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RESULTS: ‘Travel Photography: Not Just Another Pretty Postcard’- PhoozL


RESULTS: ‘Travel Photography: Not Just Another Pretty Postcard’

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Our third “super-judged” photo contest again showed a wonderful range of image submissions and interpretations of the contest theme. A big Thank You goes to our head judge, professional photographer Margo Taussig Pinkerton (and her husband Arnie), who had this to say about this contest…

“This was a very strong showing, and there were a number of entries that were worthy, but with a limit of three top picks and six honorable mentions, one has to make choices. My husband/partner, Arnie (Arnold Zann), and I judged this. We work together helping photographers seek their own vision and create stronger photographs in our workshops (Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures). We judged these based on what we viewed as a personal connection between the photographer and his/her subject. Not just another pretty postcard, but one that was interpretive rather than a recording. We are interested in passion and vision over straight technique. We were also looking for unusual views, ones we have not seen before or ones that were done in a way that was different and unusual.”
— Margo Taussig Pinkerton


(NOTE: click on the images for larger views)

Grand Prize (1st Place Overall)
by zarnoosheh
Judge’s Comment: “We found this image to be intriguing. The eye is kept roaming around the photograph, finding new elements and surprises, but always returning to the central character. There is a really strong feeling of being one of the mourners, of being part of the ceremony.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page

(NOTE: the Grand Prize is a very special, 1:1 communication with judge Margo Taussig Pinkerton about this winner’s photographic work. Winner also receives a custom icon for posting on sites and blogs.)


2nd Place Overall
“Lady in Red”
by Matt Heffernan
Judge’s Comment: “This image is full of motion and the feeling of a bustling city street. We found the use of bold color to be really strong in this photograph, and the less-common, angled view adds tension to the image.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page

(The 2nd Place Prize is a free book voucher from Course Technology PTR from their great Digital Photography & Video book category. Winner also receives a custom icon for posting on sites and blogs.)


3rd Place Overall
“Mystical Baobab Alley”
by Sandra A.-B.
Judge’s Comment: “We think there is exceptionally strong composition in this photograph. What makes the photo unusual and compelling is the body language of the boys against the dust. The dust to us is critical to the success of this image.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page

(The 3rd Place Prize is a free, one-year gift subcription to APERTURE magazine. Winner also receives a custom icon for posting on sites and blogs.)


Honorable Mentions

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


by Debaphotowala
Judge’s Comment: “Strong use of color, graphics, and body language in a simple, pleasing composition.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Haitian Orphan’s Feet”
by carly.starnes
Judge’s Comment: “Very effective use of selective focus and color, and an obvious statement of the quality of life of the subject.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Sand Story No. 4″
by Viet Van
Judge’s Comment: “Perfect capture of the boys having fun against simple graphics of the sand and shadows.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Foggy Beach”
by kasialadczuk
Judge’s Comment: “Wonderful, surreal quality and textures in an elegantly simple composition.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Varanasi Flower Girls”
by Shikchit Khanal
Judge’s Comment: “Beautiful use of diffused light and excellent expressions and body language of the small girls in the well-positioned boat.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Second View”
by aminsh13
Judge’s Comment: “Intriguing mystery of the eyes in the self-portrait (?) and the mélange of background colors.”
Gallery Photo Detail Page


PhoozL thanks ALL the photographers and photo enthusiasts who participated. We hope you were challenged, had your creativity sparked, and learned more about photography along the way. The next Super-Judged contest is in the works so keep an eye out for it. And feel free to comment on this contest (or others, or on any photo) wherever you see the Comment boxes at the bottom of pages.

— Harald Johnson
(aka AdminHarald)

P.S. Follow all the contest rankings on the Winners Showcase & PhoozL Points pages.


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