It's been great to see all of the open theme competition entries to start off 2017! With no set genre, style or photography limits, everyone submitted photos that captured an amazing range of subjects and ideas.
An open theme can often prove to be more challenging, as you have to really think about what you would like to focus on, and how you can best display your skills and knowledge. Sometimes you could take a quick snapshot and it turns out to be one of your favourite photos! It certainly pays to always keep an open mind, and to have your camera ready!
With such a huge range of photography entered into the competition, we have chosen the photos we think show a careful consideration towards how the subject has been chosen and captured, with regards to colour, composition, focus and lighting.
If you've made it to this fortnight's finalists, you have done incredibly well as it was a very hard job making our selection!
The finalists this fortnight are:
David Munro, Adelaide
Rather than seeing a reflection in an eye as a potential issue, we love how David has used it to take a very creative self portrait! This shot works well because it has a tight crop; just large enough to see that it's a furry animal, but small enough to also ensure that all your attention is focused on the portrait within. Now we would like to know how David kept his furry friend sitting so still!
Kerry-Ann Waller, Brisbane
The first thing we thought of when we saw Kerry-Ann's photo, is its strong resemblance to Van Gogh's style of painting! The way she has captured that amazing cloud formation and stormy colours is just spot on. The strong silhouette of the windmill and gradual sloping grass provides a great contrast.
Ash Callender, Melbourne
Ash is very on trend with his capture of this lush green colour, which has been declared as 2017's colour! The whole photo just looks so crisp and fresh, especially with the large water droplet, which pulls your attention up through the image.
Michelle Coyle, Melbourne
Michelle's photo has such a soft, gentle feel about it, although when you look closer you can see the spiky and almost uninviting texture of her subject. We love the juxtapositions and her use of colour.
Gemma Childs, Perth
It can be easy to overlook everything that happens above your head, but when you do take a moment to look up, you can find some really interesting shots! Gemma has been careful to get up close to the tree trunk so that you get the sensation of really being there and feeling tiny! It almost gives you a feeling of childlike awe, which is lovely!
Grace Siekacz, Perth
Grace has transported us to a place that would be perfect on a hot summer's day! The inclusion of the path leading into the water is a great touch, as it provides layers of interest from the foreground, right into the background where those clouds are peaking above the horizon. Fantastic framing and capture of colour.
Jane Birman, Perth
Inspiration and photo subjects can be found everywhere, especially if you look past the idea that some things are 'boring' or 'too everyday'. Jane has proved just how stunning and intriguing a simple piece of wire can be! The colours, framing and focus is just beautiful!
Ann Hodgson, Sydney
What a magical bugs eye view! The delicate nature of this photo is emphasised by the use of a pastel background, and the gentle blur of the foreground. We love the effort that Ann has gone to with the drops of water balancing on the tiny stems.This shot could easily be a work of art!
Goran Mirceski, Sydney
Goran has created an interesting character in this shot, by clever use of light and the cigar smoke. The posing of the model and the way that he is seemingly unaware of the camera makes you wonder what he is deep in thought about.
Kathy Wallace, Sydney
And now on to another character, who definitely doesn't appear to be camera shy! The sharpness of this shot is phenomenal, especially when you consider how quickly these little critters can move! Bonus points for using the colourful blurred background to really make the subject's intense features truly stand out.
Nahar A Disha
Nahar's photo is great as it really is a snapshot in time, allowing you to study each individual in the scene in great detail. It makes you wonder where each person is off to, and ponder about their lives in a people watching manner. Great use of careful composition too, as the Christmas tree provides a narrative about the time of year, and the architectural details are emphasised as your eye moves through the frame.
Tracey Good, Sydney
This is another shot that really shows how using a carefully considered colour palette can give your photo a professional and polished look. The fact that Tracey has shot this plant from this perspective is great, as it highlights all of the tiny details that can often be missed when viewed from above.
The winner this fortnight is...Ann Hodgson from Sydney! Congratulations Ann, you have won a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher! We are in awe of the tiny landscape you had produced in front of your lens.
And in second place we have David Munro from Adelaide!
Congratulations, a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher is yours!
The next challenge has a summer lifestyle photography theme. This will allow you to explore your local area using a documentary style, and to capture what you think is the true essence of an Australian summer.
This is also a fairly open theme, so feel free to go wild and experiment with portraiture, street, weather and landscapes. You could even try out underwater photography!
Entries will open on Saturday the 14th January and close on Thursday 26th January 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.