First Place: Jelena Blagojevic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Title: “Hard Life”
What Steven and Paul had to say: This a wonderful dramatic portrait. Nice use of light to bring out the texture in the face. Both the cropping and negative space are very effective.
Second Place: Brian Jolley, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Title: “Pot Shiner, Chennai, India”
What Steven and Paul had to say: We like how the subject connects with the viewer in this one. The composition and the ambient light are excellent. What works well in this environmental portrait is the use of the diptych to “tell a story” about this woman.
Third Place: Ioannis Papadakis, Belgium
Title: “A Rajastani Portrait”
Guest Judges: Steven Biver and Paul Fuqua