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2013 Winners Showcase: Super-Judged Contests (including Cash Prize Pools)- PhoozL


2013 Winners Showcase: Super-Judged Contests (including Cash Prize Pools)

Here are the Winners (and Honorable Mentions) from the completed 2013 Super-Judged Photo Contests and also the Cash Prize Pool Photo Contests (‘Pets in B&W’ in 2013). You can also see the 2013 Overall Top 10 Winners (FINAL). We awarded “PhoozL Points” to all different contest winners (and Honorable Mentions) to determine the overall Points rankings for 2013.

(also see: 2013 Winners Showcase – “Weekly Wednesdays”)
(also see: 2012 Super-Judged Winners Showcase)

NOTE: Images below are cropped. Click into images to see them larger and in their full-frame aspect ratio.


‘Beauty’ — judge: Robert Farber

Oct 21 – Dec 22, 2013
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  1. First Place

    David M.M. Taffet: "Breathing Beauty"
    Judge's Comment: My first choice, which may surprise some viewers, is out of a pure, personal sensitivity to the interpretation of beauty, in this case with the feeling that was captured between the two people. Their expressions, the glistening in her eye, his hand tenderly reaching to her, the expression on his face... It all shows that there's more to an image than just good technical execution.
  2. Second Place

    Lesley Ackman: "Beauty of Flight”
    Judge's Comment: Now here's a beautiful image that is captured beautifully, elegantly, technically, and with grace. The perfect composition of the flying bird with a highlight on the wings against the sky (and nice light on the eye) creates a gorgeous image.
  3. Third Place

    Stefano M: "Thoughtful Beauty"
    Judge's Comment: A lot to like here: I like the whimsical sensitivity, the composition of the off-center subject, her looking down, the wispy hair, the lighting on the background, and the mood of the image overall. I feel this really captures beauty.
  4. Honorable Mention A

    skinsel: "Making the Best of It"
    Judge's Comment: There are a number of elements that give this image great strength. A hand tells a story so well and becomes a great portrait in itself. In this case a monkey holding onto the cage says even more than just the hand on its own.
  5. Honorable Mention B

    Jose R. Moreno: "Misty"
    Judge's Comment: There are a number of great qualities about this image: Its monochromatic tones, the composition of the trees with the one bent tree in the center and the graphics of the two trees along the right edge, and the one old or broken tree leaning toward the other on the right.
  6. Honorable Mention C

    rodriguezjrv: "Talia"
    Judge's Comment: I like the intensity of her eyes, the composition, the angle of her face and her hand delicately touching it. All this adds to the drama of the image. It creates a mystique. It’s not just a beauty shot … It tells a story.

‘Pets in B&W’ — judge: Andrew Darlow

July 8 – Aug 2, 2013
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  1. First Place

    Mikael Sundberg: “UpClose”
    Judge’s Comment: The primary things that made this exceptional photograph my top pick were: the creative use of cropping (I'm guessing it was done in camera); the incredible sharpness and detail; the dog's strong, yet friendly-looking expression; the contrast range; and the beautiful neutral tone of the image. Excellent!
  2. Second Place

    pndogs: “Annie”
    Judge’s Comment: When I first saw this picture I thought for a moment that I was looking at the cover of Vogue or a similar fashion magazine! The lighting, the dog's "Haute Couture" expression, the exquisite floral background, the flowing and detailed hair of the "model," and the overall grace and style of this image just blew me away.
  3. Third Place

    etcheverry: “Ambition”
    Judge’s Comment: There are so many things I absolutely adore about this photograph. First, the very elegant feline looks almost like a statue that has been placed by a window. The light, combined with skillful framing by the photographer creates a partial silhouette with beautiful shapes that create a soft glow around the cat. The way in which the background changes from bright white on top to a town/cityscape mixed with foliage (and just a hint of the backlit window screen) adds to its allure.
  4. Honorable Mention A

    David M. M. Taffet: “Tub Time”
    Judge’s Comment: This photograph stood out in my mind first for its unconventional framing and point of view. My eyes were then drawn to the adorable little bulldog inside the tub. The highlight on the dog's head helps define its shape and serves as a "spotlight" that really helps make a strong statement. I also believe that the fact that this image is black-and-white gives it an overall feel that keeps the eye focused on the subject.
  5. Honorable Mention B

    Larry: “Lucy”
    Judge’s Comment: Just one of the things that drew me to this wonderful image is the soft "window-like" lighting (it very well may be window-lit). The light helps make this silky smooth dog's coat absolutely stunning. That, combined with the fantastic framing, a great pose, neat yet natural-looking comforter, and those "puppy-dog eyes," made this one a winner.
  6. Honorable Mention C

    AnnaC: “Molly”
    Judge’s Comment: I smiled the moment I saw this image. I love the way the photographer captured a special event that many dogs live for…a game of fetch! The lighting is outstanding, with the dog highlighted both in the light and in the plane of focus, which allows us to feel like we are part of the action. I also really like the strong contrast of the dog's coat against the medium gray-toned grass.
  7. Honorable Mention D

    Mikey Counselman: “Gorg and his Tiger”
    Judge’s Comment: This photograph truly touched my heart. It moved me because I've seen many pets cling to their favorite toys over the years, and this little guy or girl reminds me of my son and his favorite toys when he was growing up. The placement of the dog in this scene is perfect, with just enough foreground to give us the feeling of warmth from the blanket, and the slightest bit of cropping of the dog's ear to keep the framing tight and personal. The relationship between the stripes of the stuffed animal and the stripes of the blanket are also harmonious, which may not have been the case had the image been in color.
  8. Honorable Mention E

    reidjam7: “Bosco”
    Judge’s Comment: I selected this photograph of the parrot for a few reasons. First, the sharpness and detail across the parrot's entire head and upper body are truly remarkable. Next, the "retro" sepia toning give it an almost historical look, and I really like the contrast range of the image. It's also rare to see a parrot photograph in black-and-white, and that's another reason why this one really stood out for me.
  9. Honorable Mention F

    tralala: “Love”
    Judge’s Comment: Like HMD, this photograph also touched my heart because the photographer captured what looks to be a very emotional and loving moment between human and pet. These moments happen every day around the world, but it is difficult to capture them with such grace. The subdued lighting comes across like the light you might find from a few nightstand lamps late at night before bed. By framing the scene from the angle we see, the photographer and subjects invite us into this embrace in a very special way.

‘Show the Song: Spirit of the ’60s’ — judge: Elliott Landy

February 18 – March 24, 2013
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  1. ‘Spirit of the ’60s’ – 1st Place

    "House of the Rising Sun…" (The Animals - 1964)
    by Charlena

    Judge's Comment: A wonderful photo whose composition perfectly fits the stylization laid over the image. I liked the image before even reading the song title, but it got better for me when I read the song name whose theme it is supposed to match. (As I mentioned at the start of the contest, my process in judging was to look at the images first, note the ones I liked, then go back and look at the matched song titles.) In general, I don't care for manipulated photos. Often the manipulation effects (efx) override the image itself. However, here it works really well. As a rule overly manipulated photos lose the power of the image as they are covered up with efx. In this case the efx matches and enhances the image and creates a great match for the song theme: "There is a house in News Orleans…"
  2. ‘Spirit of the ’60s’ – 2nd Place

    "Gimme Some Lovin'" (The Spencer Davis Group - 1966)
    by Kay Beausoleil

    Judge's Comment: A terribly humorous yet intense image on its own, but when coupled with the song title, it really does it: expands from just an image to a very funny insight into something I feel with the look on the bird's face. Far Out! There is also a spiritual match to the song's name, pointing to a universal truth, which was very well expressed by the Dolly Parton character in the film Best Little Whorehouse in Texas when she said, "When I see someone coming without a smile on his face, I give him one!"
  3. ‘Spirit of the ’60s’ – 3rd Place

    "I Saw Her Standing There" (The Beatles - 1963)
    by Sonia2

    Judge's Comment: When I first saw this photograph I was very moved by it but didn't choose it right away. But every time I looked at it, I kept liking it more. Many photos fade as you look at them again and again. This one got stronger. Then when I saw the song it was meant to go with, I saw that it was one of the most clever matches of a good photograph with a song title. It's more than a literal interpretation of the title but rather (like the "Gimme Some Lovin'" photo) sees deeply into the psyche. In this case it is the psyche of the see-er seeing something for the first time, the beginning of a realization. "Hey, who is that over there and what can she mean to my world?" Well done!
  4. ‘Spirit of the ’60s’ – Hon. Mention A

    "Like a Rolling Stone" (Bob Dylan - 1965)
    by michris3

    Judge's Comment: As I mention above, I believe that the strength of the image has to be there first and then I add in the connection to the song title. I liked this one at first viewing, but it was not at the top of my list judged purely by itself. However, when I read the matching sone title, it gave new meaning to the image and expanded my experience of it. Really cute and really far out, in terms of anthropomorphizing the frog's thoughts. And very funny!
  5. ‘Spirit of the ’60s’ – Hon. Mention B

    "Hit the Road Jack" (Ray Charles - 1960)
    by Mikael Sundberg

    Judge's Comment: As a pure, good image in the classic black-and-white photography vein, this was my first favorite on initial viewing. However, I was looking for images that complemented the song titles so that the combination of reading the title and looking at the image created something a little "more" than when seeing the picture alone. While the connection here to the song title is adequate, it's not as strong as some of the others, but this is a solid Honorable Mention.
  6. ‘Spirit of the ’60s’ – Hon. Mention C

    "Nights in White Satin" (The Moody Blues - 1967)
    by Ann Parker

    Judge's Comment: This is a very striking image graphically including its negative treatment, and could well have been one of the three winners. It is a great photo by itself, technically well-done in terms of tonality as well as composition. It creates a mood, by itself, without having to be connected to a song title, which in this case is appropriate, but not insightful. However, it works on its own as a photograph; one that would, I think, last through many viewings.
  7. ‘Spirit of the ’60s’ – Hon. Mention D

    "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge - 1966)
    by Marcia Chan

    Judge's Comment: Although this might be thought of as cliché-ish, it works visually and emotionally for me. The love and delight on the woman's face is a joy to look at. I liked it the first time I saw it, wondered if it would last for me; if it wouldn't become boring after a few looks, but it didn't. It held on to the happy feeling. I didn't make it one of the higher winners even though it matches the song title perfectly, but I really enjoy viewing it, despite the fact that it's like other images we have all seen. In other words it has transcended the cliché and become a lasting image.
  8. ‘Spirit of the ’60s’ – Hon. Mention E

    "Elusive Butterfly" (Bob Lind - 1966)
    by aggie

    Judge's Comment: Great image of a child's grace and innocence. And it has a compositional charm to match the subject. The title goes really well with the child's form. And as the photographer noted in her Description: there is "a bit of hippie style associated with the '60s in this image."
  9. ‘Spirit of the ’60s’ – Hon. Mention F

    "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel - 1969-1970)
    by katiebauer

    Judge's Comment: This is a beautiful composition, great colors added to the reality of the original day. The model's pose, the clothes, and more all works for me. While it's more of an advertising kind of image, it works well for the assignment of matching photo to song title.


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