August Photo Challenge Winners: From Birth to Burial

Last month's photo challenge, "From Birth to Burial - Ceremonies Around the World," yielded submissions that showed a variety of traditions and life experiences from around the world.  Thanks to everyone who submitted images.  Looking through them was a reminder of how diverse yet how much the same we all really are.

And the winners are…

**First Place goes to Van White for "The Kiss - The Look"

**Second Place goes to slappshotz for "Laid to Rest"

**Third Place goes to windycityart for "Scarlett's Baptism"

CM was last month's winner.  Here is what he had to say about his first place pick of "The Kiss" by Van White…


From Birth to Burial - Ceremonies Around the World

"After studying the images for last month's theme 'From Birth to Burial - Ceremonies Around the World' for me, 'The Kiss - The Look' encapsulates the theme best.

"Weddings are one of the most universal ceremonial proceedings that different human cultures have in common. This image captures that moment when the bride and groom have been pronounced a wedded couple, affording them the opportunity for that famous kiss in front of the congregation.

"What gives this photo so much impact for me is the fact that it was taken at a crucial moment when the expressions on both the bride's and groom's faces are of pure delight, longing, love, satisfaction and joy. The lady in the background is nicely out of focus, but you can still see that she is wiping away a tear of joy."


This shot is definitely fitting for the theme "From Birth to Burial." The photo has good composition with the action moving into the image, the crop in this case appears to enhance the overall picture, getting in closer to the subject yet still leaving "breathing room" around the men. The photographer got good overall exposure even though it was shot in bright mid day light. Doing this shot with isolated color on the flag has given it a nostalgic feel and instantly brings awareness to the true subject of the shot. Nicely done.


"Scarlett's Baptism" is another excellent representation of the ceremonies of our lives. What I found interesting about this shot and several others submitted, was the gathering of people around the subject, indicating many of the ceremonies during our lives are done in the midst of family, friends, community. The perspective of this photo is nice, having been shot through the arms into the family circle and across to the main subject of Scarlett. Seeing her looking at the faces that are looking back at her is very sweet and touching.

Congratulations to each of our winners.


The theme for this month's challenge is "How We Work" you have until Monday September 22 at 8:00 a.m. EST, to submit your photo. If you're a first-time user, you'll need to register first on the "register" link on the right side bar. Once you have a username and password, click "Enter to Win" to upload your photo. Only one photo per applicant will be considered.

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