After three days of agonising decision making by a few impartial friends and myself, I can finally reveal which entries to my Long Exposure Competition have won the prizes.
Before I do though, I really need to say a huge THANK YOU to all those who took the time to submit. Over the coming weeks I will be sending a note to each and every one of you with detailed feedback on exactly what I thought about your submitted photo(s). I had a number of criteria that I was looking for whilst going through the entries. These were:
Creativity - I wanted to see something that I don't see everyday.
Execution and Composition - Was the image well planned and carried out
Impact/First impression - Did it make me go "Now THAT, is cool"
Theme - The theme of the competition was Long Exposure. Was a long exposure merely necessary to get the shot, or did the artist go that bit extra and really embrace the theme.
It was not an easy decision at all to arrive at the winners. I was very impressed with all the entries and I wish I could give all the artists a prize. But I can't. So...........
The winner of first place and a 12 month premium membership and an unframed 12x18 inch print of my image "The Sentinel" is
with the image "Last Vestiges of Hope"
I kept on coming back to this image again and again, and it above all the rest, fulfilled the criteria I was looking for the best. Congratulations to Aztil.
The two runners up and the winners of a three month premium membership each are
with their entries:
Congratulations to you both.
was also the winner of the Leasha's Choice Award with his image "Clouds and Stars" and receives an additional three months premium membership
was kind enough to donate a three month membership as a prize. So a big THANK YOU goes to Leasha for that.
Also up for grabs was an "Encouragement Award." This would go to the image that I thought would benefit the most from having a bit of my knowledge imparted on it. This was always going to go to an astrophotography photo, because, well, lets face it, that's what I do and love. And the winner is...........
with his image "Galaxies in the backyard"
Grant and I will be corresponding soon and I will be imparting my knowledge of night sky photography and processing on him.
Like I said: It was a really tough choice and I wish I could have given everyone a prize. But I had to choose and the judges decision is final. Please do check out the work of all the artists who submitted and throw some love their way. All the entries......
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