This image fulfills the challenge requirements as well as any I have seen recently. There are some halos around the triangular rocks and a hot spot in the sky that are somewhat distracting, but it would also make an excellent B&W conversion.
I see the bad weather... where are the great photos?
I remember a man who came by my exhibit at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA a few years ago with a $7000 Leica M9 hanging around his neck. I could appreciate his camera both as a tool and as an example of industrial design, but to him it was merely another form of expensive jewelry. BTW, I never did see him use it.
The camera itself is immaterial to the final result: a great photograph is a great photograph. A skilled photographer can produce a great photograph using a pinhole camera or an iPhone, if need be. Many smartphone users merely wish to record their lives in a documentary fashion and only care about how the image appears on Facebook.
The French Impressionists of 1870-1900 were the artists who, in reaction to ever-improving photographic technology, made oil painting more expressionistic and "painterly" rather than photo-realistic. Today's photography, especially digital photography, can be made more "painterly" by the use of the techniques mentioned in the article and others. That being said, I always remind myself that, just because I CAN doesn't necessarily mean I SHOULD.
Slot canyon images are so numerous they have become a cliche for me. This image is an exception because of the unusual colors and perfect vertical composition. A well deserved win IMHO.
Looks like the eyes of a Sand Dollar.
Outdoor car shows can certainly be a challenge when it comes to reflections. Not only the sun, clouds and people are a problem, but the other cars' reflections are a pain too.