Spring Project Winners!

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Congratulations to Karen O’Connor – she is the winner of the Spring Project Competition!

This is a very unusual shot with great composition and an interesting angle. Karen told me she went to a charity shop to find “yellow and texture” for the shoot, and ended up booking the shop assistant as the model – great idea!

The winning shots in competitions are usually the ones that really stand out, and this shot certainly does. Karen has really thought about “yellow and texture” – and, as she said in her entry: “I can almost feel the texture of his finger prints and rough knuckles through the screen!”

It’s always really difficult to make a final decision in a photo competition. It took me ages to decide on the actual winner, as there were so many great entries and the top 4 shots are exceptionally good, but I hope you’ll agree that Karen’s image deserves the top place.

Karen wins a personal photo training session, which will be the subject of a later blog, so you can all hopefully benefit from what she learns.

Runners up

The three runner up shots are all excellent images too, and each will win a copy of my Portrait or Photo Art book.

Runner up 1: Barbara Leatham

Barbara's picture shows great composition and emotion - the expressions on her children's faces are just beautiful, and they really draw you into the picture. Barbara told me it was a rare moment that she managed to get them so close together, which is even more reason it's such a good shot!

Barbara’s picture shows great composition and emotion – the expressions on her children’s faces are just beautiful, and they really draw you into the picture. Barbara told me it was a rare moment that she managed to get them so close together, which is even more reason it’s such a good shot!

Runner up 2: Amanda Herbert

This is a beautiful image - the colours are stunning and the overall effect is very striking. I love the colour of her hair and dress against the texture of the ground.

This is a beautiful image – the colours are stunning and the overall effect is very striking. I love the colour of her hair and dress against the texture of the ground.

Runner up 3: Emma Finch

This is a really lovely shot - Emma has really captured her little daughter's obvious delight, during their holiday in St Tropez, and the soft muted colours are beautiful.

This is a really lovely shot – Emma has really captured her little daughter’s obvious delight, during their holiday in St Tropez, and the soft muted colours are beautiful.

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. There were some lovely pictures, which showed you had a lot of fun going out and shooting an image of a person/people with the theme of “Yellow and Texture”. It’s great that so many people said it really motivated them to go out and experiment, and gain confidence – that’s what this blog is all about!

SHORT LIST

I’ve included a short list of images below so you can see some of the other great entries received.

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Now you can see why it’s so difficult to choose a winner from such great pictures, sent in from all over the world.

Remember, if your picture didn’t make it on this occasion, don’t be disheartened – enter it again in a different competition and you might just be lucky next time. As I said in an earlier blog, one picture will usually stand out, or fit the criteria of a particular competition better than others.

The important thing is taking part – and many of you said you really enjoyed being given a project to focus on.

Thanks everyone – this was a lot of fun! And you gave me a big challenge too!

Annabel x


Check out these blogs for more info:

HOW TO: Enhance your chances of winning a photo competition

WIN a day’s Personal Training session with Annabel Williams
Enter a photo to WIN a training session!

P.S: Here’s Karen’s image at full size (I had to crop it slightly for the header on this blog). Congratulations again Karen!

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