'Blue' Competition Winners
Here are the winners of our 2021 'Blue' photography competition.
As always, we were blown away by the quality of the images we received – in fact, more blown away than ever before! Selecting winners from such a strong field was tough, and everyone fought hard for their favourites.
In the end, after much energetic discussion, we settled on three prizewinners and six honourable mentions.
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to our winners and an even bigger THANK YOU to everyone who entered!
First-prize winner Tristan Wan will receive a Broncolor Siros Lighting Kit (valued at $4,751). Second prize, a LEE Filters Big Stopper ($120), goes to Ahmed Fahmy. In third place, Krzysztof Czernecki wins a Karl Taylor Technical Lighting Pack.
1st Place: Tristan Wan
This exquisite image not only represents the theme of ‘Blue’ through its colour palette, but also through its sombre atmosphere. The haunting depiction of two cars passing one another instils a distinct sense of loneliness. It offers a metaphor for our modern digital social world, in which we communicate via super-fast information ‘highways’, yet remain as disconnected as ever.
Here is Tristan with his prize: a Broncolor Siros Lighting Kit.
2nd Place: Ahmed Fahmy
What an incredible capture – perfectly timed, with the aesthetics and shape of the dolphin and water all conspiring to captivate the viewer. The droplets of rain or splash from another dolphin further enhance the atmosphere. I particularly like the backlighting, the rim lighting on the dolphin skin, and the highlight from the sky in the dip of water in the foreground. The shot also encompasses a sense of motion, as recorded in the water and droplets; but the key subject of the dorsal fin remains sharp. And of course, the ocean, the colour and content all align perfectly with our theme.
3rd Place: Krzysztof Czernecki
This impressive, abstract, criss-cross arrangement of four blue-paint tins captures our attention and draws us in. The optical illusion is enhanced through the gradation of blue tones. The overall exposure is beautiful, while the softness of light and shadow create a soothing feeling enhanced by the smooth flow of the fluids.
These shots didn't quite make it into our top three, but still impressed us enough to be shortlisted.
A stunning advertising and product image that relates exceptionally well to the theme of blue. The shot is very well executed. In terms of feedback, my only advice would be that the bottles’ liquid glow could be elevated slightly and the foreground Bud Light label should be the brightest in terms of exposure.
A superb image that encapsulates the theme very well and achieves the highest standard of advertising photography.
This well-executed product image certainly ticks the boxes for the theme of blue in colour, as well as via the brand.
I really enjoyed this unique and playful interpretation of the theme. The clever use of shadow, texture and surfaces framing the ‘blue’ elements of the picture make for a visually stimulating photograph.
Mark Gilchrist and Oliver Ayerle
Two similar approaches to the theme, two interesting images worthy of praise. In Mark’s shot (top) I prefer the feeling of the fluid, while in Oliver’s (bottom) I prefer the contrast and strength of brand.