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Photo Ark: From adversity springs inspiration, hope and a global quest

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore‘s multi-year quest to photograph all creatures in human care around the world offers important lessons on inspiration, conservation action and finding hope during dark times.   AI-AP Pro Photo Daily recently published my piece (below) on his project and ongoing exhibition at the beautiful Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. I hope some of you may have a chance to go see it in person — the show is…

Absolute freedom of the soul: A journey to Lapland

Italian photographer Andrea Giandomenico recently shared images with me from his magical journeys to one of his favorite destinations on earth: Finnish Lapland, a wild and pristine park in the far north, home to Santa Claus and the last refuge of Finland’s ancient Sámi people. “Imagine something surreal in those quiet places where humans can observe and breathe moments of absolute freedom of the soul,” Andrea says. Indeed. Enjoy these postcards from the edge and a glimpse…

Calling All Creatives! Lensbaby’s “Project Disrupt” contest deadline is Oct. 8!

Lensbaby – makers of award winning lenses, optics, and accessories – is partnering up with Lume Cube and Mountainsmith, for Project Disrupt, a contest which will give 10 lucky individuals photography/videography gear to fuel their next passion project. It’s easy to enter via a simple form. Check it out & share your great idea! Project DisruptDisruptions are great creative fire starters – they force us to stop what we”re doing, break out of our routine, and try something new. Our new Sol lenses…

Palio!

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…