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Michelle L. Frick
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January 2012 Countdown Thread


Hi Everyone! Happy almost Valentine's Day! Everyone grab your favorite chocolate and a beverage of your choosing and let's see what's in store this month. It's Leap Year, but with February still being a short month, I thought maybe I should get a jump on posting this thread. Never know what the judges might have in mind.

I look forward every month to seeing which favorites you all choose!


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Good luck everyone!!!


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2/8/2012 7:39:43 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Let me hold you in my arms
Let me hold you in my arms
A hanging fall leaf. Effects in PS CS2 and texture by Nick Lagos.

~~~
CATEGORY: Catch-All (January 22, 2012)

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Me thinks too, they might announce the Finalists by 15th. Here is my fave of January, I specially liked the texture application on this one.

Good luck to all in January contest. And thanks Shell for keeping the thread active and alive every month!!!

UB.


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2/9/2012 12:04:17 AM

 
tony w. austin
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   I just give up
I just give up
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i am going to "guess" this one


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2/9/2012 5:31:39 AM

 
Dr Silly
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Great Blue
Great Blue
A reworked favorite.
:O)

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Hopeing the rework of this photo makes it a winner.


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2/9/2012 9:22:10 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Gosh...January went by in quick fashion for me, I had a mix of resubs and new images. I'm just going to go with my gut on this one.


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2/9/2012 9:36:16 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Hi all. It was a mnth of resubs for me but I did rework some frome their original file. This one included.



PhotoID: 12681792
Title: Winter Wonder
Entered: 1/14/2012
Category: Nature & Landscapes

I took it on a very cold winter day up in Buffalo Gap, SD.

Good luck everyone. and have fun in BP!


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2/9/2012 10:49:47 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Try this link.

http://www.betterphoto.com/Premium/Gallery.aspx?id=127005&cat=0&photoID=12681792&mp=V2

Errick


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2/9/2012 10:54:01 AM

 
Pat Harry
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I never pick right. :) But I'll go with this one for January.


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2/9/2012 11:11:36 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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I love the result of my severe overexposure.


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2/9/2012 1:19:13 PM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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I love the result of my severe overexposure.


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2/9/2012 1:19:51 PM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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Trying again...


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2/9/2012 1:21:00 PM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  Sorry about that, folks. I forgot that I have to do this BEFORE entering the contest for the day. AND I forgot that I'd already entered the contest. That's the effect of MS on the brain!! See ya'll tomorrow.....


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2/9/2012 1:24:37 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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Wow... another month down... crazy!!!

Here's my fav. from January... Good luck all!


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2/9/2012 2:04:20 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Fishing Beavers Bend
Fishing Beavers Bend
This has been through a couple of times a year (at least) since 2005 or 2006 when I shot it. Never got anywhere and I love it and will never give up on it.
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January was my resubmit month and I went back and got all stuff I really love, so I'm gonna be happy with whatever I get, but here's my favorite shot EVER.


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2/9/2012 3:05:33 PM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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Let's see if I can do this right!


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2/10/2012 1:31:21 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Venetian Details
Venetian Details
One of the more unexpected buildings in historic Staunton, VA, features a facade of Venetian Renaissance Revival architecture.
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I went into January assuming I'd do nothing but 31 resubs or reworks, but then I had a productive wedding trip to historic Staunton, VA mid-month, that produced a bunch of images I really like, including this one...


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2/10/2012 4:51:13 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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Hi all, I will try again to upload the photo to this thread. wish me luck!!!
Errick


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2/10/2012 12:04:08 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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Hi all, I will try again to upload the photo to this thread. wish me luck!!!
Errick


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2/10/2012 12:04:57 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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Hi all, I will try again to upload the photo to this thread. wish me luck!!!
Errick


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2/10/2012 12:06:58 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  maybe today we will get a nice valentines present by getting the finalist.


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2/14/2012 6:36:09 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Love, or hope, springs eternal! :) I doubt we'll see them this early, but you just never know!


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2/14/2012 6:51:56 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I am pinning my hopes for Thursday tomorrow for Finalists and Winners by late Friday or on the coming Saturday.

Usman.


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2/14/2012 7:31:57 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Well, they got me. Last month I barely put the thread up in time for the announcements, but this month they making us wait a bit. Good thing we have Valentine's chocolates to tide us over! Smiles all!!!


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2/15/2012 9:43:40 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I'm guessing next Tuesday...!


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2/16/2012 4:03:46 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  i am going to guess the 23rd...with winners announced on the 24th...


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2/16/2012 2:07:30 PM

 
Lola M.
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Eye on You
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Here is a favorite of mine from January. Good Luck to everyone!


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2/16/2012 5:19:05 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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The French Castle
The French Castle

~.~.~.~.~
at Old Fort Niagara
Youngstown, NY

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I guess that I'll choose this one...

Best of luck to everyone!
~♥~


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2/17/2012 10:15:17 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Nice choice Lisa. We WILL see it agian!


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2/17/2012 2:27:47 PM

 
Vicki Gilbreath
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   So Dapper!
So Dapper!
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Love this one but may be too simple.


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2/17/2012 3:43:20 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Lyndhurst Estate
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*Digital Darkroom*
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I'm going with this one


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2/18/2012 8:30:06 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   At the Hen's House
At the Hen's House
I found this interesting, old, and very run-down house on a recent drive across central Nebraska. I loved the shadow patterns and, of course, the red -- perspectives were very limited because of dense undergrowth. I didn't get any one that I really liked, and they all lacked punch. I put them into a critique group, distilled the suggestions, and came up with a composite of two house shots (roof from the vertical layered over the horizontal and then extended at the sides with cloning) plus a rooster photo from my archives. I'm putting the three original components of this final image into the discussion.
Category: Digital Darkroom

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I have five resubmissions, all of which I like very much and any of which I would be delighted to see go on, but I like to go with a first time entry for this thread. I picked "At the Hen's House" because it was the most work -- and the biggest surprise to me :)


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2/19/2012 5:17:46 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I am having a very busy week at work till Thursday evening. So Tony your guess of the dates suits me just fine, not to say that I would not like to see the Finalists any sooner. Fingers crossed for everyone.

UB.


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2/19/2012 7:09:47 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  well looks like I was wrong.. :-(


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2/21/2012 2:57:38 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  How do you figure that, Tony? You guessed the 23rd and it's only the 21st :)


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2/21/2012 3:05:38 PM

 
Pat Harry
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  Well, I'm out of Valentine's chocolate, so it's time. :)


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2/21/2012 4:39:43 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  LOL ..... oops old age setting in... maybe I can still guess it right LOL


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2/21/2012 5:19:58 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  well guess I was wrong either way it goes... LOL


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2/23/2012 3:13:58 PM

 
Dr Silly
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  Just received a EP on a photo, so I think not tonight. :O)


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2/23/2012 3:25:41 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  While we wait here for an eternity, Chris, you can make it a bit easy for us by throwing some stats here for the month of February!

UB.


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2/23/2012 8:31:06 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hmmm... I don't have any for the current February yet, but I can tell you that past years' results for January contests have come out on February 10th, 19th, 23rd, 22nd, 24th and 21st, respectively. (So I'd say we're hopefully due to get Finalists today!) Every February contest in my records, has fewer entries than the January preceding it (of course, most February's are 3 days shorter, too.) And the average % of January entries to make Finalist, for the past 6 Januarys is 3.25%.


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2/24/2012 4:00:03 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  fingers crossed


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2/24/2012 12:47:01 PM

 
Lola M.
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  The finalists are out!

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=49472


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2/26/2012 4:00:43 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congratulations to the Finalists! And Lola & Lisa, for your choices posted in this thread, making it!


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2/26/2012 4:03:25 PM

 
tony w. austin
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Picture of the Myrtles
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Second place Better Photo monthly travel competition. First place in the Shreveport Photographic Society annual competition.
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I really thought my animal picture would make it... but I had a resubmit in the digital darkroom that got a finalist


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2/26/2012 4:39:18 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Well, I don't know that posting a favorite is a jinx as some have suggested -- but it certainly doesn't help LOL. Big congratulations to everyone who snagged one, whether for a posted favorite or another image that you might secretly have loved just as well. Or even a complete surprise that makes you say, "Well, whadda ya know?!" And good luck in the next round.


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2/26/2012 4:51:04 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Wow, a Sunday evening Finalist announcement, how rare is that Chris?

HUGE CONGRATZ to Lola and Lisa for picking the right one for this thread, which is still a big struggle for me.

CONGRATZ to all the other finalists too. Good luck in the next round!!!

UB.


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2/26/2012 5:17:25 PM

 
Pat Harry
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Backyard Fun
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I received one - but I have to say it's surprise! Not one I would have expected. (But I'll take it!)


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2/26/2012 5:54:39 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  wanting to wish everyone good luck in the next round


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2/26/2012 6:03:15 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  ...Usman, a Sunday release is a pretty rare thing---only 6 times in the last 75 months! (Saturday, however, is the rarest---with only 4 times!)

Fingers crossed that silver turns to gold!


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2/26/2012 6:30:34 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Congratulations to all the finalists best of luck in the next round. I got one in flowers of my husbands apple blooms.


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2/26/2012 8:56:04 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  I am walking on cloud 9 right now. I had the judges comment on my picture... WHOOOOO HOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that makes my day.


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2/27/2012 12:15:51 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Merten Mill
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f/10, ISO100, 0.3s, 21mm, tripod - Old abandoned mining equipment on the trail to Opal Creek...
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Merten Mill finalist :)
Love in Light,
Carlton


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2/27/2012 12:29:06 PM

 
Sandy Hawkins
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  I am thrilled too. I had a measley three entries for the month and got two finalists! :-)


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2/27/2012 4:56:39 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  That's a heck of a success rate, Sandy!
I got one ... yay!
Congrats to all and best of luck in the next round!
Peggy


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2/27/2012 5:49:11 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
appleb-March 24
appleb-March 24
Apple blooms in my husbands gardens.
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I had to wait until I could post the picture because I had already posted for that day.

This is my finalist the apple blooms in my husbands gardens.


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2/27/2012 6:05:53 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Winners are out! I see a couple that went gold on this thread already! Congratulations to all those who got a finalist, and to those who went on to gold this month. Both of my finalists went gold - that's never happened to me before! Hoping that leads to sweet dreams tonight!


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2/27/2012 8:54:53 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congratulations to the winners! And Michelle, a double-gold, in this day-and-age of the contest (ie, where getting 2 or more Finalists has itself become a great rarity to begin with)---that is really something!!


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2/28/2012 3:41:39 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Big congrats to all the winners!


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2/28/2012 11:34:55 AM

 
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