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Mysterious Places Contest Results

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Enter our current photo contest: Wildlife Photography Competition

We would like to thank everyone who submitted photos to our Mysterious Places Photo Contest. Matthew and I spent days sifting through thousands of fantastic entries and last week we posted our shortlist of 12 finalists so that you could vote for the “People’s Choice” winner. The voting is now over and we can reveal the overall winners!

Before proceeding, we would like to thank our terrific sponsors, Lensbaby and SmugMug, who generously donated over $2,000 in prizes! All of the photographers below receive a prize as described on this page.

The overall contest winner is Paul Marcellini with his wonderful image taken in a Florida swamp. The spooky atmosphere, the twisted trees and the detail of the alligator drag-marks in the foreground create an image that epitomises the theme “Mysterious Places”. Congratulations to Paul for creating a truly original and striking shot!

Given the success of this contest, we will certainly be launching another photo competition in the near future! If you would like to be notified when this competition is announced then please subscribe to our blog via RSS feed or email.


Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle by Paul Marcellini

“The swamp is a visually intense experience. Epiphytes cover the trees, moccasins hide under logs and spiders build webs across every opening. In the foreground are alligator tracks and tail drag marks, with a few bird and otter prints mixed in. The twisted trees are rather large pond apples. Taken in Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida.”

Equipment: Canon 5dMk2, Canon 16-35II

Paul Marcellini – Began photography in the summer of 2005 and have now focused on South Florida nature and the Everglades.

Website: www.paulmarcellini.com

People’s Choice:

Wang Temple Graveyard

Wang Temple Graveyard by Marek Troszczynski

“This was taken last winter, at night, after heavy snowfall. I was delighted to be there first as the atmosphere was amazing. I found that the best composition was with the light hidden behind the cross. Wang Temple, Karpacz, Poland.”

Equipment: Nikon d300, Nikkor 12-24mm

Marek Troszczynski – Amateur snapper, originally Polish, living in London.


Tulip FieldsTrichy Temple

Tulip Fields by Maciej Duczynski

“Tulip field at dawn near Amsterdam, the Netherlands.”

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D + Canon 16-35 f2.8

Maciej Duczynski – I was born in Katowice, south of Poland in 1975. During my studies in Technical University in Gliwice I discovered my first passion – travelling. After a few years the second passion – photography, followed the first one. Up until now I have spent most of my free time traveling around Europe. I specialize in landscape photography and prefer the cold beauty and wilderness of northern lands Scandinavia. I started with analogue cameras, nowadays I continue with digital cameras and using new techniques giving more possibilities in landscape photography (HDR, panoramas stitching etc) I exhibit my photographs in Poland and write articles about landscape photography and post-processing of digital images for various European photo magazines.

Website: www.lonelywolf.pl

Trichy Temple by David Lazar

“This photo was taken at the top of the 83m high Rock Fort – the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city of Trichy in Tamil Nadu, India. Looking back down towards the hazy city, we see a decorative Hindu temple.”

Equipment: Nikon D70s

David Lazar – I am a Brisbane based film composer, pianist and teacher, as well as a photographer. I love to travel and capture the world’s sights and people, and have been recently working as a photographer through commission work here in Australia.

Website: pbase.com/david_lazar


Highly Commended:

Winter AuraRoad to Mordor

Winter Aura by Wandzel Wojciech

“Jagged peaks of the French Alps.”

Equipment: Canon 5D + Canon 70-200 4L

Wandzel Wojciech – Nature and Mountain photographer working with Canon system.

Website: www.wandzelphoto.com

Road to Mordor by Zoltan Bekefy

“Galway, Ireland.”
iso:100, f/32, 1/30 sec

Equipment: Nikon d300

Website: zoltanbekefy.blogspot.com


Taj Mahal ReflectionsReincarnation

Taj Mahal Reflections by Della Huff

“The night before I captured this image, a sandstorm howled in Agra, India and I was afraid the air would be choked with dust for my sunrise photo plans. The opposite turned out to be true, and the morning dawned with an incredible sky. As I was photographing, a local stopped by to say hello. He told me that clear mornings like this happen only a few days per year in Agra. It was a once in a lifetime view, and a morning I’ll surely never forget.”

Equipment: Canon 5D; Canon 17-40L lens

Della Huff – Born in Marin County, California, I’ve always had an appreciation for the intersection of natural and man-made landscapes, and tend to focus on this intersection through my photography, which I like to call atmospheric landscapes.

Website: www.dellahuffphotography.com

Reincarnation by Jahl Marshall

“This photo was captured while on a stroll alongside the Daiya River in Nikko, Japan. The peaceful meditating Buddhas inspired thoughts of reincarnation.”

Equipment: Nikon D80

Jahl Marshall – I was born and raised in New Zealand, I have had a passion for photography for over 10 years, I enjoy shooting a wide range of subjects, such as still life, landscape and action.

Website: jahlmarshall.com


Underground WalesWorship

Underground Wales by Hugh Penney

“Little Neath is one of the classic Welsh caves; the low wet entrance gives access to this atmospheric place.”

Equipment: OM1n and slave units

Hugh Penney – Outdoory traveller. Caver. Photographic interests are landscapes, travel, caves and adventure.

Website: flickr.com/hughpenney/

Worship by Kyaw Thar

“A monk & novices worshiping in Bagan, Myanmar.”

Equipment: Nikon D300

Kyaw Thar – A life member of Myanmar photographic Society.


In the Shadow of KilimanjaroAlaskan Cemetery

In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro by Marc Ehrenbold

“A lone elephant walks in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, the majestic equatorial snow capped volcano.”

Equipment: Nikon D70s 210mm.

Marc Ehrenbold – Steadicam Owner/operator working in the film industry. Keen photographer.

Website: imdb.com/name/nm1774465/

Alaskan Cemetery by Valerie McAninch

“There is nothing like the light at the end of the day in Alaska – the Gloaming hour.”

Equipment: Leica

Valerie McAninch – I have been photographing for 25 years. I studied at The University Of Alaska & The Savannah College of Art And Design. I put my career on hold to raise my family and have recently gone digital and returned to school.

Thanks once again to everyone who entered this competition and congratulations to our winners.

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  1. bekefy said: November 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    What an amazing surprise to wake up this morning and find my image on the front page.
    Congrats to all entries.

  2. John Doyle said: November 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Congreats to all… Great images

  3. Paul Marcellini said: November 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I am honored. Congrats to the others as well. Some beautiful images!

  4. sameer said: October 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

    mind blowing pictures………may be i need to upgrade myself to bit more post photos….but pictures were astonishing

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