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Results Contest : A slice of silence

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 28th of February 2024


'A slice of silence' was previous contest challenge. Not easy trying to express the visual representation of silence by translating mood and emotion. A photo is silent but can make a lot of noise. All the wonderful and strong silent submissions allow us to imagine what the audio of that moment could have been.

The winners with the most votes are: 

1st place : Fernando Alves 
2nd place : Piet Haaksma   
3rd place : Benny Pettersson  

Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions and thanks to all the participants in the contest 'A slice of silence'


The currently running theme is 'Umbrellas'
Why are umbrellas so photogenic. For sure, they enhance your street photographs. They make ordinary scenes much more interesting because of their shape, colour, juxtaposition and the ability to engage viewers imagination (what does that person's head looks like under there?) 

This contest will end on Sunday the 10th of March February at midnight.
The sooner you upload your submission the more chance you have to gather the most votes.
If you haven't uploaded your photo yet, click here

Good luck to all the participants.


1st place by Fernando Alves
2nd place by Piet Haaksma
3rd place by Benny Pettersson





by Louie Luo
by Alexander Kiyashko
by Pedro Uranga
by Hilda van der Lee
by Uschi Hermann
by Isabelle DUPONT
by Thomas de Franzoni
You can see the names of the TOP 50 here.  

The contests are open to everybody except to crew members.

Submitting images already published / awarded on 1x is allowed.

Thanks so much, dear Yvette. Congratulations to all participants!
Hilda van der Lee - Nature in all its beauty

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 26th of February 2024


To Hilda van der Lee, the most important is looking around and trying to capture it. Nature in all its beauty. It is as simple as that... She loves to be out in the field and in the forests but also enjoys a lot her wild garden. Hilda loves to use analogue lenses to make her works more artistic and to have more variety.  She is a fine artist lady.  Discover more about her through this interview and enjoy!


 'tall trees' 





Well such an honour to be asked for an interview by Yvette! Thank you! I like to introduce myself, I live in the Netherlands, my name is Hilda van der Lee. I live in the centre of our little country. Which gives my a good start for visiting beautiful areas here near by.


When and how did you start your photographic journey?

When I go back in time I think it started with my Dad who was taking photos from my earliest childhood and in later years he continued taking photos mostly of nature in the mountains during the holidays when travelling with my mom. I started taking photos after I got an analogue Minolta camera from a friend. I think I was 35. Then the digital camera’s appeared and I got a Canon bridge camera from my husband. In the beginning I could not handle it. I almost throw it in the ditch! I never took any class or workshop. But finally I started to understand the camera and I switched to an Canon EOS 70D.


For many of us photography is either a hobby or a way of life. How would you define your relationship with photography?

To me it is a way of living, I always have a camera with me. During the years I was taking care of my mom, it helped me to escape from these difficult times. I really forgot everything when I am in company of my camera.


What would be the most important experience so far that has influenced your steps in photography?

The discovery of the analogue lenses learned and brought me a lot of knowledge. More artistic in my photos and more variety. The next important discovery was the light-pad which gave and still gives my lots of joy in the art of editing.


You have your own style, but your work is very diversified.  I see lovely florals, macro photographs, creatively edited flower shots, and even some beautiful forest shots. Can you explain why this is?

I love to be out in the field and in the forests here in the Netherlands, especially when the weather is foggy.  But sometimes I can not go out and then I have my garden with lots of flowers. The garden is rather wild but to me it is a fine place to be and to take photos. I can go in the yard when the light is right and have all the time in the world to search for the right angle and light.


What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?

That is an easy question! The mood and the story matter more to me then technical perfection. I take all my photos handheld, never use a tripod. Sometimes I try to experiment with unsharp photo's looking for a more aquarelle like images. Then colour is the main thing I focus on.

What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer? Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?

I have a dear photography friend. We go out  a lot on photo trips together. But she is the person who searches for locations. I love it when I know a new location and I like to go there again and again. I have taken many photos of the old oaks in small the forest not far from where I live. The photos are all different.


Describe your overall photographic vision.

What counts is looking around, your eyes can see the beauty surrounding you but  your camera can’t.


Can you please tell us something more about your workflow from the idea to the final product?

Mostly my forest and macro photos are intuitive. Which means that I try to capture what I see and like. My light-pad photos are based on which flowers or subjects are available and which combinations I can find in my archives counting about ten thousand photos. I use Lightroom and the website Ipiccy. Photoshop still has lots of secrets to me.


Where do you look to find inspiration and what inspires you the most?

Nature in all its beauty. It is as simple as that... Well to me it is!  Although I also love architecture and street photography, I hardly come in the cities.


Many are of the opinion that the gear is not very important when the passion for photography is strong. However, can you please share with us what gear you use (camera, lenses, lighting, tripod, etc.)?

I agree on that, but not when it comes to my vintage lenses. I am convinced that they give a special atmosphere that digital lenses do not give. I don't have a tripod. I have 2 Canon cameras EOS 70D and 90D. My lenses: Canon 18-135mm, Laowa 60mm, Laowa 25mm, Helios 44 Petzval, Helios 44, Helios 40, Pentacon 50mm, Meyer Trioplan 100mm, Meyer Oreston 50mm,Meyer Domiplan,  Angenieux 60, a Projectorlens, Porst 58mm, Tair 135mm, Zeiss Biotar 58mm, Lensbaby Velvet 56mm, Lensbaby Edge 50mm


Who are your favourite photographers or mentors whose works have influenced you and your photography?

There are some Dutch photographers who inspire me a lot. For flower photography, my favourite artists are Jackie Kramer and Kathleen Clemons. For ICM photography my favourite artist is Erik Malm.


Now, since we have almost reached the end of this interview, I would kindly ask you to share with us your plans or photographic projects you would like to be involved in.

I would love to experience with the ICM techniques and also finally win my struggle with Photoshop.


Is there anything else you wish to add  and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?

I like 1x a lot. I would love to use more the feedback options but there is the restriction of the amount of words you need to use to explain your question.




'a curtain of trees'



'the frivolities'






'tulip fantasy'






'mysterious light'



'wet feet'



'lush green'



'festive autumn'



'ghostly forest'



'holding on'



'the gate keepers'






'couloured leaves'



'a party for two'



'Feather lightness'



'flowers festival'



'Double purple'

Più di una volta ho letto questa interessante intervista, con le bellissime fotografie di Hilda. Congratulazioni.
Congratulations for the wonderful interview Hilda! Thanks for sharing these beautiful images and interview Yvette... My compliments
Splendid photographs Hilda, accept my congratulations, and also thanks to Yvette for arranging the interview and introducing us to Hilda photo work.
Beautiful work Hilda!
What a lovely interview Hilda, I've known your photographs for a while and i saw the wonderful progress in it, I'm so impressed by your unique artistic and technique touch in them. Beautiful photos!! Congretulations!
Thank you so much dear Gila
Hilda is a great artist who in addition to the technique puts her heart in her photos which are incredible paintings that arouse great emotion.
thank you so much for your kind words Sergio
Miharu PRO
In addition to the beauty of light and color, I am always impressed by the unique artistic sense and technique. The beauty that overflows from the work cannot be expressed in words. Congratulations Hilda, Thank you very much dear Yvette!
Thank you dear Miharu for your sweet reaction
Wonderful poetic glimpses of nature! Congratulations, Hilda!
Thank you Ludmila
Wat een prachtig interview Hilda en wat een mooie foto's. Jij bent echt een creatieve duizendpoot!
dankjewel lieve Monique
Dankjewel Piet voor je vriendelijke woorden. Ja op mijn vintage lenzen ben ik best trots.
Nice interview and beautiful images and editing. Your beautiful images deserve to be on this stage. PS: Nice to see what a wonderful collection you have of vintage lenses. Congratulations.
Vivid colours to enhance the message through thoughtful choices

By Editor Marius Cinteza
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 23rd of February 2024


Colours plays a crucial role in influencing the viewer's perception of a photograph. It is often inspired by the photographer's mood during the moment of capture or at image processing, capable of either softening or intensifying the conveyed message.

This article below explores the deliberate choices photographers make regarding colour, examining the impact on message potentiation, composition, and the pitfalls of blindly following trends.


'Reflection - Copenhagen Denmark' by Arnon Orbach


Some photographers, (myself included) intentionally omit colour as it may distract from the intended message they want to convey. Conversely, others find black and white tones dull and lifeless. Extremes, such as the intense use of vivid colours or strong contrasts in black-and-white photography, can be easily observed but may lack relevance to the message or composition. In this realm, photographers often draw inspiration from renowned peers, occasionally adopting black and white inaccurately simply because their favourite photographer utilizes this style.


'Vivid Dream' by Amin Zand Miralvand


We, photographers, tend to stay loyal to our previous decisions, even when those may not align with the demands of the message or composition. Personal evolution in photography is a subjective choice and also a matter of comfort. However, just like in any other field, the progress and growth often come from pushing boundaries and avoiding stagnating in repetitive actions.


'The red bucket'  by Tommaso Pessotto


Colour balance is as crucial as composition in photography, yet few truly master it. Intense colours can enhance a minimalist composition and convey a strong message, but they can also ruin a photograph  where softer, desaturated tones might be more suitable (e.g. portraits). The use of intense colours serves as an excellent means of attracting attention, creating specific atmospheres, conveying emotions, or adding realism and detail.


'Flying on the Rooftops' by Njsabs (Jennifer)


The human brain processes colours and black-and-white tones differently. People have familiar or preferred colours that influence their perception of a photograph's quality. However, artistic appreciation is ultimately a matter of personal preference and fortunately, individual differences contribute to diverse interpretations of art.


'in book' by :o: darteF pristov


Beyond personal preferences, the decision between colour and black-and-white should not be impulsive. It must align with the composition, narrative and desired emotional impact of the photograph. Therefore, every photographer should ask themselves: what message do I want to convey and how do colours or black-and-white tones help enhance it?


'Amsterdam' by Juan Pablo deMiguel

Incorporating powerful colours into photographs is similar to “speaking loudly” a captivating visual language that demands attention in a crowded landscape of imagery. The intense and bold hues serve as a magnetic force, drawing viewers into the photograph and leaving a lasting impression. The deliberate use of (vivid) colours goes beyond aesthetics; it is a nuanced approach to storytelling, infusing the images with an emotional resonance that transcends the limitations of black-and white. Through this intentional embrace of vibrant palettes, a signature style is established and the viewer is embarked on a journey of creative exploration, pushing the boundaries of conventional norms to shape a unique narrative of photographer.


'sera' by Leyla Emektar La_


In the realm of photography, the choice of vivid colours is a deliberate one, requiring thoughtful consideration. By aligning this choice with the intended message and composition, photographers can elevate their art and create a more impactful visual narrative. As you embark on the photographic journey, consider this: what emotions do intensive colours evoke in you and how can they enhance the stories captured through your lens? The interplay of colour and emotion is a personal and powerful connection that can elevate photography to new heights. What vivid tales will your palette tell?


'Flying Colours' by Sulaiman Almawash



'hi summer!' by ambra



'Waiting' by Heidi Westum



'street lights' by Carmine Chiriacò



'Miami Sun' by Hans-Wolfgang Hawerkamp



'Light Trails of Tokyo' by Junya Watanabe  



'the wave' by Gerard Jonkman



'Palette' by Phillip Chang  



'yellow and blue' by Anna



'The House' by Alfonso Novillo



'Snowy Rooftops' by Martin Rak



'Shutters' by Luc Vangindertael (laGrange)



'red' by Josefina Melo



'Woman on bench' by Inge Schuster



'4plus1' by aRRO



'Red tree' by Bess Hamiti



'Summertime Blues' by Daniel Springgay


Such an amazing gallery! Thank you so much for this delightful article!
Thank you so much, Ludmila!! Really appreciate it!!
Great article and impressive images. Thank you so much.
Many thanks, Tessa!!
Interesting article with great illustrations, would be nice to read more! Thank you!
Thank you very much, Uwe!!
Such a nice article again. Thanks for this
Thank you, Ineke!!
Great article and impressive images to illustrate your topic! Congrats to you Marius!
Many, many thanks, Olivier!!
Excellent article!!!
Thank you so much!!
Very interesting article. Congratulations to the authors!!!
Many thanks, Stephen!!
Congratulations on the article! The images are incredible!
Elena, thank you so much!!
I thank you so much for being chosen among these beautiful photographs :)
I thank you for your great picture, Heidi!!
This article is very interesting!
Thank you, Luca!!
Great collection. A lot of thanks much appreciated Marius and dear Yvette!
Many thanks, Phillip!!
Incredible article, LOVE It!!! Congratulations!!
Thank you, Alfonso!!
Festival of colors, wonderful photo selection, congratulations to all authors, many thanks to Marius and Yvette for introducing it to us.
Thank you very much, Miro!!
Interesting and thoughtful article about coloring with beautiful gallery to to enhance it. Thanks so much dear Marius and Yvette for your work👏🏼🙏🏽
Many thanks, Arnon! Really appreciate it!
Interesting and beautiful "show" of colors !! .
Thank you, Izak!!
Wonderful collection of spectacular photos and it is an honour to be a part of it. Many thanks to editor Marius and to you dear Yvette.
Thank you so much, Carmine!!
much interesting article and a wonderful collection of images. Thanks a lot to the editor Marius and to you dear Yvette
Many thanks, Hans-Wolfgang!!
Amazing collection of wonderful images of pure colour and quality. First Class thank you all involved great work....
Thank you so much, Daniel!!
'January mood' by Kristina Zvinakeviciute

by Editor Michel Romaggi  in collaboration with the author Kristina Zvinakeviciute 
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 22nd of January 2024


'January mood'

I really like the poetic way you photograph flowers, moss and mushrooms Kristina.
Why are you so drawn by this kind of photography?

I’m passionate about macro photography. Each plant, flower, or small creature has its unique appearance, mood, hidden beauty, and character. Meadows and parks serve as my workplace throughout the seasons, where I always discover something interesting and unexpected to capture, showcasing nature’s art to every passer-by. Significant publicity is required to draw attention to my subjects, just like billboards. I hope to draw people’s attention to nature through my work as we often overlook the beauty of nature in our hurried lives. With my photos, I aim to showcase the indescribable beauty of plants and give them the same level of attention as a captivating advertisement. Moreover, I hope to instil in people a desire not to harm nature but to protect it.


Can you tell us some more about  your workflow to realise 'January mood'?

I captured 'January Mood' in the late morning when the sun was low, creating dim light - a common occurrence in England. I positioned myself to capture the sunlight at an optimal angle, using clouds as natural diffusers. For equipment, I used a Nikon D810 camera with a 105mm f/2.8 macro lens and the ground as a stabilizer. Settings were set to a shutter speed of 1/60s, aperture of f/5.6, and ISO 1000 due to the dark, gloomy day. Post-processing was done in Photoshop, focusing on enhancing colours, shapes, and textures to accentuate the plant’s uniqueness without overwhelming the image.


Where do you usually take these pictures?

I live adjacent to a large park, which I affectionately refer to as “My Forest,” where I frequently seek out my creative subjects. Occasionally, I simply photograph in my back garden.


'Golden moss'

How do you get this special light in each of them?

Photography, derived from the Greek words for φως (phos) - “light” and γραφις (graphis) -“drawing”, emphasizes the importance of light in creating images. I meticulously observe how light falls, its angle, and its overall impact on the scene. Photography is about perception and capturing what is already present in nature.


'Meadow buttercup'

To end this tutorial, can you please tell us what photography means to you?

I am a visual artist based in Manchester, originally from Lithuania. I started as a fine artist and only later found myself interested in photography as my primary creative expression. Through macro photography, I aim to reveal the intricate details and fragility of nature’s beauty. I see myself as a conduit, communicating nature’s delicate rhythms through my art. I prefer to describe my photography as Nature Art, inviting viewers to pause and appreciate timeless moments amidst our fast-paced world.


'Autumn flower'


Beautiful work! Amazing sense of light and how it diffuses over the subject!
...nice and well done images. Congrats...
I am a fan of your work! Thanks for such wonderful pictures!
Wonderful gallery, thanks for sharing!!
Such gorgeous images - congratulations. I love how you see nature and how you manage to capture and present the scenes.
National Winner Sony World Photography Awards 2024 - Editor Lourens Durand

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 21st of February 2024


The World Photography Organisation and Sony Middle East and Africa are delighted to reveal
Lourens Durand as South Africa’s National Award winner for the Sony World Photography Awards 2024.


The National Awards program is an initiative set up by the World Photography Organisation and Sony to support local photographic communities around the world, with 54 countries taking part this year.

Over 395,000 images from over 220 countries and territories were submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards 2024.

Lourens Durand was anonymously selected by judges for his photograph 'Fantasy Shapes', entered into the Creative category of the Open competition. Fantasy Shapes is a close-up photograph of an arrangement of dry leaves and a snail shell on a black tile.

EXHIBITION: 19 APRIL - 6 MAY 2024 | SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON. © Lourens Durand, South Africa, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

is an amateur photographer and retired Industrial Chemist/Technical Services Manager. He’s a long-time member of the Photographic Society of South Africa and the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), and his photographic Honours include: LPSSA Colour; DPSSA (Cls) and Excellence FIAP.

Commenting on his win, Durand said:“I’m absolutely thrilled to be named the winner and represent South Africa! This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I hope to have inspired current and upcoming photographers who have the same dream”.

As South Africa’s National Award winner, Durand receives Sony digital imaging equipment and will be included in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition and book.

The overall winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2024 will be announced on 18 April 2024 and will go on display as part of the exhibition at Somerset House, London (19 April-6 May 2024)

Congratulations, dear 1x Editor Lourens Durand 

Here are some more of his works.

'String of pearls'

'A Word in Your Ear'

'Vintage Camera Still Life'

'Skeleton Leaves'


Great photography! Congratulations!
...many congrats...
Congratulations Lourens
Congratulations! A beautifull body of work that merit the recognition!
Congratulations Lourens
Excellent work! Especially the 1st price. Grat light creating mysterious composition and atmosphere! Congratulations!
Congratulations. Very good work.
Awesome work - Congratulations, Lourens love the photos, especially A word in your ear!!
Huge congratulations!!!