This is the winning shot for Alien Skin’s latest Photo of the Month contest. May’s photo-sharing theme was street photography. Congratulations goes to Wil Moore.

Judge

This month’s contest guest judge is photographer Robert Hamilton. When discussing the winning photo for the contest Robert said, “I like this shot. It has a good feel to it, and it tells a story that really draws me in. Looking at it makes me think about how the people in the scene are related. I love the reflection in the window because it adds some great-looking context to the scene. The post processing is strong in contrast, which works well for this image.”

Winner

We connected with this month’s winner, Wil. Learn more about him and his work, below.

How did you get into photography?

I fell into photography during art school. I used to pay photographers to take archival photo records of my paintings. Too often they would run off with both the images and the payment. I never officially studied photography in school, but I have learned a lot from a few super-cool mentors using YouTube as my classroom. As of now, I’ve been a photographer for approximately nine years.

What is the importance of personal work?

I feel that it’s extremely valuable to invest time in working on personal projects. Personal work helps me to keep my work fresh, and it gives me the freedom to make and learn from mistakes.

How do you stay inspired and connected?

I find inspiration in a lot of places, such as Joe McNally’s photography website. Joe has been my number one photographer inspiration. I pattern my journalistic photography after his.

How has Alien Skin’s software changed how you process your photos?

Before Alien Skin, my workflow was limited to Lightroom only. Then Miguel Quiles inspired me to try using Exposure. The effects he achieves with the software are phenomenal. Exposure is a one-stop shop for photo editing, and it’s always evolving. Alien Skin adds new features to it all of the time. And I especially love how the software makes my workflow easier.

Learn more about Wil Moore on his website, of on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Runner Ups

The photo shares last month were gorgeous. We have more than just the top ten listed here because there were so many great choices. Thanks to all of you who entered last month’s contest. Now check out these eye-grabbing shots.

Prizes

Photo of the Month award winners receive a few choice items from Alien Skin Software. They get one of our super soft tri-blend t-shirts and all our photography software.

Monthly Theme

The monthly photo-sharing theme for June is Geometry. Enter the contest this month by sharing your best work for this topic before the first of July.

Stay connected with all of the submissions to the contest in the Exposure and Snap Art users groups on Facebook. The announcement posts are pinned at the top of the groups near the first day of each month. There are friendly reminders of the group’s posting rules, which I encourage everyone to take a look at.