INTERVIEW // Carmignac Gestion

Tavakolian, who was born in Tehran in 1981, was awarded the €50,000 prize for her report on Iran’s lost generation – young people who are caught between an increasingly modern society, and religious and cultural traditions of old.

A portrait of Somayyeh, a 32-year old divorced teacher © Newsha Tavakolian for the Carmignac Foundation

The Award, which was founded by the Carmignac Foundation in 2009, has a different theme each year. For the 5th edition, photographers were asked to submit portfolios about Iran.

The aim of the Award is to support and promote photography of lesser known areas of conflict, by providing funding to a photographer to produce an in-depth photographic report.

Past winners include Panos Pictures photographer Robin Hammond, who won in 2012 for his work about life in Zimbabwe under the rule of Robert Mugabe, and Italian photographer Davide Monteleone, who won last year’s edition for his work in Chechnya. Monteleone’s resulting body of work, Spasibo, will be on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 11 October to 9 November.

Tavakolian, who began shooting professionally at the age of 16, has been published in Time MagazineThe New York Times,Le Monde, and National Geographic among others.

Her winning work will be exhibited in Paris, at the Chapelle des Beaux-Arts, from 7 November to 7 December 2014. The exhibition will also tour to London, Frankfurt and Milan. A book will be published to coincide with the exhibition.

BJP: What does winning this award mean to you?

NT: The Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award has given me the freedom, time and resources to dig deeper into a subject I feel passionately about. It was the first time I’d applied for the Award. I was travelling with a commission from the Qatar Foundation when I found out I’d won. It was very exciting.


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THE QUIET MONTHS by Morgan Roberts

Wedding photographers usually slow down in the winter. I love to make sure I shoot for myself and enjoy the process, without any ultimate agenda or expectation. Here are some images that I've also posted on my tumblr, so if you're in to that stuff please follow me there. These were all shot on a Fuji X100 or my D3s with the Sigma 35mm.

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Nikon D810 vs Nikon D3s – Sharpness + Resolution Test

Hey guys, I picked up the new Nikon D810 the other day for my headshot/portrait work and I wanted to share some images and 100% crops from both cameras.. 

What you'll see in this example is how much more resolution you get to play with in the new Nikon D810. 

The Nikon D3s is a 12mp full frame camera originally designed for low light high ISO shooting for things such as sports with its 9fps high speed shooting and shooting incredibly dark available light settings like you would find in a dimly lit church at a wedding being able to shoot comfortably up to 12,800 ISO.

On the other hand, enter the new Nikon D810, a 36mp behemoth that has so much resolution and sharpness that it will cut off your fingers if you're not careful. This camera has been improved from the D800 and D800E to increase the high speed frame rate to a base of 5fps and 7fps with the additional Nikon MD-D12 Battery Grip. The D810 now also has an ISO range from 64 ISO to 12,800 ISO making it a big step up for a camera with this sort of resolution.

Nikon D810 + Nikon 85mm f1.4 G @ f2.8 – Full image – Click image to zoom

Nikon D810 + Nikon 85mm f1.4 G @ f2.8 – 100% Crop – Click image to zoom

Nikon D3s + Nikon 85mm f1.4 G @ f2.8 – Full image – Click image to zoom

Nikon D3s + Nikon 85mm f1.4 G @ f2.8 – 100% Crop – Click image to zoom