on 23rd and 24th August. The exhibit would take place at the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Visitors Center during open hours.

The first hundred snaps are guaranteed acceptance. All snaps have to be matted. Mat board have to be 11 x 14 inches. Snaps secured to mat board can be from 11×14 inches to 5×7 inches. Labels downloaded from the website have to be secured on the back of the snap.

Mayakoba resort arranges wildlife photography program

A commissionable scope for travel agents links clients with photojournalists for wildlife photography days in Mayakoba, an eco resort in Riviera Maya. The intensive 3 night Wildlife Photo MasterClass event allows photographers of all degrees, from the novice enthusiast to advanced photographer, step into the job of a nature photojournalist to click some of the two hundred species of native wildlife and birds within the sanctuary of Mayakoba’s mangrove waterways and forests.
The MasterClass students would get group as well as one-on-one guidance on every aspects of photography from Steve Winter (from 30th Oct to 2nd Nov) and Tim Laman (from 11th Dec to 14th Dec), both of them are contributing photographers for the National Geographic. Ivan Gabaldon, a Riviera Maya based professional wildlife photographer, would also be a part of the classes.
Through daily hands on field excursions and lectures with the photographers and their personal company during meals, the nature lovers have a lot of time to sharpen their techniques and skills. Accommodations would be at Banyon Tree Mayakoba, a luxury resort made around the 4 preserved ecosystems of dunes, low forests, coral reefs and mangroves.
The package, which priced from US$ 2499 for 3 nights, including fees and taxes, handles accommodations in a pool villa; daily breakfasts, lunch and dinner for 2 person. Workshops, lectures walking excursions are also arranged through the mangrove jungles and waterways; visits to nearby heritage places; and a twenty percent discount on spa services.

A commissionable scope for travel agents links clients with photojournalists for wildlife photography days in Mayakoba, an eco resort in Riviera Maya. The intensive 3 night Wildlife Photo MasterClass event allows photographers of all degrees, from the novice enthusiast to advanced photographer, step into the job of a nature photojournalist to click some of the two hundred species of native wildlife and birds within the sanctuary of Mayakoba’s mangrove waterways and forests.

The MasterClass students would get group as well as one-on-one guidance on every aspects of photography from Steve Winter (from 30th Oct to 2nd Nov) and Tim Laman (from 11th Dec to 14th Dec), both of them are contributing photographers for the National Geographic. Ivan Gabaldon, a Riviera Maya based professional wildlife photographer, would also be a part of the classes. Read more »

Italy’s independence comes alive in postwar photography

Ugo Zovetti, the well known Italian photographer, is known for his sense of realism. In an old 1958 snap, he clicked a bunch of 4 musicians, all sporting signs across their necks that says – “BLIND.” It is remindful of Paul Strand’s 1969 snap “Blind Woman” that reflects the subject’s affected eye as well as sparks sympathy. In Ugo’s image, the blind men, in contrast, are just playing on the road.
A snap like that reminds people of Neo-Realism, the significant Italian film movement from the same period that is evident in the Mid Century Postwar Italian Photography, that is presently on display at Keith De Lellis Gallery in Manhattan, New York.
Sotheby’s vice president and senior specialist of photographs Beth Iskander told that there are parallels between Italian photography and film, whether you are just looking at the subject matter or the way the photographs themselves look. He cited who cited Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 snap “The Bicycle Thief” as an instance. He added that all of these had to do with Italy’s sense of place in the world – poverty and jobless as well as the importance of the land.”
Unlike its isolation before the war, Italy’s post war atmosphere let creative independence. As far as photography is concerned, there were no formal shoots. But in late 1940’s, several amateur photography clubs started to form.
Nino Migliori, who has 2 snaps in the event, told that the common basis for the young people at that time who chose photography as a means of expression was the desire to break with the past aesthetics and to propose a new point of view.

Ugo Zovetti, the well known Italian photographer, is known for his sense of realism. In an old 1958 snap, he clicked a bunch of 4 musicians, all sporting signs across their necks that says – “BLIND.” It is remindful of Paul Strand’s 1969 snap “Blind Woman” that reflects the subject’s affected eye as well as sparks sympathy. In Ugo’s image, the blind men, in contrast, are just playing on the road.

A snap like that reminds people of Neo-Realism, the significant Italian film movement from the same period that is evident in the Mid Century Postwar Italian Photography, that is presently on display at Keith De Lellis Gallery in Manhattan, New York.

Sotheby’s vice president and senior specialist of photographs Beth Iskander told that there are parallels between Italian photography and film, whether you are just looking at the subject matter or the way the photographs themselves look. He cited who cited Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 snap “The Bicycle Thief” as an instance. He added that all of these had to do with Italy’s sense of place in the world – poverty and jobless as well as the importance of the land.”

Unlike its isolation before the war, Italy’s post war atmosphere let creative independence. As far as photography is concerned, there were no formal shoots. But in late 1940’s, several amateur photography clubs started to form.

Nino Migliori, who has 2 snaps in the event, told that the common basis for the young people at that time who chose photography as a means of expression was the desire to break with the past aesthetics and to propose a new point of view.

Photography association launched in Xiamen

On 15th January, a travel photography association was launched in Xiamen. Unlike some other photography associations, this association would be committed to promote tourism as well as enhancing Xiamen’s image.

In the last few years, Xiamen has experienced a huge boom in their tourism industry and it has been accredited as one the popular domestic travel places. Now, this place is making attempts to serve tourists know about this popular coastal city.

Photography association’s honorary president Peng Yiwan stated that vivid pictures might better reveal a colorful and lively Xiamen to people across the world. After its official launch, perceptivity into photography as well as related training would be offered to their members.

At present, there are 89 members, ten consultants as well as one honorary president in the organization. In future, anyone who is occupied in photography could apply to be a part of the association.

Meanwhile, Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World, released to observe the 40th anniversary of Lonely Planet. The book carries a magnificent collection of 189 color snaps which justify the title. In its introduction, it asks readers that the world is full of beautiful places when you can catch your breath. But people do not see them every day and at times, you require to be reminded where you are.

Lonely Planet has arranged their book in different chapters which reflect an aspect of life, such as Harmony, Origins, Untamed and Space. All the pictures are jaw dropping – the Plitvice National Park in Croatia to Milky Way above the Dolomites in Italy to an aerial view of Manhattan in evening to Holi festival in India.

New introductory module

Stratford Career Institute has included a new subject in their distance learning Photography program. A whole new module called Introduction to Photography has now been included to the course program. The module deals with topics such as – Basic Technical Concepts and Skills, Practical Projects for Developing Photography Skills, Career Opportunities in Photography, Working with Photos on a Computer and Capabilities of Photo Editing Software.

Education for Stratford Career Institute’s Director Dr. Claude Major told that this brand new program go over few basic ideas and skills and how to implement them before going into more detailed photography subjects.

Once the students are brought in to this basic summary of the subject, Stratford’s Photography program curriculum goes over digital images, filters, colors, work presentation, lighting as well as general marketing strategies. The final program is named Going Pro.

Officials at Stratford stated that since the program concentrates on the fundamentals, everyone – whether it is experienced or amateurs can benefit from the huge range of material covered here. Just like the popular high school diploma program of Stratford, this Photography program can be finished fully at home through independent, guided study.

Students can finish exams online – in combination or in mail. Instructors are available during the whole program course via toll-free phone or e-mail. The online eService of Stratford allows students to use the online library, make tuition payments, track shipments and several other important things.