A big thank you to all the photographers that participated in the compositions 101 photo contest for a chance to win a in Canon EOS 70D or Nikon D5300 camera. This contest was part of our Earth First Contest Series. Here at ViewBug we love our amazing planet. In order to minimize our impact we're proud to present the Earth First contest series, which awards top-end gear that was lovingly used by another creative individual. Providing high-quality, pre-owned prizes puts less strain on the planet, and allows us to offer even bigger prizes. Classic win win!

A big thank you for guest judge Lisa Langell, Lisa is a multi-award-winning wildlife photographer with an international following. She is known for her signature wildlife images that artfully capture breathtaking, split-second moments. Her images evoke both a visual and emotional connection for the viewer, offering not just a photograph—but an intimate experience with nature. Lisa’s artwork has earned recognition and awards from the National Wildlife Federation, North American Nature Photographer’s Association, Professional Photographer’s Association, Arizona Highways, and more.

Grand Jury Winner

"When great leading lines, beautiful use of light, contrast, motion, and diagonals coincide with texture, color and energy....well you get a spectacular winning image! The viewer’s eye is taken everywhere in the image, but in a logical, sequential and pleasing journey. This composition allows the viewers eye to travel well throughout it, repeatedly. The stopping points are intentional and well positioned. The use of light, lens distortion, contrast and exposure helps the viewer’s eye make this journey effortlessly. I loved everything about the composition of this image image, the processing, and smart exposure needed to take this to the next level. It’s sharp, masterfully composed, and deserves the title of winner in this incredibly competitive competition full of excellent images." - Lisa Langell

Runner Up

"Use of light and contrast is incredibly important in a strong image. The textures of the water (I believe) flowing behind the subject add interest and a wonderful backdrop to this subject. The positioning of the man, his hat, head, body, coat and leg movement (especially with the slightly blurred feet) is truly perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. The placement of this subject just outside the rule of thirds creates a bit of extra tension that I personally love. I love the low‐key look and feeling it all creates. It has a story, and a highly evocative feeling about it that only well‐composed images can create. I love its simplicity and drama so much. This image definitely deserves to be a top image in this competition full of very worthy images." - Lisa Langell

People's Choice

"This image caught my eye immediately. Impact and composition are tightly related and this image has both in spades! The braided roots of the trees lend beautiful diagonal lines, texture and an entire experience alone for the viewer! In addition, the tree trunks framing either side of the image provide a clever composition with Mount Hood (I believe) in the background. It is a wonderful composition that truly represents Oregon. The title and image go well together, too (I always love smart titles.) The processing is also excellent because the photographer’s choice of light and contrast placement illustrates masterful skill in how he/she prefers the viewer’s eye to travel through the image. The touches of light on the roots do not overpower the mountain. Rather, they offer perfect balance between the two. I love this image. It’s original and not only represents excellent composition, but beautiful fine art photography. It deserves a top placing in this very competitive competition." - Lisa Langell

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