The March Print of the Month is the first place Star Color, Surf 3 by Ben Fu Huang of Flushing, NY, who has only entered POM twice.
The judge, Mark Aksoy, tells us that this image celebrates the pursuit of the perfect wave and the ability of a skilled surfer to make waves of her own. The viewer’s eye follows the path of the surfer entering from the left to carve a circular trail of spray which surrounds her as an internal frame. The turbulence of the water and the profile of the surfer as she strives to maintain control are all frozen by the fast shutter speed, creating extreme sharpness and clarity of detail. Despite the bright daylight, exposure control is excellent with highlights in the water droplets and pleasing turquoise hues in the base of the wave at mid left. All of these factors combine to create an image of compelling drama and action.