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EXIF -ISO 1250, aperture f5.0, shutter speed 1/50

Sony A7iii + 24mm lens

Emma Collins | UK

Environmental Portraiture

Title: Sisters in the kitchen

My 2 daughters were in the kitchen. I was attracted to the juxtaposition of the carefree play of my younger daughter, overshadowed by the steely gaze and subtle tension in the body language of her older sister, providing an insight into her teen angst. I chose to use a slow shutter speed to accentuate the contrast of freedom and tension.

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TWYLA JONES | USA

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

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f/2.2, 1/450, ISO 100

Nikon D750; sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART

Title: Love is Love in the Highlands

I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Glencoe, Scotland to lead a mentoring session for three other photographers. The couple in this photo so graciously met us on this cold rainy day and braved the photoshoot in these gorgeous lace dresses while I directed them to show the other photographers how I use emotive prompts in my sessions.

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LAUREN WEBSTER | USA

BROKEN REALITY

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ƒ/2.4 1/60s ISO160

Samsung Galaxy S10

Title: Life Lessons With Mr. Rogers

I decided to shoot a day in the life using my cell phone a couple of weeks into quarantine. I was trying to make my home a safe, calm place for my children in the midst of some pretty scary personal and global news, so I introduced them to Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. The way he talks about difficult situations gave all of us a sense of calm an clarity.

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LARISSA LORD | USA

CINEMATIC

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f/4.5, 1/60s, ISO1000

Fuji X-T20; fujifilm xc16-50mm f/3.5-f5.6 ois ii

Title: BAR

I approached the processing of this image with color in mind. I had just watched a series that was pretty inspiring in its cinematography, and thought I would push my normal editing with some complementary colors. Deepening the actual "gray" of the building to that blue-green really made the neon sign pop, and I also loved the way the yellow lights glow against the walls of the building. It took the image from a kind of grim bar in the rain to something a little more gritty.

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SONYjA STICH | SPAIN

Title: Coney Island

The day I took this photo was an emotional day. Many years ago I spent some months in New York City, and the diverse, quirky and colorful beach of Coney Island has been an intense memory since. When I visited it again, this time with my family and a photographer friend from New York, the memories came back all of a sudden.

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f/7.1, 1/500s, ISO 200

Fujifilm X-T2; FUJIFILM XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR

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MELISSA HAUGEN | USA

HER

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f/2.2, 1/200, ISO 160

Nikon D850; Sigma 35mm f/ 1.4 ART

Title: Wombless

I was five days Post-Op when I awoke to the reality that my body, which had housed four pregnancies and birthed three beautiful babies, was no longer capable of creating life. Of course, I knew this reality going into surgery, and weighed it heavily in my decision to proceed. But it didn't really hit my heart until afterwards. I was wombless. I took this self portrait that evening in hopes of helping me process my grief, and to document the raw reality of the pain I was feeling- both physically and emotionally.

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Hanna Hill-Destigter | CANADA

HUMAN FACE

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f/1.8, 1/250s, ISO500

CANON EOS 6D; Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L

Title: RAISING A CURIOUS DAUGHTER

This is a sweet little precocious baby girl who was so curious about the camera during their motherhood session.

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Megan Arndt | USA

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

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f2.8, 1/200s, ISO 320

Nikon d850; Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Title: Off to the Front Lines

This is an image of my husband in our mudroom, leaving for work through the garage door. My husband is a physician at one of the large university hospitals in the city, and so is considered an essential worker. During our state's shutdown, his leaving for work every day was a huge source of anxiety for me and the kids. With Covid cases increasing and so much unknown about the future, we worried about how his day would look, when we would see him again, and if he would contract the virus at work.

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Ginger Livingston | USA

SEEING DOUBLE

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f/ 2.8, 1/80, ISO 400

CANON EOS 5D Mark iv; Canon EF 24-70mm

Title: Perfect on every side

When I created this double it became very emotional for me, because it evolved into a story about her. There is a quiet battle being waged in our home. It's a battle against self-doubt, anxiety, fear of loss, a sense of not being enough or ever giving enough. As hard as it is to believe, it's this girl we're fighting it for. She is amazing. She is a lover of the down-trodden, insightful, hard-working, creative, thoughtful, generous, and an A-student to name a few. She fills are home with music and dance. When I take a photo of her it is my hope that she will someday see that all of her is beautiful and worthy. I want her to face the camera and life with every side . There is no bad side.

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CASEY MCCAULEY | USA

SELF PORTRAIT

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f/4, 1/200s, ISO 2500

CANON EOS 5D Mark iv; Canon EF 28mm f/2.8

Title: Welcome To Spa Quarantine

This is an image out of a series of self-portraits made in hopes to better cope with the effects of isolation and the uncertainty during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is with humor that I find it is so much easier to make it through rough times, even if that means pretending your bathroom is a spa or a cocktail lounge.

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Nella Sammartino | CANADA

STORY IN STILL LIFE

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ƒ/16, 1/250s, ISO 1250

Fuji X-T3; fujifilm XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS

Title: Kaffee and a Tart

After 2 weeks vacationing in Italy and indulging in gelato and pizza, it was a shock to pay 3 times the price for an espresso once we arrived in Switzerland.

This image reminds me of our first coffee stop and how we picked, more wisely, what and where we ate for the remainder of the trip.

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THEODORA Ofosuhima Agyeman-Anane | ITALY

STUDYING LIGHT

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ISO 400, f/1.8, ss 1000

CANON EOS 5D Mark iv; sigma 35mm 1.4

Title: Light In The Darkness

I was feeling overwhelmed by the idea of not being able to do what I'm created to do: writing and creating to glorify God. It all felt like bitter medicine in my mouth, it stays for a while but then it disappears. I went to the bedroom to rest in self-pity. As I sat on the bed I noticed the light pouring into the room. It reminded me of one my favourite Bible verses 'When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”’ John 8:12
 

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Bethany Huckins  | USA

TAKING SHAPE

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f/2.5, 1/400s, ISO 3200

CANON EOS 5D Mark iv; sigma 35mm f/ 1.4 ART

Title: At Home

This photograph shows how much my daughter has grown while also showcasing a part of our farmhouse. We have lived her just over a year but have had this farm & house in our hearts for over a decade. 

I have had a lot of "pinch me" moments in the past year, that we get to be the stewards of this land and 218 year old farmhouse. So this image is more to me than just my daughter in a pretty yellow dress in our bathroom. It's a realized dream in motherhood and the meaning of home.

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ISO: 500, SS: 1/250, F/4.0

Sony A6400 + 20mm

Jo Haycock | UK

Title: Through My Childhood Window: My Father His Darkroom

"Through My Childhood Window is a personal photographic project responding and exploring my memories the rooms, through the windows, in my parents’ house each time I delivered their groceries. This is my childhood home and as they were shielding during the Covid-19 Lockdown in March 2020, I couldn't enter the house. A photograph of them in different rooms was made on each visit.

The memories that these rooms hold from the years l lived in this house were strong to me during these brief food delivery doorstep visits. It is not only the home that I grew up in with my sister, it is also the home where our extended family have continued to gather for events. Each photograph of each room has a connecting story from my childhood there.

My parents contributed to the creative process, often recalling their own feelings as I shared my version of events and bringing objects that connected their own memories.

It became an emotively visual journal for our own family album and a way of dealing with our fears and uncertainty during the Pandemic."

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F6.3 1/500 ISO 100

Nikon Z7, Lens 24-70 mm at 24 mm

Elizabeth Hargrave | CANADA

Title: Farm before the storm 

As the kids took turns on the equipment and checking the crop and just simple exploration and curiosity of the field , I was moved by this moment and was hoping to persevere the feelings. I loved how my 4 year old was driving the equipment and her feet don't touch the ground and can't see over the steering wheel. This innocent joy . At the same time my 8 year old is looking out over the field and up at the clouds as if to wonder will we beat the storm in getting this hay in. The natural curiosity and wonder that is often found in ranchers young and old. At the same time my 10 year old was sitting deep in thought as if he was an old rancher worrying about the hay crop and year ahead. It feels of innocent joy and curiosity paired with a knowing of things beyond their years.

This image is very personal to me. The ranch we live and work on is my husbands family ranch. We ran it together until he died 4 years ago. It is a constant balance of hoping I am remembering all the things , hoping for rain and enough hay and teaching our four children the ways of the land and the season. As well as making sure there is the joy and ability to explore the world and who they are.

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 1/320, f/2.8, ISO 3200

Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 24-70 mm 2.8L

Judith Krasinski | USA

Title: The Musician

Although he is quite a gifted musician, my younger son has been wanting to give up playing the violin for some time. Through often unpleasant daily practice sessions, he has developed into a very capable musician over the last 6 years. My husband and I are inching closer to letting him give it up (shh, don't tell him!), but we are not quite ready to say "yes." The pluses still outweigh the minuses. One of these days, the daily "torture" of practicing will be a thing of the past, though the intangible benefits gained through discipline, hard work, and creative self-expression will last a lifetime.

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