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RESULTS – ‘The Elements – Fire’- PhoozL


RESULTS – ‘The Elements – Fire’

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Our fourth and final Classic Element was probably the trickiest. Judge Tracy Valleau comments:

“Fire may have been the most difficult assignment in this series so far; we got fewer entries, and lots of images of flames. That said, some very creative ideas were expressed. It’s obvious from the submissions that fire evokes strong emotions.

“Thanks to one and all for your entries! Remembering that I’m more into the ‘fine art’ of photography, these are my selections below…”

— 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 or tap on the images for larger views)

First Place
“Ready for the Show!”
by Sandra A.-B.
Judge’s Comment: This image combines color compliments; cold and hot; and geometric lines vs fluid fire along with the entire mystery of why that torch is there in the first place. A very graphically strong image, and for me, the choice for overall winner.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Second Place
“Chaos Theory”
by Matt Heffernan
Judge’s Comment: Here is a radical interpretation of fire in the broiling tumult of the trees in a strong wind. Compare this to a roaring fire, and you’ll feel the connection of shape, form and energy. Even the sound is similar. Thinking “outside the box” succeeded here.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Third Place
by Armineh
Judge’s Comment: I suspect this is sunlight and a hand, but I’ll admit it took me a moment to recognize that. As an abstract of fire, the intensity of the white flames combine with the rest of the image in a collection of contrasting angular shapes. I’m drawn in to ponder it – one of the criteria for fine art. Very inventive and well-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)

“Darkness in Me Burning Bright”
by Samina Farooq
Judge’s Comment: I like the symbolism in this image, as well as its production values. The choice of a dirty hand that could almost be charcoal; the control of the flames on the burning paper… all speak of the utility of fire.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


by Stefano M
Judge’s Comment: Choosing black-and-white for this image is a bold move, because on first viewing, it appears to be a photograph of smoke. Only on a second viewing do we see the silhouette of the wood and conflate the smoke with flames, making it nearly impossible to tell which this image presents.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Nuclear Explosion”
by Charlena
Judge’s Comment: Notwithstanding the “nuclear” aspect, for some reason I see it as a sunrise rather than a sunset, and I love the intensity contrasted with the serene; the organic with the man-made detritus. That the green of the landscape reflects in the clouds only adds to the image, and together they contrast nicely with the grays of the foreground.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Congratulations to winners and thanks to all who participated in this ‘The Elements: FIRE’ 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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