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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we've set out to discover what photography might be able to tell us about today's Europe.

Here at E&M, we don't just want to know what young Europeans think about Europe, we also want to find out how they see and feel the continent. On the blog, we host a photo competition called Europe Through a Lens and regularly publish a selection of our readers' photographic work. All you have to do is submit images that you think best represent our selected European theme.

This time around, we've gone with "European cityscapes" and you're welcome to interpret the topic however you wish. Whether taken in the place you grew up or just a holiday snap, entries can be images of anything from vertigo-inducing skyscrapers to the view from a rooftop, bathed in the light of the setting sun – so do feel free to let your imagination run wild!

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Friday, 01 May 2015 09:00

Europe on the move

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we've set out to discover what photography might be able to tell us about today's Europe and are pleased to announce the winners of our March / April competition.

With the holiday season just around the corner, we asked E&M readers to show us what our continent looks like when it's on the move. We were prepared for anything from joggers to galloping horses, but in the end it was a more sedate scene, quietly capturing the hustle and bustle of an al fresco evening, which most impressed our judges this time around.

Rynek Rhapsody was taken in Wrocław and praised in particular its attractive blue-yellow colour contrast. The photograper behind the image, US-based Magdalena Noga, will be interviewed on Sixth Sense about her work and invited to contribute a piece of photojournalism to E&M. We are very much looking forward to seeing and hearing more about Magdalena's photographic endeavours; in the meantime, feel free to visit her website.

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we've set out to discover what photography might be able to tell us about today's Europe.

Here at E&M, we don't just want to know what young Europeans think about Europe, we also want to find out how they see and feel the continent. Sixth Sense plays host to a photo competition called Europe Through a Lens and we regularly publish a selection of our readers' photographic work. All you have to do is submit images that you think best represent our European theme of the month.

To give entrants more time to create their perfect image of Europe, we have decided to start running the competition on a bi-monthly basis.  The theme for the January / February edition is "European landscapes" and entries could be anything from breathtaking coastal views to sight of the dawn peaking out behind snow-capped mountain ranges; we want you to show us the extraordinary scenic variety of this continent we all know and love.

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Junyuan Chen comes from China, but dreams of living long-term in Europe, where he is currently studying. 22 years old, he takes pictures in his free time, immortalising the landscapes of our beautiful continent. Two of his shots won first and second place in our Europe Through a Lens competition last month. E&M's Veronica Pozzi caught up with this young and motivated photographer, whose works so impressed our judges, to hear more.

 

Junyuan Chen

Junyuan's passion for photography was born in an unusual way. "Originally my hobby was actually making plastic models", he tells our magazine. "I bought a camera to take nice photos of my models. That's how I learnt some basic knowledge about photography: I haven't taken any lessons, I learn all the concepts and techniques through the internet (e.g. YouTube, forums) and books".

 

Originally from China, he is now pursuing a Master's degree in Accounting at the University of Glasgow, in the UK. It is not anything related to photography, that's for sure, but it was right after studying abroad for the first time that he picked up photography as his major hobby. In Glasgow, he is also a member of the University Photo Society, where he likes to "share ideas with fellows and take photos together with them". Thanks to a post on the society's Facebook page he first heard about the E&M photo competition. He then decided to enter two of his works for the November's edition of the contest, the theme of which was "Europe at night". "I wanted to test myself", he explains. And it went well. Let's find out a little more about his prize-winning pictures...

 

Published in Europe Through a Lens
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00

Europe at night

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we've set out to discover what photography might be able to tell us about today's Europe and are pleased to announce the winners of our November competition.

Though the theme may have been "Europe at night", the entries to this month's photo competition Europe Through a Lens could not have been more colourful. Darkness was well and truly banished, and light in all of its manifold guises took centre stage.

Several photos were in the running for the top spot, but it was Junyuan Chen's image Star that eventually claimed first place. The judges were particularly struck by the way it seemed to make the moment last for a long time and also praised Junyuan's technique, wondering how many attempts were needed to get the shot right. The 22-year-old Chinese photographer, who is currently studying at the University of Glasgow, will be interviewed for Sixth Sense about his work and invited to pitch a piece of photojournalism for E&M. We're very excited to hear more about his photographic endeavours, and in the meantime, why not take a look at his Flickr account.

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

Europe Through a Lens – December 2014

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we've set out to discover what photography might be able to tell us about today's Europe.

Here at E&M, we don't just want to know what young Europeans think about Europe, we also want to find out how they see and feel the continent. Sixth Sense plays host to a photo competition called Europe Through a Lens and we publish a selection of our readers' photographic work on a regular basis. All you have to do is submit images that you think best represent our European theme of the month.

With the festive season upon us, we've settled on the theme of "Illuminated Europe". Entries could be anything from Christmas trees decked out with fairy lights to fireworks in night sky or candle-lit suppers. It's all down to you and your powers of imagination: feel free to interpret the theme however you see fit!

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Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Europe Through a Lens – November 2014

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we've set out to discover what photography might be able to tell us about today's Europe.

Here at E&M, we don't just want to know what young Europeans think about Europe, we also want to find out how they see and feel the continent. As part of the newly-revamped Sixth Sense, we have introduced a photo competition called Europe Through a Lens and are publishing a selection of our readers' photographic work on a regular basis. All you have to do is submit images that you think best represent our European theme of the month.

Now that the clocks have gone back and the days are getting shorter, we've selected the theme of "Europe at night". So think maybe moonlit skies or street lamps casting shadows onto deserted pavements, perhaps even a club dancefloor or the queue for the last bus home... In the end though, it's up to you and your powers of imagination: feel free to interpret the theme however you wish!

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Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Europe Through a Lens - September 2014

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we've set out to discover what photography might be able to tell us about today's Europe.

Here at E&M, we don't just want to know what young Europeans think about Europe, we also want to find out how they see and feel the continent. As part of the newly-revamped Sixth Sense, we have introduced a photo competition called Europe Through a Lens and are publishing a selection of our readers' photographic work on a regular basis. All you have to do is submit images that you think best represent our European theme of the month.

For September, we have chosen the theme "On the edge of Europe", but of course it's completely up to you and your powers of imagination as to how you interpret it – anything from natural borders in the form of mountains or bodies of water to political and social frontiers.

Published in Europe Through a Lens
Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00

Summer in Europe

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we've set out to discover what photography might tell us about today's Europe and are pleased to be able to announce our first set of winners.

Given the high standard of images submitted to very first edition of E&M's new photo competition Europe Through a Lens, judging was no easy task. This month's theme "Summer in Europe" inspired a number of original images, ranging from sun-drenched picnickers and abandoned sandcastles to more adventurous scenes of exploration and discovery.

After much deliberation, the judges decided to award first place to Tobias Melzer for A lovely day for the beach, praising the incongruity and peculiar innocence of the photo. They were struck by contrast between the drab grey sky and gaudy beach gear and by the fact that it was not a typical image of a glorious summer's day. Tobias, who is from Germany and has been interested in photography since he was a child, captured the image near Whitley Bay in the north-east of England while on holiday last August.

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, so we're setting out to discover what photography might be able to tell us about today's Europe.

Here at E&M, we don't just want to know what young Europeans think about Europe, we also want to find out how they see and feel the continent. So we're introducing a new competition Europe Through a Lens to Sixth Sense and are going to be publishing a selection of our readers' photographic work on a regular basis. All you have to do is submit images that you think best represent our European theme of the month.

With the summer holiday season upon us, we're kicking things off with the theme "Summer in Europe".  So think maybe beaches, sunshine, sandcastles... In the end though, it's up to you and your powers of imagination: everyone is completely free to interpret the theme as they wish.

The prize

The top three entries will be published on the E&M website each month, but we'll also aim to use as many entries as possible within future editions of magazine, so you can show off your skills and get your photos out to a wider audience.

Our judges will be on the lookout for particularly creative and original images.  These might tell a story or illustrate an unusual aspect of European society.  One thing's for sure, though; they'll all exhibit a deeply personal approach to Europe.

 

Closing date for this month's competition: 25 August 2014

Come on, get snapping!

You can send your entries to photo [at] europeandme.eu

Before submitting, please take a good look at our Terms and Conditions.

 

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