September 2013: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “Blue”

Zandra Kirk_IMG_5636


Photo by Zandra Kirk

Canon 30D, F5.6, 1/200, ISO 400, 400mm

Judge’s Feedback:

Zandra has captured this Peacock with beautiful, warm ambient light, whilst keeping in line with this month’s theme of Blue. Morning light is a great time to capture subjects in soft, warm light.

The background fills almost half of the frame yet is out of focus enough not to distract the viewer from the main subject. This allows us to enjoy the narrative of the photo. The Peacock looks proud and regal, and seems to be enjoying the morning light as much as we enjoy looking at it.

The perspective, focal length, exposure and colour work well together to create an interesting and engaging image. Blue and yellow are almost naturally contrasting colours and the interaction of the cool and warm colours can create an interesting image. The contrast in colour helps give the peacock a commanding and even regal presence.

Well done Zandra.

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 (October) Theme:



The closing date is the 25th of September 2013

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. Ann Sorensen says:

    Congratulations Zandra, lovely picture

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