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Extreme competition winners - why they won

It's that time of the month again where you get a brief glimpse into the minds of myself and Gladys as we reveal the thinking behind the three successful competition images! As always, it was a tough decision but I trust you'll agree that all three images are worthy winners. Here's why we picked them - I hope that it helps you with your future competition entries.

First place: For once, Gladys and I were in complete agreement that this was our winner. This long exposure technique is very popular at the moment (essentially, you need some wire wool, a piece of string and a battery) so full marks to Nigel Thomas for making the most of it. On top of the main subject, we both really liked the urban background which, we felt, added an extra dimension to the shot. From the subject itself through to the technique used to capture it, no other shot embodied the Extreme theme as well as this one.

Second place: Taken at an extreme shutter speed and using an extreme viewpoint, this is a great action shot. Full marks to Tynetoons for having the bottle to get their camera at the heart of the action. Gladys was a big fan of the colours, while I loved the look on the rider's face - close your eyes and hope for the best!

Third place: A relatively simple shot, but very effective. Love the low angle and the fact that the swan has its bill as close to the lens as possible! But it's actually what's behind the main subject in Amanda R's shot that really completes this image. The birds and lake in the background contextualise the image perfectly.

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Date Tue, 05/07/2011 - 22:43
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Thanks for the explanations Fred,  as you say,  all very very well deserved.  I don't know about you,  but I think the quality of entries over the past few months is very impressive.  It must get harder for you and Gladys each time.

It's a great idea too,  to explain why you chose the winners.  It gives each of us a chance to think before entering a shot,  as we now get an inkling to the sort of thing you look for in a photograph.

Thank you.

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Date Tue, 05/07/2011 - 23:20
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I totally blanked out on last month's competition. We're so casual down here in Key West, I couldn't think of anything "Extreme". I thought about submitting drunkards on Duval Street and homeless people, but thought it might be in bad taste.... so I didn't. I like the fact the goose entry was selected, because it showed the range of concept the judges are rating.

Now this month's competition, "Transport", I can get into. So hold on to your knickers, kids..... it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Date Tue, 05/07/2011 - 23:42
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Hi Fred, I'm liking also to have the explanation, but I'm confused. The 3rd place was originally another picture. I have to say that I prefer the swan, but why the change after publishing the 1st 3rd place, if you catch my drift.

Jean 

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Date Wed, 06/07/2011 - 05:49
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Hi Jean, the reasons why the first 3rd place picture were removed were covered off in this forum thread. Essentially it was a copyright issue that didn't come to light until after the results had initially been announced

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Date Wed, 06/07/2011 - 10:15
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Hello Fred, I'm with Steve Ransome on his comments. It's a shame the New Zealand site doesn't adopt the same policy - can you have a whisper in their ear? Thanks.

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Date Wed, 06/07/2011 - 10:24
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Thanks for that Mr FP. Still finding my way around site. Not got into forums, to busy blogging. Lol.

Jean

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Date Wed, 06/07/2011 - 15:52
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Thanks for the explanations Fred - I've been having problems on the last couple of comps - just can't get my head round any shots - think I need to get going this month Smile

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Date Thu, 07/07/2011 - 21:17
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I totally agree with the first two, but in the 3rd I find that sloping horizon very distracting.

Congrats to all though!

Kev

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Date Mon, 18/07/2011 - 23:24
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   its really nice to know you both pick the winners love this site and well done to all the winners

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Date Thu, 21/07/2011 - 19:48
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Very helpful insight!

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