We’ve teamed up with Land Rover USA to bring you a contest that could take you anywhere. Contest was “Land Rover Story Challenge” where 500px photographers were asked to unleash their creativity and in a story format share with us their photos and personal mantra that reflected Land Rover’s spirit.
Land Rover Story Challenge was a huge success! We are overjoyed with the number and quality of stories submitted and would like to thank everyone for your hard work and beautiful entries. You can see all the entries on 500px Search page.
Now it is time to announce the winners, selected by a panel of Land Rover judges and judged on a) creativity, b) storytelling, c) photographic style and d) overall brand fit. The winners are...
Ben Canales: "... the sight of the stars makes me dream..."
Arthur Chang: "I took the one less traveled by"
Lucas Gilman: "At the end of the day it's the journey and not the destination I remember"
Ivan Nava: "Passion for life!"
David Potter: "Just let go, and go"
Congratulations! Winners will receive a photography contract of $10,000 USD, a $2,000 USD travel stipend, ample promotion from Land Rover North America through Land Rover USA social media channels, be interviewed by Land Rover, and get their work featured on Land Rover digital properties and potentially advertising.
Big thanks to everyone who participated!
A picture is worth a thousand words, and we'd like to hear what they are. Every Thursday we feature a photograph or photo series by one of 500px photographers, sharing with you the stories behind these images. Today we’d like to share with you the story behind “EAT TRASH !!”, a photograph taken by K-56. K-56 is a photo duet of Gábor Szentpétery & Jakub Geltner, professional photographers from Czech Republic.
La Chureca is the biggest garbage dump in Central America, it is a lively sewer of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. This dumping ground lies on the shores of the contaminated lake Xolotlán. Hundreds of human trash recyclers search in tons of smoldering garbage searching mainly for metals such as copper or aluminum. Others concentrate on searching for glass which can be sold for cheap, but it is there in bigger amounts. The majority of searchers are families with children for whom recycling is a regular job. The children are also there, very often they eat the food they find at the dump, none of them go to school, they suffer from skin diseases and have high levels of lead and DDT (an insecticide, which in humans may affect health through genotoxicity or endocrine disruption) in blood. Many of them sniff glue, the drug of the poorest. The inhabitants of Managua say that there is the end of the world, it is right here in Nicaragua – it is called La Chureca. While I was taking this photo I was attacked by a guy who grabbed my camera from behind in order to steal it, but with the help of my friends and tear gas we scared him away after a short fight.
Thanks for reading! Visit K-56 500px page for more photos and to check the photo specs of their work (exposure, aperture, equipment, etc). Feel free to leave feedback in the comments below.
There is so much to learn about photography and we want to share 500px photographers’ pro tips and tricks with you. Last time we featured post-processing secrets of “Waiting for hair cut” photograph.
In this article Budapest-based photographer Ildiko Neer shares with us the details behind her photograph “Endless passion”, explaining how she created this photograph using mirroring technique.
I think that this kind of post-processing is a type of magician's trick. It is quiet simple and looks magical. You just need a row of trees and then in a post-processing program to mirror the image you’ve shot. Next step would be to layer the mirrored image over the original shot and to erase what you don't need. Final step is to tone, colour correct and retouch any parts you think are missing or distracting.
I followed these steps to achieve the final image:
Step by step photo changes...
Thanks to Ildiko Neer for sharing this tutorial and thank you for reading!
Let’s share your skills and educate those new to photography. If you have a tutorial you’d like to share, be it in shooting, or post production, or even top tips for getting your work out there please get in touch, email email@example.com.
It’s great to watch videos filmed by photographers as you can witness photographs literally come to life. Last time we shared with you ”Istanbul, the Pearl of the Bosphorus” by Juan Carlos Diaz, a tribute to the incredible city.
Today’s featured video is “Low Tide - The Seaweed Farmers of Nusa Lembongan”. This film was shot and edited by Free Mindflow in an observational documentary style, in order to enable the viewer with a sense of reality when witnessing the most significant and particular part of the island’s inhabitants lives.
This short film is part of the first episode of Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km South East of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places. The first episode also features a photo set viewable on 500px.com/freemindflow.
In our opinion photographers make great videographers. Do you have a video that you’d like to share or you're in a process of planning a shoot? Let us know, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always open to your ideas and collaborations, and would love to feature you on our blog.
Inspiration is a strange thing, you never know when or what will inspire you. We’d like to invite you to take a break from photography and recharge your creative powers. Who knows, maybe one of the items from this list will make you scream “Eureka!” and send you running to create the next masterpiece.
What inspires you? Let us know in the comments below and be the source of inspiration to others.