Mid-Atlantic – October 2016 – Portrait/Illustration

Judges Comments

1st: Powerful, deliberate frame. We feel the photographer chose this angle to showcase the room and give power to their subject since this is the first female music director at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Nitpick thing here, but wish there was just a hair more separation between her head and the spherical object directly above her, and have her centered a bit more. But again, photo is still very strong. 2nd: This photo rose to second because of its caption detail. We get the context of why this woman is sitting here with papers on her desk looking worried. Nice photo illustration. 3rd: Nice dramatic lighting and solid composition. We just wanted to know more about this boxer in the caption.

Judges: Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette, Bryan Bennett/Kalamazoo Gazette