Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos of the major cities in the World in this photo contest made possible by our friends at Filter Forge. Filter Forge is a high-end plugin for Adobe Photoshop allowing computer artists to build their own filters – seamless textures, visual effects, distortions, patterns, backgrounds, frames, and more.

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Sion Fullana for his collaboration as a guest judge. Sion Fullana is a Spanish journalist and visual storyteller in New York City. Known as one of the trailblazers in the mobile photography industry, his work focuses mainly in empathy and the human connection, whether when shooting street photography, portraiture and events. Sion has been a judge in many international photo competitions and his own images have been featured in media and exhibits internationally. He is the co-founder of the popular "Mobile Photo Workshop: Storytelling Series" and has brought his own storytelling skills to clients in the entertainment, corporate and fashion industries.

Grand Jury Winner

"This is a gorgeous image that gains even more upon repeated viewing and close study. The composition holds strong between the verticality of the buildings and the diagonal of the tracks. A fragment of a city that stands majestic, that makes you want to pan left and right to discover what else lives outside of this particular frame. And yet, nonetheless, a landscape that's half gorgeous and half gloomy, that can evoke beauty or a sense of dread. Are those cranes a sign of construction of buildings for a shiny new era, or the contribution to an apocalyptic horizon, where the fogginess that contrasts with the sunlight could be from clouds, fog, or pollution? Whatever the answer, this photograph stands as a timeless, beautiful and cinematic chronicle of this city. " - Sion Fullana 

Runner Up

"Everything within the frame combines to create a beautiful and serene composition, guiding the eye of the viewer throughout the frame and back, in a circular fashion. The photograph has a wonderful painterly feel, with a beautiful contrast between warm and cold tones, and between heavy and airy. The communion of the clouds, the rocks, the water and that fiery sunset light somehow evokes the idea of the four elements. " - Sion Fullana 

Runner Up

"San Francisco is a city of contrasts, culturally and architecturally. This image acutely portrays such diversity of style, making the viewer observe the different details in the frame and wonder about the lives of the inhabitants inside those houses and buildings. There's a beautiful sense of layering in the capture, that depicts at least 5 different spacial levels, giving the image dimension. The subtle color and quality of the light also works in its favor. While the photographer states that the image belongs to a late dusk, it could also depict a city that slowly and lazily awakes at dawn to begin a new day. " - Sion Fullana

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