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Honorable Mention
This photo was taken in a studio with the lights off. The theme "phemomena" to me means something unrealistic or a fantasy. In this project I wanted to experiment with light painting to see what I could create.
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This photo was taken in Bogota, Colombia. This photo relates to this year's contest theme because this picture speaks without the viewer knowing the meaning behind it. Phenomena is "something that is impressive or extraordinary". The ones that have an encounter with this picture will observe that this building is quite older. It is extraordinary that many moments, many emotions, and actions, can be captured at once. This Cathedral has had many encounters with people, and has been there since 1823. To capture a photo of a building, a place, something meaningful to many, is very much impressive and extraordinary.
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It was a late morning when my family invited my sisters and me to go out to eat. With excitement and thrill, we jumped into the car right away to go to the breakfast buffet. As we looked at the high, large buildings, there stood a big red and blue symbol which was the sign of the Korean Air International Airport. It was filled with modern architecture inside and glass crystal windows leading to the buffet. When I first stepped into the buffet, I noticed a bright dirty yellow shelf with aesthetic objects sitting on the board. I knew this would create inspiration and creativity from what I have seen. Through this picture, phenomena reveals its perspective of observations and senses that we are surrounded with of different varieties of colors.
Honorable Mention
This photo is a brilliant scene of the phenomenon of the beautiful colors of a male peacock that I was able to see while in a zen garden in California. It was a remarkable experience to be so close to one so calm and I had never seen the colors of a peacock as bright as this one.
Honorable Mention
At the start of this brief essay, I didn't really know what the contest was really asking for. I thought phenomenons had to be pictures of unexplainable events like the eruption of a volcano. I was blinded by the idea that phenomenon had to be something mind-blowing and complicated. But I wanted to pull out something from our every day lives that, as humans, we looked over with no significance and capture it with my camera to preserve the moment for people to see. And than It hit me, The biggest phenomenon of all is the ability to communicate and create a special bond between us, our friendship. it is something that we cannot explain. Our world revolves around the necessity to make bonds and relate to other people. If you feel excluded with no friends, you will get depressed and your perspective of life will change. Since the beginning of history, even in books, like "Adam and Eve" the entire concept revolves in human connection. Phenomenons are so special that they cannot be willingly captured because there is no explanation to it. I did not mean to capture friendship, only two guys hugging. I was only able to identify what I captured after taking the picture. This is why friendship is a phenomenon.
Honorable Mention
The photo was taken outside when my friend was blowing bubbles.
I love science and seeing how the principles we read about in books play out in our daily lives. Some of the most fascinating aspects are the sphere, physics, and how surface tension works with them to create bubbles. I love how the bubble is both translucent and also an iridescent mirror of the world. It is amazing how when a bubble has equal pressure it is able to exist and continue. It is just like how we have to keep our lives in balance for our own healthy existence. The bubble is an amazing phenomenon that has so many parallels to our lives.
Honorable Mention
This photo was taken at my school and I believe it is phenomena because of the pure joy and happiness that bubbles can produce in people. I also think it is amazing that these little, delicate bubbles can last so long floating in the sir.
Honorable Mention
This photo was taken outside of a house where there was a thorny rose bush. The model in this photo is my friend Kalliope. I think that this picture is phenomenal because she is posed in such a natural way that shows that she is not really trying but still is the center of attention. The shadow on her face and the lighting in this picture is perfect, also making this a phenomenal piece. A few weeks ago I wanted to have a photoshoot with my two friends incorporating butterflies. After this idea came to mind, my dad and I went to Hobby Lobby to pick out some fake butterflies. While walking with my friends, we stumbled upon a house with a pretty garden with nature that I thought would go with their aesthetics. I thought that this thorn would match Kalliope’s presence by complimenting her features.
Honorable Mention
My photograph is unusual and you probably don’t know what it is. If you look closely, you may see something you did not see at first.
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This photo to a phenomena because it represents the every day sunrise and sunset. I thought it would look similar to people camping because the trees in it would resemble the morning sunrise when you wake up with your friends or family.
Honorable Mention
I think my picture looks like phenomena because everyday the clouds create a different formation. This day it looked like Cotton Candy.
Honorable Mention
In our society today, everything is constantly being documented, even the food we eat. And I wanted to take a photo to show this screen use in everyday life. This was taken in a market at a small Chinese food cafe.
Honorable Mention
The phenomenon of this photograph is the location itself. Taken at the pop-up Infinity Mirrored Room at the Broad, the horizon line filled with lights and lanterns seemingly stretches to infinity. There are few, if any, other spots like it.

In this photo I used the elements of space (no pun intended) and value to capture the space. The lights above the horizon line fade into an ombré affect and the negative space around the lights makes it seem like they are hanging in space. The balance of the lights balances out towards the horizon line almost like the sun is setting. I also used the rule of thirds, with the horizon specifically placed higher up and the subject off to the far right side.
Contest Winner
This photograph was taken while on vacation in Puerto Rico. As we were strolling through the forts in San Juan, I thought it was phenomenal to see how nature has taken over this almost 500 year old fort built to protect the island. Iguanas were soaking up the Carribbean sun and taking a siesta on the fort walls.
Honorable Mention
My family and I went on a vacation to Maui. It was mid-July and the waves were huge. Usually I just like to body surf, but the waves made it impossible. A ton of surfers went over to the area in front of our condo. I decided to go up to my room to get my camera since I don't know how to surf. I then went back down to the beach and took some great shots of the surfers.
Honorable Mention
I think this photo fits the theme phenomena because this caterpillar will go through a process called metamorphosis which is fascinating. It is fascinating because its body will form into a chrysalis and eventually emerge as a big and beautiful monarch butterfly.
Honorable Mention
This photo was phenomenal to me because the squirrel I took a picture of came down the tree to interact with me and the people I was with. I took the photo when it was looking directly at me, and in that moment it felt like I was connected to nature and its animals.
Honorable Mention
My picture represents this year’s theme of phenomena because when I was in the school garden, I looked around at all the dead plants. But on the dead cornstalk, I spotted a live bug. That caught my attention! There was life in the garden!
Honorable Mention
This photo shows phenomenon because of the reflection on the camera lens. Reflection is a natural phenomenon as well as a beauty and when you put it in a picture, it turns out a pretty good picture.
Honorable Mention
I choose this image because from my point of you I rarely see any beautiful sunsets, and when I saw the sunset really admired how it looks so I had to take a picture. If you ever do see sunsets in Los Angeles, it’s usually in the summer and this was in winter so I was really surprised, another reason why I would consider this phenomenon. I would like the judges to know that I am a first timer and I am not a professional photography.
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