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Cover by Jamie Chung and Patrick Cox


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Cover by Nicole Rifkin

Call for Entries: Meet the American Photography 39 Jury

The final deadline for the American Photography 39 competition is Feb.15, so get your work ready now. All entrants benefit through AI-AP's continued focus of honoring, connecting and informing the photography, illustration and creative community: your work is seen by a jury made up exclusively of top creative professionals who assign and use photography and illustration, including art directors, designers, photo editors, art buyers, curators, editors and publishers. Speaking of which, we can now introduce this year's jury.

Spotlight: A Drone's View of New Year's Eve Fireworks, and Other Videos

You may have greeted the new year by watching fireworks, but you probably didn't watch them the way James Inglis did. Inglis flew his FVP drone through fireworks to create a dazzling video, accomplishing the feat by strapping a GoPro camera to the top of his custom racing drone. We feature the video today in our January roundup of exception motion art work. You'll also see Civil War cannons firing in slow motion, a stop-motion masterpiece made with 12,000 leaves, and a unique view of chemical reactions.

Meet the AP39 Jurors

  This just in from the Home Office:The jury for American Photography 39 is now in place to view your work from 2022, in the categories of Advertising, Editorial, Posters, Unpublished, Books, Graphics/Promotion, Video/Animation, 3D, Student Work.The final deadline is February 15, and you can enter here Above: 1st row: Maïa Booker, David Cooper, Maura Friedman; 2nd row: Lauryn Hill, Amy Kellner, Robert Miller; 3rd row:&n...

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.