2010 Photography Contest Results

It is with great pleasure that I bring you the winners, finalists and honorable mentions from the 2010 Photography Contest! I received a surprisingly large number of entries - close to 100! Choosing the finalists and ultimately, the winners, was a difficult task. It was very interesting to see everyone's interpretation of the word "Pure."

Below are all the wonderful photos, along with little tidbits on what I loved about them. On some I have also included what the entrant said about their photo (this will appear in smaller italic text). Enjoy!

1st Place: Laura A.
What is not to love about this incredible photo? It's absolutely gorgeous. I loved how crystal clear the water is - just solid blue the whole way. The composition and lighting are beautiful and of course the action captured is amazing.
Laura wins a Blogger design from Prairie Rose Designs and a free Fracture frame!

2nd Place: Wendy H.
I loved the soft colors in this photo and the beautiful light coming on to the mother's face. The sweet, pure love between mother and child is just precious. This photo is so genuine and unposed. Beautiful!
Wendy wins a Blogger design from Prairie Rose Designs!

3rd Place: Kamirin C.
This is such a unique photo. I was intrigued by the interesting composition and crop, and I loved the restful feeling. The colors are beautiful as well, and I like how your eye travels across the photo, finally resting on the bride. Wonderful work!
Kamirin wins a custom header, banner and button set from Prairie Rose Designs.

Below are the finalists that came SO CLOSE to making it in the top three! Outstanding work, all of you!
Laura A.
Gorgeous lighting and colors in this... such a sweet picture of innocence.

Erica B.
Freshly fallen snow! What could be more pure than that?

Laura L.
The love between daddy and daughter... precious. Loved the color and light coming through her hair.

Allison M.
Great composition and focus, and I like the contrast of the pure pearls against the dirty rock.
"Purity also reminded me of pearls. As you know, oysters make pearls by coating bits of sand with soft layers. What a great analogy for us to use when we get irritated! Soft answers to others, relinquishing our 'rights' to One Who laid all His down, and the list goes on! By putting a few pearls on the dirty stone step, I wanted to visualize how we are to look to the world around us. Remaining pure in God's sight, regardless of the dirt of sin that surrounds us, and thus pointing the way to the Savior Who can cleanse us of sin."

Laura L.
Beautiful splash of sunlight coming through the flower petals!
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." James 1:17
Even though this picture is of a flower, the focus is the light shining through it. It reminded me of this verse about the light and purity of God."

Wendy H.
God's creation is marvelous. Love the vibrant blues and greens in this one.

And, just because I was having such a hard time deciding which photos would make it into the finals and win the top 3, I'd also like to feature some honorable mentions, who exhibited creativity in using theme.

Elizabeth A.
Love the beautiful pink in this and the dew/rain drops.

Savannah L.
Very neat! I really like the sparkles in this.
"Those who are pure don't hide themselves away from the world but must live amongst this impure world. We are to be "in the world, but not of the world" and this photograph illustrates that. These beautiful tree buds are in the world but yet protected and kept pure by a thick layer of ice. This can represent our family and church and God, protecting us from harm and corrupting influences."

Allie R.
This has great focus and I liked the heart pendant she used to highlight the word!

Kathryn I.
Very clever! Great pure, crisp reflection.

Hannah B.
Good clean soap! I liked how the bubbles are coming out of the bowl.

Congratulations everyone! And a big thank you to our sponsor, Fracture! (And Prairie Rose Designs, but that's my business so it hardly does to thank myself. :-))

Due to the fact that this site isn't really photography related, if you are interested in entering future photography contests, please note that I will likely be hosting them from my photography blog, kathryngracephotography.blogspot.com
Looking forward to another contest in the future!

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