Nando Machado Photography: Blog https://www.nandophoto.com/blog en-us (C) Nando Machado Photography (Nando Machado Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT https://www.nandophoto.com/img/s/v-12/u759356425-o25454973-50.jpg Nando Machado Photography: Blog https://www.nandophoto.com/blog 103 120 I'm giving a talk in London https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2019/3/im-giving-a-talk-in-london My good friends at the London Institute of Photography (LioP) have invited me to talk about my photographic projects 5th April 2019, at 19h. 

From their blurb: 

"In this talk, Nando will discuss these projects and share unpublished material, highlighting the ethical and logistical challenges of investigative photojournalistic assignments and the importance in finding a purpose to your work".

More details and to book a place: 

https://www.liop.co.uk/talks/nando-machado-wildlife-photojournalism-and-its-challenges/

The talk will be filmed and freely accessible via their website at a later date.

 

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(Nando Machado Photography) environment London photographer professional project selfie Talk wildlife https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2019/3/im-giving-a-talk-in-london Tue, 05 Mar 2019 15:00:00 GMT
TIFA 2018 - Honorable Mention! https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2019/1/tifa-2018---honorable-mention I have received another honourable mention at the Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA) 2018 with the rainforest project, called "The Impact of Wildlife Selfies"!

The good thing about this competition's Editorial/ Environmental category is that the whole project gets selected, not only a "hero" image. Although I'm honoured to have been shortlisted in this and other competitions, it's hard to tell the whole story with only the one image been featured.

You can see the chosen images for this project here.

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(Nando Machado Photography) animal competition contest environment Japan Japanese of photo photographer photography photojournalism project sloth Tokyo wildlife year https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2019/1/tifa-2018---honorable-mention Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:00:00 GMT
HIPA Awards - The Moment 2017-2018. Limited Edition book. https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2018/11/hipa-awards---the-moment-2017-2018-limited-edition-book As a complete surprise, this morning I received a copy of the HIPA Awards 2017-2018 limited edition book.

I entered the competition last year, and my monochromatic image went through to the second round of judging, but unfortunately no further. However, as per terms and conditions of participations, selected images could be used on the book.

The book cover is by Paul Nicklen, a great nature photographer and environmentalist whose work you should familiarise yourself with.

HIPA Competition - The Moment - Limited Edition Book - Paul NicklenHIPA Competition - The Moment - Limited Edition Book - Paul Nicklen

HIPA has come a long way since it started, initially exhibiting the winning images in Dubai and at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Admittedly, it is more famous for the very generous cash prizes for award winners, but with each edition it matures and is drawing more and more big names in photography, which is reflected in this year's book.

My image is on page 160, in the Black and White category.

HIPA Competition - The Moment - Patagonia - Dead TreesHIPA Competition - The Moment - Patagonia - Dead TreesMy Patagonian landscape featured in a full-page print in the seventh edition of the HIPA Competition - The Moment.

It was shot in Patagonia, Argentina, and features Mount Fitzroy in the background with dead trees in the foreground. It was shot on a Nikon D810 with Nikkor 14-24 f2.8 lens.

You can purchase a print of this image from my shop.

It's an image I'm very proud of and is hanging in my office wall. It's great to see it printed in a book format, specially alongside very famous names and selected by such an impressive team of judges

 

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(Nando Machado Photography) awards book competition contest Dubai edition HIPA honourable landscape limited mention nature photo photobook photographer photography https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2018/11/hipa-awards---the-moment-2017-2018-limited-edition-book Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:00:00 GMT
The British Photography Awards (UPDATE: Voting now closed) https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2018/11/the-british-photography-awards-update-voting-now-closed This year has been very good so far, with some of my work being awarded and shortlisted in different international competitions. The latest piece of good news came yesterday via email, when I was informed that I had been shortlisted for the Documentary category at the British Photography Awards. It is an honour to have my work selected, but the most important thing is that the project from which the image originated, which I feel very strongly about, is getting more and more exposure!

The image in question is the same one that was highly commended at the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018, just a couple of weeks ago (blog entry here).

8-Indigenous Boy Holding Baby Sloth8-Indigenous Boy Holding Baby SlothMANAUS, BRAZIL. An indigenous boy holds a baby sloth. According to Brazilian law, certain indigenous communities in the Amazon enjoy special status in their relationship with wildlife. However, questions are raised when these communities abuse this relationship to attract tourism.

Although I felt that this particular animal was not being used as tourist-bait, evidence gathered during this project by World Animal Protection indicates capturing sloths for use as pets is an increasing animal welfare concern.

This image is part of an investigative project designed to asses the impact of the selfie phenomenon on wildlife. During this assignment it became apparent that many tourists join tours to engage in eco-activities, unaware that the activities are often unregulated, illegal and cruel.

Animals used in these activities can die prematurely due to mishandling and severe, constant stress. Tour guides who are either lying or being lied to themselves pre-empt possible concerns by assuring tourists that these activities are harmless to the animals, and that supporting such activities help the local communities.

 

This competition varies from many others in which, in this stage, the jury has selected the finalist images, but it does not select the winning images - they are selected by the public.

I encourage as many people as possible to vote for whichever project they feel connected with. You can find the other finalists in the Documentary category here:

UPDATE: public voting has now closed. Unfortunately I didn't make it this time, but I was happy to see many other great projects getting some exposure!

 

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(Nando Machado Photography) animal awards BPA British competition contest environment of photographer photography project selfie sloth the wildlife year https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2018/11/the-british-photography-awards-update-voting-now-closed Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:00:00 GMT
GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 - Highly Commended! https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2018/10/gdt-european-wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2018---highly-commended Last Friday one of my photos was highly commended at the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018. 

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The image, entitled "Indigenous Boy With Baby Sloth" has been awarded in the "Man and Nature" category, which aims to highlight the relationship between people and the environment. In this image, this relationship is a negative one. Namely, wildlife being captured and used for selfies.

8-Indigenous Boy Holding Baby Sloth8-Indigenous Boy Holding Baby SlothMANAUS, BRAZIL. An indigenous boy holds a baby sloth. According to Brazilian law, certain indigenous communities in the Amazon enjoy special status in their relationship with wildlife. However, questions are raised when these communities abuse this relationship to attract tourism.

Although I felt that this particular animal was not being used as tourist-bait, evidence gathered during this project by World Animal Protection indicates capturing sloths for use as pets is an increasing animal welfare concern.

This image is part of an investigative project designed to asses the impact of the selfie phenomenon on wildlife. During this assignment it became apparent that many tourists join tours to engage in eco-activities, unaware that the activities are often unregulated, illegal and cruel.

Animals used in these activities can die prematurely due to mishandling and severe, constant stress. Tour guides who are either lying or being lied to themselves pre-empt possible concerns by assuring tourists that these activities are harmless to the animals, and that supporting such activities help the local communities.

 

This image of an indigenous boy holding a baby sloth is from a four-month long investigative project by World Animal Protection to assess impacts of the selfie phenomenon on wildlife. During the project it was found that many tourists unknowingly engage in unregulated, illegal and harmful selfies with wild animals, which can die prematurely due to mishandling and severe, constant stress. More awareness and responsible photography are needed to protect wildlife as ecotourism grows in the Amazon.

 

Many tourists visiting the Brazilian Amazon rainforest join day-tours with the specific aim of seeing native wildlife. Most are neither surprised nor upset to encounter these animals in captivity, and tour guides are quick in explaining that the local people keeping these animals do so the same way that cats and dogs are kept in more urban settings: “it’s their pet”, is the usual explanation. The same explanation is used for all animals presented in the tours, from the anacondas that are kept in empty ice coolers until it’s taken out for selfies with tourists, to the caiman alligators that have their mouth bound by a string so that they won’t bite while being held, to the baby sloths, which are too weak and slow to show any signs of displeasure and distress. Adult sloths are usually not used because their claws are strong, so these babies are separate from their parents once captured.

The high turnover of these captive animals can only be noticed when visiting the same places over a length of time. The amount of animal replacement suggests something went wrong with the previous animals. The cultural demand for selfies with wildlife is a complex cultural phenomenon which has a serious, long-lasting environmental and social impacts in places like the Brazilian rainforest.

These issues need to be understood and addressed, and working alongside World Animal Protection made me feel I was doing my part to expose and improve the situation.

 

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(Nando Machado Photography) animal award competition contest environment European EWPOTY of photographer photography project selfie sloth the wildlife year https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2018/10/gdt-european-wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2018---highly-commended Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:00:00 GMT
My Gear https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2018/10/my-gear

We all have our favourite photography brands and equipment.

This is my list of essentials and non-essential items to create images.

 

Camera

  • Nikon D810. This is my main camera body at the moment. I will soon upgrade to the D850.
  • Fuji X-Pro 2 . I still have the X-Pro 1, which I use when doing street photography because it's smaller, lighter, and much more discreet than my Nikon full-frame bodies.

 

Lenses

  • Nikkor 14-24 f2.8 . Super-wide angle zoom that is great to create dramatic landscape images. It will distort the image in the corners because of the angle of view, of course, but it's becoming my favourite lens. 
  • Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 . Standard zoom lens ideal for travel photography. It's just wide enough and long enough to cover most situations inside the built environment of cities.
  • Tamron 70-200 f2.8 . My only telephoto lens at the moment. I bought this instead of Nikon's own brand because of the price difference. It's good for most situations, but it does have problems resolving smaller details. There's an updated version of this lens, but my is still doing what it does best and I'm happy with it.

 

Tripod

  • SIRUI T-1204X . Light and small, so good for travelling. I bought it after a colleague recommended it, and I have no regrets. 
  • SIRUI G-20X Ball Head . It's small, affordable and relatively light-weight, which were deciding factors for me. It's not the best head there is, but it gets the job done.

 

Other

  • Nikon DK-19 Rubber Eyecup . This will make your life better. It simply allows you to press your eye into the eyecup, thus covering light-spill and allowing you to see more clearly.

 

 

 

 

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(Nando Machado Photography) equipment gear list photo photographer photographic photography pro professional https://www.nandophoto.com/blog/2018/10/my-gear Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:45:00 GMT