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Challenge of Challenges 2011 Winner announced

By dpreview staff on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:07 GMT

Congratulations to 'elroyie' for winning our Challenge of Challenges 2011’with the image ‘The Last Drop’. Elroyie has won our annual contest for the second time, having also won our inaugural competition, in 2009. As promised this year we also have a special prize to the voter who most closely matches the final scoring. This goes to 'IdeaChaser,' who, along with elroyie, will receive a framed exhibition print from Custom-Digital. Both winners will be contacted via email for further information regarding the print and shipping details.

The Last Drop - elroyie


Total comments: 110
By keepreal (Jan 4, 2012)

Congratulations to all the winners. The best are very good indeed, much better than I expected. I am sure the kingfisher did not drop the fish. They can jiggle their prey in their beaks with tremendous skill, just like Elroyie taking the picture.

The picture of the Great Nebula in Orion is beautiful and obviously took great skill. I must go there on my holidays. But my favourite of all those here is the one at Canyonlands, which I think is stunning. I would have given it first prize by a mile.

This is slightly annoying for me as I was on holiday last summer not so far away but regrettably I did not manage Canyonlands during my 3500 miles on the road in 22 days. I did get a few lovely sunset shot at the Grand Canyon, but the lighting in the picture here is quite beautiful and quite perfect.

The Yosemite shot is different in style but equally beautiful to those Ansel Adams took years ago. I went there in summer in the 1970s and it is not easy to get shots this good there. I didn’t!

R Gautham
By R Gautham (Jan 4, 2012)

Brilliant Shot !!!

By Ian (Jan 4, 2012)

Congratulations - well executed and perfect timing!

PC Wheeler
By PC Wheeler (Jan 4, 2012)

Nice shot. I do wonder if this turned out the way the bird intended? :)

By ezyernie (Jan 4, 2012)

Incredible! Awesome!

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By CoolHandLu (Jan 4, 2012)

BEAUTIFUL shot elroyie!!! You nailed it - bravo!

By GiovanniB (Jan 4, 2012)

Congratulations! Sometimes in photography everything is about the right moment.

Aussie Gypsy
By Aussie Gypsy (Jan 4, 2012)

Your just jealous Solarcoaster! Brilliant photo.

By onlooker (Jan 4, 2012)

Well, at least I got the winner right, along with the second and third place ;). All three brilliant shots, btw. Congrats to the winners, well deserved.

By Solarcoaster (Jan 4, 2012)

Fish and water drop look photoshopped. So much for real photography.

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John De Bord Photography
By John De Bord Photography (Jan 4, 2012)

What? That doesn't look PS'd at all. You may want to check your monitor.

D P O'neil
By D P O'neil (Jan 4, 2012)

I doubt that you know much about REAL photography Solarcoaster.
Though you do seem to know plenty about trolling.
A worthy winner in spite of your churlish comments.

PC Wheeler
By PC Wheeler (Jan 4, 2012)

Pathetic reaction by Solarcoaster to a fine piece of photography. Sometime silence beats being a smart ***.

By mpgxsvcd (Jan 4, 2012)

Normally I would say no one should be able to win it twice. However, both of Elroyie's images are without a doubt winning caliber. It can't be just a quinceident that Elroyie won twice. That is just pure talent. Both images are just outstanding.

By KimTeo (Jan 4, 2012)

I have to agree that it looked like it is PS'd. Not from the details of the drop, but from the size of it. For the drop to be so large, the viscosity of the liquid will have to be very high, like treacle. For water, the drops can only be the size roughly the size of the fish eye pupil. This is just from the point of view of physics alone. Unless both the bird and the fish are extremely small, which I doubt.

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By asulea (Jan 4, 2012)

You are right, the drop of water is not so big !

photo nuts
By photo nuts (Jan 4, 2012)

KimTeo: Brilliant. I never caught this. You are right, it is not possible for water droplets to be this large based on viscosity of fresh/salt water.

By dvmrp (Jan 4, 2012)

agree to Nismo350Z

BTW, waterdrop can be quite long and big, not necessary PS.

Usama Akram Saeedy
By Usama Akram Saeedy (Jan 4, 2012)

great shoot great timing

Andrei Todea
By Andrei Todea (Jan 4, 2012)

The drop seems OK to me. That fish is very small. It may be important to mention that the bird in dvmrp's picture is probably 10 times larger.

While I don't think it's PS'd and I think it's a great, great capture, I don't really think this is a great photo.

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By AluKd (Jan 4, 2012)

If you take into consideration that Common Kingfishers average at 15cm of lenght, this fish can't be longer than, say, 4cm. The droplet is quite feasible at this scale.

Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jan 4, 2012)

Hmmmmm .. maybe. The drop looks too large. And if the drop is added afterwards, why not the fish?

Now, the slime from the fish mouth might increase the water surface tension. Then, the drop might maybe become so large. And then the image might not be photoshopped.

So, I choose to give the photographer the benefit of doubt. Its a nice image and until it is proven a photoshopped image, I will assume it isnt.

Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jan 4, 2012)

BTW - there is a catch light (probably the sun) on the birds eye. The same catch light can be found on the fish and also on the drop. Maybe a clever move if its photoshopped, but at least the catch light does not prove it photoshopped.

By EvilOne (Jan 4, 2012)

I think it is a wonderful shot..what some of the comments suggest is that this was some sort of set up...I see a lot of sour grapes in the comments...I'm going to take it for what it seems to be... Great shot, and BTW.. to answer one negative comment... Maybe the photographer chose this photo because the "water drop" was the subject.. When a shot has something that jumps out, like the drop of water... it takes it out of the " Stock Photo " class. Also the issues on Photoshop... PP is part of the digital age. Just like the dark room was back in early years. Now if the challenge specified " out of the camera ONLY"
That would be something else.. Some comments here suggest that PP , or Photoshop is somehow " Cheating"..
Bill aka EO

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By Surefoot (Jan 4, 2012)

Even when the MIT shows science photos or videos there are trolls who claim fake. You guys are sore losers, this photo is awesome and captured just at the right millisecond, and deserves to win.
People like KimTeo should learn how to lose elegantly and praise the winner instead of spouting nonsense.. (both the bird and fish are very small, by the way)

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By elroyie (Jan 4, 2012)

sorry to dissapoint you, no PS here with the drop of water, this is not my way and I am not doing these kind of manipulations in my pictures!!!

Mr. KimTeo your assumptions are very wrong and the fact that you are 100% sure is annoying, I would invite you and every one to take a look at my original picture to see the drop of the water. Just a little fact, the kingfisher and the fish are very small, you can make a search on the net to see the size of this kingfisher...

By Nagubo (Jan 4, 2012)

Excellent picture!
The drop is not pure water, consequently not performing like a drop of pure water. The surface of a fish is slimy and this slime is altering the properties of water. This looks very real!

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