Final Results - Photographer's Choice 2018
1st Place - Gwen Hanson
Gwen submitted a great crop of photos for this contest, but her ability to stop a hummingbird's wings in mid-flap earned top honors. The bokeh background really makes the subject matter stand out. The bird's level of detail is very good. Great work Gwen!
2nd Place - Gwen Hanson
Gwen is on a roll, with this gorgeous photo grabbing second-place. The rich variety of color treats the eye. Good photos tell a story - here, the finch has just stolen a bit of seed fluff to add to it's nest, and is now plotting it's next move. Gwen's mastery of bokeh helps this photo immensely.
3rd Place - Deb Carver
The first reaction of most judges when they first opened Deb's magnificent cloud photo was, "Wow!" The photo is beautifully composed - the country road leads the eye directly to the massive, yet intricate cloud bank. Breathtaking shot Deb!
Hon. Mention - Nancy Lacey
An appropriate image for a wintertime photo contest, Nancy's capture of a snow-and-ice encrusted evergreen earned third-place honors. The center of the image is in sharp focus, but the large aperture setting allowed the flanking parts of the image to blur, adding interest and dimension.
Hon. Mention - Richard Hanson
Contest-newcomer Richard Hanson earned HM honors with this summertime image of a dragonfly clinging to a yellow flower head. Richard obviously knows about bokeh too. And the dragonfly was captured in crisp detail, each delicate wing a thing of beauty. Great work Richard!