Thank you to all the photographers that shared their entries in the Stand Alone Photo Contest for a chance to win a Nikon 1 camera, exposure and recognitions. A big thank you to guest judge Brian Smith. Brian is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer.He’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President and 3,000 of their closest friends, written an Amazon Best Seller, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, gotten drunk with George Clooney and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on. For the past 30 years, Brian’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have appeared in advertising and hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Rolling Stone, Elle and GQ.

Grand Jury Winner

"Among a group of outstanding entries, Ceri Jones' shot stood out because the theme was reflected in both the lone figure and also by the small tree that stood alone from the massive tree trunks surrounding it. The shot has a great feel and lovely light and color." - Brian Smith

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"The sunlight breaking through the clouds over the distant mountains adds depth and enhances the feeling of isolation. Great composition and placement of key elements." - Brian Smith

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"Great image by John Mitchell. The distance to the subject enhanced the feeling of isolation. It’s a great example of how the use of scale can add to visual interest." - Brian Smith

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