The 2015 Emerging Photography Awards: A Sneak-Peek at Some of Our Favorite Submissions


For Timescapes, Italian photographer Valerio Manghi shoots abstract landscapes from a train as it moves through the darkness of night. © Valerio Manghi


For Teenage Wildlife, Melbourne-based photographer Morganna Magee draws inspiration from her own teenage years to tell a story of modern adolescence through sensitive and nuanced portraits of an emerging generation of soon-to-be grown-ups. © Morganna Magee

Each year, Feature Shoot is proud to host our Emerging Photography Awards, a competition geared towards advancing the careers of up-and-coming photographers around the world working in any genre. This time around, we’re offering not only $2,500 in cash (to be divided equally amongst the five winning photographers) but also a coveted New York City gallery show at United Photo Industries headquarters in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

‘Futurists’ Portraits Prove That Cyborgs, Telepathy, and Virtual Worlds Are No Longer the Stuff of Science Fiction


Neil Harbisson is widely considered to be the worlds first officially recognised cyborg. Born with a rare form of colour blindness, the antenna is implanted directly into his brain and allows him to hear visible and invisible colours as sound. It also has a wifi connection so he can receive music or phone calls and even colors from satellites and extraterrestrial colors from space directly to the brain.


DIY brain hacker Andrew Vladimirov uses electrical currents, magnetic fields and lasers to alter his moods and state of mind.

“I’ve met a man who can receive information from outer space directly to his brain,” says London-based photographer David Vintiner, who, over the course of his series Futurists, has in many ways been documenting various possible futures for mankind. The man he mentioned is Neil Harbisson, an artist, activist… and cyborg, who at the age of twenty one, had an antenna permanently implanted into his skull. For the photographer, Harbisson is just the beginning; Futurists features a wide array of men and women who, through their careers or hobbies, are working to push technology to its limits, all in the name of a better future.

We Asked 16 Photographers: Are you Optimistic for the Future of Photography?


© Benjamin Lowy

Benjamin Lowy: Of course I am. The future is innovation, and photography will change and adapt, but it will continue to be a viable artistic form. Whether one can make money from it is another question all together.

J.M. Giordano: We will always have still photography and it will always be important. This came to me while watching a doc on photography during the Vietnam War. There’s a 16mm film showing the execution of a Vietcong sympathizer by a cop. It happens very fast and the film was all but forgotten. Luckily, still photographer Eddie Adams was there to capture one of the most famous war photos of all time. No one remembers the film but EVERYONE remembers the still photograph. In reality, I’m more concerned with the future of GOOD photography. The more we accept mediocrity and fear criticism, the more we’re no longer able to judge what’s good and what’s bad. Everything isn’t awesome.”

Ron Haviv: I am very optimistic about the future of photography. While the monetization of our new world hasn’t reached the level we want, the audience level has. Never before has there been more interest in photography than now. Whilst almost everyone considers themselves a photographer of some sort, those same people are appreciating great photography in a new way. We at VII photo and other places have moved from content suppliers to actual publishers through social media and other venues. It is very exciting to be able to reach an audience the same size as a magazine.

20 Inspiring Photos of Life ‘Off the Grid’

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For our newest group show, “Off The Grid,” we partnered with ImageBrief and put out a call for images that depict what living life “off the grid” means to photographers. The following collection, was curated by Chris Buda, Manager of Art Buying at BBDO and Isabelle Raphael, Head of Visual Content at ImageBrief and features 20 photos that encapsulate the ethos of the “off the grid” lifestyle. More images from the collection can be found on ImageBrief’s site.

Congratulations to the photographers featured here. Each will receive free Explorer Plus accounts from ImageBrief, which allow them to sell images in the ImageBrief Marketplace, get hired on assignment, and get contacted by ImageBrief’s network of thousands of buyers.

Didn’t make it in time to submit to Off The Grid? Don’t worry, ImageBrief has dozens of new briefs every day and it’s free to sign up and submit.

Embroidery Turns Everyday Beauty Photography On Its Head



Berlin-based multimedia artist Jose Romussi has an ambivalent, push-and-pull relationship with photography; for Anti-Serie, he appropriates found fashion and beauty photographs and overlays them opaque embroidery that alternately reinforces and subverts the intentions and emotional currents of the original image.

Photographer Uses Paint, Oil, Honey, and Milk to Bring Human Emotions to Life


For French photographer and filmmaker Thomas Blanchard, the words “joy,” “grief,” “fear,” and “longing” do little to express the nuanced and visceral sensations that they connote. For The Colors of Feelings, he taps into a more primal and intuitive realm to bring emotions to life through imagery. Through an alchemy of paint, honey, cinnamon, oil, and milk, he constructs macro scenes that move in turn from harmony to discord and back again. Our feelings and responses, he suggests, aren’t solid but diaphanous and ever-changing; like paint and oil, agony and ecstasy can overlap to become something new and unnamable. In the end, implies Blanchard, it all commingles, and our state of mind—no matter how hard we try to control it—never stands still.

Compassionate Portraits Capture the Dignity and Grace of Farm Animals




As the global farming industry expands, mankind, suggests New Zealand-based photographer Cally Whitham, has in many ways failed to recognize the inherent dignity and grace that lies within the breasts of farm animals. With Epitaph, she pictures barnyard inhabitants—from pigs to sheep, cows to turkeys—in tender and fanciful portraits, resurrecting the oft-forgotten pathos that ties us to our fellow creatures.

11 Photographers On Why Squarespace Was the Perfect Way to Build an Online Presence


From the Squarespace website of Tytia Habing

Over the past few years, we have talked to literally dozens of photographers about how Squarespace has helped them to build an online presence, connect with clients, and make a name for themselves in what can be a very competitive industry. We’ve interviewed National Geographic photographers, fine artists, hard-hitting photojournalists, celebrity portraitists, and even a teenage daredevil urban explorer. We’ve also chatted with pioneers in the photo industry, from publishers and curators like those behind Humble Arts Foundation to non-profit pioneers like Jennifer Schwartz, creator of Crusade for Art.

An Underground World in Bucharest, Romania Where Homeless Individuals are Barely Surviving




Bruce Lee lives on the streets, says Bucharest-based photographer Dani Gherca, hopping from one place to the next in search of shelter and caring for a close-knit group of homeless individuals who have claimed him as their surrogate father. For Bruce Lee, who was born Florin Hora, sustaining the welfare of those in need— people and stray dogs who like him have been abandoned cast out of the comforts mainstream society— is a responsibility given to him by God.

Meet Charth Vader, A Little Boy Who’s Mastered the Force



To the unknowing passerby, Charlie might seem like a regular little boy, without any special abilities; his mother, Los Angeles-based photographer Ashly Stohl knows better. Over the years, she’s seen him morph into Charth Vader, a miniature but no less impressive version of the Jedi-turned-Sith-Lord protagonist of the Star Wars saga. Both Charlie and his Dark Side counterpart have Ocular Albinism, a condition that characterized by a decreased pigmentation in the iris, resulting in impaired vision. Charlie’s infatuation with Darth Vader, suggests the artist, is perhaps his way of navigating and asserting his autonomy in a world that too often caters only to grown-ups… and to those whose vision is unimpaired.