Congratulations to all the 2021 World Press Photo Contest nominees that were announced today for the Digital Storytelling Contest.
I received an email to inform me that my work was shortlisted through to be in the top 24% of all entries. The World Press Photo Contest recognizes the best visual journalism of the last year, rewarding images and stories in eight categories. This year, 4,315 photographers from 130 countries have entered 74,470 images.
In an unprecedented year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice protests around the globe, the nominees share a diversity of interpretations and perspectives to these and other urgent issues.
I submitted my work documenting Project Natick, Microsoft’s research into the feasibility of an underwater data center to determine whether it is logistically, environmentally, and economically practical.
Whether an office’s light source is natural, artificial, bright and blue, or dim and yellow, the type of light that employees are exposed to not only impacts mood and physical health but also affects productivity and creativity.
Lighting that is too dim can strain your eyes and make you feel drowsy and tired. Too-bright lighting, on the other hand, can be harsh on your eyes and make your brain work harder causing fatigue and trigger symptoms of migraines.
The colour and temperature of office lighting should vary based on the function of the space. In general, warmer yellow or orange lights tend to be better for relaxing, whereas cooler blue and white lights are good for working, waking up, and concentrating. If possible, the lighting temperature and colour should vary based on the time of day. In the morning, light should ideally be brighter and cooler, to help employees stay alert and concentrate. As the day goes on, the lighting should be warmer, helping employees to wind down.
As a photographer I pay particular attention to the lighting of any space, appreciating the quality of light in the intensity and temperature. I recently revisited the SAS office project that I photographed for Morgan Lovell which is featuring on Office Snapshots online resource for the global office design community. The space delivers an unparalleled customer experience whilst offering a dynamic and multi-functional environment for their London staff. There is a state-of-the-art reception complete with adaptable mood-lighting, ‘experience corridor’ and Innovation Hub used to showcase their products.
My photography brief included capturing the space in a range of different colour temperatures.
Earlier this month my photograph “A boy from the crowd” photographed in Liberia, was exhibited at the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Xposure is a leading photo festival and an official imagery and educational platform that combines a range of photography events including exhibitions, workshops, seminars, screenings, focus groups, competitions, photo walks, and hosts a dedicated photographic and video production trade show. According to Xposure, the photography on show is “selected from highly acclaimed International Photographers, professional institutes and galleries representing Photographers from around the world.” The event and exhibition were attended by H.E. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.
My good friend and Founder of the Siena International Photography Awards, Luca Venturi, photographed my picture, which was part of the SIPA Awards selection exhibition.
My portrait of Desiré Lemoupa, a survivor of Torture from Cameroon, is a finalist in the prestigious Lucie Foundation “Portrait Project”. This is the third “Open Call” Awards, in partnership with Sony and supporting World Central Kitchen.
My photograph along with all the other winners work can be seen in an online exhibition at
The portrait is one from a series that is a personal project and collaboration with TASSC. The portraits feature survivors of Torture from around the world who fled their home countries seeking safety, recovery, and political asylum. Most were persecuted for standing up for freedom of speech & tortured by repressive governments.
Survivors are the strongest and most effective voice in the campaign to abolish torture.
Not all survivors want to be recognised for fear of repercussions to their friends & family. Each survivor selected a photograph that was significant to them. The photograph was then projected over the individual, sometimes obscuring their identity as per their request.
The Lucie Foundation was set up to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography around the world.