First Place - Contrived
Title: Where Sand Meets Sea
This photo was contrived by placing a transparent sphere against the beach horizon. By matching the refraction from the sphere with the point where the shoreline and skyline meet, this photo demonstrates the physics of refraction. By means of refraction, lenses form an image. The glass sphere in this photo acted as a lens causing the inverted image. This photo was taken at the Venice beach in Los Angeles, California and shows the beauty of combining physics with ones own natural surroundings.