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L.O.V.3

Love, in all its forms and shapes is always difficult.

This is the part that they don’t tell you when they write those Disney fairytales, but you will most likely learn it as soon as you fall in love and learn that Prince Charming scratches his arse, leaves the cap off the toothpaste and takes off his socks right where he is standing. This is also probably around the time you will realise that although it is not what you were promised, LOVE, in all its forms, has always been the same and has always remained as beautiful as you’ve always thought it to be.

If love is a lie, best believe that it is the most beautiful lie that we have, so today I encourage you to see and find love wherever you look and wherever you are. It doesn’t have to be with your signficant other, it can simply be the caring colleague who brings you coffee in the morning, the hug your little baby gives you when you drop him/her off at daycare or the sms you get saying “Good Morning”. How about the guy making a mixtape for his girl or the little girl who’s kissing her puppy? The little boy who’s watching his dad shave maybe, or the mom who’s dancing with her little girl. Somewhere out there today, there is a father who’s listening to his daughter’s stories with love in his eyes and a married couple dancing. The best for me, is the picture of the parents taking their child trick-or-treating, all wearing costumes from the same children’s movie…can you say BEST. PARENTS. EVER.??

Look around you and see it all around… That Carrie & Bigg kinda love, that Bonnie & Clyde type ish, that Romeo & Juliet kinda thing. That moment when you see a mother and her child holding hands. That moment when a new couple is so wrapped up in each other, the rest of the world disappears. That moment when you see that 80 year-old couple sitting at their regular table having lunch, everyday.

LOVE is even more beautiful when it can be captured and kept forever…

Here are a few pics I’ve come across that inspire that loving feeling in me:

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The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards are an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation (WPO), which allows everyone from amateurs to the professionals to showcase their work and compete with others in their field.

The competition is open to anyone, from any background or experience level and of all ages. There were more than 122 000 entries this year, from over 170 different countries and the WPO has recently announced its shortlist of finalists.

There are three different sectors and within each sector there are categories into which the photographs are divided.

Within the Professional (for the serious photographers with a true passion for the job), the Open (for the amateurs and  photography enthusiasts) and the Youth sectors, the photographs can be divided into the following categories:

  • Architecture
  • Arts & Culture
  • Campaign
  • Conceptual
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Current Affairs
  • Enhanced
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Landscape
  • Lifestyle
  • Low Light
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Panoramic
  • People
  • Portraiture
  • Split Second
  • Sport
  • Still Life
  • Travel

With a Basic Membership you can enter up to 3 photographs, with an Advanced Membership, you can enter up to 8 photographs and with a Premium Membership you can enter up to 20 photographs.

This is for people who are creative and passionate, those who understand the art of “taking pictures, documenting a story, conceptualising an idea, capturing emotions and evoking a response” from the viewers.

The winners will be announced in March/April, but for now, here are some of the finalists:

Ali Asadi, Iran 2013

Ali Asadi, Iran 2013

Christian Vizl, Mexico, 2013

Christian Vizl, Mexico, 2013

Andrea Gjestvang, Norway, 2013

Andrea Gjestvang, Norway, 2013

John Matzick, USA, 2013

John Matzick, USA, 2013

Jose Ramon Moreno, Spain, 2013

Jose Ramon Moreno, Spain, 2013

Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania, 2013

Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania, 2013

Adam Pretty, Olympic Park, July 25, 2012

Adam Pretty, Olympic Park, July 25, 2012

Marek Andrzejewski, Poland, 2013

Marek Andrzejewski, Poland, 2013

Gali Tibbon, Israel, 2013

Gali Tibbon, Israel, 2013

Nathan Wills, Australia, 2013

Nathan Wills, Australia, 2013

The Niger Delta, Nigeria, October 2012Dr Lekwe Deezia claims to heal mental illness through the power of prayer and traditional herbal meds. While receiving treatment, which can take months, patients are chained to trees in his courtyard. No shelter. They are sometimes beaten.

The Niger Delta, Nigeria, October 2012
Dr Lekwe Deezia claims to heal mental illness through the power of prayer and traditional herbal meds. While receiving treatment, which can take months, patients are chained to trees in his courtyard. No shelter. They are sometimes beaten.

Roberto Bettacchi, Italy, 2013

Roberto Bettacchi, Italy, 2013

Johannes Heuckeroth, Germany, 2013Aerial view of surreal world of Dubai

Johannes Heuckeroth, Germany, 2013
Aerial view of surreal world of Dubai

Tatjana Bachmistova, Lithuania, 2013

Tatjana Bachmistova, Lithuania, 2013

Robert Gifford, UK, 2013

Robert Gifford, UK, 2013

Reza Nezamdust, Iran, 2013 (Tradition)

Reza Nezamdust, Iran, 2013 (Tradition)

Val Proudki, USA, 2013

Val Proudki, USA, 2013