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'Smile!' photography competition

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Judges Writeup



Daily Mirror Picture Editor, Ian Down and Staff Photographer, James Vellacott judged the competition. Here's what they thought:

"The standard of photography was outstanding. The images covered many aspects of photography from great timing, precision lighting and focusing through to clever ideas and effects.

This month the theme was 'Smile' and all the images had an uplifting or comedy feel to them. We studied them on the monitors at the Mirror picture desk, which caused some interest from the editors and journalists who all had their ideas of who should win. Mirror Picture Editor, Ian Down who watches over 30000 images that arrive at the Daily Mirror every day, and myself decided that the winning image should be:

You might smile, but it's my toe! By John Llywarch (john61704b.)

This candid image captures perfectly the smile and happiness of the young chap as he plays with the grown-up's foot. The image is pin sharp and nicely exposed in the slightly awkward side lighting. It's images like this that become timeless and go on to be a historical testament to the era in which it was taken. It's a spontaneous and perfectly captured image of a happy moment in time."

Well done to all those who were shortlisted and congratulations again to John who's won a fantastic photography kit jam-packed with goodies courtesy of our kind sponsors.

Unlucky this time? Then enter the Travel competition and you too could be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize.

If that wasn't enough, we also have our regular monthly competition. September's theme is 'People' so send us your perfect portraits now!


You might smile, but its my toe!1st - john61704b
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