The art of wine

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A Romanian farmer shows his happiness after the harvest in Maramures. The population of this region still maintains a strong connection to the land and still carries out many agricultural activities manually. Gianluca De Bartolo

An autumnal glimpse of Cuneo’s Langhe taken at La Morra, portrays a wine producing area near Alba in a moment in which the light increases the beauty of the vineyards’ colors. Valentina Galvagno

This project carried out by locals is for aging wine directly in the ground which is rich in minerals, and makes the already awesome landscape of Lanzarote even more interesting. Francisco Mingorance 

 

In this photo we can see the Vineyards of Monferrato exalted by the radiant light which caresses the valley enhancing the typical autumn colors of the rows of vines. Roberto Tagliani

 

I took this shot from the suggestive La Morra’s Belvedere. During autumn, the hills of the Langhe area present a variety of colors and shades, from red to yellow, from green to brown. Franco Cappellari

A Moldovan vineyard photographed during the winter season is enhanced by the geometrical connotation of the image attained through the texture of the rows and the dividing line drawn by the road that separates two vine varieties Anatolie Poiata

 

This image is about the traditional grape harvest in Sicily. The title in dialect refers to the must, picked and pressed in a cylindric shape. In this picture, you can see all the wine flowing from the pressed must. Riccardo Colelli

 

This shot captures the moment after harvesting in which the grapes are arranged by a Sicilian farmer before they are to be pressed. Riccardo Colelli

 

A stage of the process of Chines wine making. This distilled wine is made with a brewing process which is thousands of years old and has been declared as intangible cultural heritage of China. Xiaolong Guo 

 

Charlotte Green, castle owner in Seggiano, discovered some old Etruscan wine-making basins. Here she is taking a rest in one of them with her Sangiovese grapes. Bruno Bruchi

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2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

I was on a photographic safari in Chobe River, Botswana in April 2016 when I took this image.
At this time of the year the water levels are high and herds of hippopotamus share the tributaries. This particular bull was very territorial and liked a mock charge whenever our boat (driven by a qualified local guide)  passed his patch of the river on our daily outings. On this occasion, I pre-focussed my 600mm lens and fired a few shots at a safe distance and got this golden hour shot!


Buffalo Mud Bath.” An African Buffalo full of mud late in the afternoon in the Masai Mara, Kenya. A different portrait for this powerful animal. Chris Schmid


“Atlantic Puffin.” A closeup of an Atlantic Puffin on the protected nesting site of Machias Seal Island, off the coast of Maine. Access to the island is very restricted for the benefit of the puffins. It was an amazing experience to be up so close to these beautiful and unique birds that spend the majority of their lives at sea. Harry Collins


“Congeal.” A jelly-like wave curls in multiple layers over a shallow reef on the New South Wales South Coast, Australia. When there’s no wind on the ocean’s surface, waves can can look like surreal sheets of melting glass. Warren Keelan


Paradise for Flamingoes 2.” Thousands of flamingoes live in Lake Bogoria [in Kenya] where it’s like paradise for them. Yu Huiping


“Pop the Top.” Waves shoot high into the evening air like champagne at a party in a celebration of life and the joy of being in nature. Na Pali Coast, Hawaii. Lee Scott


“Celestial Terrestrial #1.” The alien-looking southern calamari squid is native to Australian and New Zealand coastlines. Its dot-painting-like skin patterns are reminiscent of ancient Aboriginal paintings. It took me several weeks of night dives and patience to achieve this unique portrait: When I shot this frame I was elated!! Matthew Smith


“American Flowers #1.” In Greenland’s pristine landscape lies a US Air Force base which was abandoned in 1947 and everything was left behind: vehicles, asbestos laced structures, and over 10,000 aviation fuel barrels. The Inuits who live in the region call the rusted remains American Flowers. In 2014 and 2015 I camped out solo to photograph it. In 2015 my 5 day solo camping trip turned into 8, as I couldn’t get picked up due to the weather. Ken Bower


“Washing Highline in Kjerag.” In Norway, above the fjord, Paulo enjoys highlining at 980 meters above the ground, drying some laundry at the same time.  Fred Marie


“The Frozen Pond With Snow.” The famous “Blue Pond” in Hokkaido Biei-cho, Japan. The scheduled illumination period for the pond this year will be from November 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017. We, all the residents who are living in Biei town, are expecting more tourists from all over the world coming to visit us this year.  Kent Shiraishi

“From Floor to Cloud.” In Pienza, Tuscany, I was waiting for this lightning! Gilbert Fitoussi


“Skeeter Attack.” A group of mosquitos attack a snapping turtle. Each year, snapping turtles emerge from the wetlands at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. The mosquitos are particularly bad in this area and swarm these turtles.  Jerry am Ende


“Microscopic Underwater Butterfly.” Another delicate and beautiful underwater creature that appears during the vertical migration. This is the largest migration on Earth, and it occurs every night in the oceans around the world. Tiny planktonic creatures, larval forms, and pelagic miniatures come up to feed in the dead of night. This photo [was] taken in the Gulf Stream Current off SE Florida, in the Atlantic Ocean.  Suzan Meldonian


“Bear Hug.” Brown Bears, Katmai National Park, Alaska.  Aaron Baggenstos

“Pacific Storm.” A colossal cumulonimbus flashes over the Pacific Ocean as we circle around it at 37,000 feet en route to South America.  Santiago Borja

I was on a photographic safari in Chobe River, Botswana in April 2016 when I took this image. At this time of the year the water levels are high and herds of hippopotamus share the tributaries. This particular bull was very territorial and liked a mock charge whenever our boat (driven by a qualified local guide) passed his patch of the river on our daily outings. On this occasion, I pre-focussed my 600mm lens and fired a few shots at a safe distance and got this golden hour shot!

“Territorial Hippo.” I was on a photographic safari in Chobe River, Botswana in April 2016 when I took this image. At this time of the year the water levels are high and herds of hippopotamus share the tributaries. This particular bull was very territorial and liked to mock charge whenever our boat (driven by a qualified local guide) passed his patch of the river on our daily outings. On this occasion, I pre-focussed my 600mm lens and fired a few shots at a safe distance and got this golden hour shot! Sam Kurtul

National Geographic Magazine has opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 4. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Islands. The kind folks at National Geographic were once more kind enough to let me choose among the contest entries so far for display here. The captions below were written by the individual photographers

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Christian Brogi

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Christian Brogi is a creative artist who expresses his talent in various disciplines, from the most modern, multimedia, classic ones, such as music composition, animation, photography, sculpture, film. His research is a multi-faceted, multi-faceted artist who shows in his works on multiple levels, from the formal to the emotional. The work of art becomes in this way the ideal means to communicate its presence in the new modern painting

Fábio Miguel Roque

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Fábio Miguel Roque is a photographer born in Lisbon and based in Sintra, Portugal.
He studied photography at I.P.F. (Portuguese Institute of Photography), Lisbon between 2004 and 2007, later He then attended the workshops of History of Photography Contemporary at Ar.Co., 2010, and Photojournalism in MEF, 2013.
Worked as a photojournalist at the beginning of his career.
His work is mainly on documentary photography; more recently discovered is passion for a more personal kind of photography.
Has already made several solo exhibitions.
Runs the small publishing house, “The Unknown Books”.
Founding member of Preto Collective, a black and white photo collective.
Is member of the global photo collective, Latent Image Collective

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Consuelo Kanaga

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Consuelo Kanaga, one of the pioneers of modern American photography, began her career as a photojournalist in 1915 in San Francisco. In the 1920s, Alfred Stieglitz inspired her to develop a more aesthetic approach, and a trip to Europe in 1928 awakened her lifelong preoccupation with European modernist painting and the ways in which that work was influenced by the sculpture of Africa. Kanaga successfully combined a Pictorialist aesthetic with a realist strategy, producing handsomely composed and carefully printed images. She was one of few white American photographers in the 1930s to make artistic portraits of African Americans.

In Frances with a Flower, the focus is so sharp that the slightly rough texture of the woman’s skin, shiny with perspiration at the hairline, seems palpable. The forehead, nose, and cheeks, highlighted by flash, contrast with the deep-set eyes lost in shadow, thus producing a sculptural dimension that turns the photograph into hills and valleys of light. The stark white blossom pressed to the woman’s nose emphasizes the sensuality of her face.

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Martine Franck

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Martine Franck (April 2, 1938 – August 16, 2012) was a well-known Belgian documentary and portrait photographer, and the second wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson. A member of Magnum Photos for over 32 years, Franck was also co-founder and president of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation.

Elena Gallotta

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Elena Gallotta is an Italian born fine-art photographer currently based in Ireland.

She comes from a ballet and theatre background which strongly influences her work.

Her images reflect her relationship with dance and non-verbal communication itself.

Her work can often be defined as an antropolologic study of the the human body and it’s mysterious subtle language.

Elena’s way of composing a picture and working with the light is hugely inspired by her passion for paintings, especially the Old Masters.

She has been published in numerous art magazines throughout Europe. In 2009 she went back to her first love when she was commissioned to make a short dance film by the Irish Arts Council.

She collaborated with two major dance performers from France and the film was a very productive visual-kinetic exchange between them all. The final result, “Story of One” was selected and screened in the Oxford Dance Festival in 2010.

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2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

This photo was taken on a summer morning. The weather is not prefaced any good, the mountains were completely shrouded by clouds. Only 5 short minutes the clouds have left to breathe a bit 'mountains before covering all again.


Barbara Dall’Angelo


Yuval Ofek


Gregory Lecoeur


Kiel Bristow


Amos Nachoum


Anabel Vargas


Jean Tmr


John Rollins


David Nam Lip Lee


Mark Meyer


Bill Klipp


Michel Zoghzoghi


Brett Rylance

This photo was taken on a summer morning. The weather is not prefaced any good, the mountains were completely shrouded by clouds. Only 5 short minutes the clouds have left to breathe a bit 'mountains before covering all again.

Federica Violin

The deadline to enter the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is fast approaching—entries will be accepted until May 27, 2016. The grand prize winner will receive a seven-day Polar Bear Safari for two in Churchill, Canada. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of this year’s entries with you here, gathered from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People.

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The best stories are those that challenge preconceived notions about a place or an issue, that challenge stereotypes and make people rethink their view on things

Paul Strand

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Along with Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand was one of the defining masters of early American modernist photography. Strand was introduced to photography by the renowned social documentarian Lewis Hine, who instilled in him an understanding of the photograph as a powerful tool that should be used for the betterment of humanity. Finding his own vision, in the early 20th century Strand began taking the photographs for which he is best known: scenes of urban hustle and bustle, formal abstractions, and street portraits.

Ralph Gibson

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Maxwell Dupain Spencer

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Maxwell Spencer Dupain is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest photographers. He stressed simplicity and directness in his work, creating images of sharp focus, boldness and graphic composition. He was one of the earliest and most outstanding champions of modernism in Australia.

Dupain’s working life spans decades of commercial and artistic success, and photographic genres. His repertoire includes landscapes, beaches, nudes, still life and architecture. His particular love of the latter, coupled with his carefully set up symmetries made him the pre-eminent photographer of Australian architecture for more than 50 years.

However, Dupain is best known for his photographs of Australians, particularly their beach culture. A dedicated patriot, he believed in clearly and simply showing Australia’s way of life. His 1937 photograph Sunbaker is arguably his most famous work. For many, it is an iconic image of what it means to be Australian.

Dupain tirelessly photographed his beloved homeland, and in particular, Sydney, leaving a legacy of more than one million photographs. His work has been collected by most major Australian galleries, and private collectors world-wide.

Germaine Krull

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Annie Leibovitz

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