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9 expert tips for great bird photography by Susan Dimock

Susan Dimock's love affair with bird photography began when she discovered some Sandhill cranes performing their courtship dance outside her mother's patio doors. Grabbing the digital camera she'd recently been given by her husband, she got shooting. Susan now runs a popular Google+ group dedicat...

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Photocrowd member spotlight: Interview with Aaron Yeoman

UK architectural photographer Aaron Yeoman talks to us about his love of London Underground, spiral staircases, and getting a commendation in Sony World Photography Awards.

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Behind the lens: Avebury 1847

The winner of the expert vote in our Let it glow! assignment shares the story behind his winning shot Avebury 1847.

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Photocrowd member spotlight: Interview with Elena Paraskeva

Cyprus-based photographer Elena Paraskeva discusses photography as therapy, waiting for photogenic rain, and bribing child models with pizza.

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Behind the lens: Family time

This week our Behind the lens feature is all about family love and connection, as we share the stories of the images that won our Family and Smiles and laughter contests.

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Behind the lens: Up in the air!

In this edition of Behind the Photos it's all about the exhilaration of humans in mid-flight, as we publish the stories of images that won our Hobbies and pastimes and Human movement contests.

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Behind the lens: Bright lights in dark winter!

In the latest edition of Behind the photos we publish the stories that made the winning images in our Light painting and
Winter landscapes contests. There's some fantastic light-capturing skills on display here - read on to find out more...

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Shooting billionaires – the life of a Silicon Valley photojournalist

James Martin is one of Silicon Valley's most prominent photojournalists. Shooting everyone and everything from the tech pioneers of Google and Facebook, to the most groundbreaking launches at Apple and NASA, his is a dream job for any documentary and reportage photographer with a love for technol...

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Behind the lens: Cubs, cats, armed men in hats!

In our next 3 winners' photos we visit the cute, the frightening and somewhere else completely, which somehow manages to combine the two! Meet Martin Smart, Molly Hole and Jennifer MacNeill who take us on a journey through their triumphant photographic journeys involving bears, kittens and firear...

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30 pictures from the Photocrowd Christmas treasure hunt

Last week the Photocrowd team donned the Christmas jumpers, cracked open some bubbly and hit the streets of Oxford to indulge in the city's festive cheer. Armed with cameras and a list of 20 subjects to hunt down and shoot, we paired up into teams and got on the case. Here are some of the better ...

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Behind the lens: From an Indonesian market to a London hotel, on the back of a spider!

There has been an immeasurable number of brilliant photos uploaded to Photocrowd contests recently, and we always love to find out more about the stories behind all of the crowd's great work. So, this week is another turn for our '3 winners' series, and we have some intriguing stories behind phot...

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7 glowing resources for budding Bokeh photographers

Bokeh. It's the unofficial festive photography form, and it's also the theme for this month's Photocrowd assignment contest, Let it glow! For those who want to find out more about this beautiful and glowing photographic genre, we've assembled 7 useful resources from around the web to help you on ...

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Behind the lens: Silhouettes, soot and silk!

The latest in our '3 winners' series revisits the triumphant works of Eric Mariette, Tilly Meijer and Paul Makin, prizewinners in the Weirdness, Dark matters and Documentary contests respectively. From a rampaging woman-in-silky-robe, to a majestically silhouetted horse, to a perfectly captured f...

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100 great tips to better landscape photography with Alan Ranger

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.”Ansel Adams.

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Silhouette tips: Patricia Baker-Cassidy reviews the 'Dark matters' assignment

It's been a week since the results of October's 'Dark matters' assignment - how time flies. Our latest blog post follows up on this fascinating silhouette-themed contest with an overview written by its expert judge, Patricia Baker-Cassidy, founder of the Oxford gallery, Art Jericho.

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Historical photos of moustachioed men who shaped World War One

With both Movember and the First World War commemorations high on the global agenda this month, we thought we'd meet them somewhere in the middle with a photo collection connecting the two events.

Armistice Day is of course on Tuesday next week, so here are 11 famous moustaches of the WWI era to...

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17 eerie photos for Halloween, dug up from the Photocrowd archives

We're bracing ourselves for Halloween at Photocrowd Towers. The gremlins have crawled through the cobwebbed archives to unearth some creepy classics.

Leave us some captions in the comments!

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Behind the lens: Tales of Bosnia, London and Glastonbury

It was great to catch up with Steve, James and Mark - winners of three recent Photocrowd contests - so that they could tell us the unique stories behind their excellent photographs. This week's blog post takes us on a diverse trip through the snowy mountains near Sarajevo, the hustle and bustle o...

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Interview with award-winning pet photographer, Sophie Gamand

2014 has been quite a year for pet photographer Sophie Gamand: her Wet Dog series went viral and later won her one of the most prestigious awards in the industry - the Sony World Photography Awards. In this interview Sophie talks to us about her amazing year, how it has affected her life and work...

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Interview with Stuart Freedman, award-winning documentary photographer

The work of documentary and reportage photographer Stuart Freedman has won many awards and has been published in such magazines as Time, Life and The Sunday Times magazine. In this fascinating interview Stuart discusses the thrills and ethics of his job.

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Member spotlight: double-winning Photocrowd member, Andy Ferrington

Twice the expert vote winner on Photocrowd (Crowds and Put in their place), Andy Ferrington is a brilliant and fascinating travel photographer, and today we are excited to publish our interview with him. Enjoy:

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Great underwater photography tips from leading professional Mark Mawson

One of the leading underwater photographers Mark Mawson was the expert judge in our recent Underwater contest, so we approached him with this question. Here's the interview that came out of it.

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Behind the lens: Wedding Bells

Recent Photocrowd winners share stories behind their winning images, and love is in the air as we have some stunning wedding shots for you and an ingenious idea for a wedding invitation.

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Member spotlight: vintage pin-up photographer and contest winner, Iveta Smidtova

A few months ago Iveta Šmidtova dazzled Photocrowd with her pin-up photography and won both the crowd and the expert votes in our Vintage & Retro contest. Below is our interview with Iveta, in which we ask her our traditional seven photography questions.

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