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| Here are the 2018 Janglo Purim Photo Contest Winners

Judah S. Harris    
Wednesday, 20 March 11:54 PM

Thanks to the many readers who sent in entries for the Purim photo contest sponsored by "A Second Look" - Janglo's column of reader-submitted photos, with professional critique by Judah S. Harris. 


Readers were asked to submit their best photographs of Purim dress up. Entries were judged based on their photographic quality and storytelling ability, and in part by the uniqueness of the costumes captured by the camera.  

Below, we publish the eight photos, including the top winners: 
Grand Prize (a pair of tickets to an exciting Jerusalem concert) - Rochie Hurwitz  
First Prize (90-min private photo lesson with Judah S. Harris) - Adena Levine
Second Prize (45-min private photo lesson with Judah S. Harris) - Yossi Tocker 
Third Prize (a mystery prize from JANGLO) - Jennifer Namatiyof
Here are the photos we've chosen...
Hillel & Chaya Lester 
Lincoln looks real enough and the whole family scene is real fun. They took time with their costumes (and hair) and only the little one seems to be of a different species. 

Jennifer Namatiyof (Third Prize)
In photography, backgrounds are important (always!), but here it is what it is and it sort of works, as it's a depiction of Purim in the neighborhood, so we see the neighborhood. The Father figure really makes the photo. It's such a surprise, the shape and size of the mask. Lots of things at an angle in this shot, including the collection of tzedaka boxes in the background. Lots askew in the image - all in the spirit of Purim.
Barbara Zaffran 
The Rav Ovadia appearance is nice, though the turban could use some work for a bit more authenticity. Touching the walls of the Kotel backdrop adds to the image's story, as does the fact that we see the blue carpet or floor below and are reminded (though we'd know otherwise) that this is not at all reality.
Eli Varenberg 
I liked this image when I first saw it. The child in his costume, being a child and climbing into the cart for a ride. This is a rather usual everyday scene - a mom about to shop at market - but the normalcy is interrupted by the green creature. Would be nice to see a more frozen moment (less blur - a technical consideration) and the child from a slightly different angle or positioning
Barbara Zaffran  

A great couple, great props, great pose. Striking and gets attention. The opening on the left doesn't really help much, I think. As I tell my students - you're responsible for the entire frame, not just what you find of interest and that you are focusing actively on. Watch what is presently of interest to you and also what's happening throughout the frame, and recompose if you can and when needed. 

Cynthia Mazouz  
The three guys from Wizard of Oz took time with their costumes. The faces are nicely done and they seem to wear the costumes well, adopting the the right stance. In Oz, on which day do they read the Megilla? 
Yossi Tocker (Second Prize) 
Our pirate joined some others characters with the help of Photoshop. The costume, beard and friendly smile work. The wine bottle label is a little disruptive, but it reflects, perhaps, which kosher beverage option was or will be available at the seudah (likely held off ship).  
Adena Levine (First Prize)
Technically better than some of the cellphone shots submitted, this image has nice shallow depth of field in the background (softer focus) and some flowers up front that frame the image and set the scene. The tree in back of the dog's head does distract and the photographer should have moved more to the side. Still, pets always win (at least our hearts) and the costume - a yellow bee - offers some supposed irony that we can ponder, perhaps (why the dog is dressed as a bee). Not sure if the pet seems happy, but maybe after hearing the news of a prize, it will be. And it may opt to dress this way year round to win more goodies  
Rochie Hurwitz (Grand Prize)
I found this the most interesting. It's a watchtower of some sort, and way overpriced (wouldn't you say?), but the beauty is that it mirrors something real in the area that people are obviously familiar with, and there is the original, standing right beyond the imitation. Strong photographs often imply a relationship between subjects in the picture. I am not familiar with this area, but it seems that there's enough meaning to this recognized spot, and those who will see this man in costume will appreciate that he wanted to imitate it. From a photo standpoint, the cellphone in hand could be avoided, maybe. (When I photograph at events, I notice sometimes people holding napkins in hands, pens and bulging wallets in pockets. If these are posed shots when the subject faces the cameraI point it out to them. If I'm observing, I pick a different angle or subject.) 
About "A Second Look" photo column...
Janglo invites readers to submit their best photographs for professional critique and comment. A selection are chosen for each column. Photographer and filmmaker Judah S. Harris offers honest and valuable feedback to strengthen picture-taking skills, plus shares some of his philosophy on the art of photography and visual communication. 

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About our columnist...
Judah S. Harris is a photographer, filmmaker, speaker and writer based in Jerusalem and New York. A noted photo educator and founder of Judah S. Harris Photo Workshops, he teaches group workshops and offers one-on-one coaching sessions for all skill levels. Judah's eloquent narrative photography has been featured on the covers of more than 40 works of literary fiction, in advertising all over the world, and on the pages of a variety of Jewish and general publications ranging from The New York Times to Mishpacha Magazine. 


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