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Congratulations Stephen Reed! September 2020 PFRE Photographer of the Month

Published: 01/10/2020

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Congratulations to Stephen Reed of Garland, TX--September 2020 PFRE Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was stairwell. This was an incredibly close contest, Stephen edged out Dace Voit by just a few points. Usually, there is a clear winner with 2nd and 3rd place trailing relatively close but this month saw the jury award points to 12 different entries. A clear indication of how stiff the competition was. Thank you to everyone who participated, and to the jurors for taking the time to offer their thoughtful commentary.

Here are the top five entries based on the jurors voting:

  1. Stephen Reed - #201
  2. Dace Voit - #196
  3. Josh Mais - #185
  4. Brian Berkowitz - #199
  5. Stefan Randholm - #189

Please feel free to view and comment on any of this month's entries here.

Here is what Stephen had to say about his photo:

Wow, thanks for the fantastic news! What a great way to kick off the fourth quarter, and given the high quality of this month's entries, it really is an unexpected honor. I photographed this house for a new client, and as we were doing the walk through, we came upon this stairway at the back of the home. I knew it would offer a great opportunity for some nice photos, I just had to remind myself to get out of my own way and not overdo it. The photo was comprised of two frames - one with a slight fill for the left side, and another with a bit more flash for detail in the windows.

I completely agree with Michael’s comment about removing the carpet/floor mat at the bottom of the frame. When I began editing the images and saw that, I had a similar but unrepeatable comment for myself. A big thank you to all the judges for taking the time to provide a thoughtful critique of all the images. Getting constructive and knowledgable feedback is invaluable. I’m looking forward to learning a lot more during November’s PFRE conference - hope to “see” everyone there!

Brandon Cooper