January 2015: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “Beautiful Seasonal Landscapes”

Summer Earth

Summer Earth

Photo by Julie Reeves

Olympus E-410, F9, 1/250, ISO 100, 14mm

Judge’s Feedback:

Congratulations Julie for this fabulous photo. You have captured the dry, caked land so well. It’s clear that the photo is consistent with the topic through the composition and light. The hard afternoon light has created some effective contrast and allowed us a glimpse into this harsh SUMMER landscape.

The composition also supports the feeling of an arid and unforgiving condition. 2/3rds of the image is filled with the landscape and as a result has conveyed the story extremely well. The dead tree to the left in the background works to emphasize the harsh landscape.

The large cracks in the land in the foreground are strong and disappear a little towards the middle of the image. This graduation from strong to fine help create a leading line affect by guiding our eyes to the back of the image.

The image gains it’s strength from the hard light and composition, plus the inclusion of other elements that help support the story; dead trees, flare to the right.

Thank you Julie, a terrific photo!


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 (February) Theme:

“Water, In All It’s Forms”


The closing date for entries is the:

25th of January 2015

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd February 2015

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. Neeces says:

    Great picture, it very nice.

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