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Announcing the Winners of the Hero Contest

I'm so late this month! Here are our fantastic winners of the Hero Contest last month.  The July contest (Travel & Adventure) is now also live. 

Hero Contest Winners

First Place, member vote
Prize: Lensbaby Circular Fisheye Lens
Photographer: Michael Sulka
"Ola & Bartek" 

Second Place, member vote
Prize: Think Tank Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag
Photographer: John Hill
"Near Drowning Victim"


Third Place, member voting
Prize: Dodge & Burn T-shirt
Photographer: Timo Hartikainen
"railway station"


Congrats to the winners! 

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Best Gear - YOUR Opinion

Hello! We'd like to give a little recognition to some of the gear that photo.net members truly love. This will help our readers--and more importantly--our fellow members who are in the process of deciding on what gear to purchase. If you answer the questions in the widget below (and it shouldn't take more than a minute of your time), you'll be helping your fellow photographers out and you'll also be entered to win two great prizes. 

We look forward to announcing the choices and giving awards to the best of the best -- chosen completely by you! 

NOTE: Please be specific.  Example, you may love a 50mm f/1.4, but we need to know the brand and any other details (G, D, EF, etc.).  Furthermore, as a good suggestion from a devoted reader (that I took for granted), make sure it is equipment that you've used and respect rather than have on your wish list and haven't yet used.  Thank you!!

Thank you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Announcing the Winners of the May "Emotion" Contest

Congratulations to our winners by member vote.  Get your photos ready for the upcoming June contest with the theme "Hero."

First place winner:
True Laugh by Laurent J. Frigault

Prize: Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD Portrait/Macro Lens


Second Place Winner:
Mutation by Miss C

Prize: A Jill-e Juliette bag bag with with inspirational photography books tucked inside (courtesy of Focal Press):
-Photographing Childhood: The Image and the Memory by LaNola Kathleen Stone
-Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood by Tracey Clark

Third Place Winners (tie):
Loneliness by Maurizio Moro


Sibling Love by Melissa Papaj

Both 3rd place winners will receive a  Camera Bling Camera Love Signature Blue Necklace on a Suede Cord courtesy of Pamela Topping.


Congrats to you all! 

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Announcing the Winners of the Earth Photo Contest

Thanks to all of you, Photo.net is making a donation of $281 to the World Wildlife Fund in honor of our Earth entries in the April contest.  Congratulations! Your entries were amazing representations of Earth. 

We had a tie for both first and second place! 

First place winners: 
Intersection by Sami Al Olabi

and Pyrenees sunrise by Harry Tsappas


Second place went to: 
Beyond the Looking Glass by Miss C

and NEW DAY IN THE FOREST by Karolos Trivizas

Congratulations again to these four winners!  First prize winners will receive an Earth Explorer Medium Backpack from National Geographic Bags. Our second place winners will receive an Adventure DSLR Camera Strap, also from National Geographic Bags. 

Get your photos ready for the May contest: Emotion (coming soon!).  Prizes range from a gorgeous Tamron lens to a lovely camera charm necklace and a camera bag full of great photo books. 

Guest Judge Winner of Structure Photo Contest Announced

My apologies, as this announcement is very late! 

We were so lucky to have Anna Alexander, Eyeist Reviewer and Photo Director at Dwell Magazine, guest judge our Structure Contest.  What an honor!  

Ms. Alexander chose "window" by  Václav Lála.

Here is what she had to say: 

This particular shot struck me as the most stunning and successful photograph. I can't stop staring at this incredibly aligned and structured image. At first, I thought it was grey and white Legos, then I took a closer look to see that it was a black and white photograph that was no where near pieces of Lego. There are no warped edges, no flaws in the frame around the windows. The reason why I'm so taken aback by this photo is because it looks like a miniature. I keep analyzing it and trying to figure it out. It wasn't until much later that I realized they were shutters to windows!

The tones of the image are very beautiful; not too much contrast. The blacks and the whites are still there, but it successfully convinces me that this building could actually be a light grey and perhaps it’s not a black and white photo after all!

Honestly, it's my favorite because I see it big on my wall and I know that whoever shot it has such a meticulous eye. It’s perfect!


Ms. Alexander also chose an honorable mention: "skylight" by Aileen Lannen Mozug.

Here is what she had to say: 

The runner-up image is the other one I couldn't stop staring at, both should be in a gallery for their striking structure and graphics. This particular image seemed shaped purposely like an eye, or the profile of a bird in flight. I can immediately see that it’s a staircase, and I'm so appreciative that the photographer noticed it's distinctive shape as well.


A special thank you to Anna Alexander and Eyeist. The winner will have the opportunity to have a Live Review with the Reviewer of choice. 

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