Astronomy photographer of the year, 3 clever lighting techniques, Nikon and Yashica gear rumors… read about all this and more in our weekly roundup of photography news.

1. Get Inspired: Astronomy Photographer of the Year

The winners for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 were announced. It’s great to see that a few of the winners are members of the 500px community, including Mikkel Beiter, Yuri Zvezdny, Kurt Lawson and Haitong Yu. Check out a few of the winning photos below.

Wanderer in Patagonia by Yuri Zvezdny on

Milky Way Over the Cable Route by Kurt Lawson on

Source: The Guardian

2. Pools, Symmetry and Duplicity: a Photography Experiment

Maria Svarbova‘s photos are instantly recognizeable for their exploration of symmetry and duplicity. Some of the photos from her poolside series seem like they were taken from one of Wes Anderson’s movies. Her work has served as inspiration for many of us here at 500px, read a highlight of her work on the Phoblographer.

SVA by Maria Svarbova on

Zakaz Skakat by Maria Svarbova on

Source: The Phoblographer

3. Improve Your Lighting With 3 Clever Techniques

Regardless of your shooting style, getting a better understanding of lighting can make a big difference in your photography. Los Angeles basedPye Jirsa shared a few clever lighting techniques on an article for Rangefinder. Read the full article here to learn how to give your photos a unique look.

American Gym Boxing + Jeremiah by Pye Jirsa on

Source: Rangefinder

4. Exciting Gear Rumors: Nikon and Yashica

This was an exciting week for photography gear enthusiasts. A series of new patents suggest Nikon may be soon launching a full frame mirrorless system. Though there’s nothing confirmed yet, this could represent a further step of the brand into the mirrorless cameras market. Also, the legendary analogue brand Yashica released a teaser and website suggesting they might start manufacturing cameras again!

Source: The Phoblographer

5. Telling Stories Through Still Life Shots

500px Brand Ambassador Dina Belenko was featured on a podcast by Photography Radio. On this interview, Dina talks about the origins of her interest for still life and how she manages to tell stories through her photos. Her unique still life shots have been featured in a series of tutorials on ISO and she continues to pursue her passion for this style of photography. Listen to the full podcast below.

Source: Photography Radio

Highlights from Editor’s Choice

The photos we’re currently loving, curated by 500px guest editors: Blake Pleasant and Marta Syrko.

Untitled by yan mingyong on

State fair by Marshall Berube on

VW Camper Lightpainting I by Mathew  Browne on

Street dancing in Nepal by Gil Kreslavsky on

Samblanket FXcrt by Chris Minihane on

Lesya by Andrew Bayda on