2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Competition - Shortlisted Entries by Dub Sonata

Two images I entered into the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition have been shortlisted as editor's favorites and subsequently published in several mainstream media outlets.

Regardless of who wins, being highlighted in such an esteemed competition is a win itself. Both images have been made available as wallpaper via download on National Geographic's website, here, and here.


Yuna @ Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA by Dub Sonata

I shot a very intimate Yuna performance at Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA, on Saturday night for I first heard about Yuna while traveling through South East Asia a few years ago (she's from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and she's since become of my favorite current artists. This was my second time seeing her perform and she rocked it- I'm glad I got to shoot this show as opposed to the sold out San Francisco show on Sunday because I was able to get as close as I wanted to get the kind of images I like- more environmental portrait style as opposed to documentary music photography.

She performed her new single "Crush," (the record features Usher)  along with crowd favorites "Lights and Camera," "Mountains" and "Lullabies."


Yuna's opening act, Fool's Gold signee Bosco also put on an interesting performance that left me anticipating what's next for the Savannah, GA artist.


Yuna's new album Chapters drops this Friday on Verve Records.


Jadakiss & Busta Rhymes Live by Dub Sonata

I shot a Jadakiss / Busta Rhymes show last night at Resorts World in Queens. Shooting live music is one of my favorite types of photography, especially legendary artists who I grew up listening to. I was a little late having taken the train from the Bronx but I arrived just in time. Normally at this venue I'm competing with several other cameramen/women for the best points of view and elbow room but last night I was the only photographer with access to the pit thanks to Overdrive Productions. Both artists put on a great show, performing a multitude of classics from their repertoires. Jada went on first, followed by Busta who had his usual hype man Spliff Star on stage with him and eventually brought out fellow Conglomerate artist O.T. Genasis of CoCo fame, with DJ Self spinning in between sets. Check out some images from the night below: