Thanks to author Haje Jan Kamps for acting as our guest judge for the August contest! The theme was “travel”.
First Place Choice: “Ganga Aarti at Varanasi” by Sirsendu Gayen, West Bengal, India
What Haje had to say: This photo is a fantastic shot. It encapsulates the magic of traveling beautifully; the photo screams exploration and travel to me. Technically, it’s a mighty fine shot, too – the repeating pattern of the dancers into the background looks great, and the smoke gives the image fantastic depth and a feeling of intimacy. Great stuff.
What Haje had to say: Looking at this picture gives a very strong impression of being oh-so far away from home. The impossibly clear and blue water, the colourful clothes the people are wearing, and the simple concept of a floating house… Lovely. I quite like the composition as well – there is something off-balance about this picture that draws the eye to it again and again.
Third Place: “Back Streets of Naples” by Scott Moodie, Plover, Wisconsin, USA