August Monthly Theme Contest 2016 submissions

August Monthly Theme Contest 2016 submissions

Beach Photo nominees

Dear Readers,

The eighth Monthly Theme Contest photos have been submitted and we took a good look at them all and finally made our choices. Please keep in mind that the process of selecting a photo is very difficult and challenging owing to the high standard of the photos entered!

First of all let’s take a look at all the photos that were submitted and accepted in this Monthly Theme Contest.

ATTENTION: Photos that didn’t meet the Theme criteria have been disqualified by the editors. Please make sure to read the requirements carefully before submitting an image

At this moment I would like to thank each and every participant for submitting their photograph. We have a great collection of photos with “Beach Photography” to show you! This time we had 35 valid submissions which can all be seen here:

*All images that were not sent in at the correct size, have been resized. This might affect the quality of entries that were sent in very small sizes.

The nominees

Every month each one of us editors picks one photo as a nominee. Here are the photos we chose and the reasons why:

Andrew Sweigart

“This is not the kind of beach shot I thought I would fall for. Particularly because it is devoid of any color, especially the vibrant ones you would expect in a beach scene, But it is obviously a beach shot and it connects on a different level.. it’s dark, somber… sort of an anti-beach shot. A lonely figure sitting amongst the dunes, which form a pleasing line into the bleak horizon. It appears the figure is perhaps reflecting and the grey tones and the composition enhance the feeling of loneliness, of isolation. Great minimalist shot.”

"Beach Photography" submission by Vlatko Dekov
“Beach Photography” submission by Vlatko Dekov

Digby Fullam

“This shot demonstrates an excellent awareness of composition. The overall feel is fantastically minimal and neatly geometric, but there is actually a lot going on here – from the ‘Dogs on the Beach’ sign (well placed off to the left), to the boats on the horizon, the lines of the pavement, and the litter bin with the people placed so cleverly inside it! This photo feels very beach, but with a nice street photography twist!”

"Beach Photography" submission by Mark Darbin
“Beach Photography” submission by Mark Darbin

Spyros Papaspyropoulos

What a nice find. The photographer spotted this lady just relaxing in her sunbed amongst the striped beach tents. The lady is wearing a striped swimming costume that nicely fits in with her surroundings. So, to me her being there feels very natural. The way the image has been composed draws the viewer in and centres the focal point right on the lady. What helps with this is the common element of the stripes and of course that the whole photo has a minimal colour palette. Just white, hues of blue and hues of brown. So the photographer hasn’t only found a “compatible” to the environment character and she has framed and composed the shot nicely, but she has also used the available shapes and colours to further emphasise her subject by guiding our vision. Wonderful job!

"Beach Photography" submission by Valerie Jardin
“Beach Photography” submission by Valerie Jardin

Stay tuned to find out who will win the Contest and the Camslinger 160 Street Edition!

So there you have it Readers. We have made our choices and now we have to debate which one is the best out of the 3. Within the next couple of days we will reveal this month’s winner of the contest and the COSYSPEED Camslinger 160 Street Edition, so stay tuned!



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