March 2017: Focus Ezine Competition Results


Winning Photo

Theme : Your Favourite Photo, and why


Ann Sorensen_ small things

Small Things

Photo by Ann Sorensen

Nikon COOLPIX S9700, F4, 1/250, ISO 400, 6mm

Judge’s Feedback:

It’s very hard being a judge of a photo competition – especially when all the photos are so good. After agonising about which to award as the winner, we finally award the winning photo as:

“Small Things” by Ann Sorenson.

This photo is energetic with a beautiful balance of symmetry, superb depth of field and quite enchanting to gaze upon. All the elements come together in a gorgeous work of art, leaving us to breath in the beauty and absorb the energy.

Ann has used F4 as her aperture which suits the image perfectly. If she had used a smaller aperture number such as F2.8 then some of the outer edges may have been out of focus. F4 is a nice aperture to shoot small things close up because, depending on how close you are, the peripheral areas of the photo stay in focus.

Ann says why being her favourite… “I just love the colours, shapes, Nature’s patterns – she is so incredible! & it almost shows 2 sets of patterns or more (like a world within a world) & with such clarity & in my humble opinion is completely eye catching.”

This image is a great example of what to do in the world of macro photography. Use the image to study for composition, focal length and aperture.

Well done Ann!



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.


Pick of the Favourites:

(Simply click on a photo to enlarge and see camera data.)

A pick of some of the “favourites” we had to choose from, fabulous entries, well done!!



Please add your comments about any of these great photo efforts at the bottom of the page.


Photo Comp on hold for a bit…

I’d like to extend my gratitude to all of you who sent the most wonderful emails. To be honest I had no idea the competition meant so much to you. It’s an honour to be a part of your photographic journey, and a part of your life. Thank you so much for allowing me to teach you photography. It’s been a wonderful experience and one I am truly grateful for.

This is not the end!

We’re only taking a break from the competition for a while to update ALL the ebooks. You’ll see new photos, new information on what’s on the market and a whole lot more. The ebooks will be completely updated, renamed, new photos and explanations added. They are going to be so much better than the current editions.

It’s not the end, it’s just a break which we will be dedicating time to redeveloping the ebooks so that you can get the very best. You deserve it.

I’ll keep in close touch over the coming months to let you know what we’re doing and what great stuff we’re doing for you.

Happy shooting,

P.S I’ve bought a 100mm macro lens. If you want to see some illustrative macro images, go to the Facebook page and have a look.

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 (1)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Derek Stubbs says:

    Well what a way to mark the pause of the comp.
    Ann does it again. Macro is something I need to practice more.

    I like all shots with explanations.
    I particularly like the church as alld buildins and ruins appeal to me.

    We had all better keep practicing for when the comp returns.
    Good shooting to all.

    Cheers Derek Stubbs Kingswood SA

Leave a Reply to Derek Stubbs

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a Gravatar.