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.