Friday Happy Hour: Farms, Oreos and Facebook

Another week gone by, another week worth of news to catch up on. We’ve done the “hard” work for you and collected some cool stories to share while you enjoy a cocktail, coffee or whatever else you’re drinking this Friday afternoon. 

1. Photography Farm
UK-based wedding photographer Lisa Devlin is inviting professional photographers out to a stunning 12-acre English farm for a three-day workshop focused on shooting and processing photos, and teaching you how to get your business up to speed. The event runs September 27-29. Contact Lisa via email at for more information and to reserve your space.
2. The Story of the Oreo
Independent Weekly posted a story on William A. Turnier, the man who designed every kid’s favorite cookie, the Oreo. The post is about Turnier’s background and common myths of the cookie’s design (is it symbols of the Knights Templar’s Cross of Lorraine??), and we think the photo series is lots of fun.
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Photo by Jeremy M. Lange
3. Photo Expo: London’s Most Fashionable Cyclists
Fashion photographer Horse. A. Friedrichs is helping to celebrate London city dwellers who chose to bike by capturing some of the most stylish riders. The outdoor exhibition will show for four weeks starting September 28. For those of us who can’t make the trek across the pond, here’s a glimpse of some of Friedrichs’ photos.
4. SEOmoz’s Checklist for New Sites
SEOmoz, one of the web’s leading SEO communities, puts out some excellent educational content. Every Friday they post a quick video on a wide range of SEO-related topics. This week, our favorite guy Rand gives us a really helpful checklist that every new site owner should add to their SEO to-do’s. And if you’re looking for more info, be sure to check out PhotoShelter’s free guide SEO for Photography Websites.

5. Which holds more photos: Facebook or The Library of Congress?
Probably not to your great surprise, Facebook has an estimated 10,000 times more photographs than The Library of Congress. The folks over at 1000memories did some fancy calculations to estimate the world’s largest photo libraries. Thanks to the digital camera, Facebook is king. 
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6. The APA Awards: Submission Deadline Only 9 Days Away!
The American Photographic Artists (APA) Awards 2011 National Photo Competition has extended its submission deadline to midnight on September 30. There are 9 different categories and tons of awesome prizes from Adobe, Apples, Canon and more. Check out the details here
7. The 2011 ARC Awards
Last night, the International ARC Awards recognized its winners at a banquet in New York City. The organization honors achievements in annual reports, and this year there were over 2,100 submissions from 31 countries around the world. The image below is from 33PHOTO, winners and honors in 10 categories.
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