Welcome to the latest installment of our new weekly photography news section, with the stories that matter to serious photographers, along with pithy comment and insightful analysis .
Travel Photographer of the Year contest open
The 2014 Travel Photographer of the Year competition is open for entries. This is a prestigious contest that has launched several professional careers in this popular but highly competitive genre, so it’s well worth a shot.
Actually, quite a few shots, as you need to submit two or three portfolios, based on the theme of Tribes, Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and Spirit of Adventure.
There’s also a prize for the best single image in each category, and a New Talent Award. Click here for full details.
Jessops cleans up your act
Long-established UK camera chain Jessops has introduced a new professional sensor cleaning services. Prices start at £30 for a two day service, so it could be tempting if the faff, gunk and risk of doing it yourself puts you off.
If your camera is really mucky you can get a full camera clean, including LCD, viewfinder and lens, for an extra £10.
New camera sunglasses reviewed
“The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades,” goes the song by Timbuk3, and you can now record the future with said face furniture.
Rollei recently brought out its Sunglasses 210, featuring a 135 degree camera built into the bridge and a 5Mp sensor that enables full HD video recording.
Stills and video are ingeniously stored in a microSD card (up to 32Gb) that slots into one of the arms.
Sony Alpha 7S details confirmed
Sony has revealed that the A7S, its 12Mp, full-frame compact system camera, will go on sale in the UK at the end of July, priced £700. It will also include a silent shooting function and extended ISO sensitivity of 100-102,400 in video mode.
Adobe updated Creative Cloud
A new version of Creative Cloud has been posted by Adobe. Improvements include better font handling, the ability to install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud, better file synching performance and more. Click here for full details of what’s new.
Nick Danziger’s postcards from Pyongyang
In central London with an hour or two to spare? Check out Nick Danziger’s fascinating exhibition of images from North Korea.
The exhibition, called Above the Line, is being held at The British Council in Spring Gardens, just off Trafalgar Square and it’s free.
The documentary legend has captured North Korea and its people with his usual skill and aplomb, presenting a different side to the secretive Stalinist state – some of his subjects actually look like they are enjoying themselves.
Its funny, poignant and thought provoking, and most images were taken on Olympus OM-D system cameras.
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