Archive for the ‘Photojournalism’Category

The Big Picture Street Photographer of the Year winners

Printer-friendly versionSend to friendPDF version

We’re proud to announce the result of our wonderful competition that attracted thousands of participants from around the world. Thanks to The-Latest.Com, the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust, Time Out and Olympus.

It is the first time ever that the title “Street Photographer of the Year” has been awarded in the UK to a citizen journalist using a mobile phone. The winner is young tech whizz Kheoh Yee Wei, who lives in Leeds. His prize, on top of the street photographer title, is the state of the art Olympus LS-20M camcorder. Kheoh’s winning photo is pictured, above.

One of the judges, Eamonn McCabe, the renowned and award-winning press photographer, said: “The quality of entrants was surprisingly so good it was really hard to choose a winner. Kheoh’s entry stood out as a result of the wonderful characters he cleverly captured with his mobile phone.

Read more about the competition winners and view their photos on The-Latest.Com:

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)


12 2011

Discrepancy in Photo Evidence?

Sri Lankan site Groundviews uses Twitter to contact former UN spokesperson Gordon Weiss about photos that showed proof of government slaughtering of civilians during fights with the Tamil Tigers. After obtaining the photos, they opened them in Photoshop and checked the timestamp. The timestamp, which is a code placed in each photo file in by a camera to show when the photo was taken, did not correlate with the time of events in the report.

Through some simple investigation by this citizen outfit, it was found that these photos were problematic in being used to prove war crimes. Groundviews pointed out that the government and pro-government media would pick up on this as proof that allegations about war crimes are false.

Lesson: even if you have photographic proof, some simple gaps in fact checking will undermine all of your work.

WARNING: Graphic photos at the following link.

Photographic evidence of war crimes in Sri Lanka, or not? (Updated)


VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)


07 2011

No, not a superinjunction but a Big competition

Printer-friendly versionSend to friendPDF version

New charity the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust (CJET), which is supported by The-Latest.Com, has launched with its Big Picture street photography competition.

This exciting event has won backing from Time Out magazine, Olympus, who have donated a prize worth almost £300. Guardian News & Media donated an iconic image, taken by a citizen photographer, of Ian Tomlinson, the innocent bystander killed by a police officer at the G20 protest of 2009.

The competition offers entrants from the UK and abroad the opportunity to win the brand new Olympus LS-20M pocket camcorder and the title of “CJET Street Photographer of the Year” by using their mobile phone to take a winning picture.

Judges are award-winning photographer Eamonn McCabe, former Picture Editor of The Guardian, renowned publisher Dr Margaret Busby, a CJET Trustee, Martin Shaw, chair of the Trustees, Allyce Hibbert, Picture Editor of Time Out and Brian Usher, Picture Editor of The-Latest.Com.

Martin Shaw said: “CJET recognises that ordinary citizens not only consume news but make it too. Think of the image of innocent bystander Ian Tomlinson who was unlawfully killed at the G20 protest, the 7/7 terrorist attack and Asian tsunami photographs that have come from camera phones. We are doing the Big Picture competition to celebrate this important new citizen journalism.”

CJET is a UK charity that inspires and encourages the personal development of disadvantaged young adults through journalism, writing, literacy, photography and video. It produces educational material that includes college standard online out-reach materials and tutorials for contributors interested in a career in journalism, photography or broadcasting.

It also aims to assist the public to find a better connection with the sometimes mystifying world of media, journalism and current affairs that is so influential in all our lives.

The competition runs from June 1 2011 to August 31 2011 and the winner notified on October 3 2011. Full details can be viewed here:

Please send the link to the competition page to all your contacts. We look forward to receiving your photos.



VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 2.5/10 (2 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

A Quick History of Citizen Photojournalism

Dan Gillmor on Mediactive takes the Rodney King video as the fulcrum when people realized the impact they could make with their very own video cameras. From there, citizen photo and video journalism have become more prevalent and legitimate, where the dictators of North Africa are uncomfortably finding that they can’t get away with as much as they used to.

This is an interesting read.

Rodney King and the Rise of the Citizen Photojournalist


VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 7.0/10 (1 vote cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)


03 2011

DSLRs Instead of Video Cameras

Canon EOS 7D

Credit: Axel Bührmann on Flickr (CC)

There are so many gadgets getting our attention and so many that do tasks that we now think are crucial that we’re running out of pocket space. When covering a news event, you have photographers and videographers because it was cumbersome to carry and switch devices.

Then video cameras started to get still photo capabilities. Then digital point-and-shoots got video. Phones could take both, too. But none of them could do both functions well.

Now DSLR cameras are getting into the video space, and they’re even overtaking comparable video cameras for quality to the point that even Hollywood is playing with them. The reason is not just their HD capabilities. DSLR cameras make use of sharp lenses that consumer video cameras don’t have. They can also switch lenses from wide angle to macro, narrow focus depths for super sharp images and all encompassing fish-eye styles.

Take a look at some of these.

YouTube Preview Image

Then there is HDR photography, which takes photos using different exposure levels and stitches them together. This can create more realistic effects or create otherworldly images. Only DSLRs have this capability right now. Now some people have put together what may be the first HDR video.

Now, HDR likely won’t have an impact on photojournalism. But consider the possibilities journalists now have with just one device. They can take video and stills without switching media. In fact, some DSLRs let you snap photos while in video mode.

There are blogs dedicated to DSLR videography, and its use by citizen journalists has even sparked some debate from “pros.”

Just something to consider when expanding the repertoire.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)


09 2010