Congrats to Siena International Photography Festival (SIPA) founder Luca Venturi on his recent reportage and images in National Geographic Italia documenting the July Palio — the famous and ancient horse race in Siena, Italy! Congrats as well to his winning Contrada — Contrada del Drago. Palio di Siena, i giorni del Drago Il “Palio di Siena” è ritenuto la corsa di cavalli più emozionante al mondo. Si celebra due volte l’anno in Piazza del Campo,


Twice a year, on July 2 and August 16, the Tuscan town of Siena, Italy goes wild for Palio, the famous horse race that dates back to the 13th Century. Thanks to Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA) founder and photographer Luca Venturi, for sharing a link where you can watch the festivities leading up to race day and the main event live on July 2! Stay tuned — I’ll be sharing some of Luca’s photos

Put Your Heart In Every Frame: Valerie Jardin publishes new Street Photography Ebook

Acclaimed street photographer Valerie Jardin has a brilliant new eBook available that’s full of advice on everything from respectful and anonymous documentation methods to utilizing shadows, capturing beautiful silhouettes and utilizing creative filters. See the download link below. This slideshow requires JavaScript. “Always keep in mind that documentary photography is important and has historical value, as long as it is done respectfully.” –Valerie Jardin, Anonymous: How to Shoot Street Photography Without Revealing Your Subjects ANONYMOUS:

Capture of the Day: Toru Kasuya

I recently discovered the incredible work of Toru Kasuya, a Japanese photographer who was named Grand Prize Winner of the 6th Annual Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize. His work will be shown in NYC in June. See event details below. In his artist’s statement he writes about his approach, “To convey these marvels, I adopted composition and expression techniques from ukiyo-e [a genre of Japanese woodblock art and painting, also known as ‘floating world’]. I

Today’s Inspiration

“Photography isn’t looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin #WednesdayWisdom — ICP (@ICPhotog) April 18, 2018 Speaking of photography, emotion and the power of the image, check out the new Paris-based book created by French-American street photographer Valerie Jardin and British hairdresser Joshua Coombes as part of the #DoSomethingForNothing project founded by

Share your work with the world

Hop on over to Format Magazine for the best photo contests of 2018. The “should you enter” info at the end of each listing is very helpful. The deadlines are organized chronologically. A few have passed, but just scroll down to May to see what’s open currently. The Best Photography Contests and Prizes in 2018 You’ve been working hard on your portfolio, curating the work that best shows off your artistic style and goals. Now

Stanley Kubrick image at Annenberg Center's "Not an Ostrich" curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker

Life in Juxtaposition

I caught a 6 a.m. flight from Portland, Oregon to Los Angeles, California on April 19. From the City of Roses, I arrived in the City of Angels just a little after 8 a.m. From LAX, I caught a Lyft ride across town to Annenberg Space for Photography where I had an appointment with someone who is an idol to me and others who revere the power of the image: Anne Wilkes Tucker, a celebrated

World Water Day: Remembering the art and spirit of Rachel Carson

It’s a dark, moody day here in Oregon. The rain, though, as gloomy as it feels on the second full day of spring, is a good thing. Drought stalks us. Climate change is upon us. Forecasters are already predicting another terrible fire season across the American West this summer. As if the world doesn’t already feel anxious enough….. At a recent National Geographic LIVE! event in Portland, photojournalist and conservationist Ami Vitale, who I met