1st Place | Photo of the Month | 9th Month
Fly Away Home, by Natalia Torrealba
Natalia Torrealba is a person who loves art, design and photography. Her favorite words: respect, integrity and professionalism. In the past, she had the responsibility to be the Associate Director of a Museum of Visual Arts, and the Graphics Coordinator in a publishing company where she was exposed to a number of demanding responsibilities. Presently, She is working as an independent photographer. Natalia’s photograph Fly away Home in the category of Artistic Photography scored 75 (Value 13.5, Clarity 14, Composition 19, Style 14, 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 7.942 from social media (Facebook Share 2.14, Tweets 2.38, StumbleUpon Organic View 1.722, Comments 1.7), and in total 82.942, the highest score in this competition for the 9th Month. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 9th Month, 1st Place.
We will publish a special interview with Natalia Torrealba in the Photographer with Style section of the magazine, and the Exclusive Interview section on our website.
For our 9th 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 | 9th Month
Sun at their Feet, by Abhishek Asthana
Abhishek Asthana is a coder by profession, which lets him make sufficient money to buy a lens once in a while and sponsor his vacations. He started photography during his school days with a small manual camera which didn’t have flash. Later he started experimenting with monochrome films, since he didn’t have scanner or much idea about editing of photos this experiment was quite limited in nature. Abhishek’s photograph Sun at their feet! in the category of Artistic Photography scored 72 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18.5, Style 13.5, 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 10.371 from social media (Facebook Share 2.27, Tweets 4.66, StumbleUpon Organic View 2.441, Comments 1), and in total 82.371. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 9th Month, 2nd Place.
3rd Place | Photo of the Month | 9th Month
Staircase, by Jon Rendell
Jon Rendell was born into an auteur/photog family in Melbourne, Australia in 1957; his grandfather owned a Paillard Bolex 16mm movie camera in the 50s and his father always had his Braun 35mm loaded with Kodachrome 25. At age 8 his parents gave him their old Kodak Box Brownie. He paparazzied birthday parties, friends at school, and their vacations. At high school he learned basic darkroom techniques and decided he had to have his own darkroom. His family knew that on certain evenings the kitchen (his makeshift darkroom) was out of bounds. In the 70s he had the sublime pleasure of being tutored by renowned photographer Athol Shmith. He was always captivated by shadows. Jon Rendell ‘s photograph Staircase in the category of Architectural Photography scored 68 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 13) 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 9.869 from social media (Facebook Share 2.86, Tweets 5,StumbleUpon Organic View 1.209, Comments 0.8), and in total 77.869. This photograph is the winner of Photograph of the Month – 9th Month, 3rd Place.