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April 7, 2006

2005 Nikonians Photographers of the Year

The 2005 Nikonians Photographers of the Year have been selected, and it was a very well-represented field of the best talent among our community of artisans. Congratulations to the finalists! Our thanks also go out to all our members who participated and to Nikon and Tamrac for contributing generous prize packages.

1st Place Colour Category
"Autumn Leaf"
Wendy Roscoe (tinkerbell)from Australia

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What Wendy has to say about the photograph:
"The Image Autumn Leaf came about when I was walking my daughter home from school. She saw some beautiful Autumn Leaves and wanted to pick them. As she held them up to her face I was amazed the colours of the leaf were similar to her lips. I wanted to capture this to share with some friends."

What the judging panel had to say:
"A great and simple idea, well executed. Good composition and a strong expression make for a bold image that has cover potential."

"Bold, unique and fun. An excellent concept on the part of the photographer."

Wendy has won:
Nikon D70s camera kit with 18-70 DX lens
One year Gold Membership with Nikonians.org


1st Place Black/White Category
"Flying V"
Oliver Kuerten (inselney) from Germany

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What Oliver has to say about the photograph:
"My D2X was new, and it was a chance to test the high speed mechanism of that camera. I've used a Sigma 500/4 lens to shoot some of the doves sitting on a small rock. When they flew away I've made several shots and I was very pleased by the results. So: Even if you're in a boring situation and there are only birds around you - your D2X makes the best out of it."

What the judging panel had to say:
"A graceful image that becomes almost abstract in nature due to the alignment of the wings. A unique image of a familiar subject."

"A very good example that timing is everything."

Oliver has won:
Nikon D70s camera kit with 18-70 DX lens
One year Gold Membership with Nikonians.org


2nd Place Colour Category
"Harem"
Stephan Maurer (nafets) from Germany

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What the judging panel had to say:
"The colors are what the viewer will notice first, but the fact that you can see the eyes on all the subjects is what really makes this image a winner."

"Deep blacks and vibrant colours combine in this dazzling image of these women who are obviously beautiful, but hidden from our eyes."

Stephan has won:
Tamrac Expedition 7 camera bag
One year Gold Membership with Nikonians.org


2nd Place Black/White Category
"Bird on a branch"
Nico Housen (nhou)from Belgium

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What the judging panel had to say:
"Excellent composition enhances this evocative landscape. I like how the composition allows your eye to roam around the image."

"This simple title doesn't do justice to this wonderful shot. Fragile little bird in what seems like extremely tough conditions make for a nice contrast. Black and white is perfect choice for this world of snow and silhouettes."

Nico has won:
Tamrac Expedition 7 camera bag
One year Gold Membership with Nikonians.org

Posted by covey22 at April 7, 2006 5:49 PM