Below are the top five winners. Scores have been adjusted to reflect the voting rules (i.e. votes are disqualified if the voter hasn't voted exactly 5 times).
Congratulations to all of you. Thanks as always to everyone for participating. Could the top five winners please send me the story behind the photo (how they came to take the photo) and I'll post it below the image. Could the photographer placed first contact me via flickrmail with their choice of guide and their postal address.
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In first place with 21 votes is nathankaso's "Pylon Lookout"
I was sitting in my flat and had decided not to take any shots that day, as it was very grey and miserable Sydney day. At the last minute I looked down the street and could see the tiniest glimpse of light reflecting off a building. I jumped on the bus and run up the pylon lookout of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The whole sky was filled with clouds except for one little spot that the sun broke through just before it set. It lit up the whole city in orange light for about 2 minutes and was well worth standing in the cold for.
In equal second place with 18 votes is loquitita's "Uyuni salt flats"
In equal second place with 18 votes is Lucie's Photography's "UAE - Dubai Skyline - Blue hour at Burj Al Arab 7* Hotel"
The Burj Al Arab (Arabic: برج العرب, literally, Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 metres (1,053 ft), it is the second tallest building used exclusively as a hotel, after Rose Tower, also in Dubai. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 metres (919 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai's urban transformation and to mimic the sail of a boat.
Burj Al Arab characterizes itself as the world's only "7-star" property, a designation considered by travel professionals to be hyperbole. There is not much one can do about composition, so it is not the most original shot by far, however it is surely a place I had on my list of places to visit for long time.
PENTAX K20D, f/8.0, 30s, ISO 100, 14 mm
In third place with 17 votes is dckf_$êr@pH!nX's "untitled
In fourth place with 14 votes is cormend's "Twilight Zones"
Last summer my family toured the American Northwest for three weeks, and the last stop was Seattle. We took advantage of a wonderful, inexpensive, commuter ferry that left from near Pike Place Market that went to Alki Beach, where one can stroll around, get a bite to eat, then head back by ferry. In addition to a pleasant trip, complete with frolicking sea lions, there's a great view of the Seattle skyline. As the sun set, a small break in the city's ubiquitous clouds made for perfect lighting, and I snapped away.
In equal fifth place with 13 votes is Gypsy Flores Photography's "Flying over the Alps"
In equal fifth place with 13 votes is benkrut's "Icy Chicago"
In equal fifth place with 13 votes is Hueystar's "Skyline New Zealand"
In equal fifth place with 13 votes is donnacorless' "Single Gondola at Sunset"
I had been walking around Venice on a very cloudy and rainy day. I was about to leave the St. Mark's square at the end of the day to take the train. I stayed a few moments longer as soon as I noticed that the sun began to break through and beautiful light from the sunset created a captivating scene.The gondola also happened to be in the right place at the right time.
My favourite (apart from the winners) is mtncanyon's "Himalayan Skyline"
Originally posted at 3:11PM, 18 May 2009 PST
Mark Broadhead edited this topic 94 months ago.