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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…

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…

“Find the stories that unite us” — Award-winning photojournalist Ami Vitale presenting in Portland, Oregon USA January 22

“Empathy is the key to great stories” –Ami Vitale I had the great honor of meeting American photojournalist and National Geographic contributor Ami Vitale in Siena, Italy in October at the Siena International Photography Awards Ceremony and Festival. Ami won the Storytelling category in Siena and the prestigious title of “Best Author 2017.” She gave her powerful and inspiring National Geographic LIVE presentation at the University of Siena. Her message that we must “find the stories…

Where travel and wonder meet

For me, one of the most fantastic aspects of travel and new cultural experience is that it stimulates a sense of wonder about the world. It’s like a treasure hunt for hidden histories — and mysteries. Everything from the smell of foreign spices in a Mexico City market to peeking through a rusting keyhole into a crumbling courtyard in Venice feels thrilling — and makes me want to learn more. Where does that corridor lead?…

Best of January! LensCulture’s Go-To List for contests, residencies & more

Best of January: Deadlines for Competitions, Workshops, Residencies and More – Selected by the editors of LensCulture | LensCulturePart of our mission at LensCulture is to provide photographers everywhere with opportunities for both creative and professional advancement. With that goal in mind, we”ve compiled this short list of upcoming deadlines that caught our eye for January. ArteducationLensCultureLifelong LearningPhotographyTravel