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This fortnight the theme was an open one, as each city focused on a different topic - Sydney and Brisbane learned all about using the camera light meter and histogram, Perth studied landscape photography at Yellagonga Regional Park, Melbourne experimented with external flash and Adelaide looked at light, abstraction and architecture.

It was fantastic to see such a broad range of photography styles and techniques being used, although we did find it extremely challenging to narrow the entries down to a set of finalists as there was such a high standard of quality!

All the photos that were entered in the competition can be viewed in the album on the Photoh Facebook page.

The finalists for this fortnight are:

Alan Branch, Adelaide
The colours and textures captured in this shot appear to be other-worldly and are captivating. The aperture that Alan has used is perfect for focusing your eye on the interesting details in the foreground. A fantastic shot!

David Munro, Adelaide
David's photo is so serene, with the lines in the foreground slowly easing your eyes up to the gentle pastel colours of the water, seemingly blending into the sky.

Glenn Cockerton, Melbourne
We love the composition of Glenn's photo, as it's almost abstract, and it takes a second glance to see what the subject is. The capture of the deep blue sea works so well against the bold lines of the umbrellas and sun loungers.

Leece Johnson, Perth
Looking at Leece's photo makes us want to immediately escape to its location, and take in all of those stunning colours! It's almost like a painting.

Melanie Shaw, Perth
We're not sure how many shots it took to take this amazing action capture! If it was a one shot wonder then we are doubly impressed! The shutter has been pressed at the perfect moment, and the sequins flying towards the lens give it a 3D feel, immersing you in the frame. Great choice of aperture too, as the confetti creates beautiful bokeh framing the in-focus girl's eyes.

Alan Coligado, Sydney
Great example of macro photography here by Alan. The way that the light hits and filters through the petals is very well planned and executed, producing an incredibly interesting study of the flower.

Bernie Ryan, Sydney
Tiny and fast moving birds can be incredibly tricky to photograph, but Bernie has captured this little critter perfectly! The blurred background keeps all the focus on the feathers and we love the richness of the black&white tones.

Patrick Cummings, Sydney
The dramatic lighting and framing on the young man's face creates a layer of mystery in this photo. It almost begs for a narrative, or for the viewer to create one of their own.

Terry O'Hagan, Sydney
Sometimes there is beauty to be found in unexpected places, and this genius shot shows that great photos can be found looking down towards your feet! Terry has framed this one perfectly, and we love the seagull taking pride of place in the frame! A very well executed photograph.

Tracye Hughes, Sydney
Double exposures can be a tricky technique to get right, but Tracye has done just that! The combination of a visually interesting background with an almost abstract hand outline makes for an interesting shot.

The winner this fortnight is...Melanie Shaw from Perth! We all loved the playfulness of this shot, and how it feels like the sequin confetti is about to fly out of the frame towards you! The exposure and shutter speed are absolutely spot on. Congratulations Melanie, you have won a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher!

And in second place we have Alan Branch from Adelaide! We have been mesmerized by this beautiful photo's colour. It seems like every time you look at it, you discover a detail you hadn't spotted before. Great use of aperture and well thought out framing of the subject.

The next photography challenge has a theme of architectural photography, so it's a chance to get out and about in your city. Maybe you could focus on historic against modern buildings, or focus on interesting architectural details.

Entries will open on Saturday the 10th September and close on Thursday 22nd September at midnight AEST.
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.

Please read our post on the competition rules and guidelines if you'd like more information before submitting a photo. If you have any other questions you can message us or email victoria@photoh.com.au.

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