Here are some more of the semifinalists chosen by our guest Judge. —Ed.
"Welding parts as part of the build of an industrial shredder, 2010. These 'mega shredders' fragment everyday items—like cars—into scrap that is shipped for recycling—often then used in the build of new domestic items—like more cars."
"Fishermen at sunrise off the coast in northern Colombia, 2008. They live in a very small seaside town called Verrugas, which means 'warts,' in the Gulf of Morrosquillo. This place was known in the past as a departure point for high speed boats taking narcotics to the U.S. over the horizon across the Caribbean. Now it is a forgotten and peaceful place."
"'Walk this way.' This image was made in 1994 in New York City. I was wandering up a side street towards Fifth Avenue while the streets were closed for a parade. When I came across this cop giving directions to an old lady, I grabbed a quick shot. The body language of the officer and the woman tells the story at a glance."
"'Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.' When the golden spike driven in to connect the continent by rail, train crews were well known and admired. These days, train crews are almost invisible to the average person going about their daily business and the fact that their work has a major impact on our quality of life is either ignored, or, more likely, not even thought about...by those everyday average people."
"I am not a professional photographer (blatantly obvious) but took time off from a conference in Vienna to photograph the architecture of this fascinating city. Made this shot of reflections of old building in windows of a modern building and captured myself at work."
"Stony, Don, Barry, and Victor. Linemen are 'the salt of the earth.' Dedicated, hard workin', and reliable, with a little mischief thrown in to keep things interestin'."
"In a confluence of the sublime and the quotidian, two window washers ply their trade rappelling from a crane down the face of a jewel of modern architecture, I.M. Pei's glass pyramid in the main courtyard of Louvre Museum in Paris. November, 2012."
"I took this photograph at a recent game between the Oakland Athletics and Cincinnati Reds. As the home Reds took the field between innings, I was intrigued by the police officer who confidently guarded the field, shielding the players from the any overly zealous spectators, who sit anonymously, out-of-focus in the foreground. His serious attitude interceded between the fans and the players nonchalantly taking their spots on the field."
"At 'Feira da Ladra,' a famous Portuguese flea market, an old vendor shows how his ancient merchandise is still functional by taking a nap in one of his chairs."
"Turkey Man. I took this photo around 1974 when I was a photojournalism student at Ohio University. I spent a day documenting the life of a turkey farmer as a project for class. The subject was delivering feed to his charges who were destined to soon be included in frozen TV dinners. I used Tri-X in a Leica M2 with a Canon 35mm ƒ/2 lens."
"This was taken earlier this year and shows actor Vincent Manna preparing for a theatrical production of a new work, Wimp. In the background can be seen the director and the stylist. This shot was taken very early on in the rehearsals process but using the actual venue, a disused church in Peckham, South London."
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