Of all the special issues in which the CityBeat staff is asked to judge reader submissions, our annual photo contest is, by far, the one that stirs the most inter-office debates. While one person sees a magical moment that has been masterfully captured, another person might not see that magic at all. Of the hundreds of submissions we received this year, here are a few that we all agreed had something magical going on. These shutterbugs, professional and amateur alike, managed to transcend the age of double-tap likes and #instaeverything to create something that is both artful and everlasting. Keep clicking.
And not too shabby: The Grand Prize winner gets a Nikon 1J4 Digital Camera with 10-30mm lens, courtesy of George’s Camera.
2nd place: 'Blade Diego' by Hector Miranda
3rd place: 'Little Girl and Dress Shop Window' by Jesse Keller
Honorable mention: 'Gene' by Street Populace
Honorable mention: 'Americana at Lake Henshaw' by Jake Rose
Honorable Mention: 'Street Bunny' by Tyson Wirtzfeld
Honorable mention: untitled by @khazam
Honorable mention: untitled by @cjonpirovano