PER NILSSON, SWEDEN

PER NILSSON

About the Shot:

Professional snowmobile rider Emil Ahrling performs a stunning scene with the trick “rock solid” when shooting for a movie in the Swedish mountains.

Meet Per Nilsson:

Freelance photographer from Östersund, Sweden with a passion for action and adventure. Holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism.

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DR. AKIRA TAKAUE, JAPAN

DR. AKIRA TAKAUE

About the Shot:

“Interruption”
Taken at TSUKUBA, IBARAKI, JAPAN
One of the flat-plane matrix images.

Meet Dr. Akira Takaue:

Fortunately experiencing precious opportunities to visit various places around the world for business trip, in which actively would like to pursuit taking impressive worldwide scenery and modern architectures filled with emotional colors with delicate contrast and vibrant composition. My goal is rooted in both the logic of structural mechanics and material engineering as well as the finer artistic elements that make a building and its photograph successful.
Especially being interested in conceptual architectural photography insistent on analytical composition and delicate contrast of structural materials.

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ANDY LERNER, UNITED STATES

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About the Shot:

A wildebeest starts a fearful crossing of the Mara River during the migration in Kenya.

Meet Andy Lerner:

Andy Lerner is an accomplished nature & travel photographer, traveling the world to capture images of wildlife underwater, on the ground and the sites along the way. One of Andy’s images was a 2012 Open finalist in the nature category.

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ANDREW MCGAUGHEY, AUSTRALIA

ANDREW MCGAUGHEY

About the Shot:

Long Wharf. Another hidden gem in Noosa. The Jetty has Mangrove trees growing on ether side of the first 30 meters of jetty forming a arch which channels the morning light and on this morning there was some colour in the sky to improve the view.

Meet Andrew McGaughey:

Andrew has been following his passion for photography since he was a child and just old enough to hold his first camera a Kodak pocket Instamatic. Things have come a long way since then. Completely self-taught, he is well known for his ability to produce high quality eye catching landscape photography from both Australia and New Zealand.

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CHRIS SCHMID, SWITZERLAND

CHRIS SCHMID

About the Shot:

Female wild brown bear walking with its two cubs next to a lake at midnight in Finland giving this incredible reflection and this unique atmosphere.

Meet Chris Schmid:

As an outdoor and travel photographer, my studio is the world outside my door and the only equipment required is a camera and a willingness to look for new actions. Photography is about seeing our surroundings with fresh eye

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BENIZI SANTAMARIA, AUSTRALIA

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About the Shot:

While in Negombo Beach on Sri Lanka’s west coast, I saw a bunch of boys playing a mixture of beach volleyball and soccer. I got in closer and took a few action shots before deciding on a few head shots just after they stopped playing. I chose this headshot just to capture something with a beach element as part of my ongoing documentary work through South and South East Asia.

Meet Benizi Santamaria:

People and their stories captivate me. Photography is my way of documenting the stories and the lives of those I am fortunate enough to meet.

My journey in photography began in India in late 2009. I have never stopped since. These days, youʼd find me running behind a cloud of dust chasing after a bus in the lane ways of Jakarta, or perhaps you’d have to walk up the slope of a volcano in Flores to share a meal with me. I could show you the way to a tribal ceremony in Sulawesi, lead you through the crowded slums of Caloocan in outer Manila or even take you right into its beating heart of deafening karaoke in Santa Cruz,. If you want it easy, then come find me right here in Melbourneʼs cafe laneways. Never mind where you find me, I may find you first .

Photography will forever be my affliction, addiction, meditation and most of all my passion. So let me not say anymore but leave you with this, ʻLet my eyes be your window to the world.’

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CREATIVE ART VIEW, SWITZERLAND

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 About the Shot:

More than 2000 persons have been caught and buried in avalanches only in Switzerland in recent years.Rescue dogs provide valuable services in finding buried humans. Training these dogs is time consuming and a lot of endurance is required for both the dog and his handler. I have accompanied the avalanche rescue dog team under the leadership of Nicole Dammann a full day during their training session in Melchsee Frutt. There I spent an hour buried in a narrow cold snow cave to be searched and rescued by a dog. It’s a very liberating moment to be found and excavated by one of these hero dogs. Thanks to all the handlers with their dogs, who make these difficult job!

Meet Creative Art View:

I”m a hobby photographer from Switzerland. When I got my first DSLR In December 2012 I started getting serious about photography. Since then I never leave the house without my camera. I shoot with preferences, everything that moves, especially animals. Animals are my passion and part of my life since I was a baby, I wouldn’t want to live without them, ever. Capture their movement, their emotions and character this is my passion!!

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STEVEN FRIEDMAN, CANADA

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About the Shot:

This image was captured using a Hasselblad H4D 50 camera. I have been photographing Aspens in the Autumn for the last eight years.

Meet Steven Friedman:

Steven Friedman was born in 1964 in Ottawa, Canada, graduated from University with a degree in Economics and pursued a successful career as an Economic Consultant. First working with a pre-eminent Canadian economic think tank, and then breaking out on his own, it wasn’t until he found an SLR camera on an autumn hiking adventure in the Gatineau Park that he took his first photograph. This new found craft quickly became his passion and before long he established himself as a respected fine art photographer.

Steven’s vision is to find the fine details within fabulous compositions of a unique big scene. Photographing a forest with a large format panoramic camera is an extraordinary challenge; finding the compelling composition amongst natural disorder, waiting for the right light, colour, and for the wind to be calm – sometimes for days. Compounding the challenge to capture the ideal scene is that some of these exposures can be very lengthy. Steven is a purist; the image colours you are seeing in this series are matched to the slides he took captured the field.

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MARK GEE, NEW ZEALAND

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About the Shot:

This image was shot in one of my favourite ‘dark sky’ locations at Cape Palliser on the bottom of the North Island of New Zealand. It is a panorama made up of 28 individual shots, giving an overall image size of 275 megapixels.

The photo shows the Milky Way high in the sky stretching from east to west. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds can be seen below the arch of the Milky Way. These two objects are irregular dwarf galaxies and are only visible from the southern hemisphere. The light below the Milky Way to the left is the Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and the small glow on the horizon to the right is the Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship en-route for Wellington, New Zealand.

Meet Mark Gee:

Mark Gee is an award winning photographer & digital visual effects artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked on many high profile and Oscar award winning feature films. His love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography.

Wholly self-taught, Mark’s style of photography is influenced by his many years of experience in the feature film business, & with an eye for detail he strives to produce creative images of exceptional quality, no matter what the subject. Since he began to seriously focus on developing his photography skills over a decade ago, Mark has continuously worked on improving his craft, thriving on setting the bar ever higher and challenging himself to do better yet every time he sets out to shoot.

In the past few years astrophotography in particular has captured Mark’s imagination and interest. He often ventures out to the darkest, most remote skies all around the country, enjoying the challenge of combining New Zealand’s striking landscapes with the ethereal beauty of the night sky.

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INTRODUCING MICHAEL KEEL FROM UNITED STATES

Congratulations to Michael, this weeks Featured Photographer at The Open.

Meet Michael Keel:

I grew up in Fremont CA. and started making photos at thirteen years old, inspired by my grandfather who was in the Sierra Club and The California Camera Club back in the 1930’s. I remember as as child awaiting the weekend to see him. He’d reach into trunks that had stickers from places he’d visited; taking out glass bottles of chemicals. I thought he was a wizard,“Look Michael,you see?The tree developing on paper?” Photography is more than a “passion” for me, it’s a lifestyle; extension of my mind. My intention has always been to put the viewer in the moment of the photo.I want to find the camera angle from which this feeling can be most. If it’s the grace of the clouds, then I want the angle from which that grace becomes the absolute most it can be. And so it leads me on, to explore angles, space, reflections, and light. I strive to make “moments” make sense visually,and trust that the metaphor, meaning, will follow.

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MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MICHAEL KEEL, UNITED STATES

MARC ERWIN BABEJ

MARC ERWIN BABEJ

About the Shot:

Action Still from Africanae Episode I: The Villa in Carthagehttp://marcerwinbabej.com/portfolio/africanae/
Atop a hill in Carthage, one of the finest areas of Tunis, stands a villa that belonged to the Trabelsi, the family of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s wife. Ben Ali’s nepotism had been a trigger for the uprising – and during the revolution, the villa was ransacked and covered in political graffiti.
As four young Tunisian women explore this symbol of their country’s Zero Hour, they are not identifiable as belonging to a particular ethnic or religious group, but rather as members of a universal Mediterranean civilization.

Meet Marc Babej:

Marc Erwin Babej is a fine art and documentary photographer who works exclusively in black-and-white. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1970, he received a B.A. in history from Brown University and an M.Sc. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Marc’s background in social sciences, marketing strategy, media and entertainment pervades his photographic work.

 

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TIM KORBMACHER, GERMANY

TIM KORBMACHER

About the Shot:

this dude is one of the main actors in the german skateboard film “this ain’t california” and it’s always a pleasure to go out with him. kai hillebrand, frontboard to sundown.

Meet Tim Korbmacher:

Hi, I was born, raised and live in Mülheim an der Ruhr/Germany together with my little family. My story of being a photographer matches those of other guys sharing my passion. I’ve been addicted to skate and snowboarding most of my life and of course strongly influenced by this lifestyle. Through this fact i had the chance to meet and contact many different photographers and artists who have fascinated and inspired me greatly.

Growing older, I had to face the negative aspects of these sports and with my health in mind I decided to become more professional behind the camera.

So I started to take photos in 2008 with a digital SLR, the analog medium format and some 35mm cameras.

Since that time i’m a freelance photographer mainly focused in action sports as well as many other fields…cheers!

 

 

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MAROH KIM, KOREA SOUTH

MAROH KIM

About the Shot:

This works explore New York that is so near and yet so far place, from various perspectives as a foreigner, a student and a person who live in New York City.

Meet Maroh Kim:

Maroh Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He studied journalism in Korea, but he moved to New York to study photography in 2012. He is currently attending a BFA photography program at School of Visual Arts in New York. Despite his short photography career, Sincere efforts and eagerness have allowed him to receive a chairman’s merit award in 2012, 3rd prize and 5 honorable mention of International Photography Awards. Now he is trying to do his job as an artist to blow visual delight, warmth and empathy into people’s mind.

 

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VALERIE LEONARD, FRANCE

VALERIE LEONARD

About the Shot:

“LIGHTLY SUSPENDED”
Silt fishermen at dawn. SRI LANKA

Meet Valerie Leonard:

Born to American and French parents, Valerie Leonard has always been surrounded by a world of images. Her mother was a painter, and her father, photographer, Herman Leonard.
Far from seeking aesthetic or false compassion, she wants to show the dignity and courage of women and men, in particularly hostile environments.
Throughout her trips around the world she focused her work particularly on a theme that she named “Labours of Hercules”.
A series of photographs where she attempts to show with utmost respect and admiration the nobility and dignity of those living and working in difficult conditions.
AWARDS:
2014
SHORTLISTED SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
2013
FINALIST IN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
NOMINEE NATURE IMAGES AWARDS
HONORABLE MENTION ” BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY”
HONORABLE MENTION WINNER OF PX
2012
HONORABLE MENTION IPA CATEGORY PORTRAIT
HONORABLE MENTION IPA CATEGORY EXTRAORDINARY
BRONZE MEDAL

 “ART EN CAPITAL” PARIS
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FRENCH WEBSITE
2011
1st PRIZE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL’S CONTEST FRANCE

 

 

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JON HOPE, UNITED STATES

JON HOPE

About the Shot:

The snow covered countryside near the Thrihnukagigur volcano, Iceland

Meet Jon Hope:

I have always loved hanging out of helicopters shooting the scenes below. My first published photograph was an aerial shot when I was 17 years old. I spent my professional life shooting editorial and advertising work – portraits and location work. Over the last few years I’ve returned to the air more and more as that is my true love. And as anyone creative can tell you, the more fun you have, the better the work.

 

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WINSTON STANLEY

WINSTON STANLEY

About the Shot:

This photo was captured while I was going up and down the coast of Shell Beach in California. This particular guy was a treat in capturing and only took about ten minutes in under forty shots after moving from a different location. Every other wave was breaking on that rock with him standing there looking outward. I knew that my shot was about to come up at some point until it already had happened. Tech specs: 1/3000 @ f9.5 ISO 200.

 

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RAFAL ZIOLKOWSKI, NORWAY

RAFAL ZIOLKOWSKI

Meet Rafal Ziolkowski:

Born in Poland in 1977, live there for 31 years and then moved to Norway which is his second home.

For last 8 years expresses his artistic passion through photography.

 

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BEVERLY JAY, CANADA

BEVERLY JAY

About the Shot:

While returning in early evening to Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on a boat tour two wolves were spotted along the woods/beach area on Vargas Island. This wolf walked along the beach crest and was beautifully bathed in light.

 

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