September 2015: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : Book Worm


Reading Bookworm

Photo by Ann Sorensen

Canon EOS 60D , F4, 1/15, ISO 125, 28mm

Judge’s Feedback:

I must admit, this was a challenging topic. We were looking forward to seeing creative and even entertaining images. We were not disappointed. In fact , Paul and I were absolutely delighted with the amount of effort put into each entry. It was very difficult to choose the winner.

After much careful consideration and technical assessment, we chose Ann’s image of the little worm peering over the book to get a better look at the book below. We award this the winner due to the story of the image. I will talk about the technical strengths in a moment.

The creativity of this image draws its strength on the placement of the worm. The placement of the worm (coupled with the angle of the camera) speak of curiosity and enjoyment of reading. Instantly the worm takes on a childlike personality and we respond to this because, all of us who enjoy reading, can relate to this innocent curiosity. This is how the image is no longer a cute little picture of a worm over a book, because as we can now see, it goes far deeper than that. It is, in fact, a reflection of how we as book lovers, feel about our books.

Technically the image draws its strength from the depth of field and lighting. Ann has used F4 which, as a photographer, was a fitting aperture to choose. F4 gives the worm focus without too much intentional blur on the books below. Its very well done.

The placement of the light has been clearly thought out too. Having the light to the top left, in line where the worm’s eyes are looking, gives us a chance to associate a stronger personality with the worm. This is a well used method by many professional photographers.

Soft lighting enhances the emotive qualities of the image. If it were hard light, the image having many defined shadows, the worm may have lost it’s personality completely. The soft lighting allows us to associate warm feelings with the subject. This image is a perfect example of intelligent use of light.

Ann, well done. We applaud your good humour, creativity and clever use of lighting in this image. Thank you for such a lovely image. Congratulations on being the winner.


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.)

Wow there were some fabulous entries this month, making it very hard to choose!!

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:


Please be creative and inventive as you like for this theme, relating to curves in nature, urban, buildings, objects…


The closing date for entries is the:

25th of September 2015

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd October 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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