Circular competition winners - why they won
Another excellent competition this month, with a great selection of shots meaning Gladys and I had our work to cut out to pick the winners. For once, the pair of us actually agreed on the choices (which was nice) but, as always, the standard was high and whittling the initial shortlist down to the final three proved tricky! But manage it we did and here are the three winning images, along with why we picked them. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all who got involved.
Winner: Filling the frame is always a good idea in my book and here's a shot that shows that nicely. Cramming this many circles into the shot gives immediate impact, but what elevates this image even higher is the way the crystals are lit and the extra splashes of colour that add a pleasing extra dimension. Would be happy to have this framed and put on the wall, so it's a worthy winner.
2nd place: We expected to be inundated with shots of the moon, but there were surprisingly few. This shot stood out for two reasons. First, the colour of the moon itself and second the silhouetted trees which add depth and underline the 'hunter' aspect of the shot. Gladys could picture the scene with a wolf calling some way off in the distance! A very atmospheric image and a worthy second place.
3rd place: Clever, very clever. Although frog spawn is not obviously circular, the tiny (soon to be) tadpoles in the middle certainly are. We also really liked the way this shot was lit and the green really sings out for extra impact. Nice one.
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