City Competition 6 2017 - all cities! : Results

  • Competition Winner : First Prize
  • $666.00
  • Judges Comment
  • The color of the playground equipment draws the eye’s first attention while the stark contrast of the white snow field and the buildings helps fix the viewer to this section of the image, and finally it’s triangular shape with long edge on the bottom imparts a stable feeling. These compositional tools hold the attention long enough for the viewer to contemplate the idea of the parents and children in the cold snow and wonder about whether they played or didn’t play or maybe reminisced about when they were young, etc. This kind of engagement is what every photographer should hope to achieve with their images. The rest of the image compositionally works as a backdrop to the story and the eye can travel around via the verticals of the smokestack and building elements which repeat in the trees on the return.
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you so much! I am so honored and humbled. I am a Russian photographer based in California. This image was taken in Vyborg, Russia 2 winters ago.
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This image captures a beautiful dreamy even fanciful scene that could easily find its way to a book cover or into a magazine. It’s very well done with compositional elements and scale well placed and matched. Lighting in this kind of scene can be challenging and will often exceed the camera’s range.
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • Beautiful picture full of wonderful colors and well composed and executed.
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you so much for the recognition! My family and I vacationed in Italy over the holidays this year, and on an early morning trek across the city we stumbled across this scene of a tourist gondola parked along the main walking route with the colorful city background. The image particulars: EOS 5D Mk III | Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD | 23mm | 1/400 | f/6.3 | iso 400 | handheld - Post-production crop and tweaks in Lightroom.
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • The aerial perspective used in this photo abstracts the buildings in a very interesting way, allowing one’s imagination to work with the patterns of shape and color. Nice!
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • Wonderfully executed night time image that leaves nothing to want for technically in terms of exposure and sharpness and deserves merit, however the composition works better on the left side than right of the image.
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • The rendering of this image imparts a bit of Gotham City and the dramatic upward angle make the buildings look even more imposing. Powerful image!
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • The patterns and tones are very appealing in this image. Composition works well. Nice work!
  • Photographers Comment
  • My name is Jörg Franzen. I took this shot in Berlin. It shows the bank reinforcement of the river Spree at the government quarter. I used a Sony Alpha 77 with a Tamron 5.0-6.3/150-600mm. Post processing was done with Capture One and Silver Efex Pro. Thanks for the Mark of Excellence!
  • joergfranzen.photo
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • Does the man in the small window seem bigger than he would be if the picture frame contained just the lighted window? Perhaps and the approach works well compositionally and graphically. Excellent idea!
  • Photographers Comment
  • Bratislava, Slovakia. Canon 450 D, Canon 18-55
  • www.werdza.sk
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This night scene has a cinematic feel to it and the repetition of shapes throughout the composition contribute to a successful image.
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • The water in this image looks very attractive. The viewer’s eye is drawn back and forth through the image along the line of the man, the surfer, and the buildings and then out along the waves and back in with the clouds. Nice shot!