The 2018 International Photographic Competition finished judging this past week where thousands of photographers from all over the world were competing for the chance to go to the World Photographic Cup next year in Norway. The World Photographic Cup is the culmination of several national print competitions throughout the world where a country's best and most creative photographers look to take home the cup.
A disturbing trend over the past several years has been visitors in national parks visiting less traveled areas and not respecting the beauty and resources that these natural and culturally important destinations deserve. With the wanderlust culture and the demystifying of areas via social media tourism, previously unknown and culturally significant places are becoming public attractions with the inevitable issues that go along with some individuals that simply don’t respect the destinations themselves.
A recent report suggests that there is a direct correlation between the filters used in social media applications such as Snapchat and requests for cosmetic surgery. Notably, many people are specifically asking surgeons to make them look like more like an edited version of themselves.
After some delays with the release of Sony E-mount-compatible lenses recently released as part of Sigma's Art-series lineup in other mounts, Sigma is now finally shipping the comparable E-mount Art lenses, including the ultra-fast 14mm and 135mm f/1.8 and 70mm f/2.8 Macro Art lenses.