Archive for December 2011

Official News Agency of a Totalitarian Regime Doctored a News Photo. Imagine That.

Posted by on Thursday December 29, 2011 | Photo Manipulation, Photos In The News

The photo of the funeral of Kim Jung-Il distributed by the Korean Central News Agency, the official news agency of North Korea, was stunning: Limousines driving in formation behind a giant portrait of the Supreme Leader, rows of mourners lining their route, snow whitening the ground, a giant North Korean flag billowing majestically at the... More

Swedish Photographer, Reporter Convicted in Ethiopian Show Trial (Update)

Posted by on Thursday December 22, 2011 | Photojournalism

An Ethiopian court has declared Swedish photojournalist Johan Persson and reporter Martin Schibbye guilty of supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally, according to an AFP report. “Guilty as charged, period, unanimous vote,” the judge declared, according to the AFP story. The judge added that just because Persson and Schibbye are journalists doesn’t mean they... More

Lacoste Elysée Photo Prize Cancelled Over Censorship Controversy

Posted by on Thursday December 22, 2011 | Fine Art

The Musée de l’Elysée abruptly cancelled the 2011 Lacoste Elysée Prize for photography, protesting the decision by prize sponsor Lacoste to exclude one of the finalists. Lacoste, meanwhile, has announced that is “has decided to cancel once and for all its participation in this event and its support for the Elysée Prize.” Lacoste reportedly objected... More

No Charges Filed Against Milwaukee News Photographer

Posted by on Wednesday December 21, 2011 | Photojournalism

Prosecutors have decided not to “issue any tickets” against a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photographer arrested while covering an Occupy protest near the University of Wisconsin last month, the newspaper has reported. It is unclear from the report what grounds prosecutors may have had–if any–for issuing tickets. The photographer, Kristyna Wentz-Graff, was arrested while photographing the... More

Dragonfly Photo Wins $10k National Geographic Photo Contest

Posted by on Tuesday December 20, 2011 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Media

A close-up photograph of a dragonfly weathering a rain storm in Indonesia’s Riau Islands earned photographer Shikhei Goh the $10,000 grand prize in the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest. In a statement, National Geographic magazine photographer Tim Laman, who was one of three judges for the competition, celebrated the photograph’s “beautiful light, rare action in... More

The Biggest Photo News Stories of 2011

Posted by on Friday December 16, 2011 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Copyright/Legal, Fashion, Fine Art, Obituary, Photojournalism

Over on PDNOnline we’ve gathered together the biggest photography news stories of 2011, a year marked infringements on the rights of photographers, by sticky legal cases whose results will be felt long into the future, and by tragedy. The 15 stories we highlighted were the most-read news articles and blog posts on PDNOnline and PDN... More

Upcoming Deadlines for Awards, Contests

Posted by on Friday December 16, 2011 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Deadlines are approaching for several competitions that give you a chance to have your work seen by photo editors, curators, and others in the industry. Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2012 Open to US, UK and Canadian photographers under the age of 34. Winners and honorable mentions will be published in the catalogue of the competition,... More

Photogs Show Up on List for Unclaimed Royalties

Posted by on Friday December 16, 2011 | Business, Copyright/Legal

A number of US photographers may be able to collect royalties they never knew were owed to them, thanks to the efforts of the Authors Coalition of America to collect payment for photocopies of works by US authors that are made in foreign countries. The ACA has published a royalty distribution list that names dozens... More

Holiday Sales: Photo Gifts Supporting Photography, Charities

Posted by on Wednesday December 14, 2011 | Uncategorized

Weary of shopping malls? Trying to have a less commercial holiday this year? Several photo organizations are offering sales this season to entice shoppers to give photography as a gift while supporting worthy causes. But time is running out if you want your gift to arrive by Christmas. Aperture Holiday Sale Until January 5, the... More

POYi Calling for Entries

Posted by on Monday December 12, 2011 | Photojournalism

POYi has put out a call for entries for its 69th annual photojournalism competition. Online registration and entry will be open through January 12, 2012, contest organizers say. POYi has added a new Sports Division, which will include new categories for Sports Photographer of the Year, as well as categories for Sports Multimedia and Sports... More