The time has finally come. Yes friends, I’m pleased to unveil the winner of the first Alien Skin Photo of the Quarter competition. We would like to thank each of you for sharing such incredible images. Our Flickr group pool has developed into an impressive collection of beautiful photos because of you. There were thousands of gorgeous photos shared throughout the competition. Congratulations to all.

In the end, we have to choose one winner from the masses of awesome pics. In my opinion, this was the hardest part of the competition. We pulled out the big guns and had Finley Lee, our CEO, make the call.

The Winning Shot

Image © Marco

Under The Bridge by Marco takes the winning spot. This photo is technically spot-on in terms of composition and toning. The juxtaposition of the bright, clear sky and dark horizon line capture and direct the viewers eye deep into the recursion at the center. The highlights in the bridge shadow have enough detail to give an extra level of texture to the shot, which strengthens the image overall.

Congratulations, Marco. You’re the winner. I hate to use the “N” or the “C” words in mixed company, but Marco is a Canon shooter. He went with a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II over the 85 f/1.2L. His fancy new glass is on the way to him right now.