Thank you to all the photographers that shared their distorted photos in this photo contest made possible by Focal Press and LensbabyFocal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for over 75 years. We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: audio, film and digital video production, photography and digital imaging, animation, broadcast, theatre and web design. We are committed to publishing high quality books filled with practical hands-on information, dealing with cutting-edge and converging technologies from the experts in the field. Lensbaby is a Portland, Oregon based manufacturer of award-winning Creative Effects SLR and mirrorless camera lenses. Lensbaby lenses are the brainchild of Craig Strong, a professional photographer turned inventor who launched the Lensbaby company in 2004.

A special mention to professional photographer Corey Hilz for his collaboration as a guest judge. Corey is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. He is a published author and his work is seen in magazines, books and calendars, as well as in art galleries. He leads workshops to locations in the United States and abroad. Corey has written six books, including two books on digital workflow and the first book dedicated to Lensbaby.

MrPhoto1
Grand Jury Winner

"The use of distortion in this photograph lends a remarkable sense of movement, particularly against the dreamlike backdrop. The selective details--the clarity of the bird’s face and right wing amidst the surrounding frenzy--and blue-gray tones are striking in their subtlety . Congratulations on an excellent achievement!" - Corey Hilz

hcherdon
Runner Up

"It is amazing how this images makes you feel as if you were in the water right next to the frog, seeing the world through it’s waterlogged eyes. The shot is vivid and real and allows us to explore a new world by revealing more underwater than above." - Corey Hilz

timot78
Runner Up

"The mixture of textures and light in this photograph is so stimulating it is difficult to look away before becoming hypnotized. The simplicity of the subjects combined with the element of distortion work so well together it  makes this masterful shot seem easy." - Corey Hilz

Congratulations to all the finalists shown below!

DaphneAkon
Finalist
geomad
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cykdchong
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SamanthaMoodyPhotography
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JohnHPhotography
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williamjames
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laurenstanley
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susankay
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douglasdrouin
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CreativeDragon
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ShawnSaumell
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bevtan
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joemartz
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alexandrajames
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selmansenturk
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ianmarshall
People's Choice