Today is the day we have all been waiting for! We are absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of our What Do You Love? Photography Contest brought to you in part by our wonderful partners over at MyPublisher. With $1,000 worth of cash and prizes at stake, we had a hunch this contest was going to be epic, and you certainly did not disappoint with nearly 600 photos to choose from! With entry subjects ranging from family to romance to landscapes you often dream about, we were so humbled by the creativity of our wonderful community and the vulnerability found in sharing what makes us all human–our ability to love.
Our wonderful judges–Kindra Nikole, Dave Brosha, Elizabeth Gadd, David Talley, and I (Sarah Ann Loreth)–had a great selection to sift through, making for an exciting competition. We each selected a handful of entries that spoke to us on multiple levels–visual and emotional. As judges, the criteria for our selections revolved around both the look and feel. We chose photographs that touched on a human emotion, ones that you could feel the love from just by setting your gaze on the image.
And the winner is… Peter Zwolinski!
Peter's striking photo submission captures the raw passion and perseverance of never giving up. It's his love for life and photography, mirrored through the sheer strength and athleticism of his friend Kishon Richards that radiates from his photo on a deeper level. Peter tells us, "My photo is that I’m holding on as tight as possible, hoping to never let go of my love for photography. I’m trying to stay consistent with executing perfect images for everyone to love."
As for how he captured his winning image, Peter says, "[Kishon and I] went to a playground where he works out at. I saw him do a handstand and asked if I could photograph him from under the bars. I used a wide angle lens and a Canon 6D to shoot this. The overcast sky made it perfect for black and white."
We want to extend a huge sincere thank you to everyone who took the time to share their beautiful displays of love, a special thanks to our talented judges, a gratefulness for our amazing team at My Modern Met for organizing this contest, and a big thanks to our sponsor, MyPublisher!
Without further ado, here are our winners and honorable mentions!
Above: Peter Zwolinski, Winner (First Prize)
Tristan Brown, Winner (Second Prize)
Suzy Mead, Winner (Third Prize)
Joel Nsadha, Honorable Mention
Aleah Fierle, Honorable Mention
Jillian Adams, Honorable Mention
David Kotsibie, Honorable Mention
Fjolla Besimi, Honorable Mention
Felicia Kasprzak, Honorable Mention
Daniel O’Malley, Honorable Mention
Kasia Odrozek, Honorable Mention
Diana Mantis, Honorable Mention
Martin Kpost, Honorable Mention
Kelsey Grace Harrison, Honorable Mention
Sirli Raitma, Honorable Mention
Luke Santoro, Honorable Mention
John Tuanqui, Honorable Mention
Rachel Bertolini, Honorable Mention
Kayde Givens, Honorable Mention
Donna McNabb, Honorable Mention
Gabriel Encinas, Honorable Mention
Jolyne Harris, Honorable Mention
Quentin Loyez, Honorable Mention
Rona Keller, Honorable Mention
Kelsey Ayres, Honorable Mention
Aditi Mayer, Honorable Mention
Stef Chung, Honorable Mention
Pat Meagher, Honorable Mention
Ilinca Pop, Honorable Mention
Giuseppa Sallustio, Honorable Mention
Maja Kovacevic, Honorable Mention
Jiavona Marques, Honorable Mention
Justin Lee, Honorable Mention
Jolyne Harris, Honorable Mention
Samantha Duckworth, Honorable Mention
Eskelsen, Honorable Mention
Liz Vega, Honorable Mention
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