At any photo contest, judges have to determine the best photograph from a very deserving pool of photos. Decisions, while meaning to be objective, will always be tinged with the personal experiences of the individual judges, and if the judges had been different, so to may also have been the resulting winners. The three photographs below were of special interest to the JAM 2012 judges, and although they didn’t win cash prizes, they were all respected. All three were entered in the category, “Alive in the Natural Habitat”.
Sean McCann was consistently one of the strongest photographers to enter the contest, with three images (two of which can be seen below) that caught all the judges attention. This first is a common subject done extremely well – strong design, contrasting colours and technically excellent, this was one of my personal favourites.
Adam Blake was a winner in “Predators with Prey”, but he also entered this image in the “Alive in the Natural Habitat” category. Not an image that first leaps out at you, its strength lies in its selective focus and the pleasing composition.
And (LBNL) another by Sean McCann, a simple composition with a cute-as-buttons subject: nicely composed and I love the soft background gradient.
Congratulations to those who received Honorable Mentions!