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RESULTS – ‘Mono Landscape’- PhoozL


RESULTS – ‘Mono Landscape’

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Our prolific judge Tracy Valleau is back with ‘Mono Landscape’, a subject with which he’s very familiar. He comments:

“Prior to judging this contest, our esteemed PhoozL host asked if I check the gallery comments before I judge an image. I do not. You are photo artists, and your print [submitted image] is your presentation. I firmly believe that if you have to explain an image, then it’s not ready to show. The work, whether photograph, painting, symphony, or literature succeeds or fails on its own.

“That said, this week’s entries were delightful, as usual… and in fact, this was one of the most difficult contests to judge because there were a great number of fine photographs. However, my task was to make selections, and so they are listed below. I based my choices on (in no particular order): technical quality, composition, and how long I paused to consider the image (i.e., did it ‘speak to me’ artistically?)

“Here are my choices for this contest… ”

— Tracy Valleau, aperturef8

P.S. Unless Harald twists arm, see you all next year! I may be on hiatus until January, 2014, as I’m coordinating the Annual Juried Exhibition at The Center for Photographic Art. Feel free to visit www.photography.org and enter your images.)

(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 Mikael Sundberg
“Foggy Morning”
Judge’s Comment: Two living beings. Simple and direct, this is not only “man in the landscape” but there exists a sense of mutual reverence here, and a sense of place in the scheme of things. Serene, humble and un-cluttered, this image whittles away to leave the universal. The sense of connection is that in silhouette, the man and the tree seem even more a part of the earth, and thus a single thing.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Second Place
by Charlena
“The Field”
Judge’s Comment: It took me a moment to realize that the power of this image is from an unusual source – the image is divided into quarters: dark sky; light sky; sunlit fields; shadows… and the tree at the junction in the center. It is as if the tree is holding this whole landscape together. Very powerful.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Third Place
by Stefano M
“Road to Oblivion”
Judge’s Comment: This image is completely made by the tiny human figure at the vanishing point. Everything points at it, including the horizontal branch at the upper right. Chilly and moist, a solitary walk, wrapped in the environment… this is a perfect time for reflection.
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 Sandeep Kumar
“Life in Dhanushkodi”
Judge’s Comment: For most of the people on this planet, the landscape determines our lives, and it isn’t always lush. Water may come and go; supplies may be meager… but life goes on. We adapt with some resignation, and even a bit of pride.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


by Subhash Limaye
“Dawn Near a Lake”
Judge’s Comment: I chose this one for mention because of its impeccable composition. It is quiet and still and inviting. The tones, as well as the composition, lead the viewer deeper into the image. Very nicely done.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


by kendraleonia
“The Escape”
Judge’s Comment: This is not “just a cow in the road.” It has strong composition: a vanishing point that is repeated through the road, the power poles and the brush. Then it slams into the horizontal horizon and the use for all that electricity: the processing plant on the left (slyly counterbalanced by the distant road sign pointing to the right.) The ominous clouds speak to the immediate future, and the cow asks “what are you doing in this, my reality.” All this works to place me in the image.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Congratulations to winners and thanks to all who participated in this ‘Mono Landscape’ photo contest, and to our 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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