April 21, 2018
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Overall winners revealed for 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

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In buzkashi, Afghanistan’s violent and ancient national pastime, riders battle for control of an animal corpse that they carry toward a goal. Sixteen years after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban, the sport is dominated by rival warlords who will do anything to maintain power in a turbulent country that once again is up for grabs. @Balazs Gardi

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Overall winners revealed for 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

●British artist Alys Tomlinson named Photographer of the Year
●10 Professional category winners and finalists revealed
●Overall Open, Youth and Student winners announced
●Images available at www.worldphoto.org/press

The World Photography Organisation today names the overall winners of the prestigious 2018 Sony World Photography Awards at a London ceremony.

The coveted Photographer of the Year title was presented to British artist Alys Tomlinson for her series Ex-Voto, winning the photographer $25,000 (USD). The work was praised by the jury for its beautiful production, technical excellence and sensitive illustration of pilgrimage as a journey of discovery and sacrifice to a greater power.

Tomlinson was selected from the 10 category winners of the Professional competition who were announced today alongside those in 2nd and 3rd place in each Professional category. The overall winners of the Awards’ Open (best single image), Youth and Student Focus competitions were also revealed.

All winners were flown to the London awards ceremony and received Sony digital imaging equipment, publication in the winners’ book and their work will be shown as part of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London.

Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Candida Höfer was also at the ceremony to collect her prize.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year. The Awards’ annual London exhibition brings together the best established and emerging talent from around the world, providing winning and shortlisted photographers the opportunity to showcase their work on an international stage.

Photographer of the Year – Alys Tomlinson, British

Ex-Voto is a personal project by London-based photographer Tomlinson (age 43). The winning work encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-life images of the ‘ex-votos’ (offerings of religious devotion) found at pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland).

The photographer mainly explores themes of environment, belonging and identity. She recently completed an MA (Distinction) in Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage and has been recognised by a number of photography prizes.

Open Photographer of the Year – Veselin Atanasov, Bulgarian

Selected from 10 category winners as the best single image in the world, Atanasov is recognised for his work Early Autumn and receives a $5,000 (USD) prize. An IT specialist, Atanasov is a self-taught photographer who began shooting in 2014. The winning photograph captures autumn in the Central Balkan National Park.

Professional category winners and finalists

From insightful documentation of worldwide cultural and political events to showcasing the natural world, the photographers below were selected by judges as the best series of photographs in the world.

Architecture: Gianmaria Gava, Italian with Buildings 2nd Edgar Martins, Portuguese / 3rd Corentin Fohlen, French

Contemporary Issues: Fredrik Lerneryd, Swedish with Slum Ballet 2nd Margaret Mitchell, British / 3rd Alfio Tommasini, Swiss

Creative: Florian Ruiz, French with The White Contamination 2nd Patricia Kühfuss, German / 3rd Eduardo Castaldo, Italian

Current Affairs & News: Mohd Samsul Mohd Said, Malaysian with Life Inside the Refugee Camp 2nd Luis Henry Agudelo Cano, Colombian / 3rd Rasmus Flindt Pedersen, Danish

Discovery: Alys Tomlinson, British with Ex-Voto 2nd Antonio Gibotta, Italian / 3rd Maria Petrenko, Ukrainian

Landscape: Luca Locatelli, Italian with White Gold 2nd Rohan Reilly, Irish / 3rd Tomasz Padlo, Polish

Natural World & Wildlife: Roselena Ramistella, Italian with Deep Land 2nd Mitch Dobrowner, American / 3rd Wiebke Haas, German

Portraiture: Tom Oldham, British with The Last of The Crooners 2nd Anush Babajanyan, Armenian / 3rd Andrew Quilty, Australian

Sport: Balazs Gardi, Hungarian with Buzkashi 2nd Behnam Sahvi, Iranian/ 3rd Matteo Armellini, Italian

Still Life: Edgar Martins, Portuguese with Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes 2nd place Tristan Spinski, American / 3rd Werner Anderson, Norwegian

Youth Photographer of the Year – Megan Johnson, American, Age 16

Open to photographers aged 12-19, Johnson was awarded for her image Still.. Shot on the cliffs near her house in Connecticut, the black and white image captures the complex and intricate solitude the photographer faces in everyday life.

Student Photographer of the Year – Samuel Bolduc, Canadian, Age 20

Bolduc was chosen by the judges from students worldwide for his photographic series The Burden. The work beautifully illustrates the physical burden of plastic waste in the environment to highlight the urgent need to halt plastic pollution. Bolduc represented College de Matane, Quebec and has won €30,000 (Euros) worth of Sony photography equipment for the institution.

Outstanding Contribution to Photography – Candida Höfer

As one of the world’s foremost contemporary photographers, German artist Candida Höfer is renowned for her precise methodology and technique. Her powerful portraits of vast, empty interiors are held in collections around the world. The Awards recognise the artist for her contribution to the medium.

The news of the overall winners joins the March announcement of 2018’s 10 Open competition category winners and 63 National Awards winners, to complete the announcements of 2018’s awards. All winning, shortlisted and commended images can be seen at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from April 20 – May 6 www.worldphoto.org/2018exhibition.

Sony World Photography Awards

The objective of the Sony World Photography Awards is to establish a platform for the continuous development of photographic culture. The Awards do this by recognizing great advancements in photography through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize as well as finding and promoting new talents of the future, whether this be in the Professional, Open, Youth or Student Focus competitions. Sony is committed to supporting global photography. This is demonstrated not only via the Awards, but also by its significant grant program which offers selected winners of the student competition $3,500 (USD) and professional competition $7,000 (USD) to develop personal projects.

The 2019 Sony World Photography Awards opens for entries 1 June, 2018. All entries are free at www.worldphoto.org

All images can be seen here: http://presscentre.sony.eu/pressreleases/overall-winners-revealed-for-2018-sony-world-photography-awards-2480281

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April 20, 2018
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New Zeiss Loxia 25mm in Stock at Amazon and FocusCamera (and tested by Fred Miranda)

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The new Loxia 25mm lens is in Stock for the first time in the USA via Amazon and FocusCamera.

Fred Miranda tested the lens and compared it’s performance with the Loxia 21mm lens. Check it out!

Reminder:

Today Phase One released a major software update for Capture One. It also adds two specific new Sony features:

  1. RAW files support for the A7III andnew lens profiles for the 24-105mm FF and 18-135mm E-mount lenses.
  2. Capture Pilot 2.0 adds camera control support for Sony, allowing users to change camera settings of the tethered camera directly from your iOS device.

Below you can find the full press text. Keep in mind you get a 10% discount on Capture One 11 (Click here) and Capture One 11 for Sony (Click here) by using our coupon code “AMBSAR“.

 

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April 20, 2018
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Venus Optics announces the new 10-18mm and 100mm FE lenses

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Now it’s official! Venus Optics announced two new Sony FE lenses. This is the press text:

Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
This lens is currently the widest zoom lens available for Sony full frame E-mount cameras. Designed primarily for travel photography, Venus optics have managed to compress the size to smallest in its class, less than 10 inch (<10cm) and only 1.1 pounds (<500g). The 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) angle of view provides flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The lens houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion element to deliver exceptional performance. It can focus as close as 15cm for some mini-macro shooting. A rear filter slot is included to fit with 37mm filter. Click/clickless aperture can be toggled by the switch on the lens barrel.

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. The wide magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subject at any sizes. This 100mm portrait lens also features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that no chromatic aberration can be found. The 12 elements in 10 groups optics design delivers a crystal sharpness image in both macro and tele distances. Canon EF / Nikon AI / Pentax K / Sony FE mounts are available.

All lenses will be available for trial at Venus Optics’ booth (T225) in Beijing P&E Imaging fair during 3rd-6th May 2019. They are expected to be shipped in mid/late 2018. Exact shipping date and pricing are to be confirmed.

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April 20, 2018
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(SR5) Full specs and new images of the new Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom lens

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Super compact and wide. Its the lens destined for TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY. This lens is a winner!
Coverage: Full Frame
Angle of view : 102 degrees to 130 degrees
Optical Structure: 14 elements in 10 groups
Min. aperture : f/22
Min. focus dist: 15cm
Max magnification ratio: 0.11x
Weight: <500g (<1.1 lb)
Size: ⌀70 x 90.9 mm
Mount: Sony FE
 
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April 20, 2018
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Europeans save 300 Euro on the 100mm STF bokeh king lens

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Europeans have a unique chance to save 300 Euro on the 100mm STF GM lens sold on Amazon Spain (Click here). No mater in what EU country you live…you can regularly buy from Amazon Spain!

You also save 150 on the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 FE again on Amazon Spain.

Reminder:

Today Phase One released a major software update for Capture One. It also adds two specific new Sony features:

  1. RAW files support for the A7III andnew lens profiles for the 24-105mm FF and 18-135mm E-mount lenses.
  2. Capture Pilot 2.0 adds camera control support for Sony, allowing users to change camera settings of the tethered camera directly from your iOS device.

Below you can find the full press text. Keep in mind you get a 10% discount on Capture One 11 (Click here) and Capture One 11 for Sony (Click here) by using our coupon code “AMBSAR“.

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April 20, 2018
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(SR5) First image of the new Laowa 25-100mm f/2.8 APS-C E-mount zoom

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This is the leaked image of the new Laowa 25-100mm f/2.8 APS-C E-mount zoom:

 

Looks cool and it ha s no focus breathing and its parafocal. But a bit pity this isn’t a Full Frame lens :(

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April 20, 2018
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Sony will have a small press conference during the World Photography Awards

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I just got this from a source:

Sony will have a small press conference during the World Photography Awards. It is not of large scale, so the most optimistic expectation would be a lens announcement, definitely not a new body of any kind.

In the past Sony has announced some stuff at the World Photography Awards but I guess this time we probably will not get any product announcement.

At this point I think that if we are going to see something new this might be the new 24mm f/1.4 FE GM lens. And if there is nothing I bet we are going to get something new in May already anyway.

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