As previously mentioned I haven’t posted many images from my day to day work for a while so here’s a selection from over the last few weeks.
Just a quick post to update everyone on how the exhibitions are progressing in London.
Foto 8 held their street party last Friday which unfortunately I missed due to being on duty at work but I’m sure it was a great night. They have posted the final selection of images chosen for the exhibition so I’ve included a link below. It really is a mix of all genres of photography and some amazing images in there so please have a look when you have time.
The Press Photographers Year exhibition continues at the National Theatre and the AOP Open have their awards night next thursday so fingers crossed…!! I’m hoping to get over to London in the next few weeks to see them all….
…link to the Press Photographer’s Year selection…
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything from my job at the Jersey Evening Post so I’ll be including some image sets over the next few weeks. This set was from a round Island flight in a Piper Cub aircraft. This old high wing, slow plane with the side door taken off is perfect for aerial photography and a great way to get a completely different perspective of where I live. It was a perfect day for flying and I managed to fill a number of centre spreads for the paper despite only being in the air for 30 minutes.Recession busting value for money eh..!!
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:-
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.
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 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..
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.
The exhibition runs from July 29th so if your in London pop in to have a look at all the entries.
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…
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….
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..!
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.”
Below are some of the pictures I have in there from past assignments.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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