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Winners Of The 2019 Tell Us Your Story Photo Contest

From August 13 through October 1, we received 1,772 submissions from 364 individuals who entered our 2019 Tell Us Your Story photo contest, and now, we’re thrilled to announce the winners! Although it was difficult, our panel of judges managed to narrow down the finalists to three prize-winning images. Below is the gallery of winners:

Third Place: Welcome To The World Of San Francisco

Third Place: Welcome To The World Of San Francisco

Photographer: Tosin Arasi

It had been about seven or eight years since I had last visited this spot on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. On my previous visit, the Transamerica Pyramid was flirting with the fog, lending a very enigmatic ambiance that I liked back then. During this recent visit, however, the fog was on hiatus and Transamerica was a bold vision to behold between the two-row houses in this narrow alley.

As I prepared to capture the scene, a young fellow approached and waited courteously for me to finish. When I lowered my camera, he said politely, "I don't want to interfere with your photography." I was slightly caught off guard by his good manners since they’re traits painfully lacking in ordinary conversation between people today.I responded, "By all means, please interfere. You may actually add to my composition and add the element I'm missing."

The fellow, who was likely in his early to mid-20s, smiled and proceeded to walk down the steps and through the alley. What I found fascinating was that as he walked farther away, deeper into the frame, his height and size became more diminutive and appeared like a child curiously walking into the realm that we know as San Francisco. Surely enough, he was indeed the missing element for what has become one of my all-time favorite images of the City by the Bay.

Sony Alpha 99 (SLT-A99V), 28-75mm F2.8 SAM at 28mm, 1/1600 sec; f/2.8, ISO 200.


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