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Memphis the White Rhino turns 33 at Perth Zoo Photos Bohdan Warchomij METAPHOR IMAGES October 23, 2020

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‘Memphis’ the Southern White Rhino celebrates his 33rd birthday with a specially created cake with celery ‘candles’.



Memphis is a beloved Perth Zoo family member. He arrived from Memphis Zoo in 1989 as part of a coordinated breeding program to help save his species from extinction and has since fathered two calves, son, Bakari who lives next door to his dad at Perth Zoo, and daughter ‘Tamu’ who now resides in New Zealand and has had children of her own, making Memphis a grandfather!



At 33, Memphis is considered middle aged. In the wild, if not killed and poached for their horns, rhinos tend to live between 30-40 years of age. In the sanctuary of a zoo, protected from threats and provided with everything they need to thrive, these gentle giants can live into their fifties.




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Nikon L Rangefinder Prototype Auctioned Off for $468,850 October 17, 2020 October 22, 2020

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The second annual Wetzlar Camera Auctions (WCA) took place last week, offering up 254 historical cameras for sale, most of them Leicas. But the big draw of the day was a Nikon L rangefinder prototype that resulted in a world-record-setting sale price of $468,850.

With current coronavirus safety precautions and conditions in place, the auction took place in the Wetzlar Hotel Bürgerhof in Germany with only a few floor bidders present and the rest online and by telephone. Two online customers tried to outbid each other for the early prototype Nikon L rangefinder with a Leica screw mount that Wetzlar Camera Auctions (WCA) co-owner Lars Netopil says took “the highest price ever achieved at auction for a Nikon camera.”

According to the WCA, this particular Nikon is different from later experimental cameras with a Leica screw mount, such as the L1101 in the Nikon Museum or other cameras based on Nikon M and S models. Furthermore, the auction house says the camera appears to be made in Japan around 1947. “The camera’s number of L11004 suggests it is number four of the L1100 series, which dates back to the very early prototyping for a Nikon 35mm camera when the company was yet to decide to go with a Leica screw mount or the Contax bayonet mount.”

Apparently no other specimen of such an early Nikon prototype camera with such a screw mount has ever been documented, which added to the historical significance of the camera and its value.

Other top-performers of the day (though they were still pretty far off in final sale price from that of the Nikon L rangefinder) included a Giorgio Moretti FAF Helios prototype that went for $80,000, a Giorgio Moretti FAF Helios prototype for $80,779, and a Leica M3 Olive “Bundeseigentum” for $110,067.



MOB Military Mobilisation from the Inside Nagorno-Karabakh Republic by Areg Balayan October 21, 2020

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Areg Balayan (born in 1980) is a Yerevan-based photographer and illustrator.
His documentary photo series MOB (Military mobilization) won 1st place
in the international competition Direct Look; the 2nd place series in
the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017, and the 1st place at the Aurora
Humanitarian Initiative Announces Photo Competition, with a jury
chaired by John Stanmeyer.
Balayan’s work for PAN Photo agency appeared in Reuters, Al Jazeera,
Daily Mail, and many other outlets.

Solo Exhibitions
2007 Muslim monuments in lands of Karabakh, NK
2016 MOB: personal photo story, Armenia
2019 Consequence: Artefact, Nagorno Karabakh
2019 Consequence: Artefact, Tbilisi, Georgia

MOB (Military Mobilization), Seen from the Inside by Areg BALAYAN
An intimate look at life around a remote border outpost in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic—through the eyes of a soldier (and photographer) who had “no choice between the rifle and my camera…yet still I took photos.

For the past 11 years I have lived in Stepanakert, the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, with my wife and two children. On April 2nd, 2016, the military conflict that brought the republic to life started again. On that same day, I was drafted as a private into the Karabakh Defense Army and placed at the most distant border outpost.

On that day, I “died”: died as a person, as a photographer, as a citizen…I accepted the thought that I wouldn’t exist in this world anymore. I turned into a tiny spot…next to nothing.

I hardly thought about home in the beginning; I almost forgot about it. It was the only way not to go insane. I had to defend this outpost and survive. Period. And then I found the way out of this inhuman situation, maybe the only way: I started to live for the sake of my younger brothers-in-arms, the 18-year-old conscripts. This is the point where I regained myself…the small spot that I had become started to grow.

I had no choice between the rifle and my camera—it was my duty to hold the Kalashnikov. Yet still I took photos. These images tell the tale of my journey, from photographer to combatant and back to photographer again.

—Areg Balayan



A NASA Spacecraft mission OSIRIS-Rex will descend to the asteroid Bennu to collect a sample from the asteroid for analysis October 20, 2020

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NASA will broadcast an epic “touch and go” on Tuesday (Oct. 20) as a spacecraft descends toward an asteroid called Bennu to pick up a precious sample of dust, and you can watch it all live online.

The events start today (Oct. 19) with a series of preview briefings by scientists with the OSIRIS-REx mission to Bennu. They begin at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) and run throughout the day, covering the mission’s science, planetary defense against asteroids and more. You can watch it all here and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of NASA TV.

If all goes to plan, the spacecraft will depart from orbit around 1:50 p.m. EDT (1750 GMT) and do its sample collection on the surface at 6:12 p.m. EDT (2212 GMT), according to a NASA statement. The landing is just one of several events that NASA will broadcast to give information about the mission.

Here are the other things the agency has planned. All times are in Eastern Daylight Time.

Monday, Oct. 19


Tuesday, Oct. 20

Wednesday, Oct. 21

New joey pokes head out at Australian Reptile Park October 7, 2020

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Photo Australian Reptile Park

Australian Reptile Park Director Tim Faulkner said on the joey’s appearance for the first time: “Its always exciting to hear we have a new joey in the park.

“As we get further into spring we’re expecting more and more joeys poking their heads out of the pouches.”

They will be hard put to beat this as yet unnamed charmer.

Massive Impact: The media on the hunt Photos Bohdan Warchomij September 25, 2020

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Tim Clarke The West Australian

The enigmatic and expressionless  Claremont serial killer Bradley Williams had his day in the supreme court impacted on by Justice Stephen Hall who ruled that the forensic evidence provided by the prosecution was significant to impose a guilty verdict on the man adjudged the murderer of Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer. Sarah Spiers, whose body has never been found, was the sole exclusion in the convictions imposed.

Barrister Tom Percy has makeup applied

Sharon Smith The West Australian covers the trail

Jackson Flindell The West Australian covers the trail

Denis Glennon leaves court

Bradley Edward’s parents Kaye and Bruce Edwards leave court

Virginia Laurie reporting for The Australian


An unprecedented media throng gathered to impose the coup de grace on Williams and his sentence. Justice Stephen Hall in his brief address  said: “This is a trail like no other. This is a trail like every other. Those apparently irreconcilable statements are  both true. It is a trail like no other because of the combination of its length, its size  and the high degree of public interest. The events in question occurred more than twenty years ago but have haunted the memory of many people and troubled the public conscience. The fact that all three went missing from a popular nightlife area inspired a real and pervasive sense of fear.”

This was history in process and personal to former detectives and to journalists who had spent years reporting on the Macro Task Force investigations. The media throng was in attendance recording every work spoken, every judgement made. I was on hand for Community Newspapers when Ciara Glennon’s body was found and covered stories for the Sunday Times as a freelancer in relation to the murders. The memories remain indelible to this day.

A special edition covering the trail was produced by The West Australian and distributed in the city

The Miraculous Survival of Alexander Navalny September 19, 2020

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Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has posted a photograph of himself on his hospital bed in Berlin, weeks after he was poisoned and fell critically ill.

Alexey Navalny shares first picture of himself post-attack, from a hospital in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, September 15 with his daughter Daria, son Zahar and wife Yulia.
Navalny is pictured alongside his family in the photo, which was posted on his Instagram account on Tuesday. The dissident is recovering in Germany but his press secretary has said that he intends to eventually return to Russia.
In his first direct message after his hospitalization, the anti-corruption activist said he was now breathing on his own without medical support.
“Hi, this is Navalny,” he wrote in the caption. “I miss you. I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own for the whole day. Just myself. I did not use any outside help, not even the simplest valve in my throat.”
“I liked it very much. An amazing, underestimated process by many. Recommended.”
Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Soviet-era Novichok group, the German government said, and questions remain over the Russian state’s involvement in the incident.
Despite this, the Kremlin critic intends to return to his home country after he recovers, his press secretary Kira Yarmysh told CNN in a text message Monday.
“No other option was ever considered,” Yarmysh said.
Navalny first became sick on a flight to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk on August 20. He was hospitalized in the city of Omsk following an emergency landing.
He was then flown to Berlin’s Charite Hospital two days later in a medical evacuation and has remained in Germany for weeks while being weaned off mechanical ventilation.
On Monday, the hospital said Navalny was able to leave his bed for short periods of time.

International unease remains

The attack on the Kremlin critic has been met with widespread international condemnation.
The German government found that he had been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent following tests, a conclusion supported by two other labs in France and Sweden.
Novichok was also used in a March 2018 attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury and multiple Russian dissidents have been poisoned in the past.
Berlin has called on Moscow to explain how Navalny was poisoned but the Kremlin has remained defiant in the face of criticism.

Galapagos Tortoise Cerro celebrates his birthday Photos Bohdan Warchomij September 19, 2020

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Galapagos Tortoise Birthday Party

Date: Friday 18 September, 2020

Photo Bohdan Warchomij


Perth Zoo’s world famous Galapagos Tortoise, Cerro, is celebrating his 54th birthday.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Cerro has recently found global fame. A video posted to Perth Zoo’s Facebook page of him having a pedicure has been seen by more than 31 million people from around the world. Well wishes have been coming in from near and far.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Cerro was originally born at San Diego Zoo and arrived at Perth Zoo with his younger brother ‘Sierra’ in 2005.

Sierra, Cerro’s younger brother Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Galapagos Tortoise are the largest tortoise in the world. The oldest recorded Galapagos Tortoise on record was 175 years old.

The photographer bonds with Cerro the Galapagos tortoise Photo Danielle Henry Perth Zoo

With less than 20,000 individuals remaining in the wild, they are vulnerable to extinction.


Chris Fallows: Extraordinary Environmental Photographer August 20, 2020

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Fine art wildlife photographer Chris Fallows recently made headlines the world over with his photo titled “The Pearl”: an incredible black-and-white image that shows a massive Great White shark breaching 12 feet above the water, set against a backdrop of high-contrast clouds.

The photo was captured in South Africa, and the story behind it was recently showcased in a Discovery Channel ‘Shark Week’ special called Air Jaws. As the title implies, the show followed various experts as they attempted to capture the best breach, and Fallows’ incredible image, captured using a “tow camera,” pretty much came out on top (pun intended).

But don’t let the seeming serendipity of the shot fool you, this image was years in the making.

“The groundwork for the image of ‘The Pearl’ had been laid years before when I tried to get a super low angle of a breaching great white off a sled I was towed on,”  “The problem was that the sled was big, 6×5-feet, and that distracted the sharks. I needed something smaller and so designed a new tow sled for my gear.”

web site:     chrisfallowes.com

Alexander Navalny poisoned in Russia August 20, 2020

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The Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny is unconscious and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit after suffering a suspected poisoning.

“We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed into his tea,” his press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, tweeted. “That was the only thing he drank this morning. The doctors say that the toxin was absorbed more quickly because of the hot liquid. Right now Alexei is unconscious.”

An outspoken critic of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, Navalny was returning to Moscow by plane from Tomsk in Siberia when he began to feel ill. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk and he was taken to hospital. A mobile video shot on the plane showed medical personnel rushing onboard as a man screamed in agony.

Doctors “are currently engaged in the process of saving his life”, said Anatoly Kalinichenko, the deputy head of the hospital where the 44-year-old is being treated.

Navalny is currently unconscious and on a ventilator, Kalinichenko told journalists. He described the opposition leader’s condition as “stable”, declining to give further details.

“At the beginning of the flight he went to the toilet and didn’t come back,” Pavel Lebedev, a passenger on the flight, wrote on Instagram. “He started feeling very poorly. They could barely revive him and he’s still crying out in pain,” added Lebedev, who also published a photo of Navalny drinking tea at the airport cafe before the flight.

Other video published by several Russian news sites showed the opposition leader being wheeled on a gurney from the plane to an ambulance waiting on the tarmac in Omsk.

Yarmysh drew a parallel with an incident last year in which Navalny suffered an acute allergic reaction one doctor said could have resulted from poisoning with an unknown chemical. “One year ago, Alexei was poisoned when he was in jail,” she wrote. “Clearly the same thing has happened again.”

Doctors have not confirmed that Navalny was poisoned, although Kalinichenko said they had received test results and made a diagnosis. The Tass state news agency citing a police source said investigators were not considering poisoning as the possible cause of his sudden illness.

Russian opposition leaders have been targeted with violence in the past. In 2015, opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov was shot four times and killed within sight of the Kremlin. Five men from Chechnya were jailed in the attack, although his family believes those who ordered the killing were never caught.

Navalny, who has campaigned against Putin’s rule for years, was travelling through several cities in Siberia to back candidates he supports in local elections involving 40 million voters next month. He posed with supporters for a photograph from Tomsk posted on Wednesday, calling for more volunteers: “These crooks won’t kick themselves out of office,” he wrote.

He may also have been gathering information for an investigation into local United Russia lawmakers, the local news site Tayga.Info reported. Revelations of corruption in his investigations into senior members of the Russian government have fuelled street protests and provoked angry threats from powerful officials.

“There is no doubt that Navalny was poisoned for his political position and activity,” said Vyacheslav Gimadi, the head of the legal department of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation. Navalny was also attacked in 2017 with a green dye that left him with partial blindness in one eye.

Several opposition figures have been targeted with poison since Putin came to power in 2000. Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB officer who defected to the UK, died in 2006 of radiation sickness after ingesting a lethal dose of polonium-210 slipped into his tea. One of the men accused in his poisoning is now an MP in Russia’s parliament. Opposition activist Petr Verzilov recently revealed a poisoning attempt against his life in Moscow in 2018.

Navalny has used the protests in Belarus against its president, Alexander Lukashenko, to try to persuade Russians to back candidates he supports in next month’s local elections.