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8 December 2020

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 top news photos of the year, Earth Photo 2020 Competition winners, Kurt Markus, photobooks, the Epson SC-P900 printer, circular polarizers and photographer Web sites.

  • Alan Taylor presents the Top 25 News Photos of 2020 at the end of "a year unlike any other in recent memory." He'll be posting a three-part 2020: The Year in Photos, exhausting free access to the site.
  • Winners of the Earth Photo 2020 Competition created by the Society and Forestry England have been announced.
  • The Guardian presents a set of black-and-white images by Kurt Markus from a new exhibition that "shows how he trained his lens on boxers, fashion models and nudes, too."
  • The editors of LensCulture have compiled a list of Favorite Photobooks of 2020 from 36 people who "know and love photobooks."
  • Mark Segal reviews the Epson SC-P900 Printer. "Having worked with this printer for over six weeks in the preparation of this review, my overall takeaway is that I really like using it and it delivers superb print quality," he writes.
  • In Polarizing, Dave Williams discusses circular polarizing filters. He reminds you that using the index on the filter isn't a law but a "baseline" so you should rotate the front element "to the point that gives us the best visual result, while bearing in mind that too much polarization may not be a good thing."
  • In his 2020 Photography Web Sites Report, Alex Vita collects stats on the Web sites of over 100 photographers. Among his more amusing observations is that "69 percent of Web sites have a blog area, but some have been completely abandoned for 2+ years."

More to come! Meanwhile, here's a look five years back. And please support our efforts...

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