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Lewis Whyld: One photographer’s baptism of fire

On the BBC there is a fascinating insight into being a photo journalist and working in extremely dangerous conditions. These are during the London riots in Tottenham earlier in the summer. Lewis Whyld‘s images are very powerful and the short slide show with Wyld’s comments worth every second of the 3 minutes it will take to watch, go here for the slide show

All photographs copyright Lewis Whyld/Press Association. Interview by Miles Warde, slideshow production by Phil Coomes.



Deadline approaching in €50,000 photojournalism prize

“Photojournalists have less than two weeks left to enter the third edition of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award, which comes with a €50,000 grant.

The Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award was created two years ago to help fund a photojournalism report “on a proposed topic directly related to current affairs, over several months.” It has been designed to allow photographers to “continue visiting zones that are neglected by the mainstream media outside of periods of conflict,” while celebrating the photographers’ “courage, audacity, freedom and determination,” according to Edouard Carmignac.

Each year, one region of the world is chosen as the focus of the Prix Carmignac Gestion. In 2009 and 2010, the prize went to photographers who focused on Palestine and Afghanistan. This year, the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award is looking for projects made in Zimbabwe or relating to the South African country. Entries will be judged by a panel chaired by Magnum Photos member Susan Meiselas.” Author: Olivier Laurent in the BJP....more

Image © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU’ for Carmignac Gestion Foundation.


Photojournalism links

This is a very interesting site full of articles and references concerning photojournalism, if you have an interest in this area of photography you will certainly find things here that interest you.  Photojournalismlinks

Visual Skill Building Techniques- Training your eye for photography

Here are some exercises I learned a long time ago when I was first learning photography in my photojournalism class……..these lessons in this tutorial are similar to the practical skills we teach in our Intermediate Photography course which starts next week  If you can’t attend our class have a look at this article

Emphas.is Funding and support for photojournalists

This is an unusual way for photojournalists to gather funding for projects.  In the past there were many journals and magazines that supported photojournalists, providing funds and resources to enable some of the most moving events and stories to be photographed, many of those outlets have no vanished and with it the financial support. This organisation makes the funding of stories possible by inviting people, anyone, to contribute to a photojournalist to enable them to tell the story. The project is outlined by the photojournalist, a pitch is made, and you contribute if you think the story needs to be told.

“On Emphas.is you are the gatekeeper. Photojournalists pitch their projects directly to you. You get to decide whether a story is worth doing. By agreeing to back a story, for a minimum contribution of $10, you are making sure that the issues that you care about receive the in-depth coverage they deserve. In return you are invited along on the journey. Photojournalists on Emphas.is agree to enter into a direct dialogue with their backers, sharing their experiences and insights  as the creative process unfolds.”

You can investigate this further here

Featured photojournalist: Eric Thayer

From The Guardian photography section

Eric Thayer is an American-born freelance photojournalist who has been working for Reuters since 2006. He spent a week travelling along the US-Mexico border photographing towns along the way

Eric Thayler is a great photographer with an exceptional portfolio of photo- journalistic images

Photography so good it hurts Susie Linfield says modern writers dismiss images of suffering. But photojournalism forms a basis for our human rights debates