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2014 Photography Grants, Funds and Fellowships

Blue Earth’s Grant

Applications until 20 January. Blue Earth sponsors documentary projects whose goal is to educate the public about critical environmental and social issues. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature and will consider proposals of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums.

CENTER’s Project Launch Grant

Applications until 22 January. The Project Launch is presented to an outstanding photographer working in fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a cash award to help complete or disseminate the works as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.

NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Grant

Applications until 31 January. Best of Photojournalism 2014 is open to professional photographers, editors and online photojournalists, and there is no entry fee. All entries must have been taken or initially published between January 1st and December 31st, 2013. Photographers do not need to be members of NPPA to enter. Read More..

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“Bo…….”, an Obituary

Malam itu di bulan Agustus, 1997, berdua saya dan Kebo, sapaan buat teman saya Yoga Cahyadi, duduk kami bersantai di kawasan Pantai Parangtritis. Memandang dengan takjub sekaligus bangga di tebing sebelah barat kami, akan bendera Merah-Putih berukuran 30×20 meter yang terpasang di didinding tebing Parangendog. 

Njuk ngopo ki Bo”, celetuk saya untuk memecahkan hening yang ada. 
“Yo wis ngene iki wae”, jawab dia sambil tertawa khas Kebo. Ada nada lepas juga sedikit nada sinis yang khas dipenghujungnya, sangat Kebo sekali. Read More..

LIVING HISTORY, Wayang Orang Bharata is keeping alive a traditional art form

Wayang orang is a traditional javanese theater often compared to western-style opera and performed to a gamelan ensemble. Established more than 40 years ago, the Wayang Orang Bharata is now the last surviving professional wayang orang troupe in Jakarta. It stages performances once a week, on Saturdays in a playhouse in Senen, Jakarta.

In an unusual arrangement, executives and socialites have performed on stage with the troupe, such as Indika Energy President Commissioner Wiwoho Basuki Tjokronegoro. “Becoming a wayang orang artist is not a matter of income. We do it solely because of a profound love for wayang orang—we want to keep alive Wayang Orang Bharata and this traditional art form,” says Marsam Mulyo Atmojo, head of the Wayang Orang Bharata association.

Photo Story By Ahmad Zamroni


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Tear Sheet : Teddy Rachmat’s Growth Story

Teddy Rachmat has been a success as both a top executive and an entrepreneur, and one of his few regrets is not being more of the latter sooner.

Teddy Rachmat is a man with few regrets but one of Them is not becoming
an entrepreneur sooner. having been a pioneer who helped build The largest business group in indonesia, Astra International, also inspired him to become one.

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Tear Sheets : In the Rough

In Cempaka, miners still look for diamonds using traditional methods.

Mines around the city of Martapura, known as the “city of diamonds,” have been famous for centuries for producing diamonds
of exceptional quality, brilliance and color. During the 18th century, the Dutch produced out of this area in South Kalimantan some 50,000 carats a year. The year 1965 was the apex of Martapura’s fame when a 166 carat pink diamond, known as the “Trisakti diamond,” was found in the region. Some two decades later, in 1985, a large raw diamond of 117 carats was found, followed by another diamond of 197 carats that was found in 2008, although Borneo’s status as a diamond producer has long been on the wane, surpassed by other locations.
Small-scale traditional mining continues to this day in Cempaka, a modest village near Martapura, using techniques changed little by modern technology. Miners here use only the most basic of tools to search for the valuable stones. The diamonds, when found, are usually buried in gravel and muddy sediments at depths of about 10 meters. The miners work in groups of about 15, using baskets to haul up the muddy sediment, which is then washed in conical bowls which are swirled around. Read More..

Tear Sheet : Sail Away

Phinisi may be the world’s last seaworthy wooden sailboats still in wide use today.

The phinisi is a traditional wooden two-masted sailing ship, which were mentioned as plying the waters of Indonesia as early as the 14th century. The ships today are built at Tanjung Bira beach by the Konjo, a subgroup of the Bugis living in the Bulukumba regency of South Sulawesi. While modern power tools can be used, the boats are largely built using the design and construction techniques handed down over hundreds of years. These boats may be the world’s last large seaworthy wooden sailing ships being built. While many serve as humble cargo ships, some become high-end yachts.

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Tear Sheet : Into The Earth

My travel photo story about Jomblang and Grubug cave, which have a depth around  100 m  (328.084 ft) at Gunung Kidul area in Yogyakarta, featured at Forbes Indonesia Magazine (November 2012 Issue).


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Tear Sheet : National Geographic Traveler Indonesia, Oktober 2012

Odometer, alat pengukur jarak di mobil, mencatat 4.786 kilometer. Perjalanan ini benar-benar petualangan berkendara mobil terpanjang yang pernah saya lakukan, tanpa pengemudi cadangan.


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Sunrise for Gayo Coffee

At 2,000 meters above sea level, the moun- tains are high enough to trap the clouds, which nestle in the hills around Laut Tawar Lake in Central Aceh just before dawn. As the sun rises over the hills, the temperature climbs from a chilly 18 degrees and the cloud dissipates, revealing a wide vista of lush green coffee plants spread out over thousands of hectares up the hillsides surround- ing the lake. Read More..
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