Photographer Michal Huniewicz risked detention to smuggle a series of stunning images of everyday life taken in the secretive state of North Korea. He captured the photographs during a trip to the country, before sneaking them out on hidden memory cards.
Taking pictures have now become a staple of everyday life – in fact, you can’t accidentally trip over or be involved in some kind of embarrassing fracas anymore – without running the risk that someone will have taken a snap of your unfortunate moment and already posted it online – by the time you’ve had chance to dust yourself off.
The ease with which one can snap anything and everything – does mean that there is an awful lot of white noise out there…everyone, and I mean everyone with a phone and a camera – consider themselves as photographers. Of course, they have a little help along the way with various photo editing apps – but there are some photographs that not even a change of hue or focus can really make the photo into something of interest.
Step forward Lucas Levitan a London based illustrator who has started a project called ‘photo invasion’. Lucus takes other people’s snaps and livens them up using cartoon characters. Some are pure genius.
The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is simple: to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world.
The awards have brought untold reward and recognition to those involved and each year offers an incredible $30,000 (USD) in cash prizes plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment.
Free to enter, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit either their best single shots or series of work. The images are judged by the World Photography Organisation and a specially selected jury from the World Photographic Academy which is made up on the photographic industry’s most esteemed individuals.
The awards offer an unparalleled opportunity for exposure for photographers at all stages of their career and are known worldwide by industry leaders.
The annual awards gala and ceremony takes place in London, welcoming an international attendance of industry leaders to celebrate the recognition of the best in contemporary photography and each year also pays tribute to one of our masters with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award. Supporting the celebration is an exhibition of the winners and shortlist, comprising of hundreds of photographs expertly curated inside the historic London landmark, Somerset House.