“In the Rain: 16 Winning Photos from Photocrowd and Miggo’s Photo Challenge

 ‘Monsoon Splash’ by Ata Mohammad Adnan - 1st in the expert vote, 4th in the crowd vote. "What a beautiful moment! It's so authentic, so real and full of emotions. The two kids playing with the water are so innocent in a way. It's so awesome to see how kids really don't mind the weather. Whether it's raining or the sun is out, they will always find a way to have a great time. I love the black and white post-processing and the open aperture. It really makes the subjects pop out. Keep up the great work!” - Marius Vieth


‘Monsoon Splash’ by Ata Mohammad Adnan – 1st in the expert vote, 4th in the crowd vote.
“What a beautiful moment! It’s so authentic, so real and full of emotions. The two kids playing with the water are so innocent in a way. It’s so awesome to see how kids really don’t mind the weather. Whether it’s raining or the sun is out, they will always find a way to have a great time. I love the black and white post-processing and the open aperture. It really makes the subjects pop out. Keep up the great work!” – Marius Vieth

Very recently, photographer Marius Vieth judged a photography contest put on by PhotoCrowd and Miggo. The theme was “In the Rain” and so Marius and the community have chosen 16 winning images. Be sure to also check out more of PhotoCrowd’s challenges.

‘Standing out from the crowd’ by Tony Antoniou. 1st in the crowd vote.

‘Standing out from the crowd’ by Tony Antoniou. 1st in the crowd vote.

‘Playing with the rain’ by Froi Rivera. 2nd in the expert vote, 3rd in the crowd vote.  "I love the minimalism in this moment. It's so reduced to the absolute essence of what's going on. You don't see anything else besides the four connected subjects. The rest is filled with water. There is nothing in the photo that doesn't belong there. While the positive space is certainly filled with interesting subjects, the negative space is exciting as well. You simply look at the tiny waves in the water, the rain drops and all sorts of different structures. Mesmerising!” - Marius Vieth

‘Playing with the rain’ by Froi Rivera. 2nd in the expert vote, 3rd in the crowd vote.
“I love the minimalism in this moment. It’s so reduced to the absolute essence of what’s going on. You don’t see anything else besides the four connected subjects. The rest is filled with water. There is nothing in the photo that doesn’t belong there. While the positive space is certainly filled with interesting subjects, the negative space is exciting as well. You simply look at the tiny waves in the water, the rain drops and all sorts of different structures. Mesmerising!” – Marius Vieth

‘Kingfisher in the rain’ by Mike Hudson. 2nd in the crowd vote.

‘Kingfisher in the rain’ by Mike Hudson. 2nd in the crowd vote.

‘Snowing’ by Paul Bence. 3rd in the expert vote.  "What an exciting, unique moment. To me, it feels like a modern day film noir scene. It could be straight from a movie or tv show. Although the jacket and the background are dark, the natural contrasts still work thanks to the great light. The hoodie really pops out and serves as an eye catcher. The rain is beautifully lit up and almost creates some sort of starry universe around the subject. Wonderful job on this outstanding black and white shot.” - Marius Vieth.

‘Snowing’ by Paul Bence. 3rd in the expert vote.
“What an exciting, unique moment. To me, it feels like a modern day film noir scene. It could be straight from a movie or tv show. Although the jacket and the background are dark, the natural contrasts still work thanks to the great light. The hoodie really pops out and serves as an eye catcher. The rain is beautifully lit up and almost creates some sort of starry universe around the subject. Wonderful job on this outstanding black and white shot.” – Marius Vieth.

‘Wet With Rain’ by Rory McDonald. 4th in the expert vote, 6th in the crowd vote.  "Although there are so many different subjects and elements in this photo, they all create one big, impressive layer. You can either admire the moment as a whole or go through the dozens of subjects. Besides that, the colours fill the frame with so much positivity and life. The only way to make this photo even cooler is if it had one striking subject looking up. But even without this one tiny cherry on the top of the cake, it's still an incredibly delicious cake!” - Marius Vieth

‘Wet With Rain’ by Rory McDonald. 4th in the expert vote, 6th in the crowd vote.
“Although there are so many different subjects and elements in this photo, they all create one big, impressive layer. You can either admire the moment as a whole or go through the dozens of subjects. Besides that, the colours fill the frame with so much positivity and life. The only way to make this photo even cooler is if it had one striking subject looking up. But even without this one tiny cherry on the top of the cake, it’s still an incredibly delicious cake!” – Marius Vieth

 ‘Heading Home’ by Ann McGrath. 5th in the expert vote.  "For me what makes this moment so special is a mix of the beautiful black and white post processing, the minimalist reduction, the leading lines through the trees and the walkway, the subject in the distance and the gorgeous natural light. Isn't it awesome how you flow from the bottom to the top of the photo mainly due to the great contrasts and leading lines? This photo could just as well be from a 1950s crime movie about a private detective.” - Marius Vieth


‘Heading Home’ by Ann McGrath. 5th in the expert vote.
“For me what makes this moment so special is a mix of the beautiful black and white post processing, the minimalist reduction, the leading lines through the trees and the walkway, the subject in the distance and the gorgeous natural light. Isn’t it awesome how you flow from the bottom to the top of the photo mainly due to the great contrasts and leading lines? This photo could just as well be from a 1950s crime movie about a private detective.” – Marius Vieth

‘Running in Rain’ by Jordan Rathkopf. 8th in the expert vote, 5th in the crowd vote.  "Another killer example and execution of natural contrasts. It doesn't get better than this when it comes to that. The subject really comes out of the photo, although it's in the middle- to background of the frame. Positioning the subject in the top left really works well and makes the shot even more interesting. So beautiful to see how all the tiny rain drops are hitting the ground and how the water is flowing down to the left. Such a vivid moment!” - Marius Vieth

‘Running in Rain’ by Jordan Rathkopf. 8th in the expert vote, 5th in the crowd vote.
“Another killer example and execution of natural contrasts. It doesn’t get better than this when it comes to that. The subject really comes out of the photo, although it’s in the middle- to background of the frame. Positioning the subject in the top left really works well and makes the shot even more interesting. So beautiful to see how all the tiny rain drops are hitting the ground and how the water is flowing down to the left. Such a vivid moment!” – Marius Vieth

‘Umbrella Girl’ by Iwona Pinkowicz. 6th in the expert vote.  "Such a harmonic moment. It's so zen in a way. It feels like time froze for a moment even without the photo. Although there are slightly distracting elements in the background, the see-through umbrella covered in rain with the beautiful woman under it just makes up for a great subject. In addition, the composition really underlines the key elements in the photo. The black and white also works great. It reduces everything to its essence and brings out what's really important.” - Marius Vieth

‘Umbrella Girl’ by Iwona Pinkowicz. 6th in the expert vote.
“Such a harmonic moment. It’s so zen in a way. It feels like time froze for a moment even without the photo. Although there are slightly distracting elements in the background, the see-through umbrella covered in rain with the beautiful woman under it just makes up for a great subject. In addition, the composition really underlines the key elements in the photo. The black and white also works great. It reduces everything to its essence and brings out what’s really important.” – Marius Vieth

‘The man with the umbrella’ by Herve Richaud. 7th in the expert vote.  "This photo is the perfect example and execution of natural contrasts. It's the Yin and Yang of photography. The light and dark parts of a photograph always have to be in harmony and bring out the subject. Look how great this concept works in this shot. The man is perfectly positioned on the right of the frame holding his umbrella while he seems to be looking over to what appears to be the wide sea in the background. Super cool!” - Marius Vieth

‘The man with the umbrella’ by Herve Richaud. 7th in the expert vote.
“This photo is the perfect example and execution of natural contrasts. It’s the Yin and Yang of photography. The light and dark parts of a photograph always have to be in harmony and bring out the subject. Look how great this concept works in this shot. The man is perfectly positioned on the right of the frame holding his umbrella while he seems to be looking over to what appears to be the wide sea in the background. Super cool!” – Marius Vieth

‘In the rain’ by Joana Kruse. 7th in the crowd vote.

‘In the rain’ by Joana Kruse. 7th in the crowd vote.

‘Rain’ by Peter Silver. 8th in the crowd vote.

‘Rain’ by Peter Silver. 8th in the crowd vote.

‘Cloud burst, Cardigan Bay’ by Stuart Hall. 9th in the expert vote.  "What a gorgeous study of elements this shot is. It mainly has 3 crucial areas. The bottom, the middle and the top. The dark bottom creates an intense contrast to the flowing middle and the deep dark top. It just looks stunning how the rain falls and flows through the center of the photo. The shot doesn't even need a boat or a subject. It stands out, because all the emptiness is filled with different tones and structures. So interesting!” - Marius Vieth.

‘Cloud burst, Cardigan Bay’ by Stuart Hall. 9th in the expert vote.
“What a gorgeous study of elements this shot is. It mainly has 3 crucial areas. The bottom, the middle and the top. The dark bottom creates an intense contrast to the flowing middle and the deep dark top. It just looks stunning how the rain falls and flows through the center of the photo. The shot doesn’t even need a boat or a subject. It stands out, because all the emptiness is filled with different tones and structures. So interesting!” – Marius Vieth.

‘The tiniest bit of red’ by Elena Paraskeva. 9th in the crowd vote.

‘The tiniest bit of red’ by Elena Paraskeva. 9th in the crowd vote.

‘Sunset Rain Curtain’ by Helena Mim. 10th in the expert vote.  "Yes, this photo is certainly highly saturated, but on very rare occasions it works - and this is one of them. To be honest, it reminds me more of a painting than a photograph. I'm always fascinated by the strong contrast between warm and cold colour temperatures, and that's exactly what you get in this shot. The cool clouds and the water are separated by the sunset in the background. Furthermore, the rain on the left mixes the two temperatures to a third one. That really adds to the shot!” - Marius Vieth

‘Sunset Rain Curtain’ by Helena Mim. 10th in the expert vote.
“Yes, this photo is certainly highly saturated, but on very rare occasions it works – and this is one of them. To be honest, it reminds me more of a painting than a photograph. I’m always fascinated by the strong contrast between warm and cold colour temperatures, and that’s exactly what you get in this shot. The cool clouds and the water are separated by the sunset in the background. Furthermore, the rain on the left mixes the two temperatures to a third one. That really adds to the shot!” – Marius Vieth

‘Black swan in lake under the rain’ by Xavier. 10th in the crowd vote.

‘Black swan in lake under the rain’ by Xavier. 10th in the crowd vote.

To view the full results for the Photocrowd and Miggo ‘In the rain’ challenge, including all of Marius’s reviews, click here.