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The Art of Living
Studio Award Winners
Rosemary Atkinson
Gary Beeber
Judith Davis
George Draper
Nicholas Fedak II
Julie Gautier-Downes
Annie Gimas
Caroline Heitkamp
Kevin Hoelscher
Judi Iranyi
Ivana Jašminská
David Kalb
Hyungi Kim
Stephanie Luke
Qingjian Meng
Steve Naegele
Michele Palazzo
Hannah Ponder
Paula Rae Gibson
Alicia Sandlin
Joshua Sariñana
Hansa Tangmanpoowadol
Joshua Watts
Oliver Weber
Anna-Katharina Zeitler

These are the Studio Award winning photographs from the competition for The Art of Living Photography Show. From portraiture to street photography, social documentary to pictorial, these works illuminate how we live, where we live, and who we are.

Judging a competition is challenging and gratifying. Inevitably, there are many great photographs. It comes down to a lot of staring - at composition, at technical quality, at appropriateness to the theme. And all that staring leads to a relationship with the photographs.

In museums and galleries we rarely spend so much time staring at individual images. I invite you to spend time with each of these photographs. View them more than once. Be attentive to how your eye moves through the photograph. Where is your eye drawn, by the subject, the composition, the tones? How does the style of processing work with the subject matter? What are the historical and cultural connections?

It was a pleasure spending time with this collection of photographs.

- David Garnick

David Garnick, is the Editor of Bokeh Bokeh Photo, and the Director of the San Francisco Bay Month of Photography. In his own photographic practice he specializes in pictorial photography with historical and scientific connections.