Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing sun flares in this photo contest in collaboration with friend, professional photographer and ViewBug member Jessica Drossin.

"This was such a fun contest to judge!  First, all of the finalists are very worthy! Such an impressive display of talent! In the end, I decided upon a few guidelines to help me select a winner and honorable mentions among so many terrific entries. I decided to really focus first and foremost on the flare element: Did it feel realistic? Was it an attractive addition? Did it help to focus the viewers attention to something? Was it's placement enhancing to the overall composition?"

Jessica Drossin is an internationally-published, self-taught, fine art portrait photographer based in Los Angeles.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art (Painting), and has worked for video game companies such as Blizzard Entertainment. A professional photographer for five years, she has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Emerging Professional Fine Art Photographer from Digital Photo Pro Magazine.

In case you missed it, check out the Portfolio Interview & Photo Tips Video with Jessica.

Congratulations People's Choice "Brouage, France" by 800ISO

"I love the low light and endless expanse of this image. It feels lush and well-developed. The flare leads my eye to the structure and creek details and works well as a compositional element." - Jessica Drossin

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner "The Pillar" by wolongshan

The Pillar by wolongshan - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"I love the vertically oriented composition in this shot. The gradated tones, cool to warm, leading the eye to the dynamic flare is very nicely done. I really enjoy how the artist has provided both detail and softness in this image, and the monolithic rock feels imbued with some sort of prehistoric magic. The reflection is also very nice, echoing the drama at the top of the image." - Jessica Drossin

Congratulations Runner Up "Last Light" by gerrygroeber

Last Light by gerrygroeber - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"I adore the sun-drenched details in this shot. The flare works wonderfully compositionally to add visual interest to an area that would otherwise be lackluster in comparison to the cloud and landscape details on the right." - Jessica Drossin

Congratulations Runner Up "Gold" by YuliyVasilev

Gold by YuliyVasilev - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"A perfectly named photo, the gorgeously varied warm tones, interrupted by a path seemingly leading the viewer right into the scene -- and towards the flare -- works wonderfully" - Jessica Drossin

Congratulations Runner Up "Above the Fog" by kathykuhn100

Above the Fog by kathykuhn100 - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"What a spectacular flare! The subtle spectrum of color, the far-reaching arms of the flare leading us into different areas of the photo, and the way it is compositionally positioned all works flawlessly." - Jessica Drossin

Congratulations Runner Up "Sunrise in Provence II" by francescovaninetti

Sunrise in Provence II by francescovaninetti - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"I really liked the composition in this shot and how the structure and the flare balance each other on opposite ends of the vibrant field. The soft, warm flare works beautifully with the backlit lavender plant details." - Jessica Drossin

Congratulations Amateur Winner "Sunset in West Virginia" by JeremyMcG

Sunset in West Virginia by JeremyMcG - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Sgwd y pannwr " by jorisj

Sgwd y pannwr  by jorisj - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Mesa Arch" by mikereid_7218

Mesa Arch by mikereid_7218 - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Boundary Lake Sunset" by kootenay_nature_photos

Boundary Lake Sunset by kootenay_nature_photos - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Niagara Falls HDR-12" by schnellerchris

Niagara Falls HDR-12 by schnellerchris - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"untitled" by Qasica

 by Qasica - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Scripps Pier Henge" by tomgessner

Scripps Pier Henge by tomgessner - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Indian Peaks' Eve" by MedicineWalkPhotographer

Indian Peaks

"Lyn and Etta" by MichaelBagleyPhotography

Lyn and Etta by MichaelBagleyPhotography - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Hole in the Wall sunset" by jonharrisphotography

Hole in the Wall sunset by jonharrisphotography - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"AAM_140825_0001-1" by AMontilla

AAM_140825_0001-1 by AMontilla - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Molten Light" by teegar

"Dawn at Woodlands" by Vimukthi-EDGE

Dawn at Woodlands by Vimukthi-EDGE - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"forest colors" by myview84

forest colors by myview84 - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Panorama of Zelenci" by Robalka

Panorama of Zelenci by Robalka - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"End of the Day" by smunited

End of the Day by smunited - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Sunburst Cowboy" by Avi-Avivi

Sunburst Cowboy by Avi-Avivi - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"DSC_2653 small" by ckautzer

DSC_2653 small by ckautzer - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Desert Sunset" by fineartphotography

Desert Sunset by fineartphotography - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Meadow" by loripike

Meadow by loripike - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Riomaggiore - Cinque Terre - Italy" by CedricMayence

Riomaggiore - Cinque Terre - Italy by CedricMayence - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Winter Solstice Sun" by BGillis

Winter Solstice Sun by BGillis - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Fishing with my Best Friend" by MickLoxleyPhotography

Fishing with my Best Friend by MickLoxleyPhotography - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"River and tree final" by aproudlove

River and tree final by aproudlove - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"saltwick sunset" by phillg

saltwick sunset by phillg - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Perennial Red" by martijnvdnat

Perennial Red by martijnvdnat - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Midsummer sunset." by perchristiansen

Midsummer sunset. by perchristiansen - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"West Wycombe Mausoleum at Sunset." by PeteEleyImages

West Wycombe Mausoleum at Sunset. by PeteEleyImages - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"UNDER THE THATCH" by joannegraham

UNDER THE THATCH by joannegraham - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"After surf session" by Katja

After surf session by Katja - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Newport Beach Pier" by Eddie_Yerkish

Newport Beach Pier by Eddie_Yerkish - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Marblehead Lighthouse Winter Sunrise" by Michael_Shake

Marblehead Lighthouse Winter Sunrise by Michael_Shake - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Topsail Sunrise" by LarryGreene

Topsail Sunrise by LarryGreene - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Sun-Shines Through" by craigboehm

Sun-Shines Through by craigboehm - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Awash in the sunrise" by charlespayne

Awash in the sunrise by charlespayne - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Sunrise over the valley" by JPP300

Sunrise over the valley by JPP300 - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Sunlight Entering Forest" by gldosa

Sunlight Entering Forest by gldosa - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"An evening by the beach" by char3105

An evening by the beach by char3105 - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Looking Through Natures Window" by michellemckoy

Looking Through Natures Window by michellemckoy - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Good Afternoon..." by MarvinEvasco17

Good Afternoon... by MarvinEvasco17 - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Sunrise at Mesa Arch" by jamesharrisphoto

Sunrise at Mesa Arch by jamesharrisphoto - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Mesa Arch Sunrise 2 Winter 2012" by jaredweaver

"Tulip Time" by Leon213

Tulip Time by Leon213 - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"The glow of the Sunrise through Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park" by brentmorris

The glow of the Sunrise through Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park by brentmorris - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Lago del Predil" by ManuelFerlitsch

Lago del Predil by ManuelFerlitsch - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Kofa Mountains" by michaelwilson

Kofa Mountains by michaelwilson - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Tree" by PaulHenryStudios

Tree by PaulHenryStudios - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Bombo Kiama " by felipehernandez

Bombo Kiama  by felipehernandez - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Kukaniloko" by jasonmatias

Kukaniloko by jasonmatias - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"La-naranja-mecánica" by josegadea

La-naranja-mecánica by josegadea - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Out in the Fields" by martijnvdnat

Out in the Fields by martijnvdnat - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Sun kissed" by JeffreyA

Sun kissed by JeffreyA - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"All In One" by GigiJim08

All In One by GigiJim08 - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Sunset in Santorine...." by panoslykourgiwtis

Sunset in Santorine.... by panoslykourgiwtis - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Thorup Strand" by olesteffensen

Thorup Strand by olesteffensen - Sun Flares Photo Contest

"Daylight Star" by RichardReames

Daylight Star by RichardReames - Sun Flares Photo Contest