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tspore
02-07-2008, 12:34 AM
The Prizes:
http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/245244119-M.jpg (http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1295)An Olympus SLR Camera- Olympus E-510

http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/245244135-M.jpg (http://www.fourthirdsphoto.com/vbb/gab_redirect.php?id=35&script=showthread&forumid=26)A lifetime account on smugmug

http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/245244150-M.jpg (http://www.lensbabies.com/index.php?r=fourthirdsphoto)A 3G Lens Baby + Macro kit

http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/245244144-M.jpg (http://thinktankphoto.com/fourthirds/)Think Tank Photo has donated a Bag of your choice to the contest.

http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/245244127-M.jpg (http://www.isl.co.jp/SILKYPIX/english/)SILYPIX has entered into contest, and they will now also be giving away a License for the contest.

http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/245244111-M.jpg (http://www.blurb.com/partner/fourthirdsphoto)POTY Blurb Book.

http://43photo.smugmug.com/photos/250300906_y4Zvt-Ti.jpg4/3 photo Subscriber only Baseball hat

If you have pre-qualified in a previous contest, you must have your entry in by Monday evening. I am beginning to receive the entries, and I must say I am quite impressed.

The gallery of all the images submitted are available to view here (http://43photo.smugmug.com/gallery/4209808).

tspore
02-12-2008, 12:01 AM
I know it has been long in coming - But here are the results -
I asked Jay to pick the top 3 entries.
I have written up notes on each entry. Really they were all very good. I sat down and spent a lot of time going through each and every one. Really superb work.

For more info about Jay please see the attached PDF (http://fourthirdsphoto.com/special/images/OLY_visionary_JKinghorn.pdf).
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The Books will be made available around the end of the month.

1st Place - Zbahu
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#1: Zbahu: Basingstoke and the Candovers

An effective "My Town" photo essay should be a slice of life in one place, at a point in time. Fifty years from now, someone should be able to look at the photo essay and have an understanding of what life was like in this town in 2007. This requires that a photographer address what the people do in the town. What are the industries? What do the buildings and landscapes look like. Zbahu's entry, Basingstoke and the Candovers, effectively conveys a sense of what the city of Basingstoke looks like from the motorways and the large buildings to the rural countryside. I like the way the text compliments the key themes in the photography and provides a textural sense of place.
My suggestion to Zbahu is to add more people to the portfolio. Aside from two silhouettes and one photo with two walkers in the distance, there isn't anything that shows me the fashions of the day, the hairstyles, the clothes or the expressions.
Fortunately, the personality of Basingstoke comes through with several strong photographs. The atmospheric photo of the Dummer house is atmospheric, moody and painterly. I'd love to see this photo printed large to show it's glory. Ultimately it is the diversity of photo subjects that effectively illustrates life in Basingstoke that led me to select Zbahu as the Photographer of the Year.
-Jay Kinghorn


Background
Of all 3 spreads the background sweeps from 1 page to the next, and I really like that a lot. Overall the background is very good.
Foreground
The images are all framed in with a generous matte which I really think is elegant and helps separate between the foreground and background.
Text
The text is a bit small on the page, but there is so much information that it has to be small. All in all if it was slightly larger it would be better, however it may then overrun the pages.
Theme - "My Town"
Really the theme is shown quite well, there is a strong emphasis on the surrounding country side, but really the town is shown off well.
Likes
I love the layout, and the pictures which are chosen. Each image is magnificent. Perhaps my favorite is the siloute picture of the buisness person, and the bridge reflection. However, I also really like the background on page 3 and 4 and the statue on page 6. Each image is great.
Dislikes
Really nothing else then the thoughts listed above.
-Tony

2nd Place - Rally
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#2 Rally : Deep Creek Australia

Ralley has done a wonderful job of looking at Deep Creek through several themes that give the viewer a richer look into what life is like in Deep Creek. From the historic buildings and rusted locomotives to the wildlife; from the community to the festivals, we are given a local's tour of Deep Creek that goes well beyond a "picture postcard" approach to My Town.
My recommendation to Rally is to work at moving the subject out of the center of the frame to improve the composition and visual interest of the photos. For example, the photograph of the young kangaroo would benefit greatly from eliminating some of the empty space at the top of the frame and including the kangaroo's feet. This photo would be effective as a vertical as well.
The greatest strength of this portfolio lies in the photographer's desire to tell a story through a series of images that give us a deeper insight into Deep Creek than a single photo could provide.
- Jay Kinghorn

Background
S1 - The sweeping backdrop works very well.
S2 - The vineyard and pasture work very well together having the brown foreground, and partially cloudy sky's to tie them together.
S3 - The images on the third layout show the town's people involved in local activities. But when placed together they feel in conflict and don't blend al that well.
Foreground
On the foreground we have many pictures in which are all very high quality, and bring a lot to the scene. I also like the plain black stroke around the pictures. The one note though is that they are a bit small. They bring a lot to the layout, but with limited size of the layout it would be hard to show all the elements in the medium.
Text
The text is nice, and easy to read, even though it is a small size. The white EXIF text does not over power the pictures, but it is a good idea to show the lenses used, and original. I really like that part of the shots.
Theme - "My Town"
The theme is shown though out the essay. At times it may be forgotten with all the beautiful animal and vista pictures, but it quickly shows up again.
Likes
Again I really like the Exif info, and all the shots. All of theme are very well chosen.
Dislikes
listed above.

-Tony

3rd Place - Assaf
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#3 Assaf Peretz: Jerusalem In Color

A unique portfolio of light, texture and color Assaf presets a unique perspective on Jerusalem. The real standout of Assaf's portfolio is the portrait of an older man peering out a window. The soft light on this man's face makes for a beautiful portrait. The wrinkles on his face and his expression tell me that he is a man who has seen a great deal in his lifetime. It is by far the best portrait in this year's contest.
Complimenting this beautiful portrait are several quiet studies of the windows, shutters , doors and signs around Jerusalem. They lend a quiet, serene feeling to the portfolio.
I encourage Assaf to continue to develop as a portrait artist. I would love to see more people in the portfolio. Show me people working, people playing and people living life in this historic city. Many of these compositions lend themselves well to a person walking through the frame, peering out a window or appearing in the reflection. This will enliven the portfolio and give viewers a deeper appreciation for this ancient city.
Overall, I like the juxtoposition of color against the muted stone walls, Assaf's eye for attention and detail and an appreciation of how light and shadow create a sense of mood and mystery.
-Jay Kinghorn

Background
S1 - The reflections are quite nice - with the with the old stone street, and walls.
S2 - The blues pinks and yellow really set off the scene The doors makes up a good page layout - The Schatz seems to be slightly out of place within the spread
S3- The reflections work out well but 4/6 photos seem to deal with prayer / contemplation however, the 2 light stands do not seem to fit in.
Foreground
Combo of forground/background.
Text
I like the text on most pages but on spread 2 you seem to loose it in the blue. It is the strongest on spread 3. In S1 I really like Jerusalem in color. Opening and closing text are really the best in the series.
Theme - "My Town"
Very nice use of buildings and people to show Jerusalem. Very nice work. It is a upclose look, but many non traditional images. Overall very pleasing.
Likes
I like the use of shadows in contradiction with the brown stone. I like the colors, which make the photos interesting. The choice of people and religious images, are very good choices.
Dislikes
At first I really didn't like the torah on the door. But after studying it, I think it fits the scene. The weakest shot of the group in my opinionis the shadow of the lamp post. It looks interesting, but maybe to many reflections. I also don't really get the point of the schatz sign on spread 2.
Notes:
pg1 - need some type of separator / boarder
pg3 - blue wall is a bit blury/out of focus
-Tony

4th Place - Matthew
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Background
Plain white is a great choice in my opinion. I really like the simplicity of a solid color.
Foreground
The images are a nice large size. They really tell a good story. The images balance each other very nicely.
Text
The text is a good size so it is readable Off my photo printer the italic text is a bit jagged, but hopefully the final print will be better quality.
Theme - "My Town"
Really to focus on 1 street is a very good choice. You clearly show the theme in the pictures.
Likes
The map really shows off a lot for your shots, as well as the garment factory. Finally the contrast of winter and spring is very nice.
Dislikes
Really there are not many weaknesses within the essay. The weakest item I think is #9 the images appear off the street and while very nice I wonder if they are off topic.
-Tony

5th Place - Noise Filter
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Background
S1 - Really having the town at night with the lightning in the background is very good.
S2 - The ferries, and the town looks very nice.
S3 - The lighthouse is a nice picture.
All three spreads are very excellent work.
Foreground
S1 - The frames around the pictures are very nice, and creative. All the pictures reflect your town quite well.
S2 - All the pictures feature a uniform drop shadow which is very nice, and uniform. The pictures are a good size to understand.
S3 - Once again a nice blance of shots, having the boat picture slightly over the sun set it quite nice.
Text
S1 I really like the text Magdalene Islands it is quite elegant, and matches into the flow of the homes.
S2 The white text is a bit smaller but it is still readable. All in all the color is hard to read in some places but I can still make it out. Really if it showed up more, perhaps it would be distracting. The black text, is enough to give a story without taking away from the photo essay part.
S3- The text on the 3rd spread is fine.
Theme - "My Town"
Overall, you have done a very good job in 6 pages showing your town. It really is excellent work. It shows the town, by contrasting old and new. It shows the views from the town, and even some wildlife.
Likes
I really like the vista views of the town. The mixture of broad and specific shots is quite nice. Also I like the old and new contrast of the 2 buildings on the 2nd spread is quite well done.
Dislikes
On S3 - the text on spread 3 item #4 reads about scuba diving, but the picture is of a cliff above water. So it doesn't make since.

-Tony

6th Place - Greslizzz
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Background
The plain white background is quite nice. The white space really helps the overall layout.
Foreground
The images are well balanced within the spreads. Perhaps some sort of border would help out.
Text
The font choices are very nice. I really like the main title font. Very good choice.
Theme - "My Town"
I think it shows what I would imagine Helsinki to be.
Likes
The 2 trains in contradiction are very nice.
Dislikes
I am wondering does the boat picture and swan though both very nice really show "your town"
Notes:
Swan wing is clipped a bit and its a shame.

-Tony

7th Place - Stumac1985
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Background
The overall white background is nice and simple. I really like the opening page too.
Foreground
The 2 large photos which over lap is very nice. It works very well with these pictures.
Text
The text is large enough to read and helps to explain all the image very well.
Theme - "My Town"
The theme is really displayed throughout the whole piece. The text even helps show how the city has been important in history.
Likes
I really like the architecture pictures. The Bridges are great. Also each image is done uniquely and I enjoy looking at those.
Dislikes
Really all the images were well chosen. My biggest wish was that a few more pictures were shown such as of the old quarter, which is mentioned, but not listed.

-Tony



Now about my notes -
I evaluated each page 6 times -
1st look - Background, Layout, and Foreground images.
2nd look - Textual judgement
3rd look - Theme
4th - Likes about the essay
5th - Dislikes
6th - Any changes that I would have to make to the essay - Some times text didn't come over correctly or Something was a bit off. (You were not judged in this category)

I tried to setup a rubric to judge - So basically - for text I looked at Size, color readability, Descriptive, and overall feeling. So I tried to make it as unbiased as possible.
I also listed spreads -as S1, S2, S3.
For all of my comments please see this PDF (http://fourthirdsphoto.com/images/critique.pdf).

All in all a very good job. It was quite hard to choose the top entries, So I had to be quite nit picky.

I will go through the list and contact everyone about prizes via PM.

All in all I am really looking forward to the POTY contest of 2008

rally
02-12-2008, 01:51 AM
Tony and the Four Thirds Community,

I am simply thrilled beyond comprehension at my 2nd placing.
I do feel there were many skilled photographers ahead of me.

A big thank you to everyone for making this possible.

Tony for hosting it all and creating this opportunity and the whole 4/3rds Community for all that it has shared and unknowingly given or taught me in the last 12 months since I bought my first DSLR.
I could not ever have learnt enough to even enter such a contest in this period without everyone's help.

It must have been difficult to pick any winners here - all the entrants really did a great job and pushed their own boundaries a little further - I know I certainly did.
Congratulations to all the participants.

A big thank you to Jay for his huge effort in not only judging the competition but having the courage and time to write up the critiques.
I agree wholeheartedly with all his comments.

I can say, that despite much difficulty and drama associated with a very steep learning curve in post processing in producing my entry, I really enjoyed the process and I am certainly a richer person for it.

I look forward to my copy of the book.

Thanks so very much again.

Cheers

Rally

kentomas
02-12-2008, 03:31 AM
Congratulations to all entrants and especially the winners. It's good to see that my choice for winner is up there in the number two position. On a personal note, I'm especially pleased to see Stumac1985 featured as he is my youngest son and has only been into photography for a little over a year. Again, well done everyone, there is an excellent selection of work amongst the entries.

Ken

assafx
02-12-2008, 03:52 AM
Tony and all forum members.
IT took me about 30 minutes (and a small lunch) to relax and i must say, that even though i stopped shaking from excitement. i'm still thrilled and happy about my third place.

Around 3 years ago (with some change), i convinced my boss to buy an E-300 and from there, i started to learn by myself.
At first what to do and afterwards, what ever i could to get better.
A key point in this process is that, i found this wonderful site and forum. It happened soon after i joined the "other place" and i never regret, even for a second, for leaving that place and never looking back.
Four Thirds Photo and the wonderful people and photographers in it, gave me so much During the past two years (feb 2006). it was an honor to compete against photographers that I admire and learned so much from them.



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When I heard of the contest subject, I felt as if I'm in Deep s%^t.

people might think that <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Jerusalem</st1:place></st1:city> is an easy subject but i found it hard. It's hard to find a theme or a subject that wasn't photographed before or done before and I found it hard to find an original point of view.

So When I took the challenge, I decided to also challenged myself. I wanted to use shots that I only took during the contest time frame And so I did.
This contest, even if I was placed last in it, Gave me so much that I felt as if I evolved to a whole new level after I submitted my project.

All the time spent on this project was a blessing and in that, it's another HUGE THANKS that I need to give Tony and all the forum members.

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Jay, thank you for the time spent, and your comments.

Tony, thank you so much for all that you done and will do.



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Stumac1985, Greslizzz, Noise Filter, Matthew, Zbahu and Rally:

Congratulations for your fine work, it was a pleasure watching it and realizing how diverse this web site is and how each and one of you showed it perfectly with his talent. The same goes for the rest of the contenders especially Aaron and jens that were my favorites.



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It's been an honor to compete against all of you and a wonderful experience.

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Toda Raba (Thank you very much).

Assaf

(still very happy and excited)

mick_finn
02-12-2008, 04:05 AM
A whole hearted congratulation to the winners and everybody who took part of the contest. It's been an honour to be a part of this. And of course a great thanks to Tony & Co for the huge effort put in to this contest.

I can only wait for the monthly contest to start again to be able to continue to get challenged and hopefully be able to develop my photography. And foremost to be inspired by fellow members of this community.

greslizzz
02-12-2008, 05:32 AM
Congrats to the winners and all participants, I can't wait to be able to buy the book(s)

TomServoCA
02-12-2008, 05:42 AM
Congratulations to all the winners. We have a great bunch of photogs here. Well done!

finemom
02-12-2008, 06:03 AM
My congrats as well to all who particpated and those who won. I enjoyed looking at all the photos or your towns and plan to go back and look at them all again. It's my pleasure to be in a forum with such talented photographers.:smile:

Dara
02-12-2008, 07:38 AM
Congrats to the winners and all participants.
And Thanks Tony for done all the best for all of us.
I really impressed for all the entries.

matthew
02-12-2008, 08:10 AM
Thanks Tony for putting this together, and to Tony and Jay Kinghorn for their time and effort in judging. My rough count is that over 330 individual photographs went into this project, so I can't begin to imagine the complexity that went into making the final selections.

Congratulations Zbahu, I'd never heard of Basingstoke before, but you've certainly put it on the map for us here.

And the entries reflect excellent work by everyone involved. I'm honoured to be a part of it.

zbahu
02-12-2008, 12:52 PM
Just got home from work and found an email from Tony telling me I had been selected for first prize.

I'm not sure I can find the right adjectives to describe my reaction, but they would be along the lines of stunned, surprised, delighted and amazed.

The very detailed feedback shows the tremendous effort Tony put into this contest and the mammoth task both he and Jay had with the judging, I really do appreciate how difficult this must of been, which just goes to amplify my suprise.

Not sure I can say much else at the moment!

Colin

mistermike
02-12-2008, 02:53 PM
Congratulations to the winners! And to everyone eligible that submitted an entry: excellent job!

Ham1
02-12-2008, 03:14 PM
Congratulations is right, these are excellent!

Matthew, I am hooking you up with your lifetime free Pro account now.

Thanks,
Markham

BHamm
02-12-2008, 03:26 PM
I'd like to pass along my congratulations to all of the winners. The photography is wonderful but the overall layouts are equally impressive. It's great to see people go that extra mile to create something really special.

I can't wait for the book.

Cheers,

Bruce

stumac1985
02-13-2008, 04:34 AM
I have to admit I am shocked to have placed so highly! I recived a text message yesterday from my dad (kentomas) simply saying congratulations! It wasnt untill I called him I knew what it was about.

I only got into photography November '06 when I bought my E1 so have to done so well means a huge amount to me! Thank you once again and a congratulations to everyone who took part!

Luke
02-13-2008, 04:53 AM
Congratulations to all and of course a special contgrats to the winners.
Thank you Tony and Jay Kinghorn for the time and effort to judge and comment the entries.
This will make a great book with wonderful photo's of places around the world.

Luc

anwmn1
02-13-2008, 06:04 AM
Congrats to the winners. This was an excellent contest with excellent results.

Henk Peter
02-13-2008, 10:00 AM
Congratulations to the winners and Chapeau to every contender, so many entries of such a high quality!

SkyWriter
02-14-2008, 05:45 PM
Whoa! I wasn’t expecting the POTY – 2007 results until this weekend sometime. No chance now of being first to extend my sincere congratulations to the best of the best. Oh, well. Congratulations!
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And thanks to you, Tony. You made it all possible. You set the bar pretty high – and it really shows. Many photographs (including quite a few that received no formal recognition) really humbled me, but what I personally found most impressive in this competition is the high level of technical skill and creativity in page layout and design that so many entrants possess.
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It’s not easy, being an analog guy in this digital world; there’s so much to learn, but oh, what fun.
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Cheers!
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heavy wind lover
02-16-2008, 06:40 AM
soooo many great photos and layouts for everyone to enjoy,, glad I was not the one trying to make the final decisions,,

my hat is off to everyone that enter and especially to Tony and Jay for all their fine work and especially the TIME they gave to make this this event,,

Derry