Silence in Synesthesia

Great article on use of Synesthesia in Photography LINK to Full Article

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Our conception of the reality around us is a continuous act of layering moments of experience. Yet, our sense of “a moment” is a fluid concept. What we see as real is only defined by our belief structure. Have we ever wondered whether time can arbitrarily weave together many moments—and in that intertwining, change our perception of the moment? What sense (or senses) do we use when perceiving time?

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12 African American Photographers

Photography has often been dominated by White Men. But this demographic is changing. The industry, although still dominated by this demographic, is seeing increasing diversity. It is easy to write about and research the famous and well known photographers, but the below website outlines 12 African American photographers that you should know.


Great Pod Cast + Competitions

“Arrest All Mimics” is a visual arts show hosted by illustrator, author, art-director and Dot London Creative Agency of the Year 2015 Ben Tallon & supported by // &



The fourth annual LensCulture Portrait Awards strive to discover the best and most interesting portrait photography from all over the world. Students get a 30% discount making it just $16 per image entered. Deadline is March 7th More Details can be found HERE












Travel Company Airtours is hosting a competition entitiled “Feel Good Photography” It is free to enter and they are looking for:

Holidays make us feel great. We count down the days until we get to go abroad, enjoy new experiences we’d never have at home and come back with lasting memories.

We want you to send us a feel good holiday snap that takes you back to that perfect getaway.

When you do, you have the chance of getting your special photo on the Airtours website. We’re also giving away one free Airtours holiday for two worth £1,000 to one budding photographer.

Here are the terms:


6 Things About Being a Pro Photographer You Only Learn Through Experience

Taken From: HERE

Photography is a career where you never stop learning, no matter how many years you’ve been in the business. And, whilst you can learn a lot of things before you start out as a pro and set up your business, there are some things that you only learn through experience.

1. Technology isn’t static

When I first started out as a photographer, we were still shooting on film cameras so when digital became the norm there was a huge technology shift. To begin with, digital cameras weren’t always that great but nowadays; camera manufacturers seem to bring new models out every week.

Technology moves on all the time and there comes a point where you have to accept that you simply can’t afford to keep up with it (unless you’ve recently won the lottery!). Besides which, with experience you’ll realise that it doesn’t matter if you have the latest tech – it’s the skill behind the camera that counts for the most.

2. It’s not just about the photos

Something you’ll only learn through experience is that, to be a successful pro, you don’t only need to be a great photographer. You also need to have a good business head on you. Running a photography business means you have to find new clients, market yourself, keep on top of your website and social media, retouch images and keep up to date with your admin and taxes – to name but a few.

One of the things I always remind those thinking of becoming photographers is that they’ll spend a very small part of their days actually shooting!

3. Working to your own hours

Yes, being freelance does allow you to set your own hours to a certain extent. But the more experience you gain, the more you’ll notice that clients don’t always stick to regular 9-5 hours! Weddings almost always take place on a weekend, as do most family portrait sessions.

And if you shoot events, expect to be shooting late into the evening. What you learn as you get further into your photography career is that your hours have to be flexible in order to accommodate your clients’ needs.

4. Only a very few photographers get rich

Photography is a tough business to be in and there’s a lot of competition. But most of us get into the industry because we love it and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. To make photography a successful business you need to work hard and do all the things we mentioned above. But even then, only a very few photographers will become rich – the rest of us can make a decent living as long as we put the hours in.

5. Networking is crucial

Whether it’s building a network of other photographers to discuss ideas with, or call on if you need help, to meeting people in business who can help you find work, networking is vital for growing your business. When you start out, it can be easy to become insular and just focus internally. But with experience comes the knowledge that no photographer is an island!

6. Clients won’t always want your ‘creative’ vision

Photography is art, and all art is subjective. All your clients will have different ideas on what they like and don’t like. When we first start out in photography we all want to shoot in our own style and it can be a struggle to realise that not all our clients will want the same thing we do. But with time and experience, you’ll learn that adapting your style to your client’s needs is no bad thing – it allows us to keep growing and learning as photographers and to carry on evolving.


Heartbreaking Photo Series Captures The Final Years Of Two Brothers And Lifelong Best Friends

Taken From: HERE

“The story began when I heard about two elderly brothers living together in Tessanden, a tiny hamlet near the village of Vågå in the middle of rural Norway,” explained Norwegian photographer Elin Høyland. “I first met up with them at the local supermarket they traveled to each week. When I arrived they emerged bearing huge rucksacks stuffed with food.”

Høyland was introduced to Harald and Mathias Ramen, two brothers, 75 and 80 years old respectively, who had spent their entire lives on the same small farm they grew up on. Though at one point their parents and siblings lived with them, the two were eventually on their own, together. Neither ever got married.

Intrigued by this simple and removed way of life in a quickly-changing Norway, Høyland set out to document the final days of the two men. She dubbed the series “The Brothers,” aiming to capture both the brothers as individuals as well as lives they led, which Høyland feared would soon be extinct completely.

Their days in the rural village were simple, comfortable and routine. “The brothers chopped wood, carried wood and burned wood,” Høyland explained. “They were also avid birdwatchers and at least twice a day they would feed wild birds in the twenty bird boxes that they monitored. In their free time they listened to the radio or read the local newspaper. In the 1960s Harald and Mathias had hired a television on a o

ne month trial, but returned it after deciding that it took up too much time.”

Høyland’s black-and-white photos are quiet yet powerful, mirroring the humble yet fierce existence of these two inseparable siblings. Capturing the two birdwatching, sitting silently atop their beds or gazing firmly into the camera while donning matching Fair Isle sweaters and beanies, Høyland documents two unassuming lives so isolated and yet intertwined they seem plucked right out of a fairy tale.

At once somewhat mythical and palpably real, the series captures true familial love in the smallest of gestures. The most heartbreaking photos depict their shared bedroom, first with both brothers seated on their respective beds, then only with Mathias after Harald passed away, and finally with both beds empty. A gripping depiction of nature, family and death, “The Brothers” is a stunning reminder of what’s truly important in life, regardless of how old you are.


Below are 19 competitions for you to pursue, and hopefully Win Big!!

1) BP Portrait award  – Open to anyone over 18years old

Call for Entries closing date: 26 January 2017

The work entered must be predominantly painted in oil, tempera or acrylic and must be on a stretcher or board, preferably framed and unglazed.

No watercolours, works on paper or pastels will be considered.

2) Young Package 2017

Design a package you would like to play with. Create an interactive package box and prove that even protective packaging can be fun.

Deadline: 24th March 2017

Who may enter: The competition is open to students and young designers up to 30 years of age.

3) The Book Illustration Competition

Deadline: 16/01/2017

The Book Illustration Competition is a unique partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society that seeks to identify and promote new talent in illustration. The competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously published by The Folio Society

4) “Re-Animate Europe” International Comic Competition 2017

Deadline: 5th February 2017

Entry fee: FREE

5) The 3rd Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize

Deadline: 15th January 2017

Who may enter: – The competition is open to artists anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions based on age, training or nationality. A maximum of 5 artworks per artist may be entered into the competition. Paintings, drawings, original prints, photography, sculptures, digitally produced artworks and mixed media constructions are accepted. Video art, sound art and the moving image are not accepted in this competition.

Entry fee: £20 for first artwork, then £10 per additional artwork.

6) International Silent Book Contest 2017

Deadline: 31st January 2017

Who may enter: The contest is open to all authors, illustrators and artists, with new and unpublished book projects, of any nationality, place of birth or residence, provided that they are over the age of 18 on December 31st 2016.

7) International Reggae Poster Contest 2016

Deadline:  January 31, 2017

The International Reggae Poster Contest announces its 5th annual call for entries for social communication reggae poster designs. The goal is simple: create a poster about Reggae Music – the rest is up to your imagination. Feel free to explore topics of Reggae covering any one of the genres. In addition, incorporate the contest theme as part of the poster design.

Theme of the 2016 edition: Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame, Celebrating Great Jamaican Music.

The contest is also an opportunity to raise funds to support the amazing work of a historic and wonderful Jamaican institution, the Alpha Boys’ School. The Alpha Boys’ School is a jewel in the centre of Kingston, and it shines all over Jamaica and, through its graduates, in the music they create, throughout the world.

There is no entry fee.

Eligibility: Open to designers all over the world.

8) SEGD Global Design Awards 2017

Deadline:  February 14, 2017  (72 days left)

Since 1987, the SEGD Global Design Awards have set the standard of excellence for environmental graphic design and experiential graphic design,honouring design work that connects people to place by providing direction, content, and compelling experiences in public spaces

There are seven main categories:

  • Digital Experience
  • Exhibition
  • Interactive Experience
  • Placemaking and Identity
  • Public Installation
  • Strategy/Research/Planning
  • Wayfinding


Open worldwide to: Environmental graphic designers, Graphic artists, Architects, Exhibit designers, Media developers, Landscape architects, Industrial designers, Interior designers, Fabricators, Clients and Students.

Student work is defined as work done in 2015 or 2016 by full-time students enrolled in a recognised design program

9) LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017

Deadline:  December 20, 2016  (16 days left)

The LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017 aim to discover and showcase the world’s best contemporary photographers, including all genres of photography, and from diverse cultures on every continent. Now in its 8th year, the competition will help photographers of all levels gain global recognition and move forward creatively and professionally.

10) RSA Student Design Awards 2017 Competition

Deadline:  March 8, 2017  (94 days left)

Now in its 93rd year, the RSA Student Design Awards challenges emerging designers worldwide to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking

The twelve briefs address important social, environmental and economic issues:

  • Re-Work
  • The Good Life 2.0
  • Agile Ageing
  • Circular Futures
  • Mind Your Money
  • Happy Birth Day
  • Beyond Borders
  • #HackOnWheels
  • Wearing Intelligence
  • Inclusive Living
  • Learning for Life
  • Moving Pictures

Submissions are accepted from both individuals and teams. Some projects may be more suited to teamwork than others. There is no set number of people that can be part of a team, but generally team entries comprise 2 or 3 people.

Eligibility: – Open to students and new graduates worldwide. Candidates may be undergraduate or postgraduate engaged on courses at a college or university, or those who graduated no earlier than March 2017.

11) New York Festivals 2017 Torch Awards

Deadline:  February 17, 2017  (75 days left)

New York Festivals is committed to the development and promotion of the next generation of creative talent, and in this spirit created the Torch Awards. Each year, they’ll present a new competition for 18-27 years olds that explores a creative challenge with real-world potential.

This year’s challenge is Integrated-Mixed Media Challenge.

There is no entry fee.

Eligibility: – All entrants must be at least age 18 by May 17, 2017, but not older than 27.

12) Visible White Photo Prize 2017 Competition

Deadline:  February 28, 2017  

Visible White Photo Prize was founded to support international photographers who engage creatively with what is moving personal, social and political issues today.

This edition invites artists to reflect on the theme “In Conflict”. New manias collide nations and peoples in an ever more forceful social and political potential for conflict, with unforeseen effects on personal and public behaviour.

Eligibility: – Open worldwide to all photographers and artists using photography, regardless of age, sex, experience, occupation or geographic location

13) Future of Money Design Award 2017

Deadline:  March 1, 2017

Running since 2009 and created to develop links between the financial industry and creative practitioners from around the world, this year the Future of Money Design Award invites artists and designers to imagine a counterfactual scenario from the history of money that reimagines how money could have developed if things had gone differently.

There is no entry fee.

Eligibility: – Open to everyone worldwide.

14) ZEISS Photography Award 2017

Deadline:  February 7, 2017  (65 days left)

The World Photography Organisation and ZEISS are pleased to launch the second edition of the ZEISS Photography Award.

theme for this year is Meaningful places.

There is no entry fee.

Eligibility: Open to all photographers worldwide over 18.

15) The Nikon Photo Contest

It has been held by Nikon Corporation since 1969 to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich image-making culture for professionals and amateurs alike.

Deadline:  January 27, 2017  

There is no entry fee.

Eligibility: – Open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, sex or nationality.

16) Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year

Deadline:  February 5, 2017 

an international contest inspired by the proliferation of wonderful food photography in a huge variety of applications. From eye-catching advertising hoardings, to sumptuous editorial features, from tempting food packaging to daily blogs. The Awards celebrate this magnificent diversity in what is truly, the stuff of life.

The competition is open to professional and amateur

Entry to the Young (under 18) categories is free of charge

17) Fine Art Photography Awards 2017

Deadline:  February 19, 2017

It can be spontaneous, but it can also be a conscious and deliberate manifesto. Fine Art Photography Awards is searching for photos born out of passion.

There are two main section:

  • Professional
  • Amateur


Open worldwide to amateurs and professionals alike, over 18 years of age.

18)The stArt Award 2017 –

19) The Biennial of Poster Bolivia BICeBé