December 2012: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “Small”


Photo by Shirley Hansen:

Nikon D700


Judges Feedback

The composition and simplicity is where Shirley did so well. Even though this is a very fine subject, the beautiful blue subject against a black background manages to capture our imagination and not let go. The flash is what gives the subjects its luminance. It reminds me of an underwater sea creature in the depths of the great blue ocean.

The reflection is another enchanting feature of this photo. Shirley has made sure there are not distracting subjects or objects in the background, allowing us to fully enjoy her great work.

Thank you for your submission Shirley, and, congratulations on a job well done.

Well done to all of you who entered.

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 some 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 (January) Theme:


Here are some examples:



The closing date is the 30th of December 2012

We have extended the date of the comp, because we don’t expect you to send in your photos on Christmas day. :)


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 (7)

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  1. Peter says:

    Wonderful photos, I love this magazine.

  2. Steve says:

    Shirley’s photo is absolutely stunning! The instant I saw it, I was captured. Great job…my goal is to reach that level.

  3. Chris Kiely says:

    Shirley, big congratulations on your win with this brilliant capture. What a perfect entry for the theme, and well done to the Judges for selecting this amazing image. Simple and powerful.

    • Shirley Hansen says:

      Thanks for the kind comments about my photo. It is very encouraging that other photographers like your work.

      • Chris Kiely says:

        I agree Shirley, it is encouraging – but to see photographs such as yours, really makes you want to get out there and learn, and be better at photography. That’s my aim. I am so happy for you, and your photo has been such an inspiration for me. Best wishes. Chris

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