Thank you to all the photographers that shared their  best portraits showing people with long hair in the Long Hair Portraits Photo Contest with chances to win a $750 lens and more!

"What is it that makes an excellent portrait; lighting, expression, subject, composition, mood, moment? In viewing the Long Hair Portraits I started thinking about what is it specifically that makes an impactful portrait and how to overlay the long hair theme to this criteria. After much deliberation, I concluded that the photographs where the hair became a character or served a primary function in the image tended to be the ones that were some of the most effective images, in many cases, independent of the theme. In these photographs, the hair effectively communicated energy or power by its presence in the frame. And it did not always need to do so with action. Sometimes, there is power in stillness. There were so many technically and artistically beautiful images to choose from that honestly I wish I didn’t have to limit the selection to so few. In conclusion, I think there is a difference between a portrait of someone with long hair and a long hair portrait. And I let this serve as my guide to choose the following images.
" - André Costantini

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer André Costantini for his collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. André Costantini is a photographer, filmmaker and educator. André's approach to photography and teaching is enjoyable, engaging and informative. He has taught photography seminars throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean and has written articles for Studio Photography and Design and Shutterbug. Clients include American Repertory Theatre, Discovery Channel, Criterion Collection, and Tamron USA.

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