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Call For Entries: American Photography 37

You can now submit entries for American Photography 37. The deadline is February 5, 2021. As always, the juried competition brings together the best photography of the year, and winners receive exposure and promotion through exclusive online showcases as well as the AP book -- a classic resource for top industry professionals. (Entrants get a big discount on the book.) All entries are seen by a jury made up of top creative professionals who assign and use photography, including art directors, designers, photo editors, art buyers, curators, editors and publishers.

Spotlight: Epic Rain; the Lure of Dog Sledding, and a Family Drama in Ski Country

There are rainstorms. And then there is the deluge captured in a video by Peter Maier. Two and a half years ago, Maier, the creator of the Visit Austria Instagram page, captured an epic cloudburst from the Alpengasthof Bergfried hotel in Carinthia, Austria. Only recently did his video go viral, however, garnering millions of views. We feature it today in our December video roundup, along with director Nick Martini's 21-minute "North Country," about the family behind New Hampshire's famed outfitter Lahout's, and director Karl R. Koelling's 13-minute doc "1000 Mile Dream," which tells the story of dog sledder Liza Dietzen.

Picture This: How Pictures Work

In Picture This: How Pictures Work, illustrator Molly Bang explored a single idea as the central concern of all picture book art:  How does the structure of a picture—or any visual art form—affect our emotional response?  She takes Red Riding Hood as her experimental subject and proceeds to delineate every possible emotional response to the classic fairy tale, using shapes cut out of construction paper to illustrate feelings. From the very s...

Spotlight: A Moment from Colombian Photographer David Betancur's Travel Journal

David Betancur travels in order to find "character and scenarios." The Colombian photographer's portfolio is filled with people he finds on assignment and on his excursions throughout his country, which he records in what he calls "a sort of travel journal." Among the images in his journal is a shot of a girl resting on the edge of an abandoned swimming pool. "She told me, 'For enjoying the pool, there is no need to get wet in the water,'" Betancur recalls. His photograph was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 8 competition.

American Photography Open 2019: Meet the Winner, Alain Schroeder

Last month we revealed the ten finalists. Today, we introduce the winner of the American Photography Open 2019 competition - Alain Schroeder, a Brussels, Belgium-based photojournalist who has worked all around the globe, from Thailand and Tuscany to Crete and Vietnam. From October 2018 through April 2019, he was in Sumatra, Indonesia, to document efforts to aid the area's critically endangered orangutans. His photograph of an abused three-month-old female orangutan named Brenda being treated for a severely broken arm earned Schroeder the top spot in this year's contest.

The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say

"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.