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Fun in the Sun: Top Picks

By Diana K  ·  May 21st, 2014

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Fun in the Sun”!  We had some extremely creative submissions.  Here are the finalists who stood out to our judges. Please scroll down to the bottom and vote for the your favorite photo. The three photos with the most votes may appear in the July/August 2014 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques. Voting is now closed.


1st Day at the Beach, by RaNae Taylor


 My Happy Place, by Shirley Resnick


Roping in Arizona, by Mary Schwartz


Bonaire Divers, by Maureen Terrien


Cool Sliding, by Karen Carter


Surfer’s Paradise, by Ron D


Light Wave Surfer, by Carol Calkins


Keeping Cool, by Elaine Reed

Congratulations to all our finalists! Our “Cityscapes” Photo-Challenge is going on right now. Don’t forget to join the fun!

15 Replies to Fun in the Sun: Top Picks:

  1. Sue

    May 21, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Wow this is HARD. I love them all!! But if I have to choose one:

    “Keeping Cool” made me say “WOW” what a shot.
    2. Cool sliding

  2. Cynthia

    May 21, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I love them all, but the one I immediately was drawn to was My Happy Place, by Shirley Resnick. It is so peaceful and tranquil which is very much needed in this world today. It looks likes an oil painting.

  3. Jane

    May 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

    “Keeping Cool” I could feel the water!

  4. Donna

    May 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Beautiful photos-all. I had several I would definitely vote for as favorite because of the photo quality and how the water is ‘frozen’ in time. I decided to go with #1-1st day at the Beach by RaNae Taylor. Those waves are inviting. (“Keeping Cool” is fabulous and definitely a winner also)

  5. Paulette

    May 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Great photography from all but my favorite is ” Cool Sliding”. That little guy is truely having some summer fun!

  6. Dolorita

    May 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Tough to decide, but I liked the energy that was portrayed.

  7. Jenny

    May 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Loved the hidden story.

  8. Barbara

    May 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    very nice

  9. Steve

    May 22, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Great shot you must have had your camera on continuous and a lot of light.

  10. Bob

    May 22, 2014 at 5:38 am

    “Cool Sliding”

    The simplest fun you can have on a hot Summer day. Used to love doing this when I was a kid. My kids loved it too.

  11. Kay

    May 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Childhood innocence – nothing is more natural. However, any one of the others could have been the best as well.

  12. Crescencio

    May 23, 2014 at 5:56 am

    cool sliding. That kid was really having fun.

  13. Peter

    May 23, 2014 at 6:25 am

    My pick is Light Wave Surfer. For composition, I like the use of the lines (swirls) to convey motion around the perfectly placed surfer. Also, I appreciate the image editing required for the final photo effect.

  14. Judi

    May 29, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Would love to see/read the details of how the photographer captured the movement in “Keeping Cool”

  15. carol

    June 8, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Light Wave Surfer, A could use of PSE to work the swirls into perfect waves!

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