December 2016: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : Trees


Arnold Nicholas

A walk through the giants

Photo by Arnold Nicholas

Canon 7D MkII, 70-200mm Lens

Judge’s Feedback:

Well done on a powerful and dramatic photo! The story of this photo tells me that the life we know as a tree has more significance and plays a huge part in human life. The use of the very tiny subjects (the woman and the dog) and the very tall trees, along with the angle expresses a reverence for nature and the commanding presence of trees. Perhaps the true message of this image tells us that no matter our folly, nature prevails.

The way this image has been shot has been a major aspect in how Arnold has told the story. I assume a long lens used, zoomed in a fair way and tightly cropped the frame to express the dominance of the foreground. This technique allows us to engage emotionally with the message.

I wonder how much more could come out of this photo. Would it express a different message if the woman and the dog were not there? Would it convey the same message if it were shot only using moonlight?

I’ll let you think on that.

Congratulations on a great photograph Arnold.

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.)

Fabulous entries this month, well done!!

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. 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’s) Theme:

“House Interiors”

Form a story with the house interior. And what do you want to tell the viewer about the interior. Good luck


The closing date for entries is the:

28th of December 2016

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd January 2017

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 (5)

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  1. Derek Stubbs says:

    Great Shot Arnold. I would think the lady and dog make it more impressive. Very nice, hope you frame it, so peaceful.
    All others were great, I don’t envy the judges.
    Ann your shot looks just like a spot in Brown Hill Creek, where if I had been thinking I could have made a half effort to yours.

    Cheers Derek.

    • Ann Sorensen says:

      Hi Derek,
      I was wondering if your pic was in Grafton.
      Mine was in Hurstbridge Vic.
      Is Brown Hill Creek in SA?

      I hope you & all our fellow contestants have a wonderful Christmas Season & bring on 2017!!
      Look forward to seeing more photographic creations.

      A special thankyou to Amy & Paul for giving us all the opportunity to have a reason to use our cameras each month

      All the best Ann

      • Derek Stubbs says:

        Better late than never, Christmas time say no more.
        My shot was a street in a Southern suburb of Adelaide.
        Brown Hill Ck is bottom of foot hills SE of Adelaide.

        Happy New year to all.
        Cheers Derek.

    • Arnold says:

      Thanks Derek

      I saw the lady coming and thought the same thing. Trees are tall and to have someone like this lady beside the trees shows off just how tall these trees are. As to printing. Absolutely.

  2. Ann Sorensen says:

    Marion, I just love your picture. It looks like it could be up North? Such clarity.

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