January 2016: Focus Ezine Competition Results


Hi everyone!

Paul and I want to wish you a wonderful and happy new year!

I have been doing some new work (illustrative- making photos look like paintings and drawings) and I will be sharing my work and techniques with you over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Best wishes,
Amy & Paul


Winning Photo

Theme : Busy


Robert Bird

Everyone is very Busy at the moment at Salisbury Plain Sth Georgia Island!!


Photo by Bob Bird

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

Judge’s Feedback:

What a brilliant shot! Bob, I have seen you go from strength to strength with your photography over the last couple of years. I don’t know whether you have just been practicing a lot or reading lots of National Geographic magazines, but this shot is probably the best one I have seen from your submissions.

Even though there are thousands of Penguins, Bob has framed this in such a way where the composition is just spot on. The way that there is more congestion at the back and more space between the birds at the front keeps our eye interested the whole way through out the picture from start to finish. Even though this shot looks like it’s about disorder (and busy), this shot is well structured and very well composed.

And a very busy holiday season…

We are so proud to award Bob the winner for this month!

Brilliant work Bob.


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:


Your imagination here, things “Fluffy”…


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.

Comments (2)

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  1. Derek Stubbs says:

    Well Bob you would have to had used that one Hey Mr Bird?
    All seriousness though, I agree a great shot. You must have done some travelling.

    Once again peoples imagination always surprises me.
    I see some potential for Christmas Card designs.

    Happy, Safe, Photographic New Year everyone.
    Cheers Derek.

    • Robert Bird says:

      Thank you Derek. We are retired and try to get away once or twice a year. Off to Barcelona, Rhone River, Paris and Singapore shortly.

      I use my appealing pics in a yearly calendar for family and close friends as a Christmas gift. Some really enjoy it. My daughter in law’s father is an avid photographer with top end gear and also VP of a photography club. Getting a wow from him is something special.

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