We asked Adrian Bell an experienced wedding and portrait photographer to decide on the winning photograph - our congratulations to Mr. George Birnie - who has won a weekend for two in the Hotel Garbe for his entry taken on the beach of in front of the Hotel on Christmas Day, 2007.
This is a well exposed image with strong attractive christmas colours in a balanced composition. All the fun of christmas on the beach in the sun and warmth of Armacao de Pera. Who could resist the attraction of palm trees, the sandy beach and sun shades as the backdrop to a traditional Santa and Presents normally associated with snow and frost.
Adrian also commended two other entries:
Image of a beautiful sunset but a poorly framed shot with unsightly objects in the foreground.
Image of a dog lying by a fishing boat. This was a much better composition which has eliminated any unneccessary clutter but the exposure is not balanced. It needed a touch of "fill-in" flash on the dog and netting to balance the extreme sunlight on top of the boat.
Our thanks to everyone who participate in our January Competition - all the entries can be seen here.
Adrian Bell is an experienced wedding and portrait photographer and is Director of Hi-ImpactPhotography.Com here in the Algarve. The company specialises in Commercial Images for the Real Estate industry creating high quality photography that sells property.
We are looking forward to receiving the Entries for the February competition - closing date - 29th February. For more information please click here