winner

Julie Audoux

“Passeggiata”

Gear & Settings: iPhone 8; f/1.8, 1/370, ISO 20

With smartphone cameras getting better and better, there’s no reason not to get out there and take pics with whatever gear you have on you at the moment! These Click photo contest winners for March/April 2020 take smartphone photography to the next level! Congrats to our first place winner, Julie Audoux of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. And a huge thanks to our fabulous judges Charlaine Williams, Bauxite, Arkansas and Erica Williams, Phoenix, Arizona.

Drumroll please… here are the five photo contest winners for the smartphone photography category.

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THE WINNING PHOTO?

Erica: The lines in this photo are perfect as your eyes read the image left to right. I love the complementary colors of the blue bike up against the orange building. Although the colors are bold, the overall image has a peaceful feeling.

Charlaine: I love the rich colors in this photo. The blue in the moped provides a great contrast to the oranges and pinks in the building, trees, and sky. I also appreciate the use of repeating patterns in the buildings and the texture of the sidewalk.

Second Place

DANA WALTON

“Rise and Shine ”

Barrie, Ontario, Canada
danawaltoncollection.com

Gear & Settings: iPhone 7 Plus; 3.9mm, f/1.8, ISO 640

Click photo contest winner for smartphone photography category, selfie from above with cats
Photo by Dana Walton

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS PHOTO?

Erica: I love that the cat is starring right at you in this image, pulling you into the scene. The photo has many interesting layers, starting with the cat in center, Dana in the left corner and then another cat in the far right corner on the floor. I love how the colors work well together, from the grays in her shirt to the floor and cats. It feels like the image was carefully orchestrated to form this beautiful piece of art.

Charlaine: The perspective in this photograph is so interesting. I love the cat staring right up into the camera as well. The patterns in the sink, floor, and rugs work perfectly together and the color pallete is clean and pleasing. This photo shows how you can take an everyday task that is so relatable to many people and turn it into a piece of art.

Third Place

HEATHER WILSON

“Small Town Living”

Lena, Illinois
heatherwphotography.com

Gear & Settings: iPhone 8 Plus; f/1.8, 1/120, ISO 25

Click photo contest winner for smartphone photography category
Photo by Heather Wilson

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS PHOTO?

Erica: This image has interesting lines and movement. I love how the colors coordinate together from the boy on the bike to the building hues. The image has a small town feel, like childhood days of riding your bike into town. It’s familiar, and I can relate to the story here. The lines and composition are perfection.

Charlaine: The boy on his bicycle is what first caught my eye in this photograph. The perceived movement draws your eye along to all of the repeating patterns on the building and sidewalk. I also like the reflections in the windows, which add depth to the photograph.

Fourth Place

LISA HILL

“Random Walk”

Atlanta, Georgia
lisahillphoto.com

Gear & Settings: iPhone 6; f/2.2, 1/800, ISO 32

Click photo contest winner for smartphone photography category, feet from below
Photo by Lisa Hill

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS PHOTO?

Erica: I love the shadows and lines in this image. It’s very intriguing, almost mysterious in a way that draws you in leaving you wanting to know more.

Charlaine: The lines, color, and perspective of this photograph are all terrific. The way the lines intersect and curve moves your focus around, and the feet above gives it depth. There is great light and color in the image as well. I love the way the light starts out bright at the top and then gets darker toward the bottom.

Fifth Place

MANUELA KELLER-BARTELSMEYER

“Sunset at the Palace”

St. Louis, Missouri
instagram.com/papparazza

Gear & Settings: iPhone XS; wide lens, f/1.8, 1/320, ISO 25

Click photo contest winner for smartphone photography category, palace doorway
Photo by Manuela Keller-Bartelsmeyer

Q: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS PHOTO?

Erica: I love the layers in this image! First you’re looking through the frame of a doorway, then onto the horizontal lines of the building in the distance. Very well done!

Charlaine: The use of the archway as framing for this photo is stunning. The palace in the background and the colors of the photograph make it seem almost like a painting. The girls off to the side, in the beautiful period dresses, really add to the surreal feel of the photograph.