A couple of weeks ago I asked that visitors and fans of the site submit their photos for a chance to win a Leica Minilux, or one of three Olympus OM2 Exploded View prints. As is the case every time I give a camera away, the response was overwhelming.
With more photo submissions than I’ve received in any other giveaway, I had my work cut out for me in picking a winner. At times daunting but always thrilling, I pored over each and every photo you guys and gals sent in, and have finally decided on the winning shots.
Which lucky photo geek is walking away with the Leica? And which three get a print of our dismantled Olympus? Let’s get to it.
I want to thank everyone who submitted a photo. Submissions came to us via Instagram, Facebook, and Ello, and the depth of talent and creativity in those submissions was just fantastic. I wish I could give a camera to every single entrant, but alas, there are budgetary constraints when running a website. If you’d like to browse through the submissions that sadly did not win, visit CP’s social media pages and check them out.
And now, without further ado, I’d like to begin with the runners-up.
These three shooters each earned an 8 x 8 color print of the Olympus OM2 Exploded View. These prints show every component of a painfully disassembled Olympus OM2 meticulously laid out to display every nut, bolt, spring, gear, and lever in crisp and stunning detail.
Shot as a massive RAW file and printed on high quality lustrous paper, each print’s exceptional resolution ensures that even the smallest facet of this amazing machine is clearly on display. We hope the winners love them, frame them, and enjoy them for years to come.
Our first runner-up is named Carson Wong, who submitted this shot via CP’s Facebook page. The photo, which Carson calls ‘Tokyo Metro Makeup,’ was an immediate favorite on account of the environmental framing, the uncommon composition, and the deeply varied human elements. Its unique look is helped along through Carson’s use of Eastman Double-X film, a well-known cinematographer film that’s been respooled into 35mm film canisters.
His shot was made with a Leica M4-P married to a Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35/2.5. That’s a pretty slick setup. More of Carson’s shots can be found on his Flickr feed.
The second of our runners-up is named Benedek Varga. Benedek hails from Hungary, where he commonly shoots street scenes with his Leica M6 and a Summicron 35mm F/2 pre-ASPH.
This shot, shared via Instagram, was taken at a Budapest train station with the previously-mentioned camera and lens pairing. Shot on Ilford Delta 400 film, we love the organic human element framed within such rigid geometry, the unique simplicity of the scene, and the way that Benedek has taken something perfectly mundane and imbued it with a whimsical twist.
Our third runner-up comes from the UK, and he’s called Tristan Aitchison. His shot was made with a Weltaflex, an East German TLR from 1961. Using Ilford HP5+, Tristan captured a scene that’s a bit of a wacky juxtaposition. Perhaps it depends on the part of the world in which you live, but for our part, seeing three cows casually meandering on a beach is pretty wild stuff.
The shot, which Tristan simply calls ‘Three Cows,’ got our attention for its unusual subject and setting. Shot in Gokarna, India, it’s a photo that reminds us to get out and go somewhere; you never know what you might see.
Tristan’s photography, along with his many other projects, can be further explored via his website.
Grand Prize Winner
While scrolling through the massive number of submissions, we kept coming across a collection of gorgeous landscape shots. These super-vibrant photos were dripping with rich texture and visual dynamism. They had a unique look which made it quickly apparent that they were all shot by the same talented photographer. One such landscape stood above the rest, and it’s been chosen to represent our grand prize winner.
Shot by Brad Baldwin, this view of Peyto Lake in the Canadian Rockies leaves us holding our breath in awe. The shadows of the clouds mottling the mountainsides, the luxuriant vegetation shown in perfect sharpness, and the gorgeous color make us want to grab some camera gear, get in the car, and find someplace beautiful to shoot.
Made with a Canon EOS3 mated to Canon’s 24-105 F/4 L lens, the photo’s incredible vibrancy is helped along by way of Brad’s choice in film. Shot on Kodak Portra 400, he’s chosen a colorful, playful film not normally associated with landscapes. We profiled this film some time ago, and love everything about it. If you’ve not done so, buy some yourself and give it shot.
Brad’s amazing landscape shots, and more, can be seen via his Instagram feed.
And that’s that. Another contest over, and another camera off to a new owner. We’re sorry that not everyone could win, as there were many submissions that could have taken the prize.
I want to personally thank everyone who submitted a shot for allowing us to visit your world for a few, brief moments. Connecting with photo geeks all over the globe is the most exciting part of running CP, and I truly value every single visitor to the site.
So thanks again, and I hope you’re all looking forward to our next camera review, film profile, opinion piece, and of course, our next giveaway.
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