And the winner is…

The importance of great photos to You Connect members was demonstrated by more than 60,000 entries to the Gallery competition.

With great prizes to win including a Canon EOS 60D kit, EOS M and PowerShot SX500 IS, the standard of the photos was extremely high. After many hours of discussion the judges agreed on the winner and two runners' up.

FIRST PRIZE
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© Wolfgang Göpfert 2012, EOS-1D Mark III
The judge's view: "Full of mood and intrigue. The light illuminates the book and just enough of the face but where does it come? The lit smoke adds to the atmosphere and keeps the composition tight."

Wolfgang says: "The photo was taken last year in Bagan, Myanmar, in one of its 2,000 temples and pagodas. The time of day was chosen especially for the natural light which came through a small window into the dark pagoda. I lit candles in the room just before shooting to produce the effect of smoke."

SECOND PRIZE
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© John Leeflang 2012, EOS 350D
The judge's view: "A well-lit image with great exposure to get a soft light from the water. Keeping the frog in focus and very central makes this a perfect poster image."

John says: "It was a bit of a lucky shot. The picture was taken during our holiday in Lefkas, Greece. One evening we noticed the frog enjoying the lights in our swimming pool. I used the built-in flash on my EOS 350D, which gave the light effect on the water. It was only later that we saw that his nose was out of the water."

THIRD PRIZE
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© Marian Stanislawski 2013 EOS 550D
The judge's view: "Great composition leading the viewer into the distance, bracketed by a natural drop to the left and a lake to the right. Perfect use of the rule-of-thirds."

Marian says: "My wife and I were staying in Świnoujście last year. One foggy, cloudy day we went for a walk by the sea. I was busy taking photos of the birds around us when suddenly the sun broke through. For a moment the light of winter appeared and I was able to capture it. I was lucky but I do always take my EOS 550D with me." 

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