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If you haven’t seen it yet, you may want to check out the work of Alan Taylor. Alan posts photos for the Boston Globe on a place called The Big Picture.

The Big Picture is a photo blog for the Boston Globe/boston.com, compiled semi-regularly by Alan Taylor. Inspired by publications like Life Magazine (of old), National Geographic, and online experiences like MSNBC.com’s Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm’s MediaStorm, The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery – with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting.

I found The Big Picture by accident and have bookmarked it. I found many of the photos to be very good examples of photojournalism. It is true a picture can say a thousand words. These photos are of real people with real lives and have real stories to tell. There are any number of emotions behind the stories and due to the size of the photographs the photos have a tendency to “come alive.”

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A jury of internationally renowned photography and travel aficionados will pick one winning image to appear on the cover of CITY’s Fall ’08 Travel issue. The work of 15 additional runners-up will appear in a special travel photography portfolio inside CITY’s Fall ’08 Travel issue.

Click here for the full details. The deadline is July 31, 2008.

Fancy yourself a portrait photographer. Then get yourself ready for this contest:

With its substantial prize fund and a high profile exhibition and tour, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize continues the National Portrait Gallery’s long tradition of championing the work of the best portrait photographers. Last year, over 2,700 photographers from around the world submitted more than 6,900 images, and the exhibition, which on average features sixty portraits, was seen by over 90,000 people in London alone.

For more information visit the Taylor Wessing website.

That is of course, if you submit an entry better than mine…

TPOTY is run by photographers for photographers, judged by renowned photography experts, and is open to photographers across the world – amateur and professional. Age is no barrier – we have a special category for photographers aged 16 and under, Young TPOTY.

Winning and commended photographers receive amazing international exposure, but it’s not just about winning… there are many other great photographs which don’t win but the best images feature in TPOTY exhibitions and ‘Journey’ books, which have helped many photographers sell their work, get commissions or launch their photographic careers. We are also passionate about protecting photographers’ copyright so your images remain yours.

As always we’ve got great categories, to really challenge you, and some incredible prizes.

For more information check out their site.

Well, Photopreneur has some advise and suggestions.

…there’s a big difference, of course, between photographing for fun — and enjoying the odd income from it — and relying on your camera to pay the mortgage and feed the family. Starting any new business is hard, demands some very specific knowledge and often includes an expensive on-the-job education. That’s especially true of professional photography which now has plenty of tempting roads leading in but is harder than ever to stay in full-time.

Only 10 Percent of your Time is Spent Behind the Camera …

Everyone Thinks They’re a Photographer …

Read the rest of the article and see if you think you have what it takes.

You may also want to check out this article on Work At Home With a Photography Business by Photography Business Tips.

In the meantime, as a warm-up exercise, be sure to read Brian’s article on How to Participate in Photography Projects.

Photography projects are a great way to improve your skills and expand your creativity (plus they’re fun). These projects can take many forms and have many different requirements for participation. It seems like everywhere you look, there are group projects being hosted by bloggers, forums, and other online clubs.

Online projects can be vastly different from one another, but they all have one thing in common: you need to publish something. Sometimes the host will publish for you, and sometimes they require you to find your own avenue for publication. If you have your own blog or website, it’s pretty easy to meet the publication requirements. But if you don’t have your own site, things can be a little more difficult.

This article will show you a few of the methods you can use for self-publication when it comes to these projects — even some free ones. We’ll also take a look at some general points to remember when participating in projects. So if you’ve been holding back from participating in online photography projects, pay attention and take notes. [via Epic Edits]

The Online Photographer has released his Summer 08 Top 10 (actually 13) camera recommendations and you won’t believe who made #1. I couldn’t believe it. Actually, there’s quite a wide variety on this list.

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According to The Online Photographer, the Best Beginner Book for photographers is now, once again, available.

Have a friend or relative who loves to snap pictures but hasn’t gotten very good at it yet, or who’s just starting out? Here’s the book for them.

We recommended Nick Kelsh’s How To Photograph Your Life (based on a tip from reader Adam McAnaney) back when the 2003 title was on life support—it was available only on “Amazon Marketplace” (i.e., used) and looked like it was on its way out of print. Happily, it seems to have found a new lease on life. It’s available again. [via TOP]

I’m not sure who rescussicated it or for how long it will be in circulation so get out there and get your copy while you can.

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  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn