I am excited to announce the winner of the PADF Freedom Challenge! I so enjoyed seeing all of the photos that the Photosanity community shared. I loved all the photos with kids in adorable red, white and blue outfits, but in the end, congratulations go to Dingdi Thomas, a New York mom of 2 girls, ages 3 and 5, as I had to pick this beautiful photo of her daughter running free after a long car ride as the winner.

Dingdi has been a Photosanity parent since winter 2012, when she took the 12 week Photosanity Workshop. In the workshop, she overcame her biggest photo frustrations of capturing the moment in low light and taking photos in motion (a challenge for many parents with active kids!).

Dingdi shares how she captured the winning moment and how the Photosanity photo challenges help keep her photography creative and active.

About the winning photo...


Why is this photo special to you?

This photo just represents who my daughter is so completely - carefree, goofy, wild - I love that I can memorialize the essence of her personality in a picture.

Do the PADF challenges encourage you to think about photography in new ways?

Yes, they give me focus and they give me a creative goal. The challenges have refreshed my interest in taking more photos and pushing me out of my comfort zone.

How Dingdi captured the moment...

Camera settings: ISO 100, f/2.2, 1/2000

Approach: I took about a million photos in this series. I liked this one because not only can you see the emotion and joy she has, but also because it looks as if her stuffed animal is looking squarely at the camera and his cape is flying behind him perfectly.