Brent Stirton wins 6th annual National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer award

Brent Stirton wins 6th annual National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer award

Michael Oryem, a recently defected member of the Lord’s Resistance Army, with 2 of 6 ivory tusks that he hid and then led the Ugandan forces to inside the border region of the Central African Republic.  Oryem was abducted by the group when he was 9 and lived with them for over 17 years in the wild. He was made a commander in the group at the age of 12. The LRA is infamous for the killing and abduction of thousands of civilians across multiple countries. He defected and is now a member of the Ugandan Army hunting the LRA. Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage for Getty

On 15 January at the conclusion of National Geographic’s annual photography seminar, George Steinmetz made the following address:

The greatest pleasure I get from being head of the Photographer’s Advisory Board is to give out the annual National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer Award. There is no greater honor than to be recognized by ones peers, especially with a crowd as accomplished as this. The award is for the photographer who has most inspired us by expanding the possibilities of our medium. This definition is purposely vague, as what inspires is always the unexpected.

In this …

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VII Mentor Program Accepts 5 New Photographers

“VII is pleased to announce the next roster of photographers to join its lauded VII Mentor Program, an education initiative launched in 2008 to provide professional development for emerging photographers whom VII consider to be among the brightest new talents in the industry.” From the over 300 applicants from more than 30 countries, VII members voted in  five new mentees.


Arnau Bach of Paris and Barcelona will be mentored by Davide Monteleone. Bach won a fellowship to attend the photojournalism program at Barcelona University and along with other international recognition from grants and awards, has been published and exhibited worldwide.

Norwegian/Algerian photographer and artist Linda Bournane Engelberth will be mentored by Danny Wilcox Frazier. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions world wide and her latest work was selected for the European Photo Exhibition Award. Her current personal project explores her own unknown family history in Algeria.


Luisa Dorr of Sao Paulo, Brazil will be mentored by Sarker Protick. A widely published and exhibited photographer, Dorr’s work focuses on the genre of portraiture and seeks to address its contemporary aspects. In 2015, Dorr was named one of PDN’s Emerging Photographers and LensCulture’s Emerging Talent.


Award winning photographer, Mojgan Ghanbari of Tehran, Iran will be mentored by Jocelyn Bain Hogg. Most of her work is deeply rooted in her personal history and explores the ways she and others interact with, or are affected by society. Her most recent work …

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Katrina, Ten Years On…

Ten years ago this week, I hopped a plane to Houston, rented a car, and headed north to the Louisiana line. Even though it was already 5 months since the calamity of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, getting through the National Guard roadblocks took a bit of negotiating. Once across the border, I found myself in what had been Holly Beach, LA, part of what was known as the “Cajun Riviera.” Nothing was left standing, with the exception of a few sturdy toilet bowls. What had been a thriving beach community was shredded in the cuisineartstyle winds of Rita. You could see by the outlines of the remainders of house foundations where there had been something. But it was gone, turned to dust, and spread out for miles. It was a sobering sight, and as I drove on to Lake Charles to find a place to spend the night, the visions of that destruction weighed on me. I was doing my first National Geographic story in 21 years (also known as the “I just had a kid, and don’t want to be away for 8 weeks any more…” break) and had brought with me my small, varied arsenal of camera gear: A Canon 5D, a Holga, and a Speed Graphic, the latter equiped with lenses from the FDR era. When you shoot for Geographic you have to keep in mind that no one will see the pictures for months, maybe years,

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Nat Geo: Photos that Inspired Change

“Photographs show us places and things we will never see in person, they express conflict in a visceral and enduring way, and they can be transformative. Photographs can cause us to think differently or move us emotionally, and sometimes they can even propel us into action,” Jessie Wender writes on National Geographic’s Proof blog. In honor of 2015 coming to a close, Wender asked eight National Geographic photographers to share how an image or project of theirs that appear in national Geographic had invoked change.


Among those eight photographers, Ed Kashi (VII) shared a story about this image of a boy carrying a goat carcass in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2006. Ed wrote, “After this image appeared in “Curse of the Black Gold” in the February 2007 issue of National Geographic magazine, I was contacted by Betty Becchina, who lives in Smithtown, New York. She was inspired to locate this boy in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, through her local church, send him $500, and support him so he could go to school. Over the years, she stayed in contact with Paulinous Uko,  the subject of this photo, and his family…Paulinous was 14 in 2006, has five other siblings, and lives in a very poor situation. The working conditions at the Trans Amadi Slaughter, as this abattoir is called, are hellish, and the fact that my image prompted an individual to take such actions reminds me that the power of the …

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A Face In the Crowd

Just about a year ago, we got a call at Contact Press Images from a caller in Illinois. He’d seen a picture online, and was trying to find out more about it, and get a copy of it. Per usual, the office quoted him a price, and almost as an afterthought sent me a note with the name of the gent, and a very brief description of why he’d called. It seems he was IN a picture I’d shot years before in Vietnam, and was hoping to get a print. Well, as someone who has carried the decorative sash “Not a Bad Photographer, but Sometimes a Terrible Note Taker” for years, I jumped at the chance to talk to yet another of the persons who had anonymously been in one of my pictures, at a time when I certainly was anonymous to the people in the picture. Our little clouds hovered above a fog of anonymity. The situation was this: Christmas Eve 1970: Phu Bai, Vietnam, home of the 101st Airborne Division. I was a newbie having been in country about two months, still wandering around with something approaching a goofy blank stare on my youthful face, in search of pictures, but not quite sure, I realize now, that I’d recognize them if they jumped in front of me. I had stopped in Phu Bai that day for a few hours, en route to the Alpha 4 basecamp at the

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Photo Ark Lights Up the Vatican

Photo Ark Lights Up the Vatican

Photo Ark teams up as part of a humanitarian coalition to present a gift of contemporary

public art entitled “Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home” to Pope Francis on

the opening day of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. At this unprecedented and

historic event, beautiful images of our shared natural world will be projected onto

the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica.


A purple-banded sunbird is projected onto the Vatican in an effort to raise awareness for the extinction crisis. gorongosa

A Sumatran tiger is projected onto the Vatican in an effort to raise awareness for the extinction crisis.

Learn more and watch the highlights

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Product Review: NEC MultiSync PA322UHD 4K Monitor


Choosing a monitor for editing professional photography and print proofing has always been tough. I’ve been working as Jimmy Chin’s studio manager for over 8 years, editing photography and managing stock photo sales, and have worked with a variety of monitors. Even with a color calibrated monitor what you see on the screen is not always accurate, and rarely is an exact match in color, contrast and brightness to the printed photograph. I recently was lucky enough to try out the new NEC MultiSync PA322UHD 4K Monitor for professional photo editing and pre-press proofing. The 32 inch Ultra High Definition monitor is very impressive and offers a wide range of features and options. With a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels this is the biggest and highest definition monitor I’ve ever used.

At the full 4K setting the pixels are small and the fonts and icons appear smaller than normal since the monitor is so large that the user is usually seated about 3 feet way from the screen. I found it much easier to use the monitor in the HD setting of 1920×1080 most of the time, rendering fonts and icons at a larger size, and much easier to read. For editing photos and videos, the 4K setting is much sharper and displays a very impressive high quality image.

Setting brightness and contrast has always been a problem when working in a space where ambient light is often changing, but not …

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Three Year Mentored Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photo


Ed Kashi (VII) and Jim Estrin (NY Times Lens) will be teaching a long term mentored workshop with AndersonRanch Arts Center. The curriculum of this three year program on Visual Storytelling and Documentary Photography  is designed to help advanced photographers bring their vision to life by pursuing their own story.

AndersonRanch describes the workshop  concept, “We focus on how to create a personal documentary project and get it seen. The ultimate goal is to find a subject that speaks to a personal passion, document it in a unique visual style, and disseminate the work. The program includes studio work, discussions and critiques via workshops, bimonthly Skype meetings and a midyear review. The final goal is for you to show your work as a book, film or other significant digital output.”

The first in person session will take place July 11-15, 2016.

Registration for this unique educational opportunity opens on January 4, 2016. The number of participatns is limited to 12, so bee sure to register early!

More info here >>

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A Playboy Bunny?

Fifty years ago (holy crap… please don’t quote me.. I mean… this is what I heard happened.. I wasn’t really there was I?) my brother Tom graduated from Williams College (Class of ’65)… I had just finished my freshman year at The Colorado College (sort of like THE Ohio State University, but without the 9 returning varsity football players) and, in a moment somewhat redolent of a distant, different era, I’d managed to make my way from Colorado Springs back to New England. (I shared a ride with sophomore Gayle Heckel, an adorable sandy blond from Cincinnati) and then thanks to a CC friend – Nick Campbell, who knew some guy that owned a Lear Jet, I managed to hitch a ride from Cincy to Laguardia on the gentleman’s Lear. It’s the kind of thing you cannot even imagine happening anymore (let alone hanging around the General Aviation terminal, just asking if someone in their private jet is headed where you wanna go….) I then managed to somehow make my way north to Williamstown, not sure just how I got there, but Tom was ensconced at the Kappa Alpha house, after hanging around for a day, I took his ChevyII Nova and drove around New England, I’m sure in search of some kind of interesting pictures, none of which did I really manage to make. 

I do remember, having been for a whole year the official photographer at the NHRA

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Flashback Japan – feature in Japanese National Geographic

Happy 20th Anniversary to National Geographic Japan, the first international edition of National Geographic magazine!

In honor of their anniversary, National Geographic Japan created a special section called Flashback Japan in their December 2015 issue, and I am honored to be featured.  They selected one of my images from my story about Japanese Winter Wildlife, originally published in the January 2003 issue of National Geographic.  Here is the spread from Japanese National Geographic. I have provided an English translation of the Japanese text below.

Flashback Japan - Dec 2015 National Geographic Japanese edition spread featuring a photo from Tim Laman's Jan 2003 article about Winter Wildlife in Japan.


Here is the English translation of the text on the spread above, published in Dec 2015 National Geographic Japanese edition:

Deer and Sea Ice, Hokkaido, Japan

One morning, photographer Tim Laman was exploring the remote coast of Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido. While he was making landscape photographs of the sea ice, several deer appeared, walking along the beach. “I became very excited at what they might add to the composition,” Tim said.

Laman, a world-class wildlife photographer, is also a field biologist with a doctorate from Harvard. He says, “I like to capture images showing animals in their landscape.” After a while, two of the deer, coming from opposite directions, met and gently touched noses, perhaps in greeting. “It was a brief moment, but I snapped the shutter and captured it.”

Japan is a second home to Laman, because he was born and grew up in Japan — in Tokyo, Sasebo, and Kobe, due to …

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