Although yesterday I announced the winner and Honorable Mentions, today I’m going to give my personal favorites in a bunch of different categories. Although they didn’t make the final cut, all of these were in the running, and I felt they were so great that they deserved recognition as well.
I think these images, and the one’s you saw yesterday, 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, but at the end of the day, I had to make a decision. It’s harder than it looks.
Before we get to seeing some images, there were some recurring themes in the types of photos that where picked by local winners, and went into judging to become finalists. For example, there were:
- Lots of shots of fountains
- Lots of shots of shadows
- Lots of shots of reflections (in glass and in water)
- Lots of split toned shots
- Lots of shots of frogs.
- Lots of shots of insects
- Lots of shots with bicycles in them
- Lots of church interiors
- Lots of shots of statues and art
- Lots of shots of shoes
There was also a lot more nicely done post processing this year. The consistency of the post has gone way up, which is great. However, there were some shots that would have been so much better with just a simple Levels adjustment (just for fun, when I saw one, I would make a screen capture, paste it into a new document in Photoshop, and then I would fix the photo. None of those won, but it was fun to see how much better they looked when I ran across one that needed a tonal fix. I can’t help it. It’s the Photoshop freak in me).
One more thing—-Give Adorama Some Love
I want to once again thank our Platinum Sponsor Adorama Camera (the Grand Prize winner snagged a $1,000 Adorama Gift Card, courtesy of Adorama). Their support made this whole thing happen, so if you’re thinking of buying some camera gear, please check with them first by clicking right here (and NAPP members have a dedicated phone number to call for special deals. Check out the NAPP member discount page for details). My personal thanks to Jeff Snyder and the whole team at Adorama who were behind this year’s event from the very beginning.
The images that follow are my other favorites that didn’t make their way into the prize category, but are nonetheless deserving of recognition:
Best Macro Shot
Photo by: Magnar Myrtveit (Bergen, Hordlaland Norway)
Best Simple Composition
Photo by: Giselle Seibel (Blumenau, SC Brasil)
Best Shot of a Boy Who Needs To Go Potty
Photo by: Andrzej Kudlewski (Blalystok, Podlaskie Polska)
Best Tonal Effect
Photo by: Johan Ustin Sisno (Cebu City, Central Visayas Phillippines)
Best Use of Background
Photo by: Aude Chenu (Chengdu, Sichuan China)
Best Shot From Above
Photo by: Thomas Klefhaber (Cincinnati, Ohio USA)
Best B&W / Infrared
Photo by: Michael Whalen (Costa Mesa, California USA)
Best Shot in the Rain
Photo by: Fred Mancosu (Bern, BE Switzerland)
Best Use Of Lines
Photo by: Carme Frigola (Barcelona, Spain)
Best Editorial Looking Shot
Photo by: James Bautista (Davao City, Davao Region Philippines)
Best Shot That Would Make a Great Stock Photo
Photo by: Andrea Willmore (Western Cape South Africa)
Best Everyday Object Shot
Photo by: Tamara Stecyk (Edmonton, AB Canada)
Best Shot of an Adorable Little Girl
Photo by: Eline den Hond (Eindhoven, Hoord-Brabant Nederland)
Best HDR Shot Needs a Shadows Levels Adjustment & Some Desaturation
Photo by: Verne Snow (Fort Myers Beach, Florida USA)
Best “Cool Guy With Hat” Shot
Photo by: Jamie Leonhard (Granada, AL Spain)
Best Clever Composition That Creates a Message
Photo by: Nick Man (Hong Kong, China)
Best Shot Downtown at Night
Photo by: Tommy Lyles (Houston, Texas USA)
Best Shot So Good It Looks Like It Was Set Up
Photo by: Patricia Stalter (Los Almos, California, USA)
Best B&W With One Part Color Shot That I Normally Wouldn’t Like, But Here I Really Like It
Photo by: James Love (Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK)
Best Shot That Made Me Wish I Was At Their Photo Walk
Photo by: Jacques Pontbriand (Montréal, QC Canada)
Best Aged Toning Effect
Photo by: Ian Goring (Oakville, ON Canada)
Best Panning Shot
Photo by: Sabapathee Krisnamoorthee (Port Louis, Port Louis Mauritius)
Best Church Interior Composition & Post Production
Photo by: Okan Guney (Reading, England UK)
Best High Key Shot
Photo by: Stephanie Luke (Redding, California USA)
Best Waterfall with HDR
Photo by: Rick Holliday (Roswell, Georgia USA)
Best “How’d You Get So Lucky To Have a Hummingbird Fly Up” Shot
Photo by: Pam Borrelli (San Francisco, California USA)
Best Almost Fantasy-Looking Place Shot
Photo by: Dieter Schaefer (Santa Barbara, California USA)
Best Shot That I Really Wish Was In Focus
Photo by: Laylaa Ali (St. Clair, St. George Trinidad & Tobago)
Best Color and Composition Contrast
Photo by:VJ Francisco (Tanay, Calabrazon Phillippines)
Best “Why Didn’t I Hold My Photo Walk There?” Shot
Photo by: Daron Shade (Tucson, Arizona USA)
Best Shot of Windows
Photo by: Dennis Behm (Weatherford, Texas USA)
Best Lighting on a Frog. Ever.
Photo by: Paul McLeod (Caledon, ON Canada)
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.