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Photography Competition 61: Playing With Light

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Photography Competition 61: Playing With Light Montage

For something different this fortnight, we challenged the students at the group classes in each city to creatively manipulate and play with light (both sunlight and artificial light) to create effects such as flare, bokeh, starbursts, ghosting and shadows.

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

The finalists this fortnight are:

Caty Malo, Adelaide

The mood and intimacy of the library where this photo was taken has been perfectly captured. The lines of indoor lighting act to warm up the wooden features, while also pulling the eye in to the back of the photo, along with the beams.

Constance Andrews, Brisbane

Constance has used colour and reflections in this image to enhance the strong light and give it a surreal and futuristic look.

Amanda Stokes, Melbourne

Diffused backlight in this photo has given it a soft afternoon glow and softened the shadows. However the shadows still act as a way of heightening the action of the subject mid jump. It's very well composed and perfectly timed.

Michael Davis, Perth

The long shadows created by the position of the sun in relation to the trees has given a great sense of depth to this image, while intensifying the colours of the sky and the water in the horizon. It's a stunning example of golden hour photography.

Sancia White, Perth

Sancia has been able to illuminate her subject while playing with shadows and starbursts, which has given it strong definition and form. It's night time photos like this that demonstrate how light can do completely different things at different hours.

Bala Krishnan, Sydney

By positioning a wine glass in the foreground of the frame to "catch" the reflected light in the background, Bala has made the bokeh in this photo a focal point rather than just a random pattern of light. The coloured lights of the Harbour Bridge also act as another layer of colour and light in this beautiful image.

Tracye Hughes, Sydney

Tracye has taken this photo in the golden light of the afternoon and let the light leak in from the side to create a soft haze around her subject, without letting it overpower the entire image.

The winner this fortnight is...Bala Krishnan from Sydney! Congratulations, you have won a $100 JB Hifi voucher!

And in second place we have...Michael Davis from Perth, who has won a $50 JB Hifi voucher.

The next challenge is completely open theme and each city will be focusing on a different topic. Students can submit any photo they like for the fortnightly competition. Entries will open on Saturday the 1st July and close on Thursday the 13th July 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 brooke@photoh.com.au.

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