Judge's Comments

  1. We lack a term for a visual joke in photography, so we need to invent one that describes, and encourages, the kind of visual coincidence presented to us here by MathiPx. This is a very clever shot – whether captured this way intentionally or by accident. I love how the balloon appears to hover above the headless boy – until we note that his head is just concealed by his hood. That the two heads are ginger only adds to the force that makes us believe our first glance, and makes the sense of being tricked stronger when we finally realise the truth. It’s a fabulous picture.

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