Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing a collection of leaves and plants in the Fabulous Foliage Photo Contest in collaboration with NANPA!

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Brenda Tharp for her collaboration as a guest judge. Brenda Tharp has spent the past 30 years honing her artistic vision and skills. Her nature and travel photographs appear in a variety of magazines, books, ads, and brochures, for clients that include British Gas, Chronicle, Chicago Natural History Museum, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, National Park Service and Sierra Club, to name a few. Her fine art prints are sold through interior designers and gallery events. Brenda has written many articles on photography for print and online magazines including Apogee, Nature Photographer, and Outdoor Photographer. Her popular book “Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography” is in its third printing.

Grand Jury Winner

"This image has such impact! I’m glad the photographer put the horizon just above dead center in the frame, to add a little more emphasis to the water reflection. The swans were a great touch - how lucky! This captures the quintessential feeling of a waterfront village in Autumn’s splendor. I makes me want to be there now!!" - Brenda Tharp

Runner Up

"This is a peaceful scene, and I like the shutter speed for this flowing water. The low point of view invites me into the scene. The leaves on the rocks make me feel that it’s ‘deep Autumn’, and the soft color palette adds to that" - Brenda Tharp

Runner Up

"This was such a fun and creative idea with a dog that worked for the colors! My dog wouldn’t have…I love how we see her face first, and then suddenly realize her paws are not leaves! Fun. I would eliminate that one white paw, though, as it works so well with just her face and two front paws!" - Brenda Tharp

Runner Up

"Creative idea, I like the low angle and the leaves in mid-air. The selective focus adds impact and the whole thing has a nice autumn feel - even what she’s wearing adds to that feeling. Whether this was a composite or a straight shot, it works." - Brenda Tharp

Amateur Winner

"The starburst through the leaves adds a nice touch to this pleasant Autumn scene. I like how the trees repeat down the line of the path. A welcoming suburban scene." - Brenda Tharp

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