"First off, kudos to all the wonderful and varied submissions. Everyone made me proud and reinforced to me (yet again) why I love this particular approach so much." - Alan Shapiro

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their creative and mysterious portraits with chances to win a professional studio lighting kit and more. Making a great image is more then just pressing the shutter... you need to feel it from the heart. A big thank you to guest judge and Award winning, New York based Pro Photographer, Alan Shapiro.  Watch our conversation with Alan and Discover what Alan is looking for in a winning image!

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner "Child Forever" by 800ISO

"This image captures a  moments that represents a delightful "universal truth” for me. There is power in the composition and the interaction between subject and prop that is wonderfully reinforced with the dramatic lighting. The negative space allows me to take in the moment without distraction and fully appreciate the thoughts going through the subject’s mind. This image made me smile huge and want to go for a long, winding, high speed drive (albeit in a very fast BMW rather than a Porsche.) No midlife crisis for me. Just a huge standing ovation to all the entrants and most notably to 800ISO for sharing their wonderful images" - Alan Shapiro

Congratulations Runner Up "Sprinkling" by ricardowilliams

Sprinkling by ricardowilliams - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Self portraits are their own unique challenge. Doing them with liquid even more so. The intensity of Ricardo’s gaze coupled with the clarity of the water (at least I hope it’s water) makes this a genuinely stunning image." - Alan Shapiro

Congratulations Runner Up "PA260242-2rap" by robertpuig

PA260242-2rap by robertpuig - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"I was hard pressed to choose an overall winner between this and my ultimate choice. I smiled huge when I saw this image as it stood out dramatically in the field of more traditional portraits. The monochrome processing reinforces the eeriness and mystery of the underwater environment and allows my mind to wander to all that lies past our subject (insert theme from “Jaws” here). The darkness of the snorkel mask adds additional drama and mystery to this wonderful image." - Alan Shapiro

Congratulations Amateur Winner "hard day at the office" by Shinegonzalvez

"A classic head on approach beautifully processed to maximize the subject’s interaction with the photographer. Establishing a raport with your subject is so very important as a skill. Being ready to catch what happens in between is equally important." - Alan Shapiro

Congratulations People's Choice"ace" by ardeleanantonio

ace by ardeleanantonio - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"From The Shadows" by garryrosenfeldt

From The Shadows by garryrosenfeldt - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"IMG_0088 Old Man by Window Light" by Pinhole

IMG_0088 Old Man by Window Light by Pinhole - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"B&W all woman" by martinclement

B&W all woman by martinclement - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"In the shadows" by MatsGunnarssonPhotography

In the shadows by MatsGunnarssonPhotography - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"SPS_7996b" by JudiD

SPS_7996b by JudiD - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Self_2048" by FulvioChiari

Self_2048 by FulvioChiari - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"cayablog_22" by joaquimGoncalves

"Harry" by hotpixel

Harry by hotpixel - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"untouchable" by louisloizidesmitsu

untouchable by louisloizidesmitsu - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"_36A5116-Edit-2" by Migflyer

The Boss by StuXD1 - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"From the Shadows" by awlecroy

From the Shadows by awlecroy - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Light curves in the dark" by christopherstavrinides

"winter blues" by JeffChandler

winter blues by JeffChandler - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Low Key portrait" by augydelara

Low Key portrait by augydelara - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Simply Paula" by viven

Simply Paula by viven - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"untitled" by HectorRivera

71799_558592564151123_1696962699_n by HectorRivera - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Oil and Water" by mikehudson_4920

"" The Sage "" by ronmcginnis

" The Sage " by ronmcginnis - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Forgotten Britain" by kizziemurray

Forgotten Britain by kizziemurray - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Melancholy" by MCsaba

Melancholy by MCsaba - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"2015-06-17_05-56-08" by paulkennedyphotography

2015-06-17_05-56-08 by paulkennedyphotography - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Holly Inspires_" by Owlphoto

"Street Portrait" by vascotrancoso

Street Portrait by vascotrancoso - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Grandpa" by Eric-Coehoorn

"Paul Haynes Photographer" by paulhaynes

Paul Haynes Photographer by paulhaynes - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Steven B&W" by Deftonesfiend

Steven B&W by NickLarsonPhotography - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Low key (1)" by lorenzsprotofski-kuipers

"Portrait" by paulhamblin

Portrait by paulhamblin - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Mariel" by ianjamesphotography

Mariel by ianjamesphotography - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"reborn" by zetlog

"Grief" by halodmc

Grief by halodmc - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Frekles" by majatopcagic

Frekles by majatopcagic - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Ann" by miketlim

Ann by miketlim - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Looking out of the shadows" by rosemarieedwards

Looking out of the shadows by rosemarieedwards - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Fog Mistress" by teegar

""Illuminata"" by marcogabbuggiani

 by marcogabbuggiani - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Intrique" by VHiggins

Intrique by VHiggins - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"gumshoe" by earlwyant

gumshoe by earlwyant - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Study in the Dark" by Mickey-Goose

Study in the Dark by FascinatinMickey - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"***" by usachevalexander

*** by usachevalexander - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Nick Friess Portrait" by RobertGaines

Nick Friess Portrait by RobertGaines - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Jack's son 01" by nellycarr

Jack

"Chandra Back" by rreens

Chandra Back by rreens - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Petra girl" by louiemusa

Petra girl by louiemusa - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Freckles" by DanielWemyss

Freckles by DanielWemyss - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Watchful Eye" by JPP300

Watchful Eye by JPP300 - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"from the shadows" by rajmaks

from the shadows by Michal-Chowaniak - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Morning" by alenpasalic

Morning by alenpasalic - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Diede" by NinderryStudios

Diede by NinderryStudios - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Batten Down the Hatches_3" by anikamolnar

Batten Down the Hatches_3 by anikamolnar - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Kiara" by kalpachev

Kiara by kalpachev - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"SALUTE" by nikosladic

SALUTE by nikosladic - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Passion" by billndotnet

Passion by billndotnet - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Eva III" by Riot23

Eva III by Riot23 - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"My Back" by WillG

"Hollywood Glam" by Jacques_Le_Roux

Hollywood Glam by Jacques_Le_Roux - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Self-portrait" by klapouch

Self-portrait by klapouch - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"untitled" by keithpersall

 by KeithPer - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"Sanja Balan" by photos287

 by photos_t - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest

"***" by katarzynamwiskajaboska

*** by katarzynamwiskajaboska - Emerging From Shadows Photo Contest