My note on this Grand Jury winning image:
“This image exemplifies what happens when a practiced photographer thoughtfully places a camera and light in the right place at the right time. This is no simple snapshot. Kutubuddin’s technical skill is on display. This macro scene is perfectly focused at the right aperture to blur any background distractions. The light is correctly set to contrast this little green frog and leaf from the less exposed green backdrop. The shutter speed is just right. A faster speed and the rain would not be blurred to give us that sense of a downpour in motion; any slower and the leaf would be blurred from that same motion. Ultimately Kutubuddin’s recognition of the moment and practiced skill worked in concert to create a unique, single-image-story that is easy for a viewer to connect with emotionally. Who among us can’t relate to this little frog with it’s “leaf umbrella?”” – Hudson Henry
Thanks so much to all of the 10,000 plus entrants.