Capturing the Moment is about a gesture, an expression, a ball in the net, a whale breaching, like Marilyn Monroe’s skirt flying up or Alfred Eisenstaedt’s image of a kiss between a soldier and nurse in Times Square. Moments in all forms are the true core of photography, and this book will explain how to anticipate them, recognize them, choose them, and capture them, through the eyes and wisdom of award-winning International photographer and celebrated author Michael Freeman. Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos in this photo contest made possible by our friends at Focal Press.

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Michael Freeman for his collaboration as a guest judge. Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer with over 40 years of experience shooting for a vast number of editorial clients, notably the Smithsonian magazine, Time-Life Books and National Geographic. He has over 100 books published around the world, with over three million in print, including the best-selling The Photographer’s Eye.

"A difficult selection to make, even from this tight shortlist, as there are many strong contenders. An excellent overall level of imagery, almost all of it addressing the idea of a captured moment with precision. Perhaps it’s no surprise that wildlife photographers seem so well represented here, because moment is crucial to that genre. I must confess a longing to have seen at least one or two candid images of people, however." - Michael Freeman

Grand Jury Winner

"Almost painfully spot-on. A precise, if violent and (for the victim) tragic moment. Focus, capture speed, lighting, composition, and the contortion of limbs all combine to make an image that, even on the first rapid, flick-through, shouted out. A natural." - Michael Freeman

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"Not, of course, the first picture of a bear fishing, but the graphic moment is exquisite. Like the hand signs that some cameramen make when they’re framing a shot, the angle of the jaws and the bent body of the fish together make a striking and unexpected shape—not at all what anyone would imagine if asked to describe such a moment." - Michael Freeman

Runner Up

"More violence in the world of animals, but impossible to ignore or leave this shot out of a selection. I want to know more about what was happening, what had provoked this and how long it had been going on for—all signs of a picture that catches the imagination as well as the eye." - Michael Freeman

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