January 15, 2011

Photography Contest Results!

I am so thrilled to announce the winners of the first ever Maidens of Virtue Photography Contest! All in all I received nearly 100 entries, which was far more than I had expected! In fact, I had such a time trying to narrow it down that I decided to award not just one prize, but 1st, 2nd and 3rd, plus finalists... plus honorable mentions. :-) I know you are itching to see who won, so scroll on down to see the wonderful photos that placed, along with what I loved about each one. On some I am including what the photographer said about their photo. Amazing work, everyone!

1st Place: Laura A.
What is not to love about this incredible photo? It's absolutely gorgeous. I loved how crystal clear the water is - just solid blue the whole way. The composition and lighting are beautiful and of course the action captured is amazing.
Laura wins a Blogger design from Prairie Rose Designs and a free Fracture frame!

2nd Place: Wendy H.
I loved the soft colors in this photo and the beautiful light coming on to the mother's face. The sweet, pure love between mother and child is just precious. This photo is so genuine and unposed. Beautiful!
Wendy wins a Blogger design from Prairie Rose Designs!

3rd Place: Kamirin C.
This is such a unique photo. I was intrigued by the interesting composition and crop, and I loved the restful feeling. The colors are beautiful as well, and I like how your eye travels across the photo, finally resting on the bride. Wonderful work!
Kamirin wins a custom header, banner and button set from Prairie Rose Designs.

Below are the finalists that came SO CLOSE to making it in the top three! Outstanding work, all of you!

Laura A.
Gorgeous lighting and colors in this... such a sweet picture of innocence.

Erica B.
Freshly fallen snow! What could be more pure than that?

Laura L.
The love between daddy and daughter... precious. Loved the color and light coming through her hair.

Allison M.
Great composition and focus, and I like the contrast of the pure pearls against the dirty rock.
"Purity also reminded me of pearls. As you know, oysters make pearls by coating bits of sand with soft layers. What a great analogy for us to use when we get irritated! Soft answers to others, relinquishing our 'rights' to One Who laid all His down, and the list goes on! By putting a few pearls on the dirty stone step, I wanted to visualize how we are to look to the world around us. Remaining pure in God's sight, regardless of the dirt of sin that surrounds us, and thus pointing the way to the Savior Who can cleanse us of sin."

Laura L.
Beautiful splash of sunlight coming through the flower petals!
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." James 1:17
Even though this picture is of a flower, the focus is the light shining through it. It reminded me of this verse about the light and purity of God."

Wendy H.
God's creation is marvelous. Love the vibrant blues and greens in this one.

And, just because I was having such a hard time deciding which photos would make it into the finals and win the top 3, I'd also like to feature some honorable mentions, who exhibited creativity in using theme.

Elizabeth A.
Love the beautiful pink in this and the dew/rain drops.

Savannah L.
Very neat! I really like the sparkles in this.
"Those who are pure don't hide themselves away from the world but must live amongst this impure world. We are to be "in the world, but not of the world" and this photograph illustrates that. These beautiful tree buds are in the world but yet protected and kept pure by a thick layer of ice. This can represent our family and church and God, protecting us from harm and corrupting influences."

Allie R.
This has great focus and I liked the heart pendant she used to highlight the word!

Kathryn I.
Very clever! Great pure, crisp reflection.

Hannah B.
Good clean soap! I liked how the bubbles are coming out of the bowl.

Congratulations everyone! And a big thank you to our sponsor, Fracture! (And Prairie Rose Designs, but that's my business so it hardly does to thank myself. :-))

What did you think of the contest? Did you enjoy it? Should I do another one in the future? Leave a comment and let me know!


Rachel said...

All of these pictures are beautiful!!! Every picture defines purity in an unique way. I especially like the picture of a father and daughter.

M. Mari said...

What beautiful work everyone!!

Kathryn ~ YES! You should definitely do another photography contest. This was certainly very enjoyable. :-)

Laurie Hinson said...

Yes please do another one. All the pictures are just beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! The photography is amazing! Good job everyone!

Anna said...

Congratulations to all the finalists! =) Thank you for hosting this contest, Kathryn. I too enjoyed entering, and will look forward to (hopefully) another one yet! :-)

By His grace and For His Glory,

Miss RJ said...

Congrats to the winners! All the photography is BEAUTIFUL!

Louise said...

I think you should have another contest the pictures are lovely