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RESULTS – ‘The Elements: Air’- PhoozL


RESULTS – ‘The Elements: Air’

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The third of our four ‘The Elements’ series was ‘AIR.’ Judge Tracy Valleau comments:

“Excellent work everyone! Frankly, I wasn’t too sure how you would do ‘Air’, which by itself is admittedly impossible to photograph, but you all exploded with very diverse and creative solutions to the assignment. Some of these I’d have thought of myself (or variations of them, of course), but many were substantially ‘outside my own box’ and I greatly appreciated the imagination you used. I’m happy to admit that I would have never come up with the ideas behind first and second place, and so once again, you have expanded my horizons. Good job.”

— Tracy Valleau

(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
“A Windy Second in Time…”
by Armineh
Judge’s Comment: The clear winner for my tastes, this image’s use of reflection, and its intangible nature mirrors the invisibility of air. The breeze is there, but like the air, almost invisibly. There is a lot to reflect upon in this photo. It is very interesting graphically and metaphorically. It could find a place on my wall.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


2nd Place Overall
“Clear Air Preserved”
by Stefano M
Judge’s Comment: This is one of those images that takes a second glance. The first glance shows us a jar; the second shows us that it is a clean jar, sitting amid industrial decay. Further, the jar is closed. It has obviously captured something special, and apparently more pristine than the detritus around it. AIR! Clean, pure air. Interestingly, even the crack behind the pure air in the bottle is somehow more distinct. Not an obvious photo, but well-conceived and well-executed.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


3rd Place Overall
“Air 2”
by Mikael Sundberg
Judge’s Comment: This is a non-intuitive image whose strong horizontals capture an abstract of the air in motion. Not wind, per se, but a time-lapse of the effect of moving air: clouds and water. It is particularly clean and involving. Nicely done.
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)

“Foggy Morning”
by nance kay
Judge’s Comment: This use of fog to represent air is particularly well-done. The detail softens as the eye first moves left, and then sweeps to the right as the trees fade into the mist. This would make a beautiful print.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Sand Storm”
by Samina Farooq
Judge’s Comment: Hey! Buddy! You wanna see the power of Air? Strong, dramatic, forceful, the tilt of the camera/subject makes this photo. Choosing black-and-white was perfect for this image.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Blowing in the Wind”
by Kay Beausoleil
Judge’s Comment: Air serves many purposes, and here the photographer thought outside the box with this unique submission. For inspired creative thinking, it gets an honorable mention… and a smile.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Congratulations to winners and thanks to all who participated in this ‘The Elements: Air’ photo contest and to our judge: TRACY VALLEAU. 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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