Thank you to all the photographers that participated in the Family Fun Photo Contest in collaboration with SIGMA, sharing their best family photos. Congratulations to the winners and finalists, and a special round of applause for the Grand Jury Winner who wins a Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM | C lens.

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer David FitzSimmons for his collaboration as a guest judge. David FitzSimmons is a photographer and writer whose works have appeared in Shutterbug, Popular Photography & Imaging, and Ohio regional publications. David is currently at work on two books, Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools (Kent State University Press, 2010) and Waterfalls of Ohio. His landscape images have appeared on postcards and a variety of calendars, including many by industry-leader, BrownTrout.

Grand Jury Winner

"What an extraordinary outpouring of family fun combined with great composition and superb technique! The subjects—two exuberant young girls enjoying free play in nature along a beach—stand out beautifully against the soft reflection in the sand and the blurred scene behind—a stellar depiction of a day at the beach. The warm colors of the subjects help them stand out from the cool colors surrounding them. Simple, emotional, and exceptionally well-executed, this image asks us to reflect on the joys of family life." - David FitzSimmons

Runner Up

"Original and well-executed, this profile composite is both meaningful and humorous. The implication of heredity—children mirroring their parents—is made successful by the crescendo in size from left to right. Lest the subject get too serious, we enjoy the surprise addition of the family cat, placing whiskers fore and aft! Superbly imagined and well-played." - David FitzSimmons

Runner Up

"Stunning, soft colors carried over from the sky to the shirts set the tone for the this celebration of the traditional family trip to the beach. A wise choice of a wide aperture renders the water and waves nicely out-of-focus, allowing the playful children to stand out. Warm colors in the foreground contrast nicely with the cool colors of the water and sky. Overall, excellent focus and mood." - David FitzSimmons

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"Spectacular lighting, including warm rays emanating from above, direct viewers eyes toward the pairs of subjects who are interacting with their environment—weaving the long, green leaves just as their lives, too, intertwine across generations. The symmetry of the scene is reinforced with colorful clothing, including each person donning an expressive cap." - David FitzSimmons

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