It was a tough run, I don't think two judges out of ten would get the same results. Good show, folks!
First, here is a web gallery with winners, honorable mentions, plus finalists! (More pictures than you see on this page, all worth seeing in full size.)
[All images are clickable.]
Here are the honorable mentions:
The photograph is of three girls fishing on a jetty at Lake Illawarra as the sun sets.
A low sun doesn't necessarily mean late or early in the *day*. It was actually going on midday when I shot the sunlight just grazing a frozen lake - on the 30th of November. Taken at the "Bärenseen" (translates to "bear lakes") near Stuttgart in the Wild South of Germany - 48°45'42" N 9°5'25" E, on the 30.11.2010, 11:37 hours. Camera was a Nikon D3, lens the PC-E Micro Nikkor f:2.8/85 mm, tilted down approx. 2° to get the entire stretch of ice into focus.
(Rolls of hay in plastic in Fyledalen in Southern Sweden.)
Photo taken at sunset, with the Pacific Ocean and the western horizon in view. Location: Canon Beach, OR USA. Objects in view: The rocks at left are called "The Needles." The rock at right is the 72 meter high "Haystack Rock", one of the largest free-standing monoliths in the world.
Taken in February 2012 over Germany from an airplane. The low sun is hidden by the end of the wing, allowing to see the sunset without flares.
This is Abiqua Falls located near Silverton, Oregon. The rays through the mist of the falls lasted for about 10 minutes and then they disappeared. It was a magical experience just to be there.
This is a shot of the Palouse Falls, located in Washington state in the US. An intense storm had been clearing and had some beautiful light on the cliffs at sunset. A 76 second exposure was used to give the water a soft look and create that swirl effect I wanted. Shot at F22 and a 8 stop ND filter.
The only storm in sight –came out of nowhere, but I was more taken by the way the setting sun cast light in amongst the thunderclouds.
The twilight washing everything in red and ocre, while the pale full moon arises like falling from the edge of "El Morado" mountain.
Taken 20090706, 18:37 GMT-3; Ischigualasto Natural Park (30°S 68°W); San Juan, Argentina.
I live just about 500 yards from where I took the picture. It was Jan. 9, in Minnesota. Normally there is 3 ft of ice on that lake. This year was bizarre (I rode my motorcycle around the lake Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve -- unheard of here!).
Here is this man in a boat motoring around when I had gone out to take pictures of ice fishing tents in the late evening sun. Completely surprised me. And then the sun dropped behind the trees and turned the skyline into ... this.
Like me, they stopped by the roadside to take in the view of the sun breaking through the clouds after a heavy rain shower over Lake Geneva. There was Jazz music coming from their car, and together with the silhouettes of the both of them it all came together as a perfect moment.
Sunrise in Ocala FL USA. When you own horses you get to see, and photograph, a lot of sunrises.
And here are the three winners:
A man at work harvesting a crop, in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.
It is an image that took very little time to capture - perhaps 20 seconds, including bringing my car to a panic stop as soon as I saw what was transpiring, and then making three, quick, almost frantic, exposures, with at least some fingers crossed. Later, in the chemical and digital darkrooms, the extreme brightness range of the scene meant hours and hours of meticulous adjustments to render the image as I remembered seeing it.
Sunrise taken at 30,000 feet over Kansas. Taken aboard Delta flight from Seattle, WA to Greenville.SC @ 6:21 AM. We were just clearing the leading edge of a thunderstorm moving across Kansas. With out a doubt the cleanest window I have ever had.
It was taken from the Castlereagh Highway, a few km north of Ilford (NSW, Australia). Taken last Thursday 5/7/12, for this competition.
[Ilford is a famous English town and factory of BW photographic paper and film.]
(The winners have been notified, and the three $200 prizes are on the way.)---
Here is a web gallery with winners, honorable mentions, plus finalists.