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RESULTS – ‘Forgotten & Abandoned’- PhoozL


RESULTS – ‘Forgotten & Abandoned’

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‘Forgotten & Abandoned’ challenged your photographic assumptions about time neglected. Judge Clay Swatzell comments:

“This contest focused on the people, things, and places that are forgotten or abandoned, but that still have power, at least visually. More than 40 works of art were entered in this contest, and each of these works showed the artist’s interpretation of the theme, and almost without exception each interpretation fit the theme very nicely.

“But the other side of the coin was that since each work reflected the spirit of the theme well, it made selecting winners more challenging for me. For example, the most difficult task was the selection of the 2nd- and 3rd-place photos, both of which are wonderful. I thank each artist for their interest and allowing me an opportunity to view their art.”

— Clay Swatzell

(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 on the images for larger views)

1st Place Overall
by Charlena
Judge’s Comment: The composition of this photograph displays the subject as still having some power and position of its previous “life.” The sun in the left corner gives me the feeling of the silo wanting to rise up and work again. The photograph is dark enough to generate some mystery but also just light enough to provide the viewer with details. The composition is simple with only two elements — the silo and the sun, and the viewer is contained within the frame by use of a dark vignette. Good job!
Gallery Photo Detail Page


2nd Place Overall
by Kay Beausoleil
Judge’s Comment: The boat reflects the theme’s core elements of ‘forgotten and abandoned’ very well. The condition of the vessel with sand inside really drives the theme home. I like the simple composition that also gives the viewer a sense of the entire scene as being a forgotten beach. As I say above, this was a tough decision but “Beached” was eventually selected here because it gave me a true sense of isolation.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


3rd Place Overall
by Bob Welch
Judge’s Comment: This is a wonderfully composed photograph that represents the theme well. The truck appears to be quite abandoned and forgotten in plain sight. The photograph’s composition, like the 1st- and 2nd-place images, is simple with the main subject clearly defined. The background provides leading lines that keep the viewer focused within the frame.
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)

“Forgotten & Abandoned”
by Stefano M
Judge’s Comment: This photo gives me the feeling of a child’s toy carefully placed on a bench looking out the window and waiting patiently for the child’s return. The composition and lighting are simple but fitting to the story being told.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“At Sea Shore”
by Samina Farooq
Judge’s Comment: Here is another example of a simple composition that interprets the forgotten-and-abandoned theme very nicely. The haphazard positioning of the shoes gives me a sense that the owner abandoned them as they were walking along the shore. The bright red colors also serve as a stark contrast to the drab color of the sand and water.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Broken Grave”
by Anton. Lef.
Judge’s Comment: This image is representative of many cemeteries that have been forgotten, leaving the elements and nature to reclaim them. The photo is processed in such a way as to give it a soft, mystical look that adds to the abandoned feeling.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Congratulations to winners and thanks to all who participated in this ‘Forgotten & Abandoned’ photo contest and to our judge: CLAY SWATZELL. Don’t forget that new “Weekly Wednesdays” weekly 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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