Thank you to everyone who entered this contest. We saw so many great photos! Photography curator Eric Paddock said, "This was a really fun and interesting experience. There was so much energy among the participating artists, and so many great pictures, that it was awfully hard to settle on a final group. We’re grateful for the opportunity to see everything, and encourage everyone who submitted to keep making pictures!"
Please see the photos that finished in the top 10 in the slide show above (you can click the link to go to the person's Instagram account), and see the first- second- and third-place winners below. You can see all the photos entered at #NewTerritoryCo.
First place winner: @digital.echo. "Trying to get back in focus." #sunset #NewTerritoryCO @mymikescamera@denverartmuseum Sunset over a shopping plaza, taken with a #cheapiphonemacrolens
The nine runner-up winners will receive a $50 Mike’s Camera Gift Card!
Second place winner @juliacmartin. "From New Orleans a few years ago. This image came about as an accident - I was using hand-rolled film and it fell off the reel as I reached the end of the roll. In a desperate attempt to save it, I used my coat as a makeshift dark bag and wound it back on the reel. Light was coming through the coat as I did this and completely ruined half of the roll, but created this fogging effect on the rest. To me the fogging mimicked the spirit world, something that is so prevalent in New Orleans culture. I began to purposefully fog my film to repeat this effect and to explore the relationship of the spirit world with nature. I’m hoping to explore this more soon. Sometimes accidents open your eyes to new thoughts and ideas in your work."
Third place winner @darknessabides.
On my final day in London, I decided to take a walk and reflect on my trip. As I wandered, a particularly interesting piece of refuse on the side of the street stood out to me. Cotton, ripped from a cushion was strewn about and for no reason other than annoyance, I scooped it up. London is not a clean city and so I decided that with my last moments there, I could pick up whatever trash I found during my saunter. By the end of my journey I had thrown away and recycled more than my household produced in a week. The last bit of trash I had held on to was the cotton and so I asked my brother (who had accompanied me) to hold it to the sky like a cloud so I could take a picture as a memento. To me this simple cloud signifies what beautiful things can become of waste. If I had decided to leave the trash in the street, as many others would have, then this picture would not exist and there’d be one more piece of trash in the world."