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3 April 2021

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 Smithsonian winners, Daniel Tjongari, lane changing, Andrew Molitor and a bird photography book.

  • The Smithsonian Photo Contest winners have been announced. Skyler Wilson took the Grand Prize with Into the Crowd, an image of members of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe attending the 2020 Women's March in Washington, D.C.
  • Grace Ebert features The Dramatic Landscape of Indonesia's Sawarna Beach shot by Indonesian photographer Daniel Tjongari in black and white.
  • In Staying in a Lane Versus Changing Lanes, Thom Hogan describes the current dilemma for new camera buyers. Changing formats isn't lane changing. Changing brands is. But once we change formats, we tend to jump around brands, too, because nothing is every quite what we want. Poverty solves this issue, incidentally. Beggars, we happen to know from experience, do not change lanes.
  • Every now and then Andrew Molitor publishes Something to Look At and talks about it. This images by Baz Ratner became the subject of a social media critique by Maaza Mengiste that he takes issue with. We suspect, like him, the girls were self-posing after sleeping head-to-foot, the adults up already to get the day going, the younger children staggering about. Segregating the sexes in a refugee camp protects women and girls, according to Amnesty International, so it's more than a stretch to read the image as a shot of a seraglio. It's simply mistaken. See what you think.
  • You can now the 256-page Bird Photographer of the Year: Collection 6, which will ship in September, for £25 or about $29.50. It features 200 images from the 2020 contest winners.

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