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May 26, 2004

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Judges Comments Judges Comments (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."
Dave Hibbard-

"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."
Steve Kiser

"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 of us."

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