1st Place | Photo of the Month | 32nd Month
Monotone from Jelatek, by Ahmad Jaa
Ahmad Jaa had found the fun and enjoyment of photography just recently in 2011, even though he had started somewhere around 2008. Although his main interest is in geometry, he shoots whatever that attracts him and does not restrict himself to a certain genre. His photograph Monotone from Jelatek was awarded in the Photo of the Day contest in the category of Night Photography, as it scored a solid 71 (Value 13, Clarity 13.5, Composition 17.5, Style 13.5, Skill 13.5) 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 2.895 from social media (Facebook Share 1.83, Tweets 0.7, StumbleUpon Organic View 0.366, and Comments 0), and in total 73.896, the highest score in this competition in the 32nd Month. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 32nd Month, 1st Place.
We will publish a special interview with Ahmad Jaa in the Photographer with Style section of the magazine, and the Exclusive Interview section on our website.
Based on the social media responses, awarded photographs received on the 32nd month, we set the maximum number of Facebook Like at 500, Tweet at 100, Stumble at 5000, and our subscribers Comments at 50. For this 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. One can see the details of the score from this file. Award Score details, Photo of the Month, 32nd Month
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2nd Place | Photo of the Month | 32nd Month
Place of Power, by Sergiy Kadulin
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1967, Sergiy Kadulin grew up in the family with his sister and mother, as his father died when they were two years old. He graduated from the military aviation academy (avionics engineer), and later on, from MBA school (IBR school, based in Ukraine). While majority of his professional career was with information technology, where he worked for such companies as American Power Conversion, hp, Microsoft, and now working with Apple as director of Apple VAD in Ukraine, but photography is his greatest passion and hobby. Sergiy Kadulin’s photograph Place of Power in the category of Landscape Photography scored 69 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 13) 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 a notch, raising its score by 3.526 from social media (Facebook Share 2.06, Tweets 0.85, StumbleUpon Organic View 0.416, Comments 0.2), and in total 72.526. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 32nd Month, 2nd Place.
3rd Place | Photo of the Month | 32nd Month
Poppy, by Rob van der Waal
Rob van der Waal was born in 1957 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His father was a passionate photographer who taught him the basics of photography. When he was 7 years old, his family already had a darkroom on the top floor of their family house. His dad was on the edge of what was possible those days, using 2 Leica M3 bodies, and was developing black/white and color films by himself and with some modifications to his equipment, created images of 40x60cm. Apart from his father’s touch and some workshops, Rob van der Waal is an autodidact. With reading, listening and most of all just doing, he developed his creative and photography skills. Rob van der Waal’s photograph Poppy, in the category of Color Photography, scored 67.5 (Value 12.5, Clarity 13, Composition 17, Style 12, Skill 13) 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 by 4.842 from social media (Facebook Share 3.26, Tweets 0.75 StumbleUpon Organic View 0.432, Comments 0.4), and in total 72.342. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 32nd Month, 3rd Place.