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Photography Competition 50: Summer Lifestyle Photography

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Photography Competition 50: Summer Lifestyle Photography Montage


When you think of summer, what do you imagine? That was this fortnight's photography challenge, and we asked you to sum up a typical summer's day in just the one shot.

Summer lifestyle photography can cover a wide range of photography genres, perhaps the most obvious being a documentary style. You could use food photography, portraits or nature to produce a visual story.

It's amazing how so many of this fortnight's entries showed a beach scene, but yet how they were all so different to one another!

To see all of the open theme photography competition entries, head to the album on the Photoh Facebook page here.


The finalists this fortnight are:

Deborah Forbes, Adelaide
Deborah has managed to perfectly capture that lovely, relaxing feeling of sitting in your favourite shaded spot on a summer's afternoon. The way that the chair is not the immediate focus means that you take longer looking at the scene, and take everything in.


Melissa Brown, Brisbane
The bright assortment of colours straight away signals summer in this shot! We love how Melissa has captured a beautifully candid moment of the young girl happily playing in her pool. The overhead perspective makes it feel unobtrusive and emphasises her young age, as well as making the most of the circular pool as an in-camera frame.


Leanne Watts, Melbourne
This photo is a celebration of colour! Having the silhouette of trees in the foreground provides depth to the image, and allows the fiery colours to properly pop. It makes us think of the late sunsets and balmy evenings of summer.


Michael Daniels, Perth
If this photograph doesn't spell out summer, then we're not sure what does! In this one frame Michael has managed to capture the beach, swimmers, cricket, and of course, that Esky sneaking in! The fact that the colours are restricted to blues and the yellows of the sand and cricket bat means that the photo looks very neat and balanced, without being too 'busy'.


Bala Krishnan, Sydney
This is a great example of how you can portray something like a hot summer's day, without actually including an easy giveaway factor such as the sun or blue sky. The overhead viewpoint allows us to grab a sneak peek into these two spectators, without focusing on their identity, providing the viewer with a little mystery - i.e, why the melon on the heads!


Stephen Warby, Sydney
The ice cream truck, the blue sky and of course the beachy scene in the background; this just has to be summer! The hot pink truck instantly grabs your attention and injects a burst of interesting colour. Great use of motion blur too, as this emphasises how busy the scene is without the composition looking too crowded.



The winner this fortnight is...Michael Daniels from Perth
Congratulations Michael, you have won a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher!

And in second place we have Melissa Brown from Brisbane!
Congratulations, a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher is yours!

The next challenge has a Rules of Composition theme. This will be looking at how you can creatively use and break the 'rules' of composition within your photos. Think about negative space, the rule of thirds and the golden ratio.

Carefully considering the placement of your subject within your camera's frame will take your photos from looking like casual snaps to a more professional standard. Taking a few extra seconds to move slightly to the left, or adjusting your viewpoint can make all the difference!

Entries will open on Saturday the 28th January and close on Thursday 10th February 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.

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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