Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos using shadows as the main aspect in the composition in the Composing with Shadows Photo Contest with chances to win an Apple Watch and more!

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Jason Matias for his collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Matias is an internationally published photographer who sells his fine art landscapes to clients and collectors around the world. Through mindfulness and introspection he has narrowed his creative expression to an idea he calls “Comfortable Isolation.” He finds inspiration from the great painters of the Renaissance, Hudson Valley, and American Southwest movements and his goal is to blur the lines between photography and art.. His favorite lesson when leading workshops is helping photographers find their voice. "Finding you voice is everything," he says.

People's Choice

Grand Jury Winner

"This photo by Luka is an immediate standout for me. What I was looking for when evaluating all the photos was an image that took the use of shadow to the next level. I was looking for images that didn’t just ‘have’ shadows, but used them as well. Luka didn’t only compose this image with the shadow in mind, but told a story as well. The color and tone of this image are very well done, as well, and the all the element align to create a very well thought out composition." - Jason Matias

Runner Up

"This untitled photo by Marek made me stop and feel happy. There is such as sense of wonder in it. I am guessing that this is a composite but it is so well done that it is only a guess. The use of the shadow expertly brings the elements together. The body language, something that feels like subtle wonder, is perfect for the story here as well." - Jason Matias

Runner Up

"This photo has a great ‘sense of place’ to me. It is grounded: the character is confidently right where he should be. It speaks of a journey at the same time: a road to travel, a destination out of sight. The use of shallow depth of field and leading lines gives the photograph room for the eye to travel while the X in the shadow gives the eye a definite starting place and root to come back to time and again. " - Jason Matias

Amateur Winner

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