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Australian Photography June 2018

Australian Photography has one simple goal – to make you a better photographer. Each month the magazine features insightful photo tips to help you improve the way you shoot, edit and share your images. There's also interviews with leading pro shooters, step-by-step image-editing guides, photo competitions, reviews of the latest gear and much more

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No social movement has had the impact on contemporary western society like the #metoo movement has over the past 12 months. Starting with the outing of Harvey Weinstein last October, many have been forced, some willing and others not so, to reconsider attitudes and approaches to gender equality both privately and publicly. The impact of the movement has spread far and wide and photography, like so many industries, has not escaped this reach. Yet it seems with one step forwards, it's easy to take two steps back. Looking at the winners of the World Press Photo awards for 2018, the number of women entrants (18%) showed only a slight increase from the year before, and this in a year where the judging panel, with an eye to the #metoo movement, had…

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DAVID LAZAR David Lazar is a travel photographer from Brisbane who loves to capture moments of life, beauty and culture. See more at davidlazar.com MATTY GRAHAM Matty Graham is a photojournalist and former mag editor based in the UK. He specialises in landscapes, portraiture and video. See more at mattygraham.com SERENA COADY Serena Coady is a writer and aerial photographer based in Canberra. When she’s not shooting with her drone, she’s on Google Satellite stalking the next place to fly it. See more at lostbyluna.com DREW HOPPER Drew Hopper is a travel and landscape photographer based in Australia, specialising in the Asia-Pacific region. See more of his images at drewhopperphotography.com…

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all eyes on me

Usually, a strong photo needs a main focal point and one that’s clear and easy to find, located in a compositionally pleasing part of the frame. There is however an opportunity to break this rule, which is when you completely fill the frame with a repeated subject, so that there isn’t a specific focal point, but rather patterns caused from repetition. I like the creative aspect of photography and I enjoy thinking up ideas for photos. I see the shot first in my mind and then try to execute the idea and bring the vision to life. While walking through the streets of Sylhet in Bangladesh, I came across a Madrasah Islamiah (Islamic school) and decided to walk inside to look around. If anyone asked me to leave, I’d be ready…

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AFP CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER SHAH MARAI KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN THE AFP’s chief photographer in Afghanisatan, Shah Marai, has been killed in a double suicide attack in Kabul. Marai had worked for AFP since 1996, when he started as a driver and fixer. He began taking photos on the side, working his way up as a staff photographer before becoming the AFP’s chief photographer in the country. After the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001, Marai, who comes from the Shamali Plain north of Kabul, covered the country’s many upheavals which he described on AFP’s Correspondent blog. He was killed along with at least five media colleagues, when a suicide bomber detonated himself among the crowd of journalists who had arrived to cover an earlier blast. According to AFP, Islamic state have claimed responsibility for…

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your best shot the beach

THIS MONTH’S WINNER ELIZABETH OXNAM Title: Windy Scheveningen EDITOR’S COMMENTS: Elizabeth Oxnam’s image captures one of those otherworldly events that photographers might only get to capture if they’re very lucky. Taken at Scheveningen beach near The Hague in the Netherlands, Oxnam says her aim was to capture the bleak conditions with people emerging from the sand blast. “I was drawn to the colourful motifs on the poles along the length of the beach which hint at fun times when conditions improve,” she says. We really liked this image because it doesn’t fit any traditional idea of the beach in Australia – maybe it’s a Northern hemisphere thing! The swirling sand helps to create a fog-like effect that gives the image great depth, with the poles the only ‘anchor’ to show permanence. TECHNICAL DETAILS: Camera: Canon EOS…

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how to enter

YOUR BEST SHOT IS OPEN TO AP SUBSCRIBERS AND APS MEMBERS. TO ENTER AN IMAGE IN THE COMP, CHECK THE COMPETITION THEMES AND INSTRUCTIONS BELOW AND EMAIL YOUR BEST IMAGE TO YOURBESTSHOT@AUSTRALIANPHOTOGRAPHY.COM UPCOMING COMPETITION THEMES AUGUST ISSUE MOUNTAINS May 31, 2018 SEPTEMBER ISSUE KIDS June 30, 2018 OCTOBER ISSUE MOTION July 30, 2018 NOVEMBER ISSUE GOLDEN August 31, 2018 DECEMBER ISSUE SPORT September 30, 2018 HOW TO ENTER • Send your entry to yourbestshot@australianphotography.com• Include the name of the competition theme you are entering in the email subject line, for example ‘Birds’ or ‘Mountains’.• Please include the following details with your entry: your name, image title (if there is one) and 80-200 words about how you created your image. Please also include technical details including camera, lens, focal length, shutter speed, aperture, filter (if used), tripod (if used) and details of any software manipulation.• Entries may be submitted…