Jophel Botero Ybiosa's image 'Flow of Fun' won first prize in our FLOW competition
Jophel Botero Ybiosa (above) was awarded first prize for his image 'Flow of Fun' and judge Steve Bloom said: "This picture shows the photographer's exceptional luck and timing. The children in the water appear to be enjoying themselves, seemingly oblivious to their hazardous situation. They are caught up in the flowing torrent, while behind them the bus moves quickly. The slight motion-blur of the bus emphasizes its speed. The boy's head is framed by the wheel, adding a sense of danger, and the composition is further enhanced by the oval pattern on the bus which frames and points to the boys, increasing the tension in the composition."[short]
In second place, was Tony Guy for his image entitled Traffic Flow (above). "This photograph depicts a slow flowing road, bringing our attention to the continual movement of all matter, including that which we normally regard as static," says Steve. "The composition is balanced well, with the yellow lines and section of pavement giving meaning and context to the image. The fast-moving traffic which may have contributed to the lava-like flowing road cannot be seen, but the viewer can imagine the hustle and bustle wearing down the slow shifting road."
'Washed Away' (above) was the title of the entry that Steve selected for third place and it was taken by Rajat Toshniwal. Steve says: "This picture is about people meeting together as the water flows around them and over their feet. It has a dream-like quality, soft and slightly