January "Framed Cityscape" Contest Finalists Announced

Vote for the overall winner!

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Feb 15, 2018

After the end of the nomination phase of last month's official "Cityscape, Framed within a Frame" photo contest, we're now ready to announce our top 15 finalists!  Click on the link below to view the photos in full size and cast your vote in the poll:

Vote for your favorite photo in the poll

As usual for our monthly photo contests, voting closes in a week, and then we'll announce the winners.

Don't miss our February "Moonscape" photo contest, which closes to submissions at the end of the month.

Announcing "Moonscape" - Our February 2018 Photo Contest

Win prizes in our contest for February 2018

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Feb 3, 2018

We're herewith announcing our monthly photo contest for February. The theme for this month is "Moonscape".

This month's topic is Moonscape. That means a scene illuminated by the moon, where the moon need not be in the image. The moon can be included, though, as long as the scene is illuminated by the moon (and not by the sun or artificial light). The scene can be a landscape, a cityscape, or any set of objects.

First prize is a $50 gift card to B&H Photo, second prize is a one year forum account upgrade, and third prize is a box of photo paper form Red River.

The official contest rules are found here.

Click here to submit a photo for the contest.

"Backyard Wild Animals" Memorial Photo Contest

In memory of late forum member Rupert

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jan 31, 2018

Last month, the PF community lost a beloved forum member— James Williams, also known as Rupert.

Rupert had a passion for photographing (and pampering) wild animals that frequented his back yard, such as squirrels (which he called "Otis") and raccoons.  To celebrate this passion, we're launching a special memorial photo contest with "Backyard Wild Animals" as the theme. 

Submissions should be posted as regular threads in the Post Your Photos forum, marked with the Backyard Wild Animals Contest prefix.  Limit one thread per person; descriptions or even stories are strongly encouraged.  You can include between 1 and 5 photos in your submission, depending on the context.

Rupert was not only a very kind person, but also extremely generous both in our community and in the real world.  He donated on behalf of more than half a dozen forum members to bring them Pentax eBooks as well as increased photo space for sharing their work. 

In line with Rupert's giving spirit, the contest winner will receive 2 years of unlimited photo space here on the forum (an "Otis" Loyal Site Supporter account upgrade), as well as the opportunity to extend the same upgrade to any other fellow forum member.

The contest will be judged by the site staff, in cooperation with family members and friends close to Rupert.  User comments on submissions as well as the story behind each photo will be taken into account.  We expect to close the contest in early March.

To browse Rupert's photo galleries or his final forum posts, see this post.

The Making of "In Flight"

How the winning photo of the "Flowers Up Close" contest was made

By EricBrown in Photo Contests on Jan 27, 2018

First, I would like to take everyone that voted for my photo! I really enjoy seeing all the great photos from other forum members so I am in good company!

A little bit about my background with photography. I learned how to use and develop 35mm black and white film way back in high school in 1983.  So, I always credit my wonderful art teacher for getting me on my path.  Between then 2005 I mostly was just point and shoot person, but I was always interested in photography and had a camera.  In 2005 I picked up a film SLR and took an adult education photography class to get the basics down again and in 2006 I purchased a Pentax K110D and fell in love. I’ve been a Pentax shooter since. I have since started a side business for my photography and enjoy photographing people, sports, landscapes, street photography and I do a lot of urban exploring of abandoned places.  If I had to pick a favorite subject to photograph, abandoned locations would have to be it.

"Flowers Up Close" Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our December, 2017 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jan 24, 2018

"In Flight" by EricBrown

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of our December, 2017 "Flowers Up Close" photo contest! In first place was forum member EricBrown from USA who captured "In Flight" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-1 and an smc Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member louparker from USA in second place with "On Final Approach" and monkeyboy from USA in third place with "Flowering". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"On Final Approach" by louparker "Flowering" by monkeyboy

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our January photo contest, "Cityscape, Framed Within a Frame". Read all about it in the monthly contest forum.

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