Thank you to all the photographers that participated in the Natural Clusters Photo Contest, sharing their best photos showing groups of similar things positioned closely together. Congratulations to the winners and finalists, and a special round of applause for the Grand Jury Winner who wins a Macro LED Ring Light and more.

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Phil Steele for his collaboration as a guest judge. A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Phil Steele for his collaboration as a guest judge. Phil Steele is the founder of SteeleTraining.com where he shares his love of photography and image editing with fellow photographers. You can view his free tutorials and online courses at SteeleTraining.com.

Grand Jury Winner

"A stunning photo in every way.  The black-and white treatment is perfect, the sky ominous, the contrast riveting, but most of all I love the fact that the viewer is placed right in the middle of the action, at eye level, as if you are one of them!" - Phil Steele

Runner Up

"Reflection shots are commonplace, but this one rises to a higher level because of the symmetrical, nearly-black-and-white trees separated by a shocking line of color in the bank.  I wouldn't mind having this hanging on my wall, and I can't say that for many photos." - Phil Steele

Honorary Mention

"This almost looks like a painting, because the composition is so perfect that it almost seems arranged by hand.  Photography rarely finds its subjects so cooperative, and it obviously took patience and planning.  A beautiful mood piece." - Phil Steele

Amateur Winner

People's Choice

"Amazing, almost unearthly colors.  Great use of light and lens flares that enhance the subject in an appropriate way.  This makes me feel like I'm on an alien planet." - Phil Steele

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