Contest Winner: “Reaching Out”

Photographer Bob Kirschke has been selected as the winner of the May 2018 GreyLearning Photo Contest with his image of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The theme for this photo contest was “Reaching Out”, focusing on images that were captured with a relatively long lens to bring in a distant subject.

As the winning photographer Bob will receive a Tamron 70-210mm lens, thanks to a generous sponsorship from Tamron USA.



The image was taken on September 27, 2015, from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. It was taken with a Canon 6D and the EF100-400 IS II lens. The plan was to shoot the full moon rising that evening. Of course while waiting I was shooting the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, and the Avenue des Champs-Elysée.

This shot was one of only a hand full that were not of the full tower. Not sure why I even took the shots at the time. When I returned home and started processing the images I really liked the composition but didn’t like the color image as I worked on it. So I took a chance and started processing it in B&W. I used Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2. I felt like it was a much more interesting representation of the image that way.

I am a corporate pilot for a New York-based company. We operate worldwide and I get the benefit of being able to capture images in some amazing places.


Congratulations to Bob on a beautiful winning image! You can view more of his photography on his Flickr page here:

To learn more about the Tamron 70-210mm lens that was the grand prize for this photo contest, you can visit the Tamron USA website here: