Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best portraits showing a dramatic use of light in this photo in collaboration with Good Light! Mag with chances to win great prizes. Good Light! Magazine shows you how to use simple and reliable lighting setups in order to return from your shoot with awesome photographs. It features videos with tips and tricks.

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Michael Zelbel for his collaboration as a guest judge. Michael Zelbel is an amateur photographer operating a photo studio in Duesseldorf. On his photography blog SmokingStrobes.com and in his eBook The Art of Boudoir Photography he shows lighting setups enabling amateurs to shoot professional glamour and boudoir photos. Besides that he is the main tutor in his photographer coaching club ProPortfolioClub.com and he publishes the quarterly Good Light! Magazine for photography.

Grand Jury Winner

"Very surreal piece of art. Breathtaking portrait of the model with a super long neck. It captures the viewer’s attention, it’s visually surprising and it’s entertaining. It’s reduced to the minimum: Black and white, model isolated on a round gray gradient. Just one dash of light is hitting the models perfect face. Very dramatic. Awesome technique: The hair is sulhuetted against the gray background. This allows the artist to blend in the liquid ink effect in a believable way." - Michael Zelbel

Runner Up

"Great example for drama in a photo. “So cold” works through perfect story telling. The model model is pulling up his collar in a snowy winter night. Visually the viewer immediately understands what is going on: It’s snowing, the subject's hair, eyebrows and beard are freezing and his face is getting red while his lips turn blue. So he pulls up his collar to get a bit warmer. But looking a bit closer there are three things that stand out: The face of the model looks perfect, as if the scene was prepared for a Hollywood movie. The subject is perfectly sharp, he is frozen. At the same time the snow is motion blurred, it’s falling. The whole scene happens on a perfect diffuse blue, foggy background. It perfectly isolates the model. Nothing distracts from the core message: Freezing man in the snow. Well done!" - Michael Zelbel

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