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Discover Scanography

Published by Diana Tula · February 20th 2013

Scanography is one of our favourite photo techniques because of its simplicity and ability to tap into creativity. If you don’t know what scanography is, scanography is a technique where you can take photos using a scanner or a photocopy machine. All you have to do is get access to a scanner, plug it into a computer, arrange your photo subjects creatively and scan away.

Fine art scanography dates to 1968 and it is just as relevant today. We’ve gathered great scanography photos from 500px which we hope will inspire you to experiment with this process. Please share your results with us, upload photos to profile and post links in the comments below. Thanks!

poor Alice. by Amelia Cooper
Spoonful by Tim Fleming

Let’s share your passion for photography, trade our experiences and share great finds! Leave a comment with your favourite photo related liks, videos, DIYs, etc. or email We are always looking for new ideas and interesting photo content to feature on the blog and would love to get your input.


Valentine’s Contest & Winners

Published by Diana Tula · February 19th 2013

Contest Recap

To confess our love to you we hosted a Valentine’s contest giving away 14 Awesome cards. What’s special about these Awesome cards, besides that each is redeemable for one year of Awesome membership, is that currently these cards aren’t for sale and can be won only. To enter all you had to do to is upload a photo to 500px with a tag “500pxlovesme”.

The contest was a great success! We loved seeing all the entries, their variety, creativity and the talent behind them. If you haven’t seen all the photos submitted, take a look and enjoy a wonderful pool of photos both love related and not on 500px Search page.


Winners were randomly chosen using The lucky 14 are...

Thanks to everyone who entered! Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t won, instead stay tuned for more contests and giveaways on our blog and participate again.

Dear winners, please email with your mailing address (it can be your home, work or PO box address). Cards will be mailed out as soon as we have your contact information.


To promote and celebrate your work we’ve been posting some of the entries to our blog since the launch of the contest. Want to know if your work has been featured? Scroll through previous blog posts. To wrap up the contest here are some of our favourite photos that haven’t been spotlighted yet, enjoy :)


Selfies by Atte Tanner

Published by Diana Tula · February 19th 2013

The art of self portraiture seems to be a dying form overrun with millions of snapshot happy social media profile pics. Gladly there are photographers out there who strive for modern aesthetics while paying homage to this photo genre. Today we’d like to share with you beautifully crafted self portrait photos by Atte Tanner, young and talented Finnish photographer. Please enjoy a selection of his self portrait photos.

To get to know Atte Tanner’s work better visit his 500px page, there you can follow his future photo uploads, get acquainted with his photographic style and add Atte to friends.

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their brilliant photos. Every week we publish a brief photographer profile introducing you to a photographer from 500px community and his/her body of work. This could be you, email us and let us know about yourself and your work.


Midnight Rhapsody

Published by Diana Tula · February 18th 2013

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. Upload photos to your 500px profile and leave a comment to this post with the photo links. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. This week's theme was: Midnight Rhapsody. For announced new theme and deadline continue reading.

New theme is: Vacation Time

Theme is open to your interpretation and creativity, so get snapping and post links to photo entries in the comments below. Deadline is February 24th at 12pm (EST).

Every week there's a random draw giveaway, giving a chance to everyone who enters to win 2 months of Awesome membership. This week’s winner is Amit Dutta.

Big thanks to everyone who participated!


Follow Friday: Urban Exploration Photographers

Published by Diana Tula · February 15th 2013

Hi everyone! Inspired by the Follow Friday hashtag movement on twitter we are starting a new weekly feature on our blog. With Follow Friday posts you can discover new, popular and up-and-coming photographers from 500px to follow and add to friends.

Ronny Janss

Enjoy clean and elegant photos of abandoned interior design masterfully captured by Ronny Janss. If there ever were Urban Exploration photos that could be called high art this is it.

Jose Vazquez

Though Jose describes his work as "hodgepodge of whatever inspires me", we would add that majority of what inspires him is urban exploration photography. His portfolio consisting of 50/50 colour and black&white photos of lost places.

Daniel Schmitt

Travel to abandoned lavish hotels of Austria and France with Daniel Schmitt's photographs. Luxury lives on even when lost and forgotten.

Ronny Hanisch

Looking for more urbanex photos? Look no further, indulge in artful urban exploration and architecture photography by Ronny Hanisch.

Frank Grace

HDR lovers rejoice! Frank Grace got lots of HDR for you and photos of some great places such as Mark Twain's house, steam-punk inspired imagery and R2-D2.

David Pinzer

Do you want beautiful models and urban exploration? David Pinzer has got it all. Enjoy his work and be on a lookout for photos of ghosts.

Lindsay Blair Brown

Lindsay's portfolio is a mix of street photography and urban exploration. What we love and enjoy most about her urban exploration photos is that even though the subject is abandoned places she somehow manages to bring cheer to such photos with her touch.

*autumncontrol #

Autumn Control's photos appear to be straight from the camera and unprocessed, which is uncommon in the current world of digital photography and brings a breath of fresh air to the urban exploration genre.

Andrea Schuh

Andrea Schuh constructs a black and white reality, which makes you wonder if these photos are depictions of the last days or are a representation of the post-apocalypse.


Explore the world of urban exploration with ChristianRichter's photography as he surprises you with unusual angles and beautiful framing.

We hope you enjoyed our roundup! This is the first Follow Friday post in this genre of photography and we can’t wait to share more features with you. Come back next Friday for incredible photographers to follow and get inspired by. For now you can visit our last Follow Friday post highlighting photographers in City & Architecture category. Thanks for reading :)

Who is your favourite Urban Exploration photographer at 500px? Let us know in the comments below.


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