More than 50 people submitted images of everything from lovers embracing in a Barcelona doorway to a playful polar bear gamboling atop a glacier. There were so many wonderful images that it was difficult to choose the very best, but now, after much deliberation, our panel of experts has finally selected the top three photos.
First prize—a brand-new iPad mini—goes to this image of two Karenni women from Burma. With its unique composition and casual feel, this photo “speaks to the universal quiet moments in life,” noted one of our judges. It shows respect for these women’s culture “yet doesn’t exoticize their dress or adornments.”
A wintry scene of Paris took second prize, a NiteCore Tiny Monster flashlight. This picture of boats along the Seine, with Notre Dame in the background, has an Impressionist quality. With its subdued palette and haunting light, it offers a fresh take on one of the most photographed cities in the world.
This shot of a Buddhist monk took our third prize, a micro luggage scale. Captured at noon in a temple in Yangon (Rangoon), the impassive cleric simultaneously attracts and resists the viewer’s gaze as he peers out from under his ceremonial fan.
Finally, with 41 votes, our People’s Choice Award goes to this shot of the London Eye, a 400-foot-high Ferris wheel on the banks of the River Thames. Its winner will also receive a micro luggage scale.
Several other entrants also received honorable mentions. Congratulations to all!