Juror: Julia Cumes
Best in Show
Watering with a Flair by Paul M. Murray
Juror’s comment: I love the use of backlighting in this image, the water droplets frozen in time so exquisitely. It’s such a moment and the composition and warm tones are really wonderful as well. It is both a moment as well as graphically striking.
Best nature image
Humpback whale eating its way through a giant pod of menhaden by Paul Rifkin
Juror’s comment: I thought this image of a whale eating its way through a giant pod of menhaden is simply an extraordinary moment and elegantly executed. I have never seen this captured before and it really showcases nature at its most profound. It is an easy image to miss unless one looks closely, so I suggest viewers come up and look at it up close.
Best black-and-white image
Lorie by Jay Phyfer
Juror’s comment: I love how the photographer has transformed the human body into a landscape itself. Great use of composition and form and there’s an added layer of narrative mystery I find intriguing.
Confrontation by Walter Knox
Juror’s comment: There is such a wonderful sense of a moment in this image. The interaction between these two birds is so expressive. Also, great use of shallow depth of field to really bring the viewers’ eye to the subject matter.
Castellucio di Norcia by Tom Noonan
Juror’s Comment: I love the light and tonal range in this black and white image. Tones range from the whitest white to the darkest of blacks with almost everything in between. Ansel Adams would be proud!
Antarctica Portal by Paul M. Murray
Juror’s Comment: I love the use of framing in this image shot through a hole in an ice cave and the visual complexity of its layers. I’m always drawn to images that offer the viewer a foreground, middle ground and background, leading the viewer deeper into the image. I also appreciate the frame within the frame and the color and texture of the ice.
Hay Barge by Greg Anderson
Juror’s comment: Great use of color and form in this image of a boat.
Portrait of a jellyfish by Jennifer Kano
Juror’s comment: The light in this image is just exquisite. I love how the jellyfish has become an abstraction, much more about light and form than about the creature itself.
Aging Gracefully, Opus 21, No. 5 by Susan Simon
Juror’s comment: The photographer has done an excellent job capturing the detail, color and elegant beauty of these flowers. Excellent use of light and composition.
Boston Abstract by Jeannine LaVoie
Juror’s comment: Wonderfully creative use of color and form to turn this urban landscape into a playful and engaging abstraction.
Summer Reading by William Yates
Juror’s comment: I really enjoy the composition and framing in this image. Also the sense of photographer as voyeur—a quiet moment captured from a mysterious vantage point adds an extra layer of intrigue.
Final Portrait by Bruce Calabro
Juror’s comment: I’m not only drawn to the beautiful composition and texture in this image but to the narrative behind it. One cannot help but wonder what kind of creature this is and what happened to it. Just overall a striking and compelling image.
All Accepted Works:
|Monks Park Blue||Rick||Branscomb|
|Keyhole View of Petra||Haim||Brill|
|A Room of One’s Own||Alicia||Buccino|
|“They won’t leave without us.”||Kevin||Doyle|
|Boston Nighttime Skyline||Todd||Duclos|
|Oceanic Eruption||Emily L.||Ferguson|
|Woman in Gyantse with Mask||Molly||Johnston|
|Portrait of a Jellyfish||Jennifer||Kano|
|Osprey with Lunch||Carol||Knox|
|Portrait of a Praying Mantis||Walter||Knox|
|Another day in paradise||Robin||Melavalin|
|reflection on a pond||Barbara||Moss|
|Watering with a Flair||Paul||Murray M|
|Antarctica Portal||Paul||Murray M|
|Castellucio di Norcia||Tom||Noonan|
|Are you taking my picture?||Claudine||Reilly|
|Humpback Whale Eating Its Way Through A Giant Pod of Menhaden||Paul||Rifkin|
|Plantation Walls XVII.d||Dennis||Roth|
|Aging Gracefully Opus 21 No 5||Susan||Simon|
|When the Fog Rolls In||Dorene||Sykes|
|Rancho de Taos||Mark||Taylor|
|The River At 9 AM||Peter||Tilgner|
|Bernard Harbor 1||Richard||Tranfaglia|
|Finnish Church – Thomaston||Richard||Tranfaglia|
|Truly, a Washashore||Nancy||Walbek|
|Tideline Configuration||David E.||Williamson|