This month we invited the Improve Photography community to participate in a photo restoration contest.
We uploaded several old historic photos and participants had the opportunity to download and edit the photos to restore them however they deemed appropriate.
There are three categories in the contest: Best overall edit, best historical restoration, and most realistic edit.
Robert Waller was the overall winner of the contest. We were open to either a historical restoration or more dramatic and realistic photo, but in the end this photo was our favorite. It was difficult to choose the overall winner because there were so many excellent choices.
Here is the before and after of Robert's restoration.
Best Historical Restoration
In the historical category, entrants were asked to restore the photo with as little interference with the photo as possible. Colorization, drawing in detail, and other dramatic edits were not allowed in this category.
In the end, the winner was Martin Feeney. He did an excellent job restoring a photo that had been mistreated and torn over many many years.
Most Realistic Edit
This category was open for all colorizations, drawing in detail, and any other editing technique you can imagine. Most of the entries in the contest were in this category, but in the end we chose this photo by Daralyn Davidson.
Thank you to all who participated in the contest. Winners, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!