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Are you a young European under 26? Are you a photo enthusiast? Do you think Europe can be ‘Instagrammed’? 

This month we are asking young Europeans to post an interesting image (or two!) of an alternative energy source. The theme is connected to increasing the share of renewable energy to 20 % by 2020!

Image to be posted on Instagram under the hashtag: “#energy_goes_insta”

The shortlisted finalists selected based on the highest number of likes will win a trip to Brussels (visit of the European Commission premises and the European Parliament) and also have the chance to win a tour of the set during the production of the RTL TV show “YOLO – Das große W” in an exotic location across the EU (2015).

Please note the following:
– the entries should be sent via Instagram before 15 May
– the participants should not be older than 25
– the Instagram profile of the participants should be set as “public” so we can find the entry

Here is a competition that may interest you, personally I don’t care about Instagram at all, it is not real photography although I concede it is image making. The application of filters to make something more interesting flies completely in the face of creative artists for whom one click wonders must be an anathema


Full details here

Fred Herzog – Photographer

Something for the weekend?

What a find, Fred Herzog is definitely worth as long as a cup of coffee takes to drink, don’t waste your time looking at your FB page go here

Thanks to my friend Steve Walsh in Sydney for bringing Fred to my attention. I am sure you will enjoy his pictures, if you want to see them all then go here if you want to see even more and get a full write up try here










Fred Herzog

“I take pride in saying these are all how we looked, not how we wanted to look, or staged. You cannot stage pictures. That is something I have many many times defended. People say, ‘Well you can stage that.’ I say, ‘No you cannot, and I can prove it to you.’ Many times over, I’ve taken a second shot after [some] kids have seen me, and nothing. It’s a different picture.”

-Fred Herzog

Fred Herzog is a photographer whose photographs of Vancouver in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s legitimized him as one of the pioneers of color photography. It is highly likely that you haven’t heard of Herzog when it comes to being among the list of influential contemporary photographers such as William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, and Helen Levitt, but after looking at his images, you’ll be astounded by his work. Herzog has recently found much deserved recognition from his over 5 decade documentation of Vancouver, Canada, which he has called home since 1953 after emigrating from Germany when he was 22 years old…….Read more on the VSCO Blog here

BORN: 1930 in Germany
1952: Emigrated to Canada
1953: Earliest colour slides of Vancouver
1957: Began photographic documentation of Vancouver and other cities in North AmericaEMPLOYMENT:
1961 – 1990: Head, Photo/Cine Division, Department of Biomedical Communications, University of British Columbia
1969 – 1974: Instructor, Fine Arts Department, University of British Columbia
1967 – 1969: Instructional Specialist, Fine Arts Department, Simon Fraser University

Full details of exhibitions and collections here