Weekly Photo Contest: Focus and Blur

Which picture came out as the top shot this week? It was a tough choice.

Riding on the release of Google Camera into the Play Store and new camera features from the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, we decided to set up this week's photo contest looking for the best sharp-focused and selectively-blurred pictures. With the combination of great hardware and new innovative software, it's getting easier to apply realistic blurring effects to already excellent photos — all within the phone.

With so many entries and such a huge prize at stake, it was even tougher than usual to pick out just one winner to take down the whole contest. In the end it had to be done, though, and you can see the winning shot below.

Winner of an HTC One M8 Google Play edition, jeddo45!

Weekly Photo Contest: Focus and Blur Winner

We said it was a tough battle, but when it came to picking just one, jeddo45 had all of the right stuff in this picture. The low point-of-view gave a very interesting effect, blurring out the pier along the background and letting the light come in through it just right. You get a narrow point with extremely sharp focus, and the rest artistically fades away. This shot was taken with a Nexus 5 in HDR, and it is entirely deserving of winning this week's contest.

Keep an eye on your doorstep and mailbox for a package, the HTC One M8 Google Play edition is on its way!

Thanks again to everyone else who entered, and keep your eyes peeled for the next photo contest. We want the chance to give away more great prizes to everyone, so keep taking pictures and entering them!

There are 25 comments

mathiasjk says:

Congratulations! That's a beautiful picture!

newboyx says:

Nice picture

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Well done jeddo!

comraderudy says:

lovely shot! congrats, brother!

neonworm says:


etnpnys says:

Well done. Nice pic.

Joel E says:

Awesome! From a Nexus 5?! Not bad at all. Enjoy the GPE M8 man.

Hm..these weekly photo contests have now caught my eye. Gonna put my S5 to work for the next one.

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Glad I didn't have to choose the winner - there were so many good entries, it must have been very tough narrowing them down.

Congrats to jeddo45 - I expect to see you post some shots up in the M8 photo thread!

tDotm says:

A deserving winner. Great pic!

Hey, jeddo45. Since you won the M8, send me that Nexus 5. ;)

chrismage says:

Congratulations and I didn't win pooh!

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dcdttu says:

That is an extremely well balanced photo. Gorgeous lighting, too, especially considering you were using a phone's camera pointed directly at the sun.

gtg465x says:

When he posted that directly after mine in the thread on Saturday I got a bad feeling in my gut. I hoped I might get a few extra points for being a long time reader / poster and him being new. Doesn't being there for every AC podcast since episode 1 count for anything, haha? Oh well. Nice contest! Tons of great entries! Congrats jeddo

Need to sell that pic!!!! Perfect

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Congrats Jeddo45! Hope you enjoy that shiney new M8!

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zippox180 says:

Great shot. They are absolutely right in choosing that picture. Feel like it should be on a postcard.

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eahinrichsen says:

Congrats on the beautiful shot! I added it to the rotation of desktop images on my Chromebook. :)

jeddo45 says:

Thanks everyone and to Android Central! I am excited to get that phone!

"Android is a Robot, not a Galaxy."

murof says:

That restroom sign is in pike place! Man I miss home....

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keith2k1 says:

This pic is awesome! I'm using it as my background

Sam Sun says:


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Mo ZedEl says:

Congratulations Jeddo!!

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bergeronjc says:

What a terrible choice. You guys picked poorly this time.

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jeddo45 says:

Thanks buddy

"Android is a Robot, not a Galaxy."

Marc Rivera says:

I hope we can know the top 3's lol ;)

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