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By Raffy Paredes

The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Open Competition is now underway. Photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels are invited to enter the open competition of the world’s biggest photography competition. The judges are looking to award the best single images from across the 10 diverse categories, from architecture and landscape to still life and street photography. Aside from the main contest, monthly winners will be selected by the contest editors who will be choosing their favorite entries from the open competition. These will be showcased on their blog every Monday. They will then choose one image to be crowned the monthly winner, taken from the entries of the previous month. This new initiative will run until December 2017. The closing date for the 2018 open competition is January 4, 2018 – 13.00 GMT. Visit for details.

Photoshelter has just released “The Photographer’s Guide to Instagram Hashtags” as a free PDF download. The 40-page guide compiled in in partnership with Feature Shoot contains a curated list of some of the best searchable and submittable hashtags that might help you up your game. The information is divided into 11 sections based on genre— travel, portraits, black and white, street, architecture, minimalism, documentary, landscape, film, fine art, drones/aerial. Simply tagging your work #photography will pit it against more than 86 million other images. The right tags will give your images a better chance of being seen.

  • Untitled (Paulo Tutay)

  • Oarai Isosaki Shrine (Mark Anthony Pamintuan Lim)

  • Natural Smile (Wendel Samodio)

  • Indefinite Reflection (RJ Fulache)

  • Father and Child (Cel Espiritu)

  • Double (Rene Bernal)

  • Craving Look (Sylvester Richardson Yulo)

  • Ako at Aking Libro (RJ Abella)

  • Stargazers in El Nido (Jayan Cabatuan)

  • Picnic (Mandy N. Buenconsejo)

    Last year Google launched Motion Still for iOS, an app that stabilizes the iPhone’s Live Photos and makes them shareable as looping GIFs and videos. Now the software giant has made the app available for Android devices running version 5.1 and later.  The app works a little differently on Android. Instead of using an existing Live Photo, the Android version forces you to record video inside the app.Stabilization is then applied using a redesigned video processing pipeline that processes each frame of a video as it is being recorded. As consequence, the results are instant and no waiting is required to share the created GIFs. Fast Forward is a new feature and builds on the stabilization algorithm to capture longer clips and create stabilized time-lapses or hyperlapses. Playback speed is adjustable from 1x to 8x and GIF output can be created in three sizes. Motion Stills for Android is now available on Google Play (source:

    Farmani Gallery will have a special exhibition dedicated to fashion at CWC Interiors Bonaficio Global City, Taguig featuring a collection of 30 incredible images of 1950’s fashion by photographer Dan Wynn. Wynn is an award-winning editorial, portrait, advertising photographer and film director whose images have been published in high-profile American magazines such as Esquire, This Week, Harper’s Bazaar, and Seventeen Magazine. The images included in this exhibition are some of Dan Wynn’s most famous work in fashion, and give a dazzling look into the trends, culture, and lifestyle of 20th century America. The exhibit opens on August 5, 2017 and will be on view until October 31, 2017.

    And now to our featured readers three of whom are new contributors to the column.

    Wendel Samodio shares his macro shot of a dragonfly’s face titled “Natural Smile.”  Wendel relates that he started on photography eight years ago when he bought his first DSLR in Singapore. Employed then as a restaurant manager, he always brought his camera every time he worked the morning shift.  When he upgraded to a better camera model, he soon discovered his passion for photography. “I started to love shooting landscapes and some famous places in the city alone,” he writes.  “I had my first long exposure shot tutored by the manual guide booklet and experienced having blurred photos at night.  After that, I was always interested in how the lights move and how they will affect the subject and what they looks like.  I realized that photography helps me to appreciate the beauty of all the things that my eyes see.  Then I started to learn how to shoot portraits by taking photos of my family, my friends and my housemates.” After four years of shooting photos, Wendel says that he is now a professional photographer getting 100 percent of his earnings from the craft. When not covering events, Wendel shoots for fun, like doing macro photography in their garden.

    Sylvester Richardson Yulo of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon currently working in Quezon City sent in the black-and-white photo titled “Craving Look” taken at the Luneta Park. “I hope this could help others to fight poverty in our country,” writes Sylvester who wishes to become a professional photographer someday. He shares that he started on photography in his high school days with a film camera. While in college, he used a digicam. He acquired his first DSLR when working as an OFW in Malaysia two years ago. He shares: “In 2016, I started doing street photography and continued practicing other genres. I came back here in Philippines last April 2017 and began doing some street and travel photography. I love photography because I believe that if you got a great moment happening in your life, capture it so that you can always bring back the time.”

    From DLSU student and street photography newbie RJ Fulache is the photo, “Indefinite Reflection,” an inverted image with the focus on the upright shadowy reflection of a pedestrian.

    Other photos on today’s page come from previously featured readers.

    Cel Espritu submitted the photo, “Father and Child.”

    The long exposure night photo, “Stargazers in El Nido” comes from Jayan Cabatuan.

    Seafarer Mandy Buenconsejo  shares “Picnic,” a photo of a boy heading toward the beach for a summer swim. The picture was taken at Burias Island, Masbate during a church mission.

    Singapore-based nurse and travel photographer Mark Anthony Lim sent in “Oarai Isosaki Shrine.” Mark Anthony shares that he took the photo when he represented Singapore in the recent Canon Photomarathon Asia Championship 2017 in Japan.The championship was held from the 15th to the 23rd of May in Ibaraki and Tokyo, Japan with the 18 grand winners of regional Canon Photomarathons all over Asia in competition.

    From senior industrial designer, Paulo Tutay, is the untitled photo of four boys profiled against the setting sun.

    “Double,” a reflection photo taken in Makati is from Rene Bernal.

    And RJ Abella contributed the street photo, “Ako at AkingLibro.”

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