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RESULTS – ‘Spring Fever’- PhoozL


RESULTS – ‘Spring Fever’

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Spring finally arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and Andrew Darlow was excited to judge the ‘Spring Fever’ photo contest. He comments:

“Spring has sprung, and I couldn’t be happier! Having lived all my life in the Northeast USA, I have experienced all of the stereotypical qualities for which spring is famous. This collection of contest images was a breath of fresh air after a long winter.

“It was a joy to experience spring through so many others’ lenses, and as usual, there were many more photos not in my top six that moved me. I hope that others are as inspired as I am to grab a camera and capture the season in all its glory.”

— Andrew Darlow
The Imaging Buffet Andrew’s Facebook page

(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
“Red Anemone”
by saritsal
Judge’s Comment: “This photo of a red anemone took the top spot in my eyes for a few reasons. First, it is masterfully framed (or cropped), with a ‘hero shot’ approach that captured my attention right away. Next, the bright red translucent color of the flower is very nicely paired with the olive/sage green of the leaves and background. And it just screams ‘Spring!’”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


2nd Place Overall
“New Beginnings”
by Armineh29
Judge’s Comment: “The beauty and exquisite lines of this nest make it look almost like a sculpture. Birds’ nests are a common symbol of Spring, and the green foliage is a perfect complement to the main subject. The dark border, vignette and square crop (Instagram?) also help to direct focus toward the nest. And I’m left wondering: ‘What was inside?’”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


3rd Place Overall
“Little Bluebird”
by Lesley Ackman
Judge’s Comment: “From a bird’s nest to a lovely bluebird on a tree. This photograph reminds me of an Asian silk painting. I love the colors of the background, and the star of the show is truly stunning. The framing, with a lot of space at the top and quite a few leaves, gives it a feeling of space and being outside, which is another great part about Spring.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Honorable Mentions

More winning images chosen by the judge in the Honorable Mention category…
(click here to see the Gallery of all submitted images)

“Hyacinthus Orientalis & Honey Bee”
by leka huie
Judge’s Comment: “I chose this photo of a honey bee partly due to its technical merits: the bee is sharp, and the framing, beautiful colors and depth of field work together brilliantly. But even more important to me was the bee’s head area, which is so well lit and defined that she looks almost as if she were drawn for a picture book. And there is no denying that, much like flowers, bees and Spring go together!”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


by marlene frankel
Judge’s Comment: “There is something very moving and delicate about this photograph, and it’s that emotion that earned it an honorable mention. The ducklings look so determined to get somewhere, and they also look quite content in their surroundings. The bits of green in the foreground and background help them stand out in a landscape that matches their fur. The selective focus adds further interest to the image, and though I would have preferred to see all three ducklings tack sharp, the two that are sharp have so much detail that you can almost reach out and pet them (though their parents probably would not like that much!).”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


by Sandra A.-B.
Judge’s Comment: “Flowers are synonymous with Spring, and this photograph of a daffodil is truly stunning. I love the way the light falls on the flower, and I’m drawn to the subtle change of color between the outer petals and light pink corona. The framing is superb, with just enough green to bridge the gap between the background and the head of the flower. The black background adds mystery to the image, and leaves me wondering whether the photographer brought a black piece of paper or board outside, or whether this was done inside.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Congratulations to winners and thanks to all who participated in this ‘Spring Fever’ contest and to our generous judge: Andrew Darlow. 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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