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Christopher Budny
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Countdown to Feb '08 Results


Fellow BP Contest Enthusiasts, I say we abandon the traditional doomed meaning of "Beware the Ides of March" in favor of a more expectant, hopeful, fun definition! Apologies to Julius Caesar, but today is one of those great days of the month... We give ourselves free reign to break out the good chocolates, pull out the favored libation, and as always... (say it with me)... call down the lucky ham/chickenbone chant. Settle in as we anxiously count down to the February results, due later this month. All are welcome!

Share here with us that one photo you entered, that you felt was your best or favorite entry of the month, regardless of any EFP status. The one special image you are proud of, or the one that just makes you smile. One gentle reminder: Please refrain from posting half a dozen of your entries; narrow your focus (so to speak) to that one excellent, meaningful, or otherwise favorite Contest image of yours! Best of luck, to all the Contestants!
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Helpful hints, re: Attaching photos to Forum Threads:

1) Sign into BP completely (name + password.)

2) If you have NOT YET entered the Contest today, you can use the "Photo ID" to pull an existing image from your Member Center into your reply to this thread (avoiding a duplicate image upload.) Get the Photo ID# from your Member Center, come to back this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, then choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down. Click Submit; at the next screen populate the "Photo ID" box at the right. Skip the other fields on that screen.

3) If you HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest today before replying to this thread, you can't use the Photo ID method today. You can either wait until tomorrow to reply here (before your new Contest entry!) or, upload a new copy of the particular image (from your PC) into this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.

4) If you're uploading a duplicate, maybe title it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later... This can help direct viewers to find the original image in your gallery, when they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate---that way, if the duplicate is deleted later, the comment history isn't lost.


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3/15/2008 5:30:35 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Union II
Union II
EF100mm, f/11, 1/60th Second, ISO100, RAW, tripod.
Another take on the olive oil drops on a CD, a few moments after the droplets spread out and connected with each other.
This shot was a few seconds after my first "Union" image and the connection point has widened, very slightly.
The colors are from small halogen lights held at various angles to the CD; the banding effect is a result
of the CD's metallic layer. I did spot cloning to clean up dust & scratches, but no filters/colors were added.
2/08 Finalist, EOD

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My Feb. favorite...


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3/15/2008 5:31:22 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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You know I always want to join in on this fun thread Chris...:) Here is my favorite from Feb.

My beautiful daughter Emy..:)

Good luck everyone!!!


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3/15/2008 5:36:39 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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My Feb. favorite.
Note that it did not receive a EFP button. LOL


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3/15/2008 7:12:22 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Sorry... here is the link to the BP post.
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=5709078&catID=&style=&rowNumber=19&memberID=127005

Have a great day!


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3/15/2008 7:16:40 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Morning, Chris, Kara and Everyone Else! Glad to see you all again and really looking forward to seeing all the favorites.
When I looked back at my February entries, I actually had four to consider seriously for this thread. That's a lot of hopefuls for me so perhaps that bodes well . . . or perhaps not. We shall see.
Two of my favorites, Pelican Profile and Lone Cypress, are black and whites and I have had good luck with monotones. The third, titled simply Iris, has nice detail and I think the background change enhanced the color of the blossom so I am pleased with the result there, too. In the end, I have decided to opt for "Heure du Thé." I have never had a People finalist and I worked really hard on this image so it's the one I have decided to share.


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3/15/2008 7:17:50 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Don't know why my image did not show up. I'll try once more and here's the link you can paste if this does not work.


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3/15/2008 7:21:37 AM

 
Pat Gamwell
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Old Town Sacramento
Old Town Sacramento
To see original...go to my gallery.
Tried to upload original, but can't figure out the NEW way of doing it....took way too long and didn't work for me!


Click Here To See A Better View

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Hey there, everyone! This is my 1st time here & hope I do this right! I'm EXTREMELY "directionally challenged" so hope this works on the 1st try! If not, I won't take up space by trying again until next month! Creating most of my images is like giving birth and they are ALL special to me..but this one is my favorite "child"! Best of luck to all of YOUR favorite "children". lol:)


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3/15/2008 8:10:11 AM

 
Susan Fox
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Bygone Days
Bygone Days
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Is it that time again? March is going by fast :-)

I entered in both the free and cash contest last month. But I will just show my favorite from the free contest for now.

Good luck everyone!


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3/15/2008 9:37:30 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Fabulous images everybody--good luck! I don't have a favorite for February; it wasn't a great month for me. So I'm not hopeful about the contest but I look forward to seeing everybody's favorites in the thread!


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3/15/2008 9:50:43 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Be my Valentine... Please!
Be my Valentine... Please!
............................................
My four year old daughter Alina.


~People~

© Elida Gutierrez
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I have four Favorites for last month, but here I just going to post one.

Here are the links to the others



Empty



Inner




Ice Princess



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3/15/2008 10:13:17 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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  And Susan "Ice Princess" was ispired by your "Winter"


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3/15/2008 10:18:35 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  "Ice Princess" is lovely Elida :-) I'm honored that anyone would be inspired by one of my photos! Thank you for that huge compliment!!!


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3/15/2008 11:17:19 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  checking in.


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3/15/2008 12:19:08 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  You're Despicable (forum only)
You're Despicable (forum only)
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I guess I can try to put up a fave...this was a big month for resubmits for me, so I had quite a few favorites, but this one is special to me.


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3/15/2008 12:20:35 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Ballet Class First Position (forum only)
Ballet Class First Position (forum only)
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And my #2 fave....


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3/15/2008 12:25:09 PM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Golden
Golden

Captured December 11, 2006 under the Oceanside Pier in Southern California.

*March 2008- Cash Contest Entry*
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Hi everyone, your images are so beautiful. Good luck to all of you and THANKS for hosting this thread Chris!!! Here is my favorite image for the February free contest. It is entered in the Digital Darkroom category, the title is 'Golden'.

I only entered one image into the cash contest last month, it's my mini pic.

Let the Sunshine In

Thanks and enjoy your weekend!!

Donna


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3/15/2008 3:26:27 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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I have high hopes for one of my DD entries.


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3/15/2008 4:16:50 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  I have absolutely no hopes in any of my photos as far as the contest goes. They rarely even make EFP anymore but wanted to check in and say "good luck" to everyone! Already lots of great images!


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3/15/2008 6:36:06 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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  Sharon I hate to see you have no hope! That means you will never succeed because you give up! Don't do that!


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3/15/2008 9:51:43 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Okay I'm going to pick a favorite.


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3/15/2008 9:52:22 PM

 
Carol Teal
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Hesitant
Hesitant
F4.5, 1/200, 60mm, ISO 100, tiny bit of Xero's Soft Mood applied to the baby goat, taken in late afternoon
This little kid seemed a bit hesitant to come out and join the others. He is 2 weeks old.

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Hello everyone! It's that time already!! Well, I didn't enter as many last month (and not too many so far this month), but I will post a favorite. It is between two, but I will post the one right now. The other one that I really like is my turkey "Strutting My Stuff." Beautiful images so far and good luck to all!!


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3/15/2008 11:51:22 PM

 
Amanda  J.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter: 1/1250
Lens: 50mm 1.8
Location: In the shade at the side of my house;
mid afternoon.

Thank you for looking at my picture.


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February was a good month for EFPs for me. This one is my favorite. My girl that just turned 8. She's getting so big! Thank you Christopher for hosting the thread. There are some amazing images here. I'm so very happy to be able to play along!


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3/16/2008 5:29:27 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  My favorite part about this thread is seeing people work to choose just their favorite single image. (I too, love every entry I ever post here---sometimes too much; I'll look back a year later at older images I entered, and wonder "Why did you ever enter THAT??")

I never get to browse the Recent Entries anymore like I used to, so it is almost a guarantee that when I see an image in this thread, it will be the very first time I've seen it; having the best of everyone's entries pre-sorted is a wonderful treat! ;) Keep up the great work, and best of luck to everyone!


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3/16/2008 6:15:03 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   ~Iridescent Bubbles~
~Iridescent Bubbles~
Taken on an overcast day at the beach after a storm.
(Slight crop, tad color adjustment and sharpened)

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Good luck to everyone with your choices! Lots of wonderful captures here. Chris, thanks again for manning the thread! Here's my favorite.


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3/16/2008 9:05:43 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Lots of superb images in here :o) Good luck to all of you !!
Here's my favourite...


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3/16/2008 12:09:36 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Lots of superb images in here :o) Good luck to all of you !!
Here's my favourite...


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3/16/2008 12:09:37 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  rainbow droplets II-forum only
rainbow droplets II-forum only

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grrrr


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3/16/2008 12:10:30 PM

 
Melissa Papaj
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Content - Bald Eagle in Flight withFish
Content - Bald Eagle in Flight withFish
-
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Here's my favorite!


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3/16/2008 12:47:45 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  "Sharon I hate to see you have no hope! That means you will never succeed because you give up!"

Sadly, I have to say I have no hopes in this contest, Linda! I take pics every day in hopes they sell. In that respect I'm doing much better than any of the prizes offered here including GP.


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3/16/2008 2:17:25 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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This is my favorite for Feb. It is different than my usual images. I'm not a bird photog, lots of practice and patience went into this. Birds move faster than rusty, old, abandoned trucks....
Good luck to all, you all have great images!


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3/17/2008 12:04:01 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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Pink Gerbera
Pink Gerbera
Image taken on white board with natural light, 50mm 1.8 lens at F6.3, 1/4000. RAW conversion and background clean up, +Sat.

Finalist- February 2008 - Flowers
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Such beautiful images here so far!! Chris, it's the same for me in terms of time to browse. This thread is so much more personal, it makes it even better. Thank you, once again, for being such a great host.

In Feb, I came back after a break of 2 months or so and really liked the changes/improvements I'd made. I also didn't enter every day like before, so I the quality of my submissions increased and so did my percentage of EPs!!

For those reasons, it is difficult to pick a favorite. But I'd be happy to see at least one get a finalist, even if it's not this one :)

Best of luck to everyone!


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3/17/2008 6:22:24 AM

 
John Caruso
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
BetterPhoto.com Photo of the Day  
Blue 1902 (For Sale)
Blue 1902 (For Sale)
1/320 at f/3.5; Lens 28-75; Focal Length 28; ISO 200; Hand Held; Natural Light

I was having a less than inspiring day looking for photo subjects when I passed this shuttered service station. I quickly pulled over, got out of my car, and made several exposures from varying positions. I got back in my car, the hair on my arms and the back of my neck tingling and standing on end, excited about the find. Even though these were the only photos I made the entire day, I felt it was quite a successful afternoon.
© John Caruso
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It seems I'm joining the party kind of late this month! Oh well, so it goes, eh? Anyway, let's pull that slot machine lever once again...perhaps I'll get lucky this month. Of course I feel all my photos are winners, but then I'm not doing the selecting, LOL!

Anyway, I really like this one. Even if it doesn't go anywhere at BP, it has made it into my stock for this summer's art show circuit.

I raise my cocktail in a toast to all the wonderful photos you all make each and every month.


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3/17/2008 7:10:28 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
It's Your Move
It's Your Move

I spotted this at the
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Nikkor 18-200mm VR
f11 1/125 EV+1 ISO 100 Handheld

**Second Place Winner**
ELEMENTS OF DESIGN
JUNE 2008

© Lisa J. Boulden
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Hard to pick a favorite this month.
Here's one I enetered into EofD.

Best of luck to everyone!
~♥~Lisa


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3/17/2008 7:40:39 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Lisa, I think this one of yours has a great chance. I know they will like it. I just have a good feeling about it.


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3/17/2008 7:53:59 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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  Thanks for the vote of confidence, Carolyn.
~♥~Smiles, Lisa


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3/17/2008 9:16:42 PM

 
Kristy A. Keene
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I have two entries this time that I really like and hope the judges do too ;)


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3/17/2008 11:25:05 PM

 
Don W. Chamblee
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BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Reading By Flashlight
Reading By Flashlight
f/2.8, 1/8, ISO 800, Nikkor 80-200.
This is my girls and my wife trying to make the most of it while
our lights were out for several hours during violent spring storms in May 2007.
The only light is being provided by the flashlight.

© Don W. Chamblee
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Hello, I have been with BP for about 5 years but haven't been serious about the contest until this year. I am still trying to learn all the acronyms and culture here. This is one of my favorites that didn't get an EFP.


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3/18/2008 8:17:14 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Anybody getting antsy yet? Last month the Cash Contest announcements came out on the 20th, I think, and that's tomorrow. I'm thinking the Free Contest finalists won't be out until after the weekend, though. I'm going out to pick up some chocolate tomorrow :)


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3/19/2008 8:30:28 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Big Apple Beer & Chocolate
Big Apple Beer & Chocolate
Just a quick, fun snapshot for the Countdown folks! ;)
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Perhaps I can save you a (virtual) trip, Nikki... here's some chocolate (and libations!) from where I'm staying up here in NYC, just for the Countdown Thread. The M&M ad, and the Corona ad are both attached the the building I'm in.
(For those who are new to this monthly thread, at one point the thread was titled "Chocolate & Cocktails", hinting at the comfort those two treats brought to many of us, during the antsy, waiting-waiting-waiting days of the monthly countdown!)


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3/20/2008 4:44:25 AM

 
paola A. Jofre
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   For my next trick!!
For my next trick!!
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There are some really great hopefuls here, awesome work everyone :)

I almost missed this thread, just in time.
Here is my hopeful, I have a few this month. But this one is one of my favorites.


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3/20/2008 11:45:00 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's PickBetterPhoto.com Photo of the Day   Sunshine
Sunshine
*Details & Macro*
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I've selected a macro shot since it's my first time submitting into that category.


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3/21/2008 4:41:51 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Nikki, I'm feeling very antsy! Maybe they'll do finalists before Sunday, since it's Easter?? I have a feeling it will be after the weekend tho :(

I see a few new faces here this month and wanted to say Welcome! All the images here are just fantastic!!!


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3/21/2008 5:54:56 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  My predictions are always wrong, but I think that finalists won't be announced until next Wed the 26th :-) So settle in and fill those glasses


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3/21/2008 7:32:39 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I'm with Susan F here--don't expect the Free Contest finalists until next week. But I'm thinking the Cash Contest winners might be out today and that would be fun, too :)


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3/21/2008 7:54:41 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  I agree with Susan and Nikki: next week. Good luck, everybody! Now, to stock up on chocolate .... :)


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3/21/2008 9:21:25 AM

 
Tobie A. Abbajay  
 
 
This was my first time entering a BP contest. I had such a great time doing this shoot...


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3/21/2008 7:12:38 PM

 
Tobie A. Abbajay  
 
 
This was my first time entering a bp contest. I had such a good time with this shoot...


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3/21/2008 7:14:54 PM

 
Girish Vaghela
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  They declared FINALIST OF FEBRUARY 2008, but no e-mails.


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3/22/2008 8:23:26 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Yes--I just did a very quick run-through and noticed several favorites as well as winners by thread participants on other photos in the batch. Looks as if I got two--woohoo!! One of them was one of my alternates that I mentioned but did not post in this thread. I'm really glad they picked that one :) I've never put a link in before but I'm going to try to do that--my apologies if nothing but gibberish follows this message LOL
LoneCypress


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3/22/2008 8:38:06 AM

 
Deb Koskovich
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  They must be in the process of setting them up now -- they don't have the Finalist buttons on them yet. But yippee -- I have one in there!


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3/22/2008 8:38:31 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  Where are you guys seeing this? I went to contest, finalists, and the lasdt I see in January. By the way, I love the new page setup!


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3/22/2008 8:44:38 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
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  Where is the finalist being posted? When I go to contest Finalist, it is still showing Jan.


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3/22/2008 8:44:53 AM

 
Diane Dupuis
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  FINALISTS ARE OUT!
Congrats !
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=23076


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3/22/2008 8:50:15 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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  Finalist are not out yet!


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3/22/2008 8:57:18 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
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  Congrats to all with a Finalist from Feb.! Some really great photos!


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3/22/2008 8:58:29 AM

 
Diane Dupuis
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  The list is there at the link I posted
the buttons aren't up (and probably not the e-mails... but they are there...


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3/22/2008 8:58:31 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I dunno... the Finalist URL may well exist, but as they haven't sent the emails, or published the medals, I gotta wonder if they're not done handing out Finalists yet... (The URL for Finalists has been "discovered" many times in the past, before the actual publication of the month's Finalists, so it is hard to say if this is list of 401 Finalists is truly "complete" until those emails get sent out, in my opinion.)
Fingers crossed for everyone!


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3/22/2008 8:58:47 AM

 
Diane Dupuis
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  Well it's certainly not hidden - I found it by hitting free contest - recent finalists... Give them 15 minutes or so...


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3/22/2008 9:00:21 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  This wasn't a hidden link :-) It's right on the homepage.

Maybe the person who handles the links was going to be away for the holiday and did it early. They just maybe didn't think anyone would notice.

The link is the FINALIST link right under the rotating featured photo on the home page.


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3/22/2008 9:12:20 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  They've been posted since I got up this morning at 4am..no emails, but I gotta assume they are done since they are posted under finalists on the home page.


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3/22/2008 9:13:07 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  Forgot to add that we must drive the BP staff crazy! Is like wanting to open Christmas presents early ;-)


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3/22/2008 9:16:00 AM

 
paola A. Jofre
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  I just checked the results are in, not a one for me :( I thought for sure this month I would get at least one, oh well.
Congratulations to those that received one Great job !! :)


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3/22/2008 9:32:36 AM

 
David W. Orias
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  A wonderful group of finalist photos. Good luck to those in the next round.....


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3/22/2008 9:51:22 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Congratulations, everybody--good luck in the next round!

Another month of no finalists for me.


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3/22/2008 9:54:26 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  Colleen! You didn't look hard enough my friend :-)

The announcements have NOT gone out yet. You have check by going to the link

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=23076


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3/22/2008 10:01:40 AM

 
Susan Fox
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href="http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=23076&contestCatID=4">Colleen
you have one here

href="http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=23076&pageID=2&rows=12&contestCatID=7&camID=">And
here



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3/22/2008 10:05:24 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  Darn it! Let me try that again. Sorry!

Colleen you have one here

And here


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3/22/2008 10:06:48 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Oh, thank you, Susan! I figured I didn't get any since I didn't get an email. I'm very pleased I was wrong! :)


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3/22/2008 10:10:22 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  Boy I sure am out of it today :-) Forgot to congratulate all the finalists.

Congrats everyone! Good luck in the next round.


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3/22/2008 10:11:57 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  Well, I was very surprised to get congratulatory wishes on my favorite, here in the forum, this morning. I thought I was going nuts!! This is a first since I've been here that the finalists are out, but no email from the BP staff. Anyway, thanks for letting me know, I'll have to go check them out.

Have a great Easter weekend everyone!! Congratulations!!

Your friend,

Donna


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3/22/2008 11:30:10 AM

 
Amanda  J.
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  Congrats to all the finalists! I don't think I'm included, but that's o.k. :).

One thing I found was going through the finalists I kept saying, "Oh, Wow!" Or "That's cool!" It is inspiring. It makes me want to take better pictures ;).

Wonderful work everyone and huge congratulations!


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3/22/2008 11:53:53 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  "It is inspiring. It makes me want to take better pictures ;)."

Me too, Amanda! Every time results come out, I am energized and inspired to try harder and do better, regardless of whether I've received a finalist or not. That's one way I think BetterPhoto helps us take ... better photos. ;)


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3/22/2008 12:06:28 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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  I'm a little confused... (not that hard to happen...lol)
I've got lots of wonderful congrats in my mailbox for a few February finalists, but no new silver badges in my gallery under those images, no notification from BP, and I cannot find the new results.
I think I'm happy...
???
♥Lisa


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3/22/2008 1:00:37 PM

 
Diane Dupuis
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  Read further up a little - they posted the link on BP (go to Contest - recent finalists)... but no badges or e-mails yet... So we're presuming the 400 or so ones that are there are finalists (and of course we're hoping for 400 more)...
Congrats!


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3/22/2008 1:06:28 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I don't think there will be more since they are posted..There's probably something wrong with the buttons again. That happened a while back, too.
Seems like they could send the emails anyway, but lets just be glad we got some.


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Sherry K. Adkins
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  Congrats to all finalists. I got one, but didn't know it either until I went through them. Happy Easter to all!


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Sylvia Rossler
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  A big congrats to all the finalists :o)
Got none :(


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3/22/2008 2:15:08 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  What a wonderful Easter gift from BP to everyone....Congrats to all the Finalists and best of luck in the next round!


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3/22/2008 6:30:24 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  While we're waiting for buttons and winners ... I just looked in my notes, and last February there were 22,200 entries and *701* finalists!


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Diane Dupuis
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  Want statistics - I've got some... Don't have total number of entries - just # of finalists...

January 2008 - 526 finalists
December 2007 - 363
November 638
October 801
September 643
August 944
July 907
June 670
May 884
April 728
March 737
February 689
January 882
December 2006 - 675
November 731
October 723
September 726

I stopped there - this month would be the 2nd lowest in 18 months... yikes!
Average over the last 18 months is 703 finalists... I hope this downward trend isn't going to stick...
Congrats to all who got!


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3/22/2008 8:06:32 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  I always love to see statistics--thanks, Diane! :D I wonder how I got 701 finalists for last Feb and you have 689? I thought I took my number from the BP finalist email, but I could easily be wrong. ;)

It'll be especially interesting to see what the percentage of finalists to total entries is.


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3/22/2008 8:38:56 PM

 
Diane Dupuis
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  I haven't had a finalist in almost a year - but I got the data from going to free contest - past winners...


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3/23/2008 4:59:09 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Congrats to all the Finalists!! My Pink Gerbera got one....yay!!!

Still no email or buttons as of this morning. I'm glad I checked this thread because at first I thought I didn't get one. I had to scroll through all 34 pages. But 401?? Wow, I am really happy but that number is too low!!


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3/23/2008 6:18:17 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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  Congrats to all the finalists! I see many got their wishes! What an Easter for me! Three finalists and my first POTD this morning! Thank you Easter bunny!


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3/23/2008 6:49:56 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Wow, Jessica; congratulations---what a nice little haul of goodies you got; beats marshmallow peeps & Cadbury creme eggs, no? :)

Just a reminder to anyone reading the tail end of this thread late---there seems to be a little glitch this weekend, and the Feb. Finalists have been assigned, but not yet fully announced by BP---no medals, and no annoucement emails.
So, if you hear the Finalists are out, don't assume you didn't get one because you don't see medals or haven't received a BP email. (Unfortunately, someone has deleted one of their images that was a Finalist (we now have 400 Finalists) and I can't help but wonder if they didn't know, at the time!)


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3/23/2008 6:58:30 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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  What a drawn out process this finalist period has been! I wonder if BP will post the finalist buttons today AND the winners at the same time?


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3/24/2008 7:46:19 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Not so drawn out really. There is often a two to three day lag between finalists and winners--which I actually enjoy as it gives me the time to visit and comment on many finalists while I can still wish them good luck :) Maybe the finalists were not supposed to be released until today--but I'm sure the judges have been hard at work determining the winners so maybe we will see finalist AND winner buttons at the same time--or at least on the same day.

At any rate, congratulations to all the finalists and good luck (while there's still time) in the next round!


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3/24/2008 8:10:29 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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  Funny...I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve... I am so looking forward to my little silver finalist badges... (a good month for me...4 )
I'm not getting my hopes up for gold; so many wonderful finalists out there... Just wondering which will be wearing that GOLD!
Waiting (somewhat) patiently...
***tick tock tick tock tick tock tick...


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3/24/2008 9:23:48 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  LOL Lisa...yea, I'm just waiting for my one little Finalist badge too! Last time I got one was back in August and I've been working *really* hard to improve and have a chance at those medals :)

I'm used to the lag time between Finalists and Winners and agree with Nikki, it gives me a chance to comment on as many as I can. However, it's the lack of announcement from BP and the lack of the Finalist badges that's puzzling to me. It must be a computer glitch and to happen over a holiday weekend is just taking longer to resolve.

So anyway, if I do happen to get a gold and I don't post right away, it's cause I DFO'd. (southern for "done fell out")....hehehe


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3/24/2008 9:31:33 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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  I know how you all feel, last month I got my first finalist and the winners where out 4 days later; In those 4 days I almost got crazy. LOL

Good luck to everyone!!!!


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3/24/2008 9:40:05 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  The badges are showing up on the photos now, but still no emails so far.


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3/24/2008 11:17:15 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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  BADGES! Yippeeee!!!
Finally, I see badges!!!
Congrats everyone!!!!
~Lisa


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3/24/2008 11:18:26 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I just got the emails on my 2 finalists, too, so we're all caught up now.


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3/24/2008 11:23:08 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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  YAY! I got the emails too!


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3/24/2008 11:24:13 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  A BIG Congrats!!!!

I was hoping they haven't finish chosing the finalist, because 400 are so little. LOL No luck for many of us.

Well A Big Congratas!!! I did something for the winners, and for been finalist here it is for all of you. You all are winners too.

You are the fisrt ones to see my tribute this month.

A Special Star


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3/24/2008 11:35:02 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  Thanks, Elida!

So, if last February there were 22,200 entries and 701 finalists, and this February, 29,900 entries and 401 finalists (before one got deleted) ... that's a big difference! (I'm going by my BP emails for the stats)

I don't know what it all means, and I'm not complaining about the results. I just find it interesting! :)

Anyway, good luck in the next round everybody!


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3/24/2008 12:54:46 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Well the cash contest winners are out and our very own Susan Fox took home the big one. Congratulations, Susan. We are so pleased for you!


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3/24/2008 3:19:16 PM

 
Susan Fox
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  OMG! Can't believe it!!

Thank you BP and Judges :-)

Thanks so much for the congrats Nikki!

Congrats to the other winners Jodie Goodison and Tareq Alhamrani.

Congrats to all the finalists and winners (who should be announced soon) in the main contest.


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3/24/2008 5:30:34 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  I can believe it! :D Way to go, Susan!


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3/24/2008 5:38:42 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  A belated congratulations to all the Finalists (once they finally caught up with medals & emails) and to the gold winners (quite a thrill to find myself in that camp this month!) and to the uh, oh, I dunno... BIG CASH WINNER AND TOTALLY TERRIFIC PHOTOGRAPHER, SUSAN hiding out here in our midst!!!! :)


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3/24/2008 6:35:15 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  I echo Chris's congrats to everyone, inlcuding his nice win. And to Susan! All very well deserving!


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3/24/2008 6:44:23 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  Congrats everyone! See you next month :)


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3/24/2008 6:56:30 PM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
  Congrats to all the winners and finalists and the winners and honorable mentions in the cash contest too! I am way behind because of Easter holidays and then last night when I came in here to look thru a few, my Internet was down! It just got up in the wee morning hours; at 3:30AM I got up for water and it was still down. I didn't enter near as much last month but still had hopes for my turkey even if the goat didn't make it. No luck! I have even fewer entries for March, so I am not real hopeful for this momth either!


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3/25/2008 3:30:21 AM

 
Diane Dupuis
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  Congrats everyone!!! Susan - don't spend it all in one place (unless it's a camera store - hee hee!!)


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3/25/2008 3:54:21 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Big congratulations to all the Winners! And WTG Susan! Wow, what a great thrill to see you win that Cash Contest! I'm really happy for you!!!!!

What a great month! I hope some of you met or exceeded your goals. I know I did by snagging at least one Finalist! My EFP count is at an all time high this month. So I'm encouraged and hope next month is as good or better :)

Thank you, BetterBuddies (courtesy of Lisa B.), for the great company and see you next month - same time, same place!


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3/25/2008 6:01:24 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  Wow Susan...I just found out you won the grand prize in the cash contest! A HUGE congrats to you...and I agree with Diane, don't spend it all in one place unless its a camera store! :D


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3/25/2008 6:56:13 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  Thanks so much everyone :-)

I'm still trying to decide what to buy with the money. Probably a new computer. LOL but a new lens would be much more fun


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