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RESULTS – ‘Abstracts’- PhoozL


RESULTS – ‘Abstracts’

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We got a great, high-quality turnout for the ‘Abstracts’ contest. Judge Tracy Valleau, whose work is now in the permanent photography collection of the 128-year-old Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, comments:

“Oh my gosh, people! What a wonderful collection of images! You made my job harder than it’s ever been before. There could have easily been 20 Honorable mentions. Almost every entry shows a strong sense of design, structure and composition. That bodes very well for your other, less-abstract photography if you can remember to keep those same sensibilities.

“Some of these are abstracts clearly ‘as shot’ and some are created — either in-camera or in post. In both cases, a great deal of imagination was at work, and honestly, I wish I could talk to each of you, or pick more than the six I’m allowed by the contest rules.

“Because of the number of delightful images, I had to make my choices ultimately based on what I could live with on my living room wall — the ones that I would continue to enjoy over an extended period, as well as my own predilection for ‘straight’ photography. In short, a highly personal and subjective thing.

“Please take away from this, even if you did not make my final choices, that your work is wonderful and strong, and you should be proud of it.”

— Tracy Valleau, www.aperturef8.com

(click here for the Gallery of submitted images)
(click here for 2013 Winners Showcase for Weekly Wednesdays contests)
(click here for 2013 PhoozL Points tally for Weekly Wednesdays contests)
(click here for this contest’s Instructions & Rules and information about the Judge)


(NOTE: click or tap on the images for larger views)

First Place
by Tastwo
“Unfinished Wall”
Judge’s Comment: Straight photography with wonderful composition and a very discerning eye. The lines and the accenting diagonal are perfect. Sharp, clear and powerful, this is a masterpiece of design. Very nice.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Second Place
by Jill Flyer
“Abstraction #1”
Judge’s Comment: This image is a bit of mystery, and contrasting feelings. The “window” to the outer world is a harsh contrast with the passionate red of the interior. The defacing graffiti has itself been defaced, and there is a tender icon to contrast will all of it. Red doesn’t actually go with my living room, but this is a thoughtful, engaging and powerful piece of art, nicely done.
SEE COMMENT on Gallery Photo Detail Page


Third Place
by zEdge
“Chicago Skyline”
Judge’s Comment: Completely abstracted from both time and space, this is a delightful graphic, capturing space along the horizontal, and time along the vertical. The fine lines add “texture.” The brilliant yellow in black nicely balances the hues and pastels elsewhere. Knowing that it’s a “city in motion” simply adds to the enjoyment of this image.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Honorable Mentions

More winning images, not presented in any order or ranking…
(click here to see the Gallery of all submitted images)

by vonderrusch
“Light at the End of the Tunnel”
Judge’s Comment: Ahh… the mystery of the disquieting legs. This is obviously a very strong graphic image, with a lot to notice and question. Technically, the tones are excellent, with the right fading perfectly into the black on the left. But why does that person look like two long legs? Is that his arm on the railing? Where are we, and where are we going? What is that hidden just beyond the light, in the depths of the tunnel, along the left hand railing? Quite a provocative image.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


by sbarrphoto
“Red Abstract”
Judge’s Comment: This makes me think of Autumn, heading into Winter. The old weathered board and rusting hinges tell me this place has seen many seasons before, but there is a sense of joy and pending rebirth here as the red (leaf?) falls across the image. This is a memory of a season, where colors once strong, are fading, but also awaiting renewal.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


by Lesley Ackman
“Bog Blur”
Judge’s Comment: This image is just sweet (as in nicely done.) It looks effortless, and is thus very convincing. There is no mystery as to what it is, but that merely enhances the feeling it gives off. That the reeds (trees?) taper off, and there is only a hint of the waterline, turn this into a very engaging image.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Congratulations to winners and thanks to all who participated in this ‘Abstracts’ photo contest, and to our ever-hard-working judge: Tracy Valleau. Don’t forget that new “Weekly Wednesdays” contests are already live or being planned. Get in the Weekly Wednesdays photo habit!

Harald Johnson
(aka AdminHarald)

(click here for current 2013 Winners Showcase for Weekly Wednesdays contests)


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