The inaugural Raw Photos contest is now closed and we have our finalists! We had 25 submissions (not too shabby for our first time), but they were all so excellent I was instantly excited, but also wondering what we'd gotten ourselves into. How would we pick a winner? HOW? This was gonna be harder than we thought.
I really wanted to pick all of them. Isn't that how a contest works? And I knew many of you, so I really, really had to forget about WHO took the photos and try to be fair. Which is tres difficult. Luckily, I had a partner in crime to keep me in line.
We haven't picked our winner, but here are the finalists (our collective picks between the two of us, but I won't tell which is which). Personally, I tried to focus on keeping with the theme and photo quality.
Here they are:
The color saturation is outstanding and this feels lazy and dreamy.
In the words of Liz Lemon, I want to go to there.
Oh man do I love a unique shot.
Love the double exposure. Love the water. Love the summery feel to this.
This makes me happy in my heart. So sweet, so soft.
I feel like I'm lying in the grass at the end of summer, counting the flowers.
So vintage! I believe she took this on a Holga and I loves me some plastic camera.
This feels like summers gone by.
Now, if Ali knew how much I loved Paris, I might accuse her of cheating (but she didn't).
Nonetheless, the warm light on the structure feels uniquely like Paris in the summer.
How delicious is this? It's completely wonderful.
The water. The sweet, little hands. The perspective.