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First responder photos, tips and contests

March 9th, 2021

Happy March, and welcome the latest issue of Snapshots, where we recap news and highlights from the photography community. 

Inside Look: Chronicles of the first responder COVID experience 

Starting last year, Dr. Scott Kobner, who works at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine, used his days off to chronicle life during the COVID crisis. With compassion, hospital and patient consent, Kobner has captured the raw, emotional journey of the first responders. 

The old adage, “the eyes tell the story,” is true here. In many photos, the eyes are the only visible physical part of the individual or teams working on their patients. Taken as they arrive with ambulances doors open or inside the hospital, the images bring a reality to the loss of 500,000 people.  

Hopeful for the best results for the patient, the images show the care and heartbreak of the pandemic as the best and brightest tried to keep neighbors and families from experiencing one more loss. 

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Sudhir Shivaram: Amateur to Pro

Making the transition from director of a software division to professional photographer is no easy transition. Many photographers will tell you there are times when they started and make the choice to make photography their full time career. 

Read how Sudhir starts with his early, out of focus work to being an award winning photographer and cover photo for National Geographic India Traveler.

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Nature as inspiration

Sometimes inspiration is all around you but you need a fresh take. Are you looking for some quick ideas from a creative peer? A simple quick-tip guide of How to Compose Intimate Scenes with David Johnston might give you an idea or two for your next session. He discusses his flow from expansive to intimate in nature photography. 

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Muse Photography Competition

Deadline March 25, 2021

With categories including fine art, nature, COVID related, nature, people and abstract you might find a winning opportunity with the Muse Photography Competition. This competition does have an entry fee, but the fee varies for students, amateurs and professionals. 

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