On Friday I announced the winner and Honorable Mentions, but this year once again today I’m going to give my personal favorites in a bunch of different categories. Although these didn’t make the final cut, all of these were in the running at one point or another, and I felt they were so great that they deserved some recognition as well.

I think these images, and the one’s you saw on Friday, are actually even better than they first appear because:

  • The photographers weren’t able to choose the location (it was chosen for them).
  • Or the time of day (also chosen for them).
  • They had to shoot in whatever lighting conditions at that time
  • They couldn’t go back later (or earlier) to shoot in better light.
  • They were only able to shoot for two hours.

Compare that to most any other photo competition, where the photographers can choose any photo from your photo library, or any photo taken in the past year, etc., but in this case, the photographers hands were really tied.

Yet they came away with images that are totally inspiring and very creative. Two hours. That’s it. And look what they came up with! To me, that makes these images all the more amazing.

You and I could both make the case that any of these shots could have been one of the top 10 official Honorable Mentions, or even the Grand Prize winner which is what made the final picks so incredibly hard again this year, but at the end of the day, I had to make a decision, and I did, but it’s harder than it looks. Thanks to everybody who supported my decisions this year. You all have been incredibly gracious and it is much appreciated.

The images that follow are my other favorites that didn’t make their way into a prize category, but are nonetheless deserving of recognition:


Best Shot From Above
Photo by: Mico Salamanca (San Fernando City, Llocos Philippines)

Best Shot of an Adorable Little Girl
Photo by: Magnar Myrtveit (Amersfoort) 

Best Simple Composition (and use of color)
Photo by: Hylas Kessler (Bleton, Texas)

Best Shot of Another Photo Walker
Photo by: Alexis Miranda (Avilés, Principado de Asturias, Spain)

Yummiest Shot
Photo by: Benjamin Bloom (Burlington, Vermont USA)

Best Shot That I Really Wish Was In Focus
Photo by: Prashant Kulli (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India)

Best Shot of Chairs (and there were plenty)
Photo by: Luis Martinex (Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)

Best Flock of Seagulls
Photo by: Yolande Richard (Cavendish, PE Canada)

Best Shot of a Bird Crying
Photo by: Chase Henderson (Charleston, West Virginia, USA)

Best Shot That Gets Better Once You Spot The Subject
Photo by: Victor Kintanar (Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines)

Best Juxtaposition of Color and Form
Photo by: Cindy Gaab (Dallas, Texas USA)

Best Len Flare Shot
Photo by: Jason Bradwell (Des Moines, Iowa USA)

Best Shot With Sun As Subject
Photo by: Jacqueline De Guzman (Doha, Ad Dawhah Qatar)

Best Flower Shot (Well, my favorite anyway)
Photo by: Edmond Joe (Fairfax, Virginia USA)

Best Shot That Looks Like It Was Taken 70 Years Ago
Photo by:Guido Masi, Firenze, Toscana Italia 

Best Non-HDR Shot That Looks Like a Painting
Photo by: Maria Randima Sorensen (Aahrus, Central Denmark Region)

Best Fountain Shot
Photo by: Suraj Lama (George Town, Grand Cayman Islands)

Best “Why Didn’t I Hold My Photo Walk There?” Shot
Photo by: Mikael Servier (Grenoble, RA France)


Best Atmospheric Shot
Photo by: Glenn Euloth (Halifax, NS Canada)

Best Silhouette Photo
Photo by: Omer Burney (Karachi, Sindh Pakistan)


Best Dramatic Shadowy Shot
Photo by: Annie Jensen (Kobenhavn, Hovedstaden Danmark)

Best Shot Where the Subject is the Shadow
Photo by: Doug Vaughn (Lexington, Kentucky USA)


Best HDR at Night Shot
Photo by: Tim Burgess (London, United Kingdom)

Best Shot That Tells a Story
Photo by: RJ Palad (Manilla, NCR Philippines [Intramuros])

Best Shot That’s So Obviously Seattle, But Still Really Good
Photo by: Ben Lucas (Seattle, Washington USA)

Best B&W Shot
Photo by: Jedsada Piamplyachat (Downtown Surin, Thailand)

Most Interesting Flower Shot
Photo by: Sheree Altobelle (Visalia, California USA)

Best Shot Taken From a Moving Vehicle
Photo by: Santiago Perella (Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain)

Best Use of Color in an Non-Architectural Shot
Photo by: Ali Nasri (Tehran, Tehran Iran)

Best Shot Lit With An Off-Camera Flash
Photo by: Sreejith V Raja (Sharjah, Sharjah United Arab Emirates)

Best Water Drops Shot
Photo by: Susan Liepa (Riverside, California USA)

Best Shot Of Something Exploding During Their Photo Walk
Photo by: Artem Zhushman (Mueang Phuket, Phuket Thailand)

Best Shot That Looks Totally Staged
Photo by: Dian Wahya Utami (Parkes, ACT Australia)


Best Shot That Just Makes Me Smile Every Time I see It
Photo by: Eddie Greenly (Portland, Oregon USA)


My sincere congratulations to every one who entered the contest (it does take guts), and especially to all these fantastic photographers whose work I really felt deserved some extra recognition.





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Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for Photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books.