FIRST PLACE - $100
Comment by judge David Ryan of the Globe staff: "The composition is great, there's wonderful lighting, and the pony looks like it is interacting with the photographer. It's really a nice moment."
(Ed. Note: alphanikonrex is 14-year-old Arman Bilge of Lexington, whose portfolio of photos underwent a Globe Critique by staff photographer Yoon Byun in July, and who captured 3rd place in our Spring Sports contest in June of 2009.)
SECOND PLACE - $50
David's comment: "This is an excellent grouping. Nice cropping as well, with no paws or ears cut off. I also like the near-square format. Very effective."
(Ed. Note: Chris placed 2nd in our May "Landscapes" contest.)
THIRD PLACE - $25
David's comment: "Another great moment that depicts the interaction between a dog and a human, but shown in shadow. Very creative. Not sure I like the vignetting around the edges, possibly from a lens hood, but that's not a big deal; it captured a really wonderful moment."
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