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So Long And Thanks For All The Fish...

Over The Rainbow
A River Runs Through
My Name (It Means Red!)
Smog Shrouds Taj Mahal
Psychedelic Funk
Come One, Come All
Urban Abstract

I have been one of the very few members of JPG who were lucky enough to get multiple photographs published in the magazine (five).

I discovered the magazine in the back of the magazine racks at Borders. I really enjoyed looking at the photographs and loved the concept. This compelled me to become a member and to my big surprise and amazement, my first submission to the magazine was picked up for publication. This level of recognition gave me the confidence to pursue my hobby further and get better at it. This website and all the members who post their photographs, stories, and give feedback have been truly inspirational. This to me was the best place on Internet to see and learn from some of the best photographs on Internet.

Not only that, but this compelled me to learn more about the history of photography and what makes photography a form of art. This lead me to explore many art galleries, attend forums, and read books. I found many successes in the world of art photography and I have this place to thank for that gave me my first break.

It did come as a shock to me this morning when I saw the news. I was planning my next few photographs for the current themes (including a review of the book Coincidences by Sarah Moon) but all of those ideas may not materialize anymore. I am really sad to see this go but I had an inkling of things to come once Everywhere folded.

I do feel discouraged to see such a great avenue go but I do feel encouraged to see the fellow JPGers getting together to try and save this place. I would love to do anything I could to make that happen as well.

In the mean time, for those looking for additional avenues to share their photographs and learn from others, besides flickr, I'd recommend the following websites to try. May be we'll see each other in one of these places.

Best wishes to all fellow JPGers and specially, the employees of 8020 who are jobless in a very difficult economy.

Photo Submissions & Critique Forums:

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1. http://www.dpchallenge.com/

2. http://1x.com/

3. http://www.deviantart.com/

4. http://www.photo.net/

5. http://www.artbistro.com/

6. http://www.15x100.com/

7. http://www.outdooreyes.com/

Besides these, http://www.dpreview.com/ has just started a beta version of their photography challenge website. Check it out.

Magazine Taking Submissions:

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1. http://www.bandwmag.com/

2. http://www.blindspot.com/

3. http://www.burnmagazine.org/

4. http://www.lenswork.com/

5. http://photoicon.com/

6. http://www.filemagazine.com/

7. http://www.fstopmagazine.com/

8. http://www.rangefindermag.com/

9. http://www.aftercapture.com/

10. http://www.zoozoom.com/

Also, Popular Photography magazine has a really good forum on their website and they also have a flickr group where they accept submissions for publication from mere mortals like us.

I'd also recommend participating in photography competitions. The following website keeps a running list of some of the competitions going on:

http://www.photocompete.com/

I leave you folks with my photographs that were published and mentioned in the JPG Magazine.

So long and thanks for all the fish...

- Ahmer

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  • Kismet Nakai

    Kismet Nakai said (20 Nov 2009):

    your pictures are amazing and so is this essay with all the different essays.

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