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Science and Beauty Collide in Stunning Portraits of Migratory Birds

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Local Vernacular is a project to which Finnish photographer Sanna Kannisto has devoted herself for the past two years. The project title refers to the unique bird song or “language” of different groups of migratory birds, each of which is territory-specific. Sanna works together with scientists who perform bird ringing and consequential bird migratory research in natural reserves such as the one found in the outer Hankoniemi archipelago in Southern Finland, where Sanna has taken most of her photographs. Bird ringing, that is to say the attaching of a small individually number ring of plastic to the legs of birds, allows researchers to identify birds and keep track of their migratory movements. A scientific curiosity that coincides with the appreciation of the natural beauty of these birds and a flair for capturing it with a camera has taken Sanna to her studio, where she photographs migratory birds in a refreshingly different context.

Retracing a 1,300 Mile Escape from a Prisoner-Of-War Camp in Russia

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In 1945, Cardiff-based photographer Michal Iwanowski’s grandfather and his brother escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in Kaluga, Russia. Their 2,200km journey was laden with risk, passing through unknown territories and enduring adverse weather conditions along the way. The pair survived on berries, mushrooms or the occasional stolen cabbage, moving silently through the hours of darkness and avoiding all contact with other people.

Capturing the Dignity of the Accused Gambaga Witches from Ghana

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“Hearing the story over again growing up probably pushed me to find something else other than condemned women,” says Ghana-born photographer Eric Gyamfi of the Gambaga witches’ camp, where more than one hundred women, aged late teens to ninety-something, live sequestered from the rest of the population of the country’s East Mamprusi district.

Call for Submissions: Photos of Childhood

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Nan Goldin once said of children, “They’re closer to whatever it is—where we come from and where we go.” Photographing childhood for her book Eden and After was her way of returning to that essential purity of spirit and understanding that’s gradually lost as we age. Before “they’re taught to forget,” young people hold within them the key to the great mysteries of humankind, if only we dare to listen to what they have to say. For our upcoming group show, we invite you to send us your photographs of childhood, a time when everything is new and raw and growing old seems so very far away.

This group show will be curated by Alison Zavos, Editor-in-Chief at Feature Shoot. To submit, email up to five images (620 pixels wide on the shortest side, saved for web, no borders or watermarks) titled with your name and the number of the image (ex: yourname_01.jpg) to fsgroupshow (at) gmail (dot) com with “Childhood” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions within the body of the email.

You may also submit via Instagram simply by following @featureshoot and posting your images using the hashtag #featureshootchildhood. Submissions are already rolling in, so act now for the chance to have your image featured on our Instagram.

This show is supported by Squarespace, the intuitive website publishing platform that makes it simple for photographers to build creative and professional sites with their combo of award-winning designs, hosting, domains, and commerce. Selected photos will run on the Feature Shoot website and be promoted through our social media channels. Copyright remains with the photographer.

Deadline for submissions is May 30, 2016.

Squarespace is a Feature Shoot sponsor.

Capturing the Private World of Two Deaf-Blind Twins

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“I instantaneously knew that I wanted them to be my protagonists,” says Berlin-based photographer Marlena Waldthausen of Jorg and Rolf, twin brothers living at the Deutsches Taubblindenwerk Fischbeck, a village of about 120 people living with deaf-blindness. Without the use of sight and sound, they communicate with each other through touch. On that first day, they were making each other laugh by playing, pantomiming nibbling on one another’s fingers.

Photographs of the Isolated Mundari Tribe and Their Precious Cattle

10A Mundari woman with the ritual facial scarring, typical of their tribe, and covered in ash, a natural antiseptic which also protects the skin from insects and the sun.

7A Mundari man takes advantage of the antibacterial properties of the cow’s urine. An extra benefit is that ammonia in the urine will dye his hair orange.

Two years ago Tariq Zaidi quit his senior corporate position in order to pursue his life long dream of photographing tribes in some of the most isolated parts of the world. The London-based photographer was fascinated by the Mundari, a tribe in South Sudan who have been documented very little to date.

Barbie Emulates 60 Years of Iconic Fashion Photography

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Reference image: Guy Bourdin, Charles Jourdan Spring, 1979

The striking images of Barbie in different postures and shooting locations that constitute Iconic B may seem strangely familiar. Sicilian photographer Alberto Alicata was supposed to come up with a series of still life shots for his fashion and advertising photography course in Rome: “I was having trouble trying to make forks look interesting in photographs, so thought I would try to capture something using still life photography that would still be about fashion. Looking at Bourdin’s work, I noticed that the legs of his model subjects looked very similar to those of a doll. I immediately thought about the most famous doll of all time: Barbie”.

Return to Photography’s Roots with 19th Century Processes (Sponsored)

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When you hear the words “salted paper print,” your mind probably travels back in time to the 1840s, to Henry Fox Talbot and the archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the world’s best art historians and conservators pore over delicate prints. You’d be wrong to think the century’s old process—along with others like it, the albumen or platinum print, the ziatype, gum bichromate—have been relegated to the annals of photographic history. Indeed, there are contemporary artists learning these alternative processes alongside the most cutting-edge digital innovations, on the beautiful coast of Rockport, Maine.

Nightlife in Uganda Chronicled in Photo Book ‘Fuck It’

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Kampala has been described as “the city that (really) never sleeps” by Condé Nast Traveler, and it’s easy to see why. The capital city of Uganda is becoming something of a legend for its eternal buzz and crazy nightlife; the party continues as long as people are still drinking. And the Ugandans drink a lot. According to the Global Status on Alcohol and Health, Ugandans consume more alcohol than any other country in East Africa. As the photographer Michele Sibeloni observed: “During the day Kampala appears to be a very religious and conservative society; at night everything changes. There are no limits and nothing is taboo, the way the people dance is very physical and sexual”.

Originally from a small town in the province of Parma in Italy, Michele Sibeloni has been living in Uganda for the past six years. Arriving in the country for the first time, the nightlife immediately caught his attention. The night became a refuge, a manner of escaping his everyday obligations and being able to think freely. He started to shoot his nighttime adventures in 2012, and wanted his photographs to reflect on his feelings towards the night, telling a story using personal elements of his life.

Sweat, Mud, and Confederate Flags at ‘The Redneck Yacht Club’

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As the sun bore down hot and heavy over the Redneck Mud Park in Southwest Florida, ATVs hissed past, their engines screeching as confederate flags flapped in the wind. For Brooklyn-based photographer Wesley Mann, it was total culture shock.

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