Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May "No Model" Photo Contest and Challenge Results

May Photo Contest: Winners & Honorable Mentions

Yet another fabulous contest, guys.  The "no model" requirement was meant to stretch your creativity, and I absolutely saw this come through.  Despite the fact that many of you are portrait photographers, there were a plethora of stunning landscapes, gorgeous florals, and some very unique still-lifes.  Thank you once again for all the entries, the thought you put into them, and the beauty you shared.  Yet again, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality I saw, and even though I say this every time, I'm going to say it again:  You guys keep making it harder and harder for me pick just a few to highlight!  Congratulations to you all, and without further ado, here are the winners and honorable mentions.

Top Vote Winner (661 Points):

Our "People's Choice Winner" who received the most votes in the photo contest was Amy Costello Weiss of AW Photography with her entry "Vanishing Act".  Amy comments, "Sometimes, I wish I was a bird and could fly far, far away. I think everyone would like to escape to a quiet sanctuary every now and then... if only to disappear for a little while. For this image, I used the Storm's Edge cloud overlay (clean) and blended it into my still life image. I wanted to evoke a feeling of freedom and flying, and the clouds were the perfect touch."  

Textures used: "Storm's Edge" Cloud Overlay

  NOTE: Contestants are allowed to win the "People's Choice" portion of the vote contest only once.

Judge's Choice Winner:

"Last Snow of the Season in March" by Karen Griffin 
of Karen Griffin Photography
Textures used: Iridescent Clouds Overlays, 
Bird Overlays, Dusty Ray
Both Amy and Karen will receive a prize package that includes:

$50 to
$150 to the JD Textures store

Congrats :)

Top 10 Honorable Mentions: 

(Please remember - to be considered for an honorable mention, you MUST add your photo to my FB wall (even if you already entered the contest).

"Roads to the Past" by Alison Key Lowe 
Textures used: Pocket Cloud Overlay, Rain Overlay, Lightbeam, Illuminations Textures

"Serenity" by Auburn Wendover 
of Auburn Wendover Photography
Textures used: Opening, Sublime 
 "Bottled Spring Green" by Mona Karhemaa
Textures used: Harper
"Death on the Water" by Shae Foster Lorigan 
of Saflower Photography
Textures used: Harper

"The Horizon" by Lisa Prystash 
of Willow Hollow Photogrpahy
Textures used:  Aurora, Light Beam 2, Pocket Cloud Overlays

"Marriage Oils" by Mary Nelson Medina
Textures used: Harbinger, Space 

"Into the Light" by Amber Carbo Privizzini 
of Privizzini's Passion Photography
Textures used: Long Flare 10, Light Leak 10, Daydream

"Untitled" by Kate O-Brien of Young at Heart Photography
Textures used:  Last Hope, Aged, Emulsify

"Untitled" by Michelle Olsen of Michelle Olsen Photography
Textures used: Ancient Map, Mist, Long Flare 8

"Untitled" by Raquel Robinson Ruehl of Raquel Ruehl Photography
Textures used: Enigma, Bad Film

Great job, everyone.  You continue to impress me with your ability to express yourselves with such artistry.  I'm so honored to have you participating in these contests, and glad for the opportunity to get inspired by you!  Keep it coming!


  1. Isn't the June contest theme adventure?

  2. If you have a home design blog or website, you know how difficult it can be to truly portray how gorgeous your new office is on a dinky digital camera

  3. Hi Jessica, do you have the bird overlays used in image #2? If so in which pack? Thanks.