Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos in the Purple Photo Contest for a chance to win exposure and  ThinkTankPhoto bags. A big thank you to guest judge Wesley Taylor. Wesley is a senior marketing major at a Christian university south of Chicago. Through traveling overseas and delving into the community of Instagram, he's fallen in love with photography, especially portraits, over the last few years. Wesley has a passion for capturing unique moments and people's true personalities through his lens.

Grand Jury Winner

"What an incredibly gorgeous image! Purple truly is the star here, and the different hues along with intense shadows and lightly brushed clouds draw the viewer into the center. I also appreciate the use of light and dark here. There's a beautiful marriage of the two that makes the scene all the more intriguing. I love this image!" - Wesley Taylor

Runner Up

"The best thing about this image for me, is that it's packed with emotion despite the fact there are no faces seen. I love the interplay of the limbs; it makes it even more complex and I enjoy figuring out where everything is coming from. This feels like a pairing to me, in the best ways possible--composition, strong lines and distinctive colors. Beautiful capture! " - Wesley Taylor

Runner Up

"The concept of this image is very simple, but the result is very complex and gorgeous. I love seeing the flowers in three different stages--their natural state, resting in the sun on the upper deck and cooling in the shade underneath. I also appreciate the quiet but confident role purple plays in this image. While it isn't covered in purple, purple is still the star and the treatment highlights the contrast of the purple with the greens and browns. Excellent job." - Wesley Taylor

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