Coexist Photo Contest Winners Announced

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos showing people and animals sharing our planet in this innovative and creative photo contest. A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Gino Barasa for his collaboration as a guest judge. Gino Barasa in an Austin Texas based photographer who loves stretching the truth with his work. He borrows from reality and uses it to create stunning images of the familiar.

’ll start by letting you know what was going through my head as I was trying to choose the images that would make up the finalists.

#1 is always going to be emotion. A great image is one that has nothing in it to distract me from the emotion and the story that it is telling.

#2 – The processing. Heavy handed processing is one of the things that distracts from an otherwise good image. Good post processing shouldn’t be easy to pick off.  If I can tell where you dodged or burned an image, that’s not good.

#3 – Organicness. I am not sure that is even a word, but I’m looking for images that seem real and authentic and not too staged.  I know that we stage a lot of our images, but they shouldn’t LOOK staged.

#4 – If you really feel the need to watermark your images, do it in such a way as that it doesn’t detract from it. There was one image in this batch that I really liked a lot, but there was a humongous watermark right over the main image and that ruined the image for me.

So with that in mind, in no particular order, here are the images that made me look at them longer.

“home2030″ by louisekellieskorpil

“Natures beauty” by robbuttle

“IMG_2252 copy” by nakul

“Butterfly on Baby’s Foot” by btrot60

“Dirty Paws” by brianamorris

“josie & max 20 6 13 x1400″ by rachelstandring

“Baby’s Best Friend” by GingerGeorge

“Eyes On” by SeeVee

“Simple Act Of Kindness” by juliebowser

“Making Friends ” by Hippie22

“Snail” by sarahdarvill

“Spring Babies” by lisaholloway

“The Parting” by JessicaDrossin

“Sadhu and Monkey” by antonjankovoy

“Best Friends” by neilbarr

“Violette and Peeps” by skyelightphotography

These were the images that made me stop and look again. There were others that were really good, but the huge, distracting, horribly placed watermark got them ousted. Some had really good ideas but the processing was too obvious for me. One image in particular “Angels Among Us” by Spider1987 was a really cool image, but this contest is about people and animals sharing the planet, and this image seemed more about the “angel bubbles” than anything else. Very cool image, but what is story of this image? That the diver was fortunate to have an angel bubble with him to keep him safe from the shark? I ended up spending as much time thinking about that than looking at the image.

So of the final images that I pulled out and listed which ones really stood out for me?

“Natures beauty” by robbuttle (a girl, a bear, and a butterfly)

“IMG_2252 copy” by nakul (2 camels, the sun and a dude)

“Butterfly on Baby’s Foot” by btrot60 (Just like it sounds)

“Simple Act Of Kindness” by juliebowser (a guy and some birds)

“Making Friends ” by Hippie22 (a thumb and Yoda)

“The Parting” by JessicaDrossin (a boy and his rabbit)

“Best Friends” by neilbarr (a man and his dog)

“Violette and Peeps” by skyelightphotography (A girl and her chicken)

All of these images caught my eye and held up under scrutiny. They started a story in my head just by looking at them, and there was nothing in the images that distracted me away from them.

All of these could have easily been the winner depending on who the judge was of the contest and what internal baggage he or she brought to the party.  But this is a contest, I was the judge, so I must pick a winner!

Congratulations Amateur Winner “Best Friends” by neilbarr

“Great image. What a view. The way the dog is looking attentively at his owner really took this image to the next level. Great story and subtle processing.” – Gino Barasa

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “The Parting” by JessicaDrossin

“Talk about telling a story! What is happening here? The title seems to suggest that the bunny is going down the rabbit hole and leaving the boy behind for some reason.  But why? Whatever the reason the boy doesn’t seem to think it’s a good one. What a look on his face! The image itself has a bit of a timeless feel to it. The oversized shirt, the ragged hair and nothing else in the image to tell you what time period this takes place. There is a watermark, but it’s not slammed in the middle of the image and it’s not so big or bright that it detracts from the image. The lighting is perfect and the processing is invisible, which is how it should be. Great Story. Great emotion. Great Image!” – Gino Barasa

Congratulations Runner Up “Violette and Peeps” by skyelightphotography

“Every time I looked at this one a smile broke out on my face. I couldn’t help it! Everything about this image was so well done.” – Gino Barasa

Congratulations Runner Up “Natures beauty” by robbuttle

“I really liked this image quite a bit. The butterfly seemed a little sharper than the girl even though they have the same relative DOF, so that made me wonder if it was photoshopped in, but since I couldn’t tell I had to give the photographer credit that it was an actual moment caught on film, or pixels I suppose, and what a great moment.” – Gino Barasa 

Congratulations People’s Choice “Tsaatan Woman and Reindeer” by Doka

“DSC_0050a Chloe & Jerry” by nikki8

“home2030″ by louisekellieskorpil

“Freedom” by joannagalant

“Whats over there?” by marktaylor-flynn

“Summer Vacation” by FromTheHighCountry

“IMG_2252 copy” by nakul

“Butterfly on Baby’s Foot” by btrot60

“A walk on the beach at Sunset” by Cherylnestico

“Dirty Paws” by brianamorris

“josie & max 20 6 13 x1400″ by rachelstandring

“The Cowboy and His Horse” by tjambga

“untitled” by ChelseaMoonCrazy

“Baby’s Best Friend” by GingerGeorge

“Co-Exist” by FotoflyStudio

“Puppy Love” by EricMcIntyre

“First Meeting” by christywallrichberry

“Daisies for the Horses” by kateobrien

“Eyes On” by SeeVee

“Horse-rider-in-river” by lucidimages

“Simple Act Of Kindness” by juliebowser

“Making Friends ” by Hippie22

“Little Bunny Foo Foo 1b” by Crematia18

“Horses and humans ” by IrisBergmann

“Snail” by sarahdarvill

“The dogs and me.” by ashrafmansour

“Out for a Walk” by mmunksgard

“0O1A1478″ by kesdarwin

“best friends” by alanalee

“Kaiser” by vikkirogers

“Spring Babies” by lisaholloway

“High Five” by SaraHadenfeldt

“Sweet Embrace” by ElenaParaskeva

“Meeting in the woods” by Ethos

“Happiness” by Hestefotograf

“At One With Nature” by adrianmurray

“precious moments” by Iwona

“Magic Garden” by Giddeyupimages

“Always by Your Side” by tinekeziemer

“Love Squared” by jennifersummer

“They Lived To See The Dawn” by sarahallegra

“Kisses for Kids” by suzymead

“Boy’s best friend” by JamieLawsonPhotography

“Sadhu and Monkey” by antonjankovoy

“IMG_5981-c” by jharris582

“The Monk and the Tiger” by wenchejostad

“Bonding Time…” by MarvinEvasco17

“The Lion and the Lamb” by Annelisenicolephotography

“Donnybrook Farm – 6″ by jpshirley

“friendship” by Andreamartinphoto

“Puppy Kisses !” by MikeW

“Angels Among Us” by Spider1987

The Outdoors Photo Contest Winner

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing the beauty of the outdoors in this photo contest with chances to win a Nikon D5300 with 18-55mm VR Lens and more. Meet the first in an exciting new generation of Wi-Fi® enabled*, ultra-high-resolution Nikon HDSLRs: the D5300. With built-in Wi-Fi for photo sharing to your smartphone or tablet, GPS and mapping, a cutting edge 24.2-megapixel image sensor, an extra-large swiveling Vari-angle LCD and more, D5300 brings an outstanding new level of image quality and capabilities in a compact, ergonomic design.

A special thanks to the photographers that helped us find the following winners and some of the most popular photos by voting for their favorite submissions. Stay tuned for the upcoming inspiring photo contests.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “Spa Pool” by mchutton

Congratulations Amateur Winner “All Alone On The Mountain” by some1sangel

“Wheat Field” by joshcremer

“Lake Louise Sunset, AB, Canada” by zquentin

“untitled-1-4″ by brianb

“Rozel Kansas Tornado” by LorraineMahoney

“Umhlanga pier” by Alannixon

“Fall’s Highway To Heaven” by mwilson_mwphotography

“Eaton Park Tree Line 14/11/14″ by mushroomgodmat

“Tree on the Moor” by scottanderson

“Bombo Kiama Space Rocks” by felipehernandez

“Mystic Morning” by CoreyAnthonyPhotography

“Brainard Lake Colorado” by debcoimages

“Dawn at Woodlands” by Vimukthi-EDGE

“Núpsstaður” by AndreasMurauer

“Swinging Sun” by ManuelWieler

“Endless Dreams” by ManuelFerlitsch

“Maroon Bells” by ninapritikinzale

“Virgin Creek Falls” by jeffehlers

“Let Loose” by andreaevans

“Halnaker tunnel” by leecarpenter

“Antelope-Canyon” by Globetrottingturk

“dune rise” by tra rader

“Durdle Door” by jonnywilliams

“Peace” by hzdisciple

“Trollstigen” by Tiziano

“Alpine Heaven” by martinrosenkranz

“The last moments of light” by AndreaPapaleo

“on fire” by fredericas

“The mantoline and the Shipwreck. ” by panoslykourgiwtis

“Full Moon at Waldo #1″ by GHorsfall

“Lighning over Cathedral Valley” by allen

“Cayman Brac” by JoeGudin

“the mountain” by johnphillips

“Good morning Sunshine” by jodibilske

“snowy pine” by fred_fiii

“The Road” by dlos

“r. Reut” by Bolucevschi

“Rusky Mist (1)” by KarlWilliamsPhotography

“Under the Tuscan Sun” by moharrim

“Kylesku Rainbow” by Badgrandad

“‘Vibrancy on the Hill'” by Lorise

“bw seascape” by teddydomagalski

“Home sweet Home” by craigboehm

“Sedona Night Sky” by ShutterSpeak

“Skogarfoss” by stuarthowarth

“Yosemite National Park” by davidbaker

“Without Words” by Ginger_Snaps

“Manarola sunset” by PhotoLeone

“DSC_0148-2″ by miguelgrandes

“Fairy Pools” by charliedavidson

“The Burn of Sorrows” by jimslight

“Foggy Sunrise” by Yasothye_Muniandy

“One Tree” by danielleminer

“Goblet of Fire” by ulisessandoval

“Morning dreams…” by kbrowko

“Trotternish Peninsular” by Vemsteroo

“Rakotzbrücke 2″ by dustpixxByFabioAntenore

“Amazing Sky, South Tufa” by stevealbano

“Tidal Reflection Serenity” by MRRogers

“Fall Mood” by olehenrikskjelstad

“Polar Night” by Raagoon

“Swansea Bay” by chrisgale

“Sunset in the hills” by gregsinclair

“New Zealand – Balloons over Lake Matheson” by jacobsurland

“4N9C3681″ by DaniLefrancois

“The Roaring Sea” by darkreid

“Extra Smooth” by chriscoetzee

“Sunny Days” by Silversldr

“Colorless Palouse Falls” by joelk1983

“Rest Bay, Porthcawl, South Wales” by davidpstephens

“Durdle Door” by mstansfield

“Sebastiani vineyard. ” by leetomkow

“Lake Bled, Slovenia – Landscape” by TDwyer06

“Misty morning waiting for the deer.” by btcphotography

“Welcome to Smith 2″ by paulcarew

VIP Members Photo Contest Winner Revealed

Thank you to all the VIP members that shared their best photos in the VIP only photo contest. Any ViewBug member can become a VIP member and get rewarded. Collect points based on your actions and achievements, learn more in the Reward Points page. This is a collection of the top images selected among all the entries, congratulations to all the finalists shown below and to the winners!

Brian MacKenzie
Grand Jury Winner

Hali Sowle
Runner Up

wade Grassedonio
Runner Up

Harvey Jewett
Runner Up

Iwona Podlasińska

John Lockie

Ceri Jones

Anna Phillips

Ncp Cov

Eric Criswell

Brian Norman

John Rivera

Louanne Morton Deerkop

Dbart Art

Sergio Vindas

Jean-Philippe Castonguay

Lee Acaster

Jennifer MacNeill Traylor


Cats Being Cats Photo Contest Winner

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing cats in this photo contest with chances to win a SanDisk Extreme Plus 32GB, an Exclusive Interview and more!

A special thanks to the photographers that helped us find the following winner and some of the most popular photos by voting for their favorite submissions. Stay tuned for more cool photo contests coming soon.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “The Cat’s (Not) Out of the Bag” by emxsee

Congratulations People’s Choice “Kitten” by StephanieStafford_Photog

“Exotic shorthair kitten” by Anna_Walton

“Kittens on Couch” by tmyers924

“Waiting” by GMLLazarus

“Noah” by paulbarson

“Fence Eyes” by Bogiebroph

“Pusska” by lucasdavies

“Cat attack” by TurnipTowers

” Angel eyes ” by buckskins15

“playtime haroun” by andrewmarttila

“He’s got the look” by Irene_van_Nunen

“Accepting the Comforts” by Merma1d

“79a99ab8616148452da25040d8cda6b49efa998d” by momasko

“Staring at the sun” by johnfrostbiteslettjord

“Artistic Cat” by robbyticknor

“Are the Kids Gone Yet” by coolcameragirl

“Rat Cat” by Billyboy

“The cat from the balcony” by kelemenbali99

“Bath Time” by DianeT


“Roman Cat” by Kuck04

“Peek” by kmossop

“Lazy Day” by Mopani

“Orange” by Joedyg

“Jumping cat” by tracymunson

“Charlie’s New Home” by lynniroberts

“Pallas Cat” by Stephen_Lavery

“feline love” by brittafroehling

“Curiosity killed the cat” by monolumia

“Kitten” by Cbries

“Hovering cat!” by Jane_Bjerkli

“Let’s Play” by BobL73

“IMG_2901 copy” by JamieLawsonPhotography

“IMG_8244″ by chrisgale

“First Hunt” by suzymead

“2” by tranini

“050412-006 Tijger-sfx-v2-2″ by willemkuijpers

“Peak” by galinasimphoto

“So sleepy” by gg91

“DSC_0427.jpg” by ErikB

“Bug in the Lamp” by rinkarnatz

“Her Own iPad” by Dfreid

“Kitten and shoe” by annaphillips

“Curious Cat” by chriscoetzee

“Curiosity” by Henrik_Spranz

“Fall Cat – Re edited” by nightrose0087

“First Snow” by CasaBay_Photo

“cousins farm” by stuarthingston

“No Hankie No Hassle” by rachelstandring

“Serene” by VictorySong

“IMG_5335-c” by jharris582

“untitled” by albertoghizzipanizza

“Luna” by lisaholloway

“download-11″ by LittleSkullPhotography

“Hamish” by Craigwww

“I am gonna get you! (1)” by SylwiaUrbaniak

“_DSC6621_20_19″ by AllenHrenyk

“Cat On The Mat” by Arch

“Stimpy” by CeeJay

“Puss in Black” by CreativeGaz

“Smile Zoe Smile” by Nishant-101

“Intentions” by lanatolle

“Black “Panther”” by PhotoKyn

“The Cat” by mikaelsundberg

“Kitten in a Jar” by genelinzy

“I want to talk to you privately.” by julianlynch

“Felix!” by AdrianUrse

“Aquascope” by Radu

“Green Eyes, Vancouver” by beyond_the_prism

“Smudge” by petelaw7

“sisters” by ardy-B