Best of 2018 Photo Contest – Finalist

Round 1:

Round 1 of the voting is complete and the field has been narrowed down to 6 images.   During Round 1, the jpeg2RAW Admin’s reviewed all the submitted images, voted on their favorites and the 6 with the most votes made it to the Final Round.  Judges for the final round are listed later in this post.

The Finalist for the jpeg2RAW Best of 2018 Photo Contest are:

(in no particular order)

Photographer – Gina Parry

Photographer – Darrell Harrington

Photographer – Milen Vaskov Mladenov

Photographer – Wendy Hill

Photographer – Amber Sallot

Photographer – Christina Benge

Below are all the images submitted to the jpeg2RAW “Best of 2018” Photo Contest.

jpeg2RAW “Best of 2018” Photo Contest.

jpeg2RAW Beginners Group “Best of 2018” Photo Contest

The Prizes:

(subject to change and restrictions)

  • First place receives:

    Amazon Gift Card

  • 1st Runner up receives:

AND, one random person from the Beginner’s Group and one random person from the regular jpeg2RAW group who entered will be selected to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card!

Final Round Judging:

  • A panel of  judges will rank each image on a scale of 1-10 using the categories below:
    • Technical (focus, lighting, etc)
    • Emotion/Impact
    • Composition
    • Creativity/Originality
    • Overall (double weighted)
  • The Judging panel for the Best of 2017 Contest is:
Andy Wheeler
Andy WheelerAbandonscape Photographer
I am a New York based photographer specializing in landscape and a style I call “abandonscape” photography. The best place to see my work is here my website. I also sell limited editions of my work on metal at art festivals and galleries up and down the east coast. If you are interested in carrying my works in your shop or gallery, please contact me. I also host workshops and photowalks to help other photographers learn more about their art.
Janice Sullivan
Janice SullivanFine Art Photographer
Janice Sullivan is a Fine Art Photographer specializing in Macro & Landscape Photography. She graduated from the University of La Verne with a BA in Art, emphasis in Photography. When she isn’t taking pictures, she is mentoring other photographers and making photography videos to help others feel comfortable with their camera. She loves to hike and camp with her husband and share’s the fun on her blog to inspire others to get out and photograph.
Walter ArnoldFine Art Photographer
Walter Arnold is a self-taught fine art photographer born in Tallahassee, Florida in 1981. Walter grew up in a creative and artistic family and spent most of his childhood in Elmira, New York. After living for years in Florida he settled in Hendersonville, North Carolina and now calls the mountains home.

After picking up his first digital SLR camera in 2006, Walter used the beauty of Western North Carolina to help train his creative eye and hone his photographic skills. In 2009, he stumbled on an abandoned airplane graveyard in St. Augustine, Florida. Shooting the abandoned planes, he discovered his passion for abandonment photography. Since then he has focused on developing his own personal style of photography that he calls “The Art of Abandonment”.

Walter’s vision draws him to capture unusual and artistic scenes in places that others often pass by. He employs an artistic technique called High Dynamic Range photography with many of his images. By capturing multiple exposures ranging from dark to bright, his technique reveals a greater range of light and detail in a scene than could be captured with a single image. This, coupled with Walter’s creative interpretation of a scene, allows him to create non-traditional and sometimes surreal images, that bring to life the forgotten locations that he explores.

Walter’s photography has received national and international recognition. Most notably, Hollywood movie director Ron Howard selected one of his images to inspire a short film “When You Find Me”. Howard chose the photograph out of almost 100,000 other entries as part of Canon’s Project Imagin8ion. Walter’s award-winning work has been featured on MSNBC, CBS This Morning, HGTV, Yahoo News, PBS, Business Insider, Conde Nast, Lonely Planet, and many more. Walter has also worked with camera manufacturer Sigma, creating images used in numerous AD campaigns published in over 30 magazines.

Tie-breaker Panel

In the rare event there is a tie, a 3 person panel (see below) will be used to break the tie.

Andy Wheeler
Andy WheelerAbandonscape Photographer
I am a New York based photographer specializing in landscape and a style I call “abandonscape” photography. The best place to see my work is here my website. I also sell limited editions of my work on metal at art festivals and galleries up and down the east coast. If you are interested in carrying my works in your shop or gallery, please contact me. I also host workshops and photowalks to help other photographers learn more about their art.
Mike Howard
Mike HowardHost - jpeg2RAW Photogrpahy Podcast
Mike Howard is the host of the jpeg2RAW podcast and creator of jpeg2RAW Photography Podcast. Along with his wife and two boys, he lives in the Atlanta area where he works as the Controller & CIO for a large national company.
Mike’s entrance into photography really began 2000 with the purchase of his first digital camera, the Fuji FinePix 2400. While this camera was very limited in capability, the images he created made him thirsty for more. He next moved up to the Olympus 2100 UZ and loved that little camera. After a short disappointing time with the Olympus E-10, Mike moved over to Nikon with his first DSLR, the Nikon D100, then a D2h and a D2x. Mike now mainly shoots with his Nikon D700 and IR converted D2x.
Tim Kemperle
Tim KemperleCo-Host - jpeg2RAW
Tim Kemperle was our guest on Show #4 and was hooked. Soon after that show, Tim joined jpeg2RAW as a co-host. Tim resides on Long Island in New York with his wife and son and works as a Risk Manager for a large international company.

Tim started with photography in the early 1990’s with his purchase of a Minolta Maxxum camera, the 7000i. While the camera had many functions available the majority of photos were taken in Program or Shutter priority. It wasn’t until the purchase of a DSLR (Minolta Maxxum 7D) that Tim started to learn how to properly take photos and understand the settings of the camera and how they related to the photograph. When Sony purchased the Minolta camera line Tim decided to stay with the brand because of the extensive lenses / flashes that would be compatible with the Sony line. Tim now shoots with a Sony Alpha A700 for the past several years and is considering the new Sony A77.

Tim’s focus on photography is related to his son’s soccer activities, family and vacation photography, mainly Walt Disney World. Tim continues to learn and shoots predominately in Manual Mode and RAW while editing in Lightroom.

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