Archive for April 2017

Instagram Influencers Get Warning from Federal Trade Commission about Sponsored Content

Posted by on Friday April 28, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the government’s consumer protection agency, says it sent warning letters to 90 Instagram users and marketers, reminding them that sponsored Instagram posts must be clearly identified as sponsored or paid content. The FTC did not release the identities of the Instagram users it warned, but said they included “celebrities, athletes... More

Nature Conservancy’s Melissa Ryan on Making Impact with Conservation Photos

Posted by on Friday April 28, 2017 | Photojournalism

Mercedes Robinson-Neasloss photographs nature details during a participatory camera workshop run by photographer Jason Houston and Nature Conservancy Magazine Director of Photography, Melissa Ryan. Near Klemtu, British Columbia, Canada. ©Jason Houston

Melissa Ryan, director of photography at Nature Conservancy magazine, says that in order to create more powerful messages for conservation, photographers have to engage and collaborate more with the communities affected. That will be the subject of her talk at Collaborations for Cause 2017 in Seattle, where she will be one of several featured speakers.... More

Chris Court and Eater Win Top Photo Honors at 2017 James Beard Awards

Posted by on Wednesday April 26, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

eater story James Beard
From "Thrill Ride," produced by Eater, which took top honors in the Visual Storytelling category in the 2017 James Beard Awards.

The James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its annual media awards yesterday. Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking, photographed by Chris Court, won top honors in the Photography category. Eater was also honored with the Visual Storytelling award for its online story “Thrill Ride.” Vince Dixon reported the story and Mariya Pylayevwhich edited the videos. “Thrill... More

Inaugural $30K CatchLight Photography Fellowships Go to Sarah Blesener, Brian Frank and Tomas van Houtryve

Posted by on Tuesday April 25, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

© Tomas van Houtryve. CatchLight fellows receive financial and media support to pursue innovative stories that bring awareness to social issues.
© Tomas van Houtryve. CatchLight fellows receive financial and media support to pursue innovative stories that bring awareness to social issues.

The inaugural CatchLight Fellowships were awarded to Sarah Blesener, Brian Frank and Tomas van Houtryve, the organization announced today. Fellowship winners receive $30,000 to use to create a body of work. In addition, winners are paired with media partners that will work with them to publish their project. CatchLight is a nonprofit photography organization that... More

Benson, Calle, Aperture Honored at 33rd Annual ICP Infinity Awards

Posted by on Tuesday April 25, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

In accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Center of Photography Infinity Awards, celebrity photographer Harry Benson thanked not only the photo editors and colleagues who had supported him throughout his more than 50-year photojournalism career. He also thanked everyone “who didn’t help me, because they’re the ones you want to show.” The 33rd... More

Vivian Maier Estate Sues Jeffrey Goldstein for Copyright, Trademark Infringement

Posted by on Monday April 24, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

The Estate of Vivian Maier has sued collector Jeffrey Goldstein for copyright infringement and other claims, alleging unauthorized copying, exhibition and print sales of the late photographer’s work. The estate is seeking unspecified damages and lost profits for the alleged violations. According to the estate’s claim, Goldstein acquired approximately 2,000 vintage Maier prints, 20,000 of... More

Instagram “Pods” Are the New Bots

Posted by on Friday April 21, 2017 | Social Media/Web

Ever since Instagram moved its feed from a straightforward chronological posting scheme to an algorithmically sorted, Facebook-style presentation, users have been looking for ways to grow or even just maintain their engagement with their followers. Bots that scoured the network liking and commenting on a user’s behalf to drive up followers have a mixed reputation... More