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By Raffy Paredes

The Zeiss Photography Award, now in its third year, is calling on ambitious photographers from across the globe to present their work around the theme “Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories” to the international jury of experts. The focus of the photo series should be on stories that have not yet been told (or have not yet been told to the end).The Zeiss Photography Award is jointly organized by Zeiss and the World Photography Organisation. Last year, around 4,700 photographers from132 countries submitted more than 31,000 photos. Photographers are asked to submit a series of 5-10 images, including a description of the images, online. Enter for free.Entries close February 6, 2018.The winner and the shortlist with up to 10 photographers will be announced onApril 3, 2018. The winners will receive attractive prizes, including Zeiss lenses of their choice with a total value of 12,000 euros as well as 3,000 euros to covertravel costs for a photo project. The awards ceremony will be held in London on April 19, 2018, as part of the Sony World Photography Awards. Visit for more info.

  • Innocent Smile (Belle Lumanglas)

  • Haligi at Ilaw sa Laot (Tristan Jenesis C. Arbues)

  • Henerasyon (Paulo Tutay)

  • Upside Down (Joseph Lim Navarrete)

  • Untitled (Zoilo Delos Trinos III)

  • Untitled (Miguel On-onod)

  • Untitled (Marcelo Banta Frias III)

  • Untitled (Marc Kenneth Flores)

  • Untitled (Dan Reyes)

  • Pet Lover (Donald Pancho)

    Photographer and programmer Felix Sun has designed an app called Windowed that allows you to upload images straight to Instagram from your Mac or PC. And best of all, the application is open source and 100 percent free. The app is able to provide this functionality thanks to a semi-recent update to Instagram that allows you to post photos from a mobile browser. Under normal circumstances, you’re unable to access this functionality from your Mac or PC. Windowed pretends to be a mobile browser to get around this limitation.It’s no different than posting to IG using Chrome or Safari on your smartphone.To learn more about Windowed, see the source code, or download it for yourself, head over to the app’s website at (

    NASA is asking the public to help analyze more than 1.5 million images taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. They need your help analyzing these images—a task only a human like you can accomplish. Join NASA in enhancing its extensive catalogue of astronaut images that can be used for science and enjoyed for their beauty. The project called Image Detective-Beta is a program of CosmoQuest which promotes the participation and collaboration of people on NASA science projects. Head on to to learn more.

    October being Cybersecurity Awareness Month, let’s take this three simple steps to online safety: 1.) Try 2FA (two-factor authentication or two-step verification) wherever you can. Typically, 2FA works by asking you for your regular password, which is the same every time, and then asking you for a one-time code that is calculated by, or sent as a text message to, your phone; 2.) Try the longest mobile phone lockcode you can manage; and 3.)Try logging out of apps you are not using (

    And now to our featured readers.

    From photo hobbyist and new contributor Donald Pancho is the photo titled “Pet Lover.” He took the photo during the blessing and free vaccination of pets in celebration of St. Francis of Asissi day at Malate Church. Donald shares that he is a self-taught photographer who learns from the net. He shoots in manual mode.

    Belle Lumanglas shares that she took the photo titled “Innocent Smile” in August last year during a mission travel to South Cotabato. Her caption reads: “Behind their innocent smile laid words unsaid. Words of longing, love, care, and hope that always keep me reminded of their smile.”

    Dan Reyes sent in an untitled photo from his series of photographs about fishermen. He writes: “These are two kids fixing their father’s net for tomorrow’s catch. In the eyes of these kids, what could sunset mean for them?”

    The black-and-white photo “Upside Down” comes from Joseph Navarrete.

    Marc Kenneth Flores has an untitled portrait of young girl whose face is covered in soot. “It was taken during my first photowalk with my mentor, Roderick Tan,” writes Marc. “The little girl with beautiful eyes in the picture was just a kid playing with her friends beside a charcoal factory.”

    “I took this photo using her phone when sheandI went to laundry,” writes Marcelo Frias III of his untitled photo of a girl. “We were waiting to finish cleaning our clothes.”

    The untitled silhouette sunset photo of two men walking on the beach comes from Miguel On-onod. He took the photo at the Acapulco beach in San Fernando, La Union.

    Senior industrial designer, Paulo Tutay, contributed the rural photo, “Henerasyon.”

    Tristan Jenesis Arbues, BS Psych student of Laguna State Polytechnic University-Siniloan Campus submitted the night sea photo “Haligi at Ilaw sa Laot.” “Kuha ito mula sa dalampasigan sa karagatan ng Puerto Galera,” writes Tristan.“Nandatnan naming nag-liliwanagang karagatan.Nasagilid palang kami ng kalsada ibang liwanag at kaakit-akit na ganda ang nagbigay sa dalampasigan.Ito na marahil ang bakasyong aking hinahanap mula sa nakakapagod ngunit sulit at walang katulad na pagtuturo sa Red Cross Youth ng Divine Word College of Calapan-SHS, Mindoro Oriental Chapter.”

    And from Zoilo Delos Trinos III is an untitled dusk shot taken in the city of Busan, South Korea.

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