500px is committed to providing photographers with opportunities to participate in evolving trends within commercial advertising. We not only want to provide an authentic look at global experiences, but redefine representation and drive inclusivity within commercial photography. The 500px Commercial Grant: Project #ShowUs was shot and produced as part of the Dove, Girl Gaze, and
In many ways, the last year has changed our relationship with wild places; as the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to confront the dangerous consequences of exploiting the natural world, we simultaneously turned to nature for comfort and adventure. The “bikepacking” trend took off in the United States, with bike sales soaring throughout 2020, while Australians
A few years ago, a survey from Nielsen revealed that advertisements depicting real-life situations resonated most powerfully with customers, as selected by 44% of global respondents. Great ad campaigns tell familiar and relatable stories, so it’s no surprise that many of the most successful commercial photos on 500px capture people in their everyday lives. Trends
Some of the most memorable pictures of the last century were created on rainy days. In 1899-1900, Alfred Stieglitz photographed a coach making its way through the city streets under a spring shower. Later, Henri Cartier-Bresson caught a man leaping over a puddle and immortalized the fleeting moment in his picture Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare.
At 500px amazing photography is at our core, but these photos would not be possible without the talented people behind the lens. The 500px Spotlight series highlights the global and diverse photographers that are part of the 500px Community. This week we are very excited to introduce you to Teddy Tavan, a Kenyan photographer who uses
In 2020, much of our lives were put on hold, but photographers, creatives, and marketers still found ways to produce content from home. Honda released a commercial shot entirely at home, using a toy car, while Zara had models shoot their campaign visuals from their homes. Tyler Babin shot a Nike advertisement in his living
Photographers have a long history of advocating for the environment, beginning with Carleton Watkins, whose majestic pictures inspired Abraham Lincoln to sign into law the protection of Yosemite Valley. In recent years, as the conversation around sustainability has become even more urgent, the photography community has continued to play a vital role in preserving our
In 2018, a survey from the owners of Canary Wharf in London found that 94% of businesses, consumers, and retailers wanted to do something to reduce plastic use, with 84% of consumers saying they would show more loyalty to a brand that was taking clear action on plastics. As awareness grew about the dangers of
500px strives to capture authentic representation within the global experience. As part of the 500px Commercial Grants program, we provide photographers with opportunities that encourage inclusivity within commercial photography. 500px is awarding five $1,000 US Commercial Grants to photographers who want to tell LGBTQI+ positive stories as part of the Breaking the Mold Commercial Grant.
Late last year, the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Report revealed that populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish have seen an average drop of 68% over the last fifty years. Today, one million species face the threat of extinction. Between habitat destruction and the wildlife trade, human activity has led to a crisis
Last year, on Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, a survey from Kearney revealed that even amid the pandemic, consumers feel a strong and growing interest in the environment. Almost half (48%) said that the pandemic had made them more concerned about the environment, and 55% said that they were more likely to purchase environmentally-friendly products as
Hagar Wirba is a Cameroonian portrait and lifestyle photographer, born in Angola and now based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Hagar has been a recipient of the I am: Woman: 500px Commercial Grant and also took part in an eBook collaboration between 500px and FeatureShoot in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Q: Hagar,
Research suggests that having a hobby outside of your regular job can improve your work performance, make you more satisfied, reduce stress, and lower your chances of experiencing burnout. According to one study, people who engage in creative leisure time actually score higher on performance rankings and are more likely to generate creative solutions to
To coincide with International Women’s Day in March, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Facebook IQ released a new report on representation and inclusion in online advertising campaigns. They found that women in ads were 14.1 times more likely than men to be shown in revealing clothing and 6.9 times more likely
500px and fine art photographer Neil Dankoff have teamed up to give our community an exclusive opportunity to exhibit their work in a Neil Dankoff Gallery and win a photography dream trip to Indonesia at the NIHI Subma resort. Keep reading for all the details. Learn more 500px members are invited to submit their work
Mary Ellen Mark started using a Brownie Box camera at just nine years old. At thirteen, Francesca Woodman created her first self-portrait. Stanley Kubrick was the same age when his father gifted him with a Graflex. Edward Weston’s dad gave him his first camera, a Kodak Bulls-Eye No. 2, on his sixteenth birthday. Photography appeals
At the start of this year, the Special Covid-19 Edition of The CMO Survey revealed that social media spending increased to 23.2% of marketing budgets by June 2020, up from 13.3% in February. As brands turned to social media to connect with customers, the visual marketing landscape shifted to suit a new era—and new platforms.
Nithya Rajapandian is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from Chennai, India. Nithya’s photography portfolio includes both stunning landscapes, and creative and conceptual portraiture. Her work blends themes of beauty, both in people and nature, to draw the connection between humans and the natural world around us. Q: Nithya, do you recall your first experience with
According to a 2020 survey, 75% of workers have experienced burnout on the job, with 40% saying it’s a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re living in an uncertain time, and between schedule changes, remote work, and longer hours, stress feels inevitable, even for people who love their jobs. For photographers, burnout can take
You might not have heard the phrase “perfection fatigue,” but we’ve all experienced it. For decades, many brands have contributed to unrealistic beauty standards through the use of overly retouched photos, but fortunately, in the last few years, the tables have turned. Customers are speaking out about airbrushing and demanding more inclusive marketing—and companies are