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Flickr Photo of the Week

by Stephen Becker 8 Jul 2009 7:20 AM

Congratulations to Sarah Philipson of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest!


Congratulations to Sarah Philipson of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Since the contest started, we’ve strongly resisted picking animal photos as winners, not wanting to turn this into a weekly slide show of people’s pets. But as you can see above, this is way more than your average pet pic.  Sarah previously won the contest in April with this photo. She follows last week’s winner, David Kozlowski.

If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took previous to the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves another facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Monday to Sunday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Monday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Wednesday and Gini Mascorro will read your name on the air at the end of her daily arts calendar.

Now, more from Sarah:

Sarah Philipson

sarah-philipson-200Title of photo: Hypnoteyes

Equipment: Canon Rebel XSi, with kit lens 18-55mm, Paint Shop Pro 9 for editing

Tell us more about your photo: Throughout the years we’ve rescued many cats and adopted them out to good homes. In May, we took in four kittens and their mother in order to keep them from drowning in the near-constant rainstorms. Little Peanut is probably our favorite of the bunch. Gentle and quiet, her unique striping and beautiful eyes are a captivating combination. As of July 7, she’s still available for adoption to a good home wanting an indoor-only cat! As far as the photo itself … I love to find an accent in an otherwise busy photo and isolate it using color– or lack thereof. I think that when it comes to color in photography, sometimes you can really say lot with a little. I’ve been relying on this more and more as I develop my style and skills – partly because I love the drama of a selectively-colored photo, but also because it can be used to hide issues that may otherwise be too distracting in a full-color photo. In this photo, the hands holding little Peanut were accompanied by a very colorful shirt. Finding it difficult to keep my focus on the real subject, I decided to start by stripping the color from the shirt. A few steps later I ended up with what you see above – the hypnotic eyes of Peanut.