Win a Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 bag from dvafoto

Think Tank Photo - Retrospective 5

Think Tank Photo - Retrospective 5

We’re proud to announce a dvafoto contest in partnership with Think Tank Photo. They’ve donated a Retrospective 5 bag for us to give away to friends and fans of dvafoto. We’ve got the bag in hand, and if we weren’t giving it away, it would be going out on assignment with one of us. It’s small, doesn’t look like a camera bag, and has a ton of neat features (extra pockets, customizable dividers, great strap, a special velcro-less silent mode, and on and on). It’s a great bag, and now there’s a chance for you to get one free.

Receive a FREE CAMERA BAG from Think Tank Photo

We thought this presented a great opportunity to start a discussion about powerful imagery, similar to our recent post about the most powerful photography as chosen by Reddit users. We want to hear about which photograph you would nominate the most powerful picture you know and to give away a great camera bag to one lucky person who has answered our question. We will randomly draw a name from all the entries and discuss submissions in a future post on dvafoto.

To enter the contest, find a link to the most powerful photo you know and share it with us through these steps:


  1. Follow dvafoto on Twitter and/or like our page on Facebook. You must also be following us when we draw the winning name on March 30, 2012
  2. Choose the most powerful photo that you know. It must not be your own photo and it must not be offensive. See our post or Matt and Scott’s own nominations below for examples
  3. Tweet or share a post on the dvafoto Facebook page. Make sure the tweet or post is publicly viewable so we can see your entry.
  4. Do this all before March 30, 2012 – DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 6, 2012

Though we do not require it, we encourage you to start a discussion with your friends and colleagues – on twitter, your Facebook page or even the dvafoto Facebook page – about the photograph you have chosen and to get them to submit their own choice. We want to know why you chose the picture you sent us and what it means to you. We’ll feature some of these comments in a future dvafoto post.

The contest is open to all people worldwide (excluding those affiliated with dvafoto or Think Tank Photo). Only one entry per person. We will cover shipping of the bag to US addresses, but if the winner wants the bag sent to an international address, we ask you to contribute to some of the shipping and insurance costs. We cannot guarantee delivery for international destinations. We’ll draw the winner soon after the March 30, 2012 deadline, and we’ll announce the winner here and on twitter, facebook, and our blog, shortly after we’ve been in touch with the winner.

We are partnering with companies like Think Tank Photo because they offer services and products that we actually use and recommend to fellow photographers. Shopping with them through the links on dvafoto, for example the ads on the sidebar, helps us pay for the cost of hosting this site. In addition to the normal free gift Think Tank Photo gives dvafoto readers they are offering a special deal through March 31, 2012 where you can Test Drive one of Think Tank Photo’s new Modular Rotation Systems free for 28 days. See this page for more details about Think Tank Photo’s Test Drive program.

Matt’s Nomination
The photo that I think should be included in the canon of most powerful photographs is this image by Italian photographer Alex Majoli taken during the Russian-Georgian war in 2008. This image has been seared in my mind from the moment I saw it, back during that conflict. The desperation of whoever jammed this chair in the door is heartbreaking. We don’t know the context of who did this or why – civilians preventing soldiers from coming inside, or politicians trying to keep out protestors – but the physical act of trying to block a door like this is both medieval and cartoonish. Yet it happened in a modern war. More than almost any other photo of war it speaks to me with a subtle mood of the depressing and desperate actions that take place in such crises. See more of Majoli’s work from Georgia on the Magnum website.

Alex Majoli / Magnum. GEORGIA. August, 2008. Gori in the aftermath. Inside the local government building.

Scott’s Nomination
Since I first saw it, I haven’t stopped thinking of James Nachtwey‘s image of discarded machetes from the Rwandan genocide. The photo speaks powerfully and subtly about the conflict, and does so in a way that forces viewers to consider the facts and draw their own conclusions about the brutality that occurred. Seemingly a simple image, Nachtwey has shown us that this conflict has been going on for some time, that many have committed violence, and that many more have been savagely injured or killed.

James Nachtwey. Rwanda.

About Dvafoto
Dvafoto was created in 2005 by photographers M Scott Brauer and Matt Lutton while they were working in New York City, as a dual-photo blog sharing their work (“Dvafoto” means roughly “two photos” in Russian). By 2008 Dvafoto developed in to the long-form analysis of photojournalism and documentary work that it is today. At that time Brauer (China) and Lutton (Serbia) were living abroad and working as photojournalists. Our goal has always been to share the pictures and stories and issues that we find interesting, from the perspective of two young photographers looking at their industry. Dvafoto is an online, public discussion that mirrors the same personal conversations and recommendations that happen between friends and photographers.

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We encourage our audience to get in touch with us (via Facebook, Twitter or Email) and comment on the work you see (on the Dvafoto post or on Facebook). We also take submissions of photographs to be considered for a feature or for our ‘Talent’ list. We also maintain a Deadline Calendar which is curated to include only grants, contests and calls for entry that we feel are photographer friendly. If we are missing something, please send it our way.