Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing hands in the A Sense Of Touch Photo Contest with chances to win a Sigma Lense and more!

"I just couldn't help myself and have quite a few runner ups, but honestly this competition really brought out some amazing work! There was one masterful and artistic image with he paper bird and headpiece I didn't choose only because I just didn't "Feel" the Sense of Touch" being the primary message.  It's a n award worthy image, just not in this theme. there were a couple other I would have included as well but one has to stop somewhere!" - Ron Clifford

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Ron Clifford for his collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. I am an artist, coach, and creative mentor with a unique gift to help unlock the creative ninja that lives inside every person. You could say I really do is explore my world through the connections my camera helps me create – and to help others overcome roadblocks and see blind spots along their own creative journey. I am also an one of the founding Masters (mentors) in the amazing online photography learning platform known as "The Arcanum" as well as being involved in training new mentors joining us on the platform, I have the best job in the world!

Grand Jury Winner

"This competition has so many amazing images!  I really had trouble deciding a "first"  or "Best" image, but I just kept coming back to this one.  When considering winners and runner ups, the first question I ask myself is, "does it fit the them title well?" Do I FEEL "A Sense of Touch"  Equally important after that are technical and artistic merits  and finally, I ask myself is there connection. And this one hit all the benchmarks.  "Sisterly Love" is wonderful image that connects us to a truly precious moment.  This isn't simply a visually beautiful image but it has a strong an emotional connection.  Beautifully composed, beautifully posed and wonderful soft and tasteful processing.  It all comes together to become an award winning photograph." - Ron Clifford

Finalist

"This image goes beyond portraiture and is definitely a well crafter work of art.  The composition, colour tone are excellent and the "Sense of Touch" the girl has with the flowers is strong.  a masterful image!" - Ron Clifford

Runner Up

"A masterful photograph is not simply a strong composition or unique processing.  It goes beyond the medium so that we connect to it on a level that goes beyond the photograph.  This image does that.  The black and white presentation has distilled the image to it's essential elements of craft, passion and "A Sense of Touch"  Well done!" - Ron Clifford

Runner Up

"This image takes an intimate turn to the theme "Sense of Touch".  Well composted and styled image with excellent light and mood. " - Ron Clifford

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"An incredible documentary image of  a man and his craft,  the black and white presentation is ideally suited to the subject.  I would have liked to have seen or understood what he was doing better but I do like the perspective. " - Ron Clifford

Runner Up

"This image is a great example of an image that is telling a story and connecting to the viewer with only the essential elements. The power of this image is in its simplicity. The essential elements and the "Sense of Touch" it conveys." - Ron Clifford

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"A powerful image with a strong "Sense of Touch"  the viewer can feel." - Ron Clifford

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"Who doesn't' feel the "Sense of Touch" in this image of a baby and their Dad.  A beautiful black and white with delicate tones and a mature touch in the processing.  I've seen a lot of image done in this style but this one is so well presented.  Fantastic compositional balance of the subjects among negative space and a peaceful trusting and content mood." - Ron Clifford

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