2014 National Geographic Photo Contest – In Focus – The Atlantic

2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic Magazine has opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on October 31, 2014. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters to participate in its annual photography seminar. The kind folks at National Geographic were once again kind enough to let me choose among its entries so far for display here on In Focus. Captions written by the individual photographers. [32 photos]

‘Raising a Family Behind Bars:’ Portraits of Family Life Taken in a Remote Prison in the Philippines – Feature Shoot

‘Raising a Family Behind Bars:’ Portraits of Family Life Taken in a Remote Prison in the Philippines

Out of a remote prison in the Philippines, New York-based photographer Lawrence Sumulong brings us images of wrenching despair, penury and bleakness. But in his collection, “Raising a Family Behind Bars”, there are also examples of unbearable lassitude and the kind of prolonged pointlessness that can only be found among people living in a place against their will

Stacy Pearsall: Paying It Forward — zPhotoJournal

Stacy Pearsall: Paying It Forward

I’d have to say I spent the majority of my time thinking like a journalist – that’s what I was trained to do. In fact, I rarely carried a long rifle because I felt it distracted me from my real job. I kept a pistol on my hip for “oh shit” moments. I was of the mind that if the situation got bad enough, I could probably find a rifle not in use. This was the case only a couple times for me. Even during the most intense gun battles, I forced myself to stay behind my camera and not get behind the gun.