Grand Prize winner © Maroesjka Lavigna
The images are stunning.
We’re all photographers now but still some individuals find a way to seek out that intersection where light, composition, and moment meet to reveal a truly special scene.
In White Rhino by Grand Prize winner Maroesjka Lavigna we are reminded how profound art can be. In a monochromatic image that looks like a painting we connect with an animal, and an issue. The classic composition asks us to stare, and we stare for a while, as texture and palette unite.
Aquatic Life by Eduardo Acevedo shares the complexity of life under the sea. A sublime image considers the simplicity of a clean background to draw our attention to the intricacy of the web of life too. Technical execution concludes the otherworldly picture.
Perspective, line, and colour unite in Peter Juzak’s Microscopic view of Sulfur crystals in polarized light. Details of jagged edges present a Pollock-like rendition this time with straight horizons. You want to ask what the image is about? Here photography poses a challenge thereby engaging an audience.
If photography is painting with light, we see this at its best in The Awakening by Francisco Negroni. In a maze of wizardry the light does steal the show. An accent of colour is the final touch to bring to life a moment only photography can capture.
In The Courageous Crossing by Manoj Shah, point of view transports us to somewhere we might never go. The chaotic stripes are placed in order through a frame we enjoy looking through. Photography is a tool to take people to distant lands.
A fraction of a moment later and this image might not work. In Pelicans Composition by Marco Urso patience and foresight freeze the one second when every element is where it is suppose to be. The hint of colour on a complementary backdrop finishes the image arranged so beautifully.
We are not apart from nature. We are nature. The human nature relationship is so very apparent in Nayan Khanolkar’s Big Cat in my Backyard. Research made this image happen, and then maybe some prescribed luck. We are drawn to the animal’s eyes and then the paw that holds tension at one end of the spectrum at grace at the other. The image works so wonderfully well because it reminds us that we are on this planet with others.
In The Coral Triangle by Eric Madeja we gain an appreciation for the photographer’s unique vision. Perhaps we’ve seen images like this before, but just not in the same way. In a series of underwater images subject matter is dominant, light is considered often, and, colour, texture, and point of view swim together. Photography once again reveals a place only a few might see.
See the images here.