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WordPress.comTop photos by Country in 2017

2017-12-07T16:48:03Z

Flickr is a global community of photographers from almost every country in the world, so following up on our announcement of the Top-25 overall images […]Flickr is a global community of photographers from almost every country in the world, so following up on our announcement of the Top-25 overall images on Flickr in 2017, we wanted to give you a closer look at the most popular photos from various nations and territories like the United States, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Brazil. We’ve selected the Top-15 geotagged photos per country for 2017 by looking at a variety of social and engagement factors, and as in previous years, we’ve normalized the data to include each photographer only once per region. Check out the beautiful images below and see how these nine countries are portrayed. You can see the entire collection of country galleries on our Flickr on Flickr account. Top Photos From The United States in 2017 Top Photos From The United Kingdom in 2017 Top Photos From Germany in 2017 Top Photos From France in 2017 Top Photos From Taiwan in 2017 Top Photos From Hong Kong in 2017 Top Photos From Brazil in 2017 Top Photos From India in 2017 Top Photos From Canada in 2017 In your opinion, which country do you think has the prettiest photography from 2017? Share this post online with your response and the hashtag #SeenOnFlickr to join the conversation! [...]



Flickr Pro So Rad!

2017-12-07T22:38:57Z

Flickr Pro has always been the best way to enjoy your favorite global photography community, but today we’re happy to tell you how we’re making […]Flickr Pro has always been the best way to enjoy your favorite global photography community, but today we’re happy to tell you how we’re making it even better. For starters, if you sign up for Flickr Pro now, you’ll get 20% off the $49 sticker price (valid until 1/15/18). Just use the coupon “FlickrProSoRad” at checkout to redeem. In addition to ad-free browsing, advanced stats, and auto-uploaders, you now get great discounts from our friends at Adobe, Priime, Portfoliobox, and Blurb.   You might be organizing and editing a lifetime of photos with Lightroom, making bookstore-quality photo books with Blurb, adding gorgeous filter presets with Priime, or maybe you’re ready to make your portfolio website and start selling your work with Portfoliobox. No matter your photographic interest, we’ve got you covered. As a Flickr Pro, here are your perks: Adobe – Flickr Pro members save 15% off Creative Cloud, a monthly subscription that gives you access to Adobe’s impressive suite of creative apps, including Lightroom and Photoshop. Blurb – Bring your Flickr photos to life with professional-quality, customized Blurb books. Get $35 off a photo book (minimum $70 order) each year you subscribe to the annual Flickr Pro plan. Learn more. Portfoliobox – Create a professional photography website with galleries, a blog, and an e-commerce platform. As a Flickr Pro, you get 50% off your first year (US$39), including a personalized .com domain. Priime – Flickr Pros get 20% off the Priime Lightroom preset bundle, which is based on film aesthetics and includes more than 100 total variations. Learn about the pricing plans and get additional details on our Flickr Pro page. If you’re already Pro (you are so rad!), you can access your coupons from your Settings page. We hope you enjoy your new perks. Flickr Staff [...]



Top 25 Photos on Flickr in 2017 From Around The World

2017-12-07T16:03:29Z

In 2017 billions of photos were posted to Flickr by photographers from around the world. From all that work, we’ve pulled together the Top-25 Flickr […]In 2017 billions of photos were posted to Flickr by photographers from around the world. From all that work, we’ve pulled together the Top-25 Flickr Photos of 2017, a gorgeous collection that celebrates the diversity of talent and perspectives on Flickr. To reach this final list, we started with an algorithm that calculated the top photos based on a number of social and engagement metrics, for example, how many times the photo was viewed, faved, or shared. Flickr staff curated that raw data to avoid the results being a complete popularity contest. We also limited selections to one photo per photographer who placed in the top list multiple times. Top 25 Photos of 2017 “Say Goodbye…” by Iwona Podlasinska “The Elephant Walks At Night” by Wayne Pinkston “Light of Glory” by Icemanphotos “Slipping Away” by Jerry Fryer “Finally” by ” Nils Stefan Püschel “Mi Fuego“ by Albert Dros “Red Squirrel“ by Gladys Klip “Stairway To Heaven“ by Koen Jacobs “***“ by Elena Shumilova “Big and Bigger“ by Chris Frank “Milky Way Over Harvey Dam, Western Australia” by inefekt69 “Mont Saint-Michel puddle mirrored” by Loïc Lagarde “Braving the Weather“ by Max Gor “Oh oooooh!“ by Salah Baazizi “Vestrahorn Islande“ by RUFF Etienne “Aurora borealis“ by Jonathan Le Borgne “Solitude“ by Ania Tuzel Photography “Hallstatt Residential“ by Hans-Peter Deutsch “Lion City“ by Alexander Lauterbach “Flow“ by Paul “Winter Fairytale“ by Achim Thomae “An Attempt To Convey Cold“ by Brad Eide “Epiphany“ by Sapna Reddy “Melancholia“ by Alicja Zmysłowska “Lookkk Deeeply Into My Eyes….“ by Earl Reinink A handful of photographers that reached the Top-25 Flickr Photos in previous years have returned, a testament to the quality work that these individuals produce. We’re also excited to see new faces in the mix as they show off their talent. Thank you, FlickrFam, Top-25 and everyone else, for continuing to find and share your inspirations with the rest of the Flickr community. You amaze us. A number of other Top Photos of 2017 caught our staff’s attention in various categories. View the Top Genre Galleries and Top Country Galleries on the Official Flickr account or check out the Top Devices on Flickr in 2017 and join the conversation online using hashtag #SeenOnFlickr. Flickr Staff wishes you a magnificent end of the year, and we can’t wait to see what you post to Flickr in 2018! [...]



Top Devices of 2017 on Flickr

2017-12-07T16:04:36Z

Just as we’ve done in previous years, as part of our year-end celebration of Flickr photography, we’ve taken a deeper look at the cameras and […]Just as we’ve done in previous years, as part of our year-end celebration of Flickr photography, we’ve taken a deeper look at the cameras and camera types used to upload to our platform. In 2016, we saw previous years’ trends continue with the top manufacturers and devices. Smartphone use has grown as the dominant device choice, by volume of uploads, while point and shoot and DSLR cameras both lost a few percentage points in their share of total uploads. Smartphones accounted for 50% of the photos uploaded to Flickr, up from 48% in 2016. DSLR was 33%, up from 25% in 2016, and point and shoot was 12%, down from 21% in 2016. Mirrorless remained at 4% of total uploads for the third year in a row. When it comes to brands, Apple iPhones remained the dominant camera models, with 54% of the top 100 devices being named iPhone and an almost clean sweep of the top 10 Devices of 2017, accounting for 9 our of the top 10 devices. The Canon 5D Mark III placed 9th in the Top 10 Devices on Flickr of 2017. The iPhone6, iPhone6s, and iPhone5s were the most popular iPhone cameras respectively. Canon was the second largest brand used by photographers on Flickr, responsible for 23% of the top 100 devices. Nikon was the third most popular brand of 2017, with 18%.     View more of Flickr’s Year In Review 2017 data with our Top 25 Photos of 2017, Top Photos In Each Country, and Top Photos In Each Genre blog posts, and join the conversation online with #SeenOnFlickr!   [...]



Top Photos By Genre in 2017

2017-12-07T16:51:05Z

On Flickr, you can find inspiration in any genre of photography. With tens of billions of photos there’s no shortage of photography niches and talented […]On Flickr, you can find inspiration in any genre of photography. With tens of billions of photos there’s no shortage of photography niches and talented artists to draw from. As part of our 2017 Year in Review, we’ve pulled together galleries of some of the most popular images in top genres represented by Flickr photographers. While some photography styles and subject matters are more represented than others, Flickr is excited to feature You can see all of the galleries and more from the 2017 Flickr Year in Review campaign on the official Flickr on Flickr account. Top Portrait Photography of 2017 Top Nature & Wildlife Photography of 2017 Top Macro Photography of 2017 Top Food Photography of 2017 Top Street Photography of 2017 Top Black & White Photography of 2017 Top Sport Photography of 2017 Top Architecture & Urban Photography of 2017 Top Automobile Photography of 2017 Top Landscape Photography of 2017 Top Fine Art Photography of 2017 What is your favorite genre of photography? Share your favorite gallery online with the hashtag #SeenOnFlickr. If you think a photographer or photograph should’ve made the official gallery, post a photo of theirs in the comment section on the gallery page. View more of Flickr’s 2017 Year in Review with our Top 25 Photos in 2017, Top Photos In Each Country, and Top Devices of 2017 blog posts. [...]



Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland Series

2017-12-01T20:50:19Z

Kirsty Mitchell is the author of the best selling photographic Wonderland book. Inspired by the tragic loss of her mother, Kirsty's fantasy photos encompass the meaning and emotion behind each story her mother read to her as a child.In the midst of life’s greatest tragedy, Kirsty Mitchell found peace in creating unforgettable works of art. Kirsty’s mother was an English teacher and storyteller at heart. Her passion for literature was shared with Kirsty from a young age and evoked the strong sense of creativity and imagination evident in Kirsty’s photographs. After Kirsty’s mother passed away from a brain tumor in 2008, Kirsty embarked on a journey to create “The Wonderland Series” which are a collection of photographs inspired by the books, titles and memories Kirsty had of reading with her mother. src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/138176383" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen> To create the Wonderland book that would hold this collection, Kirsty launched her own Kickstarter campaign that was so successful, it broke the website’s record and became the #1 most funded photography project in the website’s history with $446,524 raised in 28 days. That number pales in comparison to the ground breaking release of the world wide award winning Wonderland book. One reason why the Wonderland book remains alluring is because of the stunning detail in each photo. Every element is handcrafted and designed by Kirsty herself making every photo a breathtaking masterpiece. Sometimes just creating the elements for one photo alone can take up to 5 months. This is where Kirsty’s background in fashion design and textiles can truly shine. Today marks Kirsty’s 10 year anniversary on Flickr, where her love of photography was sparked. When she first joined the Flickr community, she was still a fashion designer in London and photography was nothing but a hobby. Kirsty elaborates on Flickr’s influence on her work. “Honestly, Flickr changed my life. If I hadn’t joined Flickr I would have just carried on as a fashion designer and never discovered this part of me. The reception to my work from the public gave me an insight into how others were emotionally connecting to the photographs and essentially gave me the confidence to realize these pictures had a future. I never imagined 10 years later I would have a bestselling book in it’s second edition, a US museum show and have been published by the likes of Vogue it’s hard to get my head around it all.” Kirsty describes her first experiences after joining Flickr as “extraordinary” in that she was exposed to this whole new dimension of enlightenment through other photographers and their work. “Until this point I’d only ever really had friends in the real world and didn’t know anyone via the internet. Suddenly my world was turned upside down and I was discussing street photography with shooters on the streets of Tokyo, New York, and India, it was truly quite life changing. Everyday I’d switch on Flickr and it was like opening my eyes in 50 different countries. I was seeing the hearts and souls of artists all over the world and within months these people became friends and tutors to me. I learnt everything through my friendships on Flickr. I only progressed through the encouragement I received and the friends I made. A small circle of us even set up our own Flickr group and we’d share images, discuss them, learn from each other and so my photography quickly went from being a hobby to an obsession. I can genuinely say that it was Flickr that launched my passion for photography without a doubt.” As any active community member knows, Flickr can be used as more than a hosting platform, but a place to connect, interact, learn, and grow as a photographer. Flickr is often times the conne[...]



Flickr Friday – Go Green

2017-12-01T20:02:20Z

It’s no news that climate change is as impacting as ever. Our Earth will inevitably get warmer unless multiple continents make drastic changes immediately. Since […]It’s no news that climate change is as impacting as ever. Our Earth will inevitably get warmer unless multiple continents make drastic changes immediately. Since 1979, Arctic ice coverage has shrunk by 3.5% to 4.1% per decade. Sea levels have never risen faster in 2,000 years. Click here to see a page that actually has a running count of environmentally important issues, such as a countdown until the day we completely run out of oil, the time left until the end of seafood, the percent of coral reefs and wild forests left, etc. Now more than ever is the time to #GoGreen, which was the theme of last week’s Flickr Friday Challenge. Beautiful plant species like these are going extinct everyday. In this past year alone, 113,936 have gone extinct. The rate of species extinction is now 10,000 times higher now than it has past rates. This loss of biodiversity can be attributed to everyone on this Earth. Plants and animals alike are rapidly disappearing and within the next 15-40 years the polar bear, elephant, rhino and koala bear are just a few of the many animals we can expect to say goodbye to forever. We have the magnificence of the entire Earth in our hands, and we mutilate it more every day. By depleting the planet of it’s natural reserves, we have mined over 34,445,920,000 tons of resources just this year alone. The scary part is this number is intended to rise 250% by 2030. Why do we use so many resources? Because people like stuff and stuff is composed of minerals and resources.  If you’re interested in The Story of Stuff we encourage you to watch this short video! If things have gotten really bleak too quickly for you, have no fear. We do need 1.679 Earths to accurately provide the resources people consume and absorb our waste. Don’t worry, we’ll surely find another planet to take as our own soon enough. In case that doesn’t happen though, our only realistic hope is reducing our consumption and emissions. If you have thoughts of your own on this matter, feel free to share them on the Flickr Friday gallery we’ve curated.  If you’d like to add your own green photo, add it to the comment section as well with the usual bracket format [FLICKR LINK]. Let’s think clean and #GoGreen people! [...]



Flickr Friday – Chained to the Sky

2017-12-01T20:01:24Z

People always say it’s important to keep yourself grounded. Well here at Flickr, we think it’s important to be #ChainedToTheSky. Reality can be a fickle […]People always say it’s important to keep yourself grounded. Well here at Flickr, we think it’s important to be #ChainedToTheSky. Reality can be a fickle thing to get lost in and it’s all to easy to get stuck in what society tells us we should be doing. You can be imaginative, groundbreaking, and revolutionary while still being humble. Below are a few pics of different interpretations of last week’s Flickr Friday Group challenge. We mostly saw #ChainedToTheSky portrayed very literally. This wasn’t what we were expecting because showing something chained to the sky was much more difficult than photographing the idea that it encompasses. We are yet again impressed with another week’s phenomenal work. We also noticed this recurring holiday trend invading submissions one by one. Don’t think that we don’t notice those merry season colors! If the holidays have made their way into your heart, don’t be afraid to let it shine through your work! We’re all thinking about it, why not show it? Let’s not be chained down by boringly typical non-holiday thoughts! Embrace the holiday season of cheer! Or not. If you want to bleak, feel free to do that too. It’s a world of choice, people. Don’t be chained down to one train of thought. Did the Grinch do that? No, and look at how famous he is now. If you’d like to see more photographs #ChainedToTheSky, then check out our gallery! You can also add you photos to the comment section using bracket formatting like this: [Flickr Link] If your photo wasn’t included in the gallery, we encourage you to channel your feeling towards your photography and maybe that extra emotion will enhance your photos enough to be included next week! Happy Holidays! [...]



NOW OPEN – Your Best Shot 2017

2017-12-01T00:10:22Z

We’ve just opened the Your Best Shot 2017 Group to submissions and will be accepting submissions through January 5th. Please upload your favorite photo to […] We’ve just opened the Your Best Shot 2017 Group to submissions and will be accepting submissions through January 5th. Please upload your favorite photo to the group and share with the Flickr community as we celebrate the best photography from the past year. As a reminder, please ensure it is a Safe image uploaded to Flickr in 2017. As the pool fills up, we encourage you to make galleries of your favorite photos and to create galleries fitting particular themes. You can share them in this discussion thread in the group and get further inspiration from your Flickr Fam. Flickr staff will begin publishing galleries of our favorites in the next few weeks and throughout the new year. We’ll promote a number of the photos on the official Flickr account and on our social media channels to get more exposure for your work. Be sure to link your social handles on your About page so we can tag you from @Flickr! We hope you enjoy and we look forward to seeing what you share in the group. Here are some of our favorites from Your Best Shot 2016: WILDLIFE ANALOG FOOD LANDSCAPE PETS [...]



Honoring Lost Angels

2017-11-28T23:48:53Z

What can you give to a man who gives his everything to everyone else? A Flickr feature is just the beginning. In an intimate interview with Flickr, Lee Jeffries reveals a few photographic secrets, his striking motivation behind his exceptional portrait work, and his most recent project that will have you raiding your house for tissue boxes - guaranteed.Lee is a full-time accountant, father, and self-taught photographer living in the UK. Without using any more equipment than a handheld camera, his unique style can be coined as “spiritual iconography.” This humanist photographer travels the world engaging in rich discussions with homeless folk to capture an emotional connection intended to honor them by “giving their likeness a greater meaning.” What makes Jeffries a rarity is that it’s never been about the photographs for him. In fact, gaining fame or notoriety for the photography is among the last things he thinks about. “I have developed over the years. I have been doing this with the deepest empathy for the people I meet. I usually start with a respectful hello and the relationship moves on from there. I can be with a person for an hour, or more often longer. I immerse myself in the community. I become part of that community to the point where I am accepted there. I live, eat, and sleep there. My images come from the inside out not the outside in.”   It all began in London, 2007. The day before he was to run a marathon. Lee took his camera out and randomly decided to try street photography. That decision changed the course of his life. “I noticed this girl in a shop doorway just off St Martins lane surrounded by Chinese food cartons and this big bright red and blue sleeping bag. I remember the color of the sleeping bag to this day. I started shooting photographs of her from across the street and she noticed me and just kicked off. She absolutely went mental. I stood there in the middle of the street and people are looking at me like, ‘What are you doing to this poor girl!?’ I was so embarrassed, I didn’t know what to do. I’d never been in that situation before and all I wanted to do was to get the hell out of there but I didn’t, something stopped me doing that. I walked calmly over to her and sat down beside her and we had a chat and things … just developed. We developed a rapport. Once I’d heard her story for a couple of hours she was completely ok with me taking her photograph. It wasn’t necessarily the turning point that I was going to photograph homeless people, something else happened that provoked that. It was the focus to the change of direction. I wanted to be with people in that way.“ It was the intimacy of this engagement that sparked his love for this kind of art. In many countries around the world, homeless individuals are marginalized, taken advantage of, and most damagingly, ignored. Out of all body parts, Lee explains why the face has such importance to him. He roams the streets searching for eye contact, to begin with. Many hundreds of photographs, connections, and friendships later he’s come to find close similarities to those most-ignored individuals on the street. “I’m not ashamed to admit that I suffer some lengthy periods of loneliness. That’s what originally drove me out onto the street. Somehow being with strangers, who undoubtedly are feeling the same emotion as myself, desensitizes my own sense of pain. I look and feel that emotion through the eyes. It’s the first thing I notice when I’m out with my camera. You could say my photographs represent that moment of first recognition, the moment I first laid eyes on them, although it takes building a relationship before I’m able to capture the photograph that depicts this.” Jeffries supports [...]



Happy Thanksgiving!

2017-11-28T21:47:12Z

In honor of Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Together Day, or whatever you call the reunion of loved ones, Flickr has composed a special blog to demonstrate how […]In honor of Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Together Day, or whatever you call the reunion of loved ones, Flickr has composed a special blog to demonstrate how #blessed we truly are. Despite Thanksgiving being a very Americanized holiday, there are major noncommercial aspects of Thanksgiving that are worth celebrating such as being surrounded by friends, family and loved ones. Some of the best photographs have come from capturing these precious moments with the people we hold closest to our hearts. Below are a few photos that embody the true spirit of Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. One of the best things about today is being able to indulge guilt free simply because everyone else is doing the same. There is something incredibly beautiful in gaining large quantities of weight with the people we love most. Given that Thanksgiving is the unofficial start of the holiday season, its importance cannot be understated. It’s the only holiday that consistently seems to bring about a sense of wonder in children because they see all their relatives just like Christmas, but they don’t get any presents! It’s almost as if the season knows to celebrate this day too as fall colors decorate the floors of the outdoors in preparation for a colorful end of year. Even if you didn’t get the chance to go home today, remember that home is where you’re at your happiest. As long as you’re with people who love you, you have a reason to give thanks. No matter where you are, the Flickr community team wishes you the best of days. We are incredibly thankful for such an amazing Flickr fam. If you’re grateful for something unique to you, make sure you shout it out in the comment section of our Thanksgiving gallery!   [...]



Visual Memories of Family Moments

2017-11-22T18:32:31Z

When children enter school, parents often feel relieved, but also heartbroken and lonely. As a mother of three kids, ages eleven, nine, and five, Erica Montgomery knows the struggle very well. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but living in Los Angeles for many years now, this 43-year-old woman has built her life around her two passions: family and photography.Now that her youngest just started school, Erica has more time to shoot client sessions with other families. She welcomes and embraces this time as a transitional “incubation period,” and hopes for new opportunities and new beginnings. “Photography has always been the way in which I give my life new meaning — so I will continue shooting through this change. I’m not sure what’s waiting to emerge, but I’m excited to find out.” From an early age, Erica had an intrinsic motivation to document her life. Taking photos was her way to understand, process and experience the world, and scrapbooking the best method to keep all her memories organized, so that’s what she did for years. It wasn’t until after the birth of her second son, Kingston, that she got more serious about the way her photos looked. “In 2010, I enrolled in a beginner photography course at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. I was blown away by the difference in my pictures in just four weeks—I was hooked. I stopped scrapbooking and put all of my energy into the art of photography.” Like most people, Erica got interested in photography because of family, particularly after having her children. “My children are my greatest inspiration, and of course, my favorite subjects. When I first learned how to shoot in manual mode, my boys were only four and two, and my daughter wasn’t even a thought in my mind. I began practicing with my boys while they played. I never thought those early photos would mean much to me since most of them weren’t technically good. However, seven years later, I cherish them. I look back in awe realizing how fast time is flying, and how much our family has changed.” Taking photos of children can be a challenge, as every parent knows, but also a very rewarding experience. Kids are less self-conscious and more expressive than adults, and that makes them great photographic subjects. “I never know what expressions I am going to get from my children. I’m controlling the light, but I’m not controlling what they bring to the session. We usually just start talking and whatever they’re feeling that day is what I am thrilled to capture.” As a mom photographer, Erica is an expert at bringing out her kids’ unique personalities. “My oldest son, JT, is now 11 years old, and he is an amazing baseball player. He still completely ignores my camera, but sadly, I know my days of documenting him will soon be over as he inches closer to the teenage years.” She is also very proud of Kingston’s budding interest in photography. “I love when his memory card fills up, and I am able to upload all of his pictures and videos onto my external hard drive.” She says her middle son can’t go anywhere without his GoPro camera. “He recently filmed himself and his friends playing hide and seek around our neighborhood. The way he shot it reminded me of The Blair Witch Project. I loved it so much that, one night while he was sleeping, I edited it, and made it into a 4-minute documentary film.” To be able to document all these precious moments with her family, Erica carries her 35mm 1.4 lens around everywhere. “My desk is purposely set up in our main living area so that I am able to work on photos and be with my family. I keep my camera on the desk; charged, formatted, and ready to shoot.” She says she worked hard to learn her camera an[...]