With such a wide variety of techniques and results, it was especially hard to pick out our three winners this month, but for organisational skills alone we had to reward Robert Lang of Bristol, UK, for this shot of a group of people "freezing" in mid-action in the middle of a busy shopping centre. The action was organised via a social networking site, with most people freezing for five minutes, while Robert took pictures with his Canon EOS 1000D. I particularly like the couple on the right, seemingly caught in the middle of a fight, but I can't help but think that the shot might have been more effective if Robert had zoomed out to show more of the motion-blurred paths of the passers-by. Still, and impressive effort which wins Robert an ATP Photofinder Mini, a copy of Adobe Lightroom 2, a SanDisk Extreme III 2GB SD card and a 5-in-1 card reader.
Our second prize winner is this beautiful shot from Kamal Matin of Ilford, UK, who has used a very long exposure to smooth out the ripples in a pool of water to create near-perfect reflections. Kamal explains his shot: "My entry is a photo of Santiaga Calatrava Science buildings in Valencia, Spain. It is a night shot, and it confuses people as to what it is. Most people think it is a computer manipulation but it is in fact a perfect water reflection of two oval buildings being partly reflected in the shallow pool. The exposure is approximately 25-30 seconds with an ISO of 100 and taken with a Canon EOS 400D with 24-105mm IS lens." Kamal wins an ATP Photofinder Mini, a copy of Adobe Lightroom 2, a SanDisk Extreme III 2GB SD card and a 5-in-1 card reader.
Our top prize winner this month is Fernando Cuesta of Zaragoza, Spain, with this unusual and ingenious adaptation of the "drawing with light" technique. Fernando has used his Canon IXUS 750 compact camera to take two photos. In the first long-exposure shot, which was taken at night, he's used a lantern to paint the figure standing on the slide, and then used a photo editing program to turn that shot into a negative image. He has then carefully replaced the sky with one cut from a daytime shot. The result is striking and slightly disturbing, at least until you figure out what it is, and also proves that you don't need a brand-new digital SLR to take brilliant photos. Fernando wins an ATP Photofinder Mini, a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS4, a SanDisk Extreme III 2GB SD card, and a 5-in-1 card reader.
Many thanks to all our entrants, and congratulations to Robert, Kamal and Fernando. Don't forget that the current round of our photography competition is open, with the theme of "Life on water" and a closing date of March 31st 2009. Click here for details on how to enter, and the superb ATP, Adobe and SanDisk prizes on offer.
Digital Photo Competition - February Winners