Thank you to all the photographers that shared their favorite photos showing a shallow depth of field in this PRO photo contest with chances to win a Canon EOS Rebel T6 Camera and more.

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Cheryl Opperman for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Cheryl Opperman is a nationally acclaimed nature photographer with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooks Institute of Photography and over 25 years of professional experience photographing nature, wildlife, and indigenous cultures worldwide. Widely published, her photographs have appeared in print, on the web, on television, and in solo and group exhibits, resulting in a list of clients or credits which include The American Humane Association, Overseas Adventure Travel, The Denver Post, the National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Grand Jury Winner

"This image does an excellent job of demonstrating shallow depth of field and its effectiveness in directing the viewer to the focal point of the image. The photographer used light skillfully to highlight the sharp details, positioned for an extremely clean background, and included only necessary elements in the frame that support the subject. Although the image is centered, in this case, breaking the rule of thirds creates a symmetry that works well."- Cheryl Opperman

Runner Up

"This touching portrait of a mother and child uses shallow depth of field to eliminate potentially distracting background elements, while maintaining focus on a plane parallel to the positioning of both people. The soft lighting and complimentary tones give the image a warm feel and the off center composition allows for negative space in the diagonal direction in which they are both looking. " - Cheryl Opperman

Runner Up

"Without shallow depth of field, the urban background of this portrait would pull too much attention away from the subject. The creative use of warm and cool light further directs the viewer to the face and enhances the overall mood of the photograph." - Cheryl Opperman

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