May 26, 2004
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Palo Alto Online
Publication Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2004|
(May 26, 2004) Norbert von der Groeben-
"For me, the youth division of the photo contest was the hardest
category to judge -- and also the most satisfying. Not only were there
many great images, but the contestants were not
afraid to take chances with their photos. I have judged other youth
photo contests but none had this high a caliber of entries. I wish
contestants in the adult division would emulate the youngsters and
take chances with their photographs. The students' effort paid off
wonderfully in the refreshing images submitted for the contest. After
judging this contest, I feel energized to take some risks with my own
photo assignments at the Weekly."
"The high quality of the photographs submitted made for some tough judging decisions. What separates a winning photograph from one that is merely good? Above all, I want the photograph to engage me in some way. Content, compositional integrity, technical excellence, and presentation should all work in harmony to draw me into the image -- to bring me back to it a second, third, fourth time."
"The one thing I look for in a photographic image is that someone has gone beyond the surface image and explored their environment with a little more thought. This year I found many of the participants doing just that and
especially in the Youth category where a wide range of images intrigue all
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