Ah, another great contest with some amazing photos. And our judge, John Blanding of the Globe Photo Staff, had a good time making his choices. He told me, "As someone who has photographed rotting food in my kitchen sink, I love this kind of photography!"
Because we had fewer than 150 entries, I asked John to choose a Final 25 rather than a Final 50. Here's his summary:
"The pictures are really interesting; it looks like you all had a lot of fun. It was one of the more difficult contests to judge, but we had some standards.
"We went through the photos once, and if I could tell what a photo was, it was eliminated. Then we examined those we had left, and read the captions that most of you wrote. Sometimes the caption disclosing what the photo was made it even more intriguing. A few photos were just too blurry to be considered.
"There were a lot of ice photos and a few snow images, which became a little repetitive. Maybe we've all seen too much of both this winter!
"But there was a lot of creativity and imagination on display. It just goes to show that if you look at the world closely, you can always find something interesting -- even in the most basic elements of everyday life."
Here is a gallery of John's Final 25.
We'll post the Top 10 winners Tuesday. Watch for a new Featured Photographer on Monday.
Congratulations to the finalists and everyone who entered.
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