I've been asked to step in at the very last moment and make the moderator picks for the week of 15 to 21 May. Our apologies to you all for the late posting of the selections, due to unforeseen circumstances.
I've looked at every image posted for the week in question and I have to say that I am impressed with many of the images up on the site. Here's my selection
Travel & Outdoor
This was a tough choice as there are some lovely images in this category. However, the stand-out image was 'Loch Broom in the Distance' by Ruud van Ruitenbeek.
This is a beautiful image of a very traditional English landscape. It has everything I could ask for - a lovely foreground, my eye follows the meandering river right along the valley to the Loch, and those wonderful clouds! The colours, the lighting and the quality of this image make it a real winner.
People & Portrait
Very few images posted in this category for that week. So, come on, all you TPNers - let's see some more photos of those great people you photograph on your travels!
Religious Portrait by Avi Hirschfield wins this category. The pensive look, the hair, the cap, the demeanour of this person really makes the shot. The black & white treatment serves to give it more feeling. I'm left wondering what he is thinking about and what religious code he follows.
Nature & Wildlife
The out-and-out winner of this category is Come & Get It by Avi Hirschfield. What a shot! I was once told by a top wildlife photographer that, for wildlife shots, you have to either focus on the action, or the eye of the bird or animal. Here, the action is captured perfectly, the image is sharp where it needs to be and the colours and textures of the birds' feathers are excellent
Travel Challenge - Hill Country
Happily there were lots of entries in the weekly challenge for Hill Country. It made my selection extra tricky as there were some super photographs here. The winner for Hill Country is Dragon's Backbone, North of Guilin, China, by Richard P Schoettger. Wow! What an image. Beautiful colours and tones, really lovely foreground and all that wonderful mist and cloud really makes this image sing
Congratulations Ruud, Avi and Richard!
I am really pleased to be asked to make these selections. The challenge of the moderators is to make selections and your challenge is to post more great travel images and encourage fellow photographers to join TPN. So, I'm looking forward to seeing lots more travel images on TPN very soon . . . . .
Tricia Kennedy ARPS