Stunning Entries of The 2021 Perpignan’s Festival of Photojournalism

The 33rd Visa pour l’image photojournalism festival is taking place this year in Perpignan in the south of France despite notable absences linked to the Covid crisis and world conflicts.

The organisers of the international festival which opens on Saturday 28 August and will run until 26 September, are announcing a total of 25 photo exhibitions spread around the city centre of Perpignan, as well as screenings.

A Covid health pass will be required to see the exhibitions and the screenings will be held every evening at the Campo Santo and the municipal theatre with a limited capacity, but also on the Internet.

There will be no American or British exhibitors at this 2021 edition.

“Sea Ice Stories”. Inuit subsistence hunting traditions in the north of Baffin Island, Canada. In a time of rapid climate and cultural change, family camping trips to ancestral hunting grounds are an important way for the young people of Nunavut to remain connected with the land and their culture, and to learn skills and values from their elders that will prepare them to be leaders and providers in their communities. (Photo by Acacia Johnson/Visa pour l’Image)

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“Dias Eternos”. A warm-up session before playing volleyball. The programme for the female detainees includes sport, motivational and disciplinary workshops, art and crafts. The prison sentence is intended for reform and to avoid recidivism. Credits for good behaviour can lead to early release. State prison, Maracaibo, Venezuela, December 2018. (Photo by Ana Maria Arevalo Gosen/Visa pour l’Image)

“A Life Under Siege”. “The 2021 Gaza War was the was the first war I covered for so long; it was 11 days non-stop. I realised just how important the camera is, how it can convey details of the city where 2 million people have been living in an open-air prison since the blockade of Gaza was imposed in 2006”. (Photo by Fatima Shbair/Visa pour l’Image)

“American Cycles”. The world’s largest laundromat is hard to miss with hundreds of washers and dryers spread over 1,300 square metres. The laundromat is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and runs on solar energy with rooftop panels as wash cycles spin endlessly in this peaceful haven between work and home in a working-class, largely Hispanic suburb of Chicago. (Photo by Darcy Padilla/Agence VU French Ministry of Culture production grant for female photojournalists/Visa pour l’Image)

“Who are you calling old”? “In the United States, I discovered sports competitions for seniors, both men and women, with determined amateurs, some who started competing after they retired, and former athletes too old to enter major events. From the age of 55 to 90+, they all have the same spirit of solidarity and the same ambition to stand up to the march of time”. National Senior Games basketball competition: The Silver Slammers vs A League of Their Own. Birmingham, Alabama, June 2017.At the Maison de la catalanité 28 August to 26 September. (Photo by David Burnett/Contact Press Images/Visa pour l’Image)

“Sugar Moon”. Wenger has spent years documenting trophy hunting and its role in wildlife conservation in Africa, and wanted to embark on a new chapter devoted to the exotic animal business in the US. Her work on hunter Erik Grimland aims to understand the complex world where tradition, consumerism and the male of the species coincide. Grimland, returning from a family safari in South Africa, unloads trophies at his suburban home, Texas, May 2018. (Photo by Mélanie Wenger/Visa pour l’Image)

“Tigray: Ethiopia’s Cascade into Chaos”. Soteras’s images showed the world what was happening in Tigray, contradicting the government’s argument that the conflict would be relatively minor. Evidence of civilian suffering was everywhere.In the library of a primary school, damaged during fighting in the Tigray region. According to locals, Tigrayan troops moved into the school after it had been closed because of the pandemic, and months before the conflict began. Bisober, Ethiopia, December 2020. (Photo by Eduardo Soteras/Visa pour l’Image)

“Secrets of the Whales”. Skerry’s photographs celebrate the lives and culture of whales, illuminating recent research and their diverse behaviours. His latest work focuses on four key species: sperm whales, humpbacks, orca and beluga whales. Humpback whales bubble-net feeding off the coast of Alaska. They work cooperatively to feed on herring by blowing a perfect ring of bubbles underwater to form a net encircling the fish. The whales then swim up through the centre of the bubble net with their mouths open. (Photo by Brian Skerry/National Geographic Photo/Visa pour l’Image)

“Documenting India’s Greatest Healthcare Crisis”. For the late Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui, covering India’s second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in New Delhi was a daily circuit of crematoriums, cemeteries and hospitals, capturing the struggles of a nation of 1.4 billion people. A man walks past burning funeral pyres of people who died due to Covid-19 at a crematorium in New Delhi, April, 2021. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Visa pour l’Image)

“Retrospective”. Munier’s photography invites visitors to embark on a poetic journey through nature. A range of wildlife from the smallest ant and a modest sparrow to large deer and a polar bear, and this arctic wolf in the fog, on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada. (Photo by Vincent Munier/Visa pour l’Image)

“Armenians – Endangered People”. “I was born in France, but 30 years ago, in a quest for enlightenment, I embarked on a venture to produce a visual rendition of the stories handed down by my grandparents who had escaped the 1915 genocide of the Armenian people”. After a ceasefire, Armenian forces withdraw from their positions. Under the agreement, Russian peacekeeping forces will be deployed for five years, Martuni Province, Nagorno-Karabakh. (Photo by Antoine Agoudjian for Le Figaro Magazine/Visa pour l’Image)

“Climate Migrants in Bangladesh”. Nature has never made it easy to live in Bangladesh, situated in the Ganges Delta formed by the confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. Most of the country of nearly 150 million inhabitants is less than 10 metres above sea level; it is swamped by annual floods, and battered by cyclones and tornadoes, while the interior can be subject to drought.Villagers fishing in a canal after most of the ponds were submerged in floodwaters, Sariakandi, Bogra District. (Photo by Abir Abdullah/Visa pour l’Image)

“Tigray: Fleeing War”. More than 62,000 refugees from Ethiopia’s embattled region are in Sudan fleeing the conflict. Many arrive at camps, malnourished, to wait for food, word from loved ones, water. It is not known how many thousands have been killed since fighting began on November 2020. The UN noted reports of rape as a weapon of war, artillery strikes on populated areas, burnt crops, civilians being targeted and widespread looting.A refugee waits for treatment at a clinic near Lugdi border crossing, eastern Sudan, December, 2020. (Photo by Nariman El-Mofty/Visa pour l’Image)

“Military Sexual Trauma in the US”. Rachel Lloyd comforting husband Paul who has had a flashback. While looking for light bulbs in the supermarket near his home, he stopped to smell a scented candle. Suddenly he sank to the floor, hiding his face and sobbing. The candle had the same fragrance as the shampoo he had been using in the shower at army basic training in 2007, when he was attacked and raped by another recruit. (Photo by Mary F. Calvert/Visa pour l’Image)

“Telework: Connected Work for Disconnected People”. Nina 31, lounging on the inflatable flamingo, conducting a work session with friends in a house in Bali. (Photo by Jerome Gence/Visa pour l’Image)


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Vintage Cars, Palms & Backyard Pools in Californian Inspired Paintings by Danny Heller

Danny Heller is a Californian native artist, inspired by older things like homes, publics buildings, furnitures or cars that tend to have a story.

“I specifically focus on the period of 1950s and 1960s American because it’s what I’m familiar with. I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles where there was a big development boom after World War II. This led to a lot of midcentury relics throughout where I lived, even though I didn’t actually grew up in the 50s and 60s. These places and thing are so dynamic ! The cars with bold colors and space-age styling, the houses with dramatic angles and large expanses of windows and the furniture with graceful curves. These things all had an impact on me and in my work,” he says.

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Spectacular Winning Images of The Bird Photographer of the Year 2021

With over 22,000 images entered into the competition this year, Bird Photographer of the Year is pleased to present our winners. Celebrating bird life from around the world, these images comprise some of the most incredible bird photos in the world taken by talented photographers.

Best portrait, gold winner: Underwater Portrait, Felipe Foncueva, Spain. This image of a brown pelican was taken off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, near the mouth of the Tárcoles River. (Photo by Felipe Foncueva/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

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Best portrait, silver winner: Sing Heartily, Maofeng Shen, China. June marks the start of the breeding season for demoiselle cranes on the vast grasslands of Keshiketeng in Inner Mongolia. (Photo by Shen Maofeng/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Birds in the environment, gold winner and bird photographer of the year: Blocked, Alejandro Prieto, Mexico. The 2,000-mile US–Mexico border crosses some of the continent’s most biologically diverse regions. (Photo by Alejandro Prieto/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Birds in the environment, silver winner: Claiming the Forest Floor, Joshua Galicki, US. A male ovenbird singing on top of a fallen log. The bird is staking its claim to a breeding territory shortly after arriving from a lengthy migration to the north-east US from wintering grounds in Central America. (Photo by Joshua Galicki/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Attention to detail, gold winner: Disappearing, Rafael Armada, Spain. A penguin reflected in the water. (Photo by Rafael Armada/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Attention to detail, silver winner: Growing Up, Raymond Hennessy, US. Great northern divers (known as common loons in North America) and their chicks take to the water soon after the chicks hatch. The size difference between adult and youngster is evident in this image and shows just how much growing is left for this tiny chick. (Photo by Raymond Hennessy/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Birds in flight, gold winner: Thirsty, Tzahi Finkelstein, Israel. Common swifts live their lives on the wing and are a challenge to capture in flight. With a diet of flying insects, they need to drink from time to time, and they even do that on the wing. (Photo by Tzahi Finkelstein/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Birds in flight, silver winner: The Art of Motion, Nicolas Reusens, Spain. A hummingbird feeds from a flower. (Photo by Nicolas Reusens/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Bird behaviour, gold winner: Floral Bathtub, Mousam Ray, India. This image was taken at North Bengal Agricultural University in Cooch Behar, West Bengal. (Photo by Mousam Ray/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Bird behaviour, silver winner: The Face of Death, Massimiliano Apollo, Italy. In northern Italy in late summer, prior to migrating south, purple herons try to feed as much as possible and take advantage of the abundance of prey present in the rice fields. (Photo by Massimiliano Apollo/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Black and white, gold winner: Chinstrap Penguin, Renato Granieri, United Kingdom. A single chinstrap penguin on top of a giant iceberg. (Photo by Renato Granieri/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Black and white, silver winner: Feather Light, James Rogerson, United Kingdom. A preening northern gannet. (Photo by James Rogerson/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Urban birds, gold winner: Dipper On Shopping Trolley, Terry Whittaker, United Kingdom. A white-throated dipper nests under an old road bridge in Greater Manchester. (Photo by Terry Whittaker/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Urban birds, silver winner: Lockdown, William Steel, South Africa. A karoo prinia searching for insects on a security gate in South Africa. (Photo by William Steel/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Creative imagery, gold winner: Sprats and Bread, Ruediger Schulz, Germany. (Photo by Ruediger Schulz/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Creative imagery, silver winner: Funnel, Kathryn Cooper, United Kingdom. Between November and March, tens of thousands of common starlings migrate to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Potteric Carr nature reserve. (Photo by Kathryn Cooper/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Portfolio award, winner: Puffins: Wing Stretch, Kevin Morgans, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kevin Morgans/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Portfolio award, winner: Puffins: Lost in Thought, Kevin Morgans, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kevin Morgans/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Conservation award, gold winner: Hargila Army: Beautiful Scavengers, Carla Rhodes, US. Towering at 1.5 metres tall and with a wingspan of 2.5 metres, greater adjutants are the most endangered species of stork on the planet. These birds were pictured in Assam in north-east India where they live on a landfill site. (Photo by Carla Rhodes/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

Conservation award, gold winner: Hargila Army: Beautiful Scavengers, Carla Rhodes, US. Workers sorting garbage at the Boragaon landfill in Guwahati in north-east India where the greater adjutant storks live. (Photo by Carla Rhodes/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

14–17 years, gold winner and young bird photographer of the year: Black Grouse Lekking at Sunrise, Levi Fitze, Switzerland. (Photo by Levi Fitze/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

9–13 years, gold winner: In the Woodland, Andrés L Domínguez Blanco, Spain. This Eurasian nuthatch regularly uses the trunk of a Portuguese oak as a route to go down to drink. (Photo by Andres Dominguez Blanco/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Amazing Photos of the Third Generation of the Ford Thunderbird, 1961-1963

The third generation of the Ford Thunderbird is a personal luxury car produced by Ford for the 1961 to 1963 model years. It featured new and much sleeker styling (done by Bill Boyer) than the second generation models. Sales were strong, if not quite up to record-breaking 1960, at 73,051 including 10,516 convertibles.


A new, larger 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE-series V8 was the only engine available (in 1961). The Thunderbird was 1961’s Indianapolis 500 pace car, and featured prominently in US President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural parade, probably aided by the appointment of Ford executive Robert McNamara as Secretary of Defense. It shared some styling cues with the much smaller European Ford Corsair.

It was replaced by the 4th generation Thunderbird for model year 1964. Here is a set of amazing photos of the third generation of the Ford Thunderbird (1961-1963).


The Art of Japanese Portrait Photography by Kishin Shinoyama

Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama has dedicated his practice to exploring intimacy and the human body, as well as documenting his home place of Tokyo. His sensual photographs often depict the body within the architecture of the city or conversely, the inherent sculptural qualities of the naked human form. Shinoyama was born in 1940, in Tokyo, Japan. He studied in the Department of Photography at Nippon University and was awarded the Advertising Photographer’s Association prize. After being employed at the Light Publicity advertising company, he started to work as an independent photographer in 1968.

Kishin Shinoyama’s work has long captured the changing urban landscape of Tokyo; its politics, culture, and society. His ‘shino-rama’ images of the 1980s capture the extensive commercial developments and excessive consumer lifestyles of the era by utilizing multiple cameras to produce vast panoramas.

Shinoyama’s early nudes from the sixties and seventies, often shot in black and white, framed bodies as expressive objects in the natural environment; living sculptures of flesh and bone. More recently, the pictures he terms ‘Gekisha’ stage young and amateur female models, usually naked, amongst the neon lights and concrete structures of the city. A recent nude photo shoot in a cemetery sparked controversy which the artist has not shied away from. Shinoyama documented the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the east coast of Japan in March, 2011, adding another layer of texture to his vision of Japan.

In addition to the diverse landscapes of his country, Shinoyama is also acclaimed for his portraits of celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Rie Miyazawa, and other famous personalities. In 1980 Yoko Ono asked Shinoyama to shoot the artwork for her and John Lennon’s collaborative album Double Fantasy.





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“Annihilation of Humanity”: The Superb Metal Bands Logo Design by Irina Voland

Do you like heavy metal as much as I do? If your answer is yes, then you’ll be impressed with these beautiful logos created by Irina Voland. Exellent lettering!

According to an artist: “My friends used to call me ‘Mods’. Prefix ‘Mod-‘ stuck to me because I like to modify, customize everything. The other bit is because the Moon is the black soul of night, i enjoy silence and stillness of the night. The Moon is near the Earth, but still far away – I can relate to that.”

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“I’ve always been looking for something special – dark, mystic, melancholic, even before I’ve got into art and subcultures. So i’ve decided to do my own thing, that connects my passion for music with drawing as my job.

I’m into graphic arts since 2004, after i quit working with PC hardware in my youth. Earlier years I used to work with german, swedish, british and american studios to get expericence and reliable name, very few of them were about dark design, most jobs were fashion and entertainment related. Though i don’t regret doing it because it gave me the experience i needed. Nowdays i prefer to have more freedom rather than being tied up with contracts. I manually draw lettering art like name tattoos, band or artist logos, personal emblems and monograms.

I want to make artworks more interesting, not like soulless “neutral style” corporate designs. I prefer more artistic, atmospheric designs. I like giving soul to my lettering art, making it speak, tell a story maybe.”

“Music is my passion, basically avantgarde and progressive Black Metal, Doom, Dark Ambient, Prog/Alternative Rock. The older i become the more genres i embrace, i catch myself listening to lots of Blues Rock and Darkjazz lately. My favourite bands are Anathema, Agrypnie, Paradise Lost, VAST, Nocte Obducta, Khold, Diary of Dreams, Behemoth, Nyktalgia, Satyricon, Desiderii Marginis, Hypnogaja, Black Lab, Anorexia Nervosa, Nortt, Antimatter, Godsmack, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch. Music and Art is my lifestyle, the blood in my veins, the air i breathe.”