November 2012: Focus Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “Freedom”

“Flying Free”

Photo by Bruce Westerlund:

Canon EOS 650D, 1/1000, F16, 500mm, ISO 800


Why Bruce won:

Bruce has chosen a delightful subject to capture as his entry for this months competition. We felt this subject reflected the theme beautifully. Bruce has been able to capture the sharpness of the bird’s gaze very well. The absence of background enhances the theme even more. The blue sky above the bird give us the sense of true freedom.

The wings spread out so confidently give us the impression that the bird really enjoys it’s flight. Not only is it unencumbered by the enviroment, it is able to rise above it. This gives us the sense that the bird embraces a sense of detachment. It seems as though the bird embraces this sense of objectivity through this detachment.

Well done, Bruce, you have captured a truly wonderful photo.

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 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 (December) Theme:


Here are some examples:


The closing date is the 25th of November 2012


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 (8)

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  1. Wendi Grossman says:

    Wonderful! I am a big fan of your ezine Amy, been with you four years now and I love it so much. :)

  2. Oliver says:

    Love the photos on this page.

  3. Sam says:

    Great photos. Thanks for the ezine, I really enjoy it.

  4. B. Anderson says:

    I wanted to send you that very small note in order to say thanks again on the awesome advice you’ve provided on this site.

  5. Jan-Marie says:

    Thanks for the Ezine Amy. I am learning so much.

  6. Barry says:

    Awesome photos!

  7. Thanks so much for the special mention, this is the only exposure my photos have and am thrilled to be placed amongst the talented competition that is evident in the others entries. Congratulations to all, especially Bruce’s awesome winning shot, and thanks Amy for the opportunity to get my work out there for a critique. I feel really thrilled and encouraged. Wishing all great light and many photo ops. Kindest regards Eileen.

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