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Jill A. Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2004
 

March Finalists


I am taking some time viewing past enteries today & have come across over 7 that people are saying congrats for being a finalist... I do not see a finalist button on them nor do I see any where on the main page or contest page of March finalist...
anyone tell me if I am missing something or where I can locate the March finalists??? thanks...

Jill :)


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4/20/2005 11:12:10 AM

 
Brinn MacDougall
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2002
  I was wondering the same thing, Jill..what's going on?


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4/20/2005 11:37:08 AM

 
Robert Hambley
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  Ok.. now I am confused.

Are the images you are viewing the current months entries?

If not, how do you go back to the entries for March? I can't seem to find a linke for that.

If they are for April, could they be resubmissions of previous finalists?

Robert


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4/20/2005 11:43:55 AM

 
Jill A. Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2004
  I am looking at photographs of people I have viewed images of in the past... so when I click their gallery I go in and look at photos they have submitted in the past that I haven't had time to view... and the some that where submittied March 2005 people are saying congrats on being a finalist...
hey you think your confused I am like... what what not one of my duckies made it... LOL
so confused... sigh

Jill :)


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4/20/2005 11:50:30 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Hey, Jill, what a ducky gallery you have...:-) Quite nice!
I really should some day just go to the gallerys and start clicking from a to z, but it's more fun reading this stuff and seeing what the talkers are shooting....did that make sense?
Bob (who also is confused)


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4/20/2005 12:22:04 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2004
  LOL Bob... I have a thing for ducks & birds... I really do photograph other things just always seem to want to show off my ducks...LOL
enjoyed viewing your gallery too...
is hard sometimes you would like to comment on everyones work but never enough hours in a day... I try to comment at least on 25 a week... but see at least 100 a week that are beyond excellent...
well hopefully someone that is not confused as all of us will read this thread and let us become unconfused... LOL

Jill :)


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4/20/2005 12:46:47 PM

 
Mellanie    Hey, maybe someone has ESP?!? Hmmm.....


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4/20/2005 1:29:52 PM

 
Cathy Stancil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  i do not understand either...Isn't tomorrow the day they announce the winners ? ...Anybody out there with the link to the finalists ???


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4/20/2005 2:20:08 PM

 
Larry Lawhead
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/15/2002
  Perhaps its some sort of personal finalist thing. People got tired of waiting for BP to announce, and made their own choices?

      LarryL 


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4/20/2005 2:23:59 PM

 
Candy Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2005
  Has anyone been notified that they are a March finalist? I just can't imagine having to look at all those photos and pick winners, whew :-)


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4/20/2005 2:45:45 PM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/17/2003
  Shush now, Larry, you weren't supposed to tell anyone how you won Grand Prize!


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4/20/2005 3:04:57 PM

 
Toni  Hopper
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/7/2004
  I really remember reading that March finalists would be announced by April 15, and that April by May 21. Do they send you an email confirming if you are a finalist? This is wild, all this waiting for the finalists! LOL I wish they'd hurry up and post!


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4/20/2005 3:08:47 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Yes, email to the finalists....Maybe it's all my darned tulips that's bogging them down...:-)


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4/20/2005 3:12:13 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Well, while we're here waiting.....I've been trying to think of something to shoot for the contest that we haven't seen before (within reason)...we've seen nudes/turtles mating.....any ideas that you'd like to share? I sometimes take my camera into restaurants and just set the camera on the table pointing at a chair or the ceiling (if it's interesting) set the timer, push the button and see what turns up...


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4/20/2005 3:19:14 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2004
  Ok Ok... I got a tip... LOL
no I am not going to tell you where you can view the finalists...
someone I think stumbled on the addy to the finalists page... were some of the finalist are already there in the I believe landscape area... but they are not posted for viewing and all though we all hate the waiting it is our job...LOL
so just like everyone I am sitting tight and waiting am sure it will be posted by tomorrow if not this evening... it says finalist will be posted by April 21st... so lets just hold tight... and if they are a bit late over that date please try to understand what they go though trying to view each photograph... if they went fast your best shot might be over looked so give them the needed time...

now another suggestion I have is back when they were making changes they wanted to take the entry number down per person to like 15 a month but so many seemed not to like that... although it's nice to get to post a picture every day it would be worth revisting changing the amount of photographs one person can enter a month... I for one think 10 to 15 a month would be great on both ends... anyone else feel this way... is so why? if not ... why?
thanks...

Jill :)


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4/20/2005 3:20:01 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
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  oops sorry Bob we must of been posting at the same time...

Jill :)


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4/20/2005 3:21:50 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Personally, I can only manage about 10 or so a month. I really had high hopes for a couple from last month, tho. But now that it's gettin' on spring/summer and the good shooting times are getting skimpy....considering the hours I work...anyway, this thread was fun..:-)
Bob


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4/20/2005 3:26:53 PM

 
Candy Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2005
  I don't know about you Robert, but whenever I see something really different and photo worthy, I don't have my camera with me :-p However, I did get a camera phone which is always with me - just in case I see that UFO...LOL - hey, maybe that should be a monthly theme - camera phone pics HA - my phone buttons always get pushed by accident and I end up with photos of the inside of my pocketbook.


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4/20/2005 3:35:03 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2004
  hope for you too Bob... and thanks for stating that you manage only about 10 or so a month which really fits right into 10 to 15... am sure you will find great things to capture even in the coming season...

Jill :)


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4/20/2005 3:36:42 PM

 
Mellanie    It seems as thought the traffic on BP has picked up since they started offering free galleries....I think there were over 17,000 entries in March! That's the most I've seen since I've been a part of BP!!

I enter a photo almost everyday...it's addicting...not all my images are contest worthy, but I like sharing with the friends I have made here!

I don't know how I would feel if they made the change to onl 10-15 entries per month....

And as for your question, Bob, how about tulips?!? :)

Okay, now I'm going to go relax and anxiously wait for the finalists to be posted!


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4/20/2005 3:36:47 PM

 
Mellanie    Oh, good luck to everyone!


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4/20/2005 3:38:31 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2004
  thanks Mellanie for giving your point...
but can't we still post ones we want to share with our friends just into our galleries without having to enter them??? is an idea...
again thank you...

Jill :)


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4/20/2005 3:40:16 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Yeah, you can put anything in your gallery without entering it in the contest. Is that what you meant?


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4/20/2005 3:42:57 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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And, as for tulips....I am just learning how to manipulate stuff......


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4/20/2005 3:45:37 PM

 
Candy Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2005
  I am glad that I am not the only one that finds this addicting Mellanie! I have had a lot of fun this past month since I found this website. I was hoping that my "Objects in morror..." photo MIGHT get noticed but I haven't gotten an E mail. Maybe there is still hope? It doesn't matter, it is still fun and I am learning a lot too! Good luck to everyone!


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4/20/2005 3:45:58 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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One more try....Now I know why it's been so hard since the upgrade for people to get pics into a discussion...If nothing show up, I apologize.


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4/20/2005 3:49:02 PM

 
Candy Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2005
  oops - that would be "mirror"


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4/20/2005 3:49:23 PM

 
Mellanie    Yes, I could add it to my gallery w/o entering it into the contest, and guess I would have to IF they change the rules!!! :)

bob, just kiddin' about the tulips...If you look at my gallery, you'll see I'm addicted to them too!

I still think some people out there just have ESP....


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4/20/2005 3:58:34 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Ah yes, Melanie, I've looked at yours before..."Nature's Gift" and the man with the built in beanbag to rest his camera on...:-)

Bob


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4/20/2005 4:20:38 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  I would be devastated if they cut us down to 10 a month. I'd have to start going to other contest sites to enter on the off days. I like entering every day! Anyone know if I have a finalist??? LOL


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4/20/2005 4:23:09 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  For me, this is my first photo site. I've looked at, but never participated in any others. The first is always the best, right?...;-)


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4/20/2005 4:27:38 PM

 
Brinn MacDougall
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2002
  For me, I like posting everyday..the confusing part of this question is that I got an E-mail congratulating on a photo entered for March! I thought I must have missed the finalist! Cyber tricks or what??


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4/20/2005 4:51:28 PM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/17/2003
  Looks and sounds like somebody put a tiger in your tank Robert! ; )


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4/20/2005 4:54:40 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Brinn....for March 2005? Means the notifications must be out, eh?


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4/20/2005 5:03:32 PM

 
Mellanie    I don't think they are done....just someone jumping the gun, perhaps?!?


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4/20/2005 5:09:50 PM

 
Brinn MacDougall
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2002
  Yes, for 2005, Robert..I think so, Mellanie!


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4/20/2005 5:16:18 PM

 
Candy Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2005
  Rats. Maybe next month. What time zone is everyone in? It is 8:30pm Eastern Time. Doesn't BP run on Pacific Time?


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4/20/2005 5:31:00 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Hi, very interesting thread ya'll have going here... :)

imo, some people know a lot more than most of us.
This is not the first time it happened. Once last year, when I was viewing someone else's gallery, another member was congratulating him for being in the finalist. The photo did not have the finalist medal on it... and then later on , when the finalists were announced, lo & behold, that photo was in the finalist group... go figure... but I said to myself, if it's not my business to know ahead of everyone else, then just be so... :D
...no, I don't think it's ESP....


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4/20/2005 5:31:51 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2004
  the finalist picks are not done yet... they are not even half way done... so you may still have a photograph that is in the finals...
it's 7:34pm here Bob...
and Brinn not sure who would send you an email telling you congrats yet... but someone stumbled onto the addy where they start posting the finalist as the go along... so it maybe that person has seen the finalist that have so far been selected... well anyway I have looked at all stuff & it's very nice work... keep it up... it may not all win a place in the contest but that by no means doesn't mean it isn't good work... so keep shoooooooooooting...

Jill :)


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4/20/2005 5:35:23 PM

 
Candy Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2005
  Hey Jill, How do you know all that? This is my first month in the contest so I am still learning the ropes!


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4/20/2005 5:41:06 PM

 
Candy Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2005
  Thing is, I can't remember all the ones I entered last month!
BTW, I would love any comments from anyone on my gallery. Some of my photos did not scan well, guess it is about time for a new one.


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4/20/2005 5:45:54 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2004
  I also had seen others making comments on congrats but looked at the home page & contest page and there was nothing stating the finalist had been choosen... so I asked on a couple of the picture threads people were commenting congrats on and two of them emailed me and explained that (no names) so and so had stumbled along the addy with the finalist being choosen... she thought all of it was done but then when continuing to view she realized that it was not finished not even half way... so she stop posting the congrats until it is listed on the main page and on the contest page... and it will be soon...
hold on... and remember it's not just about winning its about getting to be better at your craft and with as many great photographs that get entered it's easy for the judges to over look sometimes very good work or just not have enough slots to have them all be winners...

Jill :)


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4/20/2005 5:47:13 PM

 
Jill A. Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2004
  oops you got that one in while I was typing the last one... sorry
Candy I think you have some wonderful work in your gallery... the heron is so great... I have several photographs of them not always easy to capture just what you want but you sure did on that one for me... very nice work!

Jill :)


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4/20/2005 5:50:52 PM

 
Thomas    By the way, what happened to the Picture Of The Day, today? Today is the 20th , right?
Thomas


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4/20/2005 5:58:16 PM

 
Candy Jones
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  Thanks Jill! I am trying to do some stuff on the side for friends, friends of friends and so on. It always helps to talk to others and get pointers.


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4/20/2005 5:58:46 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Suspence is the best part of the any contest,...
...and I get the agony of defeat... :D


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4/20/2005 6:15:59 PM

 
Candy Jones
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  Drum Roll Please........... LOL
Hey Thomas, I just went and checked the Photo of the Day and today is the 20th (here in the southern USA)but the last post is the 19th. But I may have been looking in the archives. Maybe someone called in sick today???


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4/20/2005 6:27:07 PM

 
Candy Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2005
  Nobi, I just looked at your gallery and wow! The colors are so vivid on your photos. Great work!


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4/20/2005 6:33:20 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Thank you, Candy, for viewing my gallery and for your kind words.
...I made a few great friends at a photo site. Some are also on this site... (this is the only site I use now for the time factor) They are also super photographers whose help and support helped me tremendously to improve my photography..., but I still have a long way to go... and I know I will never catch up with them..., There are times I thought I would give up,but I kept on tracking... :D
Thanks again.


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4/20/2005 8:01:56 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/28/2005
  I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments. It's nice to know there are others out there as impatient as myself. I'm new to this, so I was not aware that traffic had picked up so much. No wonder it's taking so long! Good luck everyone (if not in March...there's always April)!!!


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4/20/2005 10:48:02 PM

 
Wong Chek Poh
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/30/2004
  Here comes...http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=6058. Good luck everyone!


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4/21/2005 1:23:55 AM

 
Debbie Truesdale
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/25/2005
  They did send emails to the finalist. I got one for my dolphin picture. On the email it let me veiw all 877 finalists. Debbie


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4/21/2005 3:52:44 PM

 
Debbie Truesdale
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  I just checked and if you go to the beginning on the right side under the picture click on march finalists Debbie


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4/21/2005 3:58:29 PM

 
Toni  Hopper
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/7/2004
  Boohoo! LOL I so thought I had at least one finalist in my entries this last go-round. Does anyone know if you pay for a gallery does that give you more of an edge into the finalist circle? One could hope, heh? I'm seriously thinking about getting a premium now. Oh, so far three of the finalists were ones that I commented on early when they were posted! Congrats to all of them!


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4/21/2005 10:43:32 PM

 
Julie M. Cwik
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2005
  Also, on that last note, do you win anything for being a finalist? What do you win for placing?
Jules


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4/21/2005 10:50:49 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Jules,

What you get for placing the finalist is the thrill of being selected in the finalist. No prizes...

I was very happy when one of my images was selected in the finalist. I don't mind saying that it took me a while to get to that point. I was and am still a part time hobbiest...
There are many professional and semi-professional photographers, and very serious amateurs on this site, so, it was very hard for me to be recognized. But, for me, winning has never been my objective for posting here at BP, but to learn and improve my photo skills from many excellent photographers.


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4/23/2005 1:47:42 PM

 
Debbie Truesdale
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/25/2005
  Nobi.. I totally agree. Feb was the first time I entered the contest and I was lucky enough to be a finalist. I too love this site because I learn a lot!! There are a lot of photographers that are way out of my league. I just like to take pictures. Debbie


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4/23/2005 2:08:28 PM

 
brigitte stahre
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2004
  i also feel kind of out of my league here.. not from what anyone has said but just from looking at the photos.. in another photo discussion group tho, I put a bunch of pics in the provided gallery, no discussion.. accidentally put one in the contest and got an immediate letter saying my pic was not "contest worthy", so they moved it into my album.. in that group you cannot enter a pic into a contest until a certain amount of members have favorably commented on it..


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4/23/2005 4:07:26 PM

 
Debbie Truesdale
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  Brigitte... I can't believe they said it wasn't contest worthy. How rude. Not to put anyone down but I have seen some that aren't very good. Not that mine are all that great. That's just rude!! Debbie


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4/23/2005 6:02:25 PM

 
Brinn MacDougall
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2002
  I agree with Debbie! I've seen many finalist that have no comments or very little. The judges do not rate a shot by the number of comments or the name of the photographer. My only thought on that comment is maybe it wasn't sized correctly. You can contact Robin to find out why they made that choice! Keep on entering and read the how and advice section, listed next to enter contest!


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4/23/2005 6:14:51 PM

 
brigitte stahre
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it wasn't this site but another one on the web.. the comment on the photo was that:" it was just a boring shot of the back of someone's head and a bird flying near the ceiling.." yeah and how often do you see that? am including the pic to show you.. this is a pic that I want to include in a book about the bird pictured..


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4/23/2005 6:40:50 PM

 
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