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Nature Watch: The Bug Photographer of the Year Is Taking Heat for Drugging His Subjects

Photographer Steve James bugs some people. James, who is based in Northampton, UK, was recently named the 2021 Bug Photographer of the Year, but controversy soon erupted online when people began condemning his ethics as a nature photographer. They pointed to a post he shared on Photocrowd in July, in which James described how he keeps his subjects still long enough to create focus-stacked images. "My new technique in anesthetizing insects rather than killing them," he wrote.

Spotlight: Sunny Sunflowers, Carnivorous Plants, and a Singapore Timelapse

What kinds of plants do you prefer? Today's roundup of exceptional video projects features two kinds. Photographer Neil Bromhall creates astonishing timelapses of plants growing and blooming, and his latest work features a sunflower opening over the course of 10 days. Meanwhile, French artist Thomas Blanchard has made a macro film with butterflies and carnivorous plants in action. And if you've been missing travel, you might enjoy the hyperlapse made by photographer Kirill Neiezhmakov before the pandemic.

Shiko Munakata: A Way of Seeing

  Shiko Munakata: A Way of Seeing, a new presentation of nearly 100 innovative works by the celebrated artist Shiko Munakata (1903–1975), goes on view December 10 at Japan Society. Primarily known for his expressive woodblock prints in black on white paper, this exhibition reveals the breadth of Munakata’s oeuvre, which spanned from prints to calligraphy, sumi ink paintings, watercolors, lithography, and ceramics. Above: Shiko Munakata, detail of Muk-machi: Cross...

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.