National Geographic Photo Contest 2013


Who will win?

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The overall grand-prize winner will be announced in December of 2013. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries so far for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 39 images, with captions written by the individual photographers. [39 photos]

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Fox Glance: During a regular trip through the forest, of which my actual intent was landscapes, I encountered this stunning little Red Fox. The moment came as the light broke through the clouds and trees, he turned with a glance of curiosity and gave me the unusual composition I was after. A scene I’ll never be lucky enough to see again in my life, so was over the moon I’d managed to capture the moment. Location: Thetford Forest, England. (© Sam Morris/National Geographic Photo Contest) Continue reading

Hdr skies – Another video that Blows us away


I know it seems I post a lot of videos…but when you come across some of the VIMEO videos out there and the talent that is only known to a few…I feel I have to do what I can to help promote such quality productions.  As many who read this BLOG are adventurers and get to explore the back country I hope you appreciate this video.  I hope you have a computer with an HD monitor…go wide too. ;-)

ADDRESS IS APPROXIMATE by The Theory


A truly imaginative video that will leave you feeling good,

Google Street View stop motion animation short made as a personal project by director Tom Jenkins.Story: A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.Music by the wonderfull Cinematic Orchestra (cinematicorchestra.com) and the track is Arrival of the Birds – please buy the fantastic album: itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-crimson-wing-mystery-flamingos/id297787201

All screen imagery was animated – there are no screen replacements.

Produced, animated, filmed, lit, edited & graded by Tom Jenkins (theoryfilms.co.uk / facebook.com/theoryfilms – !NEW MAKING OF PICS ON FB PAGE! / @thetheoryUK / twitter.com/#!/thetheoryUK).

Shot using Canon 5d MkII, Dragonframe Stop Motion software and customised slider.