Dog Photo Competition 1 2019 : Results

  • Competition Winner : First Prize
  • $590.00
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a fabulous image. With his intense gaze partially concealed by the old log/tree, this collie's eyes draw us into this intimate closeup. The varying textures from the bright eye, to the collie's fur, the rough bark to the soft sun flare at the top, all work to make this a rich yet simple image. Nicely set up, captured and managed in post. ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • Thank you so much for the award. I feel very honored and very happy about it. The picture shows my very curious dog Sunny. She is a nine-year-old Border Collie crossbreed from Animal Welfare. She has lived with us for eight years. I took the photo last December in our neighbourhood. My Canon 5D Mark IV was used for this. The lens was the Tamron 45mm/1.8. Best regards Sandra
  • https://www.lieblingstier-fotografie.de
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is remarkable image and an instant fave. The framing of the wet collie by the fabulously sculpted rocks is perfection, and the heavy sky adds weight and texture to the overall image. I struggle a little personally with the distant horizon and the water seen behind the collie's legs, and wonder if the image would be stronger still if the angle had been just a little lower so that the distant water wasn't visible ... although I do appreciate your desire to show reference. Nicely staged, captured, and managed in post. ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a tremendous image! The centered framing works perfectly with the centered-stare of this border collie ... the depth of field created with the foreground foliage draws us in to the collie's eyes, and we can barely move from that intensity. Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a simple yet compelling image. The centered framing works for this straight stare of this wet dog. The subtle yet rich tones give us a sense of the wet, heavy day, and the details in the wet dog's fur and eyes, draw the viewer's eye in almost immediately. Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a captivating image in both its dark tones and intriguing setting and angle. The reflected clouds in the water work as a creative backdrop for this dog's extremely fixed attention and alert ears. While I personally find the soft tones compelling, I do feel that the image might benefit from some cleaner whites, especially in the collie, to allow him/her to pop a bit more. Lovely capture and vision. ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • What a fabulously simple and still captivating image. With so few details on which to focus, the viewer's eye is drawn to every detail of this almost-silhouetted dog and the ripples left in his wake. Beautifully framed and managed in post. ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a wonderful silhouette image ... a perfectly captured sunset, and the wee dog framed by the stunningly sweeping pines(?). Nicely done! ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a lovely and wintry photo ... the falling snow and the dog's calm gaze giving the overall image a peaceful quality. Nicely captured. ~ illona
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This image captured the stamina and strength of these lead huskies in the driving snow. The photo has been framed wonderfully, and the barren landscape makes it easy for the viewer's eye to take in all of the details of the huskies. Nicely captured. ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • My name is Fabrizio Gandini, I'm a documentary, street and travel photographer based in Rome, Italy. This photo was taken in the mountains of Sila (Italy) for a reportage covering sled dogs races. Congratulations to the winner and the runners-up, and thanks for the Mark of Excellence.
  • https://www.fabriziogandini.com
  • Mark Of Excellence
  • Judges Comment
  • This is a fabulous capture that has been beautifully managed in post. The lab's direct gaze amidst the shallow depth of field draws the viewer in, while the vegetation allows the viewer's eye to wander a little before coming back to this wonderful dog. Nicely done. ~ illona
  • Photographers Comment
  • First of all a huge thank you for the badge, I really appreciate that. Like this page and the concept behind it is very interesting and successful for me. That's why this badge gives me more joy than any likes or followers on Socialmedia. Congratulations to the other participants. Thanks again...