Flickr challenge: ‘Harvest’ theme results
Each week our Flickr contests introduce a new theme and participating photographers enter their most fitting image for the chosen word or phrase.
The ‘Harvest’ challenge has just finished with three photographers tied for the top spot, as decided by community votes. Here are some of the best shots.
This week's winners
What strikes us first with this photo from rahulography is the remarkable two-tone effect of the different tiers of paddy. After that we start to notice reflections of the surrounding vegetation in the water, before returning to examine the planting activities more closely. We particularly appreciate the small ledge included at the bottom of the shot – it helps make us feel like we’re really there.
The impact of this shot from Udayan Sankar Pal, taken in India’s Southern Karnataka region, comes from its simplicity. The composition draws our eyes from the foreground with its unexpected animal subject, across the richly textured grasses and off into the distance. We also like how the wind in the crops and palm trees contrasts with the serenity of our bovine companion.
The angle of akhil.raj1306’s photo places us near the water level and allows us to see the carefully planted rows in the rice paddy. With the palm trees lining the field and the low-hanging clouds, there’s a lot to examine before we eventually settle on the ladies minding the crops and the splash of colour they add to the scene.
This week's runners-up
Nathanocracy’s photo captures a wonderful sense of space, with the peaks of Waterton Lakes National Park in the distance. The long shadows cast by the bales lead our gaze across the image, but we invariably end up returning to the small batch of fluffy white clouds in the top right corner – they complement the landscape perfectly.
There’s loads of life in this shot of workers in Andalucía harvesting vegetable crops. The proportion of greenery in the image helps emphasise the scale of the work, and faint shading in the background gives us the impression of mountains beyond. Mostly, though, we wonder how Square Lamb came to be in the field in the first place…
The scarecrow’s expression and bright colours in sadiqur17’s photo immediately make us smile. The choice of focal depth means our eyes are always led back to the funny pottery face and its slanted monobrow. We imagine the yellow harvest must be quite a temptation to local wildlife, so we hope they find the watchman scarier than we do!
This week's staff picks
G e c k t r e k’s shot from the salt fields near Phan Thiet in Vietnam presents a slightly different take on the challenge theme. We love how the light catches the salt as it dries in the sun, and the deep blue of the sky reflected in the coastal pools further accentuates the glittering harvest. We also think g e c k t r e k’s signature black border works especially well here to make the colours pop.
We were immediately struck by this image from muffinn because it's so reminiscent of a traditional pastoral painting. This is perhaps unsurprising given the rich heritage of Croome Court and its surrounding park, where the shot was taken. The Grade I-listed church dates back to 1763 and, aside from the tractor with its small spot of red, we doubt the view has changed much in the past 250 years.
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