Our judge, Stephan Jacobs, writes:
"My review of the submissions was guided by the parameters determined for April's selection. I was looking for images that successfully communicated, whether concrete or abstract, interpretations of a portal, a passageway, a doorway as an opening to a space or idea beyond. My initial selection is an edit of photographs I believe express these ideas with a heightened rendering of light, color, spatial balance, and conceptual dexterity.
"In general, the entries were quite interesting, with many photos displaying creativity, good composition, and nice use of light. If I could offer a critique to help the RAW photographers improve, I would say that some submissions lacked visual complexity, in that they depicted portals with no clear destination or focus beyond. My advice is to consider each photograph as some part of a narrative, large or small. The visual language within each photograph should be clear; give key elements their due space in relation to the whole of the composition. Take risks: simple sentimentality and visual cliché can detract from the power of an image.
"Good photography is not about gear. Look up, and down, and inward.
"Be informed and self-critical; your imagery will strengthen.
"Most importantly, keep making photographs: they will show you the way."
We'll publish the Top 10 winners on Monday. Meanwhile, please enter the May contest, which has a simple theme: Landscapes.
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