Cat Photo Competition 5 2017 : Results

  • Competition Winner : First Prize
  • $654.80
  • Judges Comment
  • What a truly tremendous and impactful image. The very serious and strong stare of this big cat is riveting, and the shallow depth-of-field and gorgeous bokeh allows him stand out as the singular focus. Although it works wonderfully as a black-and-white image, I'm sure this image would be just as powerful in color. Absolutely stunning image. Nicely done and congratulations! ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Wow! Thank you very much choosing this photo! Took this photo of our Norwegian Forestcat Esbjerg’s Haribo during a walk in our garden in november 2012. Hi was sitting elevated on the bridge by the pond and endured self-confident the photo-shooting. One of my first picture with Nikon D800E/ Nikkor 24-120 mm Susanne Wunn, Sonsbeck/Germany
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  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is such a magical image ... beautiful bokeh and depth-of-field, incredible light and tones, and perfect focus. The gait captured of this curious cat is perfect. Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a fun image of a cat being a cat ... so playful and comical. Great focus and framing. Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is such a sweet image and the low angle gives it an even more intimate feeling. The softness and shallow depth of field places the focus squarely on the relaxed cat; its white coat in contrast to the green allows the cat to stand out, and its relaxed stare at the camera makes us feel as though we are right there. Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you Illona! I appreciate your kind words. My name is Owen Kingsley Lane, I am a portrait photographer from Virginia. This is my cat’s favorite little tree to lay under, I actually have a similar shot when he was sleeping right before this shot. I was using my Leica M8U and Noctilux 50mm f/0.95.
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  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • What an absolutely interesting image. The distortion created by the wide-angle lens offers some unique lines and angles, drawing the viewer in, and the bright surroundings allow the black cat to stand out. Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a fascinating image ... so simple in its composition and colors, with most lines leading to the main subject of this curious cat. Great capture! ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Many thanks.
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a lovely image with a variety of textures which allow the viewer's eye to travel from the cat's stare throughout the image's frame to explore the various elements from the iron rails, the burlap window covering, the struggling plant and the plaster wall. Nicely done. ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a wonderful image. The shallow depth of field keeps the image simple and focused on the cat, leaving us to wonder what he is so focused on himself. Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you for your comment and for the finalist position. I took this picture with a canon 5d2 and a 24-105 lens at 105. Then I used DxO to convert the picture in black and white.
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a lovely image of a cat in a fascinating setting. The contrast and variety of textures adds to the interest in this photo. Great capture and editing. ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is an interesting image, with the black cat hiding in the longer grass of this small clearing. The choice to convert to black-and-white allows the cat to stand out even more. Nicely done. ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you again :) I took this photo with Sony Alpha 200 during a "trip" with my cat; she always follows me everywhere and loves long walks in the nearby forest! Agnieszka, Cracow, Poland