Competition Entries

And the winner of the M4 is Julián Péter

It’s not been an easy process for anyone involved in the process of judging all 373 images. There were a lot of good photos, many of which deserved to win. In the end, a combination of most judges having this image in their top 5, and it being the most compliant with the original guidelines is what won it. But it was close.

Julian’s comment about the photo:

Can you feel the rhythm? A summer’s day in Hamburg, where the seasons change by the hour. Latin American music spreads out over the Elbe, bodies moving with determinate passion, both slow and abrupt – that is Tango Argentino! Not even a raging storm could dissuade lovers from dancing. Off with the shoes, open the umbrellas, continue.

Camera – Samsung AF300
Value of camera – EUR 1

Film – Fomapan 100

You can see the rest of the entires here

For those interested, I thought I’d talk a little it about what gave the image the edge.

First and foremost, its origin as being taken on a 35mm point and shoot camera isn’t too obvious. This was one of the most important measures by which I wanted the winning image to be judged. If someone can take a photo that looks like it was taken on a good camera, but it actually have been taken on a point & shoot that can be bought for a few quid, then in my mind they deserve a good camera.

The image was most questioned as a possible winner was around its busy composition. On face value, there is little about it that is comfortable on the eye, and there are elements such as the bike wheel in the left background that provide slightly jarring distractions. The dancing couple in the foreground also have their backs to the viewer which for one of the judges was a negative.

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That being said, what makes the image is its dynamism – something about it feels alive. There is a real sense of the moment too – split second later or earlier and the dancers in the background wouldn’t have been framed so perfectly by the arms of the foreground couple. The low angle adds to the dynamic feel and allows for placing them in a context, context that doesn’t give too much away. There is very little that dates the image.

There are also some very relationships between the various elements within the frame that after looking at it for a little bit of time seem to pull together. The size of the people in the background relative to the tree, the reflections in the wet ground, the diagonals in the umbrella handles, the steps and street light. For me all this adds up to a composition that given time to settle, somehow feels incredibly engaging… and thats even before you start to wonder who these people are and why they are dancing barefoot… …

Anyway, thanks to everyone that entered, thanks to all those who helped me buy the M4 to review then give away, thanks to the judges for helping decide the winner – it’s all bee a lot of fun!

Julian – I hope you enjoy your new camera!

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    Des McSweeney
    August 4, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    this was 100% my favourite: the legs (much better here than it would be face on), the water, reflections, sensual in the proper sense, alive and all captured in a fleeting instant, a moment. Well done, only jealous – proves it’s not the camera but the person who sees.

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    schlem
    August 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Bravo. Love it.

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    jeremy north
    August 4, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Excellent, this was my favourite too.

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    Ric Capucho
    August 4, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    A well deserved win, and an early stand out when I first looked through the loooooooong list of submissions.

    Love the sense of movement, the reflections, and the general fun: they’re literally dancing in the rain with an umbrella.

    And taken with a very modest point and shoot camera. Imagine what this guy could do with the M4?

    Ric

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    Ľubomír Brindza
    August 4, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Congrats mate, love your shot.

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    Dave
    August 4, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Congrats! Well deserved!

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    Lee
    August 4, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    A very beautiful photo, the crooked light pole echoing the arm and all the felt textures amongst the movement make for a stunning photo in the classic style. Congratulations, Julian!

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    Stephen
    August 5, 2016 at 1:35 am

    A good choice, well done judges…

    Congrats to Julián…

    Enjoy the M4.

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    Frank Lehnen
    August 5, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Yes, a well deserved M4! Very great shot, nice composition, superb timing….

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    Lars
    August 5, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Authentic, beautiful black and white photo – a worthy winner. And I love that rain!

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    Dan
    August 5, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Congratulations, as others have said this was one of a few images that really stood out for me initially. I love the dynamics of this shot and the reflections on the wet ground just finish it off nicely. A deserved winner, I hope you enjoy that beautiful camera.

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    Eddy
    August 5, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Congratulations Julian. I hope you enjoy your prize. A wonderful photo and deserved winner.

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    Matthew
    August 5, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Congrats! Lovely image!

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    David S. de Lis
    August 5, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Congrats, mate! It’s a great picture. Let us see some pics in the future!

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      Hamish Gill
      August 5, 2016 at 8:42 am

      He’s not going to get away with not sharing at least one post of images taken with it! 😉

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        Frank Lehnen
        August 5, 2016 at 7:47 pm

        If he won’t share you take back the M4 and do another competition where I’ll be the winner…. OK?

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    Terry B
    August 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Wonderful shot, and a worthy winner. As others have commented, this image stood out immediately when I trawled through them all. There’s a wonderful sweep from the feet of the dancer through the dancers framed within her arm, up the steps towards the tree and finally to the guy at the top. Worthy of HCB in my opinion!

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    Dan Castelli
    August 5, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Great choice!
    Now Julian, be sure to feed the M4 with lots of good film, exercise it on a regular basis, get it a comfy, warm bag and post some pics!

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    David
    August 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I love how the lines just take your eyes and lead you around the picture. Well done Julian!

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    Christos
    August 5, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    An instant favorite from the very start. Beats me why it took so long for the judges to come up with a verdict. On second thought, if he can take such a great photo with a 1-euro camera, he has no need for a Leica! ?

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    Boris
    August 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    congrats to the winner..being top 4 was thrilling 😉

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      Hamish Gill
      August 6, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      You were a close second Boris – I’m not sure if that makes it better or worse for you?! 🙂

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    Danno
    August 6, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Congratulations Julian!
    I did not participate but I watched and learned from the side lines. This contest motivated me to return to shooting film cameras again. I still enjoy shooting with digital but the whole film and waiting process has made an impact on what I want to get out of my photography.
    So a big and sincere “Thank you” to Hamish, the participants and Judges for all the efforts!

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      Hamish Gill
      August 6, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      That’s always good to hear!! Thanks Danno!

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    Charles Higham
    August 6, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Excellent choice and well done Julian.

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    Cody Priebe
    August 7, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Congrats Julian!

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    Ken Hindle-May
    August 8, 2016 at 8:35 am

    It’s a brilliant shot, actually one of the ones that made me realise there were much bigger fish in this pond than me! It’s a great example of how the rules of composition are made to be broken. Most classes would tell you to try and get the shot without the bike wheel on the left, the spectator on the right and without the other couple under the arm, so the viewer can better focus on the shape of the woman and the detail of her legs. However, I don’t think this would’ve worked nearly as well as a ‘cleaner’ image because it wouldn’t have evoked the setting and situation nearly as much.

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      Hamish Gill
      August 14, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      I completely agree here!

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    Ken Hindle-May
    August 8, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I’d also add that it’s made me really want to give Fomapan film a whirl!

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