REPOST: Winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

These are marvelous works of art (and technology). Each photo is a tremendous artistic achievement! See the full list of winners on The Atlantic:


The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has announced the winners of its Open categories and National categories for 2017. This year’s contest attracted 227,596 entries from 183 countries. The organizers have again been kind enough to share some of the winners and runners-up with us, gathered below. All captions below come from the photographers.


1. Tabular iceberg. In March 2016, I headed to the Antarctic Peninsula, as part of an expedition with explorer Robert Swan. On our way to the 66th parallel south, our boat was navigating in silence through 30 meter (100 feet) high tabular icebergs that were once part of the Larsen Ice Shelf. Those mesmerizing structures were displaying subzero icy corridors, forming a highly photogenic gargantuan maze. The scene was magnificent, but also incredibly scary. I took my camera, I had to show the world the impact that global warming has had. Equipped with a 70-200mm, I started to play with the magnificent landscape around me, trying to display the geometric magnificence of those structures. After envisioning the shot, I had to wait the right moment, and had only a few seconds to get it right.


2. Cautelosa / Cautious. Taken on June 12, 2016, while working in the field, this iguana was near a small creek had done several reptile shots until I got this one.


3. EXIST. The year 2016. reminds me the time in which selfie culture determines our existence if we were somewhere or doing something. The photo was taken at a concert Massive Attack in Pula/Croatia


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CC Search: Gateway to free and legal images

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization which allows individuals to legally share their knowledge and creativity. Ultimately, the group aims to build a world which is more equitable, accessible, and innovative. With the Internet as the primary medium, Creative Commons provides users with free, easy to use copyright licenses so that the public may be given permission to use their own creations. This includes but not limited to pictures, sound, and video. They are kicking things up a notch by launching the beta version of their new search engine named CC Search.


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With CC Search, finding legal images and their attribution to the rightful copyright holder has now been made easier. The tool utilizes the power of open repositories. This will allow numerous users to search across a multitude of open content within a single interface. For the meantime, images are their primary target. Open APIs are then used to index the works which are currently available.


Other features of the CC search engine include the finding of images within 500px. Cultural works from Rijksmuseum, the New York Public Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are included as well. Currently, there are nearly 9 and a half million images that are currently within its database. Other useful characteristics of CC Search is to look for images by title, creator, and tags. Getting back to previous hits is convenient as well for there is the option to create lists of favorite images and the ability to save searches.


As it is a beta, it means that CC Search is not yet Creative Commons’ final product. It was developed and intentionally released at an early date to elicit discussion and conversation about the tool for its continued improvement.


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The rise in average advertising expenditure has driven growth for the photography industry over the last five to seven years. The arrival of digital cameras and similar technologies has also significantly changed the structure of the industry. Moreover, both commercial and portrait photographers have benefitted from increased demand for their services. However, because photos can be easily downloaded and shared, increased attention on copyright issues have also been considered. Social media and photo-sharing sites play a key role in either exacerbating the situation or improving the landscape as a whole.

Point, shoot, and go: Achieving the perfect landscape shot for travelers

With so many places to visit and the widespread availability of camera phones (and SLRs), traveling has become a twin brother of photography. There’s just no better way of preserving memories of stunning sunsets, gorgeous waves, glistening snow, or verdant mountains than capturing them on still photos. Achieving the perfect shots can always be tricky, however, especially when capturing landscapes. Apart from the good skills, a great camera can help one achieve his desired visual quality. Below are three compact cameras that will surely come in handy while traveling.


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Sony DSC-RX100 IV

Megapixels: 20.1

Weight: 13.9 oz.

Features: 4K video capabilities, faster shooting speeds, and a higher resolution LCD screen; a large sensor, fast Carl Zeiss zoom lens, and unique pop-up electronic viewfinder.


Canon SX710 HS

Megapixels: 16

Lens: 25-600mm

Features: offers a 30x zoom, 5-axis image stabilization, full HD at 60p for slow-motion playback, Hybrid Auto mode that captures both stills and movies


Nikon Coolpix S7000

Megapixels: 16

Weight: 5.9 oz.

Features: 1080p video at a variety of speeds including 60 fps, built-in Wi-Fi, one of the lightest cameras on the market.



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After choosing the right camera, travelers should also learn the basics of landscape photography. Achieving the right camera settings will help them get that flawless landscape shot.


Aperture. The aperture helps with the modification of the amount of light that goes into the camera. Lighting is one, if not, the most important element in photography. Setting the right aperture depending on the lighting need of the shot will help achieve the right range and focus of the photo.


Shutter speed. Its main function is to capture the image in the most accurate ways possible. It is controlled depending on the lighting and the motion of the subject. This helps in capturing landscapes with moving objects in them like animals, cars, or people.


ISO.  This setting helps controlling the camera’s sensitivity to light. When capturing a landscape photo during the night or indoors with low light, adjusting the ISO sensitivity will help illuminate the shot.


With more user-friendly photography technologies being released to the market, it has become ‘easier’ for anyone to become a photographer. However, regardless of the level of sophistication of the camera, everything would still boil down to excellent skills, patience, dedication, artistry, and timing.