Photo of the Quarter – Q2 2014

I’m pleased to announce the winner of our second Alien Skin Photo of the Quarter competition. A big thanks goes to each of you for sharing your work with us over the last three months. Congratulations to all who submitted. There were thousands of beautiful shots shared during the Second quarter’s competition.

The Alien Skin Flickr group pool and the Exposure and Snap Art Facebook groups continue to grow by leaps and bounds. The competition’s prize value may have had something to do with the flurry of sharing. Over $2,000 in prizes is a pretty big incentive!!

One photo stood out from the other great work shared during the last quarter. It’s pictured below.

Image © Chay Bigger

Into the Light III by Chay Bigger takes the title. Congratulations, Chay! You’re the winner.

What made this image so special for us was the great lighting, composition and pose. The black and white toning is beautifully done and adds to the mystery and mood of the image. Nicely done!

The original prize for the quarter was supposed to be a Fujifilm X-T1 with 56mm f1.2 lens. It turns out that Chay is a Nikon shooter and she politely asked if it was possible for us to give her a Nikon lens of equal value to complement her existing gear. We’re reasonable people and so we agreed. As such Chay chose a Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4G and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G instead. Her fancy new lenses are in the mail right now. Not bad, eh?

Fancy your chances for the next quarter? Our next competition is already underway and you can start sharing now! Head over to The Alien Skin Flickr group pool and the Exposure and Snap Art Facebook groups and share your best work. We’ll be giving away a prize of around $2,300 value again. Let’s see what you got!!

About the Author:

Jimmy is the marketing nerd at Alien Skin. He makes workflow training tutorials, handles affiliates, writes for the blog, manages our contributing authors, governs our social media, and he is the king of swag orders. He also makes a mean cup of espresso, so if you stop by the office, remember to give him cash tips for his efforts.


  1. Susan Huseby July 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I love this piece… this picture show symmetry, texture and simplified beauty. Art of this caliber belongs in a gallery.

  2. Laura Gregory July 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Absolutely stunning..

  3. Donna July 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Chay Bigger’s photography is exceptional! She has the ability to bring out such warmth, beauty, definition and wonder in all of her photos. She has done my son’s head shots and photo shoots for his acting and modeling portfolio for years. She is the only one we go to for absolutely stunning photos!

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  5. Donna Bugg July 25, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Love Chay’s photography. What a gift.

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