Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing the horizon as the main aspect of the composition in the Horizon And Compositions Photo Contest with chances to win a HTC One M9 and more!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Joe Brady for his collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Joe Brady is a photographer, educator, author, photo workshop leader and studio owner who has been teaching photography and photo editing for over twenty years. Joe is honored to be a member of Sony’s Artisans of Imaging program, is a member of X-Rite’s Coloratti Color Experts, is a two-time author on Lynda.com and has contributed articles for the Kelby Media Lightroom Magazine App.

People's Choice

Grand Jury Winner

"This an absolutely stunning image that has balance, clarity, composition and simplicity all coming together to result in a beautiful piece of art. While centered subjects can sometimes become very static, the graphical nature of the lighthouse against the dark swirling sky and the smoothed, surrounding sea creates a sense of motion and a depth of three dimensional feeling that draws you in. At once otherworldly, almost eerie yet beautiful, this photograph has it all." - Joe Brady

Runner Up

"Another strong contender, “Morning rush” draws you in you the flowing water and the stillness of the rocks resisting the waves. While your eyes generally go to the brightest element in a photo, when there is only one dark object, you are drawn to it and want to explore it more. This images shares both motion and simplicity, making it clear what the photographer is sharing with the viewer and that adds power and impact that causes you to linger and be drawn into the image." - Joe Brady

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"Unlike the other images in this list, “Peak Sunrise” is very busy with lots to look at. This is often a difficult thing to pull off because when there is too much to look at, the viewer doesn’t know where to fix their gaze and often gives up and leaves the image. The sunrise however counters that impulse and provides direction. Once you view the beautiful light, you then are free to explore around the image and linger over the myriad buildings and lights. This is an image that deserves to be printed large to showcase its full beauty. " - Joe Brady

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"Another very graphical image, the balance of light and dark, the motion of the surf and the steadiness of the structure resisting the waves draw you in to the play of motion and stillness. This photograph does seem to be exactly on the “Rule of Thirds” grid which can sometimes create a bit of a static sense to an image when followed too closely, something to keep aware of, but all in all a beautiful image with beautiful composition." - Joe Brady

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"This is a beautiful astrophotography shot with an interesting base. The sculptural look of the rocks and the beautiful sky complement each other and contrast each other as well as the ultimate in close and distant objects. Two suggestions for the image: 1. Eliminate the small, angled windmill on the left horizon and 2. Both open up the shadows in the rocks and possibly extend the base a bit to provide a stronger “pedestal” to the beautiful sky." - Joe Brady

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"This is another beautiful sea scene with fantastic formations. Once again the stillness of the rocks leading and moving water complement each other and the leading line direction from the lower left to the “Horse Head” provides a clear path to the subject. One minor suggestion if possible - it would be nice if there a small bit of sky to the right edge of the bottom of the horse rock. This would give the formation a bit of breathing room and by having light all around the shape even more clearly delineate the subject." - Joe Brady

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