Rainbow Eucalyptus on Science Friday
Canon 5DII camera with a Canon 24-105mm lens at 73mm: 0.5 seconds at f/16 on ISO 200
An image of the colourful bark of a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree I photographed on the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii is the Picture of the Week on the Science Friday website. They produce great web, video and audio content with their goal for SciFri to be brain fun for curious people. I agree and certainly found the article that they wrote about Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) very interesting. It was fun to collaborate a little bit with their team. Thanks Becky and Andrew!
The Spirit of a Nation – my article about a great annual event
The new Bragg About the Creek magazine has just been published. My article, The Spirit of a Nation, about the Tsuu T’ina First Nation’s Annual Pow Wow and Rodeo is included in this issue. The article, more a photo essay, presents images and some of my thoughts from the past three celebrations. If you are interested in viewing the article with text and high-resolution images, please click this link (note – the file is a 2.3 MB PDF).
I live in Redwood Meadows on Tsuu T’ina land and the Beaver Dome (where the Pow Wow takes place) and the rodeo grounds are just across the road. My neighbours put on a collection of great events for young, old and everyone in-between. I have always had a fantastic time and, if you have an opportunity to visit Bragg Creek this summer, consider checking out this year’s celebration which runs from July 26th to the 28th.
Inle Lake Fishermen in National Geographic Traveler Magazine
I just received the latest issue of the National Geographic Traveler magazine and was excited to see one of my photographs and a short essay on the back page.
Short story behind the publication: Kathie Gartrell, Managing Editor – Interactive, at Traveler had contacted me in October asking me to send in a caption to accompany an image that I had submitted to the My Shot section of the National Geographic website. She said that they were considering it as a photo of the week on the Traveler website. I was very excited and I submitted a brief essay right away. Then at the end of October, I received an email from Ben Fitch, a Photo Intern at Traveler. He told me that they had just finished the layout for the January/February issue and they needed a higher resolution of the image. The photo did run as a photo of the week in November. And has been printed in the current issue of Traveler. Not sure how it went from a possible photo of the week to a full page image and text in the magazine but I’m certainly very happy. Although I haven’t met Kathie or Ben, I would like to thank them for the help they had in publishing this image.
Here is a scan of the page from the magazine with the picture.
Now I’ve set my sights on being sent by National Geographic to photograph a story somewhere in this wonderful, crazy world.
Shortlisted Images for the Travel Photographer of the Year Competition
The Travel Photographer of the Year awards have announced their shortlist and I have images in the hunt across three categories. The TPOTY is a major competition out of the UK so it is pretty exciting to have some of my work recognized to this stage.
The image of the monks on the bridge at sunset in Amarapura in Myanmar is one of three images that are in the running for the single shot category. The nuns at prayer and the lone fisherman are the other images that have been shortlisted in this category.
The following four images are finalists for the World in Motion portfolio category.
The last set is a really fun category to be shortlisted in. It is the New Talent category. The portfolio I entered was for Bagan in central Myanmar. The objective was to sell a location, a journey or an idea. From the TPOTY website: “Tell the story of a place, a destination, an experience, a journey, even a travel commodity, but sell it to us. Make us want to experience it. This category is for photographers looking to start a career in photography. Your images should give the judges a real sense of the place or travel experience and entice them too. This is your travel advert.” I tried to share the wonder of Bagan across the four images. It was an interesting exercise to cull through all of the photographs I made in Bagan and select four that provided a window into the people and the land.
With this competition’s international profile, there are many very high quality entries so it is exciting to have a range of work reach the final round. The winning images will be announced in the next couple of weeks so we’ll see what happens.
National Geographic – Travel Photo of the Week
One of my photographs of the fishermen of Inle Lake in Myanmar has been selected as the travel photo of the week on the National Geographic website. Here is the link.
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That’s pretty cool – now if I could just angle for an assignment from the yellow border.
Bragg About the Creek Magazine
Amid the health and family issues, I had a cover image and article featured in the Bragg About the Creek magazine that was published this month. The attached link is to an online copy of the article at the magazine’s website.
The magazine is published quarterly by Dwayne Zaba and Roy Anstey is the editor. Both are great to work with and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them through the magazine. It has a very healthy distribution in the Calgary area so it is fun to be a part of showcasing the Bragg Creek and Kananaskis areas that are close to Calgary but definitely a world away from the city.
Thanks to Dwayne and Roy for your support and for highlighting this community.
Photofocus Emerging Photographer of the Year Nomination
I want to thank Scott Bourne and his Photofocus team for selection as one of the 24 nominees for the Emerging Photographer award that they have set up. It is a tremendous honour to have my work well received by a gentleman who spends a great amount of time encouraging, advising and informing photographers of all types and all levels.
Here is the link to the Photofocus post and more information about this opportunity.
The exposure this nomination has generated is fantastic and has already opened a few new doors which are very exciting.
The content on the Photofocus covers a broad range of photographic topics and does so at a thorough, informative level. I am consistently impressed by the volume of original material Scott and his contributors post. It is a daily read and a lot of fun to be involved in a small way with this group.
Thank you Scott, all the best to you and your team.