We have a winner of the Dedication Competition!

Felix Hernandez

Myth Mountains

"I tried for over four days to get the shots on location since I was looking for a soft light and for that I needed an overcast day. The quality of light is very important to tell a story; it sets the mood. In the studio it’s easy because you’re in control of it. But on location you have to seek, wait, and be patient. Sometimes you have to keep going back to the same spot for several days until the conditions are just right for what you are looking for."

 

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Introducing the winners of #CaptureDedication competition

Thank you to everyone who shared their beautiful images and powerful stories!
Read about the three winners and their dedication to photography.


1st prize winner

Felix Hernandez

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About

Though his work is difficult to categorize, Mexico based photographer Felix Hernandez considers himself a photographer and digital artist.

For Felix, photography is not to portray what already exists, but to portray what exists in his imagination.

"I remember as a child I used to spend hours alone in my room playing with my toys. I also remember that the best part was customizing them and creating worlds where they could exist. Now that I am “grown-up" I realize that I never stopped playing and that the only difference is that now I do it with a camera in my hands."

Photography and digital art has given Felix the possibility to bring to life those scenes that he had in his head when he was a kid.

"Photography with scale models is not so different from other disciplines of photography, but it has its peculiarities. You have to think big, but at the same time small. The possibilities are endless and there are no recipes. You just have to use your imagination."


Find out more about Felix Hernandez

@hernandez_dreamphography

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Myth Mountains - behind the image

"Myth Mountains was the last photo I did of the series ‘Troopers’, using the Black Series Star Wars figures and for it I wanted to do something different. Before Myth Mountains, all of my photos were done at the studio and in many cases I inserted stock images for the backgrounds. For this last image I wanted to capture the scene for real. I went to Los Cabos where I knew I would find the kind of rocks I was looking for. I needed them in the water, not because I wanted to do a sea scene, but because I wanted to give the effect of heavy mist or fog. To accomplish that I used a long exposure shot which would convert the water movement into heavy, low fog. I didn’t care about the over exposed sky since having it almost white would help to integrate all the images better.

I tried for over four days to get the shots on location since I was looking for a soft light and for that I needed an overcast day. The quality of light is very important to tell a story; it sets the mood. In the studio it’s easy because you’re in control of it. But on location you have to seek, wait, and be patient. Sometimes you have to keep going back to the same spot for several days until the conditions are just right for what you are looking for.

In some ways I feel like a landscape photographer, which of course I’m not. I also feel like a portrait photographer, and again, I’m not. I think I’m a product photographer, but…I’m not! So what am I? To me it doesn’t matter. I love all kind of photography disciplines and techniques, because mixing them allows me to create my own vision and share my stories. Photography and digital art have given me the possibility to bring to life those scenes I had in my head when I was a kid."



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2nd prize winner

Juan Osorio

Fly Me To The Moon

"My daughter Sophia decided one day that she didn't want to be a princess anymore. Now she wants to be an astronaut and fly to the moon and to perhaps to Mars as well. She is afraid and she doesn't want to be away from home or her family, but still she wants to go into space.

I wanted to create a surreal world in the simplest possible way, five hundred Red Cedars create an spectacular green canyon that seems to go forever. The reflective balloons allowed me to show the scene from different points of view; like having several cameras in the same scene. It is possible to see Sophia in past, present, and future location points. If you look closely, you can see her father (me) in the in the beginning of her journey being reflected on her present on the shiny balloons. One day in the future, I will not be with her.

My hope with this photograph is that she sees it later in life and it will remind her to follow her dreams, to believe in herself and that she will be able to accomplish any task regardless of the apparent impossibility of success. Our bond, love, and connection still will be there always."



Find out more about Juan Osorio

@juancosoriophotography

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3rd prize winner

Nick Kontostavlakis

Classroom in Rwanda

"This photo was taken during my latest trip to Rwanda with an international non-governmental organization and our purpose was to construct some school classrooms and safety rooms. We found cheerful kids, playful as they would be in any place on the planet. We exchanged a few words and started playing a game. In a moment I pressed click. Then I left the camera beside me. One click was enough to portray my emotions of that time. What counts in photography is not only the result of the image taken but the experience I gained through this procedure. In a profoundly personal way I feel an image is the language that speaks to the heart and at the same time teaches us to see things differently."




Find out more about Nick Kontostavlakis

@nickkontostavlakis

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1st prize

Win a photo trip with professional photographer Paul Reiffer and a Capture One Pro license. The winner will get to choose between going to either California or Shanghai and have access to the Phase One XF cameras during the workshop.

Paul’s workshops are known to help photographers go to the next level. Whether bringing your own equipment or making use of the Phase One XF camera systems offered in the workshops, you can be certain that you will bring home the best possible images from some of the most amazing locations.

In addition to Paul’s workshop the winner will also have the cost of flights up to 800 USD covered.

Total value up to 8,478 USD


2nd prize

A professional photographer setup including a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16, i7 512GB and a Capture One Pro license

Bring your photography anywhere by combining the Wacom MobileStudio Pro with the professional’s choice in image editing software, Capture One.

Total value of 3,299 USD


3rd prize

A creative photography solution including a Wacom Intuos Pro, Medium and a Capture One Pro license.

Edit your images using the Wacom Intuos Pro drawing tablet and optimize your workflow in Capture One.

Total value of 649 USD


 

What is dedication?

As an entrant we would like you to share an inspirational story about why the image is special to you. It could be how the image kicked off your career, the special situation of the capture, how the subject drives your photography, etc.

As inspiration we have asked photographers about an image that is special to them and how dedication drives their photography.








Dance photographer Dayron Vera








Food photographer Patricia Niven

 
 

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