Cat Photo Competition 1 2018 : Results

  • Competition Winner : First Prize
  • $657.20
  • Judges Comment
  • Wow, what an absolutely tremendous and impactful photo. The simplicity of the background created by the shallow depth of field and the softness of the image overall, allows for this alert cat's eyes to literally pop from the photo. Positively perfectly captured and managed in post. An instant fave! Congrats! ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Our cat, her name is Dark (black cat with yellow eyes). Photo was taken in parents house. She was out on the terrace and behid her was stored wood for the fireplace. Canon eos 450D, Canon 50 mm f 1.8. F2, 1/50, iso 800.
  • werdza.sk
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is such a fabulous image. The softness of the photo along with the deep blacks and clean whites, make it both strong and magical at the same time. The framing of the image, as well as the framing of the cat in the window, are wonderful, along with all of the other details like the curl of the cat's tail, the texture of the partly drawn blind, and the soft light spilling in through the window, make it immediately memorable and an instant favorite. Beautifully captured and managed in post. ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a wonderful black and white study of this young cat. Rich blacks and clean whites create an immediately striking image, and the direct stare from this kitten draws us in. Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Hello, my name is Brion Noël and I am a wildlife photographer. I thank the judge for giving me the mark of excellence. For this image, I did not search for a special composition. This is the decoration of our bathroom. Chips is a young Maine Coon female and is very playful and naughty. It was the first time she had gone to bed in the washbasin of the bathroom. I only immortalized the scene instantly.
  • www.noelbrion.com
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a fabulous photo. The shallow depth of field and the soft tones create an image where the subject truly stands out with its piercing eyes and intense expression. Lovely soft tones, and a perfect low angle which makes us feel as though we are right on this scene about to be greeted by this gorgeous cat. Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • What a fabulous image. The conversion to black and white allows for the small black cat to stand out in this stark but richly texture scene. Beautifully framed and managed in post, making it a highly memorable image. Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you for choosing my picture. The cat lives nearby an abandoned building in Norway and I followed it a few hours around in the big old building. The post processing have been done in Lightroom.
  • www.audunnygaard.com
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • The incredibly shallow depth of field and wonderful bokeh, along with the sharp details of this cat's face, make this photo an instant favorite, and the bright, soft tones give us a sense of springtime. Nicely captured and managed in post. ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thanks you for the compliment and well done on the winner, it really is a unique photo.
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This street photo offers not just wonderful tones but also a variety of textures -- from the warm-toned brick, to the cold ice and slush, the captured water droplets from the metal pipe, and finally to the sweet, longhaired orange kitten. Wonderfully handled in post. I sure hope this kitten is now warm and loved. :) ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • The photo was taken in the Moscow region at a country house. Camera: Canon EOS 70d
  • https://www.facebook.com/novikovbarberphoto
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is such a striking image, not just the kitten's priceless captured expression, but also the contrast between the white fur and the darker landscape and shallow depth of field. Wonderfully captured and managed in post. ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you very much, dear Illona, that I won my first competition entry right away. I'm very glad about that. My stage name is elfmet and I am an animal photographer from Germany (Thuringia). The picture shows a seven week old Sacred Birman on her first trip to the autumnal garden. The picture was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon 135mm (f 2.5 - 1/1000 sec - ISO 250). The editing was done with Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • www.elfmet.de
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • What a fun and fabulous capture. The expression on this ruffled cat is priceless. Lovely white balance, and the soft muted tones allow the cat's eyes to stand out. Wonderful capture! ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Many thanks for the Mark of Excellence and the great comment, dear lllona. I am very happy to be among the winners. My name is Irina Sigl and I am a photographer from Germany. The picture was taken in a small village in Croatia. I roamed the streets to take pictures when I suddenly felt myself watched. I paused and looked around. Then, upon a wall, I saw this graceful cat, who looked at me piercingly, as if to ask me, "What's up with you? Although she almost intimidated me, I took a picture of her! The picture was taken with a Nikon D 600 and a telephoto lens. I used Lightroom and Photoshop for post processing.
  • irina.sigl-fotografie.de
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a lovely image, where the white street cat stands out in this stark but richly colored street scene. Bringing up the whites a little so that the cat pops even more from the landscape might benefit, but otherwise a lovely captured. Nicely done. ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you very much for this Mark of Excellence and the kind words! My name is Lena and I´m an enthusiastic hobby photographer from the north of Germany. I took this picture with my Lumix G70, 12-32mm lens, during a trip to Marrakesh in January this year. Thanks for the advice to give a bit more white to the cat, I will try that as soon as I have got a proper image processing programm, which is hopefully soon :)