Photographing in the harsh sun light can be an obstacle for photographers in Australia, so over the past fortnight, the Photoh groups have focused on solutions for shooting in bright conditions.
All of the entries submitted have tackled harsh light in different ways, and demonstrate how you can even use it to your advantage. Take a look at our finalists below:
Gavin Rudge, Adelaide
Gavin has tackled the tricky dappled sun light coming through trees to capture this great shot of a monkey at Adelaide Zoo.
Laurence Baudoin, Perth
We love how Laurence has captured the sunlight and used it to create a beautiful haze effect, producing a warm, summery feel.
Irma Ferreira, Perth
Irma's photo demonstrates how you can use harsh light to produce a dramatic effect and great contrast. The twisted, bare branches of this tree is the perfect choice of subject.
Alan Coligado, Sydney
Alan has captured the sun slowly disappearing brilliantly. We love how he's used the dramatic light just in the top right corner, so that the photo gradually fades to darkness.
Ann Hodgson, Sydney
Having a subject covered both in bright light and dark shade can be tricky to master, but we think that Ann has photographed this interesting building perfectly. Great use of colour too!
Stephen Warby, Sydney
Harsh sun light can produce harsh shadows, so we love how Stephen has used the contrast here to create a great image of leading lines and texture.
The winner for first prize this fortnight is...Alan Coligado! We loved that Alan's solution for shooting in harsh light was to showcase it slowly disappearing between the buildings, creating those brilliant long lines of shadow. The clever composition draws your eye from the areas of darkness right up to the little girl walking into the hazy sunlight.
Alan you have won a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher!
The winner for second prize is... Stephen Warby! Shooting in black and white works incredibly well when you are faced with harsh light, as Stephen's photo shows. We really like how the strong contrast between light and dark creates such interesting textures on a simple but effective subject matter. Congratulations Stephen, a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher is yours!
The next photography challenge has an open theme, so it's your chance to get creative, and indulge in your favourite styles of photography!
Entries will open on Saturday the 13th August and close on Thursday 9th September at midnight.
To enter, simply post your photo on the Photoh Facebook wall stating your city.
First prize is a $100 JB Hifi voucher and second prize is a $50 JB Hifi voucher, or a Photoh class of your choice.