I'm always pleased by how much the pros we enlist to review our contest entries enjoy the task, and this month's judge, Ronald Cowie, was no exception, as you'll see by his comments below.
FIRST PLACE - $100
Ron said: "There are a few reasons why this image gets First Place. I'll start with the boring ones: The composition is elegant and clear. I respond to the lines that move my eye around the frame without being dragged. I like how the entire frame is filled with humanity. This image is both strong and tender at the same time. There is a sense of play, but this self-portrait looks like it took some guts, or at least doesn't take itself for granted.
"Also, when I woke up this morning, it was the image in my head that I could see the clearest. It has legs."
SECOND PLACE - $50
Ron said: "I like this because of the water. It is peaceful and well-seen. A lot of self-portraits can be platforms for angst and seeing this is refreshing. While his expression could be purely utilitarian (chlorine hurts the eyes), it transmits a serenity that works."
THIRD PLACE - $25
Ron said: "This one is not perfect, but here's what I like: there were a lot of 'shadows on the beach' self-portraits, and this one was the best. The pose is intended and I can't tell that she is actually holding the camera. This person has a good relationship with themselves and also has a good sense of humor. I like the person making this image without even meeting them. All that from a shadow and a glimpse of a flowery dress."
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