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2012 Winners Showcase: Instagram A-Z Photo Contest- PhoozL

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2012 Winners Showcase: Instagram A-Z Photo Contest

Here are the FINAL Winners (and Honorable Mentions) from the completed “Insta Alphabetography A-Z” weekly photo contests for 2012. You can also see the complete 2012 PhoozL Points tallies for this contest type and the 2012 Overall Top 10. We are awarding “PhoozL Points” to all different contest winners (and Honorable Mentions) to see where we end up at the close of 2012 (and nudging into start of 2013 to wrap up this contest series). Final results will be available soon.

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

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

Letter ‘A’ — judge: Harald Johnson, PhoozL

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘A’

  1. ‘A’ – 1st Place Overall

    Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
    @malfonso

    Judge’s Comment: “Gorgeous color and instant letter reference. Perfect!"
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘A’ – 2nd Place Overall

    A is for Airplane
    @ckokal

    Judge's comment: "Great out-of-plane shot. Neat sun flare and striking colors."
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘A’ – 3rd Place Overall

    A is for Asparagus
    @photosbytalya

    Judge’s Comment: “Asparagus, up close and personal. Love it!"
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘B’ — judge: Bruce Frazier, pro photographer

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘B’

  1. ‘B’ – 1st Place Overall

    B is for Bubbles
    @mollyollyoxenfree212

    Judge’s Comment: "Great composition. It fits beautifully in the square; good negative space. Love the angle of her arm and the roof line and the circles formed by her head and the bubbles."
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘B’ – 2nd Place Overall

    B is for Baby
    @christineodnes

    Judge's comment: "Great composition with the shapes formed by the light on the floor and the wall on the right. I love the story it tells of a baby on the move!"
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘B’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Walkabout Beach
    @photosbytalya

    Judge's comment: "Unique composition for a beach shot with the sand and water way down at the bottom of the picture and the main focus in the lower left. I love the sense of space and the treatment around the edge of the image."
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘C’ — judge: Carel van Apeldoorn, ink361.com

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘C’

  1. ‘C’ – 1st Place Overall

    Cccccity!
    @camila_clarke

    Judge’s Comment: “The rays of light that set the City on fire is perfectly captured in this moment. The depth and the details in the background plus the sunlight combine the heavenly and the earthly in one image. Fantastic shot!”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘C’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Camero
    @abmyn

    Judge’s Comment: “The man and his Camero! Stunning portrait of a proud owner of one of his toys, the "Chevrolet Camaro." Love the finishing of this image, with the grey tones of the image, the look of the man with his sunglasses, and the aggressive shape of the Camero all contributing to tell the story.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘C’ – 3rd Place Overall

    C, Cat
    @squrlgurl
    Judge’s Comment: “This is just a splendid example of a portrait of a Cat. The light, the detail, the look, and the composition all makes this a winning moment.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘D’ — judge: C. David Tobie, Datacolor

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘D’

  1. ‘D’ – 1st Place Overall

    D for Devil
    @photosbytalya

    Judge’s Comment: “The most complete and consistent image, with excellent color, composition, and a strong "D" concept is photobytalya's Devil on a Jack-o-lantern. I am giving it first place, even though the image itself is a bit too soft for the scratchy level of detail in the border. A bit more balancing of those two components could make this image stronger still.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘D’ – 2nd Place Overall

    D for Dinosaur
    @ckokal

    Judge’s Comment: “ckokal's dinosaur skeleton channels a strong "D" essense, and is a powerful composition, again, of only two elements: the skeleton, and the background behind it. TIP: When creating contest submissions, powerful images with no extraneous elements tend to beat more complex, more diffused images."
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘D’ – 3rd Place Overall

    D for Dog
    @madmagpie

    Judge’s Comment: “madmagpie's black-and-white heroic portrait of a small dog against a moody sky takes third, for being a great animal portrait, for channeling a lot of "D…og" and for its expressiveness. If only those clouds had not been randomly so much grainier than the rest of the image, this might have been the first place choice."
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘E’ — judge: Eileen Fritsch, Creatives at Work

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘E’

  1. ‘E’ – 1st Place Overall

    Espresso
    @madmagpie

    Judge’s Comment: “Is the espresso cup half empty or half full? Do the reflections on the plate provide clues to the surroundings? The juxtaposition of the circles within the square of the frame, the colors, and glossy surfaces add up to a nicely composed image.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘E’ – 2nd Place Overall

    E is for Eye
    @kareruh

    Judge’s Comment: "If eyes are the windows to the soul, they deserve a closer look. The feathery lines on the iris seem to be directing us to look inside the blackness of the pupil. The drama of the lighting makes us wonder what type of facial expression we might see if the camera were pulled back.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘E’ – 3rd Place Overall

    All your Eggs in one basket.
    @photosbytalya

    Judge’s Comment: "The contrast between the smooth whites and gray tones of the oval eggs and the dark textures and shadows of the surrounding basket is intriguing. The title 'All your eggs in one basket' suggests risk.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘F’ — judge: Mark Rogers, Frame Destination

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘F’

  1. ‘F’ – 1st Place Overall

    Amaryllis Flower
    @lindawahl

    Judge’s Comment: “I am just really drawn to the subtleties and beauty of this image, which shows minimal overt processing. I love the color, shading and composition of this photo. My eye just wants to keep exploring the leaves and petals. The flower is the star.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘F’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Flamingo Feathers
    @adamdean

    Judge’s Comment: “A very striking image. I love the harsh, contrasty light and rich colors, and I enjoy the detail in both the bright and dark areas. I also liked the fact that the background was not taken completely to black and yet does not distract. There may be a little too much saturation on the tail with a loss of detail there, but its a great photo.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘F’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Fire
    @butter_me_up

    Judge’s Comment: “I like this photo for similar reasons to #2: a clear contrast of subject and background. "Fire" is practically an abstract image with a strong composition that flows up and out of the frame. And I love all the details of the moving and crossing lines. There's a little bit of noise and maybe some posterization in the background, but it's a fun photo.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘G’ — judge: Harald G. Johnson, PhoozL

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘G’

  1. ‘G’ – 1st Place Overall

    Green Glass
    @adamdean

    Judge’s Comment: “This is a wonderful image exhibiting the essence of “G” in its Greeness and in a complex composition of angles, lines, and perspective. It’s obviously a building, but the varied shapes, shadows, and colors give it an abstract balance that just feels right.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘G’ – 2nd Place Overall

    (glasses)
    @eugenio_bulhosa

    Judge’s Comment: “There was no explicit title, but the subject (Glasses) is obvious. And what gives it that extra touch is the refracted rainbow falling across the frame and the glasses’ arms. The fact that photography is based on the light that shows in the rainbow is almost an inside joke that makes the image very special.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘G’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Grand Central Station - Chicago
    @1midwest

    Judge’s Comment: “‘G’ also stands for Grand, and this image masterfully captures the grandness of the apt-titled Grand Central Station. The soaring perspective, the lone figure, and the subtle toning make this a powerful image.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘H’ — judge: Drew Hendrix, Red River Paper

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘H’

  1. ‘H’ – 1st Place Overall

    Great Hands
    @henry_72

    Judge’s Comment: “This Hand image stood out among the entries for its composition, color palette, and the use of action. I liked the feeling of motion both stopped and blurred inside the same image. The colors are inviting, almost calming. And the photo is punctuated by the bright red sleeve that provides an excellent reference to draw one’s eyes to the action.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘H’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Heat
    @ianthebeard

    Judge’s Comment: “An unusual image, the expression of “Heat” is definitely appropriate and captivating. I keep staring at the image and waiting for the sun to move, or for some great eye to blink! The colors and the concentric motion around a black center are a great combination to communicate the heat of the moment.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘H’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Hearts
    @danksdiggity

    Judge’s Comment: “The ‘H is for Hearts (or love)’ theme was seen quite a bit in the entries, but I like this one in particular because of its whimsical nature and singular focus. The subject is prominent in the composition, and the contrast between the foreground and background makes for a more powerful image overall. And extra points for the original caption (‘Star-crossed lovers’).”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘i’ — judge: Carel van Apeldoorn, ink361.com

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘i’

  1. ‘i’ – 1st Place Overall

    An Idea
    @ianthebeard

    Judge’s Comment: “It all starts with an idea, and the lamp is a perfect representation, besides the fact that it is a great capture that beautifully shows the strength of contrast between light and darkness.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘i’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Innocent Ink
    @photosbytalya

    Judge’s Comment: “Innocent Ink is definitely a great expressen of the "i" letter. I am always touched by happiness that is expressed by photos. I believe this is one of those captures that makes you instantly smile.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘i’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Ice and Snow
    @adamdean

    Judge’s Comment: “The Rockies look so beautiful with their icy tops. Photos taken by air always have something magical about them. The perspective is so special if you consider that the first plane ride was in 1903 by the Wright brothers and prior to that this perspective was not available. Great capture!”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘J’ — judge: Jason A. Howie, Aptsonic.com

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘J’

  1. ‘J’ – 1st Place Overall

    Sunset Beach/Jump
    @adamdean

    Judge’s Comment: “While captioned Sunset Beach in Florida I feel as though a more apt name could be “Suspended Jump.” The sunset’s warm colors strike a stark contrast to the cool colors in foreground and the silhouette of the jumper. ”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘J’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Super Fan/Joy!
    @iamdre

    Judge’s Comment: “This picture captured a joyful energy that I found to be contagious, and when looking at it, I couldn’t help but smile. ‘J for Joy’ indeed.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘J’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Mother of Jesus
    @ianthebeard

    Judge’s Comment: “With the depth-of-field effect on the Virgin Mary, the picture has fantastic contrast with the foreground and background. The light colors and angle form a composition that naturally draws the viewer’s eyes upward to the church steeple.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘K’ — judge: Kevin O’Connor, pro photographer

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘K’

  1. ‘K’ – 1st Place Overall

    Kick
    @wungenz

    Judge’s Comment: “Great shot; beautifully composed and nicely executed from a technical viewpoint. Beautiful light, including the red reflection from the shirt up to the boy’s face. The dynamic tension provided by the ball approaching the boy’s foot coupled with the perfect use of depth of field won this image first place. Kid and kick = 2 “K”s here, another point in this image’s favor. ”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘K’ – 2nd Place Overall

    K is for Kid
    @lindawahl

    Judge’s Comment: “This beautiful photo won for its great sense of composition in the square, its beautiful color, and the expressive energy of the child. This is a lovely image. If the child had been moved just a little to the left and up a touch, thus avoiding amputating kneecaps and toes, it would have won first place. As it is, it ties for second.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘K’ – 3rd Place Overall

    K is for Kindness
    @mward5280

    Judge’s Comment: “This image has a nice balance of sharpness and creative effects. The photo is gripping and haunting. There’s almost-but-not-quite-too-much done with the effects; it’s balanced by sharpness and creative composition. Well-crafted work.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘L’ — judge: Harald Johnson, PhoozL

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘L’

  1. ‘L’ – 1st Place Overall

    Longing for Rain
    @armineh29

    Judge’s Comment: “This artistic composition with its multi-layered images grabbed me and held my interest over many viewings. The title (‘Longing for Rain’) really hits home with the U.S. drought, and it’s a great manifestation of the contest’s instruction to ‘let your creativity soar’. Plus, I really like the coloring.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘L’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Alba (Dawn Light)
    @wungenz

    Judge’s Comment: “A very close 2nd, ‘Alba - Dawn Light’ is a gorgeous image with its ethereal and misty mood. This could be a book cover! ”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘L’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Leaf
    @camila_clarke

    Judge’s Comment: “A great leaf shot that communicates the passage of time. And it demonstrates Simplicity and Strength of Subject perfectly. A real gem.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘M’ — judge: Mike Pasini, imaging-resource.com

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘M’

  1. ‘M’ – 1st Place Overall

    Mums
    @loritatam

    Judge’s Comment: “This image's composition, which seems more asymmetrical than it is, and its warm but aging color cast kept drawing me back. Mums could be the flower and the woman, too. And those shoes together are what if not an M? This one has got the theme covered and does it with a style I found memorable.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘M’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Mountains
    @jakeharris01

    Judge’s Comment: “So here's a little drama in black and white. A mountain peak. Two guys (yep, two). The storm behind them. Makes me want to cry out, ‘Mommy!’ Now where do you suppose the photographer was standing? This one wins for sheer moxie!”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘M’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Metra Station
    @trogers1884

    Judge’s Comment: “Among my favorite manipulated images, I particularly liked how this train station shot dissolving into bold lines, like the routes themselves. Instead of the typical dark, noisy station, it's become an invitation to a bright, musical adventure. Pretty moving!”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘N’ — judge: Christina Børding, photographer (Norway)

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘N’

  1. ‘N’ – 1st Place Overall

    New York Minute
    @adamdean

    Judge’s Comment: “I love the movement and the colors in this photo, it really shows the pulse and feel of NY.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘N’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Nether
    @ianthebeard

    Judge’s Comment: “The photo has a great composition, awesome blue tones and an almost textural quality. It has a nightly feel to it that gives an extra connection to the letter N.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘N’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Nighttime
    @faarooqm

    Judge’s Comment: “There are some cool light effects going on here. The photo has an obvious N connection and a really good atmosphere.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘O’ — judge: Kevin O’Connor, pro photographer

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘O’

  1. ‘O’ – 1st Place Overall

    O in the Glass
    @wungenz

    Judge’s Comment: “To capture a round shape is fairly easy when that shape is static; to capture it when it exists only for a fraction of a second shows skill. To capture it in a delightful composition such as posted wins first place. Great use of form and color as well as perfect timing. Vincenzo also had two other images that could have placed first, both ocean shots, both elegantly framed and composed. Compliments to this skilled photographer; looking forward to seeing more of his work.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘O’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Oppression
    @fzmway

    Judge’s Comment: “Second place goes to Fatima zahrae for the superb use of color, form and composition in this incredibly elegant image. Few gimmicks or special effects, just a beautiful use of a silhouette against a superly colored background. Please post again soon!”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘O’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Self-Portrait
    @harryswank

    Judge’s Comment: “Third Place goes to Harry Swank for his hauntingly gripping photo. The use of the ‘O’ shape to frame the eye is very powerful; the use of monochrome adds even more power. This image works really, really well.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘P’ — judge: Andrew Darlow, pro photographer/author

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘P’

  1. ‘P’ – 1st Place Overall

    Pet Portrait
    @mon1cca

    Judge’s Comment: “A truly spectacular Pet Pic! The black and white tones, strong contrast, and Yin/Yang balance of an ominous shadow coming from a smiling dog put this one in the top spot for me.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘P’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Precious Peddling
    @dtrot55

    Judge’s Comment: “Pedal Perfection! The distinct foreground, adorable subject, and well-composed background, coupled with the striking red colors and "cross-processed" look, made this a winner in my eyes.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘P’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Puddle
    @hannahgdr

    Judge’s Comment: “Puddle Dreams. I was really moved by the overall feel of this image. It is dark and moody, but the puddle offers us a look into a bright sky (maybe the sun?) after a storm. The selective focus and hint of the person on the bicycle adds to its mystery.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘Q’ — judge: David Cowling, allinstagram.com

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘Q’

  1. ‘Q’ – 1st Place Overall

    Quiet Seas
    @adamdean

    Judge’s Comment: “The harshness of the open ocean is somewhat subdued as we see a small yacht sail through some quiet seas. Hopefully the rest of their journey is as calm and crisp. I like this picture because the horizon looks to possibly rise up and engulf the boat, or will it stay quiet and let them pass?”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘Q’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Quattro Queens
    @photosbytalya

    Judge’s Comment: “The queen of hearts always seems to capture my heat. Hopefully this hand drawn is part of a heated game of poker and everyone is 'all in'. This is a nice close-up shot of four Queens, on a sophisticated granite bench top-type background.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘Q’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Questionable Reality
    @trogers1884

    Judge’s Comment: “This is an interesting photo of a smeared and fuzzy face with some nice filtered effects. I was trying image what the man in the photo was thinking. The caption probably says it all: 'Questionable Reality' - and maybe even a little quirky.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘R’ — judge: Drew Hendrix, Red River Paper

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘R’

  1. ‘R’ – 1st Place Overall

    Rocks
    @diazgabriel

    Judge’s Comment: “I kept coming back to the image because of the angle and the intensity on the man's face. It's a simple composition but the story possibilities of the scene seem endless. I love the color palette as well. The warm tones give it a rustic "old" feel that only add to the story. Well done.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘R’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Rusty
    @mon1cca

    Judge’s Comment: “The contrast between the dead (rust) and the living (flower) stood out immediately. The colors of the metal as a backdrop to the wonderful yellow did not hurt either! I like the composition as well, and it did the job of drawing my eye around the scene in the right order.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘R’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Reflection
    @wungenz

    Judge’s Comment: “I always like photography where the photographer can skillfully work himself into the scene. The parabolic distortion of the shot is what drew my eye, as well as the texture of the buildings and clean neutral tone. The "easter egg" was noticing the photographer with camera just near the bottom of the mirror.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘S’ — judge: David Saffir, pro photographer

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘S’

  1. ‘S’ – 1st Place Overall

    Sunlight & Silhouette
    @mon1cca

    Judge’s Comment: “I’m picking ‘Let there be light!’ (Sun & Silhouette) as First Place. It’s a whimsical, imaginative image. I very much like the use of shadow and light, the "s" curve of the foreground figure, and the very expressive gesture of the hands pointing to the sun.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘S’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Mesmerizing Stairs
    @adamdean

    Judge’s Comment: “Excellent use of color and design with this image to give a strong sense of space and shape. Well done.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘S’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Stream
    @diazgabriel

    Judge’s Comment: “A beautiful landscape shot, this photo exhibits nice use of extended shutter speed to give a sense of movement.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘T’ — judge: C. David Tobie, Datacolor

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘T’

  1. ‘T’ – 1st Place Overall

    Tunnel
    @wungenz

    Judge’s Comment: “First place goes to wungenz' Tunnel image. This certainly shows the essence of Tunnel, is also a powerful one-point-perspective image, and is the best black-and-white of the all entries, thematic or not. It exemplifies non-smartphone-style images.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘T’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Trees
    @trogers1884

    Judge’s Comment: “Second place goes to trogers1884's Tree image. It is the most abstract of all the tree images, and as such is about nothing but trees. Trees and texture, perhaps, but both play against each other graphically, and both are essential T themes. This is the most manipulated, or graphic, of all entries, and it epitomizes the category of photos edited into digital art.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘T’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Tea Party
    @fzmway

    Judge’s Comment: “fzmway's Teacups takes third place as the most evocative of the Tea images, and a classic example of Instagram-style manipulated images. It has great graphics, tells an intriguing story, and sets a mood. One almost expects a Mad Hatter to appear.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘U’ — judge: Andrew Darlow, pro photographer/author

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘U’

  1. ‘U’ – 1st Place Overall

    Riverwalk Umbrellas 2
    @photosbytalya

    Judge’s Comment: “This photo immediately caught my eye and drew me in. The combination of colorful umbrellas, beautiful lines and selective focus made we want to step into the image, have a seat at a table by the river and order a drink (with a tiny umbrella in it of course!). The wisps of branches and green foliage flowing down from the top left side of the image give the photo an added dimension of grace and beauty.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘U’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Us Forever (Love Padlocks)
    @nicolak76

    Judge’s Comment: “This photo of inscribed "Love Padlocks" on a fence by a river touched me in many ways. The high contrast and strong colors made it a bit ‘gritty’ which fits the subjects well, and the tight crop allows the viewer to read the locks, yet at the same time take in quite a bit of information from the array of lock designs and inscriptions. And I was moved by the irony that I saw in the small section of broken fence: the bonds of love can be so strong, but at the same time, hearts can sometimes be broken. The title, ‘Us Forever,’ is a perfect title, and I also liked the ‘U’ annotation on the other padlock image in the gallery by the same artist; it reads: ‘Undying Love.’”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘U’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Underwater
    @wungenz

    Judge’s Comment: “If ever there was a photo that exemplified the letter ‘U’, this is it! This Underwater image struck me for a few reasons. The angle of view, lighting, cropping and the framing of the subject combine to allow enough room for the swimmer to move around, resulting in a dreamlike feeling. The color palette and area in the bottom right also gives me the feeling of being in a pristine location, and it reminds me of some of my favorite places.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘V’ — judge: David Cowling, allinstagram.com

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘V’

  1. ‘V’ – 1st Place Overall

    V for Volkswagen
    @photosbytalya

    Judge’s Comment: “Love the new vs. old in this picture. VW bugs never seem to go out of style, and it's like seeing a photo of a dad and his son standing side by side.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘V’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Vintage
    @mon1cca

    Judge’s Comment: “I've always loved old Vintage cars, and this photo of a B&W Rolls Royce is a timeless piece of art in my opinion. I like how the photographer has blurred out the top of the photo to bring clean white colour out in this photo.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘V’ – 3rd Place Overall

    V is for Vegetables
    @abmyn

    Judge’s Comment: “I like the vibrant colours of the vegetables in this picture, no doubt helped by the Rise filter. The photo gives me a natural, clean and healthy feel. Definitely a different kind of 'food photo' on Instagram!”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘W’ — judge: Wendy Erickson, Photo Technique Magazine

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘W’

  1. ‘W’ – 1st Place Overall

    "Wax"
    @armineh29

    Judge’s Comment: “An unpredictable entry, ethereal, and the kind of image that asks questions. There is a translucent quality to the photograph; it glows with the shapes and density changes in the wax. The careful composition, color, and use of negative space makes it very successful.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘W’ – 2nd Place Overall

    "Walking"
    @photosbytalya

    Judge’s Comment: “This photograph represented both 'window' and 'walking' to me. It is traditional photography by nature, black and white, sharp, well-lit, and that also captures a moment in time.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘W’ – 3rd Place Overall

    "Window"
    @wungenz

    Judge’s Comment: “This photograph has the impact of bright color, but it's not just about the color; the composition is carefully made, the silhouettes are gentle and sweet, and it also does double duty: besides the 'window' there is a big 'white' cloud.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘X’ — judge: Xavi Carreras, HautTouch Retouching

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘X’

  1. ‘X’ – 1st Place Overall

    X (patching cracks)
    @fzmway

    Judge’s Comment: “These crossing bandaids on the crossing of the two fissures on the wall or floor is very direct; the message is clean, and the point of view is uncommon.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘X’ – 2nd Place Overall

    X (sun shades)
    @armineh29

    Judge’s Comment: “We don't know if it's a serendipitous shot or something the photographer planned for, but nevertheless, observation is the most important part of taking photos.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘X’ – 3rd Place Overall

    X (lacing)
    @photosbytalya

    Judge’s Comment: “The pattern of the laces forming Xs may be obvious, but the lighting, the vignetting, and the pale toning makes this image pop against others in the contest.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘Y’ — judge: Rusty Yonkers, photographer/educator

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘Y’

  1. ‘Y’ – 1st Place Overall

    Wellington St.
    @h_s_h_s

    Judge’s Comment: “The structure is very interesting with nice composition. But if this were just a color photo or just a B&W photo, it would have just blended in with all the others. But with the yellow monochrome treatment the photo jumps out and says "look at me." It also gives the photo an old, very vintage look. It draws me in. As I scanned up and down through the photos I would stop every time at this photo to look at it again.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘Y’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Yawn!
    @armineh29

    Judge’s Comment: “This photo of a Yawn has a load of texture. It’s fascinating to look at and study. There were a number of Yawns in the contest submissions, but this Yawn had complexity. I found myself studying it for quite a while and finding interesting little things inside the larger photo. Artistically, the photographer was able to move out of the box and do something unique.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘Y’ – 3rd Place Overall

    Yellow Skeleton
    @j_c_velasco

    Judge’s Comment: “This photo caught my attention right away. In some respects it lacks a bit in composition, but it makes up for that in fitting the category in a number of ways... We have Yellow for the skeleton. We have Yikes in that it is scary. And we have Yucky because skeletons are gross! The other thing I like is that it has a bit of story to it, too. It’s an unusual and unique photo. Unique is a big thing that makes top-notch photos stand out in the crowd.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Letter ‘Z’ — judge: Carel van Apeldoorn, ink361.com

To see all uploaded entries for this letter period, click the link: Gallery – Letter ‘z’

  1. ‘Z’ – 1st Place Overall

    Colors Zipper
    @fzmway

    Judge’s Comment: “A very creative idea of combining objects to make a ‘colored pencil zipper.’ Well executed.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 20
  2. ‘Z’ – 2nd Place Overall

    Zebra Baby
    @photosbytalya

    Judge’s Comment: “An interesting composition with overlapping patterns and a nice depth-of-field that makes the eye of the baby zebra stand out.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 15
  3. ‘Z’ – 3rd Place Overall

    zigzag
    @_cuddlefish_

    Judge’s Comment: “The Z-shape is repeated in the bridge’s structure, which makes the theme a subtle integration in the image.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 10

Contest completed! (as of January 16, 2013)

 

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