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‘A Form of Love’ Exhibition Honors The War Reporters and Photographers Who Risk Their Lives in Conflict Zones

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South Vietnam, April 1968: Ammunition airlift during the relief of Khe Sanh. © Larry Burrows / Time Inc.

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The Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, 2009: The Korengal Valley was widely considered one of the deadliest places for American soldiers fighting in the Afghan war. © Franco Pagetti

In recent months, the world was shocked by the very public murders of western journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Desiring to raise awareness and honor the perilous and passionate work of war reportage, conflict photographers Jordan Sullivan, Aaron Stern and Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini have curated A Form of Love – An Exhibition of Contemporary Conflict Photography. The group exhibition includes work from Larry Burrows, Marcus Bleasdale, Peter van Agtmael, Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini, Paolo Pellegrin, Yuri Kozyrev, Franco Pagetti, Thomas Dworzak, Jean-Pierre Laffont and the deceased Tim Hetherington. A Form of Love has also been published as a limited edition book by 205-A, featuring the exhibiting photographers, poetry by Tom Sleigh and text by Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini. Proceeds benefit both the Tim Hetherington Trust and the James W. Foley Legacy Fund.

A successful commercial photographer as well as conflict photographer, curator Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini spoke with us about the timeliness of the exhibition and what drives him, as well as other war reporters, to risk it all.

Photo du Jour: Handstands

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Mara and Jessica in the director’s office, Summer 2013

We are all the hero of our own lives, a silent protagonist whose hopes and dreams the world secretly revolves around. Photographer Rachele Maistrello encourages people to play out their desires and aspirations right where they stand in A Hero’s Life.

From Kazakhstan to Kentucky: 36 Photos Provide a Glimpse Inside Zoos Around the World

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Kodiak Bear, Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth, Minnesota © Areca Roe

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Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark © Kasper Palsnov

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Tibetan Bear, Chongqing, China © M. Scott Brauer

This group show we asked for photos of zoo animals and your submissions gave us a glimpse into establishments across the globe. Sometimes sad, sometimes slightly humorous but always thought-provoking, we present 36 photos of the zoo, judged by photographer Emma Kisiel.

Congratulations to Areca Roe, Kasper Palsnov and M. Scott Brauer, who will receive a one-year subscription to Squarespace, the innovative website publishing platform perfect for the creative. They make it simple to create professional websites that are 100% customizable, making web design accessible to everyone. Complete with award-winning designs, hosting, domains, commerce, and 24/7 support, Squarespace offers photographers more ways to market themselves and grow their business.

Photo du Jour: A Forest of Internet Photos

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We have all downloaded that ocean scene or forest desktop background, so saturated with color and disreality, yet somehow alluring enough to draw us in. Anastasia Samoylova uses the Internet’s infinite resource of nature imagery to assemble temporary sculptures for her series Landscape Sublime. Playing with ideas of the human desire to experience something beautiful beyond themselves, Samoylova examines this concept through popular screen-based photographs and the transformation that occurs when they take on a more physical form.

Call for Submissions: Photos of the Subway

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Photos: Travis Ruse

It could be said that the subway is one of the best places for people watching. With the endless stream of characters from all walks of life parading in and out through those subway doors, it’s no wonder photographers have been known to sneak a photo or two. Whether enduring the lovable grime of the NYC underground or hopping aboard the train in London or Tokyo, we want to see your images of the subway.

Our judge is Travis Ruse, Photography Director at Inc. Magazine and subway aficionado. Sharing images of the NYC subway on his blog from 2005 – 2007, Ruse gathered a significant following addicted to his daily vision of the underground.

Top three winners will receive a free one-year subscription to 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.

To submit, please use our form. You may submit 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). Please include captions detailing the name/location of the subway submitted.

Deadline is October 28th.

Squarespace is a Feature Shoot sponsor.

Poignant Photos of Nuns Who Live in Complete Silence

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Sisters of Sclerder is photographer Ibolya Feher‘s documentation of the simple life of The Carmelite order in the south west of Cornwall, England, one of the oldest and strictest orders of Nuns in the Catholic faith. They go about their day in absolute silence save for prayer and two brief recreational periods, talking only when necessary. The Sisters take vows of obedience, poverty and chastity, dedicating their lives to communing with God and praying for the outside world. Residing in the 200-year-old Sclerder Abbey, the women and the monastery are rarely open to outsiders.

City Boys Hunting on a Gaming Reserve in Rural Spain

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In a world that is increasingly urban-focused, photographer Ricardo Cases documents the niche experience of city-dwellers traveling to the countryside for a holiday full of “real” rural living. In his series La Caza Del Lobo Congelado (“Frozen Wolf Hunt”), Cases spent time photographing at a Spanish gaming reserve, a popular tourist destination for businessmen and others to get a taste of the outdoors and the thrill of the hunt.

The Last Remaining Residents of an Estonian Shanty Town

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Tamara on the eve of moving day. She is embittered that the authorities would not let the old people die in peace: “We have created so much beauty here.” Tamara designed and erected the gates made of plastic pipes and rubber hoses herself. Krasota (Splendor)!

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Svetlana Ivnitskaya (57) is a most famous resident at Soodevhe shanty town. This spring (2014) she was a popular candidate for European Parliament election. Jobless, Ivnitskaya lives in a house that has no electricity, sharing it with her husband Boris and a goatherd.

In the 1960s just outside of Tallinn, Estonia, workers of a military factory were given free patches of land for people to plant gardens and grow vegetables. The location gradually became a sort of shanty town in the spirit of the Russian “dachas” (a small seasonal house away from the city), while some citizens chose to call it their permanent residence. Photographer Annika Haas captures the fading pieces of this eclectic culture, soon to be paved over in service of the nearby airport. Plane Watchers memorializes the spirit and stories of those who call the dacha district their home, cherishing each and every day until they are forced to leave.

Photographers, Time to Enter for a Chance to Win a New Squarespace Website

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“I never really made the leap to having a ‘professional’ website designed before but I can’t see that the results would be significantly different to what you can achieve with Squarespace. I have complete control over the design and arrangement of images. I can add and move around content whenever I like.” — Phil Miller

Having a professional website is key to getting your work out to a wider audience. Instead of shelling out for the significant costs of a designer and developer, Squarespace can help you build a clean, streamlined platform to share your photography with the world. Easy, intuitive and always 100% customizable, Squarespace has helped our previous makeover winners build an entirely new website using their easy drag-and-drop tools. Phil Miller was able to meet all his needs without having to learn complicated coding to create his site.

“I’m not a technophile by any means but computer skills have never really been my strong point! Squarespace is so easy to use and customize that even with my limited knowledge, I’ve been able to achieve everything I set out to.”

Want to give your site a facelift? Simply email your website address to submissions (at) featureshoot (dot) com with the words “Squarespace” in the subject line by October 22nd. Based solely on your work, the chosen photographer will receive a free lifetime membership to Squarespace as well as a write-up on the Feature Shoot homepage about you and your work with a complete “before” and “after” of the makeover process.

Squarespace is a Feature Shoot sponsor.

Photo du Jour: Swan Lake

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Swan Lake, from the series ‘Right Time Right Place’

Robert Rutöd loves serendipity, irony and what happens when they converge. The Austrian-born photographer explores the concept to its fullest spectrum in his series Right Time Right Place. Wandering about Europe for 5 years, Rutöd observed and captured instances brimming with contradiction, often painfully funny or unexpectedly tragic. The series questions whether luck is imaginary and how strange it is to find oneself in the exactly wrong place when it happens to be just the right time to document it.

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