2010 Emerging Pro Winners

Digital Photo Pro Spotlights The Winners Of The
Fourth Annual Emerging Professional Photo Competition

This year, we took a different tack with our annual Emerging Professional Photo Competition by having all of the submissions online only. The response was overwhelming. In total, we received more than 8,000 images spread out over the three categories, Fine Art, Fashion and Beauty, and Photojournalism and Sports. Thanks to the support of our sponsors, Canon and Datacolor, the Grand Prize winner takes home a $10,000 cash prize, and each First Place winner receives $1,000. Additionally, we made three finalist galleries. To sort through the high caliber of images, we enlisted the help of a diverse group of judges (see their full bios).

Look for the 5th Annual DPP Emerging Professional Photo Competition this fall!

Grand Prize—Fine Art
Cera Hensley
Cera Hensley
Where are you based?
San Francisco, California.

Where did you attend school?
I’m in the Graduate program at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

What previous contests or awards have you won?
Academy of Art Spring Show 2009, 3rd Place Commercial Photography.

Have you been published previously?
944 Magazine.

What equipment do you use?
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF lenses, MacBook Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Phase One Capture One Pro.

About This Photograph:
This is part of a body of work that explores an area of personal psychology in the human search for purpose. Feelings of solitude, wonder, longing to belonging are exposed in the situations I create. I decided to take an unorthodox approach to creating these stories. I construct miniature landscapes no larger than 3×3 feet in my studio, then photograph them with an uncanny realism.

After photographing the landscape, I photograph real people to invoke a sense of quiet confidence, longing, truth or questioning of existence. I like to create imagery that’s familiar yet otherworldly, thoughtful and curious, unexpected and playful. My chosen method of creation influences my work as it’s a solitary process of exploration and discovery, trying to re-create the essence of a memory or feeling. For this image, I had envisioned a person in the middle of a body of water on an overcast/cloudy day. I wanted to project a sense of solitude and longing in this quiet, contemplative environment. With my camera on a tripod facing what appears to be nothing more than a mess upon the table—clay, neutral-density gel, blue paper and a translucent light disc—I look through the camera, which beholds the landscape I had envisioned.

My goal with this body of work is to provide visually stimulating and thought-provoking imagery that allows for contemplation, reflection and exploration of one’s own experiences in this underlying quest to find purpose and belonging.

To see more of Cera Hensley’s work, go to www.cerahensley.com or her facebook page.

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