Sunlight Filters through Misty Spruce Forests in Enchanting Photos by Kilian Schönberger

Image © Kilian Schönberger

In 2020 alone, a combination of droughts and a raging bark beetle infestation spurred by the climate crisis diminished Germany’s spruce tree population by record numbers. The European nation lost an estimated 4.3 percent of the evergreen species, which tend to grow in both commercial and naturally established forests in the Bavarian Alps and along the southeastern border. Photographer Kilian Schönberger (previously) visited these regions in the early part of 2021 to shed light on the enchanting beauty of the wooded areas that are undergoing substantial transformations.

Endorsement for Spruce Forests captures the species’ ethereal nature as sunlight filters through fog and morning mist, casting a warm candy-colored glow on the landscape. Pink light illuminates the barren branches that splay outward alongside trees covered in needles, while other shots show the rough, labyrinth-like paths that wind through the hilly terrain.

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Rory Scott Shares Design, Animation & Glitter with artistvenu | VIRTUAL EXHIBIT

Images © Rory Scott

artistvenu Welcomes Professional Artist Rory Scott as Co-Curator of Upcoming '21 Juried "Photography & Digital Art" Members Exhibits

Rory Scott is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work is recognized for its use of patterns, glitter and for its likeness to the Universe. Through both digital and handmade means, Scott explores the ideas of impermanence, the passage of time and the impacts of technology upon the evolution of humanity.

Her project Impermanence, which began in 2010, is an ongoing documentation of her life and struggle with accepting change and mortality. Through recorded thoughts, sounds and use of retro sci-fi imagery, her work confronts and reconciles the passage of time by juxtaposing the old with the new.

The prominence of patterns in her work, draws parallels between the existence of patterns in nature and in the rhythm of our thoughts and lives. Illustrating repetition creates form over time.

Using the passage of time as a medium, she has spent the last 7 years gathering, constructing and deconstructing elements that will be used in 60 short films detailing her past and current life.

Rory Scott

“What defines being human more than impermanence? It’s what we all have in common but are reluctant to share. I hope when people view my work they feel a connectivity to me and our shared experience of traveling through time.”

Rory Scott lives in Chicago and is an Alumni of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

August Juried Members Exhibit

Registered community members are encouraged to submit up to 3 original works of art focused in any of the following Art Groups:


The objective of this juried exhibit is to provide brand and market visibiliity for the work and practice of our participating members.

The jury panel will select one piece from the total work submitted by each artist member.

All juried submissions will appear in a 4-week public virtual exhibit. artistvenu will publish an SEO optimized blog article for each individual juried artist featured in the event.

Submission Close: (last Thursday of every month).

July 29

Jury Evaluation Ends: (first Thursday of every month).

August 5

Exhibit Opens: (second Thursday of every month).

August 12

Artists must have an active artistvenu membership susbcription to be eligible to submit work and participate in this exhibit.

No more than 3 pieces will be accepted from any artist member, submitted to any Art Group.

Submitted work must meet the focus its chosen Art Group category.

Since the purpose of our exhibits is to provide visibility for participating artists we strongly encourage each submitting artist to complete their Member Profile Page with as much descriptive information about their work and practice as possible including an artist statement, bio, etc, along with posting additional samples of their work to an art group's stream.

Note: We recently replaced the previous submission form. Please click either link below to visit the Art Group Submissions page that you would like to submit work to:

Submit one image per post, along with the work details you would like to inlcude such as title, size in inches and media. You may repeat this process up to 3 times submitting up to 3 seperate posts.

If you need assistance, please contact Help Desk in the upper menu for support.

A Dusty Roadrunner, Sleepy Sandhill Crane, and Shy Sandpiper Top the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards

Anna’s hummingbird, Patrick Coughlin/Audubon Photography Awards/2021 Fisher Prize

Most years, the Audubon Photography Awards garners entries from photographers who journey around the world to spot the elusive, extraordinary winged creatures they don’t usually see near their homes. The last few months have necessarily restricted travel, though, prompting 2021’s entrants to seek out the unique and remarkable moments happening right around them. Selected from 8,770 images and more than 260 videos, this year’s winners capture a wide array of avian species, including a greater roadrunner enveloped by a cloud of dust at Los Novios Ranch in Texas, a sleepy sandhill crane lounging on its mother in Florida, and a northern harrier as she spreads her wings before gliding down to catch her prey. You can see more of the top shots below, and check out previous year’s winners, too.

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Gripping Portraits Capture the Tender Bonds Between Transylvanian Shepherds and Their Herds

Image © Istvan Kerekes

In much of the Western world, mentioning Transylvania tends to evoke sinister imagery of dimly lit Gothic castles and notoriously blood-thirsty vampires. The region in central Romania has long been tied to the horrors of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, an association that overshadows the area’s rich history.

Hungarian photographer Istvan Kerekes has spent the last 15 years upending that literary connection by documenting the shepherding communities that have farmed Transylvania for centuries. Bordered by the Apuseni and the Carpathian mountain ranges, the hilly landscape is ripe with greenery and open pastures for sheep, cattle, and other livestock to graze. “When walking in some parts of Transylvania one would often feel that you have traveled back in time,” he says. “There is hardly any sign of modern technology here. It is as if time had stopped, while beauty and nature are preserved”

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A Gleaming Series of USPS Stamps Features a Decade of the Sun’s Phenomena

NASA and the USPS have teamed up to release a glimmering series of stamps that celebrates some of the sun’s most alluring phenomena. Printed with a foil treatment, the ten designs are derived from a decade’s worth of images captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which launched in February of 2010 as a way to monitor the star’s activity in a geosynchronous orbit above Earth. NASA colorized the phenomena, which are otherwise imperceptible to the human eye, for the collection to create saturated, colorful renditions that accentuate the unique qualities of coronal holes, solar flares, and plasma blasts.

Watch the video below to dive into the colorizing process and read more about the science behind each stamp on NASA’s site. Sheets of 20 are available from USPS.

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Are these stunning photos of imaginary worlds a new artform?

Video-game photos like Megan Reims’s shot of an eagle flying over a gorgeous landscape in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey offer a utopian vision (Credit: Megan Reims / Ubisoft Québec)

Over recent years there has been a proliferation of major video-game releases offering “photo modes”, enabling players to capture memorable moments on their adventures with their own in-game snaps. Blockbuster titles like The Last of Us 2, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and, most recently, Resident Evil Village have all allowed fans to take pictures from a plethora of angles and with a variety of colour filters.

But what might have initially been intended by developers as a novel way to get players to share screenshots of a game on social media (and get it trending) has led to, some claim, the birth of a genuine new artform. Thanks to the hyper-realism of modern video games, which now boast thousands of individual facial animations and random environmental events that play out slightly differently each time you dive in, gaming worlds have evolved to become genuinely spontaneous, life-like landscapes that photographers can comb to create images with their own arguable artistic value. “I guess because you’re not carrying equipment through miles of rock, people think there’s no struggle behind your photos and that they can’t be seen as art,” freelance “virtual photographer” Leo Sang, who is based in São Paulo, tells BBC Culture. “But art evolves with whatever technology defines the age that it was created in.

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Menacing Storms Rip Across Remote Landscapes in Black-and-White Photos by Mitch Dobrowner

Peckham, Oklahoma Image © Mitch Dobrowner

Photographer Mitch Dobrowner (previously) captures some of nature’s most dramatic and overpowering shows of force in his black-and-white images of storm cells. Living between Los Angeles and Lone Pine, California, Dobrowner often travels throughout the Midwest and Southwest documenting major systems that rage across rural regions. He frames lightning strikes, enormous spiraling clouds, and dense sheets of rain through wide angles or panoramic views to contrast the extreme weather with the vast, remote landscapes. Dobrowner will be visiting the Northern Plains in the next few weeks to catch the area’s storm season, which you can follow on Instagram.

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The Sky’s the Limit as 50 Museums Join to Stream Yoko Ono-inspired Cloud Gazing

“TV to See the Sky,” inspired by Yoko Ono’s work “Sky TV” (all screenshots by Elisa Wouk Almino/Hyperallergic)

In 1967, Yoko Ono installed a live feed of the sky above London’s Lisson Gallery, flooding sun, light, and clouds into the art space. It was “a TV just to see the sky,” the artist said. At the time, Ono was living in a windowless home and “wanted so desperately to have a sky in my apartment.” For her, the sky has held a healing presence, as she recalls in interviews that during her childhood in World War II Japan, “the sky was always for there for me.” Over the years, she continued to make artworks about the sky, most recently installing a blue mosaic speckled with clouds in a New York City subway.

Since 5:45am Pacific time, at sunrise in Los Angeles, museums around the world have been streaming videos of the sky on Zoom. In collaboration with Ono, the Getty Research Institute, and the Feminist Center for Creative Work invited around 50 museums to project 24-hour videos for “TV to See the Sky,” an event marking the summer solstice and the first full moon of the season, known as the strawberry moon.

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Light painting photography turns brutalist monuments into surreal images

the battle of sutjeska memorial monument complex, tjentište, bosnia & herzegovina | all images by yang xiao

designer and photographer yang xiao blurs the line between reality and fantasy with a photo series titled ‘ETERNAL MONUMENTS IN THE DARK’. the project focuses on brutalist and soviet modernist architecture from across eastern europe, mainly ex-yugoslavia and ex-soviet countries. shooting at night using light painting techniques, xiao transforms the real edifices into eerie and otherworldly images that look straight out of a dystopian movie.

the project started nine years ago, and since then xiao has traveled to over 40 countries to document a range of old buildings: from an abandoned iron fountain in armenia to a war memorial in bosnia & herzegovina. ‘in the last 9 years, I have been traveling around the world to capture monuments at night. mainly in ex-yugoslavia, ex-soviet, and east european countries. many of them nowadays have been abandoned and neglected,’  explains the photographer. 

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Exhibit Requirements & How To Submit Work

NOTE: Please only submit ONE piece of artwork along with the work details, per single post in the stream. Posts with multiple images will be disqualified.

Artist Profile Requirements:

Artists must upload an Avatar & Cover image to their Profile Page after registration to qualify for this exhibition. Please Note: The artist profile identifies the artist in the community stream and in the virtual exhibitions. Submissions from artists who have not uploaded an Avatar and Cover image will not hang in the virtual exhibits. If you require assistance, please contact Help Desk from the menu at the top of the page.

Artists must be at least 18 years old.

Artists are encouraged to submit an artist statement and bio to their Profile Page (optional).

Artists may add a link to their website & gallery representation (optional).

Work Submission Requirements:

Artists may submit up to 3, pieces for this exhibit Using the provided Exhibit Submissions Form

All artworks must have been created within the last 3 years.

Each artwork must have been created by the person submitting the work.

Image File Submission:

Photos of the artwork must conform to the following specifications.

  1.  High-quality digital photos
  2.  Have a maximum dimension of 3000 pixels x 3000 pixels either horizontally or vertically.
  3.  Evenly lighted
  4.  Try for color accuracy (should represent the actual colors in the piece)
  5.  Saved as a standard .jpeg or .jpg file (no .tiffs, no other formats)
  6.  Mac and PC compatible
  7.  Must not be watermarked
  8.  Work should not be “Framed” or contain a border that isn’t part of the composition.
  9. Important: Work must have a specified height and width dimension in inches.

File Preparation:

Files must be no greater than 3000 pixels in the largest dimension and 72dpi. Each artwork photo should be saved as a .jpeg or .jpg in the sRGB color space. The maximum file size allowed is 10MB.

How To Submit Work:

Visit any Art Group page with a scheduled exhibit, and click the “Exhibit Submissions” button.

Members can post up to 3 work images directly to the Juried Exhibit Submissions page stream including work title, media, and dimensions details (one submission per post) as shown in the screenshot below

Members can repeat this process to submit up to 3 pieces for each monthly evaluation.