2010 photo contest winners

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Splash works | Second prize - Photos by kids

Photo by Abby Hayes

Abby Hayes has her younger brother, Jordan, 9, to thank—at least partially—for this shot: “He thought it would be funny to splash my camera,” says the 11-year-old, who cottages with her family on Crystal Lake, Ont. She was in the boat, tied up to the dock, and Jordan was in the water. Usually, she photographs landscapes and flowers: “Something interesting.” (Sorry, Jordan.)

Judges’ comments

Maybe this was a lucky accident, but it works. The water has smoothed out details on Jordan’s face, giving him a timeless, otherworldly quality. He’s not quite real, and yet hyper-real. The photo has the look of an old Super 8 film or a 1970s photorealist painting. The shutter speed must have been just right to get the exact mix of sharpness and movement. Well done, Abby.


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