Thank you to all the photographers that participated in the Beauty In Ruins Photo Contest, sharing their best photos showing ruins and old buildings. Congratulations to the winners and finalists, and a special round of applause for the Grand Jury Winner who wins a Bower SLY14VDC Super-Wide 14mm T/3.1 Digital Cine Lens.

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Dr. Jason P. Odell for his collaboration as a guest judge. Dr. Jason P. Odell is a professional photographer and educator from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jason specializes in photographing wildlife, landscape, and creative urban subjects. He has authored over 20 comprehensive photography guides and video tutorials, including guides to Nikon's Capture NX, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Nik Plug-ins. Jason's photography has been featured by Nik Software, Tiffen, Studio Photography Magazine, Wildlife Photographic Magazine, Singh- Ray Filters, and Digital Silver Imaging.

Grand Jury Winner

"I love the dramatic setting of this photograph, but what really sets it apart is the magnificent lighting amongst the ruins. The leading lines in the composition further draw your eye right into the warmly lit subject, making this an impressive entry indeed." - Dr. Jason P. Odell

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"This photograph is delightfully creepy. Between the decaying walls detritus strewn about, e place feels haunted. The light at the end of the hallway, however, seems to beckon the viewer to a safer place." - Dr. Jason P. Odell

Runner Up

"I enjoyed how this image is a literal interpretation of the "Beauty inRuins" theme. We're not sure if the model is arriving or departing, but there's a sense of darkness that makes you wonder who or what she may be leaving behind. " - Dr. Jason P. Odell

Runner Up

"What struck me most about this image was its splendid simplicity. The chair actually looks almost too nice to be in a place of ruin. The window light and monochrome treatment are absolutely wonderful and draw your eye perfectly to the subject." - Dr. Jason P. Odell

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"I love that this shot incorporates a dramatic long-exposure/time lapse technique to deliver a dynamic sense of motion above the old building. The clouds look like they are virtually exploding from behind the building, and the hint of stars lets us know that this is a night time capture." - Dr. Jason P. Odell

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