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The annual landscape photographer of the year competition is now open and they're calling for entries to be submitted. The top prize is an impressive £10,000 and they're asking for photos submitted that fit into any of the following categories: Classic View, Living the View, Your View and Urban View
 
Jessops has recently relaunched itself thanks to being purchased by Peter Jones. I think they did need to modernize, and hopefully with a slight change in direction they'll soon return to their proper place on the high street.
 
We've launched a new section on our blog called 'On Location' and we're looking for people to submit short articles consisting of a 6-8 photos and supporting text on a theme or location of their choice.
 
Mamalapuram or Mahabalipuram is located in southern India; it is home to many historic monuments which date back as far as the 7th Century AD. Here is a brief account of my visit.
 
Canon this month announced the launch of their latest batch of digital SLR cameras, namely the Canon 100D and Canon 700D (or if you're in the states, the Canon SL1 and Canon T5i) The Canon 100D hails to be the 'world's smallest digital SLR camera' with an 18 megapixel sensor, 3 inch touch screen and 1080p video recording capability. The Canon 700D is the successorto the Canon 650D.
 
HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is also known as HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging). It is basically a single image created from the combination of a minimum of three different shots of the same scene taken at different exposures: correctly exposed, overexposed and underexposed. The resulting image will have a higher number of bits per colour channel compared to normal photos.
 
Following on in our series of HDR photography articles, (don't forget to read Davide's how-to guide for creating your own HDR images), we've put together a collection of some great examples of HDR photography. HDR techniques are often used to dramatically change the appearance of an image, turning it more into a painting or picture rather than a photo sometimes. However, the best results are often found when using HDR more sparingly. Enjoy looking through the photos below and don't forget to click through to the photographer's websites to see more excellent pics.
 
To be able to photograph the Northern Lights, a bit of planning is required. In fact, the Northern Lights are only visible in the "Auroral Oval" at high latitudes around the Polar Circles, and where there is no light pollution, far from the big cities. Some well known areas for photographing the Northern Lights include Lapland and the north of Scandinavia, Alaska and Iceland. It's more difficult to find a good spot in the Southern hemisphere around the Antarctic Circle. In the Southern hemisphere the Southern Lights are called the Aurora Australis.