April 2012: Focus Photo Comp Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “Quiet Moments”


Father & Son Quiet Moment

Photo By Chris Kiely

Sony DLSR A200,  F5.6, 1/250sec, 135mm Focal Length

Why Chris won:

Chris has been able to capture a really subtle angle, as if we’re not meant to be there but somehow caught a glimpse of an intimate and quiet moment.

Voyeur shots are always really effective. Even from a rear angle we are still able to get a feeling for the love and gentleness between parent and child. Not only was Chris clever in doing this but the lighting and composition are just wonderful.

Everything within this photo works so very well and gives us an insight into the relationship between a young man and his little boy.

Great work Chris!

Amy & Paul

P.S If you didn’t win, it’s not because we didn’t like your photo. Every photo on this page is a beauty. We love all of them. We want to extend a big “thank you” to everyone whose work is contributed each month. We are very proud of you.


Special Mention Entries:

(Simply click on a photo to enlarge and see camera data.)

Thank you very much for taking the time to submit your photos. You have done a great job. We have a limitation of one Winner and 12 finalists photos. This is due to the wonderful success and popularity of Focus Ezine and that we are now getting a large number of entries each month. If you don’t see yours here it’s not because we didn’t like it, it’s simply because of space limitations.


Please add your comments about any of these great photo efforts at the bottom of the page.


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About the Author

Amy is an multi-award winning photographer from Australia. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time.

Comments (11)

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  1. Bob Eliassen says:

    How do we Upload Picture to May Contest Amy ?

    Great Magazine !!!

  2. barbi says:

    Congratulation to Chris for this beautiful photo – and to all the other 12 who got a mention. Chris you really captured the emotion and intimacy of this moment in time. your photo tells a story yet leaves us all wondering what the exchange is between these two. What are they chatting about?
    Great choice Amy! even though it must have been difficult to make you decision.
    Good luck to all for the next competition

    • Hi Barbi,

      Thanks for your comments. Yes it is so hard every month! But you know I feel a huge sense of pride when I see peoples submissions knowing that I can help them and they are doing so well in their photography. Our people are improving so much and I am so happy for them :)

      Come visit me on facebook, would love to see you there!


    • Chris Kiely says:

      Barbie, Thankyou so much for your very lovely comments on my photo. I really appreciate your comments so much!! This is my grandson Jagger (my first grandchild), sitting with his Dad while we were out camping by the River. Jagger’s dad, Ryan, is such a hard worker in his own business and goes to work before the kids wake up and comes home when its tea time. This was such a special intimate moment to be treasured between the two of them, and little Jagger was unwell at the time. I would love to know what they were chatting about too. I was so fortunate to be able to capture it on camera to be one of those “forever” photos for not only me as Nanny, but for Jagger and his mum (my daughter) and dad. Thanks again – your comments made my day bright, and made me smile a warm smile. Have a wonderful day. A big thank you also to Amy for all the inspiration and tuition in photography she gives to so many!!! She’s a legend and I look forward to learning more from her in her Photography eZines.

  3. Chris Kiely says:

    Thankyou so much Amy & Paul for your very kind and encouraging comments on my photo and for selecting it as the winner for the month. I must apologize for taking so long to respond to your valuable comments and compliments! I was thrilled to learn it had won. I never expected it to place with all the amazing entries that you receive in your contests. It will be one photo that I will treasure forever a very special moment. Jagger is my first grandchild, and I can’t get enough of him. Your site and Magazines are amazing and I look forward to receiving them each month. I need to take more time to sit down properly and read through them. Keep up your wonderful work!!! Kind regards, Chris

  4. Bob says:

    Congratulations Chris ! A beautiful moment caught in Time. I’m sure your grandson will treasure it for ever.

    Thanks Amy and Peter for the photo experiences.

    Bob Eliassen

    • Chris Kiely says:

      Thanks so much Bob for your beautiful comment. It will be a treasured moment. We often walk past moments like these without capturing them on camera. There should me more memorable moments to keep as “forever photos”.
      I agree too Bob, thank you Amy and Paul for your amazing site and photography knowledge and experiences.

  5. Chris Kiely says:

    Congratulations to all the Special Mention Entries – the photos are exceptional. It’s so inspiring looking at other people’s images. I’m always looking and trying to learn more about photography – there’s so much to learn. Best wishes to each of you. Thanks again Amy for your down to earth tutorials! So easy to comprehend and put into practice. My biggest problem is remembering the settings. One day it might sink in!!

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