Weekly #618 - The Human Condition Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 26/05/2019
Judge: Nigelk

Happy, sad, engaged, engrossed, angry, at war etc. let me see your entries that show an aspect of our human condition.
The human condition is "the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence, such as birth, growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and mortality".[1] This is a very broad topic which has been and continues to be pondered and analyzed from many perspectives, including those of religion, philosophy, history, art, literature, anthropology, psychology, and biology.(Wikipedia)
As ever with the weekly comp. photographs can have been taken at anytime as long as it was with a Pentax camera. The winner will be expected to set and judge next weeks competition.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 27/05/2019 - 18:50
Thank you all who entered. A very diverse array of interpretations and emotions that are all part of "The Human Condition".

My untrained thoughts:-

Nostalgia by Perspicador
A well judged exposure but for myself I'm not getting nostalgia when I look at this image.

The need for forgiveness by davidwozhere
All religions preach forgiveness, sadly not everyone likes to listen. You've found a good angle so that we don't just get the stained glass window on its own, it is supported by the cross. Difficult shot to pull off, you've got it just right in my book.

Those Who Survive by johnriley
War and the survivors, good photographic subject matter. Another well judged exposure in quite harsh light but retaining details in the face and in the dark blazer backed with a good background, just a shame that he seems to be looking down towards the ground.

The Joys of Childhood by JudithAnn
Beautiful image, captures the joy of childhood adventure so well, the processing giving a slightly retro feel. Top notch photographic work.

Youthful Exuberance by noelm
Just so! The make up and that amazing hat, plenty of detail, good angle. You've kept things simple and it works.

Communication and life long friendships by retsoor
A candid shot I guess, the expressions and the way they are sat certainly convey the title, working well in black and white another good shot.

Joy and Laughter by Ken2390
A well captured moment that certainly conveys joy and laughter, such important emotions to us humans.

When sadness fills my mind by Noelcmn
Another top notch portrait that capture the emotion of the title. We finish with sadness but via another good photograph.

I always find it tough choosing the podium places but I do enjoy the exercise. It makes me look and think about images in greater detail.

1st place Youthful Exuberance by noelm
2nd place The Joys of Childhood by JudithAnn
3rd place Communication and life long friendships by retsoor

The need for forgiveness by davidwozhere
When sadness fills my mind by Noelcmn


Link Posted 27/05/2019 - 19:05
Thanks to Nigelk for a thought provoking subject which resulted in some interesting images. Just a shame more people didn't enter. Thanks for my 1st place and congratulations to the other podium places and HC's.


Link Posted 27/05/2019 - 19:21
Nostalgia by Perspicador
A well-judged exposure but for myself, I'm not getting nostalgia when I look at this image.

I suppose I just did not want to overstate what was evident to me. Being on horse-back is an ancient, somewhat obsolescent relationship and the suggestion I was making is that there might be nostalgia for an old interdependency. For you to get nostalgia would have a requirement of you that you are empathising with the image - but clearly, you have no inclination to enter into this. I have no intention of inducing anything in you, but that is not to say the image does not work. The theme is the human condition, but you are not open to any suggestion that might come from the images we submit. So be it.
Link Posted 27/05/2019 - 19:41
Thanks Nigel for a very interesting subject and my 3rd place and comments. Well done to noelm for a worthy win and to JudithAnn for a well captured shot for 2nd place.


Link Posted 27/05/2019 - 19:48
Been watching keenly the entries and waiting for the judging exercise, as I've found this a terribly interesting challenge, the human condition is what I "work" with in ministry. Wonderful submissions, and concur with the choice of our judge- youth is, more often than not, where the human condition manifests itself. Congrats Noelm, such a crisp shot with plenty echoes of blue there. Congrats too to Judith-Ann and Retsoor for their respective podium places, and also to my fellow HC Davidwozhere. Thanks for hosting and judging JAK! Fine challenge.


Link Posted 29/05/2019 - 19:41
Hello..... I have been hidden in Scotland....in a cottage by a lake with no internet at all. When the booking was done, we overlooked the possibility that we would not have any. I am sooooooo glad it was. A second place win.... cause it would have been a no responds from me at all! Thank you to our judge, congrats to our first and third place winners.



Link Posted 30/05/2019 - 23:29
Bit behind with this one! That was a hard job judging those, so well done Nigel ! Super topic that made us all think and a variety of interpretations. Belated congratulations to the podiums - and to Noel.
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