Have A Computer? Help Fight COVID 19

This is so simple! If you have a computer (Mac, PC/Windows or Linux), join me and help beat COVID 19. This takes a couple of minutes to set up, is simple and once done, is automatic.

Many of us have idle time on our computers, in between editing and processing, or when we leave our computers on overnight so Cloud backups can take place.

This project simulates the NSP12 polymerase in the monomeric state from SARS-CoV-2! Polymerases are important for transcribing the viral genome, a necessary step for viral replication it infects a host cell (aka our cells). It uses two co-factors, NSP7 and NSP8, but this project simulates only NSP12 in isolation. Our hope is to identify a potentially druggable site in this polyermase for drug dessign efforts

The general wisdom in computer circles is that computers should be left on, as apart from general housekeeping maintenance that happens automatically in most OSs overnight, it’s also better for the machine’s longevity, compared to the constant on and off states and the associated surges with the computer and connected hard drives. The team at Stanford School of Medicine’s Folding@home has made analysing COVID 19 its top priority and has focused their efforts and the power of distributed computing towards SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) projects.

Folding@home is a project focused on disease research. The problems we’re solving require so many computer calcul­ations – and we need your help to find the cures! Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. It brings together citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations of protein dynamics on their personal computers. Insights from this data are helping scientists to better understand biology, and providing new opportunities for developing therapeutics.

Viruses have proteins that they use to suppress our immune systems & reproduce themselves.
Folding@home want to understand how these viral proteins work and how we can design therapeutics to stop them.

To help with this international effort, simply download the free Mac, Linux or PC software and help out: https://foldingathome.org You can run this on a laptop or desktop computer and remember that every bit of computing power can help analyse the virus’s proteins and lead to its defeat.

You can select how much computing power to assign and if your computer should work on the project at all times or just when idle. You can also stop and start at will, if for example you’re editing a complex project that needs more computing power. Its all controlled via a very simple web interface. Just follow the very simple instructions.

Get folding and lets help our scientists figure out how to defeat this awful virus.

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2020

The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action Shortlist

Thrilled to share some good news! One of my images has made the shortlist of the prestigeous Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year, in the The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action subcategory.

Late night dining with an abundance of fresh fish. La Fonda Del Port Olimpic, Barcelona, Spain. January 27, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian *NB Test shot with a prototype Lumix S1 and S Series 24-105mm f4.0 lens*

I made the image on my first night in Barcelona, ahead of the world launch of the Lumix S Series and L Mount Alliance, which took place the next day! The picture was made on a preproduction Lumix S1 and Lumix S 24-105mm lens.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 28th April, 2020 at 20:00 (GMT), on the Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Year FaceBook page.

International Color Awards 2020

Two Honourable Mentions and Five Nominations

Thrilled to share that the judges of the 13th International Color Awards have kindly awarded two of my images and nominated a further five, out of the 6093 entries received.

Wonderful to see such a wide reaching panel, comprised of jury members from Newsweek, New York; Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg; The Art Channel, London; Netflix, Los Angeles; Koller Auctions, Zurich; Preus Museum, Norway; Galerie Mitterrand, Paris; Fila, New York; Wieden & Kennedy, Portland; Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg; Fox Broadcasting Network, Los Angeles; Gallery Kong, Seoul; Mini / BMW Group, London; and the Royal Academy Of Art, The Hague, Netherlands.

Honourable Mentions

Silhouette

A lady photographs her friend using a smartphone. Upper deck of the Snog frozen yoghurt bus. South Bank, London, UK. July 16, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
  • Lumix S1R
  • Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens

Abstract

A Surreal Stream. A bubble performance by a street entertainer. Daily Life, London, UK. October 07, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
  • Lumix G9
  • Leica DG 10-25mm Vario Summilux

Nominees

Advertising

A Piccadilly Ballerina Jonquil timepiece, modelled by Mona Ali. British luxury timepiece creator Backes & Strauss (founded in 1789). 21-22 Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, UK. July 17, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
  • Lumix S1R
  • Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8

Fine Art

Natural History; A Bridge To Our Past. A portrait of Andre Sanganoo-Dixon with a 3D printed replica of the dinosaur skull of the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus carnegii. London, UK. May 09, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
  • Lumix S1R
  • Lumix S Pro 50mm f1.4
  • Elinchrom monolight

Portrait

Fashion designer and independent British luxury brand, Joshua Kane, in his flagship store at 68 Great Portland Street, London, UK. July 23, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
  • Lumix S1R
  • Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8

People

Jan Hellebrand assembles a mechanical clock after a full dissasembly and service. The Clock Gallery, Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, London, UK. July 16, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
  • Lumix S1
  • Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8

Food

In Armenian mythology, the pomegranate is celebrated as a symbol of life and is also believed to keep us safe from evil spirits. It has religious connotations to Christianity and is seen as the blood of Christ. The mythology of ancient Greece regarded this fruit as the symbol of life, marriage and rebirth. The fruit is also used as a holy symbol and respected in zoroastrian worshipping ceremonies and rituals.The pomegranate symbolises the soul’s immortality and the perfection of nature for Zoroastrians. For Muslims, the pomegranate is also a symbol of beauty, it is said to give beauty to those who eat it. Prophet Mohammed has advised pregnant women to eat pomegranates if they wanted beautiful children. Placement of pomegranate trees in the gardens of Eden, brings meaning for Muslims, who as a result believe that it is a holy tree. The Jewish mysticism called Kabbala reveres the pomegranate in many of its rituals. In modern Turkey today, many families throw a pomegranate on the floor and “crack” it on the New Year’s Eve to have a plentiful new year. Pomegranate still life. London, UK. July 16, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
  • Lumix S1R
  • Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8

As a side note, when putting together this blog post’s images, I was quite surprised at just how many of these images were made using the extremely versatile, new Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens. In fact these were all shot using a pre-production lens ahead of its release. Some of these images were also used in the Panasonic Lumix international launch campaign for the lens, which I was commissioned to shoot.

Runner Up; British Photography Awards 2020

Documentary Photographer 2020

Apologies for the slightly delayed post; following the previous post announcing the shortlist of the British Photography Awards 2020, I’m thrilled to announce that one of my two shortlisted images made it through to the winner’s podium and was kindly recognised by the judges and awarded a Runner Up prize.

Photographer Edmond Terakopian and partner Yoshie Nishikawa at the British Photography Awards Gala Dinner, Savoy Hotel, London, UK. February 04, 2020. Photo: Angus Thompson

Huge thanks to the awards organisers, the judges and all at The Savoy in London for such a wonderful and unforgettable evening. Wonderful to have my partner Yoshie Nishikawa with me to share this joy and also lovely to catch up with so many friends and colleagues at the awards gala evening on the 4th of February, 2020.

British Photography Awards Gala Dinner, Savoy Hotel, London, UK. February 04, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Repairs On The Giant Tortoise; Runner Up, Documentary

The image of Senior Conservator Arianna Bernucci, from the Natural History Museum, working on the shell of a giant tortoise, was made using my Lumix S1 and Lumix S Pro 50mm f1.4 lens. The raw image was processed in Adobe Lightroom and finished in Exposure Software’s Exposure X5.

Senior Conservator Arianna Bernucci stabilises the shell of a giant tortoise, a Type Specimen (used as a reference specimen), Testudo Porteri from the Galápagos Islands, 1903, using Japanese tissue paper. Conservation Centre, fossil preparation studio. Behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, UK. February 22, 2019. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Shortlisted For 2020 British Photography Awards

Two Images In The Final Shortlist

I’m thrilled to share that the judges of the British Photography Awards have kindly shortlisted two of my photographs for the 2020 awards. My congratulations to all the finalists and also to the judges for their hard work.

Alongside the judges ruling, there is a people’s choice award too, so voting is open to the public. If you like either (or both!) of my images, kindly press the “VOTE” button by the right hand side of each image. It’s a simple click and no registration is needed.

Category-Fashion: Fashion designer Joshua Kane

Fashion designer and independent British luxury brand, Joshua Kane, in his flagship store at 68 Great Portland Street, London, UK. July 23, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The portrait of fashion visionary Joshua Kane was shot as part of the Panasonic Lumix international launch campaign for the new Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens and made using my Lumix S1R and a preproduction lens. The raw file was as always processed in Adobe Lightroom.

To VOTE for the image, kindly go to: https://www.britishphotographyawards.org/2020-Shortlist/Fashion/Fashion-designer-Joshua-Kane/802e1a46-1f05-4864-89f2-92631de47dbb

Category – Documentary: Repairs On The Giant Tortoise

Senior Conservator Arianna Bernucci stabilises the shell of a giant tortoise, a Type Specimen (used as a reference specimen), Testudo Porteri from the Galápagos Islands, 1903, using Japanese tissue paper. Conservation Centre, fossil preparation studio. Behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, UK. February 22, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The image of Senior Conservator Arianna Bernucci working on the shell of a giant tortoise, was made using my Lumix S1 and Lumix S Pro 50mm f1.4 lens. The raw image was processed in Lightroom and finished in Exposure Software’s Exposure X5.

To VOTE for the image, kindly go to: https://www.britishphotographyawards.org/2020-Shortlist/Documentary/Repairs-On-The-Giant-Tortoise/4a104917-ce1d-411e-9188-c8e2a28fd809

It’s astonishing to hear from the organisers that “In 2019 our audience potential topped 840 million people worldwide. This year we hope to greatly exceed this and showcase the creativity and dynamism of British photography to the world”. The competition’s results will be announced in 2020 at a black tie gala at The Savoy in Central London.

Winning Images at the 14th Annual Black & White Spider Awards

Thrilled to share that several of my images have been kindly recognised and awarded by the judges of the 2019 Black & White Spider Awards.

Honorable Mention in Advertising | The First Porsche
Honorable Mention in Photojournalism | No To Brexit
Nominee in People | Birdman
Nominee in People | The Rose
Nominee in Silhouette | The First Ever Porsche

Interestingly, all of the photographs were shot using my Panasonic Lumix S1, a camera I got at the start of the year, and one that has left me so impressed that I’ve shot most of my work using it (and it’s bigger brother, the higher resolution S1R). The lenses used were the Lumix S 24-105mm f4.0 and the Lumix S-Pro 50mm f1.4.

Honorable Mention in Advertising | The First Porsche 

A 1939 Porsche Type 64. The aluminium race car was built at Reutter Works and is the oldest car ever to wear the Porsche badge (and is the only surviving 1939 Porsche Type 64, from the three which were originally built. Chassis No: 38/41, Engine No: 38/43). Sotheby’s St. George Street Gallery, London, UK. May 21, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Honorable Mention in Photojournalism | No To Brexit 

It’s Their Future. Put It To The People March. Official figures put the numbers at the anti Brexit march at over one million. The demonstration, marched in central London calling for another EU referendum. The demo ends in Parliament Square. London, UK. March 23, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nominee in People | Birdman

A man is surrounded by birds as he feeds the pigeons along the seafront. Daily life, Barcelona, Spain. January 28, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian *NB Test shot with a prototype Lumix S1*

Nominee in People | The Rose

A couple embrace on the beach. Daily life, Barcelona, Spain. January 27, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian *NB Test shot with a prototype Lumix S1*

Nominee in Silhouette | The First Ever Porsche 

A 1939 Porsche Type 64. The aluminium race car was built at Reutter Works and is the oldest car ever to wear the Porsche badge (and is the only surviving 1939 Porsche Type 64, from the three which were originally built. Chassis No: 38/41, Engine No: 38/43). Sotheby’s St. George Street Gallery, London, UK. May 21, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The international jury comprised of representatives from Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne; The Guardian, London; Contrasto Galleria, Milan; Travel/Discovery Channel, New York; Harper’s Bazaar, UK; Portuguese Center of Photography, Porto; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Silvan Faessler Fine Art, Zurich; ADK Creative One Inc., Tokyo; Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna; Conny Dietzschold Galleries, Sydney; and Pereira O’Dell in New York judged the 6,418 entries, received from 73 countries. Many thanks to the jury for their hard work and many congratulations to all who had their work recognised.

The raw files were processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic and the monochrome treatment finished off in either Nik Collection’s Silver Efex Pro or Exposure Software’s Exposure X4.