Best Student Photos of 2019


The New Year is always a time to look back on the highlights from the passing year. So my team and I sat down to find our very favorite student photos from 2019. 

And I've gotta tell you, it was no easy task! 

We agonized over our decisions because we had so many amazing photos to choose from. We narrowed the field down to just 12, one for each month of the year. 

Emotion packed portraits, incredible landscapes, jaw-dropping wildlife photos, and thrilling action shots are all represented here.

I am incredibly proud of these students and in awe of their progress! 

I can't wait to show you our favorites from 2019!


A good portrait tells a moving story about their subject in a single frame. Portraits aren’t just about capturing a technically correct photo. Portraits reveal who their subject is at a specific moment in time – in a way they may not even recognize about themselves.

Packed with emotion and beauty, these gorgeous student portraits do not disappoint.  

Dawn Matzker VanLaane
Melisa Henderson Pierce
Sammie Jo
Ada Valadez


Wildlife photography is a specialty for only the most patient of all photographers. It’s common for wildlife photographers to spend hours, even months or years attempting to capture a perfect image of an unpredictable subject. They put themselves at the mercy of the elements, braving heat and cold in pursuit of that one perfect shot.

David Yonutas
Dori Cordle


Macro photography opens the door to fine details unable to be seen with the naked eye. Much like wildlife photography, capturing plants, insects and small animals in infinite detail takes patience and true camera mastery.

Amy Lee


Action shots are all about the timing – being in the right place at the right time. An action photographer almost needs a ‘second sense’ about what’s going to happen next as the scene unfolds before them. Not to mention, they also need fast shutter speeds for clear crisp photos.

Anne Willoughby Petry


To the uninitiated, landscape photography might seem the easiest photography category to master. After all, landscape photographers' subjects don’t move! But rapidly changing lighting conditions, the challenge of balancing dark foregrounds with bright skies, and knowing composition rules (and how and when to break them) makes landscape photography not for the faint of heart.

Raahul Singh
Michelle Brooks
Colleen Lochard
Tim Ritchie

I hope that you enjoyed this look back on our favorite photos of 2019. 

My team and I have lots of great content and workshops coming for you in 2020 to sharpen your photography skills to the levels displayed in the photos above. 

We can’t wait to share them with you! Stay tuned for more…

Would you like to discover the secrets to 'tack-sharp' photos like these ones?

Then join me for a FREE camera training workshop! Knowing the right camera settings to choose in a given situation makes all the difference!

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13 thoughts on “Best of 2019”

  1. Feeling humbled and yet proud of my hard work learning from the David Molnar courses! These courses have made my photography into life changing photographs to show off to the world. Thank you for the recognition!

    1. David Molnar - Your Photography Mentor

      Our pleasure Amy! We are so thrilled to have you as a student. You take such beautiful photographs!

    2. Very honored for the recognition! I remember when I started, how I never thought I would ever achieve the photos I seen others do. But I’m here to tell you, if you work at it, you will get there! Thank you David and staff! It all started from your amazing coarse ❤️

      1. David Molnar - Your Photography Mentor

        Keep up the great work Amy! Can’t wait to see more beautiful photos from you in 2020!

  2. I am so excited and grateful to be chosen one of the top 12 photos of the year. This announcement made me cry tears of joy. Thank you David and the team for believing in us and for teaching us how to become better. I am extremely overjoyed 😀

  3. Congratulations to all of you. These photos inspire me to keep working at it. I have loved the classes from David and have really enjoyed being a part of the FB group and seeing everyone’s photos. Great inspiration and encouragement to keep trying. Thank you, David for the classes!

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