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Congratulations to our July – August Photo Contest Winners! The theme was “Faces.”

Theme: Faces

Inspired by the book: Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2014 Release

Guest Judge: Martin Evening

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Comments from Martin:

Grand Prize winner:

“Simple Man” by Russ Elkins: There was a high standard among all the finalist entries, which made it hard to choose the best three photographs, but this particular photograph stood out as the clear winner. It’s clearly a setup shot, but looks like an authentic documentary style portrait. The lighting and black and white tones remind me of the work of classic portrait photographers such as Yosuf Karsh.


“A part of my fantasies” MortezaJ: I chose this photograph as a runner-up because it works so well as a fashion portrait. I liked the styling, the choice of model, the natural light and soft colour palette, but also the composition and framing. It looks like the result of a great team effort.

“Daddy” by Dorothea Boonstra: This is another deserving runner-up. I like the use of natural daylight and shallow depth of focus, but above all the candid pose where the subject appears oblivious to the presence of the photographer. I suspect a fair amount of tone dodging might have been needed to lift the shadows around the eyes, but this has been done very skilfully to produce a great portrait.

Click here to see all of the finalists!

Grand Jury Winner

“Simple Man” by Russ Elkins

Runner Up Winners

“A part of my fantasies” MortezaJ

“Daddy” by Dorothea Boonstra

People’s Choice Winner

“IMG_5556″ by Lmer

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Enter our September – October contest! Theme: Close Up Photography in Nature. Enter for a chance to win $200 worth of Focal Press books and Close Up Photography in Nature!

Photoshop CC

To enter Focal Press’s July – August Photo Contest, please click here.

Theme: Faces

Inspired by the book: Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2014 Release

Guest Judge – Martin Evening


Grand Jury Winner:
– A copy of the book Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2014 Release
– $200 worth of Focal Press books of your choice!

Two Runner Ups:
– A copy of the book Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2014 Release
– A Focal Press book of your choice!

People’s Choice Winner:
– A copy of the book Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2014 Release
– $200 worth of Focal press books of your choice!

About the Book:

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers by Photoshop Hall-of-Famer and acclaimed digital imaging professional Martin Evening has been fully updated to include detailed instruction for all of the updates to Photoshop CC on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including significant new features, such as Color Lookup table exports, Focus Area selections, enhanced Content-Aware filling, and new Spin and Path blur gallery effects. This guide covers all the tools and techniques photographers and professional image editors need to know when using Photoshop, from workflow guidance to core skills to advanced techniques for professional results. Using clear, succinct instruction and real world examples, this guide is the essential reference for Photoshop users of all levels.

Guest Judge: Martin Evening

Inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2008, Martin Evening is an internationally renowned professional photographer. Working principally on studio-based beauty photography, Martin uses Photoshop to retouch or manipulate to some degree nearly every image he produces. This regular everyday experience with the software has enabled him to gain extensive specialist knowledge of Photoshop.



About Focal Press’ New Photo Contest Platform:

For this year’s photo contests, Focal Press has partnered with is a beautiful platform and it is very easy to use, as you will see!

ViewBug is an online photo contest community that provides the opportunity for photographers to share photos with chances to win prizes. With ViewBug, everyone can get an opportunity to be discovered. Unlike other photography competitions, ViewBug makes the photography contests fun and social by providing prizes by the best brands in the industry and including the most influential photographers as judges. Participants can also help judges select winners with a social media voting tool. ViewBug provides a slick profile to showcase your photos and different memberships to accommodate any type of photographer.

2014 Photo Contest Structure:

• This year there will be 6 contests

• Each contest will run for 8 weeks

• Entries can be uploaded during the first 6 weeks of the contest window

• During the last 2 weeks of the contest window, the  contest will be open for voting.


The prizes are bigger and better than ever!  Check to see what the prizes are for each contest.

For each contest there will be:

• A Grand Prize Winner and 2 Runner Up Winners that will be chosen by our Guest Judge.

• A People’s Choice Winner for the photo with the most votes.

Winners will be announced within 10 days of the contest closing.


Photos: Share your best shot that fits the contest’s theme. Be creative and original!

Limit: 3 entries per participant

Participation: You must own all legal rights to submitted photos

Photo Format: Color, Black and White, edited formats are accepted

Copyright: You maintain the rights to all of your submissions

Judging: The contest winner will be selected based on the creativity, originality and quality of the photo in accordance to the contest’s theme.

Promotion:  Focal Press would like to use the winning photos to promote the contests on our website, our blog and our Facebook page. We will check with the winners for permission to use their photos in this capacity before posting.

Questions? Concerns? Comments?


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