This year’s winners were a diverse and dynamic bunch.
Well…as you probably already know, we’re big fans of photography here at The Six Fifty.
Wait…scratch that…more than just fans, we’re believers in the medium of it. And in an image-obsessed era rife with selfies, pet pics and food porn we’re happy to say that the winners of this year’s Peninsula Photo Contest really came through to embody the true merits of the craft: lighting, angle, exposure, aesthetic, vision, intention. Indeed, the quality of the submissions this year went above and beyond our expectations.
So with that said, we’re going to spare you any further picture-oriented pontification, because the winners here all already speak for themselves.
“A woman looks peacefully into the abyss of the ocean in a still and contemplative glance while bathed in early evening sunlight as people around her create movement in all directions in Asilah, Morocco.”—Dan Fenstermacher
“‘Waiting’ is a documentary-style image made by observing, setting up and waiting for the right moment during a child’s birthday party. I loved this moment because I think it is relatable to parents who have also waited and shows a sweet childhood moment of role playing ‘parent.’”—Deborah Lord
“This beautiful rain frog was found on a late-night hike in the foothills of the Ecuadorian Andes. I used a heavily diffused off-camera flash with a reflector to try to highlight the rich color and texture of its skin.”—Geoffrey Brooks
“This image was made from two separate ones to create this third image. I was deeply touched by the deep sadness in this child’s eyes when we met; I used the second image to heighten how our culture turns its back on sadness and the bleak internal life it creates.”—Terrance McLarnan
“I captured this with my iPhone while waiting for dinner at an outdoor cafe in Mountain View. It was sundown, and I was attracted by the strong shadows cast by the fork on the napkin. The monochrome and ‘noir’ rendition was created in post-processing. This evoked the title.”—Laurie Naiman
Youth Category Winners
[left]“‘Oh So Shiny and Bright’ was taken near the summit of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii using a long exposure and light painting to illuminate the foreground as to enhance the contrast with the overarching core of the Milky Way.”—William Sawrey
[right]“Amid the chaos of birds swimming and fishing in the water and flying back and forth, I spotted this secluded puffin in a moment of stillness, preening its feathers. I felt like I was getting a glimpse into a private moment.”— Sebastian Velasquez
“’Hidden Portrait’ was created through a double exposure of a cobblestone road and a photo of my friend. It was inspired by a project to explore the relationship between nature and portraits of people’s faces through double exposures.”—Jacqueline Irvin
“This shot was taken on an iPhone SE in San Francisco from inside a store. I managed to capture it before the scene elapsed mere seconds after. To me, ‘In Passing’ is but a single frame of the ever-turning roll of film called life. From the mundane to the supernatural, from the ordinary to extraordinary, it is the acknowledgement of the small moments in life that make our world go round.”—Katie Chan Firtch
“This photo was a bit of an experiment because it was simply a light on a wall — but something about the perspective of this photo is unique and makes it appear less like a light on a wall and rather a light in the middle of the sky.”—Clara Montero Scheidt
The winning images, along with 20 honorable-mention images selected for the exhibition, will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, through June 23.
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