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Honorable Mention
My photo relates to the topic of phenomena because it demonstrates the beauty of our world that is right in front of us, but can easily be ignored or overlooked because humans are used to it and have such busy lives that they begin to forget about the beauty of this world that we were born into. I have a free-write poem that accompanies this photo:
A BEACH SUNSET
A beach sunset demonstrates many things
It shows tranquility
A sense of peace
The balance of sea and sky
All with our beautiful sun in the middle
A beach sunset
It is one of many beauties in nature
It is on our earth,
In our life,
That we get to see the wonders of nature
That we get to experience sunsets every day
And going to the beach or the mountains
And there are so many different parts
One of which is:
A Beach Sunset

Honorable Mention
I took this photograph in a small village in Austria, where we go every summer. My family and I have a tradition where we hike up the tallest mountain in the village until we reach the cave where I took this photo. The picture represents phenomena because the foreground is filled with a green, summery landscape, and in the far background, you can see a jagged mountain covered in snow. The two extremes give a stark contrast, while at the same time complement one another.
Contest Winner
"I took this picture in the morning. I chose the morning because the morning is when all of the bees and birds are out in my backyard. It is also when the flowers, plants and grass look fresh. When I was outside I saw my cat looking out the window watching the bees pollinate flowers and the birds flying. Then I took the picture from outside the window creating the glare in the picture.

I titled this picture “A Curious Mind” because this picture made me wonder: What is she looking at? Why is she so focused? This picture represents the theme “Phenomena'' because it makes you wonder. What is happening? What is the cat watching? The phenomenon of curiosity drives us in life. It makes us want to learn and know more. Without curiosity where would we be in life? Who would cure diseases? Who would invent? Who would explore? Who would figure out what is edible and not edible? Who would find out how to purify water and other necessities we need to survive?

Curiosity drives our mind. They say curiosity killed the cat but that cat wouldn’t survive without its own curiosity and the curiosity of others. Curiosity is a phenomena because it has no limits."
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The photograph was taken in my backyard. If my dog puts his mind to do something he will do it. My dog will do anything to get a tennis ball. He will jump to get the ball before it even hits the ground. My dog was rescued from the Humane Society. He is more than just a dog; he is a loved family member.
Honorable Mention
My photo relates to the theme presented this year because it demonstrates what we are really after in life in the foreground, with the beauty of what is available to us, but not sought after, in the background. It shows what is right in front of our face and what we are directly focused on, with nature right there, all we have to do is expand our narrow vision. We tend to strive for the luxuries in life: lavish properties, extravagant cars, or in this case an expensive, fancy Italian meal. While we work constantly and without rest to earn money in order to be able to afford these indulgences, we often ignore the true luxury that is always available to us: nature. As an urban resident, one would assume that the beautiful environment would be inaccessible to an inhabitant of a megalopolis, known for the destruction of the outdoors. But nature is everywhere, sometimes you just need to look a little harder for it.
Honorable Mention
This photo was taken at a Dojo when my sister was doing her Taekwondo test. This relates to phenomena because the picture shows the strength, power and defense skill of a young girl. Dear judges this is my first ever contest.
Honorable Mention
I chose this picture because it shows the ocean. We're seeing lots of pictures really quickly but this is just one of them. This is the phenomenon of the waves of the ocean. We only see a little bit of water while there is a lot of water.
Honorable Mention
This picture was taken at a flower shop, where there are a lot of flowers and color to experience. It relates to the theme because not many people know how to take pictures of nature or any type of flowers. Yes, what I would like the judges to know is that I love these pictures. They are my favorite,
Honorable Mention
When I visited Japan last summer, one of the things I had to complete on my bucket list was to ride the Shinkansen, Japan's bullet train. Luckily enough, I had the chance to ride it when going to Kyoto from Tokyo, hence why I took this photo. I went to the cabin entry door and took a picture of a view outside the window. I chose to use this photo from my recent travels to Japan, because I am fascinated by the technology and efforts the Japanese pulled into launching the most successful bullet train in the world.

I believe it is "phenomenal" in itself that train technology has advanced so far. Considering the train was moving at speeds above 200mph, it's insane that I was able to capture a diversity of the Japanese countryside, some hills, and a view outside the window itself. It still amazes me to this day that I was able to ride on a technological marvel.
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This photo was taken at a school, overlooking the outdoor lunch table area. I thought this rainy day picture was a good example of the theme "Phenomena" because it shows how this natural event can change the scenery and create an interesting image.
Honorable Mention
Most people think that phenoma is something that you can only see if you are lucky. To me I think it means what is special about something or someone. For example, I chose my cloud photo because no one will be able to take that same exact photo. Someone could get a similar photo, but not the same. I think my photo represents phenomena because I promise you that you will never get this same photo again.
Honorable Mention
The sky is normally blue, but one fine morning, I caught it white ! Yes, it looked like a white, warm blanket to cover the trees, the earth.
The sky has been my favorite topic to study. I love looking at it especially around sunrise and sunset. There are lots of colors: pink, orange, purple, but I have never seen the clouds covering the whole sky so beautifully.
The formation of clouds is a natural phenomena, looking like layers. Just touching the trees was worth clicking.
I am just 9 years old. My parents used to click my pictures when I was a little baby. They would click me all the time and that's how my interest in photography started developing. Now I click and they become my models. I click everything that appeals to me: birds, trees, flowers, moon, sky.
I hope everyone will love my photo, "A White Blanket" click.
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This photograph captures a rusty chain link, once a swing, where children no longer play. It sits in front an abandoned home. In the background, we can see scattered plants that have grown everywhere around the home. This pictures reflects the theme “phenomena” because it shows the power of nature reclaiming its ground once humans stop operating on it. It also reflects the power of time upon the metal, embodied in the rust of the chain.
Honorable Mention
I chose an air vent because I like the AC. In my opinion it is the one of the greatest inventions. It cools me off on long road trips. It warms me up when it’s cold. I truly love the air conditioning.
Honorable Mention
This photo of acrylic swirls on a paper plate create their own unique phenomena because it is a creative situation to observe the separation of the liquids in paint and mixing them together with another in ways that don't create a new color but rather a new view of how paints can be combined.
Honorable Mention
I’ve recorded a natural phenomena. It’s the result of rain falling on the leaf and me being in the right place at the right time.
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This photo was taken right next to the bleachers by the HS football field. I do not know exactly what this object is, but I liked how the empty area's worn-out paint showed the stillness of this somewhat untouched area near the busy and chaotic football field. Also, I think that the juxtaposition with the moving sunlight and shadows fits this year's theme because it combines two different observations of a single subject.
Honorable Mention
I was walking around, feeling thirsty. After all we were looking for new ways to photograph water. I had a drink AND got this photo.
Honorable Mention
The photo is mysterious, showing a lone leaf. It explains nothing and allows the viewer to decide what is going on.
Honorable Mention
I took the photo through the glass of my shower door in my bathroom. The printed images were placed behind the glass and drops of water in front. You are your own biggest critic. You can become aware of that but there is nothing you can do to change it, like looking through glass but never being able to pass through it. No matter how hard you try, no amount of tears or pain can ever soften the harshness of your own judgement upon yourself. You can never wash away what lies beneath the surface of your mind. Everyone will once become aware of this though it seems hard or impossible to come up wth an explanation as to why.
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