7th in Unterwasser Visions July 2007

The theme of the Unterwasser Visions photo contest for July 2007 was "Offspring". I made it to the top 10, and was voted into 7th place for the second time this year.


Anyone registered at the Unterwasser website can enter the Visions competition, which runs from January until November every year.


Posted on Aug 1, 2007
A total of 104 images was entered in the competition this month, and I am very pleased to be selected among the top 10 for the third time this year.

I was hoping for a little more than the 7th and 8th place I already have, but competition was fierce and the top 10 is very strong - and I got another 7th place.

The jury wrote the following about my image (translated from German):

The image first and foremost makes an impression because of the strong colours and the tight composition. Unfortunately, it has been cropped to a square - using the rule of thirds would have been even better.

I was in doubt whether to enter this cropped version of the image, but felt I had no choice: In the original there is some unsharp algae which I needed to get rid of.

Should I have manipulated the image?

Since the background is black I could easily have cloned away the algae in PhotoShop, but I felt this was too much manipulating and though I'd better just crop it.

Is this better? Well, I don't know if I completely agree with the jury on this one - but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What do you think?

In the public vote on the Unterwasser website the image was rewarded a 15th place. The 10 images that made it to the final will be published in Unterwasser's September issue.

» Click here to read more and see the other finalists








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