Many thanks to colleague Lane Turner, a Globe picture editor who came to our rescue today to finish the judging for the Pink-themed October contest. And we have a record: Our first three-time Top 3 finisher.
He began his career with the Globe as a summer intern in 1987, and joined the staff in 1989 after graduating from Fresno State University. He has covered a range of Globe assignments, from local schools to famine in Ethiopia. He served as the staff photographer at The Globe Magazine for six years. In 1997 he took a leave of absence from the paper to study Mandarin at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. While there, he contributed photographs to an eight-volume documentary photography book project entitled "Panorama of the Chinese Life in the 20th Century". Away from the Globe, he is an avid cyclist and snowboarder.
Here are his choices for the Top 10 photos in the October 'Pink' contest:
FIRST PLACE - $100
Lane's comment: "Although the dominant color in this photograph is green, it's the pink that jumps out. I like that the photographer focused on just the reflection. Too often this kind of picture includes the source of the reflection, which isn't necessary. Abstracting the scene this way emphasizes the mood."
Amythyst_lake, aka Gillian Henry of Revere, is our first three-time winner. She captured 2nd Place in two previous contests: The December 2008 "Tis the Season" contest, and the May "Flowers" competition. This is her first 1st Place finish.
SECOND PLACE - $50
Lane's comment: "The photographer did more in this photograph than just notice a pink detail. The body language of the feet is so expressive and transports the reader back to childhood."
THIRD PLACE - $25
Canon PowerShot G10, 1/200 sec. at f/2.8, ISO 80, focal length 6.1mm
Lane's comment: "This picture is just too funny to leave out. It's unexpected, charming, focused right where it needs to be for maximum humor, and our friend seems to be engaged with us and smiling, like he knows he's posing for a portrait."
Here's a full-screen gallery of all Top 10 finishers. Congratulations to all.