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31 May 2018

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at National Geographic travel contest entries, Luca Cascianelli, mixed martial arts, 2018 W. Eugene Smith Grant deadline extended and Derrick Story.

  • Alan Taylor presents 10 entries in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest, which just closed.
  • In The Shadowy Street Photography of Luca Cascianelli, Kelly Turner walks through an edit with the Italian photographer who never chimps and makes just one Camera Raw adjustment to his images before tweaking them in Photoshop.
  • Robin Wong was Photographing Mixed Martial Arts with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark I to handle the "poorly lit, fast paced action environment." He used a shutter speed of 1/800 second and ISO between 3200 and 6400. "I was impressed with the E-M1 Mark II, it performed effortlessly, despite all the challenges," he writes.
  • The deadline for submitting applications to the 2018 W. Eugene Smith Grant for $35,000 has been extended to Friday, June 8, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The Smith Fund also presents the annual Howard Chapnick Grant ($5,000) to honor professionals in fields ancillary to photojournalism such as picture editing. And a special Student Grant ($4,000) will be presented for the first time.
  • In The Cat That Brought Me Back, Derrick Story explains why he hadn't kept up The Nimble Photographer lately and how he got back in the saddle. "Staying busy and not reflecting too much is my way of recovering from tragedy," he writes, referring to the Sonoma fires.

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