Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (February 2020): Hananiah Aldrich

Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (February 2020): Hananiah Aldrich

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2019, we're featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.

This month's winner is Hananiah Aldrich! Her work is notable for its clean, punchy look that captures your eye and imagination. Be sure to check out our favorite shots of hers below and give her a follow to see her full portfolio. She's now in the running for Fstoppers Community Photographer of the Year!

How to Be Chosen

Remember, in 2020, we'll be featuring a photographer chosen from the community every month. At the end of the year, the Fstoppers Community Photographer of the Year will be chosen from the 12 monthly winners, with the overall winner getting a tutorial of their choice from the Fstoppers store. Check out the rules to be chosen: 

  1. You must have uploaded an image to your portfolio in the past 30 days to be selected.
  2. For the year-end award, you must have remained active in the Fstoppers community by uploading an image at least once every 60 days.

See Past Photographers of the Month

You can see all Photographers of the Month here.

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24 Comments

Deleted Account's picture

What are you even getting at? This isn't a democratic process. The editors choice is totally up to the editors...

Deleted Account's picture

Again... This isn't a democratic process... It's totally up to the editors (It's literally in the name "Editors Choice?") who they want to feature and for whatever reason they want.

Deleted Account's picture

It's not random. They are looking for what they think are great examples of photography. Maybe FStoppers and 500px aren't the audience you should be trying to impress. I

liliumva's picture

You paint yourself to be magnificent and everyone else produces 'crappy' work. Why do you think your work deserves to be POTD or featured? Does it move people? Does evoke some sort of emotion? Is it so aesthetically pleasing that it gives the viewer an 'eyegasm'? Or is it your own assumption that you're this groundbreaking photographer?

Why is it the fault of 500px or Fstoppers that your work is not chosen? Frankly, hundreds of photographers on here produce astounding work that never hits the POTD page or feature. To that end, there have been plenty of unprocessed or not overly processed work promoted.

POTD or a feature is not a measure of success. It's a short-lived good feeling, much like this artist feature, but it does not mean other photographers are valued less or more. But I suppose it's easier to blame everyone else for your misgivings for not being chosen rather than the artist itself.

Alex Cooke's picture

We absolutely try to feature lesser-known photographers, and no, the process isn't random. You're more than welcome to reach out and discuss our process, but complaining about how you don't get attention on an article congratulating someone else just isn't classy. This is a place to feature Hananiah's work.

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

Im sorry to say this but, Im not sure your work is feature material. There are loads of photographers who dont edit their images and they get a lot of recognition. You also cant force people to like your work. What matters is that you enjoy it.
Now im awaiting bad talk on my work lol

David Pavlich's picture

I have to ask; if you dislike the editors here, why do you bother to visit? Another question; are you happy with your work and if you do this professionally, are your clients happy with your work? If it's yes and yes, then why are you so concerned about what the editors here think of your work? I've never been chosen and probably never will. Doesn't bother me in the least. However, I have the satisfaction of knowing that I have customers that like my work and that is good enough for me.

David Pavlich's picture

After reading your post, I went to your gallery to see your work. Of course, you know that there's nothing there. I also did a quick Bing search and couldn't find your portfolio. It would help me to see your work so that I can at least see what you've done, be it for posting here or for your charity work.

Deleted Account's picture

He had photos in his profile section but he deleted them.

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

I feel bad now...I was not trying to be mean though. Just honest.

Deleted Account's picture

I mean honestly, anyone who's making such a public fuss about not getting their work accepted, should have a fire extinguisher ready for the flames.

David Pavlich's picture

Then I have no way to form an opinion concerning his work. Not that my opinion is worth a hoot, but when someone makes accusatory remarks, I'd like to see why he thinks that his photos are worthy.

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

To be fair, his wording did seem as though he was speaking of his work as if it was above others.

David Pavlich's picture

That is my impression as well and perhaps his work is that good, but I have no way of knowing.

liliumva's picture

So, they're all wrong? There's a conspiracy? Viewbug and Gurushots is a for-profit contest, nothing in their contests are worth entering. They want you wasting time and money for the chance to win terrible prizes. Regardless, neither them nor any site you listed should be a measure of success for being featured. It's an ego boost, and fun, but if you value your work then market it to the right people.

You came on proclaiming that another user's waterfall image was crappy - that was rude and not a good way to start a discussion.Now you're acting like a victim, but also insisting that nothing anyone says matters. But you want your work to matter....here, on a site that must have it out for you? It can't be both ways where you can be rude and still be a victim of a conspiracy. That other user was spamming, and if you did not take the time to find out, he was insanely rude to multiple members on here including me. That guy that harassed another photographer, called her work trash and insulted the models/clients.

Your work is being pitted against thousands of other photographers on any of these sites. You have to ask yourself the how, why, and what of it. How does it move the viewer or how might it make them feel. Why should it be picked over others.What makes it special above the rest? Is it aesthetically pleasing? Again, does it evoke some sort of emotion or feeling? Ask yourself that before you post, think critically of your own work and how outsiders might judge it. We all have an ego when it comes to our work, but we also are our biggest critics. Just because you shoot in BW does not intrinsically make it more artistic or less processed. Going into any contest or site that features content with the mindset of NOT expecting it is what you should be doing. It should be a happy surprise if it happens, and if it never does you shouldn't be upset.

Hananiah Aldrich's picture

Wow! I am so honored to have been chosen amongst so many talented individuals on FStoppers. Thank you all so much!

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

Im glad you were! It is how I came across your work and became a fan. The vibrancy of your photos and the energy is captivating.