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Judging competitions is always subjective, but generally I have a relatively easy job of picking a winner from an ePHOTOzine competition. We usually receive around 1000 entries of which I can short-list down to 15-20 finalists, but the latest one was to win a Canon EOS camera and a fairly easy theme for anyone to enter - black & white.
As a result we had our biggest entry to date with over 2000 submissions. And the job of picking one winner was quite a task. These were ot just straight forward black & white conversions of snap shots. We had 100s of well considered compositions and themes, with super tonal ranges that would shame many original black & white film photographers.
I made a short-list of 136 and then spent ages deliberating over the winner.
Here's that short-list. If you had been judge which would you have picked? And why? Please link to the photo so I know which one you mean.
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Didn't envy your task on this one Pete. Some really strong entries with a plethora of different subjects.
My Choice would have been this one.
I love how sharp the boat is whilst all around is movement really emphasizing the title "Aground"
Also love the fact that i had another shortlist.
Good entries guys, again the talent on this site is amazing
I think you will probably get 136 different answers, because everyone's point of view and tastes are different!
For me, I think this one really stands out:-
I really like the 'cragginess' of the gentleman - the lighting is superb!
Looking at the short-list I can understand why you had such a tough time choosing. I feel that they would all have been deserved winners.
I like this one The Corner Chair by Daveu. No particular reason, it just appeals to me.
looking at the entries i can see why it would've been such a hard job to choose a winner. I can see why you have picked the winning shot but for my money without the explanation of the title then it loses it's impact. I was really drawn to "Lena Martin" by Newy17. For me it has a relaxed and artistic/seductive quality to it which i feel is the mood/effect he was going for. The depth of field and use of ambient light is technically perfect and it brings the whole shot together. If this shot was in colour i think that it could lose the feel and mood portrayed from it being in black and white so all the elements complement each other perfectly. Overall it is just a really nice shot to look at. As you say it is all subjective and other people will easily be able to find reasons to justify other shots as they are all so good.
Not easy is it?
Some are a bit clichéd and there wasn't much that had been taken specifically for this competition.
I'm not a great fan of portraits but I loved this one and would have given it fist place.
The depth of tones and control of the lighting is superb (IMHO) I'd have cloned out the mole on her stomach though.
I'd have given this one second place (okay I know there wasn't a second place but hey why not when the comp has been won)
Super candid with everything coming together beautifully.
And my third place goes to:
It shouldn't work as a B&W but somehow it does and without the colour it makes you look into the photograph.
Great to see some many Northumbrian images making it into the short list - Northumberland ROCKS
I really like this one.
It has a surreal, dream like feel to it that appeals to me, I reckon it would look fabulous in colour too judging by that sky.
Great views, thanks. Keep them coming.
And, if you have time, perhaps delve into the rest of the entries and tell me if there are any I missed that should have been shortlisted or even the winner. But be aware that there are around 2000 to look through!
Derelict machinery at South Crofty Mine, Cornwall
would of been my choice good tones tells a story of the past good detail..
I think judging is personal choice what one judge picks another judge may not.
What i would like to see is a judges short list past to another judge and vice the versa then the 2 chosen photos another judge picks the winner. I think that's makes it fair and unbiased . I am not keen on public voting competitions.
I think the winner photo is good and shows emotion
It's pouring with rain so I waded through the thumbnails - it's given me a great insight into what's needed for a competition.
1. Read the rules they're there for a reason and stick to them.
2. Your picture might be good but do the judges need to see it twice?
3. A picture has to immediately grab the judges attention, subtle detail doesn't make the first cut.
4. Be original and don't just search through your archives.
5. Double check the photograph for dust spots and other flaws
6. Make sure your picture is sharp where it should be.
So having trawled through the entries I take my hat off to you Pete, I just looked at the thumbs, unless I liked the shot, but I know you'll have viewed them all at full size.
This one maybe
though I can see that a lack of attention to detail has hindered it.
This is cute and the eye catchlights are good.
so many of the shortlisted portraits had eye's that reflected rubbish so they weren't 'eyes' any more.
I love this technically excellent and beautiful too.
I would have this on my wall and it would have been my winner.
Great fun looking through these, some excellent shots.
Personally, I like this, it reminds me a bit of the famous shot of the Afghan girl with the piercing green eyes.
I suppose it's technically just less than perfect (I'm not sure whether the strand of hair on the left is good or bad) but I still felt it conveyed something.
This kept my attention for a long time. You can almost feel the pain of waiting for the results ( no idea what they were up to! Gymnastics?)
And this is just so intriguing. Makes you think.
Unbelievably high standard overall! Thanks for "forcing" me to work my way through them, Pete. Quite inspirational.
For obvious reasons, I would pick myself! (If I had make the shortlist )
What criteria were used to assess the photos and choose the winning one?
These are the 5 that I stopped at - in no particular order. When I look at a picture I don't dwell on technicalities as you may gather, but the ones I chose have a certain hook that draws me in.
I couldn't have chosen a winner from this fabulous shortlist. Rather you than me.
I Felt Cynical Breaks a lot of "rules". Thought provoking and mysterious.
It's a Kind Of Magic Split timing. Good hands.
Bird Man Poignant and tender.
Trapped Childlike - almost conversational.
Pippi Fun and illustrative.
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