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Winners of 2016 Sony World Photography Awards announced

Published on April 25, 2016 by in News

An Iranian photographer has won the $25,000 top prize in the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards with a collection of portraits taken to highlight the horrors of acid throwing and the plight of its victims. Asghar Khamseh, a photojournalist with Iran’s Mehr News Agency, was given the title L’Iris d'Or Photographer of the Year a ceremony in London last week, at which he was also named the winner of the Contemporary Issues prize. His 'Fire of Hatred' project portrays the shocking injuries that acid throwing inflicts and the mental trauma it can create, but also the pride, strength and dignity of the mainly women and children affected by these too-common attacks.

The ceremony also honored 15 other category-winning photographers across 14 professional competitions, an Open section for amateur photographers as well as student and youth contests. The Open winner, Kei Nomiyama from Japan, won a prize of $5000, and all category winners won trophies as well as Sony camera equipment. For the first time a photographer won two categories, with Canada’s Kevin Frayer coming out on top in both the Environment and People competitions.

The prize for Outstanding Contribution to Photography went to a Chinese and Japanese couple, RongRong and inri for their promotion of, and influence on, contemporary photography in China.

The ninth Sony World Photography Awards received 230,103 entries from photographers in 186 countries, and category winners, shortlisted and commended images will be exhibited in Somerset House in London until the 8th May. A book of images is also available.

For more information on the awards visit the Sony World Photography Awards website.

Press release:

Grand prize winners announced for the world’s largest photography competition – 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Iranian photographer Asghar Khamseh wins L’Iris d’Or Photographer of the Year and $25,000 prize for powerful portraits of acid attack victims

London, 21st April 2016: The overall winners of the world’s largest photography competition, the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, are named today by the World Photography Organisation. An exhibition of all the winning and shortlisted work will run at Somerset House, London from 22nd April – 8th May.

Following a record-breaking 230,103 submissions to its ninth edition, the awards’ Honorary Judging Committee has selected Iranian photojournalist Asghar Khamseh as the recipient of its most coveted prize, the L’Iris d’Or Photographer of the Year.

Chosen from the winners of the awards’ fourteen Professional categories, the winning work, ‘Fire of Hatred’, is a powerful portrait series tackling the social issues around the violent act of acid throwing. Khamseh was announced as the winner of the $25,000 (USD) prize at an awards ceremony in London in front of industry leaders. The winners and finalists of all fourteen Professional categories were also announced at the ceremony.

At the ceremony, the World Photography Organisation announced Kei Nomiyama, Japan, as the Open Photographer of the Year and recipient of $5,000 (USD). In addition, the organisation announced the winners of the Youth and Student Focus Photographer of the Year titles. All winners of the night received the latest Sony digital imaging equipment.

Scott Gray, CEO, World Photography Organisation comments: “The awards consistently provide an incredible array of work, from a multitude of countries, and most importantlyprovide the chance for photographers to be discovered and extend their careers. I hope that the winning work this year can provide an inspiration to other photographers, helping to push their creative boundaries, whilst also serving to build the wider appreciation of photography.”

The Sony World Photography Awards annually recognises the world’s best photography. Free to enter and open to all photographers, the awards are an authoritative voice in the photographic industry that has the power to shape the careers of its winning and shortlisted photographers.

Born in Tehran in 1963, Asghar Khamseh is a photojournalist with Mehr News Agency, Iran, whose work focuses on social issues.

The winning series ‘Fire of Hatred’ is a powerful series of portraits of the victims of acid attacks. This beautiful yet thought-provoking work examines the social issues around this violent crime – looking past the physical and psychological damages suffered, and towards the social stigma and blame the victims, who are mainly women and children, suffer.

Dominique Green, Chair, Documentary Jury said of the work: “Portraits of disfigurement resulting from social violence are undoubtedly a hard-hitting subject, and one which the longstanding tradition of documentary photography does not shy away from. The power of Asghar Khamseh’s imposing series ‘Fire of Hatred’ is such that he enables the viewer to face head-on intimate images, which could be testing to examine closely, with empathy and respect which in turn allows the viewer to become a witness and not just a spectator. The Jury were united in their admiration of this work and the light it shed on the tragic practice it exposes.”

The winners of the seven Documentary and seven Art categories hail from 10 countries and, for the first time, two Professional categories have been won by one photographer in the same year. Photographers were judged on a body of work.

Architecture winner: Amélie Labourdette, France
2nd - Hui Zhang, China / 3rd - Stephan Zirwes, Germany
Candid winner - Kirstin Schmitt, Germany
2nd - Nick Ng, Malaysia / 3rd - Andrea Rossato, Italy
Conceptual winner - Julien Mauve, France
2nd - Alejandro Beltran, Venezuela / 3rd - Barbaros Kayan, Turkey
Landscape winner: Maroesjka Lavigne, Belgium
2nd Maoyuan Cui, China / 3rd Stefan Schlumpf, Switzerland
Portraiture winner: Marcello Bonfanti, Italy
2nd Fauzan Ijazah, Indonesia / 3rd Rubén Salgado Escudero, Spain
Staged winner: Alberto Alicata, Italy
2nd Cristina Vatielli, Italy / 3rd Kristoffer Eliassen, Norway
Still Life winner: Francesco Amorosino, Italy
2nd Oliver Schwarzwald, Germany / 3rd Hiroshi Watanabe, Japan

Campaign winner: Jetmir Idrizi, Kosovo
2nd - David Chancellor, UK / 3rd - Antoine Repessé, France
Contemporary Issues winner - Asghar Khamseh, Iran
2nd - Kevin Frayer, Canada / 3rd - Simona Ghizzoni, Italy
Current Affairs winner - Angelos Tzortzinis, Greece
2nd - Andrea and Magda, Italy & France / 3rd - Andrew Burton, USA
Daily Life winner: Espen Rasmussen, Norway
2nd Sandra Hoyn, Germany / 3rd Stephanie Sinclair, USA
Environment winner: Kevin Frayer, Canada
2nd Li Feng, China / 3rd Lucy Nicholson, UK
People winner: Kevin Frayer, Canada
2nd Filippo Venturi, Italy / 3rd Alessandro D'Angelo, Italy
Sport winner: Nikolai Linares, Denmark
2nd Jens Juul, Denmark / 3rd Annick Donkers, Belgium

“Enchanted Bamboo Forest” by Kei Nomiyama was selected as the single best image in the world by a panel of judges chaired by Jael Marschner, former picture editor Time Out London / Sunday Times Travel. The photographer was awarded $5,000 (USD) at the London ceremony.

A Ph.D. Associate Professor in Environmental Chemistry at Ehime University, Japan, Nomiyama is keen wildlife and underwater photographer. His photograph was shot in the mountains of Shikoku Island and captures the Luciola parvula firefly at the beginning of the rainy season.
The photograph was selected from 10 Open category winners announced on 29th March. The Open competition asks for a single image and is open to all photographers.

A beautiful portrait of the photographer’s sister won 18 year old student Sam Delaware the Youth Photographer of the Year title. Born in Freeport, Maine and currently attending school in Angwin, California, Delaware is a self-taught photographer who has been shooting since the aged of 12. The photographer was flown to London to attend the awards ceremony as part of his prize.

The winning image was selected from three Youth category winners announced on 29 March, the Youth competition is open to all photographers aged 12-19.

Sofia Jern, aged 23 of Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland, secured the Student Focus Photographer of the Year title. She collected €30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for her university at the awards ceremony in London. Jern’s winning work follows the lives of ‘glue boys’, young male drug users escaping reality on the streets of Kitale, Kenya.

Student Focus works worldwide with over 400 educational institutions with photography courses and is one of the world’s leading programmes for photography students. It is supported by the British Journal of Photography.

RongRong & inri, the influential photographic husband and wife team who have shaped contemporary photography in China and beyond, collected their Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the London awards ceremony. They were recognised by the World Photography Organisation for both their careers as artists and their significant impact on Asian photography.

RongRong & inri’s photography reflects the intimate world that they have created together and pushes the boundaries of traditional black-and-white darkroom techniques. Together they founded China’s first contemporary art space dedicated to the medium, the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, and the 2015 Jimei x Arles Photo Festival in partnership with Les Recontres d’Arles.

The first major European showing of RongRong & inri’s work, celebrating their careers will be presented at Somerset House as part of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.
The Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize has previously been awarded to Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson, Marc Riboud, William Klein, Elliott Erwitt and Phil Stern.

All the winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited at Somerset House, London from 22nd April – 8th May. The exhibition will also include a special dedication to Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipients, RongRong & inri.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the winning and selected shortlisted works, available to buy from

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Readers’ Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Published on April 24, 2016 by in News

Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Udine, Italy. 2/20/2014. Nikon D800E + Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art. This man was sitting on a bench waiting for his bus at the station in my hometown. I took the photo with a LED light mounted above my camera. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

Reportage photographer Giulio Magnifico wants to take people on a journey with him when they look at his photos. He captures street scenes and card nights in local osterias in his hometown of Udine, Italy, but over the past few years the focus of his work has been reporting on the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. He discusses with us his experience reporting from refugee camps, how he got his start in photography and what his next move will be. See a sample of his work here and head to his website for more.

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Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Udine, Italy. 11/24/2014. Nikon D800E + Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art. This is a typical scene inside an Italian osteria: a group of friends are playing a card game and drinking wine, inside the osteria 'Pepata di Corte' in my hometown. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

First, introduce yourself and let us know your history with photography.

My name is Giulio Magnifico and I'm a 28 year old photographer. I was born and still live in northern Italy, in Udine. I studied photography in high school and I've been a photographer since. I concentrate on reportage photography, and have traveled a lot for it. In 2014 I went to Syria, Iraq, Sicily, Paris and in 2015 went again to the Syrian and Croatian borders.

Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Zakho, Iraq. 9/20/2015. Nikon D800E + Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art. A Yazidi woman is on the ground cooking dinner for her family inside a refugee camp. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

(cont.) I collaborated with the German newspaper 'Der Spiegel', and have exhibited my work in a gallery in London called Albumen Gallery as well as a photographic studio in Udine. In the last year I held a personal exposition in Tolmezzo (a city near Udine), sponsored by the culture department, with 70 of my photos and one video. This summer, I will have a personal exhibition at the MEDphotofest in Sicily. I hope to make photography my only job in the future.

Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Udine, Italy. 6/5/2014. Nikon 1 V1 + 1 Nikkor 10mm F2.8. A photo captured with my street camera, a little Nikon 1 V1, inside an underground passage when a man was walking out. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

What do you shoot with?

I shoot with a Nikon D800E and two lenses, a Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art and a Nikkor 105mm AFS-G F2.8 Micro, but I can take almost all of my photos with just the 35mm. I love it. Additionally, I use a Nikon 1 V1 with 1 Nikkor 10mm F2.8 and a small video camera mounted on top of my D800E (the Polaroid Cube).

Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Trieste, Italy. 6/2/2015. Nikon D800E + Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art. This man was sitting on a bench in a Trieste park. He had one leg and may have lost the other because of disease, but he was a happy fellow anyway. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

Your portfolio contains a mix of street scenes and reportage, with a clear focus on the human element. What drives you to capture the stories of others?

Life is made by humans. A beautiful landscape is beautiful because we perceive it that way. And that’s why I love to capture the human soul, because we make our own history. My goal is to transfer human emotions with my photos.

Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Augusta harbor, Italy. 8/7/2014. Nikon D800E + Nikkor 105mm Micro F2.8 AFS. I took this photo while reporting on migrants for the German magazine Der Spiegel. This is a Syrian girl inside an Italian marine boat, rescued from the sea during her trip from the Libyan coast to Sicily. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

You’ve photographed refugees in Iraq, Turkey, Slovenia and elsewhere. What has the experience been like?

That’s a deep kind of experience. I found out that in the worst situations you can find the best people and emotions. At the beginning it was hard to do it, especially reporting in Sicily (where people land from Libya and Greece) and in Croatia (in the heart of the Balkan route), because I felt like a stranger, and the people seemed to be animals in a zoo. And I hated that.

Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Tal Abyad, Syria/Turkey border. 6/19/2015. Nikon D800E + Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art. A little syrian boy escaped from Tal Abyad when the ISIS seized his city, was searching in wastes and selling bottles of water for one turkish lira. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

(cont.) I hate to photograph people somewhere full of journalists and media reporters. I prefer to go alone with my camera into the heart of the situation, like in Iraq or the Syrian border. That way I can live with and like them, and I think my results/photos are better. People accept me as one of them and not as a journalist, or as someone who wants to make a profit off of them.

Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Adana, Turkey. 6/21/2015. Nikon D800E + Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art. A Syrian mother asking for charity on a street with her two sons in her arms. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

Your portraits of refugees are often accompanied by video clips as well. What can you capture through video that you can’t through stills?

I can capture the whole background and environment behind a single image. Many times there are photos which you can think that are made in one kind of environment but, instead, when you see the surroundings it’s completely different from what you thought. My dream is to take people with me when they look at my shots. You can do that with a photo, but with a video of the photo you can add the sound and the whole background. If it was possible I would even use a 'smell capture' in order to reproduce the smell…

Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Kilis, Turkey/Syria border. 5/11/2014. Nikon D800E + Nikkor 105mm Micro F2.8 AFS. A little Syrian girl was playing with me and my camera on the streets of the last small city in Turkey before the Syrian border. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

Your photos are almost exclusively black-and-white – why do you prefer that look?

Well, the way I see it, light is in black and white. Colors can modify how an image is perceived – a red color can attract attention, green makes you feel relaxed, etc... Also, there are people that see colors very differently from others. I think that one of my particular strengths is to see the scene around me in black and white, or better, with the lights and shadows. I think I honed this skill at school when my teachers taught me how to draw in black and white.

Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Diyarbakir, Turkey 9/24/2014. Nikon D800E + Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art. A man is reading the Koran inside the Diyarbakir mosque. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

What’s your next photographic endeavor?

I’m currently a bit occupied with some exhibitions and conferences here in Italy, but I will soon go to the Middle East again, to the south of Syria and a nearby region.

Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico

Erbil, Iraq. 9/22/2014. Nikon D800E + Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art. A family of Yazidi refugees in some shacks inside a yard in the neighborhood of Erbil. Photo and caption by Giulio Magnifico

What’s the best advice you’ve received as a photographer?

Don’t make boring photos that you can see in a postcard.

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Down to the wire: iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

Published on April 23, 2016 by in News

iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

Few of us will ever be so bold as to take a screwdriver and a spudger to a beloved camera. But how do we satisfy the urge to know what's going on inside of it? For curious types with a weak constitution for taking things apart, there's iFixit. The good people at iFixit publish product-specific disassembly guides, written to help common folk make simple repairs to their own electronic devices. They're also an easy way to peek inside a modern digital camera without voiding your warranty. This week, we look inside the Fujifilm FinePix X30.

iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

Like so many other things, it's best to start this project at the bottom. After removing the battery, you'll go about removing screws from the camera's chassis, including these three on the bottom plate.

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iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

Once you've removed enough screws, the bottom and back panels can be pulled back. So what's underneath? A whole mess of ribbon cables. 

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iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

For starters you'll have to detach these five ribbons that are connected to the motherboard. 

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iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

After a little spudger action and disconnection of cables from the surrounding circuitry, the copper plate underneath it all is revealed. The copper plate is likely for heat dissipation.

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iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

Attached to the other side of the copper plate is the X30's 12MP, 2/3"-type sensor. Lifting it out of the way reveals the lens.

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iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

With a few screws removed the motherboard can be tilted upward. To completely remove it you'll need to desolder the black, grey and red wires seen here.

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iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

And now we come face-to-face with the lens assembly. Remove a few screws... 

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iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

...and the lens is free for removal. It's a 28-112mm equiv. F2-2.8 zoom, by the way.

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iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

Working with the flash capacitor requires some careful maneuvering. As the circuits store charge to power the flash unit, touching the leads at the bottom of the circuit could result in a nasty shock. More desoldering is required here to get this board free.

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iFixit Fujifilm X30 disassembly guide

With the eyepiece removed and just a couple more screws taken out of the LCD panel, you'll have successfully disassembled your Fujifilm Finepix X30. Congratulations, you're a monster.

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Photography Composition Tips From Documentary Photographer Bob Holmes

Published on April 22, 2016 by in News
Photography Composition Tips

Tips from a photographer who embraces the "National Geographic style"

Work on your composition skills with veteran photographer Bob Holmes…
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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad updated with flexible design

Published on April 22, 2016 by in News

SanDisk has launched a refreshed iXpand Flash Drive with a flexible Lightning connector for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The new model has an updated design that’s compatible with most device cases, according to SanDisk, as well as a USB 3.0 connector for rapid transfers to desktop. Additionally, SanDisk has updated the iXpand Drive mobile app with a new design and additional functionality.

Using the iXpand Drive app, users can open the iPhone’s camera, take photos or record videos, and have the content saved directly onto the iXpand Flash Drive rather than the device’s internal storage. The app can be set up to automatically backup photos and other content to social media, and supports direct music and video playback. For security purposes, the new iXpand drive also includes encryption software for password-protecting the flash drive.

The new iXpand Flash Drive is available in 16GB ($44.99), 32GB ($69.99), 64GB ($89.99), and 128GB ($129.99) capacities. The drive is compatible with the following Apple devices running iOS 8.2 or later:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch (5th generation)

Via: SanDisk

Press release:


APR 21, 2016


MILPITAS, Calif., April 21, 2016 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today launched the next-generation iXpand™ Flash Drive, a mobile storage device designed to help people quickly and easily free up space on their iPhone and iPad  with up to 128GB of additional capacity1.  The iXpand Flash Drive features a new, modern design that fits with most iPhone and iPad cases, a USB 3.0 connector for faster transfer speeds to Mac or PCs, and a completely redesigned app to easily manage photos, videos and music.

According to a recent consumer survey2 conducted by SanDisk in the U.S., many iPhone users are looking to free up more space on their phones. “People are using their mobile phones to capture tons of photos and videos, and more than 70 percent of users transfer files off of their iPhones to another storage location,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “Our line of mobile storage offerings can immediately help them free up space. With the new iXpand Flash Drive, people can spend more time using their iPhone to capture what they love, and less time worrying about how and where to transfer these photos and videos.”

Designed to be the perfect storage companion for iPhone and iPad, the reinvented iXpand Flash Drive features a flexible Lightning connector and now a USB 3.0 connector so users can quickly and easily move photos and videos between their iPhone and iPad and Mac or PCs.  The iXpand Flash Drive allows users to automatically back up their camera roll and contacts, and watch popular video formats3 straight from the drive. The new drive also includes encryption software that password-protects files, allowing people to share their content while keeping sensitive files secure across devices4.

The product features a redesigned app, the iXpand Drive app, which offers new features and an improved user experience.  Giving users the option to save space instantly, the app now has a camera function so users can shoot and save photos or videos directly to the drive instead of on their iPhone or iPad.  The app also allows users to automatically back up content from popular social networking sites, as well as play back music within the app. 

Built for the next-generation iXpand Flash Drive, the iXpand Drive app is available for download from the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The app launches when the iXpand Flash Drive is plugged into an iPhone or iPad – allowing for immediate storage expansion, access to the user’s content and easy file management. 

SanDisk offers a full range of mobile storage solutions, making it easy for consumers to expand the memory and manage content on their favorite Apple and Android devices.  To see SanDisk’s complete line of innovative offerings, please visit:

Pricing and Availability

The iXpand Flash Drive features a one-year limited warranty in the United States5. It’s available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, with MSRPs of $49.99, $69.99, $89.99 and $129.99, respectively.  The drive is compatible with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 8.2 or later. The new iXpand Flash Drive is available now at, Amazon and

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Nikon D5 Hands-on First Impression by Lok

Published on April 22, 2016 by in News

Lok gets his hands on the brand new Nikon D5 ( and puts its max 14 fps continuous burst shooting capabilities to the limit.

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2016 Mentor Series Travel Photo Contest

Published on April 22, 2016 by in News

Official Rules

Official rules for the 2016 Mentor Series travel photo contest…
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