Phoozl “Beauty” Photo Contest Results are in!


Janaury 16, 2014 – by Jackie Augustine

The Winner is…….

We are delighted to announce that David M.M. Taffet’s amazing photograph, “Breathing Beauty” has been selected by our head judge, Robert Farber, as the grand prize winner in the Phoozl “Beauty” Photo Contest.  Here are Robert’s comments about the winning photograph:

“The concept of beauty was captured perfectly with many of the images that were submitted. Some captured pure visual beauty that any viewer could appreciate. Others captured beauty that I could tell was mostly in the eyes of the creator.”

“So all in all, the submissions made it very difficult to choose only the top three and three honorable mentions, but it was job to do and the following are my selections. ”

— Robert Farber,


Special Thanks!

Special thanks to Robert Farber for his support and for his generous donation of time to judge all the entries and select our grands prize winner, to Matt Sweetwood and Unique Photo for providing the generous grand prize, to Harald Johnson and the Phoozl team for partnering with us on this project and to all the photographers who supported JHP by entering the contest. Their entry fee of $25 was donated to JHP.



Grand Prize (1st Place Overall)
by David M.M. Taffet
“Breathing Beauty”
Judge’s Comment: My first choice, which may surprise some viewers, is out of a pure, personal sensitivity to the interpretation of beauty, in this case with the feeling that was captured between the two people. Their expressions, the glistening in her eye, his hand tenderly reaching to her, the expression on his face… It all shows that there’s more to an image than just good technical execution.
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2nd Place Overall
by Lesley Ackman
“Beauty of Flight”
Judge’s Comment: Now here’s a beautiful image that is captured beautifully, elegantly, technically, and with grace. The perfect composition of the flying bird with a highlight on the wings against the sky (and nice light on the eye) creates a gorgeous image.
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3rd Place Overall
by Stefano M
“Thoughtful Beauty”
Judge’s Comment: A lot to like here: I like the whimsical sensitivity, the composition of the off-center subject, her looking down, the wispy hair,
the lighting on the background, and the mood of the image overall. I feel this really captures beauty.
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Honorable Mentions

More winning images chosen by the judge in the Honorable Mention category…
(Judge Robert Farber adds: “There is such a fine line between the honorable mentions and the ones in first, second, and third place.”)

by skinsel
“Making the Best of It”
Judge’s Comment: There are a number of elements that give this image great strength. A hand tells a story so well and becomes a great portrait in itself. In this case a monkey holding onto the cage says even more than just the hand on its own.
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by Jose R. Moreno
Judge’s Comment: There are a number of great qualities about this image: Its monochromatic tones, the composition of the trees with the one bent tree in the center and the graphics of the two trees along the right edge, and the one old or broken tree leaning toward the other on the right.
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by rodriguezjrv
Judge’s Comment: I like the intensity of her eyes, the composition, the angle of her face and her hand delicately touching it. All this adds to the drama of the image. It creates a mystique. It’s not just a beauty shot … It tells a story.
Gallery Photo Detail Page



PhoozL thanks all the photographers who participated in this photo contest, the final one of 2013. We hope you were challenged, had your creativity sparked, and learned more about photography along the way. And a huge thanks to our judge: ROBERT FARBER, and to additional Prize Sponsors: Unique Photo, APERTURE Magazine and Cengage Learning PTR. Feel free to comment on this contest (or others, or on any photo) wherever you see the Comment boxes at the bottom of pages. 


Harald Johnson
(aka AdminHarald)

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Phoozl Photography Contest Deadline Extended!


This is a unique opportunity to have your worked judged by professional photographer, Robert Farber, win a UniquePhoto $500 gift card and support our organization the Josephine Herrick Project. 

By Sara Sweetwood

The deadline for our Phoozl photo contest has been extended! Submissions will now be accepted up until Sunday, December 22.

This benefit photo contest will help support JHP and our efforts in the community to use photography as a panacea for veterans, autistic children, senior citizens and struggling youth. 

The subject of submissions should be beauty. Beauty is different for every person, so show us what you find beautiful! Where do you see beauty in your life? “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” so be unique!

This exciting photo contest will be judged by world-famous photographer Robert Farber, who will be picking a first, second, and third place entry, along with 3 honorable mentions.




Help support our charity and submit your depictions of beauty by Sunday, December 22 at 7:00 pm EST! Winners will be announced by December 31st.

About the Josephine Herrick Project

JHP enists professional photographers to educate communities who do not have a voice in society. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHProject’s free programs inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities through artistic vision.


For more information on the contest or to submit photographs visit:


PhoozL Announces Photo Contest Benefiting the Josephine Herrick Project


Globally recognized professional photographer, Robert Farber is the head judge

September 23. 2013 – (Charlottesville, Virginia) – Photography competition site PhoozL announces a special photo contest (‘Beauty’) that will benefit the Josephine Herrick Project (formerly Rehabilitation Through Photography). This is a paid-entry ($25), judged contest where the contest winners not only win prizes but also contribute to photo charity JHP (via their entry fees). The head judge, Robert Farber, is globally recognized for his genre-crossing style in nudes, still life, landscapes, and fashion. The contest is open to all, amateur to pro, 18+, worldwide. To see more details and to submit by November 19, 2013, go to:

“We are delighted to partner with PhoozL on this project, says Jackie Augustine, President of Josephine Herrick Project. “Our programs use photography to help our participants express themselves. The theme ‘Beauty’ aligns perfectly with our goal to help people see the beauty in their world through a camera lens. We are honored to have Robert Farber as our judge and most thankful for our sponsors: Unique Photo, Aperture Magazine and Cengage Learning.”

Contest prizes include: a 1:1 personal communication with judge Robert Farber about the winner’s entries or photographic work, a $500 Gift Card from photo retailer Unique Photo, a one-year subscription to award-winning Aperture Magazine, a free book selection from the digital photography catalog of Cengage Learning PTR, custom award icons, inclusion in PhoozL’s Winners Showcase, and bonus PhoozL Points.

“We’re very excited to partner with the Josephine Herrick Project in this special photo contest,” adds Harald Johnson, PhoozL’s founder. “The entry fee is $25 for up to 3 submissions, and the entry proceeds will be donated to JHP to support their good works in enhancing lives through photography.”

About Josephine Herrick Project
The Josephine Herrick Project (formerly Rehabilitation Through Photography, established 1941) is a New York-based nonprofit that enlists photographic community volunteers to educate students who have not had the opportunity to learn the communicative power of photography. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHP projects are completely free programs that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.

About Judge Robert Farber
Robert Farber‘s style has influenced generations of photographers. His painterly, impressionistic style captures the essence of composition in every genre, including nudes, still life, landscapes and fashion. His ten photo art books have sold over half a million copies. Robert’s fine-art photographs have been published in virtually every form, and he has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Aside from his fine art photography, Robert Farber’s work encompasses major campaigns for fashion, beauty and advertising, as well as directing for TV and film. A documentary highlighting Farber’s life and career, is in development for PBS.

About PhoozL
PhoozL® ( provides photographers and photo enthusiasts with Recognition for their photo talents, photo Learning, and Inspiration via unique photo challenges/contests, professional judging and judge commenting, and other valuable feedback from pros and peers alike.

*PhoozL® and Photo IQ® are registered trademarks of Harald Johnson Communications.