The best photos of 2011

Almost 20,000 photos were entered by You Connect members for the Gallery Competition, showing off your personal favourites from 2011.

To add a competitive edge, the three best images won their photographers a great piece of Canon equipment. First prize was an EOS 600D with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II; two runners-up won a PowerShot SX230 HS or SELPHY CP800 Black.

The standard of entries was extremely high and the judges spent many hours discussing the merits of all the submissions. But in the end they came down to three photos that showed real talent and a fresh eye. Below are the winning shots together with a brief description of what caught the judges’ attention.

FIRST PRIZE
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Journey, You Connect member Aaron Cheeseman, Canon EOS 7D

“A beautifully composed picture. This image wouldn’t look out of place in a glossy magazine; it tells a story that doesn’t need words. The rain blurs but not so much that it detracts from the warm image of the passenger gazing out of the train window. Did she reach her destination?”

SECOND PRIZE
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Dandelion seed, You Connect member Séverine Blaise, EOS 60D

“Interesting calm colours and a tight focus makes this subject look modern; it is great poster material. Very clean lines make the composition simple but effective.”

THIRD PRIZE
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Death in Venice, You Connect member Roberto Mignanego, Canon EOS 30

“This portrait pulls you closer and closer. Pictures like this capture emotion and you find viewers really looking at them, whilst time stands still. Cramped conditions and spot focusing make the shot difficult but the timing could never be repeated.”

If you weren’t one of the winners or featured in the Gallery then this month’s Tutorial is for you. It covers the topics that the Gallery judges consider when selecting images. So read the Tutorial, then visit the Gallery and upload your photos. 

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