Nina Robinson (@arkansasfamilyalbum) photographers her family and their community in rural Arkansas.
Saumya Khandelwal’s (@khandelwal_saumya) images follow the daily lives of young girls in Uttar Pradesh, India who are forced into early marriages.
Isadora Kosofsky (@isadorakosofsky) has explored social issues in America, including the impact of substance abuse, poverty, mental health and mass incarceration on American families.
The grants are provided to help photographers pay for expenses for the production of new work. The judges for the grant were photojournalist Adriana Zehbrauskas (a previous winner of the grant); artist Eleanor MacNair; Nicolas Jimenez, director of photography at Le Monde; filmmaker and photographer Jeff Frost; and Azu Nwagbogu, director of the Lagos Photo Festival. Entrants were nominated by photo editors and art directors throughout the photo industry.
Work by the winners will be exhibited at the Getty Images gallery in London, and promoted through Getty Images’ website and social media channels,
Getty Announces ,000 Bursary for Emerging Photographers
Getty Images has announced the creation of the Getty Images Creative Bursary for photographers who are under 30 years of age or have been working for three years or less. Getty plans to give $10,000 per quarter to help emerging photographers fund “dream projects,” the agency said in an announcement last week. Each quarter, a panel of judges will choose three photographers, splitting the $10,000 among them: $5,000 for first place; $3,500 for second place; and $2,000 for third.
“This new Bursary is a dream project of ours,” said Getty Images Senior Vice President of Creative Content Andy Saunders. “We are committed to supporting and fostering photographic talent, and are looking forward to working with a diverse group of young and emerging photographers, helping to enable their creative vision.”
Photographers who are thinking about applying should be sure to read the fine print. The terms of the bursary stipulate, among other things, that photographers who accept the funding “agree to grant Getty Images a worldwide, royalty free, perpetual license to render the project available for license on its platforms.”
The application period is open now through the end of December for the first bursary. Applicants are being asked to submit a project proposal and visual brief, and are encouraged to submit ideas in any genre of photography, from conceptual fine-art to traditional stock.
Judges for the first round of funding will include Saunders, Flak Photo’s Andy Adams, fashion editor and stylist Jeanie Annan-Lewin, Diversity Photo co-founder Andrea Wise, and fellow Diversity Photo co-founder and photo editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, Brent Lewis.
The Getty Images Creative Bursary is part of the wider Getty Images Grants initiative that includes the Editorial Grant, Chris Hondros Fund Award, Emerging Talent Award and Instagram Grant.
Olympus Unveils 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 Lenses for Micro Four Thirds
Olympus has just announced two new lenses to its M.ZUIKO F1.2 PRO lens roster: a 17mm and a 45mm. They join the existing M.ZUIKO 25mm f/1.2 PRO in the high-end, large-aperture lineup.
One of the main qualities Olympus says it focused on was bokeh aesthetics.
“By focusing not only on the bokeh’s size but also its quality, each lens produces a feathered bokeh effect that better emphasizes the main subject and allows it to stand out within the image,” Olympus says. “The shallower depth of field produced at F1.2 is especially ideal for portrait photographers.”
Shooting at f/1.2 produces a “feathered bokeh” effect that transitions smoothly from sharp to defocused areas of the photo. Stopping down the aperture results in a more traditional bokeh quality.
The 17mm f/1.2 is a new ED-DSA lens, containing both ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) qualities. These lens elements help counter wide-angle optical issues such as chromatic aberration, distortion, and color bleeding on the edges of the frame.
Both the 17mm f/1.2 and the 45mm f/1.2 are lightweight lenses that feature a durable build — they’re dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (down to 14°F/-10°C).
Other features of the lenses include silent and smooth autofocusing, Face Priority and Eye Priority AF, a shared filter thread size across the f/1.2 lens lineup, close minimum focusing distances (20cm/7.9in for the 17mm and 50cm/19.7in for the 45mm), an L-Fn button, and an MF Clutch mechanism for switching between auto and manual focusing by pulling the focusing ring.
Here are some sample photos captured with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm f/1.2:
And here are some sample photos shot with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO:
Canon has filed a patent in Japan for a giant flip screen for the rear display of professional-form DSLR cameras.
First spotted by Canon Rumors, the patent illustrations show a 1D X-style camera with a screen that spans nearly the entire backside of the camera. And instead of flipping out to the side, it uses an “arm” to flip well above the top of the camera.
The patent also appears to show other user interface elements (e.g. buttons, a mode dial, and a smaller display) hidden behind the screen on the camera body. These are only accessible after the screen is swiveled out from the camera.
Once tilted, the screen can be rotated to face both forward and backward.
Other illustrations in the patent show a similar large screen design for 5D-style DSLR bodies:
“I think a lot of us have always assumed eventually the entire back of a camera would be an LCD/OLED,” Canon Rumorswrites. “A lot of us have called on Canon to put vari-angle LCD’s on professional cameras such as the EOS-1D X series, EOS 5D series and the EOS 7D series, and we’re still waiting.”
DJI’s New AeroScope Helps Track and Identify Drones in the Air
DJI has unveiled AeroScope, a new technology aimed at tracking and identifying DJI drones from afar. The new receiver will be able to identify the registration numbers of drones and plot them on a map using the existing communication links between a drone and its controller.
“As drones have become an everyday tool for professional and personal use, authorities want to be sure they can identify who is flying near sensitive locations or in ways that raise serious concerns,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI’s Vice President for Policy and Legal Affairs. “DJI AeroScope addresses that need for accountability with technology that is simple, reliable and affordable – and is available for deployment now.”
Police, aviation authorities, and other authorized parties will be able to use an AeroScope receiver. Since April this year, DJI have already installed the detectors at two international airports. With a drone colliding with a passenger plane just last week, many more airports around the world may be interested in installing AeroScopes as well.
The receivers are capable of immediately detecting a drone as it powers on, plotting its location onto the map alongside its registration number. This is effectively a drone’s “license plate,” allowing authorities to determine the registered owner of the drone.
AeroScope will work with all of the current DJI drone models, requiring no modifications or adjustments to enable detection. DJI says that analysts found this to be “over two-thirds of the global civilian drone market.”
Drone flights will not automatically be recording into a database, adhering to recent privacy concerns — AeroScope detects broadcasts from a drone to its own controller rather than to the Internet.
In an effort to protect the privacy of drone operators, AeroScope will not automatically transmit any personally identifiable information until the time when regulations in a pilot’s jurisdiction require it by law. DJI’s drone software will be updated to allow users to choose the “content” of their drone’s identification broadcast and match “local expectations” as regulations are implemented down the line.
“The rapid adoption of drones has created new concerns about safety, security and privacy, but those must be balanced against the incredible benefits that drones have already brought to society,” said Schulman. “Electronic drone identification, thoughtfully implemented, can help solve policy challenges, head off restrictive regulations, and provide accountability without being expensive or intrusive for drone pilots.
“DJI is proud to develop solutions that can help distribute drone benefits widely while also helping authorities keep the skies safe.”
ERDEM x H&M is Almost Here
Joining the illustrious list of designers who have collaborated with H&M this year is ERDEM, whose collection with the fast-fashion brand drops this November 2: and now, we finally have a first look at the collection. The designer brought on legendary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann to tease the collection, with a full film to follow.
Known for his exquisitely romantic garments and beautiful florals, which permeate this collection, the Canadian-Turkish designer is also branching out into menswear …
Google Pixel 2 Owners Get Unlimited Full-Res Storage Only Until 2020
When Google announced the Pixel 2 smartphone this week with the world’s highest rated smartphone camera, the company also free and unlimited photo and video storage for Pixel 2 owners through Google Photos. But it turns out there’s some fine print: you only get to upload unlimited full-res images through 2020.
Free, unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel through the end of 2020, and free, unlimited high-quality storage for photos taken with Pixel afterwards.
Google Photos already offers free and unlimited storage to anyone right now… as long as you’re willing to have your photos downsized to 16 megapixels and your videos adjusted to 1080p HD. If you choose to upload in full-resolution, the files will count toward your 15GB free storage limit across all Google services.
If you buy a Google Pixel 2, you get to go around these resolution limits and store an unlimited number of photos and videos in their original resolution regardless of how large the files are. But you’ll only get that perk for about three years.
When 2021 rolls around, your Pixel 2 photos will start being downsized to 16MP, just like with photos uploaded by anyone else. The original resolution photos uploaded up to that point won’t be downsized, though — the change will only affect everything uploaded from 2021 onward.
“After 2020, there is no change to the photos you took before 2020 and you will always have access to those in original quality,” a Google spokesperson tells Engadget. “This is new for this year. We know that people tend to change their phone every 2-3 years so for Pixel 2, we are offering storage in line with that.”
So if you’re ready to purchase a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, just know that owning the phone won’t score you a free eternal archive of all your life’s memories in full resolution.