Robert van Waarden’s ‘Along the Pipeline’ Fundraising Campaign

March 20th, 2014

Aurora photographer Robert van Waarden recently began his first crowdfunding campaign. Crowdfunding is an innovative way for photographers and creatives to fund projects and Robert  is looking for supporters that believe that culture and art have an important role to play in building a better world. His project is titled ‘Along the Pipeline’ and uses photography as a medium to portray the downfalls of the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Robert van Waarden

Near the route on the Ontario/Quebec border

Robert said of the project, “I believe that storytelling and photography have a key role to play in building a thriving future. I also know that people react to personal stories and if that connection is made it can inspire more people to action. That is why this project is not just about the beautiful landscape of Canada that is under threat from this pipeline and our continuous fossil fuel driven economy, but about the people that will be impacted.”

The pipeline would transport a million barrels of diluted bitumen a day from the oil sands of Alberta to St. John. It would cross hundreds of waterways and drinking water supplies and would be responsible for greenhouse gas emissions that would equal 7 million new cars on the road.

‘Along the Pipeline’ is a journey along the route to share the untold story of what the pipeline will really mean for Canadians and First Nations. How will they be impacted, what do they value, and what does the future of Canada look like to them? When finished, the resulting exhibit will allow people to recognize themselves and their communities in the faces of others and realize that they are not alone.

When asked why he got involved in the project, he said: ”I lived in the Netherlands for about 5 years and returned to Canada, my country of birth, late last year. Along the Pipeline is the first project I have begun since moving back and I am very excited to be working on an issue based in Canada. I was driven to work on this project because I know what was at stake if it is approved.”

Robert is trying to raise $10,000 for funding basic items like transportation, fuel, food and an assistant. Please visit to donate to this project.

To learn more about the project and to watch a video by Robert, click here

To see more photography by Robert van Waarden, visit the Aurora Photos website here

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Michael Hanson for Outside Magazine

March 14th, 2014

Aurora photographer Michael Hanson was recently published in March’s issue of Outside Magazine. The pictures coincide with a story about a man named David Ewing Duncan, who was one of the first people to write about the tropical paradise of Belize. Duncan recently returned to Belize and found that, although the land is different, the paradise is not lost. Hanson photographed the local streets of the island, including colorful streets, straw huts, and island locals.

A woman sits in a hammock on the porch of her thatch cabana at a luxury hotel in Belize.

A woman sits in the windowsill of a snorkel rental shop on an island in the Caribbean.

An image of downtown San Pedro, Belize.

To see more work by Michael Hanson, visit the Aurora Photos website here

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Limited Edition Photo Book by Christopher Herwig Available on Kickstarter

March 11th, 2014

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Photographs of Soviet bus stops, done by Aurora photographer Christopher Herwig, recently attracted considerable interest around the world, and now for the first time, are available in book-form. Copies of  Herwig’s new photo book “Soviet Bus Stops” are available on Kickstarter for the next two weeks. Herwig is seeking support to “immortalize this incredible modern art form.”

Herwig tells of his experience with Soviet bus stops: “Ever since stumbling upon them while biking to St. Petersburg in 2002 I have been hunting bus stops in remote corners of the former Soviet Union. I have covered more than 30,000 km by car, bus and taxi in 13 countries documenting these wonderfully strange works of art, created behind the Iron Curtain.”

The bus stops show the range of public art from the Soviet era and give a rare glimpse into the creative minds of the time. Huffington Post calls the book “fascinating” and Bears and vodka write that it is a “delicate balance between modern art and clinical insanity.” The photographs are accompanied by research from Moscow-based journalist Slava Kuzminsky.

Soviet Bus Stops

Soviet Bus Stops

Soviet Bus Stops

To order the book and to see a video on the project, click here

To see more work by Christopher Herwig, visit the Aurora Photos website here



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Agence VU’ Photographers Awarded at Picture of the Year

March 4th, 2014

Agence VU’ and Aurora Photos photographers were recently awarded at POY (Picture of the Year), an international photography competition where more than 190 photographers are honored.

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Massimo Berruti, whose work is above, won Third Place for Photographer of the Year for his entire photographic work, and more particularly his recent work in Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt.

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Michael Zumstein was recognized with the Award of Excellence for a News Picture story. The photograph above was taken during his reportage “Terror and tears in Central African Republic.”

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Thomas Haugersveen was also recognized with the Award of Excellence in the Portrait category for this image of Gunnar, a Nazi-era orphan who despite his own troubles, helps the poor in Romania.

Jim Lo Scalzo also won an Award of Excellence in the category Feature Multimedia Story for his story on Iowa’s County Fairs.

To see more work by these photographers, visit the Aurora Photos website (Massimo Berruti) (Michael Zumstein) (Thomas Haugersveen) (Jim Lo Scalzo)

To see more of the awards at POY, click here


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Introducing Au Vol. 2!

February 25th, 2014

Volume 2 of our quarterly showcase of photographer work is now online!

View it here: Au Vol. 2

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Like us on Facebook for a chance to win!

February 20th, 2014
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To enter the drawing for the $50 Visa giftcard, either “like” the Aurora Photos page on Facebook by February 21st at 3pm, or if you already “like” the page, you can send an email to updates[at] with a message of “like” for Aurora. The drawing will take place Friday afternoon at 3pm.


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Travel Channel’s “Daily Escape” Features Many Aurora Photographers

February 13th, 2014

Everyday, Travel Channel posts a picture on “The Daily Escape: A Vacation for Your Brain” that is picturesque and dream-like, allowing for people to get away for a little while, without actually going anywhere. January’s Daily Escapes spanned the globe, from Utah to Namibia, and some images are from Aurora contributors.


Whit Richardson, Moab, Utah


Whit Richardson, Telluride, Colorado


Karl Schatz, Cape Point, South Africa


Mauricio Abreu, Leon, Spain


Joel Addams, Erg Chebbi, Morocco


Sabine Lubenow, Ibiza, Spain


Chris Caldicott, Marrakesh, Morocco


Whit Richardson, Telluride, Colorado


Shaun Egan, Andalusia, Spain


Dan Ballard, Westcliffe, Colorado


Walter Bibikow, Valais, Switzerland


Image Source / Aurora Photos, Cape Town, South Africa


Gavin Hellier, Istanbul, Turkey


Meg Haywood-Sullivan, Big Sur, California


Chris Schmid, Kunene Namibia

To see more Daily Escape photos, visit the Travel Channel here.

To see more work by Aurora Photos photographers, visit our website here.






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Alasdair Turner Captures Mysterious Sea Star Phenomenon

February 6th, 2014

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A couple months ago, Aurora photographer Alasdair Turner came across hundreds of sea stars washed up on the snow-covered beach at Cape Evans on Ross Island Antarctica. Turner, who was working for the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) as a mountaineer flagging the sea ice route between McMurdo Station and Cape Evans, documented the mysterious site. Stacy Kim, a benthic ecologist, said based on the photos, it appears that there was a strong wave or wind event while there was open water in front of the beach that washed the sea stars onto the shore.

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“It was the first time anyone had been to Cape Evans last season,” explained Turner. “The water in front of the beach is only ice free for about two months a year (Feb-March) and no one visits at that time.  Like most other areas of the world, the tidal zones of McMurdo Sound are covered with seastars.  The difference is that if any get caught outside the water they would freeze.” This type of mass sea star freezing had never been documented before in Antarctica and these are some of the only photos that exist, since Turner and one other person were the only ones to witness the sight.

The sea stars were only on the beach for a few weeks before they disappeared. While some scientists and other experts said that skua, an Antarctic seabird, would not eat them, Turner believes otherwise, “[They say] that skua would not eat them, but I saw some photos of one of them swallowing them whole so we know what happened to them.”

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To read the article, click here

To see more work by Alasdair Turner, visit the Aurora Photos website here

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PetaPixel Interview with Andrew Peacock

February 3rd, 2014

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A few weeks ago, Aurora photographer Andrew Peacock gained international attention for his documentation of the Russian research vessel M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy trapped in Antarctic ice.  Of this recent event, Andrew says, “For that slow news period between Christmas and New Year it’s likely that I was the most published photographer in the world in both the press and web news sites. It was all a bit surreal given that I was stuck on a ship at the bottom of the world.” A few days ago, PetaPixel published an interview with Andrew, spurred by the photos taken on this trip.

Andrew discusses his career as a doctor, his first experiences with photography, and his world travels. He also speaks fondly of his friend and fellow-photographer, Aurora’s Corey Rich.

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To read the interview, click here

To see more of Andrew’s work, visit the Aurora Photos website here

The portrait of Andrew at the beginning of this post was taken by Laurence Topham


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Alexander Rieser in CNN “The Year in Pictures”

January 14th, 2014

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Aurora photographer Alexander Rieser was recently included in CNN’s annual “The Year in Pictures” gallery.

The photo, taken in Colombia, is of Hermano Hermes (Brother Hermes), who has performed exorcism rituals for over 20 years and claims he has helped thousands of people to get rid of evil spirits possesing them. The rituals usually take place in La Cumbre, and involve different items and symbols, depending on the spirits and demons he is fighting.

To see all photos included in the gallery, visit CNN here

To view more work by Alexander Rieser, visit the Aurora Photos website here

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