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3 December 2019

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at the top news photos, 'Splash Villains' calendar, Kristina Makeeva, Cyber Monday sales, Christmas lights, strangers and Creative Bursary grant winners.

  • Alan Taylor presents the Top 25 News Photos of 2019. Protests, demonstrations and strikes figured prominently.
  • Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz Returns With 'Splash Villains' Photo Calendar. He had to find subjects that were both models and cosplayers. But he stuck with the gear he knows: Nikon cameras and Einstein lights.
  • Laura Staugaitis presents a few photos of The World's Largest Freshwater Lake by Kristina Makeeva. "Makeeva takes advantage of its vastness in forming otherworldly images that seem totally separate from the built environments most of us reside in," she writes.
  • Adobe Sensei data shows record Cyber Monday with $9.2 billion in online sales or $11 million spent every minute during peak shopping hour with smartphones contributing a record $3 billion in a single day.
  • Dahlia Ambrose has collected Eight Comprehensive Tips for Photographing Christmas Lights.
  • Bob Coates has some advice for Photographing Strangers. "When you see an interesting subject, politely engage," he writes. "You never know where it might lead."
  • Getty Images and Verizon Media has awarded $40,000 in prizes to five photographers as part of the Disability-Focused Creative Bursary Grant. Nolan Ryan Trowe won the $15,000 first place award for Adopted Family, Snezhana von Buedingen took the $10,000 second place award for Sofie at Work and three third place finishers were awarded $5,000.

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