David Schonauer

Trending: This Photographer Helped Hurricane Ian Victims Restore Damaged Photos

Rangefinder   Monday October 31, 2022

On the day that Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida, Krista Kowalczyk and her partner sat in her house in Fort Myers, which was just outside of the flood zone, and listened to shingles flying off their roof. Later, notes Rangefinder, Kowalczyk, who has worked for the past 20 years as a wedding, portrait and family photographer in Southwest Florida, ventured into the places that had been heavily flooded. She went on to help restore photos for families devastated by the hurricane, while compiling a list of photographers who were willing to volunteer their time to re-touch damages, connecting them with affected families online.   Read the full Story >>

Entertainment Desk: Comedy Wildlife Photography Award Finalists

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards   Monday October 31, 2022

Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam created a worldwide hit in 2015 when they launched the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, which focus on humorous wildlife photography while also drawing attention to conservations issues. (Over 29 years it has channeled £20 million to more than 200 conservationists in 80 countries. This year’s edition of the contest supports the Whitley Fund for Nature, a UK organization.) The contest has released its 2022 shortlist of amusing animals.   Read the full Story >>

Industry News: BeReal Raises $60M in Funding, Putting App's Valuation at $587M

TechCrunch   Monday October 31, 2022

Photo-sharing app BeReal has secured $60 million in funding, pushing its valuation to just under $587 million. TechCrunch reports that BeReal now has 20 million daily active users—a big jump from its 10 million daily active users in August. BeReal had 10,000 users in March 2021. In the U.S., which is BeReal’s largest market, the app’s appeal is by no means limited to Generation Z users. In fact, BeReal has struck a chord with formerly Instagram-loyal millennials too. adds PetaPixel.   Read the full Story >>

Honor Roll: Lockdown Laundry Photos Win Taylor Wessing Prize

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize   Monday October 31, 2022

The idea of the portrait has proved to be remarkably pliable over the decades. The winner of this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is French photographer Clementine Schneidermann for her series “Laundry Day,” which documents the daily chores of her neighbors in South Wales, U.K., navigating life in lockdown. The photographer, who lives and works between Paris and south Wales, wins £15,000. “These images are a response to a quiet time when approaching strangers was very challenging,” Schneidermann said.   Read the full Story >>

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