Today I’m going to give my personal favorites in a bunch of different categories, from images that didn’t become one of the finalists or the Grand Prize winner, but I felt were so great that they deserved some recognition as well.
Here’s what so amazing to me about all this. If the winning images you saw yesterday, and here today, were entered in a regular photo contest, none of us would blink an eye—-a great image is a great image. But most contest allow you to choose any photo from your entire lifetime of shooting, or perhaps any photo taken in the last year, or any photo in a particular category. But in this case, here’s what the photographers were up against.
- They were not able to choose the location (it was chosen for them).
- They were not able to choose the time of day (it was chosen for them).
- They were only able to shoot for two hours.
- They shot in the light that was there. They couldn’t go back later (or earlier) in better light.
Yet they came away that images that are inspiring, creative, and in many cases, breathtaking! That’s what makes this so special. Two hours. That’s it. And look what they came up with! To me, that makes these images, and the ones chosen yesterday, all the more amazing.
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 HDR shots
- Lots of shots of other Photo Walk photographers
- Lots of shots of reflections
- Lots of shots of homeless people
- Lots of shots of children
- Lots of bees landing on flowers
- Lots of people seen through store windows
- Lots of Bridges
- Lots of Churches (inside and out)
- Lots of shots of statues and art
- Lots of shots of stairs
- Lots of train shots
Anyway, it gives you an broad view of what people wound up shooting a lot of.
The images that follow are my favorites that didn’t make their way into the prize category, but are nonetheless deserving of recognition:
My sincere congratulations to all these fantastic photographers whose work I really felt deserved some extra recognition.