Photography News Issue 55

Your FREE newspaper packed with the latest news, views and stories from the world of photography news Photography Issue 55 14 May – 14 June News Tests Reviews Interviews Techniques Competitions Exhibitions Clubs Produced by


Canon EOS M50 tested

Man on fire A close look at theWorld Press Photo 2018winner. Page 20

First tests Paper, software

A Samsung 128GB memory card Enter thecompetition. Onpage48 WIN!

Canon’s highly specified and nicely priced

and lighting kit all tested. Starts on page 38

CSC tested. See page 34

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Theworld’s best 29 leading imaging publications and websites from around the world, including Photography News, gather each year to decide on the best product launches of the last 12 months. And the results are in…

There is no escaping the fact that the last 12 months have been exceptional when it comes to new photography product launches, and we have seen some awesome kit across the whole imaging spectrum. It is all credit to the designers, engineers and manufacturers that continue to push back the boundaries to give us photographers some amazing tools to use.

Look through the TIPA awards and you can pick out many products we would love to own. The Nikon D850, winner of Best DSLR Professional, the Sony A7R III, winner of Best Mirrorless Professional High Resolution, and the ElinchromELB 500 TTL, winner of Best Professional Flash System are just three. The full roll call of honour is on pages 5 and 6.

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Fujifilmadds to its GFX system

Sigma recently announced a host of Art prime lenses for Sony E-mount cameras but prices were not available at the time. UK prices and availability have now been confirmed. Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM £1679.99, available from July 2018; 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM £859.99, available from June; 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM £799.99, available fromJune; 35mmf/1.4 DG HSM £799.99, available from May; 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM £749.99, available from May; 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM £1199.99, available from May; and 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM £1399.99, available from July. All of these Art series Sony E-fit lenses offer the same high level of optical performance as other lenses in the range plus you get high speed Fast Hybrid AF using contrast detect. They are also compatiblewith Sony’s in-camera image stabilisation. Sigma confirm Sony prices

Fujifilm has added to its medium- format GFX system with the GF250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR lens, a 1.4x teleconverter and macro extension tubes. The GF250mm f/4 lens is a telephoto lens giving a view equivalent to 198mm in the 35mm format and its 16 elements in ten groups construction includes one super ED lens and two ED lenses to minimise chromatic aberration and deliver a high optical performance. Autofocus is fast and silent thanks to its linear motor and its performance is enhanced further with a focus limiter and focus preset feature to memorise distance settings. Minimum focus is a useful 1.4m to give a 0.22x magnification ratio. The lens’s integral image stabilisation system gives a 5EV benefit and seals in 18 different

locations give the lens great dust and water resistance. Plus the front element has a fluorine coating to repel water and dust. Combined with the new 1.4x teleconverter, this 250mm lens becomes a top-quality 350mm lens, equivalent to a 277mm focal length in the 35mm format at the cost of a 1EV light loss. The GF 250mm f/4 is available this month at a price of £2899 while the GF1.4 converter is £749. Macro photographers will be happy at the arrival of two extension tubes in the GF system. The MCEX- 18G WR 18mm and MCEX-45G WR 45mm tubes cost £289 each. Adding the 45mm tube to the GF120mm f/4 macro lens gives a 1:1 lifesize reproduction.

SavemoneywithOlympus Buy a selected Olympus OM-D camera or M.Zuiko lens from now until 31 July 2018 and you can claim cashback of up to £175 with each purchase. For the full product list and what you can save plus participating dealers please visit the website below, but to give you some idea, the E-M5 Mark II (£175 cashback) and E-M10 Mark II and III (£65 cashback) are the cameras in the scheme while lenses include the ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO and ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6.

SamsunggoforEndurance Samsung’s latest PRO Endurance microSDHC/SDXC memory cards are designed for surveillance and security cameras but also for body cameras and dash cams, these cards enable up to 43,800 hours of continuous video recording – this is 25 times longer than previous cards. Read speeds of these cards is up to 100MB/s and Full HD and 4K support is available with their write speeds of up to 30MB/s. These new cards also come with a five-year limited warranty. Guide prices for these cards are: 32GB £30.99; 64GB £58.99; and 128GB £111.99.

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TIPAvotes for the world’s best kit

Each spring, the editors of TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) gather to vote for the TIPA World Awards recognizing the best imaging products of the last 12 months. Editors from 29 professional, amateur, and business publications in print and online, from Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America, with a delegate from the Camera Journal Press Club in Japan, discussed and then voted on awards. Photography News joined TIPA last year. Along with exciting cameras and lenses that cover every category, from entry level to expert to professional, TIPA World Award winners represent the wide range of products and services that make up the imaging industry today, including printers, inkjet papers,

The Award process

Underlying the prestige of the TIPA World Awards is the process by which winners are chosen. Beginning right after the main trade show season, stretching from late September through to early February of the following year, nominations within categories are gathered by the TIPA Technical Committee. Equipment is tested and evaluated, and new categories, representing emerging imaging trends, are considered. A list of finalists is compiled and sent to editors of the TIPA member publications from around the world, who then

comment and make further suggestions about products that should be added to specific categories. The information is collated and evaluated and a list of finalists is chosen. Winners are then voted upon and chosen at a general assembly of all member publications. In short, the TIPA World Award process is one that draws upon a global panel of knowledgeable experts who are exposed to a wide range of products. For a full list of the TIPA World Award 2018 winners, along with award citations and images, please visit

Image This year the editors of TIPA – including PN’s very ownWill Cheung, smiling andwaving in the middle – gathered in Lisbon to vote for the best cameras, lenses and other bits of imaging kit from the last 12months.

imaging software, storage media, action cams, accessories, 360° cameras andmore. The grand awards ceremony and presentation will take place during photokina in Cologne, Germany on 26 September 2018.


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BEST DSLR PRIME LENS Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM A fast, versatile pro lens with IS

BEST CSC TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GMOSS A super-tele for sports and wildlife photography

BEST PHOTO SMARTPHONE Huawei P20 Pro Hi-res, triple lens smartphone

BEST DSLR ENTHUSIAST Canon EOS 200D An ultra-compact DSLR

BEST PROFESSIONAL LENS Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4FL ED VR A super tele with built-in teleconverter

BEST IMAGING SOFTWARE DxO PhotoLab A comprehensive and powerful image processing tool

BEST CAMERADRONE DJI Mavic Air A highly portable, foldable drone

BEST CSC PRIME LENS Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE High performance and high portability

BEST APS-C DSLR EXPERT Nikon D7500 A portable and powerful, feature-packed DSLR

BESTMIRRORLESS CSC ENTHUSIAST Canon EOS M50 4K video in an entry-level camera

BEST 360° CAMERA Samsung 360 Round A radical view from a unique camera

BEST CAMERAACCESSORY Manfrotto Camera Cage A versatile video aid BEST IMAGING STORAGE SOLUTION WD G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series Rugged and portable safekeeping

BEST EXPERT COMPACT CAMERA Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS200/TZ200/ TZ220 A portable performer for on-the-go photographers

BEST PHOTOPRINT SERVICE CEWE PHOTOBOOK Cover with Enhancement Judging a book by its cover with enhancement

BEST FULL-FRAME DSLR EXPERT Canon EOS 6DMark II A full-frame, full-featured DSLR BEST DSLR PROFESSIONAL Nikon D850 Fulfilling a pro’s wish list

BEST SUPERZOOMCAMERA Sony RX10 IV A great travelling companion

BESTMIRRORLESS CSC EXPERT Panasonic LUMIX DC-G9 A fast performer BESTMIRRORLESS CSC EXPERT FULL-FRAME Sony A 7 III A versatile full-frame camera

BEST PROFESSIONAL FLASH SYSTEM Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL A powerful and portable TTL light BEST PORTABLE FLASH Nissin MG10 A powerful zoom flash BEST TRIPOD Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CGHT A lightweight tripod kit

BEST PROFESSIONAL COMPACT CAMERA Canon PowerShot G1XMark III A compact for pros and enthusiasts alike

BEST RUGGED CAMERA Nikon COOLPIXW300 Tough and ready

BEST DSLRWIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENS Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM | Art A perfect match for today’s high- resolution cameras BEST DSLR STANDARD ZOOM LENS Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM | Art A premium all-round zoom


Panasonic LUMIX DC-GH5S Media producer’s favourite

BESTMIRRORLESS CSC PROFESSIONAL HIGHRES Sony A 7R III High-res, full frame, impressive dynamic range

BEST PHOTOBAG Vanguard Alta Fly 55T The ultimate frequent flyer photo bag BEST PHOTO INNOVATION Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Auto-pivot for creative bounce-light effects


BEST TRIPODHEAD Manfrotto 494 Center Ball Head A lightweight and versatile head

BEST PHOTOPRINTER Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide format, compact size

BEST DSLR TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD (Model A034) A compact and lightweight classic telezoom BEST DSLR SUPERZOOMLENS Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028) An exciting all-in-one 22.2X zoom

BEST CSC STANDARD ZOOMLENS Sony FE 24–105mm f/4 G OSS Compact and lightweight, with image stabilisation

BEST PHOTOMONITOR LG 34WK95U-W 34in 5K UltraWide Nano IPS LEDMonitor A full-featured multi-media monitor

BEST INKJET PHOTOPAPER Hahnemühle Photo Gloss Baryta 320 Making images look their best

BEST DESIGN Fujifilm instax SQUARE SQ10 System Tapping into the analogue trend

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Bags of Lowepro bags

News in brief

Buy a Spyder and save Buy a qualifying Datacolor Spyder product before 31 December 2019 and you will qualify for 50% off a Fujifilm Fotoservice product of your choice. The offer includes the Spyder5EXPRESS, 5PROP, 5ELITE, 5STUDIO, 5CAPTURE PRO and CHECKR.

Leading Lowepro has introduced several bags to its m-Trekker range and a roller case perfect for the travelling photographer. The SH 150 sells for £64.95 and is a classic compact shoulder bag perfect for toting around a small mirrorless system, say a camera body and three lenses plus a mini tripod. For an even smaller outfit, there’s the m-Trekker HP 120, that costs £44.95 and canbeworn around the waist or slung across the body. Going up in size, there’s the m-Trekker BP 150. This slim profile backpack, available in black Cordura or grey Canvex, is priced at £109.99. The interior is customisable to suit your kit and it’s bag brand

just about deep enough for a full- frame DSLR but it is more at home with an APS-C DSLR or, better still, mirrorless system. The camera can be stowed in the top compartment or in the main compartment, which is generously equipped with padded adjustable dividers. Access is from the back, which gives great security but is less convenient in use. There is easily enough storage for a two- bodied CSC outfit and three or four lenses, plus there is a back pocket large enough for a 13in laptop. The PhotoStream SP 200 is a four-wheel spinner trolley case aimed at those photographers who travel with a full complement of camera kit. It is small enough to qualify as hand luggage (check

with your airline) and yet is roomy enough to accommodate two full- frame DSLR bodies and several lenses, flashguns, filters and a 15in laptop. Build quality is impressive, giving a high level of protection to the contents and the four-wheel design is easy to push around. This case is priced at £269.95.

Gosuperwide Leica has expanded its SL

system with the launch of the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH wide-angle zoom. Featuring 18 elements in 12 groups, it costs £4699.99. Hasselblad has announced a 21mm f/4 ultra-wide lens for its X1D camera system. This gives a field of view equivalent to 17mm in the 35mm format. It sells for £3299. e

Fujifilm firmware news Fujifilm’s commitment to

Raws on the computer when the camera is connected with a USB cable, and enhanced Bluetooth connectivity via Fujifilm’s Camera Remote app. Key camera settings can be made bigger and customised in the viewfinder/ monitor. Bigger camera settings customisation is the benefit with the X100F firmware update.

updating its cameras with the use of firmware updates continues apace. Coming this month are updates for the X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2 and GFX 50S, of which more when they become available, while updates for the X-E3 and X100F are available now. The X-E3 update supports Fujifilm X Raw Studio, a free software that lets you process

BenQ’smonitor for photographers

Fotospeed’s Foto Fest Media specialist Fotospeed is taking its Foto Fest Central to Nottingham this July. The event plays host to five leading photographers, Charlie Waite, Mark Littlejohn, Ted Leeming, Morag Paterson and Tom Way, so it is a great opportunity to learn from experts and get inspired. As well as the individual talks there will be a panel discussion featuring all five photographers. Tickets cost £40 each for the day, and include the chance to snap up some exclusive money-saving deals. Foto Fest Central takes place on 15 July at the Patching Arts Centre in Nottingham.

The BenQ SW240 PhotoVue LED IPS monitor is aimed at enthusiast photographers and comes in at the keen price of £399. Key features include

The unit comes with Palette Master Element software and hardware calibration, a hotkey allowing you

to switch colour mode easily and the monitor features an advanced black & white mode. A shading hood to stop extraneous light striking the monitor front is available as an optional extra, or bundled with the monitor.

a 24.1in screen, big enough to show two A4 images side by side, a wide colour gamut showing 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space and the display is 10-bit showing more than one billion colours for smooth colour gradation.

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Colour fromNanguang

Canon’s 41st New Cosmos of Photography competition is now open and you have until 6 June to get your entries in. Judging by the selection committee will take place in July; they will choose seven Excellence Award winners, from which the Grand Prize winner will be chosen in November, and 14 honourable mention award winners. The Grand Prize winner receives one million Japanese Yen (around £6700), a Canon product and gets the chance to host a solo exhibit at the exhibition of 2018 winning entries that launches the 2019 event. This contest encourages creative pieces of work that push the boundaries of photography and previous winners have gone on to achieve international success. The award winners will have their work featured in exhibitions and collections as well as on the New Cosmos of Photography website. For entry details and galleries of past winners, please go thewebsite below. Go for global glory with Canon

Nanguang has introduced a very versatile family of RGB LED lights that allowyou to bring colour to your still or video shoots. Three models are available; each unit has red, blue and green LEDS on-board and these can be adjusted to producemore than 360 colours in the RGB spectrum including light within the 3200- 5600K colour temperature range for normal shooting. For film makers there are additional features such as the Flash mode for simulating scenarios such as flashing lights from emergency vehicles or a flickering TV screen. All three devices can be powered by Sony NP-F type batteries or mains – power adapters are included with the two larger models but optional with the hotshoe mounted RGB66. The most powerful model is the RGB173 (shown below) with a LED

panel measuring 34.8x24cm giving an output of 27 watts. This is perfect for studio use but weighing just 1.48kg it suits location shooting too. This sells for £449.94. Next down in price is the RG888 which sells for £239.94. This is a handholdable sword/wand-shaped light so ideal for adding light where it is needed and comes with a tripod adapter too for extra versatility. It also comes with a carrying case and hand strap. Finally, there’s the RGB66 which costs £164.99. This is a compact model that can be mounted on the camera hot-shoe and has an output of 11 watts so ideal for adding fill-in when needed. It is powered by mains adaptor or by Sony NP-F battery – both cost extra.

Gitzo has launched two premium backpacks designed for landscape and wildlife photographers. TheAdventurybackpacks are available in30and45 litre sizes costing £219.95 and £299.95 respectively. The Adventury 30L suits a pro DSLR fitted with a 70-200mmf/2.8plus a secondbodyand four extra lenses. Or if you are amirrorless shooter the interior canbe configured to suit a SonyA7/A9 outfit. If your camera outfit is even more extensive, perhaps with a 500mmor 600mm fast aperture telephoto aswell as a couple of pro bodies, the Adventury 45L is the backpack for you. The 45L has an adjustable waist belt completewith a good-size pocket for accessories which canbe removed. Thismodel has a side infinity pocket for extra storage including a tripod. Both backpacks feature a Gitzo smart photography insert that can be removed so that the pack can be used as an everyday backpack, and each can accept a 15in laptop as well as a 12in tablet. With multi-link straps, adjustable shoulder straps, a ventilation system on the back for maximum comfort and an expandable roll-top, these Adventury bags are ideal for outdoor photographers. Gitzo go outdoors


From Dawn to Dusk, mastering the Light in Landscape Photography , is produced by well-known landscapers Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer, so it is full of inspirational landscapes and technique advice on how you can achieve great results too. The book is published by the Ammonite Press and costs £16.99.

Above Last year’s Grand Prize winners, front centre: Trond Ansten (right) and Benjamin Breitkopf (left).

Sponsored by the Institute of Physics, Solargraph pinhole camera day takes place on 17 June starting at 10.30am at the St Pauls Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Road, Bristol BS2 8XJ. It has been organised by leading pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell, and is a free event with workshops throughout the day and short talks on the hour. Attendees will get the chance to make a pinhole camera and shoot a six-month exposure of the sun crossing the sky. “Every individual or ‘family’ that turns up can make a six month exposure camera for nothing until we run out of empty beer cans,” says Quinnell. “We’ll probably have enough materials for 120 plus but we will see howmany people turn up and the results will be unveiled on 9 December at the Winter Equinox Solargraph workshop.” Now for something completely different

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Camera club news If your club has any news that you want to share with the rest of the world, this is the page for it. Your story might be about your club’s success in a contest, or a member’s personal achievements; it could be about a group outing you had recently or when the annual exhibition is on show. Any news is eligible for inclusion, so club publicity officers please take note of the submission guidelines and get your stories in

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Deadline for the next issue: 8 June 2018

We need words and pictures by 8 June 2018 for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 18 June 2018. Write your story in a Word document (400 words max). Please include contact details of the club, exhibition or event: website, meeting times, opening times, whatever is relevant. Images should be JPEGs, 2000 pixels on the longest dimension, any colour space, and image credits should be included. If the story is an exhibition or event, please send a picture from the exhibition (not the publicity poster) or

one from the event. If it includes people, please identify them. Attach the Word document and JPEGs to an email and send to

Winchester National exhibition

Winchester PS’s National Exhibition returns for its fourth year. This photographiccompetitionandexhibition of projected digital images for 2018 is run in association with the BPE.   Photographers are invited to submit up to ten images in total across five classes: people, scapes, nature, creative and pictorial, with no more than three images in each class. Full details, rules

and instructions for entry can be found on the society’s website. Each entry costs £1.50, with a minimum fee of £6. Entry is open now and closes 30 June 2018 and, after a private judging by experienced exhibition judges, the results will be announced in July. See the website for how to view the exhibition.

Accrington CameraClub Accrington CC’s annual

119 prints and two TV screens where the projected images can be viewed. The camera club has a long association with the Haworth Art Gallery and has taken an active role in several photographic projects in conjunction with students from the Hollins Technology College.

exhibition opens on 25 May and runs until 15 July at the Haworth Art Gallery Accrington. It opens Tuesday to Sunday afternoons from 12 noon. Entrance to the gallery is free and there is a tearoom and licensed bar. The exhibition comprises

Overton Photographic Club Overton PC is in its 40th season and to celebrate, it is running an exhibition from 26 to 28 May. The show is free and takes place at the Overton Community Centre, High Street, Overton, Hampshire RG25 3HB. Everyone is welcome and the club members look forward to seeing you there and talking photography.

Above: Victoria&Violinby StephenRiley, awarded theWalton Shield.

The Aldershot, Farnham and Fleet CC holds its annual print exhibition on 25 and 26 May from 10am to 5pm on both days. Entry is free and the venue is The Harlington, Fleet Road Fleet GU51 4BY. Please come along to view and vote on the work of club members. Aldershot, Farnhamand Fleet Camera Club

Sevenoaks Camera Club

Sevenoaks CC’S annual exhibition will be held in The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks TN13 1LQ, from 13 June to midday on 30 June 2018 during normal Sevenoaks Library opening times. Admission is free.

Meetings usually take place on three Mondays a month between September and May and the club is open to photographers of all ages and abilities.

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15 Interview

NickyHeppenstall Profile Losing a baby is a devastating time for parents. Nicky Heppenstall is one of the founders of charity Remember My Baby that aims to help families deal with the grief through photography

PN: The title of your charity sounds obvious but for clarity please can you tell PN readerswhat Remember My Baby is all about? NH: Remember My Baby (RMB) is a registered charity providing remembrance photography free of charge to parents losing their baby before, during or shortly after birth. We are entirely run by volunteers. How long has RMB been going and how did you set it up? RMB was launched just over three and a half years ago by myself and seven other passionate, driven women, determined to make remembrance photography available in every hospital across the UK. Some of us had previously volunteered for a US organisation but the UK really needed its own dedicated charity to make widespread coverage in the UK become a reality. Five of those eight remain as trustees and we have a team of regional coordinators looking after volunteers, as well as digital retouchers. What is the aim of RMB? RMB aims to make remembrance photography available as a choice in every hospital across the UK so that more families have the opportunity for high-quality portraiture at a time when it’s the last thing they might think of having done. We know that many families print their images and have them on display in their homes and at work, which is heartening to hear. RMB is a charity; so how can PN readers who are interested in what you do contribute? Is there a Just Giving page? Do you need equipment? There is a donate button on our Facebook page, and also on our

website, and we have a Just Giving page full of incredible stories from bereavedfamilieswantingtodonateto helpus reach our goal. But our biggest need is for volunteer photographers, so recruiting remains our highest priority at themoment. Can readers volunteer their photographic services or time? We are recruiting volunteer photographers and also digital retouchers – the majority of our volunteers are professional photographers, but we also have a number of non-professionals – we recognise that there is a pool of highly skilled photographers who have a different day job, or who are retired, and we welcome applications from them. All applicants are assessed against the same criteria. Digital retouchers help with more challenging editing, such as tube removal where a session took place in a neonatal unit for example. Do photographers need to have any special skills or there are qualities you look for? We need our volunteers to have an empathy for the families we meet who are going through unimaginable grief. They need to be gentle and sensitive whilst capturing precious images for each family. Many of our members have suffered a loss of their own or been touched by the loss of someone close to them; others simply understand the value of what we do and have the empathy to provide it. How do families arrange a session with RMB? In over 100 hospitals we have midwives, neonatal nurses and other health professionals telling families in their care about our free service and making the arrangements for anRMB volunteer photographer to visit. In other areas, parents may have heard about us already, or are told about us by a relative or friend. If we have availability, a volunteer meets the family the same day or the next day as a rule, though sometimes we meet them later either at their home, or at a funeral home. We also visit hospices. photographers so recruiting remains our higher priority Our biggest need is for volunteer


Years in the photo industry? Eight years, part time. Current location? Derby. Last picture taken? Ballet rehearsals, Russia’s Astrakhan State Ballet, in their home theatre in Astrakhan, about a thousand miles south east of Moscow, Russia. The theatre was a gift from Putin. When youwere younger, what did youwant to bewhen you grewup? Vet, hairdresser, museum curator. Dogs or cats? Cats, three of them! Toast or cereal?

Above Charity Remember My Baby offers solace to parents in the most tragic situation in the form of a free remembrance photography session.

We are routinely carrying out two to three remembrance photography sessions every day across the UK. We have very recently met our 2000th family. What does a session involve? After arriving to meet a family, usually at short notice, our volunteer will take images of the baby, details like fingers and toes, little ears and a button nose, as well as wider shots such as in aMoses basket surrounded by teddies and toys, or being held by mum and dad. We often capture siblings and extended family during a session, sometimes a blessing may take place with a hospital chaplain, or the parents may bath their baby which is an emotional but beautiful event to witness and record. We can be with the family for as little as 20 minutes, but sometimes we stay for as long as a couple of hours depending on circumstances; less than an hour being the average. Black & white images are sent to each family four to sixweeks later, free of charge. Does RMB have any affiliations with organisations such as the NHS or care organisations? RMB is an independent registered charity, not affiliated with but very happy to work alongside NHS Trusts, hospices, and funeral directors to reach asmany families as possible. It is obviouslyavery emotional time for the family; do you offer training for RMB photographers on how to deal with challenging situations? Yes, it’s a big ask for a volunteer to enter the room and meet a family in such devastating circumstances, and we are mindful that strategies for coping are essential for our volunteers

to succeed. Something as simple as pretending the baby is asleep can be remarkably effective. Volunteers support each other in our closed support group, and we also have a counsellor available to volunteers affected by their experiences. The task is challenging, but incredibly rewarding and feedback from families is incredibly positive. We’re clearlymakinga significant difference to their grief. Do you have an ultimate goal for RMB? Ultimately, we wish for every family facing the loss of their baby to be offered high quality remembrance photography as a choice. We need to increase our teams of volunteers to reach more families, and also to spread the load amongst a larger pool –many handsmake light work. This is the most important photo opportunity ever. There are no second chances and there is a small window of opportunity to capturememories to last the family a lifetime. I’m incredibly proud of what RMB is achieving, and to be part of such an amazing teammaking it happen.

Toast, with real butter. Email or phone call? Email. Contact See panel opposite.


If you want to know more about Remember my Baby or would like to offer your photography or retouching skills, below are key contact details. Freephone0808 189 2345

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Outdoor Photographer of the Year 16

The great outdoors Last year’s Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition attracted over 17,000 entries from across the globe, with the overall winner scooping a prize package worth £3000. Here are some of our favourite images

Words by Will Cheung

The Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition is now in its seventh year and its growing popularity meant that last year it attracted over 17,000 entries across its nine categories. At the Water’s Edge, Live the Adventure, and Spirit of Travel are among the most popular categories, and to reflect the boom in aerial photography (whether from drones or aircraft) a new category, View from Above, was added last year. The contest is organised by Outdoor Photographer magazine, and editor Steve Watkins explains the thinking behind it. “When we launched the competition in 2010 there were a few ground rules we put in place about how it went forward,” he says. “One of the critical ones is that we don’t want it to be ‘just another competition’; there has to be photographer-centric progression each year in terms of what it offers and delivers to the people who enter, and those who engage with it in other ways. It’s a tough path but I think we’ve largely managed to achieve that so far. The development of the prizes and sponsor partnerships with Fjällräven and Spectrum Photographic, and the addition of the exhibition and book, have been significant steps in the right direction. It’s great, too, that the national and international media now have the competition firmly on their calendars for coverage. “As the competition has grown, the standard of entries has improved and the number of top photographers entering has also gone up. One of the great things about the competition, though, is that there isn’t any bias towards professional entries; anyonewho enters, whether they take a few photographs a year or are out there shooting every day, can scoop the top prizes if they have the skills and knowledge (and perhaps a little bit of luck) to capture an extraordinary photograph.” Mikolaj Nowacki’s overall winning image is very powerful but perhaps not a traditional outdoor shot, so what attracted the judging panel to it? Steve explains: “Mikolaj’s image of the yacht captain getting a battering in a storm works on many levels. There is the obvious human drama of the situation they are in, which grabbed our immediate attention, but then it comes down to the small details: the relaxed pose of the captain bracing himself against the stomach-churning roll of

the boat, the ice-calm expression on his face, which counters the edginess of the scene, and the storm cloud on the distant horizon. The captain is completely immersed in the experience, and Mikolaj’s viewpoint from behind the mast not only readily puts the viewer into his position but also leaves no doubt that Mikolaj is fully connected to the experience, too. Most photographers would have their cameras tucked safely away in a waterproof bag, but Mikolaj is an experienced photojournalist who could see the power of the scene before him and couldn’t resist the urge to capture it.” Well done to Mikolaj and all those photographers who got recognised in this year’s contest. If the idea of grabbing some glory appeals to you, the 2018 contest launches this September, so keep your eye on if you want to enter.

Most photographers would have their cameras tucked safely in a waterproof bag

Overall and Live the Adventure category winner, Mikolaj Nowacki

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This year was the first time that the winner was kept secret until the actual award ceremony, which took place at the NEC during The Photography Show back in March. “When I was invited to the OPOTY award ceremony from Poland I felt I had a chance of winning the competition, but I was already very happy having won the Live the Adventure category. I had an appetite for more and I thought that it would be great to win the runner-up prize at the very least. My friends were betting that the overall winner would be either Jose

Fragoso with his wonderful photograph of giraffes and impalas, or me. “When I saw on screen that Jose's photograph won the second prize, I thought I had a chance but at the same time anxious of not winning. Moments later, my image appeared, and my name was announced. I couldn't believe it. I was going to the stage and laughing with happiness and relief. It was such a great feeling for the first time in my life to be an overall winner. It was a very, very joyful moment! I'm grateful to the jury for choosing my image.

“The funny thing was that I only learned about the contest when I was in Portugal and when I got home I only had one day to send images. It was a deadline day, and I barely made it! “I worked on this photograph of captain Jacek Pasikowski being flooded with waves for almost an hour, changing perspective slightly and waiting for the best moment. Although I have 11 years of experience of shooting at sea, this was the first time that I was on a small yacht. Luckily, I don't get seasickness – just sleepy.

“It was compose and wait. Sometimes there was too much water in the air, and sometimes too little. It was also very difficult to keep my camera in the position I wanted, because the yacht was jumping on the waves like a whale. But after many unsuccessful tries, I took a series of pictures and in this particular series one photo looked just as I wanted it to. When I saw it on the screen of my camera I thought, ‘Wow! Got it!’”

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These images are reprinted here with the permission of Ammonite Press. The book Outdoor Photographer of the Year: Portfolio III collects over 150 photos entered into the competition, RRP £25, and is available to order now direct from the website below. This 208-page hardback will make a handsome addition to any book collection and essential inspiration for landscape enthusiasts of all levels.

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Photographers risk their lives every day bringing the world’s attention to tragedy, human suffering and environmental issues. Achieving global acknowledgment for their work was the motivation for four Dutch photographers to start an international contest in 1955. Its winners over the years have included many iconic, unforgettable, history defining pictures. In 1973 Nick Ut won with his picture of Phan Thi Kim Phuc fleeing from a napalm bombing and in 1964 Don McCullin won with his image of a Turkish woman mourning her dead husband. From a few hundred entries it has grown and grown and the World Press Photo last year received 73,044 images taken by 4548 photojournalists from 125 countries. There are various subject categories but there is just one World Press Photo Award winner. This year the five finalist photographers were invited to the awards ceremony in Amsterdam unaware of the result until the big

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RonaldoSchemidt, Agence France-Presse 3 May 2017. Venezuela Crisis. José Víctor Salazar Balza (28) catches fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela.

PatrickBrown, Panos Pictures, for Unicef 28 September 2017. Rohingya Crisis. The bodies of Rohingya refugees are laid out after the boat in which they were attempting to flee Myanmar capsized about eight kilometres off Inani Beach, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Around 100 people were on the boat before it capsized. There were 17 survivors.

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AdamFerguson, for TheNewYorkTimes 21 September 2017. Aisha (14) stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. After being kidnapped by Boko Haram, Aisha was assigned a suicide bombingmission, but managed to escape and find help instead of detonating the bombs.

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TobyMelville, Reuters 22March 2017. A passerby comforts an injuredwoman after KhalidMasood drove his car into pedestrians onWestminster Bridge in London, UK, killing five and injuringmultiple others.

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