The top three winners of this month's contest contain story lines, some mystery, and even a bit of history -- and the seven Honorable Mentions are just as intriguing, in the judgment of professional photographer Stephan Jacobs. Here are the top three finishers, with a link to a full-screen gallery of all 10 winners.
FIRST PLACE - $100
"This image was a standout upon my first review of April's submissions. As I poured over the finalists, this image made its way to the top slot. I feel it is full of geometry and color relationships: the empty space above the hanging blanket alludes to an interior beyond; the cropped sliver of a dark window, leading beyond the frame. This photograph's language is about the obvious and the inferred. I imagine a window extending beyond the image frame. I see a man in a doorway, the focus of his attention obscured. This I render as well: I am free to connect with the photograph as I make part of its story my own."
SECOND PLACE - $50
"I was drawn to the abstraction and simplicity of this photograph. A dagger of light in black containing outlined features of a woman - peering into a darkness separating us, the viewer, from her well-lit world we can see just beyond. The image includes its viewing audience as participant. It establishes an exchange between our points of view."
THIRD PLACE - $25
"Though the guidelines for the submissions were specific regarding doors, the appearance of the buildings behind the photographer enhanced this deadpan shot of a neglected Victorian-era storefront. The reflection extends the space, the glass being the visual portal to the area behind the photographer's position. The combination of ship-lapped lines of complimentary color, peeling texture, and inclusion of our national flag and barber's pole enhance this nostalgic portrait of a bygone era in American business."
Here's a full-screen gallery of all Top 10 winners.
Congratulations to all of these photographers. Meanwhile, the May contest, with the theme "Landscapes", is open for another two weeks.
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