The chaos of nature and humanity: We unveil our May prize winners for our Photo of the Day contest


posted Monday, June 29, 2015 at 4:25 PM EDT

The Photo of the Day judges at Imaging Resource enjoy both the beautiful and the serene as elements in a great photograph, perhaps as a needed respite from our chaotic work days. As such, many of our winners and runner's-up from this year have fallen into these categories, as our faithful contest followers and participants can knowingly attest.

May's voting results shake things up in our contest, bringing a bit of balancing chaos to the tranquility and perhaps as a testament to Spring, the most volatile season of all. We start with one of our long-time contributors, Mike DiRenzo and his trusty Canon 5D Mark II, bringing us "Monsoon in the Canyon" - a truly gorgeous and surreal depiction of nature's fury overtaking the tranquility of sunrise in the desert.

[Click any image below for a larger view and more details. And please keep the wonderful submissions coming our way!]

First prize • Monsoon in the Canyon by Mike DiRenzo • Canon 5D Mark II

A big IR thanks to Mike for this and the many wonderful submission's he's sent to us over the years!

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Taking second prize for May is Darryl Chiew with an Olympus E-M1, bringing us an incredible image of a forlorn lone biker amongst a virutal sea of parked bikes. The judges were quite enamoured with this one, and it was a virtual toss-up for the number one and two spots this month. (It's a good thing we award three prizes.)

Congratulations to Darryl for this intriguing image!

Second prize • Amongst by Darryl Chiew • Olympus E-M1

And taking third prize this month is Noor Eva with a Nikon P600, bringing us a cleverly conceived image of a leopard drying off. It's a compelling image and a great contrast to the typical zoo shots we often receive.

Thanks for a great shot, Noor!

Third prize • Drying by Noor Eva • Nikon D600

Both of our runner-up images this month are from long-time regulars Nikki McDonald and Frank Somma, and bring us back to tranquility and harmony, restoring the balance.

Thanks to both of you for these wonderful images and for being faithful, long-time contributors to our contest!

First runner-up • Luminance by Nikki McDonald • Sony A580

Second runner-up • Emerald Starling by Frank Somma • Nikon D3

Thanks so much to everyone who enters our Photo of the Day contest. The top three prize winning images all receive gift certificates from Adorama of $300, $200 and $100, respectively. [International readers are welcome to enter, but only US and Canada residents are eligible to win prizes due to regulations.]

For anyone wanting to know more about our competition please visit this news story which describes our contest and also offers some useful tips to help you succeed. To see camera and exposure information on this month's winners or to visit previous months please visit our POTD winner's gallery.

Ready to submit a photo of your own? Just click here! And to compliment these photographers on their submissions or to offer your own analysis, please use the comments section below.

• Thanks to Adorama for sponsoring our contest! •

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News stories from previous monthly winners:

Wild Dolphin by Karen Celella

April 2015 POTD Winners

March 2015 POTD Winners

February 2015 POTD Winners

January 2015 POTD Winners

December 2014 POTD Winners

November 2014 POTD Winners

October 2014 POTD Winners

September 2014 POTD Winners

August 2014 POTD Winners

July 2014 POTD Winners