Action/Sports Winner: Tri Nguyen, 39, technology consultant and photographer, Alexandria, VA Tri Nguyen's visceral perspective on the world of professional boxing has caught our attention more than once; in fact, he won First Prize in our November 2012 Your Best Shot competition. This plaintive photograph of Todd "White Lightning" Wilson, bleeding from the head in the ring after absorbing an accidental head-butt early in a fight, shows why. Shooting ringside, Nguyen (www.georgetownproductions.com) found this solitary moment during a fight so rough that Nguyen had to wipe blood off his camera lens between rounds. Isolating his subject from spectators, coaches, and his opponent, Nguyen expertly captures the fighter's dogged determination and focus that led him to victory. Tech specs: Canon EOS 7D with 50mm f/1.2L Canon EF lens; 1/500 sec at f/1.8, ISO 1600. Crop and exposure adjusted in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.\n\nAction/Sports Runner-up: Nicholai Go I was busy doing a shoot with a breakdance crew in the Philippines called Riot Kings, when it started raining strongly. We decided to use the rain to our advantage and the results was far beyond what I expected. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Nikon D800, FOCAL LENGTH: 50 mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/320, LENS: 50 mm f/1.4, ISO: 320, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/1.8\n\nAction/Sports Runner-up: Jeanne McGee Taken during the barrel racing segment of a rodeo. Hand held, panning the action and letting my chosen f/stop and shutter capture the feeling of movement and the intensity of the ride. No work in photoshop except to remove dust spots. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Nikon D700, FOCAL LENGTH: 300, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/30, LENS: Nikkor 70-300, ISO: 640, APERTURE (F-STOP): 8\n\nAction/Sports Runner-up: Robert Schroeter The first hurdle of a girls 100m hurdles at a high school track meet. Track meet was at McGill High School in Mobile, AL. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Sony Alpha a77, FOCAL LENGTH: 35 mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1250, LENS: 16-50mm, ISO: 1250, APERTURE (F-STOP): 7.1\n\nAction/Sports Runner-up: Joe Yang I wanted to use panning technique with relatively slow shutter speed to blur out the background and leaving only the racer in focus. This turned out to be very tricky thing to do because the motorcycle was moving so fast and I had to take the picture with my both eyes open so that I can see my subject as well as in the viewfinder. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Canon 5D MarkII, FOCAL LENGTH: 270mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/60, LENS: EF70-200 f/2.8L II IS USM, w/2X converter, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/13\n\nAction/Sports Runner-up: Wei Seng Chen A jockey takes two bulls to run across a wet rice field in a race in Sumatra, Indonesia. This was an event held in between rice planting and harvest seasons, and villages compete against each other for the top prize. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, FOCAL LENGTH: 220mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/500s, LENS: Canon EF100-400mm, ISO: 800, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/8\n\nAction/Sports Runner-up: Chris DeLorenzo A lot of the traditional Parkour or Freerunning shots seemed to lack the drama that I was looking for. In this instance I utilized the setting sun, lens flare and the silhouetted jumper to add visual impact to the photograph. The fast shutter speed captured the backlit teenager taking a 'leap of faith' from the wooden post some 15 feet above the sand. Having that trust between subject and photographer is crucial in nailing the perfect moment. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, FOCAL LENGTH: 24mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/800, LENS: Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L, ISO: 320, APERTURE (F-STOP): 5.6\n\nAction/Sports Runner-up: Cassandra Plavoukos Isaiah is an amazingly talented and creative dancer. We had SO much fun on this shoot. Idea after Idea kept flowing. This was one of the last shots taken during our almost 5 hour shoot and he still had the stamina and drive to pull it off. The idea behind it was for him to appear as though he was walking on air.\n\nAction/Sports Runner-up: Brent Clark Orange groves near Mesa Arizona provide a nice backdrop for a classic WWII trainer, the North American T-6. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Nikon D-700, FOCAL LENGTH: 70mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/90 sec, LENS: Nikon 70-200mm VRII, ISO: 200, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/8\n\nAction/Sports Runner-up: Brian Frank Captured a member of the Navy sky dive team at he Miramar airshow. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Canon 7D, FOCAL LENGTH: 28mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/60, LENS: EF 28-135 IS, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/22\n\nAction/Sports Runner-up: Tri Nguyen Former Cruiserweight world champ Steve Cunningham was moving up to the Heavyweight class and in his first bout, faced a tough but overmatched opponent in Jason Gavern. Cunningham thoroughly punished Gavern for 10 rounds on his way to a decision victory. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Canon 7D, FOCAL LENGTH: 50mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/640, LENS: 50mm f1.2L, ISO: 500, APERTURE (F-STOP): f1.8\n\nAnimals Winner: Paul Rode, 42, physician, Cranbrook, British Columbia On vacation in South Africa, Paul Rode was determined to get a shot of bodysurfing African penguins at Table Mountain National Park near Simon\u2019s Town. But it was this photo of a solitary bird that won the day. His composition is inspired; massive boulders lead the eye through the frame, clearly defining the subject despite its diminutive stature. \u201cThis little guy stood still only for a few seconds,\u201d Rode says. \u201cI knew the shot depended on the penguin turning its head.\u201d Fortunately, his model cooperated, pivoting for a moment before diving off the rock and into the ocean. Tech specs: Nikon D300s with 70\u2013200mm f/2.8G II ED AF-S Nikkor lens at 200mm; 1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 320. Focus-point adjustment and black-and-white conversion in Apple Aperture 3.\n\nAnimals Runner-up: Amelia Dudley A baby sea lion mugs for the camera on my Galapagos trip. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Nikon N7000, FOCAL LENGTH: 250mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/1000, LENS: Nikor 70-300mm 4-5.6,ISO: 1600,APERTURE (F-STOP): f/5.6\n\nAnimals Runner-up: Darcy Schwanke My husband was watering our windbreak. I went down to see how he was getting along. Our dog spotted these wandering out by the cattle bunks. They saw us and ran up the nearest gate post. I quickly headed for the house for my good camera. Thankfully they were still there when we got back. I cranked up the ISO as I did not want to use flash. I took a few pictures and left with our dog so the baby raccoons could climb down and join their mom who was observing/growling from a big round haybale. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Canon EOS 50D, FOCAL LENGTH: 85mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/250, LENS: EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM, ISO: 1250, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/1.2\n\nAnimals Runner-up: Shelle Singer I was photographing my cats using a small strobe and soft box. I had a black velvet cloth with red satin lining on the table (black up) and using that as a backdrop and table covering. Charlie the cat decided to check out how thing were going under the table. He poked his head through a slit in the cloth and was framed by the red lining. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Nikon D700, FOCAL LENGTH: 112mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/160, LENS: AF-VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300,ISO: 200, APERTURE (F-STOP): 5.6\n\nAnimals Runner-up: Bhavya Joshi I was photographing an indian flapshell turtle at night, suddenly behind the turtle, I noticed this eye come out from the pond. I was shocked to see that there was also a baby marsh crocodile in the pond. I got 2 shots before it disappeared. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Canon 550D, FOCAL LENGTH: 100mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/200s, LENS: Canon 100mm Macro, ISO: 400, APERTURE (F-STOP): 10\n\nAnimals Runner-up: Michael Watts Female Hooded Merganser after her bath. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Nikon D700, FOCAL LENGTH: 600, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/4000, LENS: Nikon 600mm, ISO: 400, APERTURE (F-STOP): 4\n\nAnimals Runner-up: Stacey Denham We were on the last leg of a safari and our truck had stopped close to a mud hole. Nothing exciting was happening until this beast moves with great effort through the mud. I am hanging half my body out the side window of the truck to get a shot, zebras and rhinos on one side, buffalo on the other. I call to this beast like I call my dog, and with tremendous effort he grunts, turns his head towards me and stares me down as if he waited all day for me to come out and take his portrait. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Nikon D7000, FOCAL LENGTH: 220, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/1000, LENS: Nikkor 70-300, ISO: 450, APERTURE (F-STOP): 5.0\n\nAnimals Runner-up: Brandi Mueller While diving I came across this beautiful green and purple anemone and loved the contrast with the bright orange fish. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Nikon D90, FOCAL LENGTH: 105mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/200, LENS: 105mm, ISO: 200, APERTURE (F-STOP): 14 _\n\nAnimals Runner-up: Linda Flickinger I was taking pictures of the hummingbirds at the feeder when this little finch flew in and stole the show! He looked so funny that I just HAD to take his picture! Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: NIKON D90, FOCAL LENGTH: 300, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/250 sec, LENS: 200mm, ISO: 400,APERTURE (F-STOP): F/5.6 _\n\nAnimals Runner-up: Karl Bednarek Taken at the Lakota Wolf Preserve in western NJ near the Delaware Water Gap on a damp March morning. The day was cloudy with a fine mist; frustrating conditions. The wolves roam in several acre sanctuaries and are attracted closer with snacks by the handlers of this wonderful preserve. This wolf seemed to pose for a split second. Right place at the right time. Lucky! Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Nikon D3s, FOCAL LENGTH: 300 mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/250s, LENS: Nikkor VR 28-300, ISO: 1000, APERTURE (F-STOP): 5.6 _\n\nCities/Architecture Winner: Faisal Almalki, 36, marketing consultant, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Faisal Almalki had been dreaming of visiting the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi ever since it opened. \u201cBut by the time I made it,\u201d he explains, \u201cI had already seen hundreds of beautiful photos of its every corner.\u201d Almalki scoured the grounds for the perfect location and finally settled on this row of gold-topped columns, with the mosque\u2019s panels of white marble acting as an ideal reflector. Looking to add a touch of life and to give the viewer a sense of scale without drawing too much attention away from the architecture, Almalki paused before clicking the shutter. He waited until a female visitor, clad in the traditional ayaba covering, crossed into view. With her presence, he knew he had the shot. And we were just as mesmerized as he was by this stunning exercise in visual contrast and perspective. Tech specs: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with 24\u2013105mm f/4L IS USM Canon EF lens at 84mm; 1/125 sec at f/5, ISO 100. RAW conversion in Canon Digital Photo Pro; Contrast and levels adjusted in Photoshop CS5.\n\nCities/Architecture Runner-up: Jim Lou The view from 94th floor of John Hancock observatory. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Nikon D7000, FOCAL LENGTH: 16mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/160sec, LENS: Tokina 11-16, ISO: 160,APERTURE (F-STOP): f10 _\n\nCities/Architecture Runner-up: Dayle Ann Clavin In the San Francisco Museum of modern art light falls through ceiling sky lights forming lines and patterns and back lighting the people on the high bridge.\n\nCities/Architecture Runner-up: Levent Erutku I took this picture in Real Alcazar, Sevilla-Spain. It is the magnificent ceiling of The Ambassadors Room. Real Alcazar inspired me perhaps more than any other Monument and Palace I got to see in Andalusia. I had to see it twice in order to get the photographs that I wanted. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Nikon D800, FOCAL LENGTH: 50mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/100 sec, LENS: Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G, ISO: 3200, APERTURE (F-STOP): 1.6 _\n\nCities/Architecture Runner-up: Alvaro Pardo This photo shows a too common sight in Hong Kong: high-rise, high-density apartment buildings where whole families live in very small spaces Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Sony SLT-A77, FOCAL LENGTH: 35mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/13, LENS: DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM, ISO: 200, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/5.6 _\n\nCities/Architecture Runner-up: Faisal Almalki Long exposure \u0026 zoom of Milwaukee Museum of Art.\n\nCities/Architecture Runner-up: Faisal Almalki Domes at Sheikh Zayed Mosque\n\nNature/landscapes Winner: Peter Lik, 52, president and photographer, LIK USA, Las Vegas, NV Trekking into the flooded Columbia River Gorge in Oregon (against the advice of park rangers), Peter Lik (www.lik.com)waded in neck-deep water while holding his gear above his head and struggling to get to a spot shallow enough to unfold his tripod. As he stood in awe of the scene before him, the sun poured into the gorge just long enough for Lik to fire off three frames. "The shafts of light in the canyon were among the most amazing things I've ever seen," says Lik. "Adrenaline kicked in, and the sight of the weeping walls blew my mind." A small aperture helped render the "weeping" walls with incredible sharpness, and the vanishing point leads us into the abyss. Tech specs: Phase One IQ180 with Phase One AF 75\u2013150mm f/4.5 lens at 150mm; 1/4 sec at f/16, ISO 35. Really Right Stuff tripod, edits in Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS6.\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Morris Burke This is a photo of mycena mushrooms. They are about 1 to 2 1/2 inches in height. Original image was processed in Photoshop CS5. A shaggy Fractalius filter was used and the pasted over the original and the blend mode was used to bring back some of the original color. Color balance was also used to add some red. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon Rebel XS, FOCAL LENGTH: 100 mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 5 seconds, LENS: EF 100mm f2.8 macro USM, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): f 25__\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Monica Nishimoto Going to Canada was my third attempt to see the Northern Lights. I got really lucky on my second day there and saw a spectacular show.\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Jennifer Moews While walking in the Silver Jack area, I found a small pool of water the bottom of which was just covered with small bubbles. It looked like a million little eyes looking up at me. It was really fascinating! Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Kodak EasyShare CX4230, FOCAL LENGTH: 14mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/949, LENS: 36-108mm Kodak Retinar Aspheric Lens, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): 4.3 _\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Willie Huang How often do you see a Calla Lily grove, the pacific ocean, and a lush green valley all in one place? This spring I made this shot come true at the Calla Lily grove in Big Sur. It was a calm evening with thin high clouds that provided the perfect backdrop at sunset. This was probably one of the most amazing groves of flowers I had ever seen. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon 5D Mark II, FOCAL LENGTH: 17mm, LENS: EF 17-40mm f/4 _\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Philp Bull Mesa Arch in Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon 5D Mark II, FOCAL LENGTH: 23mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/5 s, LENS: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/22 _\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Kyrce Culbertson I bought an ND filter to work on some long exposures of clouds to create some interesting black and white images but one day overlooking the beach I came up with this shot which ended up looking a lot better in color. I liked it better square, probably from years of buying too many CDs, which has given me a bias towards square photos. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon 40D, FOCAL LENGTH: 14 mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 30 seconds, LENS: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/25 _\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Robert Wagoner Shot was composed of a portion of one of the hot geothermal pools near Old Faithful Lodge. After taking wide angle shots of the complete pool and environs I began to focus on portions of the pools as abstractions with multiple rich colors \u0026 textures, composing for the flow of the color. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Nikon D7000, FOCAL LENGTH: 26mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/60 EV-0.0, LENS: Nikon 18-200mm, ISO: 160, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/14 _\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Sidney Phillips Evening photo of the Great Sand Dunes, Colorado Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Leica V-Lux-2, FOCAL LENGTH: 36.7mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/400, LENS: DC.vario-elmarit, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): f.4.0 _\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Jared Ropelato Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho is nicknamed the \u201cNiagara Falls of the West\u201d. It is a grand site for sure. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon 5D MKII, FOCAL LENGTH: 18mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1 second, LENS: 16-35mm, ISO: 50, APERTURE (F-STOP): 11 _\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Jared Ropelato A photographer focuses on making a great photograph among the giant ridges of Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon 5D MKII, FOCAL LENGTH: 200mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/5 Sec, LENS: 70-200 f2.8, ISO: 200, APERTURE (F-STOP): 8 _\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Dwain H Hansen A view of the Nuuanu Pali (cliff) with a drop of 2000 feet to the valley floor. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Sony Alpha A-700, FOCAL LENGTH: 45mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/320, LENS: Sony 18-250 Zoom, ISO: 200, APERTURE (F-STOP): f6.3 _\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Jim Shoemaker The setting sun creates God Rays behind the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park.\n\nNature/Landscapes Runner-up: Alan Brock Sunrise on the north shores of Maui. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon 5D Mark II, FOCAL LENGTH: 16mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 13s, LENS: Canon 16-35mm f2.8, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): 16 _\n\nObjects/Still Life Winner: Karen Harris, 69, retired music teacher, Lincoln, NE A former trumpet major at the University of Nebraska, Karen Harris has more than a few wind instruments in her basement to serve as models for her photography. While making this surrealistic image of her instrument of choice, her biggest enemy was glare. So she combated that unwanted shine with a tiny aperture, a long exposure, a black velvet backdrop, and a well-placed piece of cardboard. But it\u2019s the optical swirl that injects movement into an otherwise stationary subject\u2014she added just the right amount of distortion in Photoshop after the shoot. Music was the driving force behind her aesthetic choice. \u201cThe inspiration for the distortion came from the idea of the fluidity of music,\u201d Harris says. \u201cHow it is never still, but always moving.\u201d Tech specs: Nikon D200 with 60mm AF Micro Nikkor lens; 13 sec at f/36, ISO 200. Spot removal and Pinch Distortion Filter in Adobe Photoshop CS5.\n\nObjects/Still Life Runner-up: Laddy Ospanik Taken with Helicon focus stacking. Later, converted to black and white with Silver Efex 2. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Nikon D7000, FOCAL LENGTH: 100mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/20, LENS: Tokina 100mm macro, ISO: 400, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/20__\n\nObjects/Still Life Runner-up: Joseph Crocco I captured this macro of a stick match just as it ignited. To light this photo, I used a single strobe, camera left with an 8 inch snoot, triggered by a Cactus V4. With my Nikon D200 was mounted on a tripod, I manually focused on the match head and used the camera's self timer, to eliminate camera shake. Using the self timer also freed my hands to ignite the match with a lighter. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Nikon D200, FOCAL LENGTH: 85mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/250, LENS: Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G VR, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/11 _\n\nObjects/Still Life Runner-up: John M. Pender I emulated the old masters style with this still life. No artificial light ,only available light w/ diffuser and a reflector. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Nikon D40 X, FOCAL LENGTH: 60 MM, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/50, LENS: Nikon 60 MM Macro, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): 6.3 _\n\nObjects/Still Life Runner-up: Roberto Greco "Budgie and Pomegranate" is taken from my series "After Still Life". It is a point of view of a photo to a new and allegorical dimension. My aim is not to distance myself from classical masters, my pictures put us in my world of passion, opulence and sexuality. With a certain sense of humor and cynicism, I break the stereotype of classical Still Life by adding disturbing elements like pets. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Mamiya RZ, FOCAL LENGTH: 250mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/125, LENS: Mamiya, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): f://8 _\n\nObjects/Still Life Runner-up: Domenic Bahmann 200 years ago, the moon was the primary source of light at night. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Pentax K-5, FOCAL LENGTH: 28 mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/160, LENS: Sigma 28mm f1.8 ex dg macro, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): 6.3 _\n\nObjects/Still Life Runner-up: Jim Golden Still life project that revived my childhood memories of camping in the 70's. To see the rest of the images from this series, go to Still Life 2 portfolio at www.jimgoldenstudio.com. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Hasselblad H3D2-39, FOCAL LENGTH: 50mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/160sec, LENS: 3.5 lens, ISO: 50, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/8 _\n\nObjects/Still Life Runner-up: Ken Renk Mexican wrestling masks on display in vendor's stall on Olvera Street.. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon 40D, FOCAL LENGTH: 52 mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/200 sec, LENS: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/4.5 _\n\n\n\nPeople Winner: Marc Lamey, 50, sales executive, Paris, France An homage to the music video for Kylie Minogue\u2019s duet with Nick Cave, \u201cWhere the Wild Roses Grow,\u201d this shot is from Marc Lamey\u2019s series Women, Water, and Color. The serene look on the model\u2019s face belies the fact that she is about to be enveloped by the black water (dyed with food coloring); Lamey says the image speaks to the duality of water as a sustainer of life as well as a potential instrument of death. Her gaze is undeniably magnetic, and her captivating green eyes seem to pull us into the depths with her. Shooting with a 50mm lens forced Lamey to get up close and personal with the subject. \u201cIt\u2019s usually said to be uncomfortable,\u201d Lamey says. \u201cBut being close up creates a strong link with the model within their personal space, and makes for strong portraiture.\u201d Tech specs: Nikon D700 with 50mm f/1.4G Nikkor AF-S lens; 1/250 sec at f/6.3, ISO 1000. Two Nikon SB900 Speedlights with umbrellas. Curves, vibrance, contrast, and clarity adjusted in Lightroom 4.\n\nPeople Runner-up: Melissa Hanes A young boy seeing out into the world with filtered eyes. Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Nikon D7000, FOCAL LENGTH: 35mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/100, LENS: Nikon 35mm 1.8, ISO: 200, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/9 _\n\nPeople Runner-up: Melissa Hanes Sometimes we are all just "Shades of Grey". Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Nikon D7000, FOCAL LENGTH: 35mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/320, LENS: Nikon 35mm 1.8, ISO: 400, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/2.8 _\n\nPeople Runner-up: Ian Pettigrew Taken in Hamilton, ON. This is part of my series of Street Portraits. King St., Artcrawl, July 2012. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon EOS 5DMII, FOCAL LENGTH: 85, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/320, LENS: 85, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): 1.8 _\n\nPeople Runner-up: Charles Bruno Photo shoot of a coworker in the heat of the action. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon 7D, FOCAL LENGTH: 32mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/250, LENS: 24-105mm, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): 5.6 _\n\nPeople Runner-up: Jessica Lince I was photographing a newborn and her son wanted some photos taken of himself. So I told him to stand in front of the backdrop and say cheese. He did that then decided, as any kid would, to make faces and stare blankly into the camera. Needless to say I got a few focused shots and this was one of them. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon EOS 30D, FOCAL LENGTH: 50, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/40, LENS: Canon EF 50mm f1.8, ISO: 600, APERTURE (F-STOP): 2 _\n\nPeople Runner-up: John Gasca Originally shot for a competition called 'Light'. Thanks to my Model, Cassie Walter. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon 7D, FOCAL LENGTH: 18mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/60, LENS: Canon 18-55, ISO: 320, APERTURE (F-STOP): 8.0 _\n\nPeople Runner-up: Justin Skinner A woman holds up books and imagines what is next. _Tech Specs: _ CAMERA: Canon 5D Mark II, FOCAL LENGTH: 55 mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/60, LENS: Canon EF24-105mm, ISO: 100, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/9 _\n\nPeople Runner-up: Erberto Zani Children playing in a small village in the north of Ghana (Africa). _Tech Specs: CAMERA: Canon Eos 1D Mark III, FOCAL LENGTH: 16, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/60, LENS: 16-36, ISO: 500, APERTURE (F-STOP): 4,0 _\n\nPeople Runner-up: Ben Johnson This was Lt. Lemay retirement photo after 30 years of service. Tech Specs: CAMERA: Nikon D7000, FOCAL LENGTH: 24mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/50, LENS: 24mm sigma f1.8, ISO: 200, APERTURE (F-STOP): 14\n\nPeople Runner-up: Brad Cook I was exploring a large meat market in Macau, China. This stall represented the typical scene as far as products go but the energy and hamminess of the lady was above and beyond anything else. Initially I was drawn to the scene by the character in the man's face but the woman's antics quickly took center stage. I'm not a very active street shooter but I was glad that I was photographing on this day. _Tech Specs: CAMERA: Nikon D5000, FOCAL LENGTH: 34mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/100, LENS: Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, ISO: 400, APERTURE (F-STOP): F/4.0 _\n\n**People Runner-up: Antonio Gibotta\n\nPeople Runner-up: Mike Savoia I met Art on the Queensryche Cabaret tour in 2010. I wanted to do a shoot with him from that day on. It took me 2 years to figure out a location because I knew it had to be unique, with an emphasis on his heritage, look \u0026 spiritual feel. I think we caught it 2500ft up! Tech Specs: CAMERA: Nikon D700, FOCAL LENGTH: 16mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/250, LENS: Nikon Fisheye 16mm, ISO: 200,APERTURE (F-STOP): F/22\n\nPeople Runner-up: Sam Hodge A casual rest in-between dives on a gorgeous sunny day in South Florida allowed time to play around. Passengers on a boat snorkle and wiggle their toes in the calm ocean. Split photography capturing a scene above and below the water in a single image challenges the most professional of cameras and photographers alike. This was a tight image with no cropping and attention to topside colors alongside white balance and lighting below water had to be considered in manual mode. _Tech Specs: CAMERA: Canon 7D, FOCAL LENGTH: 10mm, SHUTTER SPEED: 1/160, LENS: Tokina 10-17mm, ISO: 200, APERTURE (F-STOP): f/16 _\n\nPeople\u2019s Choice Winner: Siddhartha Varma, 26, web developer, Herndon, VA Visitors to PopPhoto.com voted this photograph as a favorite, and we are inclined to agree. Driving to work early one morning, Siddhartha Varma noticed a vista that was just too pretty to ignore. Though he quickly pulled his car just off the road, it wasn\u2019t until just as he was about to pack up and continue on his way that \u201cthese deer came out of nowhere.\u201d He notes: \u201cI was just lucky enough to shoot them.\u201d Framed by the tree branches and the rising mist, the riverbed\u2019s blue hue gives the image a mystical, otherworldly quality that prompted Varma to name the image \u201cPandora\u2014Heaven on Earth.\u201d Take into account the fact that he shot handheld with a massive telephoto lens, and his ability to freeze the deer amid the morning fog becomes all the more impressive. Tech specs: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with 400mm f/2.8L IS USM Canon EF lens; 1/320 sec at f/4, ISO 500. Sharpening and vibrance adjusted in Lightroom 3.