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The Press Photographers Year 2009 & Foto8 Finalist

No competition results for ages then three come along at once..!!

More good news from what is fast becoming the most popular image I have taken recently in terms of recognition. The same image as the AOP Open image below from Mongolia has been selected for The Press Photographers Year 2009 exhibition and book. Again, it is a privilege to be included in a select amongst some of the best photographers working for the UK press so well done to all the winners and please have a look at all the selected images here. It is easier if I just copy and paste what they say about the competition and exhibition dates:-

The Exhibition

An edit of 146 pictures has been made by the jury from the 7,877 submitted and 16 prizes have been awarded. All these have been selected to represent the extraordinary variety and standard of the entries received. The complete edit will be featured in an exhibition which runs in the Lyttelton foyer of the National Theatre on London’s South Bank from 4th July to 31st August. Open

Monday to Saturday from 9.30am till 11pm. Admission is free.

If you get the chance pop along and have a look then please do so as the organisors really make an effort with the presentation and layout of the pictures and the small images you see on the website really come alive.

FOTO8 Summer Show & Awards

Also, the same image has been selected as a finalist in the Foto8 Summer Show & Awards 2009. This competition took a slightly different format and 120 images have been selected out of 2,300 images entered to be exhibited in the well respected photography gallery HOST in Honduras Street, London. It seems to be a great opportunity to network and have a few beers with fellow photographers in a big street party on the opening night. You don’t have to be a finalist to come along and tickets at £5 can be bought here so if you fancy seeing some great work and lots of beers come along..!!

A bit more about the awards:-

The Entrants

The 2009 Summer Show saw an overwhelming response, with over 2,300 images entered from 44 different countries, including Bangladesh, Iran, Mexico, Thailand and Turkey. The final selection of photographs, chosen by Foto8 editors, will all be on display, entered into the awards and available for sale to the public. Honduras Street, EC1. The Summer Show will run from 25 July – 5 September 2009.

If you don’t already look at Foto8 then now is the time. With new picture stories, industry news and blogs updated daily it is a great photographers resource..

AOP Awards Finalist-Public Vote

I’m just recovering after a very busy few weeks with the Amnesty International Human Rights Festival which went exceptionally well this year. For me the highlights were meeting Moazzam Begg, a British former prisoner of Guantanamo Bay who spoke eloquently about his experience in captivity. Then there were two photographers Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi who not only gave an amazing presentation of their work in Pakistan and Afghanistan but who were also incredibly nice guys. Just talking to them was both inspiring and educational and personally helped me with which direction I want to take my work in the near future..more of that later..!!

For now though I received some good news that one of my Mongolia pictures has been selected for the Association of Photographers AOP Open Awards exhibition in London. This is an image I’m particularly proud of as for me it encapsulates the extremely difficult conditions these boys and others live in whilst the world just continues around them oblivious and indifferent to their situation. If you feel moved by this image then you can vote for it in the Public Choice Award. My image is on Page 7. Details of which are below.

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Munkhbat (15) & Altangeret (15) have lived down this manhole in Unur district of Ulaan Baatar for over 3 years. Violence is commonplace and their manhole has been petrol bombed by rival street children 3 times in the last few years.

Munkhbat (15) & Altangeret (15) have lived down this manhole in Unur district of Ulaan Baatar for over 3 years. Violence is commonplace and their manhole has been petrol bombed by rival street children 3 times in the last few years.

The exhibition runs from July 29th so if your in London pop in to have a look at all the entries.

 

Thanks..Rich…

5th Amnesty Jersey Human Rights Festival

With only a week to go we are putting the final touches to the exhibition and generally getting very excited about the festival. This is our fifth year hosting the Jersey Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival and it has come a long way since its conception.

Considering Jersey has a very limited audience base with a population of 90,000, the attendance figures in previous years we think are exceptional with up to 250 people (a full house) paying to see and hear what is happening to people beyond our little Island. This proves to us that there is an appetite for hard hitting documentary films in Jersey that will challenge the audience and that people are willing to engage in human rights issues.

We hope this year will be equally well attended.

We have extended our program this year to include even more high profile speakers and for the first time, two guest photojournalists. I’m particular excited that two of the best photojournalists working today, Teru Kuwayama  & Balazs Gardi have given up their time to come to Jersey to give us an insight into how they operate in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have both just returned from Pakistan so their first hand knowledge and experiences of what is happening in the region will be fascinating.

With them they are bringing their highly acclaimed exhibition Battlespace which will be on display at the Jersey Arts Centre from June 15th for two weeks. This exhibition comprises of images from over 20 photojournalists who have worked in Iraq and Afghanistan and aims to show the public an unsanitised view of what is happening in these continuing conflicts. Alongside this will be my recent work from Mongolia looking at the effects of rapid urbanisation on the capital Ulaan Baatar and the street children who struggle to survive the bitter winter there.

Couple that evening with film directors, Oscar winning documentary films, prominent human rights lawyers and Moazzam Begg, a former British prisoner of Guantanamo Bay who will talking about his experiences there, it’s sure to be an insightful, challenging but rewarding week.

We hope to see you there…

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Editor’s Choice-Canon Professional Network

Hi there,

It’s been a few weeks since the last post so a quick review of what has happened since then. I entered the picture below into the Canon Professional Network Editor’s Choice a few months ago and it was chosen as one of the best pictures out of over 4,314 photos by well known picture editor Aidan Sullivan. Aidan is now vice president of photo assignments at Getty Images and has been a pic ed on the Sunday Times as well as being a photographer so it was quite a compliment. If you click here you can scroll down to a multimedia presentation where Aidan explains why he chose his favourite 36 images.

As a photographer editing is one of the most important and difficult tasks and deciding between keeping the picture story in colour or making them black and White is a tricky one. I originally thought this Mongolia project would be a BW project but after much discussion with fellow photographers and my wife (a very harsh critic of my work..!) I decided to stay with color which is what Aidan liked about it so thanks for the good advice guys..!! I’ve attached both versions below to see what you think..please feel free to make any comments about the decision or if you prefer the BW image..thanks….

 

Munkhbat (15) & Altangeret (15) have lived down this manhole in Unur district of Ulaan Baatar for over 3 years. Violence is commonplace and their manhole has been petrol bombed by rival street children 3 times in the last few years.

Munkhbat (15) & Altangeret (15) have lived down this manhole in Unur district of Ulaan Baatar for over 3 years. Violence is commonplace and their manhole has been petrol bombed by rival street children 3 times in the last few years.

Munkhbat (15) & Altangeret (15) have lived down this manhole in Unur district of Ulaan Baatar for over 3 years. Violence is commonplace and their manhole has been petrol bombed by rival street children 3 times in the last few years.

Munkhbat (15) & Altangeret (15) have lived down this manhole in Unur district of Ulaan Baatar for over 3 years. Violence is commonplace and their manhole has been petrol bombed by rival street children 3 times in the last few years.

Gaia Photos

I’ve recently been accepted into a photo collective called Gaia Photos. Its aim is to bring photojournalists working around the world together and provide a platform for the public and professional photo buyers to see their latest work. It’s not a traditional photo agency where pictures can be bought and sold but more of an online showcase of everyones work. 

It’s a very new venture but some excellent photographers have signed up already so hopefully it will grow in reputation and lead to some interesting contacts and commissions..fingers crossed..!!

In case your wondering “Gaia” was the name of the primal Greek goddess of the Earth…hope that helps..!

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Unseen-British Press Photographers’ Association (BPPA)

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I just received my copy of the new BPPA book Unseen through the post today and it looks great. I probably would say that because I’ve quite a few pictures in it..!! To be a bit more objective here is a review someone else has written..

” The latest BPPA publication is “UNSEEN”, a stylish cloth-bound collection of work which has either been unpublished, or so heavily altered as to be unreconisable from the original image!  It contains some astonishing pictures, many uplifting, many sad, but all demanding to be appreciated, and a credit to the imagination, tenacity and often bravery of the talented photographers who document our lives in the 21st century.”

These sort of projects take an immense amount of organising so well done to all involved. Copies can be bought from Fixation or Amazon.

Below are some of the pictures I have in there from past assignments.

 

There were chaotic and emotional scenes as tens of thousands of Palestinians converge on the town of Ramallah for the funeral of Yasser Arafat. November 2004.

There were chaotic and emotional scenes as tens of thousands of Palestinians converge on the town of Ramallah for the funeral of Yasser Arafat. November 2004.

 

Refugees displaced in a territorial dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia attend a funeral of one of their own, March 2002.

Refugees displaced in a territorial dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia attend a funeral of one of their own, March 2002.

 

A lone motorcyclist surveys the damage along a road behind the Lhok Nga mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia following the Boxing Day Tsunami. The mosque was the only building to survive in this area. January 2005.

A lone motorcyclist surveys the damage along a road behind the Lhok Nga mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia following the Boxing Day Tsunami. The mosque was the only building to survive in this area. January 2005.

 

Farchana camp in Eastern Chad, home to over 18,000 Sudanese refugees-80 per cent of them woman and children-  who fled Darfur. March 2007.

Farchana camp in Eastern Chad, home to over 18,000 Sudanese refugees-80 per cent of them woman and children- who fled Darfur. March 2007.

Photo of the Day-Polio Eradication

One of the pictures from the recent assignment to India has been chosen as Photo of the Day by the editors of a New York based photography magazine PDN. Photo District News (PDN) is an award-winning monthly magazine for the professional photographer and has been covering the professional photographic industry for over two decades so it’s a great platform for more publicity on the polio eradication program.

To view the online magazine please click here PDN

 

A vaccinator gives polio drops to a child on a train in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India on February 1, 2009. During the NID throughout India, over 172 million children under five were given their life-saving drops of polio vaccine. The World is now 99.8% polio free following a 20-year eradication campaign let by Rotary International.

A vaccinator gives polio drops to a child on a train in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India on February 1, 2009. During the NID throughout India, over 172 million children under five were given their life-saving drops of polio vaccine. The World is now 99.8% polio free following a 20-year eradication campaign let by Rotary International.

Nominee in the International Color Awards

I just found out I am a nominee in the Masters of Color Photography competition in the Professional Photojournalism section. I had completely forgotten I’d entered it about 6 months ago so it was a nice surprise to get the news..!! I generally judge the quality of a competition by who else enters and whose work I have respect for and there are many other very good photographers nominated so I’m more than happy to be amongst them. The rest of the winners and nominees can be found here. International Color Awards.

The nominated picture was taken a while ago on assignment to Afghanistan to cover the Presidential Elections and remains one of my most memorable trips. Kabul is a pretty amazing place to work and seeing people voting for the first time to regain their country after decades of war was a privilege. The rest of the assignment pictures can be found here. Afghanistan

 

Internally-displaced people living in the ruins of West Kabul just before the historic Presidential Elections on  October 9 2004.

Internally-displaced people living in the ruins of West Kabul just before the historic Presidential Elections on October 9 2004.

Polio Eradication Multimedia

My world in the last week has pretty much been 24 inch with an Apple sign at the bottom..!! Thinking of how the whole story will fit together, what images match the hours of audio and speaking to yourself trying to narrate the story from 10am till 4am every day/night turns your world into a quite surreal place.! Once it’s finished though it all seems worthwhile so please find below the latest multimedia presentation about polio eradication in India.

So far the response from the story has been great with offers from the Rotary International HQ in America to pay for a traveling exhibition to raise funds and awareness which is the whole reason for doing these stories. If you feel your organisation can help in any way with the polio campaign please get in touch with me at richwainwright@me.com .

Please click on the picture below to redirect you..

Rich…

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Mongolia Multimedia Part 2

The last part of the Mongolia assignment and it’s a story I feel very close to. On assignment you meet some incredibly inspiring people. No matter what they’re going through they are always open, welcoming and happy for you to enter their world..albeit for a short time. With all the bad press about teenagers at the moment, maybe they should all see what conditions their equals are coping with in other parts of the world. Munkhbat (15) & Altangeret (15) are two incredible young men who are wise way beyond their years. What impressed me most was their resilience to the huge pressure to give up on life. Many street children start drinking cheap vodka from a young age. I met one 17 year old just out of rehab. These boys however still believe in a future. Forced to leave school despite high grades, had their mothers not abandoned them they would undoubtably have become a great success. With the help of a local charity the aim is support them in their futures if possible. Please feel free to ask any questions and comments about the story..Rich….

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Mongolia Multimedia Part 1

It’s been a while since I last put a multimedia presentation together so it was pretty much a case of relearning everything again..! This is Part 1 of 2 from Mongolia with the 2nd hopefully being completed in the next few days. Whilst they take a long time to put together hopefully the extra effort is worth it. Capturing audio, storytelling and taking pictures all at the same time, often in difficult conditions is a challenge but ultimately worthwhile. 

I hope you enjoy this and I’ll keep you posted when the next one is complete….

Rich…

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Jaipur Foot

After another long night I’ve managed to put together the second story from India. It is linked to the polio story in many ways as a large number of patients receiving treatment at Jaipur Foot are polio survivors. The founder Mr D.R Mehta says the number of polio survivors seeking treatment has declined in the past few years but they are still fitting about 30,000 people a year with calipers and tricycles.

The link to the photo story is Jaipur Foot

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