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RESULTS – ‘Oui!’

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We celebrated French Independence Day (July 14) with a France-themed ‘Oui!’ contest. French judge Philippe Serenon comments:

“‘Oui!’ was not so easy for a photo challenge, and therefore competitors interpreted it in different ways. This gives a large variety of pictures. On one hand, it makes the work for the judge quite difficult but on the other hand, it shows the vitality of photography and the infinite possibilities of this medium when it comes to translate personal expression.

“This drove me to the never-ending dilemma of the judge: Am I making the good choice? Am I fair? Did I miss something? Did I look well enough? If I knew more of the background of the picture, would I have made the same choice? I share my doubts with you as I would like each of the participants to feel that he/she is a winner, to encourage him/her to continue his/her photographic endeavors.

“In this world of communication through images, we all participate, whether we are professional or pure amateurs. These barriers are now down thanks to the digital world, for better or worse as usual with progress.

“Most of the submitted works presented landscapes and very few people, and if they were there, we see only their backs. I am afraid current legislation and protection of individual image rights drives to this situation. Something to think about…

“Black & white is still there and continues to serve the meaning of the image, color being in some cases intrusive to the intent of the author. Always think about black-and-white, as it is easy now with digital and can be done in post-production.

“The Top 3 winners reflect 3 sides of the French spirit and culture: creativity, sensuality, and irony; so congratulations to their authors to have captured these aspects of a nation, currently struggling and depressed, but at the end which continues to be very lively, particularly when it comes to photography.”

— Philippe Serenon, Photomed Festival

(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)

Results…

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

 


First Place
“La Tour Eiffel”
by Mikael Sundberg
Judge’s Comment: One could say that a picture of the Eiffel Tower is the simplest choice a judge could make. In fact, there are not so many photographers capable to do a shot that stands out on a subject which everybody knows: Billions of pictures have been taken of the tower, but this one “talks” and has a lot of power. In a time when France is struggling, this image comes as a sort of hope and concentrates in the movement of the tower an incredible energy. It reflects perfectly the theme, both “yes” as a sort of motto which could also be “go for it!” as well as the exclamation point that adds a level of enthusiasm and positive spirit. On top of this, the execution is perfect: The composition and the distance from the Tower, the frame, the light, the perfect symmetry, the focus from bottom to top are clearly controlled.
Gallery Photo Detail Page

 


Second Place
“La Musicienne”
by Stefano M
Judge’s Comment: This picture is quite unusual, and I have to say that I have been influenced by a physical presence that was missing overall. Of course it is a mannequin, but it is quite expressive. The “Oui!” here is more the one of a whisper of content, a sort of silent orgasm. The soft colors add a subtle touch that make this moment of personal happiness quite romantic. The photographer has been very smart in proposing this picture upside down! It changes it all and is a sign that the author has been working on his editing, which is so important. No need to say that the “piano à bretelles” (piano with suspenders as French say) makes it very French. The movement of the instrument and the girl together as a bow and the strips with the background décor makes it very Art Deco.
Gallery Photo Detail Page

 


Third Place
“In the Vineyard”
by Kay Beausoleil
Judge’s Comment: I would love to see this picture printed: With a good printer, the various gray tones would probably make a magnificent print. Concerning the Black-and-White: When one thinks about the variety of colors of a vineyard at Fall, one might wonder why the image is not better in color. In fact, it is enough for me in gray tones to add my mental colors to it. So I feel like being a sort of virtual co-author of this picture, which makes me proud. The composition is both unusual and excellent. The contrast between the winding road and the alignment of vines create an immediate interest for me. And then you discover this little farm house and its question mark: Why is it there? What does the owner want to say? The uncertainty of what the wine will come out like when done? Maybe, maybe not. In any case, the opposition between this “?” and the “!” of the contest title is well-spotted!
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)



“A Couple”
by Karana
Judge’s Comment: This photo reflects the “fun fair” (traveling amusement park), which is very much a French tradition. It’s an unusual and interesting treatment of the theme.
Gallery Photo Detail Page

 


“Mon Coeur, Mon Ame”
by Armineh
Judge’s Comment: Le Louvre Pyramid is a modern add-on, but the shot is treated in a way that makes it look like the early days of photography. Interesting contrast. With modern software embedded in cameras and smartphones, I very much doubt that it has been manually done with an old camera. Overall, composition is quite nice, and the effect is good.
Gallery Photo Detail Page

 


“Closer to Paris Sky”
by allaki
Judge’s Comment: I stick my neck out with this selection as it similar to the fun fair, but this image says a lot to me… It is an uplifting of not only the cars but of the spirit. The French spirit, which must now look more upward and to the sky. And the photo technique is excellent.
Gallery Photo Detail Page

 



 
Congratulations to winners and thanks to all who participated in this ‘Oui!’ photo contest about France and the French, and to our judge: Philippe Serenon, un vrai francais! 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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