Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photo showing an active foreground in the frame in the Layered Compositions Photo Contest with chances to win a Canon EOS 70D or Nikon D5300 and more!

"Wow! There were some really wonderful images for this theme of Layered Compositions. Scrolling through the all of the finalist’s images, there were a couple of images that made me stop right away to take a deeper look. I was looking for images with layers that would lead my eye to the main subject. There were so many great finalists, but I had to narrow them down by really looking at the technical and artistic details in each image. Here are my selections." - Laurie Rubin

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Laurie Rubin for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Laurie is an international award-winning photographer specializing in wildlife and nature photography. Her passion for photography as well as a career working for software companies, has combined her talents for teaching and sharing photography, from capture to post-processing. She currently has one of her prints displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

Grand Jury Winner

"This beautiful image, looking through a cave of ice past the row of trees to the grand mountains beyond took my breath away! This is such a great example of a layered composition that really leads the viewer’s eye through the image. Beautifully framed by the ice cave with gorgeous tones throughout. This really makes me feel as if I was there. Very well done! Congratulations!" - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"What a magnificent image of layered sand dunes with lovely patterns and shadows and warm colors throughout. I also kept coming back to this image because it was so masterfully done! The person standing onto of the dune was perfectly placed since the waves of the dune in the foreground weaved it’s way up to the subject. This is a fantastic image!" - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"What really made this image work was that peak moment that was captured when the riders appeared between the gap in the fence with the sun behind them which made such a nice frame. The colors in the cloudy sunset/sunset created such a nice moody feel with this image." - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"This is another nicely layered image looking through a frame of ice. The nice pastel colors with the sunburst above the ice was a nice touch. I really liked the contrast between warm and cool in this image. Well done!" - Laurie Rubin

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