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.


Digital Photography Company VSCO raises US$ 40 million

If you have use the popular photo sharing site Instagram, there is a possibility that you have come across the hashtags #VSCOCam or #VSCO. Both of these refer to a feature-rich camera app that is developed by a Bay Area start-up named Visual Supply Company, or popularly known as VSCO. They have gained a huge following among pro photographers as well as photography enthusiasts for their suite of digital tools.

In fact, it has also got attention from the eye if investors. Earlier on Tuesday, the firm is all set to announce a US$ 40 million investment from the Accel Partners, a venture noted for their early investment in Facebook.

VSCO that tells that they have a community which is tens of millions of people large are not just another application maker. They also sells editing software which contends the effects of classic analog film photography, that the company allowed it to be cash flow positive since the first day when it was founded in the year 2011.

In a recent interview, VSCO’s founder and chief executive Joel Flory told that even though the company had been doing its business profitably, the team decided that they wanted to expand as well as add to product offerings in some international markets, and work on other creative ventures, such as awarding grants to artists.

In California, the company employs forty three people. They also have a community platform where photographers can share their work with another, as well as a digital journal which features the artists using VSCO tools and software among other things.

Greg Lutze, a VSCO co-founder, told that they are working to create a new digital age of creativity. They built something they wanted to use themselves.


A brand new exhibit

To lionize the completion of the new eastern span of San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, de Young Museum has a brand new exhibit with snaps by Peter Stackpole recording the original construction of the bridge in 1930s. These are the 1st works by this Bay Area photographer to come to the Museums' collection.

Scaling the changing heights of unfinished structure of 3 years, Peter Stackpole freely moved among construction workers, speaking about their tale of death defying labor in some striking snaps which register one of the most aspirational public works programs in the history of California.

In the middle of Great Depression, a whole lot of artists were attracted to the site, inspired by the modern engineering of the bridge, to get its bold industrial forms as well as mark the heroism of US workforce.

This exhibit juxtaposes photographs of Stackpole with prints as well as drawings of Bay Bridge structure by his coevals, some of whom earned their livelihood under the auspices of Federal Art Project.

Artists include John Stoll, George Booth Post, Arthur G. Murphy, Otis Oldfield and Dong Kingman. The exhibit also features a selection of original researches from the firm of famous San Francisco based architect Timothy Pflueger, who chipped in to the design of original Bay Bridge.

Meanwhile, to honor Arbor Week, the City of Goleta is arranging a photography and drawing contest to celebrate majesty and beauty of trees.


New atlas to keep information on non-digital photography

Analog photography may have been outdates as people are trying to perfect the digital photography art. But for the galleries, collectors, museums and archives, who own and care for millions and millions of pictorial artifacts left by over hundred and fifty years of pre digital photography, info regarding how paper, chemicals, metals and films are worked to make snaps for all those years stays inordinately valuable.

As it happens, it is extremely hard to come by. More so as conventional camera and film companies have gone out of their trade and brought their business secrets into limbo with them, making what several experts see as a hovering problem in photographic authentication and conservation.

After around ten years of research, Los Angeles’ Getty Conservation Institute, is now starting to correct that position. On Thursday, the institute announced that they are unveiling online “The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes,” the very first installment of a immense atlas of scientific information regarding pre digital photography that includes processes developed more than hundred years ago, like carbon, salt prints and albumen, which will be updated as new information is discovered continually.

Dusan Stulik told that The ‘Atlas’ is the very first photograph conservation research publication which integrates historical information as well as ‘inside the darkroom’ techniques of practicing photographers along with modern analytical and scientific technology.


Orisons Fine Art and Framing Gallery show

Photographers click what sakes them; a good photograph arouses a same interest in the viewer. Each year, Orisons Fine Art and Framing Gallery promotes people by inviting local photographers to give their recent photographs to a Group Photography Show.

The show ends during the 2nd Saturday Artist Reception on 10th August from 7 pm to 10 pm. Until then visitors to Orisons have the scope to vote on their 3 favorite snaps, and put their name in a drawing for 16 x 20 print to canvas. Top 3 photographers are handed prize money which encourages them to keep depicting their work.

This year's snap show offers scenes from near and far. Clouds dim a stone in Monument Valley. Lights notes the last night of Smith Drugs on McKinney's square. Abstracts and close ups draw people to the surface of the subject. Selecting only 3 favorites is a welcome challenge.

During the reception on 10th August, previous year's winning photographer Jeremy Woodhouse would offer short presentations of his snaps from recent travels in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Cuba and Japan. Jeremy leads travel photography visits all across the world. His next stops include India, Umbria, Sicily and Ethiopia.

Also during the 2nd Saturday celebration, in Orisons' gallery, Weeda Hamdan will show her new paintings made with an unique blend of oils and texture. Hamdan's cultural heritage, drawn from countries like Spain, Liberia and Lebanon allows her to keep a mind to experimentation without any boundaries.


Steve Giovinco's photography exhibit

How do couples and families interact in the age of social networking. Steve Giovinco, a fine art photographer, as well as the rest of the other award winning photo makers explore day to day family life with their photography. This diverse and stunning museum exhibit - The kids are alright - at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina will start from 1st June and go through 18th August, 2013.

The kids are alright exhibit features photography as well as time based media created in the past 10 years by 38 emerging and established artists who reveal the present notion of family. Some of the widely exhibiting and other top artists include Janine Antoni, David Hilliard, Catherine Opie, Steve Giovinco, Justine Kurland, Chris Verene and Ryan McGinley.

The theme of the museum exhibit today’s family is actually a complicated entanglement of people, is unconventional at times, but the are filled with humorous and poignant moments. The snaps of Steve Giovinco explore all these themes and the intimate and psychological relations between couples.

Speaking about his snaps, he told that he is really interested in how people live as a couple today. He captured unguarded moments between people, and document them with unflinching clarity taken directly from daily life. Photographer Steve Giovinco exhibits his snaps widely in several museums as well as art gallery exhibitions in North America and Europe. He has a master's degree in photography from Yale University, which is one of the top art schools in the country.


Canada’s Scotiabank Photography Prize

On Tuesday. the biggest photography prize in Canada declared its 3 finalists, with Scotiabank Photography Award which is very close to select its 3rd recipient of US$ 50000 prize. They are Vancouver's Stan Douglas, and Montreal's Robert Walker and Angela Grauerholz. With 2012’s recipient, the late Arnaud Maggs, heavy on people's minds, this year’s honoree will carry a heavy crown.

Speaking of this year's shortlist, founding chair as well as internationally acclaimed Canadian photographer Ed Burtynsky told that the 3 artists share a common ability to show passion over a long career, intelligence and consistency. He congratulated the finalists for all the fearlessness in their work.

Douglas, a member of Vancouver School of photography that includes heavyweights such as Jeff Wall, first got recognition for his installation works that spans music, video as well as other objects.

The German born Angela Grauerholz has made a reputation for her monochromatic and large scale works reminiscent of dream imagery and “the flawed retention of the blurred snapshot.” Montreal's Walker has been showcasing his pictures in New
York as well as other parts of the world for more than three decades.

Robert Everett-Green of the Globe and Mail wrote, “His color-rich photos depict the city as a collage of fixed and fluid elements constantly reforming itself, though in recent years he has turned his lens toward flowers."