Sixth Annual Emerging Professional Photo Competition
Thanks to generous sponsorship from Sony and Epson, the 2012 Emerging Pro contest was a huge success. We received thousands of submissions from emerging professionals throughout the U.S. in each of the categories, Fashion & Beauty, Fine Art and Photojournalism & Sports. On these pages, we showcase the winners and honorable mentions. Congratulations to all of the winners!
“Love doesn’t grow on trees like apples in Eden—it’s something you have to make. And you must use your imagination too.” This quote by Joyce Cary strongly connects to the theme of “Testing Boundaries” by making us aware that seeing new perspectives of our world and how we interact within it are important aspects of life. Limits only exist for the simple-minded, and our imaginations have no boundaries.
I shot this photograph with a Nikon D300S using an 18-200mm lens and a Lumedyne light with a transparent umbrella on Mount Airy, near Goat Hill Overlook, in Lambertville, New Jersey.
|First Place—Fashion & Beauty
As this was a live-action shoot, I used all tungsten hot lights. I lit the scene very simply with a 2K Baby Junior with a Medium Chimera. I used three four-foot Kino tubes laid against the walls and two 300W Peppers highlighting the texture of the foreground chairs to accent the scene. The shot was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Unfortunately, the video was never completed. There was an incident with the producer chasing the director with a pepper mill—but, hey, that’s rock ‘n’ roll! At least I got this shot!
|First Place—Photo Journalism & Sports
|First Place—Fine Art
On May 11, Michaela delivered a beautiful baby girl. Tragically, only 13 days later, on May 24th, the baby, Harper Grace, succumbed to Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia (ACD)—a rare malformation of the lungs. How does one survive the loss of a much loved, deeply wanted baby?
Three months later, her body betrayed few clues to the casual observer that she had recently given birth. She’s back at work and has resumed much of the same routine that she had before the pregnancy. But, of course, her life has been changed forever. She’s the epitome of strength, grace and courage.
A few months after her baby passed away, Michaela, my sister Gina and I sat poolside in Phoenix. She showed me all the cherished pictures of little Harper, from her 4D ultrasounds to her newborn pics. She was such a beautiful baby. We talked about the balloons at the funeral and the balloons she’ll be releasing each year to commemorate her daughter’sbirthday. Earlier, we had discussed taking some fun photos while I was in town, but the more we talked about Harper, the more I sensed that she wanted to incorporate her daughter into our photos, and when she agreed, our shoot took on much deeper meaning. The pink balloon is for Harper.
The photo was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 16-35mm ƒ/2.8L lens.
|People’s Choice Winners|
Fashion & Beauty
Photojournalism & Sports
|Fred Blood III
||Michael E. Harris
|D. Scott Clark