$1,000 First Prize
The judge noted that "this contest asked for photos on the subject of work, and none of the entries said 'work' more definitively than this one—two big guys caught in the act of doing the roughest kind of job. Formally, the curve of the curb and paving stones, echoed by the curve of the hose, help focus the eye."
$500 Second Prize
The judge called Sherrie's picture "an excellent and non-obvious street shot...the colors are exceptionally good, and the reflections add a nice abstract element."
Peter Brian Schafer
$100 Third Prize
The judge said of Peter's picture, "you could tell endless stories based on this one shot: about women, about men, about sex and its symbolisms...about commerce, about work, and about grace and beauty."
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Congratulations to the winners, the finalists, the semifinalists, and indeed everyone who stuck their neck out and put their work out there. Most especially, thanks to the guest judge (who prefers to remain anonymous), and to the anonymous donor of the prize money.
We hope this has been an interesting and informative little interlude for everyone, and a nice way to kick off the fall season of 2013.
The winners' comments...
From Sherrie Larimore: "I'm so pleased to have my photo chosen as a winner among such competition! There were so many terrific photographs. Thank you very much to Mike and the judge for the time and consideration they put into this. The contest was such an honest and real process from start to finish. I've learned a lot from all the commenters and I'm delighted with how much this has refreshed my ideas about evaluating photographs. Thank you again to everyone who contributed!"
From Peter Brian Schafer: "As I said in the Finalists thread, that I very much appreciate the opportunity to participate in this contest. It's been gratifying to read the comments of the readers and of the judge—ideas, thoughts, and even confusion that I hoped to provoke, as I was filled with ideas, thoughts, and confusion doing the project. I also feel fortunate to have my pic shown with others that I like a lot, particularly Vincent Manna and Turkey Man. The Dahiana pic is from a series I'm still working on. The current edit can be found here. And I also have a shorter edit in a slideshow set to a song. There are indeed many stories from these women's lives, most very ordinary; one of those stories is having loved and lost.
"The contest called for pictures of people working and that's what's here for all to see, even if it requires opening more than your eyes. Thanks again to Mike and the judge and the anonymous donor. It's been a lot of fun."
From Nigel Robinson: "Wow, this was unexpected! I'm delighted with the result, and especially with the generosity of the comments. I feel like I have graduated from the TOP School of Photography. Thanks to Mike and our anonymous judge and donor, two more people working. I hope you both enjoyed the process and result. My son Stuart, who brought my attention to the scene, is enjoying his new 1/16 scale digger, a replica of the one he found so fascinating."
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Featured Comments from:
Nick Van Zanten: "Yay to Nigel! A very well-deserved honor. And thanks to you Mike for initiating this; it was fun from beginning to end."
Mike replies: You're very welcome Nick, and I'm glad you had fun. I feel obliged to point out that I didn't initiate it...it was the idea of the donor of the prizes, who approached me with the idea.
Matt Miller: "Those 'big guys' haves curves as well. The curved back of the man running the hammer brings sympathy pains to mine. Congrats to the winners!"