winner

PEDRO JARQUE KREBS

“Equus”

Gear: Sony α7R III + Sony FE 100–400 mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens

From fur babies to majestic beauties, we all love photos of animals, right?! These Click photo contest winners for January/February 2020 really captured the essence of their animal subjects. Congratulations to the first place winner, Pedro Jarque Krebs of Lima, Peru! And, a big thank you to our judges, Click Pro Masters Lisa Weingardt and Leah McLean.

So… here are the winners of the “Animals & Pets” Click photo contest. We’re kicking off 2020 with comments from our talented judges on all seven finalists!

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT the winning photo?

Lisa: I was immediately drawn to the beautiful tones in this image. Although there’s not a lot of color variation within the frame, the tones add texture and depth to the image. The soft falloff of highlights into shadows is just stunning and the use of light and shadow brings so much depth and dimension. I particularly love the way the light falls across features of this the horse, drawing your eyes through the image to explore every detail revealed on this majestic creature.

Leah: This image took my breath away when I first saw it. His use of light to simply and beautifully showcase the horse is just divine.

Second Place

TROYA YODER

“A Fowl Friend”

Alabaster, Alabama
facebook.com/troya.yoder

Gear & Settings: Nikon D750 + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens; f/1.6,1/200, ISO 800

Photo contest winner, duck on shoulder

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS PHOTO?

Lisa: I was first drawn to this image by the tender connection between the boy and baby duck. The manner in which their actions mimic each other is just so beautiful. I love that the photographer chose a black and white conversion for this image because I really feel like it brought out the beautiful highlights falling on the boy’s facial features and the duck’s body, as well as the freckles on the boy’s nose.

Leah: Troya really captured the connection between these two friends, and her use of light keeps the focus entirely on the mood and strong connection.

Third Place

D’ANN McCORMICK BOAL

“Faithful”

Boulder, Colorado
smittenandswoon.com

Gear & Settings: Nikon D810 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens; f/4.0, 1/4,000, ISO 400

Click photo contest winner boy and dog

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS PHOTO?

Lisa:  In this image, I love the composition of the boy facing towards the horizon and beautiful sky, and his placement within the frame. Although the sky is so beautiful and dramatic, my eye first lands on the boy and his dog. Their body language portrays a sense of adventure and I immediately wonder what type of adventure they are heading towards, and all the stories their bond tells.

Leah: I loved how the tones and color palette force you to take a deeper look into this magical image.

Fourth Place

NICK DALE

“Blue Wildebeest Silhouetted Against Sun on Horizon”

London, England, United Kingdom
nickdalephotography.com

Gear & Settings: Nikon D850; 800mm lens; f/16, 1/500, ISO 280

Click photo contest winner wildebeest at sunset

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS PHOTO?

Lisa: The colors of this incredible sunset are what first drew me into this image, as well as the beautiful silhouette of the Wildebeest, right down to his horns. The artist’s choice of settings really added so much detail to this image, maintaining the highlights while providing such beautiful detail of the Wildebeest in the silhouette. The composition of placing the horizon line low in the frame allows us to enjoy more of that magnificent sky.

Leah: I love how this image merges the environment and subject so perfectly. The lens compression, with the sun and wildebeest, really makes this a stunning shot.

Fifth Place

POLINA KULURIS

“Curious Leo”

Athens, Attiki, Greece
instagram.com/polinkasphotography

Gear & Settings: Nikon D750 + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens; f/1.6, 1/400, ISO 100

Click photo contest winner, dog at window

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS PHOTO?

Lisa: The composition here is so lovely, with the use of negative space really directing your eye to the dog. The use of light is just so beautiful with good variation between highlights, shadows, and tones. The composition really adds to the feeling that the dog is missing out on something outside, which I just love.

Leah: I love how the use of light brings your eyes straight to curious Leo as he watches out his window. The softness and texture of the curtain pair beautifully with the dog’s fur.

Sixth Place

TROYA YODER

“Hide and Seek”

Alabaster, Alabama
facebook.com/troya.yoder

Gear & Settings: Sony α7R III + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens; f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 100

Click photo contest winner, lizard in leaves

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS PHOTO?

Lisa: What first drew me into this image were the gorgeous tones and texture within the frame. The greens are so beautifully managed, and although there is not much variation in color between the subject and the leaves, your eye is immediately drawn to the creature and the details in his features. I love the gentle oranges that really add to — rather than distract from — the image, and the soft shadows throughout.

Leah: This image shows a great use of complementary colors and I really like how Troya has layered her subject between the soft foreground and background.

Seventh Place

D’ANN McCORMICK BOAL

“Her Mustang”

Boulder, Colorado
smittenandswoon.com

Gear & Settings: Nikon D810 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens; f/4.0, 1/2,000, ISO 125

Click photo contest winner, girl and pony

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS PHOTO?

Lisa: I am first drawn to the beautiful light in this image, and the way it falls on both the girl and her horse with a warm and gentle glow. My heart is then captured by their connection. The horse’s head leaning into the girl’s caress tells me right away that they have a standing relationship and trust each other. The shadows also help draw our eyes to the subject’s placement in the upper third of the frame.

Leah: I just love the connection here between the girl and her horse. Their expressions mirror each other in companionship and contentment. The rim light captured on the horse gives this picture a magical quality.