Robin Griggs Wood’s winner: Eric Raeber:
The first image I came upon from Eric in this round was a standout and went naturally into the top position. The square composition, gently lifted from its background, was a unique view to something as mundane as an acorn. While I never take series as a whole when judging a round––preferring to allow each image to stand on its own for each theme––it was clear to me there was a strong vision being employed in each of Eric’s entries. Simple, clear, direct––designed to lift the viewer themselves from thinking in the mundane and literal. Congratulations, Eric––not only for your marvelous works, but for your vision that extends beyond mere imagery.
- Robin Griggs Wood