Weekly #579 - My Family and Other Animals Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 19/08/2018
Judge: Simonmac

Please submit photographs of your loved ones, be they human or beast!

I'm looking for photographs that capture the subject's personality and that also shine a light on your relationship with them.

The usual rules apply.

Closing date 19/08/2018 at midnight.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 20/08/2018 - 10:04
Announcements this evening when I get home from work!


Link Posted 20/08/2018 - 20:15
Thank you so much for your entries.

This as tough now as it always has been!

I've tried to judge this as much for impact as well as, if not more than, technical achievement.

Mi Duck by Perspicador
You have a duck?! Lovely shot. The duck seems quite coy. I like the natural setting. Although I am not always a fan of explanation with photographs I feel that it would have helped here as my curiosity is peaked.

The Sleeper by johnriley
I really like this. It is very impactful, very mischievous. I love the composition. She truly seems a partner in crime! I sense the playfulness and the creativity between the two of you and the relationship is so apparent because of this.

my sons little tart by stu62
I'm a cat lover. We have a rescue at home. Nice shot that shows the cat off well. It doesn't immediately hint at the relationship of which you speak which sounds like great fun.

Must be Love by NigelK
Cats, see above! Love indeed. This cat knows how to butter up its human. A fun shot. Speak to the paw!

Evening walk with my son. by Mag07
What a handsome fellow. It's a shot with an interesting dynamic: there seems to be a distance there, perhaps he is camera shy, perhaps he is at that age where a little posing is not a bad thing. It contrasts with a typical portrait of a child/young adult. I see the light as a metaphor for his mom.

Getting Ready For The Competition by Noelm
Surely a photo that will always be treasured. I would love to have seen the horse's face too but these opportunities are fleeting.

Family Fun by GlynM
Cheers me up viewing this. It is full of character and laughs and joy. Lovely light too. Some might think it a family snap shot but, like every photograph here, it is one that will always recall memories of this moment in time. I want that lens too!

Alex and Bob by AndrewA
Love it. It has an abstract quality but the relationship is clear. If this were a competition about textures it would be a winner.

Win or lose by vejj
Is this a self portrait? Not sure. Difficult to comment if it if you are the subject. It is an interesting photo and although the use of screens to illuminate is well known it works nicely here.

Scarlet by MikeInDevon
It seems a little unsharp because of the very slow shutter speed (a touch of flash from the pop up would have resolved that), the hair is a little cropped. but the eyes have it regardless. A lovely capture.

Source of the food by Abraxaz
This really is lovely. Sharp, nice shallow depth of field. But for me, as much as I have looked at impact, the stripey item to the right keeps tearing my eyes away from this gorgeous child.

Ain't she cute! by Noelcmn
Another strikingly lovely child. My only niggle is the flash which has created shadows and dazzles somewhat.

Well there we are. I'm not good at lengthy observations as I am in the company of my peers.

The winner is:

This is such a different take and there is much to enjoy.

Second place goes to:

It makes me happy. Thank you.

Third place goes to:

Nice composition, even though it's a dog and not a cat!

Highly commended to:

MikeInDevon, noelm and Mag07

Thank you and goodnight.


Link Posted 20/08/2018 - 20:49
Darn foiled again by my missuses knitting.

thanks for the constructive criticism, should have kept with my first upload.


Link Posted 20/08/2018 - 21:02
Congrats John, lovely shot, and as noted some mischief there! She does seem quite comfortable with the camera. A model in the making? Worthy winner. And congrats too to GlynM and AndrewA and not forgetting the HM'sMikeInDevon, noelm and Mag07. Thanks for the challenge and the comments and critiques Simon. And I expected just that comment about the shadows, nothing I could do about that, as it was cluttered as only a home can be, and getting the family to move around to more suitable environment was just not possible.


Link Posted 20/08/2018 - 21:25
Many thanks Simon for setting an original subject that I thought was great fun and for your comments and judging.

Thanks also for awarding my family fun picture the coveted 2nd place .

Congratulations to John for the winning entry that was obviously an excellent team effort, fellow podium member AndrewA , HC winners MikeInDevon, noelm and Mag07 and everyone else for another great set of images.



Link Posted 20/08/2018 - 21:30
Congrats to the winner, runners up and commendations. All worthy placements 🙂 For the record, my subject was my son Bron 🙂
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Link Posted 20/08/2018 - 22:01
Hi Simon, nice competition and what a delightful set of images.

Many thanks for the HC, I'm well pleased and congratulation to all the winners and fellow HCs.



Link Posted 20/08/2018 - 22:23
Cheers Simon, good competition, you drummed up some interest. Congratulations to John and other podium places and HCs


Link Posted 20/08/2018 - 23:32
Thank you for the win and congratulations to all the other placements!

I will post a new competition in a short while, just giving it some thought.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 21/08/2018 - 00:59
Thanks for my HM and congratulations to all the podium places and fellow HC's. Thanks also for the excellent subject which produced a range of very good images.


Link Posted 21/08/2018 - 08:02
Congratulations to all and thank you for the thoughtful comments Simon!
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Link Posted 24/08/2018 - 17:50
Woo Hoo! Well done everyone, and thank you for my 3rd place

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