Congratulations to KRISTINA VARAKSINA of San Francisco, Calif., for taking the top honors in the 6th Annual Your Best Shot photo contest. This photo is one in a series by Varaksina about female life and psychology. "In this image, I'm referencing the situations when at a very young age girls get influenced by media, fashion magazines, the beauty industry, etc., imposing on them certain stan- dards," she explains. "Nowadays young girls just ask parents to buy things, but in the mid-20th century they had to make everything themselves. That, I think, helped to grow a generation of strong and independent women. The whole scene was set up and artificially lit. The little girl is a very talented young actress and dancer Daria Yurkevich."
As the contest's Grand Prize winner, Varaksina receives $1,000 in cash, Tamrac's Evolution 9 photo backpack, a Gitzo GT2532S Series 2 tripod with ballhead, a PNY 32 GB Pro-Elite series SDHC Class 10 UHS-I memory card, a Strobist lighting kit from LumiQuest and a 16x20-inch print of the winning photo from Duggal.