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Photographers Show Off Their Image Editing Skills in Japan-Themed Contest

Winner of the Explore Japan Lightroom Contest-0

Left: Before photo by Demas Rusli | Right: First Place, Editing Section, Tradition by Mikael Persson

Photo processing is a complex, creative operation that can change our perception of any image. Good editing can elevate an image, taking it to another level. To prove this, Adobe and the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) teamed up to reward creative photo editing with the Explore Japan Lightroom Contest. Photographers were asked to either edit a photo of Japan taken by a top Instagram influencer or submit their own work for consideration.

The results are an incredible look at the transformation photographs undergo thanks to clever editing. By bringing out colors, eliminating distracting details, and even completely changing the lighting, photographers are able to change our perception of any scene.

To assist them in the competition, Adobe and JNTO called on some of Instagram’s most well-known photographers—Emilie Ristevski, Jason Charles Hill, Callum Snape, Jordan Hammond, and Demas Rusli. Each provided photographs taken in Japan that were then put in the hands of the public for the Editing portion of the competition.

For the Shooting contest, photographers were asked to take their own photographs in Japan and post the pre- and post-editing versions to Instagram. About 2,500 entries flooded in, each demonstrating the power of Adobe Lightroom’s editing capabilities.

Top photographers were asked to show off photos of Japan before and after editing.

Tsuru-no-mai Bridge in Japan

Before, Art by Callum Snape

Tsuru-no-mai Bridge in Japan

After, Art by Callum Snape

Memory Lane in Japan

Before, Cuisine by Jordan Hammond

Memory Lane at Night

After, Cuisine by Jordan Hammond

Takachiho Gorge

Before, Outdoors by Emilie Ristevski and Jason Charles Hill

Takachiho Gorge

After, Outdoors by Emilie Ristevski and Jason Charles Hill

Sanzenin Temple in Japan

Before, Tradition by Demas Rusli

Sanzenin Temple in Japan

After, Tradition by Demas Rusli

Obuchi Sasaba Tea Plantation at Night

Before, Nature by Jordan Hammond

Obuchi Sasaba Tea Plantation in Japan

After, Nature by Jordan Hammond

Shinsekai at Night

Before, Cities by Demas Rusli

Shinsekai at Night

After, Cities by Demas Rusli

Ishigaki Island

Before, Relaxation by Emilie Ristevski and Jason Charles Hill

Ishigaki Island

After, Relaxation by Emilie Ristevski and Jason Charles Hill

The public was then able to take a shot at editing the work of these professionals. Here are the winning images.

Tsuru-no-mai Bridge in Japan

First Place, Editing Section, Art by Sandra St. Clair

Obuchi Sasaba Tea Plantation at Night

First Place, Editing Section, Nature by Franklin Savala

Shinsekai at Night

First Place, Editing Section, Tradition by Henry Li

Takachiho Gorge

First Place, Editing Section, Outdoors by Radim Madarász

Ishigaki Island

First Place, Editing Section, Relaxation by Foothill College Art

Memory Lane at Night

First Place, Editing Section, Cuisine by One Lost Traveller

For the Shooting section of the contest, photographers submitted their own pre- and post-produced images.

Tori Gate in Japan

Before, First Place, Shooting Section, Tradition by Kevin Pramudya

Tori Gate in Japan

After, First Place, Shooting Section, Tradition by Kevin Pramudya

Japanese Temple with Colorful Fall Leaves

Before, First Place, Shooting Section, Nature by Amit K Srivastava

Japanese Temple with Colorful Fall Leaves

After, First Place, Shooting Section, Nature by Amit K Srivastava

Ice Cave in Hokkaido

Before, Community Pick, Discover Tokyo by Yusei

Ice Cave in Hokkaido

After, Community Pick, Discover Tokyo by Yusei

Tunnel of Light Art Installation

Before, First Place, Shooting Section, Outdoors by GinYa

Tunnel of Light Art Installation

After, First Place, Shooting Section, Outdoors by GinYa

Child with Camera in Front of Cherry Blossoms

Before, Community Pick, Art of Japan by Kento

Child with Camera in Front of Cherry Blossoms

After, Community Pick, Art of Japan by Kento

Before, First Place, Shooting Section, Cities by Kurnia Wang

After, First Place, Shooting Section, Cities by Kurnia Wang

Tokyo Skyline at Night

Before, Community Pick, Daily Photo Japan by Shogo

Tokyo Skyline at Night

After, Community Pick, Daily Photo Japan by Shogo

Gifu Castle in Japan with Red Moon Rising

Before, Community Pick, Japan Hirogari Domei by Bazooka Shutterbug

Gifu Castle in Japan with Red Moon Rising

After, Community Pick, Japan Hirogari Domei by Bazooka Shutterbug

Explore Japan Lightroom Contest: Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by JNTO.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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