Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing shoes in this photo contest. A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Mark Rainer for his collaboration as a guest judge. Mark Rainer is an international award-winning photographer whose career spans four decades, and includes everything from human portraiture to marine mammal photography.

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Congratulations to the following winners!

Grand Jury Winner

"Well you got me here. I love the story, this allows me to imagine. It could be any thing and being the grandson of a cobbler, I can easily imagine a pair of shoes waiting to be repaired or a worker at a factory who’s gone home for the day. The color palate is right on, the processing has that edgy feel to it. I can’t tell if this was set up, or found, either way its a real winner. Congratulations Randy " - Mark Rainer

Runner Up

"Love this story, it tugs at my heart. There’s an interesting thing that happens with our eyes and this photograph shows it quite well. if viewed on a white background the shadows lose detail and start to muddy up, however when viewed on a dark background the shadows are spot on. This happens because our eyes can handle only so much contrast and the iris, like a cameras aperture, gets smaller to let in less light where on a dark background our iris opens up and we see more detail in the shadows, when they are present in the photograph. The shoe unfortunately is a little lost because its tone is so close to the surroundings, a little vignetting to darken the rocks would have brought the shoe more into the story, the sky and hills to the right are processed with beautiful detail. Again I’m nit picking here but these are the things that would have take this photograph into the winner category it is the attention to details that become more and more important as the competition is getting stronger and stronger." - Mark Rainer

Runner Up

"Well done composition is very well thought out and leads the eye all around the photograph and always back to the subject, the shoe. Great processing holding tones with no blown out highlights, except where they should be blown out, and no blocked up shadows. You may have heard about shooting, exposing, to the right on the histogram. What this  does is to make sure the shadows aren’t blocked up and loose detail which can end up looking like mud. There are two ways to “help” your viewer look where you want to have them look in a photograph, one is obviously focus and the other is cutting off, in this case the lamp in the foreground, doing this make the lamp less important and the eye will go back to that colorful shoe." - Mark Rainer

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