Champion Image and Overall Winner........" Painted Portrait " by Lisa Davis
I felt this image deserved top marks. While I would have liked to have seen a bit more light (highlight) in her eyes, I felt this image conveyed more feeling than any other image in this grade... in fact more than any other image in the entire competition. The pose of the child and the expression on her face, together with the partial window and wooden sill etc, just win me over every time. You really can't help but wonder what she is looking at and what she is thinking. Having her face angled towards the camera more than it would be if you had chosen to portray her completely side on also gives the sense of an openess and innocence. The photographer can be very proud of this image.