•The Sony World Photography Awards shortlist is a really tough call this year but my personal favourite has to be the above shot by Christian Aslund. He has a whole series on his website. So many photography competitions are a bit stuffy but the shortlist for this award is lots of fun - I love the ladybird with the dandelion umbrella too!
• The above image is from an incredible selection of old 5x4 photographs, all taken on Kodachrome film in America between 1940-1943. They reminded me that I have an old 35mm roll of Kodachrome 64 knocking about in my film box somewhere. Hmm, I wonder...
• Like a nerd I'm on a mission to collect all these state magnets. If you're on a similar venture or need holiday inspiration, take a look at Lonely Planet's list of the top ten US travel destinations for 2013. You'd best hurry if you want to see the glaciers at Montana's Glacier National Park though. The article speculates that if climate change continues at it's current rate, all 25 of the park's glaciers may melt by 2030! Better bump it up the list.
• This is very clever. Hungarian media student Bence Hadju has taken some of the world's most famous paintings and erased all the people. How silently spooky the abandoned paintings look.
• Diego Fazio's photoreal drawings have been doing the rounds online but every time I see this image pop up on Facebook it blows my mind. Juxtapoz magazine offer some behind the scene shots.
• How beautiful is the above photo (you can view a much bigger version here)? It's the Carina Nebula taken with the 268-megapixel VST OmegaCAM - the world's largest telescope for peering into our skies using visible light. Insane that we can see into our universe with such clarity. My friend gave me a book of Hubble telescope pictures for Christmas and it blows my mind.
• If you're struggling to get a client to pay their bills, add their name to The World's Longest Invoice and maybe it will convince them to cough up. I wish I could say I was shocked by the numbers but chasing deadbeats seems to be the norm for many freelancers.
• The Guardian's Travel Photographer of the Year award winners have been announced. Love the shot of the little Siberian girl collecting wood in the forest, look at those pink cheeks! However, I can't help but think this chap might have got his idea from someone elses brain.
• After the horrific Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut I really don't know what to make of this exhibition at the Photographer's Gallery, London. Shoot! Existential Photography portrays various artists in the act of firing a gun, often towards the camera lens or themselves. Their website states: In the period following World War I, a curious attraction appeared at fairgrounds: the photographic shooting gallery. If the punter’s bullet hit the centre of the target, this triggered a camera. Instead of winning a balloon or toy, the participant would win a snapshot of him or herself in the act of shooting. I've never heard of this strange sideshow before... what do you think?
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I'm Eleanor Jane and I am a freelance photographer based in Newport. I specialise in hairy metal guitarists, American landscapes and Disneyland. If you ask nicely I'll make your dad a mix CD.