I am intensely happy to continue to be selected as winners & being listed along with great photographers in the monthly competition on Betterphoto website. My two images were selected as finalist & were resulted in winners in the January 2011 monthly contest
. The image "Staring Girl" was selected in the category People
whereas "The Boy & The Bicycle" was selected in the category "Nature & Landscapes
As a very popular competition this month too it was having a lot entries as 17200. It is really wonderful experience having my two images at second place along with top 10 winners at second place in each category.
This image was captured at Maheshwar. She was selling flowers on the Ghat of river Narmada. I was eager to get her portrait but she was a little bit shy. I convinced her if she doesn't like the image I will delete it in front of her, that helped me to get a pose from her. Her face is having very dry skin because of cold though her eyes are having a warm smile as on little bit lips. The earlier version was a color it was selected as finalist but not as a winner. Recently this black & White version was published on 1X.com
so I thought to give a try again on betterphoto & fortunately this time it was selected as winner.
The Boy & Bicycle:
This image is taken in a field on a winter morning. The sunlight was filtering through the leaves of a mango tree & due to fog resulting into nice sunbeams.
Intimation From the site administrator:
2/11/2011 Photographer Nilesh J. Bhange of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, has won Second Place for January in the prestigious photography contest sponsored by BetterPhoto.com, the site's founder, Jim Miotke, announced Friday.
More than 17200 entries were submitted to the online photography contest, which attracted contestants from around the world and featured 10 separate categories. Bhange's stunning image, "The Boy & Bicycle", garnered top honors after being submitted in the Nature & Landscapes category. Bhange's stunning image, "Staring Girl", garnered top honors after being submitted in the People category. All of the winning images can be viewed at BetterPhoto.com's contest page: http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/winners/1101.asp The contest is conducted each month. Categories include Nature and Landscapes, Animals, People, Elements of Design, Digital Darkroom, Travel and Place, Flowers, Details and Macro, Catch-All, and Monthly Theme. Judging is performed by a panel of professional photographers.