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Toronto Star photo competition winners announced

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A stunning image of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge wins photo of the year in Toronto Star’s 2014 photo competition.

The winning photo, taken by 46-year-old private equity investor Mark Brodkin, was the product of creativity, sheer perseverance, and wonderful timing.

To get a photo of the iconic structure seemingly engulfed by fog, Brodkin woke up at 4 a.m. every day, driving up a windy road to a cliff overlooking the bridge, until the conditions came together to create a work of art.

An expert panel of judges gave his photo the highest score, winning Brodkin the photo of the year award.

He tells The Star, “I’ll never forget the feeling of seeing that fog slowly sink and revealing this unbelievably beautiful golden skyline behind it.”

Brodkin, a nature photographer who has travelled to different places for his passion projects, says he tries to continue being perseverant because he is often reliant on the right light and weather conditions to capture the perfect shot.

The right timing is also important for 39-year-old IT consultant Kiril Rusev, who won as photographer of the year.

(c) Kiril Rusev

He entered 23 photos over eight categories, including photos he took in Nepal.

Some of his best photos are a long-exposure shot of brightly lit tens against the sky, and a fun moment with a Tibetan refugee girl.

Rusev tells The Star that he has gotten serious about photography in the last decade. “It’s about going some place interesting and telling other people where I was. I love the places that I visit and I want to share them with other people,” he says.

The two photographers win $4,000 cash and Canon equipment prizes.

More than 13,000 entries were received from across Canada for the competition, which features categories of travel, portrait, black and white, lifestyle, sport, natures, open and colour photography.

See the full list of winners on Toronto Star.

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