2012 Emerging Pro Winners

Digital Photo Pro Spotlights The Winners Of The
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!

Grand Prize
Kory Zuccarelli
Kory Zuccarelli
My work is about telling stories. Concepts I explore create moments that couldn’t possibly exist in reality. I’m using personal experiences as a device in the creative process as I develop ideas for my photographs.

“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
Matthew Heckerling
Matthew Heckerling

My photo “All Dressed Up” was shot in a house in the Hollywood Hills while prepping for a music video. In addition to still photography, I also work as a Director of Photography for commercials, music videos and feature films. On our prep day, while all of my departments were lighting the various sets at the location and wardrobe was outfitting talent, I took the opportunity to set up this still shoot. Our stylist dressed Hannah Landberg, the model/actress in the video, in a gorgeous dress that complemented this set beautifully, so I decided to grab some stills.

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
Steve Solis
Steve Solis

I was inspired to get this shot simply by admiring the work of many sports photojournalists in sports magazines. At this 2011 game between Washington and UCLA at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, a peer of mine, a 25-year veteran in the field, showed me, a rookie photographer, how to get to the top of the arena, on the catwalk, to get a few shots from up above the court. I used a Nikon D3100 with a 55-200mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 lens. I made sure I had a good grip on my camera and lens, along with no loose items on me.

First Place—Fine Art
Jessica Drossin
Jessica Drossin

Michaela is one of my sister’s best friends. They met in college, and she’s been on the periphery of my life for many years. The pregnancy glow is a bit of a cliché, but it was accurate for Michaela. Throughout her pregnancy, she had received some concerning news about potential problems with the baby’s health, but she handled the stress of this as gracefully as the 60 pounds she gained. She maintained an upbeat, optimistic outlook and accepted any challenges without complaint, filled with the unconditional love that mothers have for their babies.

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
 
Lukasz Malczewski
Fashion & Beauty
Lukasz Malczewski
Michael Parvin
Fine Art
Michael Parvin
 
Foster Snell
Photojournalism & Sports
Foster Snell

Honorable Mentions
 
Fred Blood III
Fred Blood III
Michael E. Harris
Michael E. Harris
 
D. Scott Clark
D. Scott Clark
Jeremiah Toller
Jeremiah Toller
Jamey Price
Jamey Price
Donatas Zadeikis
Donatas Zadeikis

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