April 2014: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “All Things Pink”

Deborah Pugh_boots r

Photo by Deborah Pugh

Canon EOS 100D, F5.6,  1/100, ISO 400, 43mm

Judge’s Feedback:

Deborah’s photo of these pink boots ticks all the boxes. It’s well exposed, it has nice side light from a window and the composition is beautifully balanced. The subject matter is very simple, with an uncluttered background which makes for a terrific photo. Nothing is competing for our attention which always works extremely well. It’s always a good idea to keep the photo very simple, it has more impact that way.

The background is darker than the foreground which helps us to keep focused on the boots and the fabulous pink fluff at the top. The background has some texture too which helps support the story of the subject. A little bit of texture works nicely with a darker background.

43mm is a great focal length for the boots. I like the vantage point. Shooting from above indicates a feeling of submissiveness and in this photo, seems to work very well. The focal and vantage point almost tell a story of the boots being a comforting friend and serve the wearer well. Had Deborah taken the boots from below (placed them high) we certainly wouldn’t feel this way about them.

A great job Deborah!


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 8 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.


Next Month’s (May) Theme:

“Go For Green”


The closing date for entries is the:

25th of April 2014

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd May 2014

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.

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  1. Marion Darlington says:

    Wendy Reid,your magnolias are beautifully captured. Not only are the water drops very sharp, but you have brought out the sparkle in the texture of the petals. A winner!

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