March "Flowers up Close" Contest Finalists Announced

Vote for the overall winner!

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Apr 15, 2024

After the end of the nomination phase of last month's official Flowers Up Close 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 April Architecture photo contest, which closes to submissions at the end of the month.

Announcing Our April, 2024 Photo Contest

Win a gift card and other prizes in our monthly photo contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Apr 2, 2024

We're herewith announcing our monthly photo contest for April: Architecture.

The topic for April is Architecture. Your image can include building interiors and exteriors, cityscapes, bridges and other human-made structures. It can encompass entire buildings, or it can focus on details like the design of a stair case or other building elements. Good luck!

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.

If you haven't done so already we invite you to browse our special gallery of last month's photo contest submissions and nominate your favorites.

The Making of "Autumn Draws"

How the winning photo of the "Best of 2023" contest was made

By Semokha in Photo Contests on Mar 29, 2024

In the fall of 2023, I had a two-week trip to the Altai Mountains region (Russia, Siberia). I've heard a lot about it. And I hoped that the trip would be no worse than to Kamchatka (Russia) in previous year. As a result of the trip, I was able to photograph several landscapes that I like, as well as several birds and animals. The winning work is one of these landscapes.

"Autumn Draws" by Semokha

Let's go back a little to the beginning. The trip was carried out in an expeditionary format, in a group of 6 people. We moved between locations by a special vehicle.

The Making of "Gotcha!"

How the winning photo of the "Series of Three" contest was made

By oneill in Photo Contests on Mar 25, 2024


Thanks to all the members who nominated, and then voted for my “Series of Three” image. There were a number of excellent images in this competition. I have been published, and have placed in a few competitions, but it never gets old; it is an honor to take first place.

Making the images for “Gotcha!” was fairly straight forward, but required a lot of very “patient” time in the field. The images were shot in Washington’s San Juan Islands in a lovely short grass meadow overlooking the ocean. There were three dens in a very large meadow, collectively with about a dozen fox kits. I spent four days sitting on a little folding “walk stool” with the day-to-day activities of three fox families going on around me. Pack a lunch, take some water, and become “landscape”, there was no need to hide, you just become another rock.

February 2024 "Series of Three" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our monthly contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Mar 23, 2024

"Gotcha!" by oneill

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of our February, 2024 "Series of Three" photo contest! In first place was forum member oneill from Canada who captured "Gotcha!" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-1 and an smc Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member tungal from Estonia in second place with "Triptych" and Andy58 from UK in third place with "Autumnal Progression". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Triptych" by tungal "Autumnal Progression" by Andy58

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our current photo contest, "Flowers up Close". Read all about it here.

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