Photo of the Month | 12th Month

1st Place | Photo of the Month | 12th Month

Gold Standard, by Barry Steven Greff
Barry Steven Greff is a Fine Art Photographer who constantly seeks new wilderness locales to memorialize the best Nature has to offer, and capture the Earth’s natural beauty in its most pristine state. While on location capturing ethereal sea and landscapes, he also makes close-up, intimate portraits of wildlife and jellyfish in his signature style. His work has earned numerous international awards in competitions juried by some of the most well-respected individuals in the photography community including principles from Sotheby’s, the Tate Gallery, Magnum Photos and Photo District News (PDN). Greff’s photograph Gold Standard, in the category of Nature Photography, scored a solid 74.5 (Value 13.5, Clarity 14, Composition 18.5, Style 14, and Skill 14.5) from our international jury of 5. The number of Tweets, Facebook shares, and StumbleUpon Organic Views boosted the popularity of the photograph, raising its score to 5.347 from social media (Facebook Share 1.06, Tweets 3.4, StumbleUpon Organic View 0.787, and Comments 0.1), and in total 79.847, the highest score in this competition for the 12th Month. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 12th Month, 1st Place.

Gold Standard, by Barry Steven Greff

Gold Standard, by Barry Steven Greff



On Golden Pond, by James L. Brown
The next nearest photograph was On Golden Pond. James L. Brown took this masterpiece, at the Marthaville Habitat Area located in Southern Ontario, Canada. James is a neophyte, mostly self-taught photographer that strives to bring out the beauty in simple things and subjects. Although he really likes gear, he believes vision is what really matters in photography. He hopes someday to use his photography to help those less fortunate in this world. Photograph On Golden Pond scored 75 (Value 13.5, Clarity 14.5, Composition 18.5, Style 14, and Skill 14.5) from our international jury of 5, and also obtains a solid position in the competition. The number of Tweets and Facebook shares, StumbleUpon Organic View boosted the popularity of the photograph, raising its score to 4.645 from social media (Facebook Share 1.22, Tweets 2.35, StumbleUpon Organic View 0.775, and Comments 0.3) and in total 79.645. We verified these scores several times and as both scores are so close, we decided to award both photographs Photo of the Month – 12th Month, 1st Place.

On Golden Pond, by James L. Brown

On Golden Pond, by James L. Brown

Prize:
Both photographs will be published on Pages 2 and 3 of our magazine. We will publish a special interview with Barry Steven Greff and James L. Brown in the Photographer with Style section of the magazine, and the Exclusive Interview section on our website.

For our 12h month, we had a head-to-head contest between the top scorers and the photographs that scored the highest became winners of the Photo of the Month. Our team decided to honor these top scorers as 2nd and 3rd places with a page in the next issue of our magazine, where the photographers will share their stories of these photographs. We will also publish their interviews in the Exclusive Interview section on our Web.

We always try our best to make this competition as transparent as possible. Please read the award rules, and don’t forget to participate in next month’s competition for a chance to win this prestigious award!

2nd Place | Photo of the Month | 12th Month

Tulips at Sunset, by Ron ter Burg
Ron te Burg is living in Nietap, a smal village in Drenthe which is a Province in The Netherlands. Ron started with photography in 1991. From the beginning of his photo career he was fascinated by the beauty of the landscape. The beautiful lines and color of the landscape are a great inspiration for him. Especially the low light landscapes, the moments just before sunrise and after sunset are his favorite. Ron’s photograph Tulips at Sunset in the category of Landscape Photography scored 67.5 (Value 12, Clarity 12.5, Composition 17, Style 13.5, and Skill 14.5) from our international jury of 5. The number of Tweets and Facebook shares, StumbleUpon Organic Views boosted the popularity of the photograph, raising its score to 10.0185 from social media (Facebook Share 4.09, Tweets 4.6, StumbleUpon Organic View 0.8285, Comments 0.5), and in total 77.5185. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 12th Month, 2nd Place.

Tulips at Sunset, by Ron ter Burg

Tulips at Sunset, by Ron ter Burg

3rd Place | Photo of the Month | 12th Month

Rock Scenic, by Barry Steven Greff
Interesting another photographs of Barry Steven Greff, Rock Scenic in the category of Landscape Photography scored 71.5 (Value 13, Clarity 13.5, Composition 17.5, Style 13.5, and Skill 14) from our international jury of 5. The number of Tweets and Facebook shares, StumbleUpon Organic Views boosted the popularity of the photograph, raising its score to 4.244 from social media (Facebook Share 1.82, Tweets 1.8, StumbleUpon Organic View 0.424, Comments 0.45), and in total 75.744. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 12th Month, 3rd Place.

Rock Scenic, by Barry Steven Greff

Rock Scenic, by Barry Steven Greff



El Coliseo Romano, by Ana Sylvia Encinas
Ana Encinas was born in Hermosillo, México, and has a passion for photography since she was a little girl. She got her first DSLR camera in december 2009, and since then she started discovering the magic of photography at another level, and exploring techniques that are bringing her to find her own style as a photographer. Ana is a master in marketing and an entrepreneur, owns and manages several companies, but spends most of her free time taking pictures and exploring photography.. Ana Sylvia’s photograph El Coliseo Romano in the category of Night Photography, scored 71 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 17.5, Style 13.5, Skill 14) from our international jury of 5, and gains a good position in the competition. The number of Tweets and Facebook shares, StumbleUpon Organic Views boosted the popularity of the photograph, raising its score to 4.5595 from social media (Facebook Share 2.19, Tweets 1.55, StumbleUpon Organic View 0.3195, Comments 0.5), and in total 75.5595.

El Coliseo Romano, by Ana Sylvia Encinas

El Coliseo Romano, by Ana Sylvia Encinas


As these two photograph’s scores are so close, we decided to award them as Photo of the Month – 12th Month, 3rd Place.
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