Grarup Wins UNICEF Photo of the Year

Danish photographer Jan Grarup has won UNICEF’s international photo competition with an image of a Pakistani child receiving treatment after an October 2005 earthquake.

The New Breed of Virtual Photographer

It’s nearing 2007, and that means retrospectives and year-end reviews. American Photo, for example, published the Photography Innovators of 2006 list, covering everything from top photography blogs (to which I would add Digital Photography School) to galleries and photojournalism, among other areas. Definitely worth a look.

A Photojournalist Follows His Passion — to an Austrian Village

After working for Magnum Photos in New York City for a year and a half, Martin Fuchs, photographer and author of Journal of a Photographer: A Photojournalism Blog, recently decided to return to his native Austria to document the village of his father and the people still living there. His reasons for returning were personal, too.

PikiPimp Your Pals for the Holidays

Hmmm, what’s the perfect fun gift for photographers to give their pals — or at least the more annoying ones?

A PikiPimp-ing, of course.

As Photojojo explains:

The 99 Strangest Photos of 2006

Check out this fun slide show, courtesy of I Am Bored.

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Photoshop CS3 Beta: So Far, So Good

Since the beta for Adobe Photoshop CS3 was made available last week, the early reviews have been positive. Here’s a sampling of what people are saying.

Wired:

The Year’s Best Sports Photography

This year-end gallery from Sports Illustrated includes some fabulous images.

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The World’s First Gigapixel Digital Picture

From Gizmowatch:

Do you think that having a 10 Megapixel digital camera is great…? Think again and think big. This is a 2.5 Gigapixel digital picture that is the world’s first Gigapixel Digital Picture. The picture has been taken from the top of a 100 feet tall University in Deft Netherlands. The original image was created by merging 600 individual pictures from taken by 4 Gigapixel cameras. The result was a 7.5 GB image and the whole merging process took 75 minutes to complete.

Time Magazine’s “You” Includes Photographers

In its December 25th issue, Time magazine chose “You” as Person of the Year. The article notes that in 2006, what is called Web 2.0 by many has witnessed “community and collaboration on a scale never seen before,” and predicts that “this is an opportunity to build a new kind of international understanding, not politician to politician, great man to great man, but citizen to citizen, person to person.”

A Tribute to Bruce Fraser, Color Geek

Macworld, the Imaging Resource, John Nack and others are paying tribute this week to Bruce Fraser, who died Saturday at 52 after a brief battle with lung cancer.

New Tool May Revolutionize Web Photo Search

A Swedish startup, Polar Rose, plans to revolutionize image searches on the Web with new facial recognition technology. As Graham Charlton reports:

The Demise of Photojournalism Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

It’s been an incessant drumbeat in recent months: Professional photographers are going the way of the camera obscura. Crowdsourcing is the future.

In its June 2006 issue, Wired magazine defined “crowdsourcing” as “the new pool of cheap labor provided by everyday people using their spare cycles to create content, solve problems and even do corporate R & D.” Wired editor Jeff Howe, who coined the term “crowdsourcing,” singled out stock photographers among those who will be hurt most by the trend.

Amateur Photographers Out to Prove that Phoenix Is About “More than Cacti”

Refocus Phoenix is a group of Arizona amateur photographers that likes to “shoot pictures and hang out.” They welcome photographers of all experience levels and seem to have a lot of fun. I talked to group members Andy, James, Brian and Josh about the goals of their organization.

Steve Goodman’s Excellent Photography Adventure — Five Years and Counting

Five years ago, Steve Goodman decided to chuck his corporate career and go on “sabbatical” — venturing to Southeast Asia. During this time, he has compiled a photoblog that sheds a remarkable light on his experiences. I talked with him recently about his adventures.

An Interview with Thomas Hawk

Thomas Hawk is the reigning blog guru of digital photography, has posted 7,000 of his own photos online, and now evangelizes for the photo-sharing service Zooomr.

And that’s just in his spare time — when he’s not doing his real job as an investment advisor. I spoke with Tom recently about current issues in photography, the future of stock and photographic rights, and other topics.

Why Are Photographs Worth Less Today? Here Are Eight Reasons

Recently, I was talking to a very experienced assignment photographer who has been in the business for more than 20 years. He told me, “One of the hardest things for photographers with some experience to come to terms with is that what we produce is not worth as much as it used to be.”

Which Portrait Studio Takes the Best Holiday Kiddie Pics?

The Nov. 30 Wall Street Journal conducted an interesting experiment: they dragged the same baby around to five photogs and portrait studios to compare prices and results. The contestants:

* Sears Portrait Studios
* Imagewell Photography (Jackson, Wyoming)
* Babies “R” Us
* Picture People
* Yun Cee Ng (Queens, NY)

On Digital Photography

On Digital Photography (O’Reilly, $40) is a book by photographer Stephen Johnson that discusses digital in depth — covering its history, the underlying technology, and techniques for achieving better photographs.

Are You Using the Same Stock Photos as Your Competitors?

The Nov. 28 Wall Street Journal article, “When Marketers See Double,” is sure to produce red faces in many corporate marketing departments.