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23 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 Felipe Dana, Dresden's Christmas markets, White Sands Monument Park, photographing Christmas Day, moderately-priced monitors, face recognition software and exhibiting in space.

  • Felipe Dana is the Guardian's Agency Photographer of the Year. Dana has covered the elections in Spain, conflict in Syria, the crisis in Hong Kong and environmental stories in Rwanda, Greenland and Algeria. The 2019 Shortlist for the award is impressive as well.
  • In Dresden Cinematic, Ming Thein captures the city's traditional Christmas markets where "the light gets cinematic fast since ambient is pretty much nonexistent by the time things really get going." Not a lot of smiles, we noticed.
  • Francesco Carucci spent five days in White Sands Monument Park with his camera. "White Dunes is a good example of why we are often not good judges of our own images," he writes. He describes how he overlooked an image that collected awards around the Internet.
  • Scott Choucino offers Four Tips for Photographing Christmas Day (rather unconventional ones, too) in just four minutes:
  • Jon Martindale presents The Best Monitors for Photo Editing at around $1,000 and less. Eizo, Viewsonic, NEC as well as the higher end LG products are not mentioned (so we just did).
  • How accurately do face recognition software tools identify people of varied sex, age and racial background? In its study of Face Recognition Software, the National Institute of Standards and Technology evaluated 189 software algorithms from 99 developers that showed high rates of false positives for Asians, African Americans and native groups.
  • Portrait of Humanity 2020 is offering the chance to be exhibited in space. Sent Into Space will launch a framed screen exhibiting 200 shortlisted images from Portrait of Humanity 2020 over 111,000 feet into the stratosphere with a 360° camera attached so photographers can see their images displayed against the extraordinary backdrop of space.

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