Sun Flares Photo Contest on ViewBug: Winners Announced

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing sun flares in this photo contest!

This was such a fun contest to judge!  First, all of the finalists are very worthy! Such an impressive display of talent! In the end, I decided upon a few guidelines to help me select a winner and honorable mentions among so many terrific entries. I decided to really focus first and foremost on the flare element: Did it feel realistic? Was it an attractive addition? Did it help to focus the viewers attention to something? Was its placement enhancing to the overall composition?


People’s Choice – Photo by 800ISO

“I love the low light and endless expanse of this image. It feels lush and well-developed. The flare leads my eye to the structure and creek details and works well as a compositional element.” – Jessica Drossin


Grand Jury Winner – Photo by wolongshan

“I love the vertically oriented composition in this shot. The gradated tones, cool to warm, leading the eye to the dynamic flare is very nicely done. I really enjoy how the artist has provided both detail and softness in this image, and the monolithic rock feels imbued with some sort of prehistoric magic. The reflection is also very nice, echoing the drama at the top of the image.” – Jessica Drossin


Runner Up – Photo by gerrygroeber

“I adore the sun-drenched details in this shot. The flare works wonderfully compositionally to add visual interest to an area that would otherwise be lackluster in comparison to the cloud and landscape details on the right.” – Jessica Drossin


Runner Up – Photo by YuliyVasilev

“A perfectly named photo, the gorgeously varied warm tones, interrupted by a path seemingly leading the viewer right into the scene — and towards the flare — works wonderfully” – Jessica Drossin


Runner Up – Photo by kathykuhn100

“What a spectacular flare! The subtle spectrum of color, the far-reaching arms of the flare leading us into different areas of the photo, and the way it is compositionally positioned all works flawlessly.” – Jessica Drossin


Runner Up – Photo by francescovaninetti

“I really liked the composition in this shot and how the structure and the flare balance each other on opposite ends of the vibrant field. The soft, warm flare works beautifully with the backlit lavender plant details.” – Jessica Drossin


Amateur Winner – Photo by JeremyMcG

“I love the beautiful flare and the way the hills progressively lighten in the distance with the haze. The center composition works well and draws me into the scene.” – Jessica Drossin


Congratulations to the Grand Jury, Amateur and People’s Choice Winner, who will receive respectively a $200, $100 and $50 Gift Coupon towards any product in my store!

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