Masters of photography


LightBox 365: A Year in Photographs

Muhammed Muheisen—AP
January 3, 2011. A Pakistani man and a boy collect wood to be used for heating on a cold and foggy morning in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Sivaram V—Reuters
A fisherman arranges a fishing net as his wife paddles their boat in the waters of the Periyar river on the outskirts of Kochi, India.

Q. Sakamaki—Redux
Eclas Ahomed, a 20-year-old internal refugee from Northern Sudan cares for her malnourished baby in the intensive care ward at an Aweil hospital.

Jim Lo Scalzo—EPA
A dead oak tree glows under a full moon in a salt pan on the southern end of the Salton Sea near Niland, California. Erosion and high toxicity levels from farm runoff has left the Salton Sea increasingly contaminated, and lake-side towns all but deserted.

Ng Han Guan—AP
A man walks across a frozen river in Benxi, northeastern China’s Liaoning province.

Pete Muller—AP
Southern Sudanese from the pastoralist Taposa tribe take part in a nationalist celebration in the remote area of Kapoeta.

Tim Graham—Getty Images
A murmuration of starlings, numbering well over a million birds, form a mushroom cloud as they drop in to roost at dusk on the Avalon Marshes at Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve in Somerset, U.K.

Simon Baker—Reuters
Office workers look for a way out of a high-rise building in central Christchurch. A strong earthquake killed at least 65 people in New Zealand’s second-biggest city in February.

Pete Muller—AP
A survivor of a recent massacre in Fangak, southern Sudan. The massacre occurred when forces loyal to rebel General George Athor attacked the town of Fangak in February, leaving more than 200 dead.

Yannis Behrakis—Reuters
Mohamed, 10, stands guard at the frontline along the western entrance of Ajdabiyah, Libya.

Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson—Arctic Images
Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano during eruption.

Ahmad Gharabli—AFP/Getty Images
Armed supporters of dissident tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar inspect damage at his house in Sana’a, Yemen.

David Guttenfelder—AP
The devastated town of Minamisanriku, Japan is reflected in the windows of a newly-constructed fish market shack.

Massimo Berruti—Agence VU
Muhammed Fahem, 18.

Parivartan Sharma—Reuters
A child sleeps in a hammock along the roadside in Noida, located in India’s northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Cedric Gerbehaye—Agency VU
Raby, 8 years old, sits at the transit center of Wau, Northern Bar el Ghazal in South Sudan

Per-Anders Pettersson—Eyevine/Redux
Umi Adan Olow, 3 months old, is weighed by Daniel Wanyoike, a community therapeutic nurse for Save the Children in Mathahalibah, Kenya.

Tyler Hicks—The New York Times/Redux
A malnourished child in a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. The United Nations declared famine in two areas of the nation in July.

Alexander Khudoteply—AFP/Getty Images
A rescuer rests during a break at Sukhodolskaya-Vostochnaya coal mine in the Lugansk region of eastern Ukraine. Eighteen miners died and another 20 were missing after an explosion in the coal mine.

Dominic Nahr—Magnum for TIME
A malnourished sick with TB is being washed by his mother in Banadir hospital. A day after this photo was taken, the child died.

Hani Mohammed—AP
Supporters of Yemen’s President Ali Abduallah Saleh gather at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, where a Palestinian flag hangs during a rally celebrating his return to Sana’a, Yemen.

Chinese ethnic minority performers carry baskets on their backs as they perform in a play in Lijiang, Yunnan province.

Dollo Ado—NOOR
In the refugee camp “Hilaweyn,” also called “Hells wind,” a small boy overlooks the massive camp which is now grown to more than 40.000 refugees.

Matt Dunham—AP
An Irish traveler resident holds up a cross for the media, in front of a burning barricade during evictions at the Dale Farm travelers site, near Basildon England, 30 miles east of London.

Gurinder Osan—AP
A young Indian Muslim girl gestures as others offer prayers during Eid al-Adha, meaning “Feast of Sacrifice,” in New Delhi, India.

Roland Beck—EPA
The Hohenzollern castle during an atmospheric inversion near Hechingen, Germany

Indian army soldiers in camouflage take part in exercise “Sudarshan Shakti” at Bugundi in Rajasthan state’s Barmer desert near the India Pakistan border.

Erik De Castro—Reuters
A Typhoon Washi survivor rests at an evacuation center in the southern Philippines city of Cagayan de Oro. Residents of two southern Philippine cities battered by a storm that left over 1,000 people dead.


Eraldo Peres

A Kraho Indian carries a tree trunk as he races in the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil.

A member of the Gaviao ethnic group pierces the lip of a boy during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil

A shaman of the Gaviao ethnic looks on after piercing the lips of two boys during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil.

A child of the Paresi ethnic group walks before performing a ritual dance during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil.

Members of the Paresi ethnic group wait to perform a ritual dance during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil.

Xerente Indian woman celebrate a goal during a final soccer match between the teams of Xerente Indians and Kaigang Indians at the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil.

Gaviao Indians race with a tree trunk during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil.

Assurini Indians perform a sacred dance with traditional flutes during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil.

A Paresin Indian youth holds a soccer ball during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil


A young Pataxo Inidan couple attend the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil

A Kayapo Indian combs her daughter’s hair during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil.


Bharat Sikka

Born in 1973 in India. Lives and works in Europe and in India. He studied at Parson’s School of Design in the U.S.A., where he earned a diploma in photography. Since his first exhibition, “Indian Men,” in New York, Bharat has shown his work in numerous places in India, including the National Museum of India (2008), as well as internationally. He has contributed to publications such as The New Yorker, I.D., Vogue, Vogue Homme International, Details, and Time Magazine.



Thomas Florschuetz


Adam Hinton, Africa

I began my photographic career at the age of 12 when my dad bought me a basic SLR camera. I became fascinated with a new way of looking at the world and the ability to record things of importance to me. It was a way of marking out my world.

When I was 15, I received the first installment of compensation from the Government following a knife attack (my attacker had a thing against punks) and instinctively I knew what I was going to spend the money on: more lenses. When I received the rest of the money at 18 I spent it all on a set of professional cameras and lenses. From that moment onwards, photography has been the constant focus for me. It has enabled me to vocalise my other interest: politics. Studying photojournalism in the 80s enabled me to articulate my feelings, beliefs and values into a visual medium that I could communicate to others. I would take photos at all the demonstrations I went to: anti-apartheid, anti-nuclear, the miners’ strike and the picket lines at Wapping. I hoped, and still do, that my images could portray something of the way we live today, how each action has a reaction, that nothing is without cause or response.

I believe in the good of people. Wherever I have travelled, the people I have met and stayed with have been welcoming and open. Even in the most dire situations, when almost everything seems negative, I find myself photographing the positives. When I stayed with a family in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro I found that in spite of the level of violence surrounding people living there, it was outweighed by the community’s cohesion. They had, without any external help, organised football and ballet classes for the children and adults, art clubs, after-school care and had built their own library. Families supported each other and the community had a strong sense of social solidarity. This is what I wanted to photograph, not the violence and danger. When I first started taking pictures I found that the social documentary style of B&W suited my work brilliantly (things were more black & white to me then). However, as time has gone by, I have moved away from the more traditional image to something I think is more fluid and spontaneous.


Vanessa Winship

Born in the United Kingdom.

Vanessa Winship lives in London.

After studying cinema and photography at Westminster University (Polytechnic of Central London), Vanessa shares her time between photography and teaching. She then fully devotes herself to photography and lives for about 10 years in the Balkans and Turkey.

She joins Agence VU in 2005,and the Gallery VU in 2009.

Laureate of numerous prizes, including the World Press Photo (Amsterdam) twice, the National Portrait Gallery Prize (London), PhotoEspana Descubrimientos (Madrid).

Exhibited her works in numerous museums and festivals such as the Rencontres d’Arles, the Kunstall Museum of Contemporary Art in Rotterdam or the Horst Gallery and Photographers Gallery in London.

Prize-winner of the HCB Award 2011 for her project “Out there: an American Odyssey.”


Brian Soko


Philong Sovan



Zhu Danayang


Klaus Kampert


National Geographic Photography Contest Winners: 2011

Grand Prize Winner and Nature Winner – SPLASHING: This photo was taken when I was taking photos of other insects, as I normally did during macro photo hunting. I wasn’t actually aware of this dragonfly since I was occupied with other objects. When I was about to take a picture of it, it suddenly rained, but the lighting was just superb. I decided to take the shot regardless of the rain. The result caused me to be overjoyed, and I hope it pleases viewers. Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia (Photo and caption by Shikhei Goh)

Nature Honorable Mention – PANIC IN THE PAN: I was leading a photographic safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. It was midday and we came across a dazzle of zebra approaching a waterhole to quench their thirst. Every few minutes the zebras will enter the water to drink, just to panic and scatter out of the water again. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo and caption by Marius Coetzee)

Nature Honorable Mention – SUNRISING JELLYFISH: Jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata) drifting just beneath the surface, looking to capture the first sunrays to trigger their symbiotic algae to produce energy for it. Mar Menor coastal lagoon, Murcia province, Spain. (Photo and caption by Angel Fitor)

Nature Honorable Mention – THE HUNT – I personally believe that, beyond the formal representation of reality, mediated by the technical instruments necessary to fix an image in time, photography is made of insights. The shot is the last act of image capturing and in many ways the easiest part of the whole process. This panning effect, even in its imperfection, with the chromatic harmony of the background, with all the needless information eliminated and the luck of having the big cat’s lifted tail in symmetry with the impala horns, brings the observer inside the hunting without distractions. Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve. (Photo and caption by Stefano Pesarelli)

Nature Honorable Mention – BLUE POND & FIRST SNOW: The blue pond of the famous tourist resort. This is a place where many tourists gather in spring, summer, and autumn. However, since this pond freezes in winter, nobody is there during that period. This photograph is the moment of the first snow of the season falling on that blue pond. We can see the first snow of the season beginning at the end of October. Why is the pond blue? Because the underground hot spring ingredient is gushing. This blue pond changes color every day. I think that mystical blue and pure white snow are beautiful. All are nature’s tints. Biei, Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo and caption by Kent Shiraishi)

People Winner – THE FJELLMAN FAMILY: One shot and the reindeer is dead. The Sámi family Fjellman, which lives in Arjeplog, northern Sweden, now have food on their table. In the early autumn they slaughter a couple of their reindeers for food during the cold winter months. Arjeplog, Lappland, Sweden. (Photo and caption by Izabelle Nordfjell)

People Honorable Mention – FROM UP HERE: Stephen “ST 2 Lettaz” Harris, and David “Yung Clova” Williams make up the Huntsville rap duo G-Side. I took this photo of them on tour, conducting a cell phone interview with a journalist on a fire escape in Manhattan. The photo speaks to the “D.I.Y.” nature of the current independent music scene. Digital technology has played a big role in G-Side’s business strategy, enabling them to use the Internet and viral word of mouth to build a diverse international fan base. G-Side released a track in 2011 called “Nat Geo.” Manhattan, NY, USA. (Photo and caption by Helen Pearson)

People Honorable Mention – AUBURN PRIDE: Young men driving into a patch of reflected light along Auburn Road. Part of a larger personal project documenting the western Sydney suburb of Auburn. The series provides a glimpse into the life of the next generation of Australians living in Auburn, peering behind the veil of this little-known side of society. Auburn is a small suburb in Sydney’s west, a landing point for many migrants and refugees when they first arrive in Australia. Sydney, Australia. (Photo and caption by George Voulgaropoulos)

People Honorable Mention – ZOMBIES, BRISBANE: A young family dressed as zombies in Brisbane, Queensland. Each year around Halloween time a gathering of people dressed as zombies walks through the city in an effort to raise money for the Brain Foundation of Australia. Brisbane, Australia. (Photo and caption by Lisa Clarke)

Places Winner – INTO THE GREEN ZONE: A beautiful rainbow after the rain, into the green zone of the Palawan Islands. Onuk island, Balabac Palawan, Philippines. (Photo and caption by George Tapan)

Places Honorable Mention – FLYING KITES: Kite battle at Santa Marta ghetto, Rio de Janeiro. For many years, the kites were used to alert the drug dealers when their enemies were coming. The place was a “war zone” controlled by traffickers that were in constant conflicts against each other to control the drug market. A few years ago, Santa Marta was occupied by the Pacifier Police Division, which released the population from the traffic domination. Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro. (Photo and caption by Felipe Carvalho)

Places Honorable Mention – SULFURIC FIRE FESTIVAL: Once a year, Formosa fishermen’s unique sulfuric fire fishing ritual is handed down from generation to generation. Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo and caption by Hung-Hsiu Shih)

Places Honorable Mention – WATERWAY TO ORBIT: Space shuttle, Endeavour, launches into orbit toward the east, as the stars and waning crescent moon trail toward the west, leaving a beautiful reflection on the Intracoastal Waterway in Ponte Vedra, Florida. This 132-second time exposure of the final night launch of a space shuttle, from launch through SRB separation, was taken 115 miles north of Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Ponte Vedra, Florida. (Photo and caption by James Vernacotola)

Places Honorable Mention – CYBER MONSOON: A torrential monsoon rain in Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur, Nepal. (Photo and caption by Anuar Patjane)


Carla Fernàndez Andrade, Paisaxe Suspendida

Proyecto documental experimental sobre las montañas. Montaña concebida desde un nivel primario y básico, incluso ingenuo o naïf. Búsqueda de una coherencia entre sentimiento y apariencia de la naturaleza. Se Trata de focalizar las emociones en unos lugares específicos, en este caso en las montañas; sujetos sagrados a lo largo de la historia que aquí adquieren el máximo protagonismo. Gigantes pétreos, iconos de elevación espiritual y de acercamiento de lo humano a la divinidad. Paisajes “colgantes” que desafían las leyes de la gravedad. Estética pictórica en la que la cámara fotográfica se transforma en pincel y es la mirada la que crea el paisaje. Mundo pintado, mágico, construído por la psique. Abismo, disociación naturaleza y hombre, escapismo al más allá. Depuración de las formas hasta llegar a la esencia poética de los elementos vivenciales básicos proyectados en el paisaje.


Kirill Golovchenko


Thandile Zwelibanzi


Mírame y sé color

Daido Moriyama

Max Sauco

Chan Girl Park

Michael David Adams

Helmut Newton



Geoffroy de Boismenu


International Photography Awards ( 4 )

Entry Title: ” Brothels: Living in Darkness”
Name: Miguel Candela, Spain
Category: Non-Professional, Photo Essay and Feature Story
Entry Description: It’s an unlikely place for sex: a rundown concrete building where rats run free in rural Bangladesh. Small holes in the walls allow the only supply of natural light and air into the jail-like compound. Fluorescent bulbs hesitate to light up, and turn it into the ideal background for a horror blockbuster. After countless demonstrations that stirred media interest, prostitutes now don’t have to walk barefoot when they leave the brothel, and can be buried in a separate cemetery. In 2010, radical Islamists burned down the whole compound injuring two and leaving most without anything.

Entry Title: ” lonely home in Nepal”
Name: GMB akash, Bangladesh
Category: Non-Professional, Photo Essay and Feature Story
Entry Description: The existing and increasing population of aged people is becoming one of the problems that Nepal has been facing in recent years. The Pashupati Bridhashram (old home) is the largest old home in Katmandu run by the government. There are 230 residents, 140 of them women and 90 of them are man. It has always lack of fund for food. Several old aged homes have been developed in Nepal in recent years to rehabilitate the elderly people for their welfare. Nepal

Entry Title: ” Afghan Heroin: Not for Export”
Name: Thomas Stanworth, United Kingdom
Category: Non-Professional, War/Conflict
Entry Description: The Russian Cultural Center, Kabul, Afghanistan, once showcased Soviet art and culture. The complex was destroyed during the civil war and for years has been used by Kabul’s heroin addicts. Due to persecution, they hide largely unseen within the unlit rooms and passageways within the ruined complex. Despite the billions of dollars poured into counter-narcotics programs, there are virtually no rehabilitation facilities in Kabul to help the country’s own victims, who are thought to exceed a million. Pressure from the authorities has seen many addicts forced out of the Russian Center and into even worse conditions throughout the capital.

Entry Title: ” Insomnia”
Name: Arman Zhenikeyev, Kazakhstan
Category: Non-Professional, Fine Art
Entry Description: Insomnia is a night violence against a man

Entry Title: ” Innocence”
Name: Claudio Allia, Italy
Non-Professional, Other_FA

Entry Title: ” Mirrors”
Name: David Kretschmer, Germany
Category: Non-Professional, Portrait
Entry Description: Mirrors shows the contradictory view on beauty in the modern society. Four beautiful young girls, looking very doubting and insecure. As they are almost perfect looking, they observe themselves very strict and criticize every single flaw on their body and face. The four guys are in complete contrast to the girls. They are not perfect at all but they look very confident at themselves and don’t care about any beauty ideals. They are not pristine but they are satisfied.

Entry Title: ” Birds Over Shanghai”
Name: Andre Reichmann, United States
Category: Non-Professional, Aerial
Entry Description: Waking up early for a business meeting at my Shanghai hotel I saw these birds flying in circles and I worked furiously to get my camera and was able to get off only this shot. Very lucky indeed.

Entry Title: ” Namibia Abstract”
Name: Drora Bashan, Israel
Category: Non-Professional, Aerial
Entry Description: Namibia Abstract. Flying over Namibia (small aircraft, two-seater) offers most spectacular otherworldly sights! The amazing and bizarre landscape of the huge red sand-dunes is spread in front of your eyes. You can enjoy the diversity of shapes, earth colors, shades and even textures of the untouched earth. From the concrete up to abstract it’s a unique, aesthetic and sensual experience that takes you to fantasy world. Taken November, 2007.

Entry Title: ” Nightflowers”
Name: David Leaser, United States
Category: Non-Professional, Flowers
Entry Description: Inspired by a trip to the Amazon, author and photographer David Leaser has created a limited edition collection of dramatic botanicals with such detail, you’ll see flowers like you’ve never seen them before. You can literally see the pollen on the stamens of these flowers.

Entry Title: ” Calm night on the Lofoten”
Name: Maciej Nowacki, Poland
Category: Non-Professional, Landscapes

Entry Title: ” Desert Dreams”
Name: Anil Rao, United States
Category: Non-Professional, Other_N

Entry Title: ” Reflections of Autumn”
Name: Raghav Krishna, Germany
Category: Non-Professional, Seasons
Entry Description: I took this photograph, while walking on a hiking trail in a natural park. I looked down at a puddle of water and saw these amazing reflections with the fallen leaves and the trees.

Entry Title: ” Tales of Tolkien: Walking Ent”
Name: Alexander Kitsenko, Ukraine
Category: Non-Professional, Trees
Entry Description: A misty morning in the woods

Entry Title: ” Paper Boat
Name: Katerina Lomonosov, Israel
Category: Non-Professional, Children
Entry Description: A 7-year-old-boy is sitting in a room corner. His mother just washed his clothes and put them on the rope in the middle of the room because they have no other place to dry them. The eliminate drops from his clothes she put a bowel. The boy has no toys to play with so he tries to find something to do within those endless moments. That’s why he took a piece of paper and folded a paper boat to play with in the bowel.

Entry Title: ” Evening”
Name: Richard Vdovjak, Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
Category: Non-Professional, Children
Entry Description: A young boy dances in evening at a family reunion. Himalayas, Nepal.

Entry Title: ” Isolation”
Name: Luke Smith, United Kingdom
Category: Non-Professional, Culture
Entry Description: For this series I wanted to address the issue of isolation within the elderly by its symbolic representation. With each image the elderly person faces away from the viewer, revealing the subjects absorption, so denying the presence of the viewer, with no ability towards identification, in doing so themselves becoming severed from the image and isolated from the activity being observed. I wanted to summon a confrontational experience from the viewer based on fragments and contradictions in the images systematic order. By violating spatial logic I have attempted to load each image with the symbolic representation of isolation.

Entry Title: ” Faith”
Name: Richard Vdovjak, Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
Category: Non-Professional, Culture
Entry Description: Buddhist monks on their way to the monastery. Himalayas, Nepal.

Entry Title: Naga Babas”
Name: Brock Rhone, Canada
Category: Non-Professional, Travel/Tourism
Entry Description: Naga Babas of the Juna Akhara at the 2010 Kumbh Mela, Haridwar, India.

Entry Title: ” Island Hvar “
Name: Maciej Nowacki, Poland
Category: Non-Professional, Sunset


The Year in Photos

KTM MRW Rally Factory’s Juan Pedrero Garcia rides his motorcycle during the sixth stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between the Chilean cities of Iquique and Arica in Chile, on January 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Tunisia’s President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (left) visits Mohamed Bouazizi at the Ben Arous Burn and Trauma Center in Tunis. Bouazizi had set himself on fire in an act out of desperation after police confiscated fruits and vegetables he sold without a permit in the central town of Sidi Bouzid. He died shortly after this photo was taken. This photo was released on December 28, 2010, and Bouazizi’s story touched millions across the Arab world, tapping into decades-old anger, and triggered a series of uprisings leading to the fall of several dictators and widespread civil unrest that continues to this day. (AP Photo/Tunisian Presidency, File)

Debris crushed a car outside the Christchurch Catholic Cathedral after an earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. The 6.3-magnitude quake hit at the height of a busy workday, toppling tall buildings and churches, crushing buses and killing dozens of people in one of the country’s worst natural disasters. (AP Photo/NZPA, David Wethey)

Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory Rover, stands in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The rover was shipped to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 22, 2011. The mission launched successfully on November 26, and Curiosity will land on Mars this coming August. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A motorcycle policeman is engulfed in flames as his colleague tries to help him after protesters threw a petrol bomb in Athens, Greece, on February 23, 2011. Scores of youths hurled rocks and petrol bombs at riot police after clashes broke out during a mass rally taking place as part of a general strike. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

Cargo containers strewn about by the recent tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan, on March 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

A boy who survived the tsunami plays in a toy car in front of a real car still balancing on its front end after being washed up by the March 11 tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on April 6, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents take a hot outdoor bath amongst tsunami devastation in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture, on April 14, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

Andy Page cries as he sits with his cat, Ellie, placed in a pet carrier, in his demolished apartment in Trenton, Georgia, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, after overnight storms hit the North Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee, area. Page has several cats and Ellie was the last one he was looking for. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Angela Lewis)

A photo taken by a local resident shows the wreckage of a helicopter next to the wall of the compound where according to officials, Osama bin Laden was shot and killed in a firefight with U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Monday, May 2, 2011. The aircraft was a secretly developed stealth helicopter, which crashed during the operation. Pakistan later delivered the remaining pieces to U.S. authorities. (AP Photo/Mohammad Zubair)

A Libyan rebel fighter smokes a cigarette next to an improvised multiple rocket launcher in the back of a pickup truck, as the rebels prepare to make an advance, in the desert on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, Libya, on Thursday, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

The Texas Forest Service undertook controlled burns on Sunday, April 17, 2011 to get rid of fuel on the mountains around McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, which were experiencing widespread forest fires. Here, Black Mountain is burning. The Hobby-Eberly Telescope dome is at right. (Frank Cianciolo/McDonald Observatory)

Protesters, members of “Los Indignados”, take part in a demonstration with a banner that reads “System Error”, in Madrid, Spain, on May 17, 2011. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

Robonaut 2 (R2) waits inside the electromagnetic interference chamber at Johnson Space Center following tests that ensure the robot’s electronic systems won’t cause problems for other important systems at the International Space Station. Humanoid robot R2 journeyed to the space station onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-133 mission, conducting tests. NASA hopes to eventually build a robot helper suitable to assist humans in complex tasks in space or on Earth. (NASA)

A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River, on May 18, 2011 near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The flooded Mississippi River was forcing the Yazoo River to top its banks where the two rivers meet near Vicksburg causing towns and farms upstream on the Yazoo to flood. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Karren, part of a group called the Pujie Girls, demonstrates planking, a recent fad where participants take photos of themselves lying face down in unusual locations, such as here, outside Taiwan’s National Theater in Taipei, on May 25, 2011. (Reuters/Nicky Loh)

An anti-government protester holds up a scarf reading, in Arabic, “My country, I love you my country”, during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Foreign soldiers leave the Intercontinental Hotel at the end of a military operation against Taliban militants who had stormed the hotel in Kabul, on June 29, 2011. Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, sparking a five-hour battle with Afghan commandos backed by a NATO helicopter gunship in an assault that left at least 10 people dead. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images)

A leopard attacks a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India,on July 19, 2011. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials, according to news reports. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center. The forest guard being attacked was also injured. (AP Photo)

People gather outside Oslo City Hall to participate in a “rose march” in memory of the victims of the July 22 bomb attack and shooting massacre in Norway, on July 25, 2011. Gunman Anders Behring Breivik has admitted bombing Norway’s capital and opening fire on a political youth group retreat, but he entered a plea of not guilty, saying he wanted to save Europe from Muslim immigration. In November, Breivik was declared insane, and now faces compulsory psychiatric treatment, possibly for the remainder of his life. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A worker prepares rappelling lines at the top of the Washington Monument as inspections to the structure begin on September 27, 2011. Engineers planned to rappel down the 555-foot (170-meter) Washington Monument to assess damage from a rare 5.8-magnitude earthquake and storms that struck the U.S. capital in August. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Spain’s bullfighter Jose Tomas performs at the Monumental bullring in Barcelona, Spain, on September 25, 2011. On that day, Spain’s powerful northeastern region of Catalonia bid farewell to the country’s emblematic tradition of bullfighting with a final bash at the Barcelona bullring before a ban took effect. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A Pakistani woman displaced by the floods walks along a flooded road holding an axe to cut wood, in Digri district near Hyderabad, Pakistan, on September 19, 2011. The United Nations appealed for $357 million Sunday to help millions of Pakistanis affected by floods that have damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and destroyed millions of acres of crops. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Sgt. 1st Class Justin Hathaway braves a sandstorm after leaving the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Iraq and U.S. Forces-Iraq Provost Marshal Office at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, on September 27, 2011. American troops are scheduled to completely withdraw from Iraq by the end of this year, after nearly nine years of occupation. (Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo/USAF)

A seemingly intoxicated moose is discovered entangled in an apple tree in Goteborg, Sweden late Tuesday September 6 2011. Per Johansson, 45, says he heard a roar from his vacationing neighbor’s garden in southwestern Sweden late Tuesday and went to have a look. There, he found a female moose kicking about in the tree. The animal was likely drunk from eating fermented apples. (AP Photo/Per Johansson)

Libya’s new regime forces fire their weapons at fighters loyal to fugitive strongman Muammar Qaddafi as a comrade plays a guitar during a battle in Sirte on October 10, 2011, in a drive to control Qaddafi’s hometown after a month-long siege. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters take part in a street battle in the center of the city on October 14, 2011 in Sirte, Libya. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

A black rhino is transported by helicopter in South Africa. The seventh black rhino population established by the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project was released after an epic trip across the country. Nineteen of the critically endangered animals were moved from the Eastern Cape to a new location in Limpopo province. (AP Photo/Green Renaissance-World Wildlife Fund)


International Photography Awards ( 3 )

Entry Title: ” Plasticity of Life”
Name: Martin Oeggerli, Switzerland
Category: Professional, Micro
Entry Description: Armed with a scanning-electron-microscope, the author has collected and catalogued insect eggs from every corner of the earth over many years. Single portraits showcase the diverse forms and patterns which invite a comparison with man-made constructions that have been produced during the industrial age or even today as elements of modern architecture.


Entry Title: ” Russian Adventures”
Name: Sue Flood, United Kingdom
Category: Professional, Travel/Tourism
Entry Description: I took this series of photographs in the Russian Arctic, when travelling as on tourist trips to Franz Josef Land and Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands. The dramatic light made for a stunning trip.

Entry Title: ” cello girl”
Name: Shu Li- Chuan, Taiwan
Category: Non-Professional, Music
Entry Description: Let the melody to be as the wind.

Entry Title: ” Lovelace Boudoir”
Name: Jordi Bourbaki, Spain
Category: Non-Professional, Other_AD
Entry Description: Series for Bibian Blue’s ‘Lovelace Boudoir’ collection.

Entry Title: ” Remote Control”
Name: Claudio Allia, Italy
Category: Non-Professional, Self-Promotion
Entry Description: Mathare Valley Slum (Nairobi) A.D. 2010.

Entry Title: ” The worshippes”
Name: Marcin Bera, United Kingdom
Category: Non-Professional, Self-Promotion
Entry Description: Dense fog over the southwest coast of the Jurassic Coast in the United Kingdom.

Entry Title: ” Simplicity”
Name: Marcin Bera, United Kingdom
Category: Non-Professional, Self-Promotion
Entry Description: These photos are showing my favourite places in the United Kingdom. Somber mood and depth of the ocean literally radiates from them. As long as I can, ll always come back there.

Entry Title: ” Calatrava – Valencia”
Name: Carlos Esguerra, United States
Category: Non-Professional, Bridges
Entry Description: Images of works by Spanish master architect Santiago Calatrava at Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias in Valencia, Spain.

Entry Title: ” Docklands”
Name: Rafal Krol, Ireland
Category: Non-Professional, Buildings

Entry Title: ” stealth bomber”
Name: Kevin Kwok, United States
Category: Non-Professional, Buildings
Entry Description: Taken over a period of three years, these images are the architectural intersections of corner offices when viewed straight upwards. By standing right next to the corners and photographing these buildings at such severe angles, the lines and geometry are accentuated and the buildings become abstracts allowing the viewer to provide their own context to the images.

Entry Title: ” Frozen Music”
Name: Joel Tjintjelaar, Netherlands
Category: Non-Professional, Buildings
Entry Description: A series of architectural objects that in some way represents the idea that beauty can be found in mathematics. Goethe once said that architecture is frozen music. Both architecture and music are based on mathematics so I’ve tried to find architectural objects that in some way also can be associated with music by their form, their rhythm and flow and recurring patterns. This is an ongoing series.

Entry Title: ” Untitled”
Name: Caitlin Kovac, United States
Category: Non-Professional, Historic

Entry Title: Where Ships Were Born [Revisited]“
Name: Paul Alexander Knox, United Kingdom
Category: Non-Professional, Industrial
Entry Description: Sunderland has a proud 600 year history of shipbuilding, which in the early 1900′s employed 12,000 men; over a third of the town’s adult population. Now the workforce is a mere half dozen and their future is uncertain. The once opulent offices that stood like Mary Celeste style shrine for over 20 years have now been demolished. The Dry dock still functions but now only as a demolition site. The industry is in it’s final years. I left my home town of Sunderland a few years after the industry was all but closed down to find employment. I returned over 13 years later to begin the journey to document this, the last working shipyard in Sunderland.

Entry Title: ” Along The River Rouge: Detroit’s Industrial Mecca”
Name: Jeff Gaydash, United States
Category: Non-Professional, Industrial
Entry Description: Photographing Along The River Rouge: Detroit’s Industrial Mecca An ongoing series of images taken around Detroit’s heavily industrialized River Rouge area, including Zug Island, Delray, The Marathon Oil Refinery and Ford’s Rouge Plant.

Entry Title: ” Priests in Ethiopia”
Name: Grzegorz Sowa, Poland
Category: Non-Professional, Personality
Entry Description: Priest in region Tigray in Ethiopia, where stone churches are located



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