Winners of the May 5 round of our Covid-Time Photo Contest
Sincere thanks to everyone who participated in round 2 of our Walking Alone or Hunkered Down at Home contest. Your extraordinary efforts provide incontrovertible proof that not even these uncertain times can extinguish creativity.
As in round 1, our 4 judges were so impressed with the range and quality of the photographs that we’ve decided to name 2 winners and 1 honorable mention in both categories.
Now to the winners:
Maxine M’s sense of composition is impeccable in her photograph of a sole person at a crosswalk punctuated by traffic lights and pedestrian signals. It’s more than a photo of man alone during covid-19, it’s a powerful statement about the solitude of mankind.
Stéphanie N was drawn to a teenager holding her skateboard and lost in her thoughts. The bright yellow tape blocking access to the skate park serves as a welcome diagonal line in an image that takes advantage of the compression from a telephoto lens.
The zigzag walkway on the broad median of Boulevard Robert-Bourassa is the location for Pierre P’s photograph of a lone walker. We love that the photographer showed great patience in waiting for his subject to reach the bottom right corner of the frame.
Hunkered Down At Home
Catherine C captures the reality of a family kept apart by covid-19. The subjects, separated by the large expanse of the living-room window, are so close yet so far in her remarkable photograph of life on both sides. Our eyes are drawn to the toddler who stands as the centre of attention, and we can virtually feel the love wash over her.
Jérôme P demonstrates a great sense of timing as he photographs three Hassids at evening prayer on their Outremont porch. For people of all faiths, social distancing has rewritten rules about gathering in synagogues, churches, mosques or temples, and his image captures this to a T.
Patrick L’s low-angle, perfectly timed capture of this natural and authentic moment of laughter and joy between an older boy and a younger girl underscores the fact that a nice chat and spreading humour is a part of life at all ages.
The Contest is still ongoing, so on May 19, we will announce the winners for the third segment of Walking Alone or Hunkered Down at Home. Feel free to email your submissions for both themes.
- The contest is open to all clients of Camtec Photo and Leica Boutique.
- Be certain to follow the following instructions:
- Only photographs taken during this difficult period of covid-19 restrictions are eligible for consideration. Please include the date, time and location of the photograph.
- Please indicate if the image is full-frame or cropped. (This will have no bearing on the judging).
- Participants can submit one photograph per theme: Walking Alone, and Hunkered Down At Home. Try to concentrate on taking positive images that raise our spirits.
- Send jpegs sized 2500 pixels on the long side to email@example.com.
- 2 winners – 1 for Walking Alone, 1 for Hunkered Down At Home – will be chosen and announced every 2 weeks.
- Each winner will receive a gift certificate for $50.00 redeemable at the boutique.
- When covid-19 finally passes, we will hold a get-together at the boutique where a selection of our favourite photos from the contest will be exhibited.
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Leica Akademie: Always Inspiring, Illuminating and Now Virtual
Many of us know Tom Smith, the peerless Director of the Leica Akademie, the hands-on educational workshops about everything Leica and photography. Tom has put together two extraordinary online workshops, one with Quinton Gordon and one with Maggie Steber, both emeritus instructors of our M-Vision workshops.
Quinton Gordon: The Interpretive Landscape
This Canadian fine-art photographer has explored and challenged our identity and our relationship to culture and the land.
Restricted to just 12 students, Quinton is offering an in-depth online workshop held over 5 consecutive Sundays from May 31 thru June 28.
Maggie Steber: 5 Zoom sessions and a one-on-one portfolio review, limited to 10 participants
A rare opportunity to be mentored by this 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Guggenheim Fellow, Maggie presents another side of her multifaceted photographic talents. Here, she turns her talent to still life, where a single photo not only tells the story, but can raise our consciousness and shape our conscience.
The workshop is available on 4 dates, May 14-17 inclusive.