World Press Photo 2014 gallery

D-Photo is proud to present a selection of winners from the latest edition of the world’s biggest and most prestigious photojournalism competition, the World Press Photo contest.

Marking 57 years of the event, 2014 saw 53 photographers of 25 nationalities across the globe awarded prizes in nine themed categories.

World Press Photo of the Year 2013

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John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic

February 26, 2013, Djibouti City, Djibouti: African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.

Speaking of the winning image, jury member Jillian Edelstein praised Stanmeyer for the subtle poetics underlying a message of grave relevance.

“It’s a photo that is connected to so many other stories—it opens up discussions about technology, globalization, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, humanity. It’s a very sophisticated, powerfully nuanced image.” (more…)

Society’s heights

Marlborough will play host to the Photographic Society of New Zealand when it holds its 62nd National Convention in April. Reflecting on last year’s convention, the organization’s president, Shona Jaray, takes a look at some of the distinguished work on show while Adrian Hatwell discusses some of the esteemed speakers

Natex: The National Exhibition of the Photographic Society of NZ

Some of the best photographic images that New Zealand has to offer are shown at the National Exhibition (Natex) of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. Held each year in conjunction with the National Convention of the Photographic Society, Natex is open to all New Zealand residents, irrespective of whether or not they are members of the Photographic Society.

14. Eric Young trophy for Best Landscape Digital Image Bevan Tulett _The glow as a new day begins_

Eric Young trophy for Best Landscape Digital Image, Bevan Tulett FPSNZ, The Glow As a New Day Begins

Marlborough Camera Club and Nelson Camera Club have the opportunity to host the convention this year and follow the high standards 2013′s host, Kapiti Coast Photographic Society, ...full story

Know your copyrights from wrongs?


Copyright law is never easy terrain to navigate and it seems to get more difficult by the day, which is why one local photography organisation is holding a special education night on the topic next week.

The Advertising & Illustrative Photographers Association (AIPA), as part of its Propel educational programme, will host the Copyright and Licensing Knowledge Share event at Auckland’s Minnie Street Studio in Eden Terrace next Tuesday.

The event will give photographers the chance to learn about the principles of intellectual property law as they apply in New Zealand and relating to professional photography.

The informal ‘knowledge share’ format promises to steer things away from dry lecturing by encouraging attendees to interact, ask questions and share stories with the presenters, who include AIPA Executive Director Aaron K, past AIPA President Ian Batchelor, and lawyer James Carnie, Principal of Clendons Barristers and Solicitors.

The event runs from 7pm until 9.30pm on Tuesday, February 25 and is free for all AIPA and New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography members, with a $10 door charge for non-affiliates – you can ...full story

Trevor Penfold reviews Expert Shield’s screen protectors

Keeping your camera display as clear and scratch-free as possible is essential for making sure your camera is in top condition. Acclaimed wildlife photographer Trevor Penfold reviews Expert Shield’s 1DX screen protector

Expert shieldDo you have a screen protector on your DSLR? If not, perhaps it’s time you should.

If your camera gets as much use as mine does and you find you often have to clean the grime off your camera’s display risking scratches, then this information could be of interest. I’ve put together this quick review of a screen protector by Expert Shield.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with this company except for the product they sent me to test.

Out of the Blue

Back in June 2013 I received an email from a company asking me if I would use and review their screen protector. Below is part of the email I received:

“They’re seriously good, we actually guarantee against bubbles or scratches for the lifetime of your 1D-X. I’d hate to think you were using them without screen protection. If you’re pleased with ...full story

World Press winner courts controversy

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John Stanmeyer, VII Photo

Update: See the end of this article for a video in which jury chair Gary Knight explains why Stanmeyer’s image was chosen this year’s World Press Photo winner.

This year’s winner of the world’s largest press photography competition has been revealed and, once again, the decision has been met with a storm of debate, this time around the area of favouritism.

American photographer John Stanmeyer has picked up the top spot at the 2014 Wold Press Photo competition with a stunning image of silhouetted African migrants on the shores of Djibouti, raising their mobile phones to the night sky in an attempt to pick up the less expensive signal across the water in Somalia.

The image itself is not the cause of the controversy, it has been met with much approval – instead it is the photographer’s shared history with this year’s jury chair, Gary Knight, that has given rise to worries over bias in the selection process.

Both Stanmeyer and Knight are founding members and shareholders in the prestigious photo agency VII Photo; a conflict of interest that ...full story

Young nature lovers’ chance to win a dream trip

ContikiIf you, or someone you know, happens to be a young photographer with a passion for nature and a thirst for adventure,  youth travel company Contiki Holidays is currently running a competition that is worth a look.

Up for grabs is the chance to travel on a six-day Costa Rica Unplugged trip accompanied by renowned documentary film maker, adventurer and storyteller, Céline Cousteau (granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau), during Earth Month this April.

Open to young people (here meaning those aged between 18 and 35) around the world, the competition seeks creative  photographic, video or written submissions answering the question, ‘Where do you feel closest to nature?’

Submissions should be made to the competition’s Tumblr page by February 28 (check out the full terms and conditions here) and three winners will be selected by a judging panel, including Cousteau, and announced on March 6.

Co-sponsored by the Matador Network media company, winners will also receive a scholarship to the MatadorU online journalism program, learning skills they can test while exploring the unique conservation environment of Costa ...full story

Unique, contemporary style key to travel success

Submissions for this year’s Travel Media Awards close on March 28, and to get you in the mood we bring you  Kelly Lynch’s look at the 2013 winners, originally published in The Photographer’s Mail.

At the conclusion of a long drum roll, photographer Babiche Martens was named the Travel Photographer of the Year at the 2013 awards night for the country’s top travel communicators, the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards. Despite not winning any of the five photography categories on the docket (she was runner-up in Best Travel Image Taken Outside New Zealand), Martens’ 10-image portfolio was strong enough to take out the top honour and a luxury trip to Hong Kong.

In deciding last year’s travel photography champions, the judging panel, consisting of Tony Bridge, Aaron K, and Bela Trussell-Cullen, said they were looking for consistency and technically superb images.

“We chose the winner because we found her work very contemporary. It is unique. In a medium that can attract clichés, Babiche’s eye was refreshing.”

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Babiche Martens

Martens, a staff photographer ...full story