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Help Pick a Best of Show.
Matt Stamey, Photographer
Houma | LA | USA | Posted: 6:21 PM on 04.28.09
->> Like I did last year... I'm helping to judge a high school photo contest.

I plowed through hundreds of prints and have narrowed it down to what I think are the best 22 images. (some are printed by the student on an enlarger, while others are printed by a store)

I thought it'd be cool to have pro's from around the country/world help select a Best of Show.

So, if you have a few seconds, scroll through this photo gallery and pick ONE (1) image as the best of the best.

But feel free to comment and/or critique any of the images.

http://www.mattstamey.com/VCHSphoto/

Thanks for your help, and I'm sure the high school students will thank you for your input as well.

Stamey
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Dave Breen, Photographer
Somerset | PA | USA | Posted: 6:46 PM on 04.28.09
->> I'll go with #10 (the seated dancer). It's obviously hard to pick the overall "best fruit" out of all the "apples, oranges, pomegranates," etc, but this one holds my attention the longest. #3 is my second choice.
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Alex Blackwelder, Student/Intern
Powell | TN | USA | Posted: 6:55 PM on 04.28.09
->> I'm diggin' number 8. Then for second I like number 14. I love the use of space in number 8 and the little hippo!
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 7:23 PM on 04.28.09
->> #8, #2
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington | IL | United States | Posted: 7:47 PM on 04.28.09
->> 22

Some really incredible creative processes going on with those shots. My hats off to all the students.
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Gordon Grant, Photographer
East Hampton | NY | USA | Posted: 8:00 PM on 04.28.09
->> #8
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Gerry Melendez, Photographer
Columbia | SC | USA | Posted: 8:02 PM on 04.28.09
->> #8 and #9 show the student's creativity a bit better than the rest. I'd probably go with #8 overall. Just quirky, fun and nicely composed.
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Michael Granse, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 8:05 PM on 04.28.09
->> My vote goes to #2. I stopped on that one and almost forgot to keep clicking to the remaining photos.
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 9:45 PM on 04.28.09
->> I like #4 a lot!

It has a very timeless appeal to it and it says something about the kids and by the kids that reaches out to the viewer and would even 100 years from now.

Nicely composed, good look to it. I think if it were in a book of photos or displayed it would be the one that would be remembered.
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John Absalon, Photographer
Centreville | VA | USA | Posted: 10:21 PM on 04.28.09
->> #2, which made me pause. Then #8, which made me smile.
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Bryan Mitchell, Photographer
Detroit | MI | US | Posted: 10:28 PM on 04.28.09
->> #3 for me.
Real nice portrait.
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Wally Nell, Photographer
CAIRO | EG | EGYPT | Posted: 2:25 AM on 04.29.09
->> #10 and then #4.
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Bryon Houlgrave, Photographer
Waukesha | Wi | USA | Posted: 3:13 AM on 04.29.09
->> I like the relationship between the girl and the necklace in No. 2.
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Jesse Beals, Photographer
Tracyton | WA | USA | Posted: 3:33 AM on 04.29.09
->> #2

Only photo I remembered after going through al 22 images
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Sean D. Elliot, Photographer, Photo Editor
Norwich | CT | USA | Posted: 6:24 AM on 04.29.09
->> I like #2 and #10 ... sorry, don't "get" #8 at all.
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Mark Deckard, Photographer
Findlay | OH | USA | Posted: 8:25 AM on 04.29.09
->> I'll add my voice to the chorus for #2.
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Alvin Self, Photographer
Irving | TX | USA | Posted: 9:27 AM on 04.29.09
->> I have to go with #20. Made me stop and take a longer look.
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Ken Blaze, Photographer
Cleveland | OH | USA | Posted: 9:36 AM on 04.29.09
->> #2
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 9:38 AM on 04.29.09
->> #2 though it would be helpful to see larger versions. Maybe its my aging eyes but it took me a third viewing before I identified the insect on the kid's head in #18 and the clouds in the reflection in #15.

EMI
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John Howley, Photographer
Circleville | OH | USA | Posted: 9:43 AM on 04.29.09
->> I debated between 2 and 17 but am going with 17 as my choice.
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Chip Litherland, Photographer
Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 10:23 AM on 04.29.09
->> #8 winner, #2 runner up

#8 The photographer obviously has a quirky sense of humor, but has the knowledge to let that little hippo exist in its own space. I love the space, the use of lines (although they should be straightened out a bit) and the color all add for quite a unique and fun scene. I would be down for a print swap if he/she's up for it. Love it.

#2 Not sure if this is candid or not, but of course for a high school class, it doesn't really matter. It shows a strong knowledge of composition in that the photog let the child breathe a bit in the frame, with some nice use of negative space on the right. The subtle moment is really made more beautiful by the shallow depth-of-field.

Hope that helps -

Chip
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Matt Stamey, Photographer
Houma | LA | USA | Posted: 10:52 AM on 04.29.09
->> This is great... thanks everybody.

But keep the votes coming. I'd like to get as many as possible. I'll be speaking to the photographers and I'd like to have as much feed back for them as possible.

Thanks!

stamey
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Bothell | WA | USA | Posted: 2:26 PM on 04.29.09
->> #2
#8, #4 and #21 would be my runners-up
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Bruce Twitchell, Photographer
Coeur d'Alene | ID | USA | Posted: 2:37 PM on 04.29.09
->> #8, #9, and third is #21
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 2:53 PM on 04.29.09
->> The piano player...
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Chris Parent, Student/Intern, Photographer
Harahan | LA | United States | Posted: 3:42 PM on 04.29.09
->> I love 8, its a great little moment. Number 2 would be my runner up.
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Matthew Sauk, Photographer
Sandy | UT | United States | Posted: 3:49 PM on 04.29.09
->> vchs_015.jpg

love that picture. The colors in the eye and reflection.
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Landon Finch, Photographer
Colorado Springs | CO | USA | Posted: 4:08 PM on 04.29.09
->> 3-I'm a portrait guy and I love this one, it's my favorite. The big eyes, the connection, the girl pulls me. Her expression is natural. The crop is somewhat unusual, but still looks great IMO. I love the color/toning.

14 is my second choice. The crop and toning are great. If I had an art wall in my house, I'd hang it.
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John Stubler, Photographer
San Jose | Ca | USA | Posted: 4:38 PM on 04.29.09
->> I like #2 for show and #8 for a runner-up.
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Rory ODriscoll, Photographer, Student/Intern
Winona | MN | USA | Posted: 5:02 PM on 04.29.09
->> I'm going to say # 4, I spend the longest time looking at this image, and I love the perspective. Very tough choices though, especially given the diversity of the subject matter.
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Thomas B. Shea, Photographer
Pearland/Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 5:27 PM on 04.29.09
->> I like #8 for and #3. #8 has great composition and 3 is very commercial.
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Michael McNamara, Photographer, Photo Editor
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 5:37 PM on 04.29.09
->> 14 is my first choice, but 8 is my second.
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Armando Solares, Photographer
Englewood | FL | USA | Posted: 6:49 PM on 04.29.09
->> I like #1 and #4
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Russ Isabella, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 1:40 AM on 04.30.09
->> #2 and #17.
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Mark Abbott, Photographer
Durham | NC | US | Posted: 7:15 AM on 04.30.09
->> 3,10 1nd 12
Some great stuff here
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Jeyhoun Allebaugh, Photographer, Assistant
Brooklyn | NY | | Posted: 1:19 PM on 04.30.09
->> I'm a big fan of #9.
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Ramsay de Give, Photographer
Astoria | NY | USA | Posted: 1:37 PM on 04.30.09
->> I like # 3, 8, 6 in that order.
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Dano Keeney, Photographer
Greensboro | NC | USA | Posted: 4:43 PM on 04.30.09
->> I pick #10.
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Mark Goldman, Photographer
Silver Spring | MD | USA | Posted: 6:29 PM on 04.30.09
->> #8, first because it is creative and makes you smile
#22, second, nice use of shadow and light
#10, third. Unusual perspective and nice balance in the photo.

Overall nice job by the students.
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Nick Morris, Photographer
San Marcos | CA | United States | Posted: 2:38 AM on 05.01.09
->> #8 #10
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Aaron Nagata, Photographer
KEALAKEKUA | HI | USA | Posted: 4:15 AM on 05.01.09
->> #9 stands out. I like the creativity
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