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Elodie Brunel | FRANCE

MINIMALISM

Title: Swim

"If photography plays an important role in my life, outdoor swimming is my passion. When I moved to Canada in 2018, I chose to live in Oakville to be able to swim in Lake Ontario. It has been the starting point of an incredible adventure mixing cold water swimming, friendship, and photography. Outdoor swimming is an amazing source of inspiration for me as the weather conditions are different each time. The light varies with the season and the time of the day, the water can be glassy one day and add incredible texture to the image another day.
This image was taken in Mississauga (ON, Canada) on September 10th, 2020, on a foggy and grey morning. "If you can find beauty in waking up early to swim in cold grey, we can be friends" did I comment on my Instagram post that day."

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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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f2.2 | ISO 1600 | 1/320 sec

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

Jesica Montgomery | USA

Title: Witches on a Walk

"This photo includes from left to right, sisters, Lexi and Maddy Preston, who are friends of mine - and myself, I had decided that I wanted to shoot the session but also be in it.
I came up with an idea to do a witch shoot in September 2020 and they were happy to help by being models for me.
I scoured thrift stores for items for us - dresses, shoes, jewelry, etc. I also made a few props - the broom which you see plus a "spell book."
It was towards the end of the shoot and we were losing light fast. I really did not plan to take this photo, it just happened."

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 ISO 1600 f4.5 1/250

Canon EOS R 35mm

Ali Vrbas | BURMUDA

Title: Cleavage-less, Mother-full

I was taking a moment to think about a self portrait for an incredible instagram loop I am a part of and I happened to be wearing one of my favorite jumpers. It is one of the only items in my closet that has a plunging neckline and it made me think about how I used to only have shirts that showed off my cleavage. I felt this urge to document and share this sacred part of my body that has undergone so much change, so standing right there in my bathroom under a bit of light from our skylight, that's exactly what I did.

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ISO 100 28 mm f/ 4.0 1/1600

Nikon, Nikkor Lens 28-300

Angela Faries | BerMudA

Title: Resilience

We were out in a dune buggy exploring the desert in Dubai. The beauty was so striking in every direction for as far as the eye could see. My mission as a photographer of trying to document everything I could was far different from that of my husband who was driving. His mission was to race along as fast as he could and enjoy the ride as much as he could. I had my camera ready and sometimes shot when were racing along. I must admit it was a pretty desperate attempt to capture whatever I could. This tree was so obvious as there for so few and spread out over miles of desert. It caught my eye of course. I shot and succeeded!

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