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Sharon  Day
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While we wait on the Finalist announcement....


While we're waiting on the Finalists to be announced I thought I'd ask how many finalists do YOU usually get each month? I've gotten from 1 finalist to seven finalists (7 is the most) any given month.


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10/20/2005 7:14:49 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Hi Sharon. I just started in photography in June. I've only had 1 finalist...period. I can only hope for 7 like you got!
Margie


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10/20/2005 7:27:50 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Ranges from zero to three for me....leaning more towards zero most months.....

Bob


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10/20/2005 7:43:56 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Margie and Bob, you both have beautiful images in your galleries! Lately I've been getting about 1 finalist a month, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying my photos, as well as many other photos here at BP that never make finalist. There are so many awesome images in the contest that never place. I'm sure there's no way to award finalist status to all of them. We all just have to keep trying and hoping!


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10/20/2005 8:10:57 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  Hi Sharon!! I have been posting for over a year and have had anywhere from 0 to 3.. I have gotten 3 twice I think.. I hope to see a 7 at once some day.. The huge # of entries have cut everyone's chances of that WAY down.. I just strive to be happy with what I post.. If the judges agree, GREAT!! If not, there is always next month.. Good luck with the contest this month!!


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10/20/2005 8:28:18 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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  Sharon, I've had a high of 4, but usually average 2 per month! I've had only one month in the last 14 where I didn't recieve any. Considering that they usually award about 5% of the images as finalists there are about 30 possible entries each month per person, 5% of 30 is 1.5/finalists per month on average! So anyone averaging over 1.5/month is above average!


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10/20/2005 9:20:50 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  i got one once none the rest of the time. this will be my second try,
craig-


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10/20/2005 9:27:52 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  I don't even recall if I entered any last month....
Nice polar bear and tigers, Don..:-)

Bob


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10/20/2005 9:33:05 AM

 
Larry Lawhead
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/15/2002
  Hey Sharon!
I'be been a BP member for 35 months. I have 17 finalists, no winners.
I've never had more than 2 Finalists in a month. I did have a 9 month "hitting streak" going for finalists, until getting shut out last month. Hope I can start another one...

      LarryL 


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10/20/2005 9:56:33 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2005
  Wow Sharon, 7 in one month, thats fantastic!
My highest is 1! anyway good luck to you all :o)


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10/20/2005 1:06:37 PM

 
Karamatullah Danyal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/19/2005
  OK, I've been a member for three months now. before that I was posting on different POTD websites. So when I started here, I posted a few of my pictures that have won on more than five different websites. One of them was infact the scenic picture of the month on bestfoto.com. But they all never scored anything here. I dont know why. I just keep entering and waiting to see if I will ever have a photo in the final few.
Regards,
Dan


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10/20/2005 1:16:49 PM

 
cj patterson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/8/2004
  Since I have been posting at BP for a little over a year, its been anywhere from 0-4. Mostly, if I am lucky its two a month. Can't wait to see the finalists for September...can you? Love this time of the month!


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10/20/2005 2:43:14 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I've had as many as 6 and usually have somewhat less than that. I'm always glad to get one. The newer people are so much better now, that they'll probably start phasing us older ones out.


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10/20/2005 3:01:42 PM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  Well, 0-3 for me with a total of I think 14 in 18 months. No winners yet though :( But I keep trying!! lol I love the site, the competition is really high, and it is so enjoyable to look at everyone else's work, I find it so relaxing..........until the 21st of the month rolls around ;)


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10/20/2005 3:08:53 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Many new members ARE entering superb images! Some totally blow my mind! That plus the sheer number of entries makes snagging a finalist at all quite an achievement! I don't ever see you being phased out, Carolyn!


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10/20/2005 3:15:24 PM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Well you asked - so here goes! First started entering late December 2003 - have been here 22 months basically - entering almost daily... and have 22 finalists (including my first 2nd place win last month)...

Here is a breakdown
January and February 2004 - 0
Mach 2004 - 1 (ever so sweet the 1st!)
April 2004 - 1
May and June - 0 (boo hoo!)
July - 2
August, September, October - 0 (OUCH!)
November 2
December 2
January 1
February 3 (woopee!!!)
March 2
April 0 (double ouch!)
May 1
June 1
July 2
August 3 (including my first 2nd place)

All this to say that for me anyhow it isn't consistent... Although I find that since I started I've learned so much as a photographer and my skills with the camera and on PS have improved (I hope!)...

BP is a wonderful place - I'm totally inspired by everyone's work - and have learned so much! But the competition is getting more and more fierce, so I don't think we can expect to "keep up" our averages (actually I've never averaged 1.5 per month - I have an average of 1 per month)... unless they decide to double the number of finalists (the number of entries has almost doubled in the last 2 years!)...
Anyhow, it's all just for fun - right? I love the BP community - everyone is really so helpful!
Good luck everyone!


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10/20/2005 3:47:29 PM

 
Diane  Addonizio
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  I have had 0 to 3; one win-- and it was my least favorite.


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10/20/2005 3:53:41 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  When I first began posting here there were @ 3000 to 5000 images entered per month.
Since that time, the popularity of this contest...(and this Site), has mushroomed to over 18,000 contest entries each month.
Anyone who has finalized or won in recent times should be quite proud.


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10/20/2005 4:06:49 PM

 
Nicole Kessel   I have been a member since April of 2004 but I never really posted much then. Just kind of browsed around the site. I really started to submit things by about March of 2005. In May, I recieved my first finalist. A couple months later I had my first 2nd place win. Last month I had two place as finalists.

I look back at some of my images from way back and think to myself "Just what was I thinking!" :) So, it's nice to get recognized and know that your skills are improving.

There are definitely some wonderful images that get submitted and don't get recognized. I was thinking wouldn't it be nice if we had like a "members choice" category. Where we could all vote or something! I wonder if they ever considered doing that?


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10/20/2005 4:23:21 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Bob, I'm going to take that as a compliment! Thanks! I started in June...not just BP, but photography as a whole. I just had my first finalist last month!

And Nicole, even though I've been shooting for only 4 months, I look back and am very surprised what I have learned over such a short period.


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10/20/2005 5:21:17 PM

 
Nicole Kessel   WOW Margie! Only four months! Your gallery is awesome! How did you learn so fast!!


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10/20/2005 5:33:13 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2004
  I've only been uploading regularly for 4 months. The first month I got 3!!! I was hooked! The second month 1, last month 2. If I ever get a first place or second place, I think I'll throw a party!!! LOL


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10/20/2005 5:57:35 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Nicole, LOTS AND LOTS OF PRACTICE!!!! I've definetly learned where my delete button is on my camera. Truthfully, I don't think I would be were I'm at if it weren't for BP. It's the first site I found when I decided to learn the art of photography and I haven't looked anywhere else. I'm taking my second course right now with Bryan Peterson. Can't say enough about BP!


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10/20/2005 7:01:11 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Which class, Margie?


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10/20/2005 7:20:28 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  I took Getting Started: How to Make Better Photographs with Jed Manwaring during the summer and I am currently in my third week of Learning to See Creatively with Bryan Peterson. I've been spending all night tonight (with breaks to check e-mail) lining up nails on their ends to take a macro shot of the points. This weeks class is on texture and one of the three photos we have to submit has to pose a danger or a threat. Very challenging!


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10/20/2005 7:32:09 PM

 
Robert M. Nicholson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/19/2005
  19 June 2005 was the date I joined BP...Mid July was my first post and I really got serious 01 September 2005...when I bought my first real camera (Rebal XT)!!! Since then I eat, sleep and wake up to photography...I fell hard!!! My photography biz is almost up and running...and itís only been a little over a month since I got started!!

I love it!!!


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10/20/2005 7:39:52 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  I took the "Learning....." class, too. Bryan is fantastic. I shot a roll of toilet paper with only a few squares left on the roll for "danger/threat"....:-)
Good luck with your nails!
Bob


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10/20/2005 7:39:55 PM

 
Robert M. Nicholson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/19/2005
  Oh yeah....no winners or finalists...YET!


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10/20/2005 7:47:50 PM

 
Nicole Kessel   Holy cow! You guys are fast learners! I have been a hobbyist for five years now and I have only begun to think of making a career of it! A month Robert! Your gallery is very impressive, too!


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10/20/2005 8:01:45 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Robert, love Maxin and relaxin in your gallery! And you're right Nicole...Robert's gallery is impressive!

Bob, love the idea of no toilet paper! I wasn't even thinking that kind of danger...but that's why I'm in the class.


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10/20/2005 8:04:37 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Danger
Danger
Took approximately 150 nails standing on end to capture this.
© Margie Hurwich
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So tell me...what do you think? Do you see danger or threat...and do you see texture?


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10/20/2005 8:19:41 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Photography and BP is my hobby. If I start making money then it becomes WORK! I don't want to ruin a fun thing :D. BTW, I took up photography as a hobby in 1983.


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10/20/2005 8:31:29 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Sharon, I LOVE your gallery! Simply beautiful!


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10/20/2005 8:40:56 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Thank you, Margie, what a nice compliment! You have a great start to an impressive gallery yourself. Good luck to you! I'm sure you'll have a number up the little medals soon as well.


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10/20/2005 9:00:17 PM

 
Nicole Kessel   I am so obsessed with photography I can't ever see myself getting sick of it. If I'm not shooting, then I'm either reading about it, editing pictures, or here on BP.

1983? That's a long time Sharon! But, your gallery is stunning!!! I can't believe your not tempted to go pro! Ever been?


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10/20/2005 11:08:43 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/28/2005
  I've been a BP member since very late Feb. 2005 but only recently became more involved in really striving to improve my photography. I have one finalist which I received in June (i think). Ironically, I have entered that photo elsewhere with NO acknowledgement so far... However, other photos entered here have had success other places. So, I totally understand your comment Karamatullah...I guess, it all just depends on the judges! =)


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10/20/2005 11:10:52 PM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Hey Robert - guess you can't say "no finalists" anymore! Congrats - the first is always the sweetest!
Nice nails Margie!
Sharon - you're my inspiration - as you already know!
Congrats to all who made it this month - and never give up to everyone else!


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10/21/2005 3:46:06 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  well, I got Nuttin! Thats it, this contest is fixed!!! I am declaring shenanegins on BP....
lol (Old SouthPark joke)

I wanna say congrats to all winners this month.
Ahhh, maybe next month Ill get one.
Craig


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10/21/2005 4:45:57 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  I can say I thought I had a great chance this month...but nothing. Congrats to the finalists!


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10/21/2005 4:48:17 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  yeah I would hate to be a judge here at BP. there are sooo many great entries that it must take forevef to judge. What do the judges look for? are there certain judges assigned to only certain catagories? do they do a quick scan of the thumbnails and only look at the ones that they think might be interesting? or do they have to view ALL the entries in large? Wonder what I can do to "Grab" the judges eye?
Craig-


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10/21/2005 5:03:42 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Hi Nicole, thanks for the nice compliment, but I've never been pro. The only type of photography that really interests me is nature and scenics. I suppose there's always room for one more pro in that field, but the ones who are making money at it are light years ahead of me in talent. I've never really been tempted to try my hand at people or portrait photography. I'm too thin skinned, and it always irks me when you take a pleasing photo of someone and they complain, "That's awful, do I look that bad? or it looks just like me." :D

I received 2 finalists this month. One was a recycled finalist I submitted for the education theme. I didn't get 7 this month either, but I'm sure someone did LOL.

Congratulations to everyone who placed!!!


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10/21/2005 6:30:54 AM

 
Sherry S. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/28/2005
  Well, I got finalists for only the second time in my BP career...the ironic part, both of my finalists were ones that I had taken off my gallery and honestly have to say that I do NOT feel were "worthy"...

CONGRATS to all the finalists!!

TO EVERYONE: Keep up the great work!! It's a new month; your winning shot may be just a click away!


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10/21/2005 6:53:15 AM

 
Nicole Kessel   Well Sharon, I think there is most definitely a spot for you in the nature photography field!

I got three finalists this month! YAY! Congratulations to everybody!


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10/21/2005 8:24:38 AM

 
Sandy Landon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/24/2005
  Well, I have been out of town so I just happened upon this thread and thought I would comment!!! Rachel, it seems you blew your record sky high with all your wins!!! Congrats!! Everyone else a big congrats!!! I have recieved from 1-5, 5 being this month and the ones they chose were a bit of a surprise. I think all your galleries are fabulous and you all inspire me!!! Keep up the good work!!!


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10/24/2005 7:12:56 PM

 
Robyn Mackenzie
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2005
  What a fun conversation! So happy to read comments from other people who have become as obsessed as I have! I joined early this year, and have had two finalists in each of the last two months, plus a POTD (which just blew me away!!!) There is so much awesome work submitted, that I feel very humbled to get anything at all. I agree that winning a second prize would be cause for a party!


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10/24/2005 10:59:22 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Hi Sharon,

The first month I was on Better Photo I got a second place in unforgetable faces which is the little picture beside my name called WINDY.

The next three months I got one finalist each month than I went a month without getting one and this last month I got one finalist.

I also got a POTD for an image called LIGHT.

This site has helped me expand my thinking and become better.


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10/25/2005 3:49:53 AM

 
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