Photo Challenge Winners | Raise Your Hands!

October 15, 2011

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This week’s photo challenge was so touching.  Sometimes we focus so closely on the faces, we miss the smaller details…like the hands. They are vital for so many of our activities: hand-holding, hugs, holding our sweet babies, texting. 😉 . Oh yes, we do that too! {Ha!} We loved seeing those touching photos with parents with their babies, the old, wrinkled hands of a good life, and those little chubby toddler fingers!

Thanks to our special Guest Photographer Judge this week, Ryan Brenizer! He said of this week’s amazing winners: “Wow, there were so many great entries that made it hard to choose, and there were some that hurt me to have to cut. Hands are a difficult subject — not expressive in the same way as a face, but they absolutely tell a story, and they can have the same honesty or anxiety of a normal portrait. To me, for a photo of a hand to be called a proper portrait, I want to feel like I’ve learned something about the subject or the moment from them. I did a quick project telling the story of a friend through her hands last year and it forced me to think about storytelling and portraiture in new ways. Congratulations everyone for doing a great job with this.”

1st Place: Erica Lea

Ryan wrote:  This photo feel like it’s telling story from long ago, but it also feels like you’re peering over her shoulder right now. Not only does it tell a story about age and youth, but also the sort of labor and care that makes our hands rugged in the first place. I love it.

2nd Place: Jennifer Morrow

This photo made my girlfriend want to have twins — thanks a LOT.

I harshly critique images that felt posed to me, but this is just perfect and is going to stick in my mind for some time to come.

3rd Place: My Simple Nothings

The juxtaposition of old and young is exactly what I expected to see in a “Hands” contest, but there’s something about the extreme texture that makes this jarring, and takes it a step beyond.

4th Place: Fifty Cent Love Photography

This is all about hands, hands that are brand new and the hands that care for them. Great juxtaposition.

5th Place: Captured by Christine

There were several images of praise in here, which I thought was an interesting, story-telling way to document our hands. This one had the strongest composition, and with the hands counterbalancing the cross’s perspective. The frame edge is slightly imperfect, and the extreme washout of the clouds makes it feel too digital, but it’s a very strong photo.

6th Place: The Cook Family

I love this one, because the hands are doing so much of the work of conveying the clear emotions, and the symmetry adds impact.

7th Place: Christina Hartman

The sort of move that only a child would do, innocent and curious all at once.

8th Place: Kasey Mikelle

I love the playfulness and sibling joy of this one, the beginning of a long and changing relationship.

9th Place: Redhanded Photography

You can get a real sense of who this guy is from just his hand, and the elements in the background, though out-of-focus, were not forgotten. Her smirk and the flow of her hair add do it. A slight crop here may help so the frame doesn’t bisect the nose.

10th Place: Meghann Roper Photography

Fantastic perspective, great lighting, and a great expression. This might be higher if my eyes were drawn more strongly to the hands instead of his eyes.

Each week we (Angie & Amy) like to show off some of our favorite entries as well! Here are our picks…

Mom Pics

This Little Blog

Christina McGuire

Pure Light

Traveling Mama

Gators Family

Jenna Randall

Callie Marie


Simply Gorgeous

If you were in the Top Ten or an “Angie & Amy Pick” you can go to this page to find your special Winners Button to display on your blog! Super-huge congratulations for entering such an amazing photo this week!

A Friendly Reminder: To be able to be considered as a winner for our photo challenges, you must follow these guidelines…

1| Only ONE photo can be in your entry post. If there are other photos in your entry post, your photo will not be passed on to the weekly judge.

2| Our button must be in your post (you can find our buttons on our “Grab a Button” page.)

3| You must enter a permalink to your blog post or Flickr entry (not a link to the home page of your blog.)

Join us next week for our next photo challenge! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, our theme is “Tickled Pink”. Your entry does NOT have to focus on breast cancer at all but if you’d like to share a story of how breast cancer has affected your family we know that others will truly be touched by that as well.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Fonda October 17, 2011

So many precious pictures! This has to be my favorite contest so far 🙂


rani October 16, 2011

gorgeous pictures!


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