Sony has just released its 2014 world photography awards winner’s shortlist and InFocus has them up on their site. Though the first one is a little creepy — cute, but creepy — they are all great photos taken by very talented photographers from around the world. My especial favorite is the one with the wildebeests. It looks almost more like a painting than a photo.
Photo contests like these and the societies that support them (this one is done by the World Photography Organization) are a great way to get to see the world off the beaten path. Most photojournalists stick close to the cities or urban areas where the action is happening. When something happens outside of those spheres, they’ll travel to the site but, by and large, most of our views of the rest of the world come either from advocacy photographers or travel or wildlife photographers. And, we rarely get to see the tiny creatures who share our planet with us as most scientific photographers stick to science journals.
If you were lucky enough to get a camera for the holidays or if you have one and have always been meaning to get a bit more serious about it, now is a great time. With an optical zoom camera, you can capture some of the spectacular small sights right in your backyard. If you have a DSLR, then consider purchasing a macro lens and giving it a try. Join an organization like the World Photography Organization and get out there and capture the moments, the sights, and the action that makes the world such an interesting place to be.
— da Bird