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06-05-2020, 07:31 AM - 1 Like   #46
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At long last the results of this competition and I must say first, it has been difficult to judge. All the entries were interesting and strong and quite a few of the entries from different photographers were and are superb photos. But before we get to my final choice, a few words about the other entries---

Jacquot's iPhone shots give a strong sense of light and time and place, especially the one taken next to your desk, with light filtering through the lace curtain, a poetic effect.

barondla's image of the face masks is subtle, poignant and very propos of what we are all living through.

universalfocus's flower shots are uniformly beautiful.

Sam_I_am's S9 images are quite cool, including the close-up of those violet-magenta-pinkish flowers which really made me almost able to touch and smell them. But I also loved the detailed close image of what seems to be fabric, almost like a modern abstract painting.

chubasco's shot of blooming spider plants with the Nikon P7100 is a simple, elegant composition with particularly beautiful light; and I have to say, I loved the shot of the boat ('Miss Demeanor') in Maine Harbor, that you took with your GRD2 (what a great camera, too, by the way!).

Titia's three entries are worthy of a special mention - the close-up of the mushroom has beautiful light, contrast and textures - as does the photo of the dried seed pod against a background of both dead and live vegetation - with subtle, naturalistic lighting.

zippythezip's dead flower, taken with the Oly TG-6, is also a wonderful close image, and one I had to look at again.

RoxnDox's wonderful close shot of shelf fungus on the dead branch of a plum tree also deserves special mention - with its beautiful shapes and textures.

kwb's three entries are also deserving of special praise in my opinion. The strawberry flowers are beatiful and the monochrome geometric Q-tip shot is really very cool. Your last entry, of the monkey with its haunting face, which seems to be staring straight into the camera, is special.

But my final selection of a winner came down to several compelling entries from both Bart and er1kksen. Bart's three entries are each worth contenders in their own right by my favorite is the middle one, the monochromatic image of what seem to be either the layers of a flowery fungus or the ultra-closely-textured overlapping petals of a mysterious flower. It's a remarkable image and a great photograph.

er1kksen's camouflaged spider - against what seems to be a rock background with the same shapes and textures - is a cool image, but his 2nd entry, the close shot of three tiny flowers - which look more like tiny alien emissaries from a microscopic galaxy - is even cooler. But his 3rd entry - the close-shot of the bug-eyed Wolf Spider crouching atop his prey, the fly he has just killed (and, one assumes, is about to consume) - against the greenish background of a leaf - is an image I just kept coming back to again and again - and is my choice for this Contest's Winner.

My congratulations, again, to all of you - for fantastic and inspiring images, and for pushing the envelope.
Congratulations to er1kksen. An amazing photo. Thanks to MiguelATF for running a super contest and the kind words regarding my entry. Great entries everyone. Ready for the next contest.
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Congratulations to er1kksen, great photos!
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Congratulations to er1kksen, really great work! And thanks to MiguelATF and PentaxForums for making these contests possible!
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