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

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 … Continue reading Where travel and wonder meet

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 | LensCulture Part 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. Continue reading Best of January! LensCulture’s Go-To List for contests, residencies & more

My French nose saved my teeth: Mindfulness, creativity and taking on 2018 with purpose

Take a listen to street photographer Valérie Jardin’s inspiring and sometimes humorous end-of-year podcast with guest Karen Hutton as the pair take on a wide range of topics, from being bold enough to celebrate your own unique style and realistically pacing projects to artistic intent, physical health and avoiding creative burnout. Hit The Streets 67: Wishing You A Creative 2018 Karen Hutton is a professional light … Continue reading My French nose saved my teeth: Mindfulness, creativity and taking on 2018 with purpose

As Simple as a Conversation: #DoSomethingForNothing Today

“He’d chatted with the man before, but this time, as they talked, Coombes noticed his ragged, matted hair and thought a haircut might lift his spirits. ” Continue reading As Simple as a Conversation: #DoSomethingForNothing Today

A portal through which others can dream: Photography by Andrea Giandomenico

It was a pleasure to write about Italian photographer Andrea Giandomenico’s work recently for Street Photography Magazine. The moment I saw his striking images from rural Italy, I asked him for permission to propose a feature. The piece explores a different and more difficult type of street photography and the importance of capturing the spirit of a place and its people without being a disruptive … Continue reading A portal through which others can dream: Photography by Andrea Giandomenico

LensCulture Exposure Awards deadline approaching: Free entry for a single image

LensCulture, an international contemporary photography portal and magazine is now taking entries for its 2018 Exposure Awards. The deadline is December 19, 2017. Learn more about the entry rules, jurors and entry specifics here: LensCulture Exposure Awards 2018 6 Winners & 8 Jurors’ picks 25 Finalists Editors’ Picks** Every Entrant $22,000 in Grant Awards Published in The Best of LensCulture, Volume 2 LensCulture Network Membership … Continue reading LensCulture Exposure Awards deadline approaching: Free entry for a single image

And the winners are…

It was truly an honor to be part of this great international event and meet award winning photographers from around the world again this year in Siena, Italy at the Siena International Photography Awards ceremony & festival. Congrats to all of the winners and kudos to the event organizers, including Luca Venturi and his team, as well as Master of Ceremonies Luca Bracali and event photographer Ernesto Mangone. Bravo! … Continue reading And the winners are…