Winners of the 2014 Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest – The Atlantic

Winners of the 2014 Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

The editors of Smithsonian magazine have announced the winners of their 12th annual photo contest, selected from more than 26,500 entries. The winning photographs from from the competition’s six categories are published below: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile. Also, a few finalists have been included as well.

Winners of the 2014 Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest – The Atlantic

Phyllis Dooney: CENTER’S 1st Place Editor’s Choice Award | LENSCRATCH

Phyllis Dooney: CENTER’S 1st Place Editor’s Choice Award

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I was immediately intrigued by the first picture in Phyllis Dooney’s project Moonflowers, about a gay woman in the Mississippi Delta. Over three years, Dooney documented Halea Brown and her family in an attempt to portray larger issues that affect American families. Poignant and emotional, I believe this work has the potential to deepen beyond its current scope. And with this prize, I hope Dooney will be inspired to continue to build on what she has already created.

Phyllis Dooney: CENTER’S 1st Place Editor’s Choice Award | LENSCRATCH

Rebuilding Lives After a Factory Collapse in Bangladesh – NYTimes.com

Rebuilding Lives After a Factory Collapse in Bangladesh

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An hour after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Abir Abdullah got to the scene unsure where to begin taking pictures. More than a thousand people had died and hundreds more were trapped alive in the rubble. Injured workers were screaming and crying all around him as rescue workers pulled bodies from the debris.

Rebuilding Lives After a Factory Collapse in Bangladesh – NYTimes.com

Germany: Service by Platon at Jablonka Galerie – The Eye of Photography

Germany: Service by Platon at Jablonka Galerie

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“Service” took many weeks to develop but Platon’s enthusiasm for the project never faltered. He rose to each photographic challenge, no matter what difficulties a shoot presented. Like a house being built, stone by stone, the photographs were crafted into a sequence of spreads that in the end added up to an exceptional essay. Access was difficult, shoot times often limited, and making each spread unique instead of repetitive was a great challenge. In addition to portraiture for which Platon is well known, he took documentary images, and even some still-lives. In the end the New Yorker published a series 16 pages and won a National Magazine Award for it. Bravo Platon!

Germany: Service by Platon at Jablonka Galerie – The Eye of Photography

Photographer Documents the Perilous Journey of Central American Migrants to the U.S. – Feature Shoot

Photographer Documents the Perilous Journey of Central American Migrants to the U.S.

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The Suchiate River is the crossing point between Mexico and Guatemala for thousands of Central American migrants hoping to make it to El Norte, the United States. They cross the water on a couple of beat-up intertubes with planks of plywood taped on top of them. Mexican photojournalist Rodrigo Cruz shot these migrants across the Guatemala-Mexico frontier for his latest project Frontera Sur.

Photographer Documents the Perilous Journey of Central American Migrants to the U.S. – Feature Shoot

Overlooked at World Press Photo, Daniel Berehulak Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography | American Photo

Overlooked at World Press Photo, Daniel Berehulak Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography

Earlier this year, it was pointed out that his work went overlooked in the World Press Photo contest, where 1 in 5 finalists were disqualified for approaching some unacceptable level of post-processing.

Overlooked at World Press Photo, Daniel Berehulak Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography | American Photo

White House Press Corps to members: ‘It’s time for us to band together…’ | Poynter.

White House Press Corps to members: ‘It’s time for us to band together…’

The proposals made to the association members include the president taking questions from the press “on a regular basis, no less than once per week” and being “available in response to significant news developments.”

White House Press Corps to members: ‘It’s time for us to band together…’ | Poynter.

How Facebook Deceives Advertisers And Publishers Not Once, But Twice | Observer

How Facebook Deceives Advertisers And Publishers Not Once, But Twice

Journalists believe the social media marketing myth because they have to, otherwise they’re afraid they think they’ll look obsolete to their colleagues. They’re also afraid of pissing Facebook off since its such an enormous source of traffic for them.

How Facebook Deceives Advertisers And Publishers Not Once, But Twice | Observer

A bold and beautiful portrait of Brazil – The Washington Post

A bold and beautiful portrait of Brazil

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Ahead of the upcoming 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Washington Post staff photographer Bonnie Jo Mount traveled to Piquiá de Baixo to document a community of residents in clay-brick and wooden houses suffering from the heavy pollution from nearby pig iron factories and the noisy Carajás railway that runs through the Amazon region transporting ore.

A bold and beautiful portrait of Brazil – The Washington Post

Migrants at the gates, lives in the balance along the shores of Europe – The Washington Post

Migrants at the gates, lives in the balance along the shores of Europe

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Panos Pictures photographer Carlos Spottorno has been documenting incoming immigrants and their experience along various European coastal cities for years. “They leave their home countries because poverty, war and hunger have made their lives intolerable, and they’re determined to find a better life for themselves, and maybe their families back home,”  he describes about his series via Panos Pictures. “Some of them travel for years, being passed from one trafficker to the other at the mercy of unscrupulous criminals who see them as a commodity and play on their desperation.”

Migrants at the gates, lives in the balance along the shores of Europe – The Washington Post

Interview with Roger Ballen about his book Outland – The Eye of Photography

Interview with Roger Ballen about his book Outland

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This month Roger Ballen releases an expanded edition of his critically acclaimed book, Outland published by Phaidon Press which features 45 previously unpublished photographs. Along with this new incarnation of the book, Ballen has collaborated with director Ben Crossman for the second time to create an accompanying video for Outland, which re-introduces some of Ballen’s protagonists 15 years after the fact.

Interview with Roger Ballen about his book Outland – The Eye of Photography