When we first began considering the idea of a cover contest to celebrate The Moment We Came Alive – the inaugural edition of FPQ – we were both excited and nervous about the idea.
On the one hand, after receiving so many amazing story submissions, we were almost sure we’d get some equally sparkling images. On the other hand, there existed the possibility that we wouldn’t get any entries at all – or worse, we’d get a bunch but none of them would fit.
In the end, though, we realized the contest was as good a way as any to show, right off the bat, what we’re all about: showcasing people’s stories. Why not devote the ‘outside’ of the e-book to visual storytellers the way the inside is devoted to prose storytellers?
We asked you, the people, to send us images that you felt best illustrated the title of our collection, The Moment We Came Alive – and boy did you live up to the challenge.
It wasn’t an easy choice. We had to do some serious thinking (and serious drinking) before making our final decision. It came down to three very awesome pictures; and while we could only select one for the cover, we’d like to show them all off here, and give their creators their rightful props.
So without further ado, here are the finalists for the Winter 2011 FPQ cover image contest:
Photographer: Francesco Napoli
Why We Like It: Anyone who has ever stared into the eyes of a goat knows that they are godless, soulless killing machines. Yet this image of an infant goat, innocent in all appearances, is so cute you just want to put it in your pocket for a rainy day. Weird and endearing – a little like us, actually.
For more of Francesco’s work, visit www.franknapoli.ca (Warning: NSFW)
Photographer: Julio Palacios
Why We Like It: Aside from the sheer beauty of this image, what I found most interesting about it is its symbolic significance. You’d think, as digital publishers, we’d be tempted to identify with this poor person and his/her struggle with the convoluted tangles of a dead tree. However, we prefer to think that this individual is actually climbing – using the strong wooden roots laid down over many years of growth to take him/herself to a brand new place, just over the hill.
For more of Julio’s work, visit www.fivebyseven.ca
Photographer: Alex Lewandowski
Why We Like It: Epic. That word is practically meaningless online but I won’t hesitate to apply it to this image. This is how we feel. This is how we see things, right now, where we stand. We’re on the cusp of something big. Bigger than us? You bet. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thoughts from Alex Lewandowski: “I took this photo when I was out hiking with my wife, our kids, and a couple friends last summer. We were on top of Murphy Dome, which is the largest of a ring of hills that surrounds Fairbanks, Alaska. It’s just a few miles up the road from our house, above the treeline, and a great spot for a day-hike. On that day, heavy afternoon clouds were rolling in, but the sky was still pretty bright. A few of the older kids ran up ahead, searching for the highest possible place to stand. I thought their silhouettes, standing at the top of the hill, were striking and a little surreal. I chose to submit this image because I saw a correlation between these three figures, appearing out of the ether wholly formed, and The Moment We Came Alive.”
Congratulations, Alex – and thank you for helping us capture our moment!