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2012 Winners Showcase: Photo Assignments

Here are the Winners (and Honorable Mentions) from the completed 2012 Photo Assignments. You can also see the complete 2012 PhoozL Points tallies for this contest type and the 2012 Overall Top 10 (FINAL).

(see also: 2012 Winners Showcase – “Weekly Wednesdays”)
(see also: 2012 Winners Showcase – Super-Judged Photo Contests)
(see also: 2012 Winners Showcase – Insta Alphabetography A-Z)

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

‘Pet Art Show’ — judge: Andrew Darlow

July 2 – July 30, 2012
For the full results posting with more information, click the link below:
Photo Assignment: Pet Art Show

  1. “Pet Art Show” – 1st Place Overall

    “Zuri Alert” by Alison Foxall
    Judge’s Comment: “This photo drew me in immediately and everything about it made it my pick for first prize. The dog’s expression comes through even though we just get a glimpse of his or her eye and head. The use of selective focus gives the image a sense of depth. Also, the way in which the foreground leads the eye toward the subject, then moves to the subdued tones and ethereal window light all come together to make for a truly outstanding image.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 100
  2. “Pet Art Show” – 2nd Place Overall

    “Ziggy” by Wally Nussbaumer
    Judge’s Comment: “This photo is both artistically beautiful and entertaining. I love how the photographer framed and cropped the image, leaving just enough air for the cat to stretch out. The background looks almost like snow, giving it an outdoor feel. The cat’s expression, stretched-out ‘pose’ and dreamlike state all make the image a joy to view."
    PHOOZL POINTS: 75
  3. “Pet Art Show” – 3rd Place Overall

    "Lone Horse" by Brian Pflanz
    Judge’s Comment: “This photo made me think about life and all of its ups and downs. I love the black and white toning, contrast framing and lighting in this photo. The horse’s zen-like contemplative expression also adds to its impact.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 50
  4. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 1

    "Chameleon" by Sonia
    Judge’s Comment: “The lizard’s skin and the background color complement each other perfectly, and the lighting on the subject adds a lot to its beauty.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  5. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 2

    "Blue Eyes" by vedangi
    Judge’s Comment: “I’m drawn in (mesmerized is probably a better word!) by the sharp, beautiful blue eyes of the cat, and I really like how the cat’s face and eyes look almost ‘spotlit’ compared with the rest of his or her body. The wisps of hair throughout the photo also give it a ‘windswept’ look and feel.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  6. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 3

    "Tommy" by Tee812
    Judge’s Comment: “The square crop, dappled light, slight overall warm tone and the dog’s relaxed, pensive expression all combine to make this a wonderful photograph.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  7. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 4

    "Diesel" by sheinbach
    Judge’s Comment: “The lighting in this image is exquisite, and the use of black and white toning and contrast are also masterful. The subject is also too cute for words, which adds to its beauty.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  8. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 5

    "Death Trap" by Graham Kay
    (a pet spider named Derek!) Judge’s Comment: “It’s great to see a pet with more than four legs in this contest! The photographer used selective depth of field very well to draw attention to the spider, and I like the way in which the spider’s body intersects with the out-of-focus lines on the background. The web also adds a feeling of ‘the wild’.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  9. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 6

    "Tasty Snow" by Brian Pflanz
    Judge’s Comment: “The setting makes this photo. I love the fact that you can see snow falling, and the subtle color contrast between the dog’s fur and the well-exposed and color balanced white snow is outstanding (and not easy to achieve). The way in which the dog’s right ear intersects with the tree in the background is another subtle but nice feature.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  10. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 7

    "Archie" by Jodie Marsh
    Judge’s Comment: “As soon as I saw this, I thought of one of the most iconic images in art history, the Mona Lisa. The cat is nicely lit, perfectly posed and very sharp, and the placement of the cat in the frame with the background is really spectacular.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  11. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 8

    "A Cute Puppe" by Wilfredo Lumagbas Jr.
    Judge’s Comment: “The first word that comes to mind when I look at this photo is ‘precious.’ The framing is perfect, and there’s just enough sparkle in the dog’s left eye to really make the eyes the center of attention.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  12. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 9

    "Blue-eyed Beauty" by Georganne Chan
    Judge’s Comment: “This photo drew me in due to its tight framing, sharpness and the captivating blue eyes of the cat. I think it would be an even stronger photograph overall with a slight bit of lighting on the cat’s face.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  13. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 10

    "No Horsing Around - Just Say Cheese" by PhotographyisMyPassion
    Judge’s Comment: “This image wins in the humor category! I also like how it’s framed, and how the soft light falls on the horse’s head. The horizon is very straight, which helps keep the eye focused on the subject, and we also get a nice glimpse of the horse’s surroundings.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  14. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 11

    "Cali at Home" by gLynda
    Judge’s Comment: “I’m always drawn to photos like this. It feels like a classic ‘environmental portrait,’ and I like the fact that the cat’s paw has just enough room at the bottom of the frame, and the lamp shade is cropped so that it does not detract from the image.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  15. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 12

    "Golden Innocense" by Brian Pflanz
    Judge’s Comment: “What makes this a truly outstanding image is the close cropping, low angle, lighting and use of selective focus. The front paw of the dog is a bit out-of-focus, which leads the eye to the dog’s face. The light (possibly from a window) is just wonderful, and the wood floor, mat on which the dog is sleeping and background complement everything perfectly.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  16. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 13

    "Looking Back" by Alison Foxall
    Judge’s Comment: “The dog’s expression is priceless, and because of the way it is framed, we get a great feel for the location.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  17. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 14

    "Lazy Day" by Dan Proud
    Judge’s Comment: “The green foreground foliage gives a sense of depth and mystery to this photo, and the cat’s expression and placement in the frame is wonderful.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  18. “Pet” – Honorable Mention 15

    "Afera" by Michael Baran
    Judge’s Comment: “The natural light from the sun gives a beautiful glow on the dog, and the view through the multi-color grass makes it even more interesting.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25

 


‘After Dark’ — judge: Harald Johnson

May 5 – June 4, 2012
For the full results posting with more information, click the link below:
Photo Assignment: After Dark

  1. “After Dark” – 1st Place Overall

    “Night Fog” by Tanguero Chino
    Judge's Comment: Exhibiting almost perfect technical execution, this composition takes you from the bright graffiti down the stairs and into the gloomy, foggy mist below. Tremendous photo.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 100
  2. “After Dark” – 2nd Place Overall

    “Alone” by Giovanni Savino
    Judge's Comment: This image riveted me the moment I saw it. It’s beautiful and soulful. The man is alone and staring right at me. Right through me. It’s snowing, he’s cold, and the dark emptiness is all around him.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 75
  3. “After Dark” – 3rd Place Overall

    “Scary Night” by leka huie
    Judge's Comment: This is a great abstraction created with a slow shutter speed on a moving train. The photographer talks about being scared and shaking in Japan. The photo not only communicates that, but it’s a wonderful composition with an excellent color palette.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 50
  4. “After Dark” – Best Cover

    “Carousel” by Michael Baran
    Judge's Comment: This image is great for a magazine cover. Plenty of room at the top for the main logo, and while it’s tight on the sides, there’s still room above and below the main lights for cover blurbs, shipping labels, etc.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 35
  5. “After Dark” – Best 2-page Spread

    “Oakland Bay Bridge at Night"
    by Alexandr Marinenko

    Judge's Comment: A great spread shot with room for a title and text at top left that showcases different types of illumination and reflections. And you have the double subjects (bridge + old pilings) forming converging diagonals and also representing old and new. Cool.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 35
  6. “After Dark” – Honorable Mention 1

    “Path to Darkness” by Brian Pflanz
    Judge's Comment: A wonderfully evocative B&W that’s well-framed with great perspective and a soft and subtle feeling of growing darkness punctuated by the walkway lamps.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  7. “After Dark” – Honorable Mention 2

    “Lost in the Woods” by Elizabeth
    Judge's Comment: A strangely abstract image that could be a photo illustration for a horror movie, magazine, or book. True to its title, I’m frightened just looking at it.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  8. “After Dark” – Honorable Mention 3

    “Turkish Delights” by Jeanne
    Judge's Comment: The title’s a play on words, but the composition is strong with very different and intersecting diagonals, and all in different colors. A very artful shot made on the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  9. “After Dark” – Honorable Mention 4

    “Memory of New Years” by Lrussellphotography
    Judge's Comment: A deceptively simple shot with a lot of impact. The lamp glow is magnetic and ethereal, pulling me in like a moth to a flame.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  10. “After Dark” – Honorable Mention 5

    “London at Night” by OAPhotography
    Judge's Comment: I was drawn to this not only for its dramatic scale but also for the misty veil the fog creates as the colors are diffused through it. You really get the feeling of “London fog.”
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  11. “After Dark” – Honorable Mention 6

    “The Door and Light” by Oleg Koval
    Judge's Comment: A simple and dramatic image that is inviting us to come in from the dark and cold night. I especially like the shading on the steps and the single light bulb hanging.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  12. “After Dark” – Honorable Mention 7

    “Las Vegas Dunes” by Richard
    Judge's Comment: A uniquely abstract view of one of the most photographed places: Las Vegas, Nevada. Richard explains that this captures the Las Vegas Dunes Hotel & Casino just before they tore it down with explosions.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  13. “After Dark” – Honorable Mention 8

    “Night Stroll" by Margo Taussig Pinkerton
    Judge's Comment: This is a great “city atmosphere” shot that really communicates “the night“ as people are captured walking across a tiled piazza. You can see and feel the energy of the walkers on their way to a restaurant or party. The contrasts of light and dark, motion and stillness help tell the story.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  14. “After Dark” – Honorable Mention 9

    “Grainy Night E" by Raimundo Lagos
    Judge's Comment: This image is a good fine-art piece. With it’s huge grain and muted atmosphere, it should be hanging on a gallery wall. In fact, photographer Raimundo says that this image will be part of his book telling the story of what it’s like to work as a photographer on a cruise ship.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25
  15. “After Dark” – Honorable Mention 10

    “Evening Ambiance" by Crouddell
    Judge's Comment: Another image with a lot of feeling. And, well, Ambiance! The man is alone with his thoughts at the park in the dark. A good place to end this contemplation of After Dark images.
    PHOOZL POINTS: 25

 

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