This week’s photo challenge is one we loved…autumn is our favorite time of year with the beautiful trees, the cooler temperatures, and the pumpkin spice lattes that appear on the menu of our favorite coffee shops. There’s just something about smelling the firewood in the air, hearing the crunch of leaves beneath our feet, and being all bundled up against the cold. This week’s theme, Autumn Splendor, brought all of those favorites into photography form for us!
Special thanks to this week’s Guest Photographer Judge, Josh Newton…his insight into business was inspirational! If you haven’t read his interview, make sure you take a few moments to do so. He’s a great guy!
1st Place: Jen Prouty
i chose this one as 1st place because of a couple things. first, it made me laugh almost right away and i was immediately able to put myself in the kids shoes. every guy wants to be a super hero and well, the expression the fact that he’s way out in the field with it on… love it. the superman colors are so stark compared to the soft, autumn tones and the boy just really stands out. i really like the composition, use of dead space, and editing. simple, not over the top. but, what i love most was the way it made me feel =)
2nd Place: CM Fotografia
this photo was chosen as second place because of the pure emotion it captures. it doesn’t feel posed, contrived, or something out of the ordinary. the colors are brilliant, the girl is in focus, and her expression is priceless.
3rd Place: Kelli Dee
this photo was chosen as third place because of the focus, lighting, editing, and composition. i’m a SUCKER for backlighting and the long grass in the background lit up the way it is just makes for a very pleasant photo. i think the outfit was picked out well and the editing is simple and pretty. good job!
4th Place: LaTonya Marie
her expression is priceless. i had a really hard time not making this photo one of my top 3, as i think it’s incredible. her eyes, the backlighting, editing, and composition really make this photo stand out.
5th Place: Just Leesha
6th Place: Melinda Smith
7th Place: Up in the Sycamore
i have to admit, i’m not a HUGE fan of suitcases or frames in photos anymore, but this one really caught my eye. i enjoy the pose and the outfits chosen a lot – and the editing is definitely well done. love the tones and colors of this photo and really good job with it!
8th Place: Melanie Weyer
this photo ALMOST made it to the top 3. i had a really hard time not making this photo one of my favorites as her expression almost has this erie, melancholy look to it. REALLY love the field, backlighting, and the composition is interesting. great photo!
9th Place: Mary Nichols
10th Place: Kate Suzanne
they are going to love this photo when they’re older… definitely makes you want to be a kid again. really love everything about this photo – the color, editing, composition, focus, and how they’re running away from you. what i love most about this photo however is how it made me feel and what stories it brought to mind when i first saw it. great work!
Each week we (Angie & Amy) like to show off some of our favorite entries as well! Here are our picks…
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.)
Congratulations to ALL of our winners this week!
We’re getting ready to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with our families here in the states so there will not be a photo challenge on I Heart Faces next week. Be sure to check out our free photo community though and add your favorite “Autumn” photos there! For more information: Photo Challenge Themes