Sunday, January 16, 2011

Getting to Burma's First Lady

Renowned portrait photographer Platon reveals how he got to photograph Burma's First Lady, dissident Aung San Suu Kyi, whilst she is under house arrest. Burma is ruled by a military Junta and stands at number 176 out of 180 in the World Corruption Perceptions Index. Platon's tale is of subtefuge, cunning and good old fashioned brass neck which resulted in him taking this stunning portrait on the cover of Time magazine. Platon tells his story in an enlightening video on the Time Video site and is well worth a visit.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Wildlife Awards go on tour

The Natural History Museum in London has on show the stunning images from this year's Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Now this great collection is travelling internationally. There are many categories for wildlife cameramen including some for young entrants. Here are two winners from many. To see more click on the link or, if you're passing by, visit the Museum.

This is Snatch and Grab by Arto Juvonen from Finland. Here a Goshawk pounces on a gull for lunch. Arto says, "Every time I look at the image, I can hear the gull screaming."

Titled, The Mobster, by Jim Nelger from the USA. Jim has photographed birds on his home patch in Florida for many years. He was focusing on a Great Horned Owl returning home when a Fish Crow appeared, jabbing the owl with its feet. The owl kept its dignity and shrugged off the interloper, continuing on its way.