Just look at that face! While on vacation in Maui, amateur photographer Audrey Campbell captured a moment of pure joy experienced by her 5-year-old great-great-niece, Brooke – and ended up with an image that beat out more than 830 entries for the Grand Prize in The Big Photo Show Seriously Fun Photo Challenge.
“In February, my sister and I took Brooke to Maui. It was her first trip, and she couldn’t stay out of the water. She got on her little boogie board, and she wasn’t afraid of those huge waves at all. She stayed in the water every single day, and I just kept taking pictures of her,” Campbell said.
She took the winning image, “Surfing Maui Waves,” with a Nikon D7000 that she bought two years ago. “I primarily use the Nikon, along with a Panasonic Lumix that I carry when I don’t want a big camera on me. The Lumix is easy to use because it’s a point-and-shoot, but it takes great pictures, and I like having a good camera that that can fit in my pocket,” Campbell said.
Last year, she took a 6-week photography class at Santa Monica College to learn more about manual shooting.
Campbell attended The Big Photo Show LA in 2013, and learned about the contest through an email sent to past attendees announcing the upcoming 2014 event. “I decided to submit three pictures. Two were scenery shots, and the one of Brooke.”
Campbell is excited to attend The Big Photo Show again this year. “I will absolutely be at The Big Photo Show again! I thoroughly enjoyed it last year and I took some great pictures there. I photographed [Fireball Tim’s Hollywood] cars and the shooting arenas that were set up. I also attended some of the education sessions, and I learned a lot. I really thrilled by the session about the African Safaris and taking wildlife pictures. I would love to do that! One of the reasons I wanted to go to Hawaii was to take photographs of all the amazing scenery there. I even took a helicopter ride so I could get some better shots. Now I really want to go on a photo safari in Africa.”
She added, “I really loved everything about The Big Photo Show, but my favorite thing was listening to the instructors. I also went to a session on sports photography. I really enjoyed that, and I learned so much. This year, I will be going to more of the education sessions. My sister recently bought a new camera too, so I’m bringing her. She’s interested in learning more about how to use it, and we’re both excited to go there and take lots of pictures.”
Campbell said she is very thrilled to receive her Grand Prize package, which includes accommodations in The Big Photo Show host hotel for to three nights, admission to The Big Photo Show Los Angeles, a Canon Rebel T3i kit, a Canon Pixma printer, and a deluxe frame job from On the Wall Gallery & Frames.
Other contest winners
In addition to Campbell, there were several other big winners among more than 830 entries in the Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge. (View all the winning images here.) In the Professionally Judged category, in which Campbell took top honors, there were four other winners:
The 2nd place prize went to Pyae Phyo Thet Paing for the photograph, “Playing & Swimming.” The prize includes a Pentax K-50 camera, a$100 certificate from Nations Photo Lab, a metallic print from Fullerton Photographics, a LumiQuest Strobist Kit, and a mini flash umbrella.
In 3rd place was “The Kite Kid” by Brett Davies, who received a Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens, a Creative Kit by Macphun Software, LumiQuest Strobist Kit, and a mini flash umbrella.
Garret Graham took 4th place with “Up in the Air,” and received a Sony a3000 camera with 18-55mm lens, LumiQuest Strobist Kit, and a mini flash umbrella.
“Refreshed,” by Patrick Paul Roxas, claimed the 5th prize, including an Erin Manning Home Studio Lighting Kit by Westcott and Sunpak Ultra Pro 423 Carbon Fiber Tripod.
There were also three winners in the Popular Choice category.
Coming in 1st was Patrick Cory Brien, with his photograph “Bridge Over the Cooper.” Brien received a Panasonic Lumix ZS30 camera, a Westcott 304 5-in-1 Reflector Kit, and a mini flash umbrella.
Claiming 2nd place for “New York City” was Christine Workman, who received a Tamron SP 70-300 Di VC USD zoom lens, a Macphun Creative Kit, and a mini flash umbrella.
In 3rd place with her work “Colorado Clouds” was Samantha Jerred, who received a Tabelz laptop table and Macphun Creative Kit software.
The Big Photo Show is the premier event for everyone who loves photography, from photo enthusiasts, to amateur photographers, to pros. The event returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 17-18, 2014, with exhibits from top camera, accessory and software manufacturers and dealers; more than 40 education sessions for photographers at beginner/intermediate or advanced levels; live models arenas where attendees can shoot side-by-side with professional photographers, who will share tips and tricks; displays of amazing photo products to sell, give, or keep; breathtaking framing and design techniques; and much more.
All events and beginner/intermediate level classes are included in the $25 ticket price. Purchase tickets online or at the door.
For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at email@example.com.