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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!


Enter your image here: Focal Press Monthly Photography Contest

The theme for the September contest is “photographing childhood” sponsored by Focus On Photographing People by Haje Jan Kamps. Haje will be our guest judge this month.

First Place: Focus On Photographing People and a Focal Photography book of choice*

Second Place: Focus On Photographing People and a Focal Photography book of choice**

Third Place: Focus On Photographing People

*Does not include Focal Encyclopedia of Photography

** Does not include Focal Encyclopedia of Photography and must be valued at $39.95 or less

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