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Back to the start: readers' photos on the theme of 'new'

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of ‘new’ via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

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How was 2014 for you? Highs and lows of your year - readers' stories

From love to loss, tears to laughter – here’s a selection of what you told us about your life experiences in 2014. You can see the rest of the contributions on GuardianWitness

Wow – 2014. Got married. Spent my honeymoon discovering Route 66. Cried my heart out when the No camp won on 18 September. Discovered that the best music is in the past. Decided to buy a house and have a baby. Had a major bicycle accident from which my body is still healing. Spent some days smiling from ear to ear; some thinking what a wretched world we’ll bring a child into. But I felt privileged to be alive – and that life’s too short not to drink good wine.

I distracted myself from a year of hospital visits by planting this. The result on all fronts was a success.

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21 December 2014, 11:48

2014 was a year of almosts but good creative fun all the same. My drawing is a metaphor for believing the goal has been reached only to find it´s still some way to go. The positive is that the goal is still attainable but it´s going to take a high degree of effort to make it.

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19 December 2014, 20:59

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The 20 photographs of the week

The AirAsia crash, the first case of Ebola diagnosed on UK soil, the World Darts Championships – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week.

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Original Observer photography: December 2014

We look back at the faces of 2014 and predict the movers and shakers for the new year. This month’s gallery features portraits of the up-and-coming alongside more established figures such as David Tennant, Eddie Redmayne and Paul Thomas Anderson. This is a showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer in December

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Family life: The grandchildren my husband never saw, Dancing Queen by Abba and Mum’s seriously scrumptious sponge

Readers’ favourite photographs, songs and recipes

This beautiful photograph is of my family, which consists of me, my four married children, their spouses and their 10 children, making 19 of us. It was taken in Devon on a family holiday last summer. It was quite job getting all the young ones to gather and pose for the picture.

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Show us your best shot of 2014

DP Review News - Fri, 02/01/2015 - 20:27

The end of the year is a time for retrospection. It's also a great time to take a look back at your photo library and revisit the images you created over the past year. Whether it included a personal project, a memorable trip or snapshots from the year's activities, chances are there's a photo in your collection that you're particularly proud of. Share it in a DPReview gallery with the tag 'my-best-shot-2014' and it may be featured on our homepage. Learn more

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That’s me in the picture: Aleksander Gensitskiy, 24, proposing to Katie Verkovod, 21, on 27 November 2014

‘Halfway through the hike, I gave him a hug and noticed his heart was beating hard. I said, “Wow, Alex, you’re really out of shape”’

Aleksander Gensitskiy Katie and I met at church camp in 2013, and we’ve been dating for nine months. I’m an electrician in Portland, Oregon, and she is a schoolteacher in Spokane, Washington, six hours away, and whenever we see each other, we hike. I picked her up from the airport and said, “We’re going on a road trip. If you see anything you want to explore, let me know.”

We stopped and had a picnic at Beacon Rock, and while we were coming down the Oregon side, I said, “Hey, that mountain looks beautiful – let’s go climb it.” I’d gone to the peak of Munra Point with a friend to plan the route a month earlier, but she had no idea I knew exactly what I was doing. The climb starts out easy, then gets tough: a 1,500ft elevation over the course of a mile. I figured that, since my heart would be beating so hard from nerves, I might as well have a plausible excuse.

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Getty's In Focus exhibition snaps the birth of the middle class

As the middle class emerged in the US, so did the point-and-shoot camera. A new Getty Museum exhibition offers a varied family album

While the Industrial Revolution upended the social and political order in Europe and America, it also created ungodly working conditions, including 16-hour workdays, almost nonexistent safety standards and child laborers whom factory owners considered disposable. It wasn’t until 1833 that labor laws finally began to appear in the UK (with the US soon following), and workdays were limited to ten hours. Children under 18 were prohibited from working factory jobs, night work was outlawed and inspectors were put in place to enforce the new rules.

Where industrialization provided wealth and abundance for a new class of entrepreneurs, labor laws spawned a social class that was neither nobility nor utterly subservient: the middle class. With a steady income, fixed work hours and Sundays free, workers found themselves with more leisure time. These developments coincided with the introduction of photography in 1839; everyday people would soon have a device with which to record their activities. And record they did, as illustrated in In Focus: Play, a new exhibit at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles that runs until 10 May.

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Sport picture of the day: Shine a light on the Oregon Ducks

A wonderful burst of winter sun beautifully illuminates a play as Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota throws from the end zone during the 2015 Rose Bowl college football game. The Ducks trounced the Florida State Seminoles 59-20 to lift the Leishman Trophy

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Is anybody out there? Share your artworks about outer space

To kick off 2015, we’re aiming high: go beyond planet Earth and send us your artworks inspired by space and, why not, extraterrestrials

Whether it’s in new mindbending films, reruns of old-school classics or in the headlines – exciting or tragic – outer space is omnipresent, and more interesting than ever. Art has been taken up to space, inspired science fiction and even space exploration. Let’s take this moment to explore how the wonders of the universe have fed into your creativity.

Space is the theme that will kick off 2015 and, after delighting in your nostalgia artworks and pencil drawings, we’re excited to see where you will go with it. As with all of our projects, you can interpret it any way you like, and use any materials, from pen and ink to needlework or film. If you’d prefer to discuss your favourite space-based artworks, please do so in the comment thread – where we’d also love your suggestions for future Share Your Art themes.

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Altered images: photography as a tool for gender equality

From domestic workers in Hong Kong to the children of sex workers in Lahore, 22-year-old Bonnie Chiu believes that cameras can empower girls and women

Three years ago I was travelling in Istanbul, snapping away with my Canon 600D, when four girls came up and asked if they could take a look at my camera. I started teaching them how to take pictures. Even though they did not speak much English, we connected over photography. I realised then that taking pictures is a universal language that transcends cultural boundaries.

I started thinking about whether photography could transcend other types of boundaries that hold girls back from achieving their potential. That led to me and an old classmate setting up Lensational, a social enterprise aiming to empower women and girls in the developing world by equipping them with cameras and photography training.

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Off-piste: a hilarious history of skiwear – in pictures

Alpine slopes have always been a place to show off your style as much as your snowplough. In these vintage photos from a century of skiing, everyone from a dapper shah of Iran to French models show the evolution of skiwear

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365 days: your year in photographs

We’d like to document every day of 2015 through the experiences of our readers around the world. Share your pictures via GuardianWitness

The 365 days project aims to show what 2015 looks like from your perspective. Whether you’re caught up in a news event or have a personal experience to share, we’d like to see your daily lives in photos and stories. Wherever you are in the world, we’d like you to show us what you can see. We’re interested in your unique views, whether it’s an extraordinary event or an every day experience or object.

You can contribute a photo every day of 2015, or just once during the year, it’s entirely up to you, though please do tell us about the image in the description box and let us know what date it was taken. We’re looking for striking images, we’ll be looking at content in other assignments too. At the end of the year, we hope – with your help – to create an online interactive that will document 365 days in the lives of our readers.

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Face off: bizarre peeling portraits of Hollywood royalty – in pictures

Sophia Loren’s face is caving in on itself, Yul Brynner has three heads but no brain and Gregory Peck has an entire family living in his skull. Artist Matthieu Bourel takes vintage Hollywood headshots down the rabbit hole

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Video Product Overviews

DP Review News - Wed, 31/12/2014 - 22:44

Over the past few months we've been busily updating various areas of DPReview - not least our portfolio of product roundups and buying guides. But we've also been adding to our catalog of video product overviews. These short pieces are intended to offer a high-level introduction to the key features and performance of several current cameras and lenses. Click through to check them out

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DPReview login problems - issue resolved

DP Review News - Wed, 31/12/2014 - 18:26

The bug that was causing login problems earlier this morning should now be resolved. We apologise for the inconvenience to those people who have been affected.

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A year of sporting selfies – in pictures

With the term ‘selfie’ being mentioned more that 92 million times on Twitter, and the Ellen De Generes’s Oscar picture being the most retweeted message ever, 2014 can be seen as the year of the selfie. So it’s no surprise that throughout the year sportsmen and women have been getting out their smartphones and snapping away too

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150 unmissable arts for 2015: the best film, TV, theatre, art, music

Throw yourself into the new year with our bumper guide to the best of culture this spring

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Editorial: 2014's Homepage Highlights

DP Review News - Wed, 31/12/2014 - 04:53

A lot happened in 2014, both in the camera industry as a whole, and on DPReview. 2014 was the year of 180-degree 'selfie screens', 4K video, affordable (almost) full-frame, and also the year when - perhaps - mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras first started to seriously compete against DSLRs in terms of autofocus. In this article, Editor Barnaby Britton takes a look back at the year, and at some of the major themes and highlights of 2014. Click through for a look back into the recent past...

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Mike Bowers' best photographs of 2014 – in pictures

We take a look back at the year in Australian federal politics through the lens of the veteran photographer

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