The task of selecting the winners of our 14th annual reader photo contest was a daunting one for sure. We received more than 1,700 entries — a record for our competition — and painstakingly narrowed the field to four winners and nine honorable mentions.
First place William Popik, a “serious amateur” photographer from Hartford, Conn., snapped this mysteriously alluring portrait of a young woman from the Himba tribe of Namibia while on a picture-taking trip in July. The beautiful color of her skin is caused by rubbing a mixture of ochre and butter into it — a custom followed by all of the women of this tribe. William Popik/ Buy Photo