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I asked for three images this year instead of just one.  I wanted to see a variety of different angles and viewpoints.  Not just a lucky snapshot.

I narrowed my choices down to these six front runners…

Great Escape Publishing's $1,000 Photo Contest

Great Escape Publishing's $1,000 Photo Contest

Great Escape Publishing's $1,000 Photo Contest

Great Escape Publishing's $1,000 Photo Contest

Matthew Lenz Lilley

Russell-Kruizengae

Their photos tell a story.  They’re well composed and exposed.  And they experimented – which is what I hope you do with your camera.  

It takes just 21 days to form a habit… and you can start at any time.  It doesn’t have to be the start of a new year.  Take photos today, and again tomorrow, and do that for 21 days until you’re in the habit of experimenting with light and how your camera records it.  You can only get more creative from there.

We received a lot of great entries, but we can only have one $1,000 Grand Prize winner.  So I picked the photographer who most closely followed the rules of this challenge.  Someone I believe took photos every day for 21 days.  Someone who experimented with their angles and their viewpoints and who shot their photos with intention, paying careful attention to what was left in and left out of the photo, even in all the corners.

The Grand Prize winner is… 

Valerie Haas for her series on transitioning soldiers into everyday life. Here, again, are her prize-winning photos…

Great Escape Publishing's $1,000 Photo Contest

She says this about her series…

“As a contractor with the military, I have seen many friends struggle with the transition into civilian life.  In this photo series, I wanted to capture a few snippets of that transition–from pursuing higher education in preparation for a second career, to replacing the daily uniform with a business suit.  I also wanted to include the soon-to-be civilian holding a folded-up U.S. flag, because people generally think of that being given at a military funeral, but it is also given to the veteran at their retirement ceremony in honor of having faithfully served their country.”

Congratulations Valerie!

Feel free to add your own comments at the bottom of the page.

Again, to all the participants, thank you!  This was not an easy decision as there were so many great entries.

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