Boxing Day in Edinburgh 2013 Reply

Boxing Day 2013. Families take advantage of the mild weather to walk off the excesses of Christmas Day, with a walk on Portobello Beach, Edinburgh. From dog walkers and rowers to children testing out their new bikes and scooters, the winter sunshine provided a welcome break from the heavy winds and flooding of the past week.

Boxing Day 2013. Families take advantage of the mild weather to walk off the excesses of Christmas Day, with a walk on Portobello Beach, Edinburgh. From dog walkers and rowers to children testing out their new bikes and scooters, the winter sunshine provided a welcome break from the heavy winds and flooding of the past week. 

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, AWARDS – Launch of the 2013 Picture Editor Guild Awards Reply

The search to find Britain’s most talented photographers has today launched, with the return of the annual Picture Editor Guild Awards, which will take place in London on November 4, 2013.

Professional and amateur photographers can now submit entries to compete for the most coveted awards in the industry via It also includes the BT Citizen Photographer category, open to the public and for professionals the chance to become the SABMiller Press Photographer of the Year

Hosted by BBC journalist and presenter Kate Silverton, the Picture Editor Guild Awards recognise outstanding photography from the world of news, royalty, sport, business, fashion and entertainment. Winners will have their work displayed at the Museum of London, as well as receive prizes from headline sponsors: Bloomberg, BT, British Airways, Genesis, Getty Images, Nikon, Opentext and SABMiller.

Picture Editor Guild Chairman, Alan Sparrow, said: “The past year has produced a wealth of stories at home and abroad – from sporting feats at Wimbledon, to legendary performances at Glastonbury. We’ve witnessed uprisings in Egypt, a new Pope in Rome and there’s a Royal baby on the way too. With such rich content to capture, we anticipate another highly competitive year.

The Picture Editor Guild Awards are the only of their kind to recognise and honour the talented professionals behind the lens, operating in the most dynamic and competitive media in the world.

The 2013 Picture Editor Guild Award categories are:

  • Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year
  • British Airways Fashion and Entertainment Photographer of the Year
  • Young Photographer Bursary
  • Getty Royal Photographer of the Year
  • Genesis Regional Photographer of the Year
  • Nikon Sports Photographer of the Year
  • Nikon Videographer of the Year
  • Opentext News Photographer of the Year
  • The Picture Editors Guild Photo Essay of the Year
  • The Picture Editors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award

And from these categories we find the

  • SABMiller Photographer of the Year

We also have the

  • BT Citizen Photographer of the Year – for members of the public to show off their photography skills

All entries are judged by working picture editors from national, regional and international publications, as well as photography agencies, who view tens of thousands of photos every day.

Presenter Kate Silverton, said: “I’ve been involved in the Picture Editor Guild Awards since they started, and I’m delighted to be on the judging panel this year of the new ideo category.

As a journalist I know how important visuals are to bring a story to life. We’ll be looking for images that tell a story or capture a moment in time, in a way that no words can.”

For those unable to attend the awards, there’s an opportunity to view the winning entries for free at the Museum of London from November 6, 2013 until March 2014. A dedicated exhibition will display the prize-winning images mounted on the museum’s iconic rotunda space.

Last year’s awards, hosted by Kate Silverton and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, saw freelance photographer Jason Howe scoop the Photo Essay Award and the highly coveted SABMiller Photographer of the Year Award, for his gritty and detailed images of war in Afghanistan. A full list of previous winners can be viewed via the links in the menu above – with galleries for all events so far including last year’s main awards and the special Olympics awards.

Entry to submit photos to the Picture Guild Awards has a £20 charge but is free for the BT Citizen Photographer category. Images must have been taken between July 17th, 2012¤ and July 16, 2013†. Final submission for entries is September 1, 2013.

¤ Entries exclude images from the London 2012 Games, which were recognised in a dedicated section at the previous 2012 Picture Editor Guild Awards.

† Consideration will be given to accommodate the Duchess of Cambridge and Mother Nature.

NatGeo Captures Spectacular Cheetah Footage at 1200 fps Reply

National Geographic have captured footage of cheetahs running by using a specially-built camera rig at 1200 fps. These big cats are the fastest runners on the planet. NatGeo got together with Cincinnati Zoo and a huge crew of experts from Hollywood action movies to document these amazing creatures in action in a way that has never been done before.

Using a Phantom camera filming at 1200 frames per second while the rig was hurtling along beside a sprinting cheetah, the team captured every nuance of the cat’s movement as it reached top speeds of 60+ miles per hour.

The extraordinary footage above is a compilation of multiple runs by five cheetahs during three days of filming.

New world record price for camera at auction Reply

The record breaking Leica M3D belonging to Life Magazine photographer David Douglas Duncan is at the top

VIENNA – An Austrian photo gallery says a camera used by a photographer who documented the life of artist Pablo Picasso has sold for a world record price of €1.68 million ($2.19 million).

The Westlicht gallery says the Leica m3d belonged to David Douglas Duncan. The 96-year-old former photographer for LIFE magazine was a close friend of Picasso and published hundreds of exclusive photos of him.

Manufactured in 1955, the camera is one of four ever made, and the price is a world record for a commercially produced camera.

In a statement Monday, Westlicht says the second-highest price in the Saturday’s sale was for a gold-plated Leica made in 1929, which sold for €1.02 million ($1.3 million).

Scientists have shown conclusively for the first time that unborn babies yawn repeatedly in the womb Reply

Scientists have shown conclusively for the first time that unborn babies yawn repeatedly in the womb. But they say it is not because they are sleepy or bored – the most likely explanation is that foetal yawning is linked to brain development.Dr Nadja Reissland, from the University of Durham, said: “Yawning in the womb may be linked to the maturing of the brain early in gestation.”

Foetus yawning video can be found here

University of Durham photograph of an ultrasound image showing a 27-week-old foetus with its mouth open in the womb.Waiting to enter the world is a tedious business – so perhaps it should come as no surprise that foetuses yawn. Scientists have shown conclusively for the first time that unborn babies yawn repeatedly in the womb. Nadja Reissland/University of Durham

Sir Chris Hoy is crowned Great Britain’s most successful Olympian Reply

The Scotsman’s Ian Rutherford was in the Olympic velodrome to capture these images of Sir Chris Hoy winning his sixth gold medal and becoming Great Britain’s most successful Olympian © The Scotsman

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Zara Phillips prepares to compete in her first Olympics Reply

Zara Phillips gets kitted out in her adidas Team GB gear for the London 2012 Olympics


Following in the footsteps of both her mother, the Princess Royal and father, Captain Mark Phillips,  by representing Great Britain in eventing at an Olympic Games, Zara Phillips will be competing in her first Olympics, after injuries to her former horse, Toytown, denied her the opportunity to take part at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Her horse this summer will be High Kingdom, which she guided to third place at the Bramham Horse Trials last weekend.

Zara visited Loughborough University to pick up her adidas kit ahead of London 2012. Today Zara received her performance kit, village wear and training wear and is pictured wearing the adidas Team GB sweatbands, part of every athletes kitbag and also available to buy for RRP £7.

Red Arrows escort Vulcan to open Farnborough airshow

Superb photos of the RAF Red Arrows escorting the world’s last airworthy Vulcan 1

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Photographs by Cpl Graham Taylor RAF © UK MOD/Crown Copyright 2012

Departing from Fairford, where both flew displays on the Saturday and Sunday at the Royal International Air Tattoo, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (The Red Arrows) and the last airworthy Vulcan in the world, XH558, fly in formation via Farnborough for the opening of the Air Show there, much to the delight of PM David Cameron. The Vulcan Bomber restored by the ‘Vulcan to the Sky Trust’ and 9 Hawks from the Red Arrows flew together for the first time since 2010, as they departed from the Royal International Air Tattoo and appeared in the skies over Hampshire to open the Farnborough airshow. The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – The Red Arrows demonstrating the speed, precision and agility of the Royal Air Force to the public once more.

Reuters Robo-Cams are put in place for the London 2012 Olympic Games Reply

The Reuters photographic team give us an insight into their preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games


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By Fabrizio Bensch

Is it possible to get 11 photographers into a box and put them in a position where you could never place a photographer? Normally, it would be absolutely impossible. But nothing is impossible when it comes to the Olympic games.

The London Olympic summer games will produce huge emotions, records and we as the Reuters photographers team will catch it from any extraordinary angle. When athletes from around the world compete against each other for the glory of an Olympic medal, hundreds of photographers try to capture the one and only moment which makes the Olympic games so unique.

On any sports event where there isn’t a place for a photographer or there is a need to freeze a moment from different perspectives we use remote technology – cameras triggered by cable wire or with a wireless transmitter. We wanted to make impossible things possible; just like the athletes at the Olympic games.

Reuters photographer Pawel Kopczynski and Fabrizio Bensch have been developing since the 2009 athletics World Championships in Berlin a new technology, which enables Reuters sports photography to shoot pictures from unusual angles and make them available to our customers around the world in minutes. We tested the technology at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea and at the world indoor athletics championships in Istanbul.

At the upcoming Olympics for the first time we are using robotic cameras made specifically for the high elevated roof positions that can only be covered by a remote camera and not by a photographer.

Over the next few weeks until the Olympic Games open on July 27, I will install our new robotic cameras, often using climbing equipment. From now on, getting up early in the morning and spending more than 12 hours at the various venues is my daily business as a photographer to make this picture dream come true.

Even before the boxing arena is completed, I have installed the first of several robotic remote cameras at the Excel arena (one of the Olympic venues) with the help of our technician Colin Dowson.

The robotic camera can be released by a photographer over wireless transmitters or externally triggered by a cable. All images are directly transferred into our Paneikon remote editing system and from there can be transmitted on the wire.

Moreover, the movement of the camera can be controlled along each axis and the camera operator can control the zoom lens remotely with a joystick.

A lot of athletes will look into these robotic cameras but they will never see the photographer behind the lens. They will only see the image when it has been sent around the world.

Read the original article on Reuters here

Andy Murray’s Wimbledon dream ends in tears 3

When Andy Murray made his emotional speech following his defeat to Roger Federer at  Wimbledon yesterday picture editors everywhere were all looking for the picture that was going to show how much it meant to Britain’s number one tennis player. There were 81 photographers on the Centre Court for the final. One of them was Bill Murray from Scottish News & Sport, SNS. Not being in the main group on court Bill thought he was in the wrong position until a tearful Andy Murray naturally turned away from the assembled lensmen and Bill  managed to snap the picture that made most of the front pages ©                                                                                                                                       

Britain’s Andy Murray makes an emotional speech at the end of the Wimbledon final against Switzerland’s Roger Federer

Andy Murray speaking to the BBC

It is hard to describe the disappointment of losing a Grand Slam final, let alone as a British player at Wimbledon with such incredible home support.

You try to stay calm, hold it together and congratulate your opponent before thanking the fans, your team, the tournament staff and so on.

If only it was that easy.

Having invested so much effort and received unbelievable backing, it is difficult to control your reaction. The last thing you want is to cry on court, but there we go.

This tournament, the public and my family and friends all mean a great deal. I’m more determined than ever to make sure I’m the guy lifting the trophy next time round.

Clearly I’m closer to winning that first major title and after my three previous finals ended in straight-set defeats, at least I managed to win one against Roger Federer on Sunday.

It was also my first Wimbledon final – so I’m evidently improving on grass – the best I’ve played in a Grand Slam final and the best I’ve felt on the court. I was more composed.

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The view from the top of The Shard, Europe’s tallest building Reply

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London’s newest skyscraper, The Shard, was innaugurated on the 5th of July 2012. Standing at 309.6m it is the tallest building in Europe and one of the tallest structures, after the Eiffel Tower which stands at 320m. It was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano in 2000, who is best known for the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

‘The Doomen’ New exhibition by photojournalist Robert Ormerod Reply


An exhibition of Doomen is on display at The Institute 14 Roseneath Street Edinburgh from 29th June to 28th of July 2012


“As part of The Institute’s commitment to support new and upcoming talent the gallery announces the premiere of Robert Omerod’s acclaimed photographic series ‘The Doomen’. 26 year old Robert completed a degree in Journalism at the University of Stirling before pursuing a career in photography. Robert is a freelance photographer, based in Edinburgh, who is interested in telling stories and pursuing long term bodies of work. His Red Road project was exhibited widely and selected in Press Photographers year 2011. Robert was recently named a winner in Magenta Flash Forward 2012 for the Doomen series.
Young Doomen tell stories of men who sleep and eat with their pigeons and others who have left their wives for the birds. Over Tennents and cigarettes they talk about long ago fights over birds which left someone’s uncle or grandfather stabbed or beaten. They talk about how huts used to be torched, almost forgotten brawls and van loads of Edinburgh Doomen raiding huts in Glasgow en mass. But most of all they talk about the excitement of the catch: Who has caught what; who’s flying well, the near misses and the thrill of the catch.
This series explores “Doo flying”, a pass-time which has been practiced in Scotland since Victorian times. Thousands, mainly in the housing schemes of Edinburgh and Glasgow, fly horseman thief pigeons, or “doos” from are lofts, bedrooms, living rooms and sheds often built by hand.

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Super Moon Reply

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The 2012 Super Moon rises over Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh Scotland. Nikon D700 with a 500mm f4 lens and a 2x converter.

Royal Yacht Britannia barge set to lead Diamond Jubilee Flotilla Reply

The barge from the Royal Yacht Britannia is set to lead a Flotilla of boats down the Thames as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, with the Queen and Prince Philip on board.

Back in the water for the first time in fifteen years the Royal barge underwent a sea trial in Leith Harbour today with some of her original crew, or ‘Yotties’ , as they are known at the helm. Coxswain Peter ‘Brigham’ Young in control here will take charge when the barge leads the procession on Sunday the 3rd of June.

Queen Victoria Sails up The Clyde for the first time Reply

How The Queen Victoria looked across the top of two pages of The Scotsman

When photographer Donald MacLeod sent in his pictures of the Cunard Liner, Queen Victoria  sailing up The Clyde for the first time, it soon became apparent that we needed as much space as possible for the picture to make a proper impact. We wanted to use it on the front of the paper but that still didn’t show off the size of the second largest Cunarder ever built. That’s when we decided to run it right across the top of two pages inside as well, only then could you really appreciate the bulk of the 965 feet long ship as she dwarfed the world’s only surviving sea going paddle steamer, The Waverley. Here on the right you can see how it looked on the front page. On the 12th of October 2010 Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton and will then become the second largest in the Fleet to the companies flagship Queen Mary 2