Burnaby's Connor Stefanison gets two international wildlife photo awards

Fixing a camera on a steep cliffside as well as putting up in a boat in a fenland attempting to keep still with pack of mosquitoes buzzing around — those are few of the lengths wildlife photographer Connor Stefanison will go to get the perfect image.

The 24 year old man from Burnaby said that he often thinks why he is standing out in these places and getting them, but if someone is obsessed with what they are doing enough, one would stay out to get the shot.

Recently, all these attempts have won the twenty-four-year-old Stefanison two well known international photography awards — the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award in Rising Star category from Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom, as well as Fritz Polking Junior Prize from Society of German Wildlife Photographers.

Stefanison, who is honored with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for the 2nd time, would have his winning snaps displayed at Royal B.C. Museum from 4th Dec, 2015 to 4th April, 2016. One of his winning photographs is a serene photograph of a goat lying on its side under a star filled sky.

Stefanison said that the snap was clicked in southeast BC, during a backpacking tour with one of his friends. He added that it appeared to him that the goat became accustomed to their presence. It was also hard for him to find them. It was a 25-second exposure. This means if the goat moves, then the shot is ruined. And, this is his favorite portfolio shot this year.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

From the oceans depths to the frozen mountain tops, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit lionizes the rich regalia of life on this world, and now Bristol's MShed is showcasing hundred of the contest’s most magnificent photographs.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

A stunning but haunting portrayal of the battle for life in a subarctic climate snatched the top spot in the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. The snapshot, clicked by Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski is being showcased at MShed as the nature photography show on Earth makes its yearly pilgrimage to Bristol from the Natural History Museum, London, this time backed by a Manchester restaurant offers website.

The prestigious exhibition and competition celebrates the robust array of life on this planet, showcasing its beauty as well as spotlighting its frangibleness. It show the natural world's most challenging and stunning sights; from interesting animal behavior and wild landscapes, to humans relationships and the natural world.

Don, an emergency physician, received the prize of 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year by a panel of judges for his snap of Tale of Two Foxes, clicked in the subarctic weathers of Cape Churchill in Canada. Beating over 42000 entries given from ninety-six nations, Don's shot grabbed centre stage in the exhibit. Last month, it was premiered at Natural History Museum.

Boudoir photographer finds Instagram success

A Franklin photographer has metamorphosed a portion of a historic home in the heart of the town into a place to spotlight the beauty of women – not just the outer beauty, but the inner beauty as well.

BoudoirMAVEN, Katrina Cook’s full-service boudoir studio puts the spotlight on making women feel beautiful by showcasing their personality, uniqueness and confidence via a custom-made photography session.

The Florida-lady turned her love for photography into a profession around 6 years ago, having previously worked at Greece yacht charters. She started specializing in boudoir a few years back and she was really inspired to create her own studio so women could embrace their beauty. She told that she just fell in love with making women feel good about them. This is one of the best feelings ever.

Her clients’ ages revolves around 30s to late 50s and even early 60s. Each photo session pampers women with accessories, professional stylists, hair and makeup, posing direction as well as champagne. She added that everyone has various things regarding them which make them really beautiful. And, her main target is to remind that they are really beautiful.

After signing up a lease earlier in September, Katrina jumped right into the busy season that runs from October to February. At present, she gets 5 clients per day and she engages in editing up till 2 am. The pressure is intense, but one just has to relish it. Her insagram page has also managed to get over 15000 followers.

Utahn helped by photographers across the world for her World Wonders project

There is a say – pictures say a thousand words, and this album is now traveling great miles to finish a story. Vonda Jensen has a great interest in photography, and a few years earlier, health complications started limiting her ability to do what she really loves to do.

She told that she could not eat; she was probably healthy 1 or 2 days a week. It was when, around 5 years earlier, when she came up with the whole idea of a photographic travelling journal. She told that she wanted to start something bigger than herself. She loves photography. She would love to be able to travel the world, unfortunately she could not right now, so this is a great way to see the world through everybody else’s eyes.

Vonda locates photographers across the world via her Facebook account, and when they link she sends them a leather book so they could include photos as well as a journal entry regarding themselves before sending it back to Jensen. 3 journals as well as over 80 photographers later, finally Jensen got to meet one of the contributors in person.

She told that she just looked him up, messaged him, asked if he would be interested, and he said yes. Ryan Smith told that he was happy to be a part of the project. He said that just to be involved is this was a real honor for him.

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Get photograph with models and castles in Tutbury

Tutbury Castle visitors are being handed the unique scope to click pro models in costume in a real eleventh Century Castle with magnificent views. Because of popular demands, Tutbury Castle would again open their doors for both amateur and pro photographers to take some stunning snaps as well as capture the site’s history.
The models would sport dresses of different historical times and they would pose around the venue along with historical artifacts. Tutbury’s Castle Street’s curator Lesley Smith told that this is a scope that did not come around on a regular basis and the fans of the venue must get the chance.

According to reports, she told that photographers really love this there and a lot of the enthusiasts who would prefer to have a scope to take picture pro models just could not simply afford them. This is their scope – all day.

Well, the photoshoot will take place on 29th March, Sunday, from 10 am till 4 pm. Tickets for each person would cost £10 and there are no age confinements for the event. Tutbury Castle's tea room would also serve a range of cold and hot food as well as refreshments throughout the whole day.

Tutbury Castle is a ruined medieval castle where Mary Queen of Scots was once a prisoner and now which belongs to Duchy of Lancaster. You can get tickets from www.burtonmail.co.uk or you can call at 01283 812129.

Wildlife snaps on display at Dietrich Theater

There are no shortages of stunning images when it comes to Joan and Jim Borden photography.

Together, the duo avidly pursued their love by clicking the natural world in the northeastern part of the United States and Canada, that includes Maine, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont, and now their images are on display till the end of March at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock.

When questioned regarding their most loved photographic shoot, both of them agreed that clicking the snap of moose in Maine has been very exciting. Going remote streams by canoe and being able to get very close to moose was a real highlight of their photographic raids.

Regionally, a favorite spot of theirs is Lake Carey in winter before the ice melts, a habitat rich with sightings of eagles, owls and small birds.

The exhibit is open to public for free when movies are shows. To know more, you can call at - 570-996-1500.
Meanwhile, pro wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich would give his year in snaps at Southern Arkansas University Reynolds Center Foundation Hall on 28th and 29th Jan, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. This is his 23rd wildlife photography presentation at the SAU.

Ulrich is a freelance photographer since the year 1975. He is well known across the world for all his nature photography skills. A lot of his more than 100,000 transparencies have been utilized by several magazines as well as other publications, including Audubon, National Wildlife, Outdoor Oklahoma, Sierra, Ranger Rick, Alaska, American Hunter, Montana Outdoors, Life, National Geographic as well as several others.

Japanese Temples banning photography for rude and disrespectful tourists

Any traveler or travel photographer will tell how important it is to respect the places that you are going.

It applies as much for natural surroundings as it applies for sacred manmade places, and it is the latter of these which are having to prohibit photography because of disrespectful tourist photographers who do not abide by this fundamental rule.

As per Naver Matome and Kyoto Hotel Search, Buddhist temples located in Kyoto are prohibiting photography because of the way travelers are acting at the temple premises. All these beautiful manmade locations beg to be photographed. Tourists are not just bothering those who are visiting the temples on pilgrimage, some are even going as far as blocking the pathways with huge tripods and taking stroll through gardens which are off-limits to receive unique perspectives.

Kotaku has made a list of all the Buddhist temples which have banned photography and it includes the popular Genko-an temple, Daigo-ji temple (which is a world heritage site), Hosen-in temple, the Jizo-in temple (bamboo temple) as well as several other. Well, all these temples did not ban photography outright. Some of these temples bans photography certain times a year; while some have banned in certain parts of the temple. But all these temples have applied some sort of bans that were not in place previously. It is always suggested to seek permission before taking a snap.

Local photographer snatching attention on well known website

Lisa Graham, the Courtenay photographer, continues to make a slush both here in Comox Valley and further. Lisa is bringing in a stellar international repute for her fashion and underwater fine art photography, as seen by the fact that one of her underwater photos was featured recently on website 500px.com.
Her snap of a young woman drew in the waters under a local waterfall gathered over six thousand followers as well as fifty four thousand views in just a matter of days. And the tally goes on to rise. According to reports, Lisa told that it was such an honor to be featured on 500px.com. Almost immediately after the photograph was published, she watched her in-box fill up with thousands of new follower notifications. She eventually had to shut off the notifications feature due to in-box overload.
Few of the comments equated it to paintings by Old Masters, such as Raphael, John William Waterhouse and many people who view her prints think they are paintings.
Lisa recently garnered the ‘Master Photographer in Fine Art’ designation by Master Photographers of Canada, a new professional association which offers a Code of Ethics and Business Conduct for their members to adhere to.
Lisa warns that with the huge popularity of the hobby photography, it could be tough for the people to know what to look for when they are in requirement of custom photography services. The Master Photographers of Canada has judged the portfolios of their members and also designated them to one of 5 levels, from the General to Grand Master.

Winning wildlife pictures unveiled

4 of the winning snaps in Worcestershire Wildlife Trust 2015 calendar feature scenes clicked in either Droitwich or Bromsgrove. 12 snaps were chosen from the two hundred and fifty that were submitted by fifty photographers. The one used for the month of June, of a fox in Bromsgrove, was clicked by Greg Coyne as well as a magpie clicked at Upton Warren Nature Reserve is selected image for the month of July. That was clicked by Pete Walkden from South Birmingham.

A photograph by Droitwich's Julie Hunt's of a swallow in the Spa is on the page of August. November's snap of porcelain fungus at the Piper’s Hill as well as Dodderhill Commons nature reserve was snapped by Barbara Hunt. In 2014, Jason Curtis, who was the overall winner of the contest 2 times, and now runs nature photography programs with the trust, served the judge in this year's competition.

WWT's communications manager Wendy Carter told that they had been overwhelmed with the standard of snaps and added it was more and more tough to select the winners every year. Wendy stated that it just goes to show how inspiring and important our wildlife, nature and environment are to people. What is even more exciting is that lots of the entries were taken in people’s gardens revealing just how important for wildlife these little patches they call their own are. People could really do something to serve wildlife in people's garden from planting nectar rich plants to feeding birds.

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Photographers Sam Harris is in high demand

Sam Harris has on-line residencies with Photographers Gallery in London and Burn Magazine, international exhibitions and interviews in New Delhi, Los Angeles and Sydney. He began using Instagram just previous year, sharing snaps from his ongoing family diary.

He was totally overwhelmed when his account was selected as a featured user out of over two hundred million accounts. This resulted in twenty thousand followers. Now, he is one of the leading photographers on Instagram in Australia.

The well known French photography mag L'Oeil De La Photographie published an in-depth chat regarding his twenty-five year career. Harris prefers linking his artistic practice along with teaching photography as well as sharing his experience and knowledge.

He organizes photography workshops both locally as well as overseas with his wife Yael. He also lectures on photography regularly at South West Institute of Technology, Bunbury. From 24th July, Harris would run an 8 week evening course called - Introduction to Photography.
Harris stated that this course offers a comprehensive overview on how to use your DSLR camera in manual mode.
Every week, they would cover various aspects of the camera along with the different basic elements of photography. People would become creative and confident the camera and also learn how to see and think like a photographer. The whole thing would be easier and fun then one might think.