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The Exposure Award by SeeMe is Offering Photographers $75,000 in Awards and Prizes

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In the age of the Internet, photographers face the prospect of an unlimited audience, and The Exposure Award, presented by SeeMe, the single largest community of fine art photographers, is a true testament to the fact that the international market for photographers is broader now than ever.

‘War Machine’ Captures a Photographer’s Pride in the Independence of Georgia

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When the Soviet forces invaded Georgia, Tbilisi-based photographer Giorgi Shengelia’s great-grandfather gave his life protecting his country. The date was February 1921, and Georgia had been independent for only three years following the 1918 Russian Civil War and the dissolution of the Russian Empire, and it would be another seventy before it regained its independence with the fall of the Soviet Union.

‘In Dogs We Trust’ Captures the Relationship Between Man and Dog

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Moses, Lola & Parker. Los Angeles, CA. 

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Sarah, Samantha & Rufus. Lambeth, London, UK. 

Photographers Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott both grew up with dogs, Dalmatians and a wiry haired Cairn terrier, respectively. Because of this, their love of animals was fostered early on; however, today they find themselves too nomadic to have pets of their own. Six years ago, as a side project, they began photographing dogs and their owners out of a desire to satisfy something within themselves. Grove and Robson-Scott’s collaborative project In Dogs We Trust celebrates the unconditional bond between people and their dogs.

Baltimore-Based Photojournalist J.M. Giordano on What It’s Like to Cover the Riots (and Get Beaten by the Cops)

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Me being beat on by several @baltimorepolice. Video by Baynard woods. #freddieGray #baltimore

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Baltimore-based photojournalist J.M. Giordano loves his city, and when the recent protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray escalated into full-blown riots, he rushed straight into the front lines. As peaceful protestors stood alongside those throwing bricks and bottles and police pummeled through, Giordano and his colleague, writer Baynard Woods, were caught in the middle, where the photographer was beaten to the ground and hit by officers. He held his camera the whole way through, snapping even as he was wrenched from the street and back onto his feet.

124 Nostalgia-Inducing Photos Make Up Our Latest Group Show

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For our latest group show, we asked you to share your photographs capturing the theme of nostalgia. Judged by Alison Zavos Feature Shoot’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief, this collection of photos truly captures the bittersweet essence of the nostalgic temperament. All photographs are inherently nostalgic, but those that hit the hardest are those that transform something palpably personal into something undeniably universal. Where general sentimentality applies only to the events that occurred in one’s own life, it’s entirely possible to feel nostalgic for something you never had in the first place. A bite from nostalgia bug cuts deeper than one inflicted by homesickness, because in the end, nostalgia brings with it the knowledge that we can never go backwards. The photographs in this show, however, allow us to do just that, if only for a moment.

Congratulations to top three winners Tatiana Kiseleva, Bill Anastas, and Dana Stirling, who will receive a one year subscription to Squarespace, an online publishing platform designed with photographers in mind. With award-winning design, domains, commerce, hosting, and 24/7 support, Squarespace helps photographers discover more ways to market themselves and expand their business. New subscribers to Squarespace can now use the code “FS15″ to receive 10% off their website. Click here to start a free 14-day trial.

Photographer Andrew B. Myers’s Obsessively Arranged Still-life Vistas

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The more you try to pan across photographer Andrew B. Myers obsessively arranged still-life vistas, the more he draws you in. Your eye scans the images like a drone flying high above a muted landscape, at first cold, surveying, disassociated. Each object is sharply in focus, no one more prominent than the other, arranged stoically like soldiers in the midday sun. The objects—a vintage television, a pineapple, a nailclipper—are plotted along the photos like aggravating stop signs along an empty country road,. They force us to pause, look, and consider. The trigger our collective memory and compel us to ask: Why these objects? Why together? Why like this? It’s as if the photographs of Andrew B. Myers’s is where objects we are finished with go to die. Wether they are technologically obsolete like a rotary telephone, or simply ignorable when not in use, like a roll of toilet paper, Myers’ reminds us these objects exist whether we think of them or not. They exist physically when we’re done using them, and their residue persists in subconscious collective memories. They are Myers’ attempts at roadmaps, to make sense of the mess of ephemera that persists inside our minds.

Photographer Creates Vulnerable Portraits of Her Exes in ‘Ex-Boyfriends’

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James, together 4 months. I was 27 years old

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Matt, together 2 months. I was 13 years old

For Ex-Boyfriends, Boston-based photographer Laura Beth Reese turns back the clock, returning to her previous romantic relationships by photographing her former partners in near nudity. Where the project began as a way of chasing down the resolution that eluded her at the close of these partnerships, it became something much more: a reentry into the tangled web of her own feelings about each subject.

Marc Dimov Photographs Fish in Silhouette to Raise Awareness About the Overexploitation of Our Oceans

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The Nototodarus, a genus of squid © Mark Dimov / Offset

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The winter flounder © Mark Dimov / Offset

In 2007, New York City-based photographer Marc Dimov would open up the April issue of National Geographic to read a story that would haunt him for years. The article, “Saving The Sea’s Bounty,” laid out for him in excruciating detail, statistic by statistic, the ways in which the world’s oceans have been and are being eviscerated by commercial fisheries. As fleets of ships comb the Mediterranean for the critically endangered bluefin tuna, the North Atlantic Cod that once flourished have been reduced by a whopping ninety percent over the last century. The demand for shark fin soup, a popular delicacy in China, has led to tens of millions of shark deaths annually, with fisheries sawing the fins from the animal on-site and plunging them back into the sea to drown. We’ve devoured entire species of large fish, moving down the food chain to smaller and smaller prey.

Portraits From the Strip Club Capital of the World

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When Stefanie Moshammer visited Las Vegas for two months, her days weren’t spent sunbathing by the pool at Caesars Palace or hitting the Bellagio casino at night. The Austrian photographer had a different motive in mind. Fascinated by the lifestyle of those who exist behind the shiny façade of sin city, she set out to document Las Vegas strippers and the seedy hotel rooms, pink cadillac’s and nightclubs that act as their stage. The resulting series, Vegas and She, depicts the Las Vegas we don’t see, the one we shield our eyes from, the city that exists behind closed doors.

Behind-the-Scenes Images Taken on Photo Shoots Put ‘Stand-Ins’ in the Spotlight

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It’s the photograph that exists but shouldn’t. The silent keeper whose only function is to aid in the creation of that cherished final image, and then, with a click of a button, can be wiped from existence. It could be a ghastly doll filling in as a baby for photographer Jill Greenberg, or a demure a photo assistant sitting in as Paris Hilton. When photographers predominantly shot on film, these images were saved on the roll and preserved on the contact sheet. Digital photographers are prone to deleting these images, because after they’ve served their purpose, they’re just taking up valuable hard-drive space. For Los Angeles magazine Photo Director Amy Feitelberg, it’s this behind-the-scenes moment that’s captured her attention. For years she’s been fascinated by the process, and set about contacting photographers like Andrew Hetheringon and Dan Winters, to contribute images to her curatorial debut. Feitelberg’s Stand-Ins show is exhibiting at Icon Gallery in Los Angeles for the 2015 Month of Photography festival happening this month.