17th place in Silhouettes and Shadows

This photograph, taken by Oka Morikawa, was awarded 17th place in the Silhouettes and Shadows category for the WPJA's 2011 Q2 Contest.

Judges Comments

  • Simple, graphically compelling and mysterious, the photo preserves a moment that raises questions rather than answers them, which contributes to its power. Why so serious? Whatever the reason, the image surely adds a contrasting mood to the day's overall coverage. Cropping from the right to eliminate the light line - can't tell what it is - might have simplified and strengthened the picture.,

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