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Michelle L. Frick
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March 2012 Countdown Thread


March 2012 Countdown Thread

It's nearly mid-month again...in the US, this time it means our taxes are due. I'm not sure if that's the same elsewhere - although I hear from some of my friends abroad that our taxes aren't all that high and we should be grateful (HA! - tell that to my checkbook).

Everything is beautiful and blooming here in Texas...I hope everyone else is enjoying your weather in whatever season you might be having. So, while we wait for the judge's choices, please post your favorite and let's see if we can choose/guess correctly this time.

Helpful hints for attaching photos into 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.

Good luck everyone!!!


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4/14/2012 4:29:48 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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Keshia-March 16
Keshia-March 16
Keshia on the old bridge during our prom fashion photo shoot.


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It so hard to pick this time.

I submitted second place winners and finalists. Some of my very favorites from over the eight years I been on Better Photo.

But I do love the one of Keshia the young model I used as my people model on Better Photo since she been nine years of age and now she seventeen.

Keshia is working on singing career and her music will come out this year under the stage name of KING.


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4/15/2012 3:13:04 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  tag


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4/15/2012 1:17:20 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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S A L T
S A L T
Deep inside the Khewra Salt Mines (2nd largest in the World) in Punjab, Pakistan.

Stalactites and Stalagmites are natural formations in the caves of mountains having limestone/salt. These form when rainwater seeps through spaces in the mountain dissolving limestone/salt over time and dripping from the ceiling. The hanging ones are called Stalactites while Stalagmites are deposited on the ground. The lighted tower in the bg is erected of salt bricks.
11mm, f/22, 20sec.

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My fave of my March entries was shot deep inside the Khewra Salt Mines, which is about 150 kms from Islamabad. It was a wonderful experience. basically traveling inside a salt mountain.

Good luck to you all in the March Contest.

UB.


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4/17/2012 12:20:33 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Here's my pick this month...good luck everyone!


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4/17/2012 7:49:45 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Here's my pick for last month. T actually took it several years back but never worked it up. we will see how it goes.

PhotoID 12791482 Errick


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4/18/2012 7:29:28 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hey Errick---your post didn't work. (You can't use Photo ID method, if you already entered the contest same-day.)


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4/18/2012 7:34:09 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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Try this link:

http://www.betterphoto.com/Premium/Gallery.aspx?id=127005&cat=0&photoID=12791482&mp=V2


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4/18/2012 8:28:22 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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Try this link:

http://www.betterphoto.com/Premium/Gallery.aspx?id=127005&cat=0&photoID=12791482&mp=V2


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4/18/2012 8:29:09 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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I mess your page up every time I do this. That is why I stopped posting several years back. Sorry guys!

Here is the link to respond to:

www.betterphoto.com/Premium/Gallery.aspx?id=127005&cat=0&photoID=12791482&mp=V2

Here is a tag of the photo:


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4/18/2012 8:36:45 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Big Chill
Big Chill
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I mess your page up every time I do this. That is why I stopped posting several years back. Sorry guys!

Here is the link to respond to:

www.betterphoto.com/Premium/Gallery.aspx?id=127005&cat=0&photoID=12791482&mp=V2

Here is a tag of the photo:


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4/18/2012 8:36:45 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Here's my Fave for March.....


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4/18/2012 9:02:11 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Oh Dominick... Now I don't feel so bad! We need bp for dummies!


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4/18/2012 9:10:47 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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  he he he .....


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4/19/2012 12:09:57 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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My fav of the month is a shot I did of my son. It is taken from the road under a train bridge.


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4/19/2012 3:21:47 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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Arcade
Arcade
A rework of one of my many favorite captures from the Library of Congress. HDR of 3 exposures, while sitting on the floor, 10mm lens.
3/12 2nd Place - EOD

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A mix of new images and resubs of older images, in March for me---but I'm going with this resub as my March favorite... best of luck to everyone!


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4/19/2012 3:49:17 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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Thanks for hosting this thread again Shell... Here is my fav. from last month!! Good luck all!


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4/19/2012 6:22:53 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  OK, guys, here's what I do. Even though I have been uploading to this discussion on and off for years, I am never sure I will remember the steps from one month to the next. So I open the discussion in two windows. I leave Shell's instructions in one so I read and follow them easily, one step at a time, and I use the other to put my link in. Then I always breathe a sigh of relief when I come back to the discussion itself and see my image in there :)


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4/19/2012 7:02:06 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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A Kind of Praise
A Kind of Praise
"Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise.
For envy is a kind of praise."
John Gay, early 18th C English poet

Resubmitted for October 11, 2017 (EP)
Category: Monthly Theme (Harvests)

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I was out of town a bit in March so I had more resubs than usual, so I have a number of personal favorites to choose from for this thread. Decided to go with a new one instead. I love this image myself - did a series inspired by the Green with Envy monthly theme and liked them all. Credit for the final tweaking on this one goes to my friends in the FFFP Club here at BP.

Good luck to everyone - finalists should be getting close. And now here's hoping I can follow instructions and my thumb goes in right LOL


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4/19/2012 7:09:43 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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One of my Faves.....


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4/19/2012 8:15:48 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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4/19/2012 8:20:41 AM

 
tony w. austin
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animals


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4/19/2012 1:33:04 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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My pick is this floral


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4/20/2012 6:49:02 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  ...tick tock tick tock... April is a short month! Wonder when we'll see Finalists?


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4/23/2012 1:44:32 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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  I think today since there's been a sudden flood of ep's.


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4/23/2012 1:45:56 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  i didnt enter that many last month so I am not expecting anything


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4/23/2012 1:48:43 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I don't think today (though there's still 6 hours left) but pretty soon...!
96% of the last 6 years' Finalists announcements have come out by the 26th. A third of all the Finalist announcements have fallen across the 3 days: 24th - 26th...


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4/23/2012 6:17:22 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  I am going with the 26th... at 4:10 pm central time LOL


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4/24/2012 2:16:43 PM

 
Jen F. Petritz
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Sweetness
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Well, here is my hopeful for this month! Good luck to all!! So many great photos!!


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4/24/2012 3:47:03 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I think Friday's the day for Finalist announcement and Sunday the Winners, but I usually miss the bull's eye when it comes to pick these dates !!

UB.


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4/24/2012 8:42:19 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  The suspense is certainly building ... :)


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4/25/2012 6:45:43 PM

 
Ellen Devenny
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My pick for March


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4/26/2012 3:13:59 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  At midnight tonight, we enter rare territory... Only 3 monthly Finalist announcements, of the last 76 months, have ever come out later than the 26th... Best of luck to everyone!


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4/26/2012 4:41:29 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Make that 4 times...About to run out of month.


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4/27/2012 11:39:23 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Yep... we might have a new record on our hands---there hasn't been a release on the 30th before...!


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4/27/2012 11:41:47 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  Maybe they didnt like any of our pictures this month so there are no finalist ?????? LOL


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4/27/2012 12:29:21 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Yikes...! Let's hope not! I hope they haven't forgotten to finish the evaluations... In my years on BP, they've never missed their stated deadline of last-day-of-the-following-month, for winners announced. So that would suggest they'd need to get Finalists out pronto...


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4/27/2012 1:25:35 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Is something wrong with my computer? For finalists, it keeps bringing up the February 2012 page. :o


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4/27/2012 1:27:28 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  hehehe... alas, nothing wrong with your PC, Peggy! ;)


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4/27/2012 1:33:42 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  could we all be in an episode of the twilight zone??? forever waiting for the march finalist.... :-)


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4/27/2012 1:46:37 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  The only good thing that they have not been announced yet is that there is still a possibility I have a finalist.


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4/27/2012 2:13:00 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Excellent point, Jackie!


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4/27/2012 2:23:53 PM

 
Rob Bishop
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  Maybe there wasn't a contest this month. April fools on us all.


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4/27/2012 3:00:16 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  It must be because all of our photos are so fabulous that it's taking a long time to decide ...


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4/27/2012 3:06:15 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  That's gotta be it.


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4/27/2012 3:40:22 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Its Saturday morning here in Pakistan and past noon time Down Under ..... looks like a record breaking month.

Chris, whats the latest date in a month in your record book when Finalists were announced.

I like your way of thinking Jackie, very true. And Rob, that will be brutal!!!

I am un-crossing my fingers to grab that glass of refreshing cold glass of .... Milk ;)

UB.


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4/27/2012 6:14:56 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  PS: Maybe the judges want to see more images on this thread. So nudge nudge to those that still have not uploaded their fave of the month from their March entries !!!

UB.


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4/27/2012 6:17:40 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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Like Stepping Stones to the Sky
Like Stepping Stones to the Sky

Finalist - Elements of Design - March 2012

Looking up at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse, Houston, Texas.
This very boxy building, with many tiny red framed windows,
was constructed in the early 1960s.

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I've never posted a fave here, but on the off chance that it may help as Usman suggests, here's mine. :)


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4/27/2012 6:33:24 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  p.s. Forgot to say, this was entered in Elements of Design, and thanks to Michelle for the very helpful instructions.


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4/27/2012 6:36:14 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Its a beautiful image with a unique perspective, good luck and thanks for posting too.

UB.


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4/27/2012 6:40:08 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Why thanks, Usman!

Good luck to all!


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4/27/2012 6:44:07 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  peggy I too love that picture I think it is a def contender for a finalist


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4/27/2012 6:45:15 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  I agree Peggy.. That's an eye catching image... best of luck!

Wow... this really does seem late in the month.. I bet it's a record breaker... Chris would know!


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4/27/2012 6:54:48 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Thanks, Tony and Kara!


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4/27/2012 7:17:03 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  The latest Finalist announcement was the 29th - back in 2006, announcing November's Finalists on 12/29/06.
There's also only ever been one on the 28th, and one on th 27th.


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4/27/2012 7:24:20 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Just checking in.....Good luck to everybody.


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4/27/2012 8:04:46 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  is it possible to announce the finalist on the 30th that morning and then the winners that afternoon


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4/27/2012 8:10:22 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Well it sure falls within the prescribed "deadline of last-day-of-the-following-month" limit, Tony, so we never know. It could be on the 30th.

UB.


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4/27/2012 10:02:36 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I think they'll make it... I'd guess Finalists late today or tomorrow, then Winners on Monday...


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4/28/2012 4:27:31 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I'm with Chris..today or tomorrow.


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4/28/2012 4:37:28 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  "To day or not to day, that is the real question", LOL, with apologies to William Shakespeare.

UB.


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4/28/2012 4:40:28 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   In Profile
In Profile
Close-up of a Camellia.

f/20, 1/100, ISO3200, 100mm

** Details & Macro **
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Well I for one have enjoyed watching this thread while waiting!

Usman, you, and the lack of announcement, convinced me to add my pick to the thread. While this is my pick for the thread, it may or may not be my pick for March! Yes, I'm a little superstitious I guess. :)


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4/28/2012 8:31:07 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  I have a new favorite and I put it first in my port it called Swimming Pool in Maine. Check it out.....

My first favorite was Keshia on the bridge (First picture on the thread) and I had it removed from the contest because it was a second place winner and you have a chance of losing the badge if it does not make at least second place again.

Best of luck to everybody....


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4/28/2012 8:41:28 AM

 
Lola M.
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Here is my favorite - Good Luck Everyone!


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4/28/2012 2:39:02 PM

 
Bill Currier
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Here is my fav that I believe fits March's theme well. Best wishes to all!


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4/28/2012 8:13:10 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  TICK TOCK ... TICK TOCK ...its 29th of the Month here in Islamabad and no Finalists yet..... good thing is that we sure will not have a wait as much for the Winners ;)


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4/28/2012 9:55:26 PM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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  I was lying in bed this morning and couldn't sleep anticipating the Finalists. Maybe they'll be up later today...there goes my Sunday morning sleep-in! LOL


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4/29/2012 3:32:17 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Fingers crossed... Sundays are (of the last 76 months) the 2nd-least-common day to announce Finalists. (While Mondays are the most common.)


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4/29/2012 5:58:02 AM

 
Bill Currier
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  Prince of the Pond
Prince of the Pond
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Oops, thought I could upload from existing posted pics. Did not realize I have to upload new. Here is my fav that I believe fits March's theme well. Best wishes to all!


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4/29/2012 5:59:14 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hi Bill---you can do an "existing" upload to this thread---but it only works if you attach your existing photo here, before you go to make the day's regular contest entry. Once you make that contest upload, the feature for attaching existing photos into a thread, stops working until the next day (as determined by 12:00am PST.) Weird!


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4/29/2012 6:12:00 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Do I recall a month last year where the Winners came out just a few hours after the Finalist?


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4/29/2012 6:12:33 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I think you do... I seem to recall a few same-day Finalists+Winners. (I don't have the Winners' release info in my tracking of the last 76 months' Finalist info.)


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4/29/2012 6:18:38 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Yes, they did, but I don't remember which month it was. It was very fast, though. (Which probably means they didn't look at them very well)


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4/29/2012 6:19:11 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Don't know about that. Tjey could have had the results determined a week ago and just waiting to release.


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Bill Currier
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  Thanks Christopher! Much appreciated.


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Elida Gutierrez
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HELLO EVERYONE!!!!
One thing for sure if is not today, it will be tomorrow.

Last month just entered 16 so maybe I don't get any but here is my fave and the best luck to all!!!


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4/29/2012 10:19:25 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Okay, so I have been out of town for a week and I'm soooo glad I did not bet on which day during my absence would be the finalist release date -- I'd have lost my socks LOL I really like mine but I have a number of other "favorites", too. Can I post a second one tomorrow, Michelle, if they don't release Finalists tonight?


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4/29/2012 3:57:55 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I say yes, Nikki! ;) Just in case Michelle doesn't see this in time... The delay has made this thread longer than many in recent memory, which is fun!


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Kerby Pfrangle
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  This is getting pretty late in the month for finalists. Kind of exciting.

It might be me that confusing people. I placed five second place winner's in the contest this month than had them removed. Did want to lose the gold badges on them if they did not place second again.

Wonder if that confused anybody...LOL...


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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Kerby..you should have just uploaded a fresh copy of the same shot rather than using the one already on BP..


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Nikki McDonald
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  How did you "have them removed"? I don't know how to remove an image from the contest once submitted -- whether from a fresh upload or of an image already in my gallery -- other than to delete. You didn't delete them, did you?


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4/29/2012 7:04:38 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Tick tock, tick tock ... and the drama continues ... last day of the month here and still no signs of the Finalists. I am sure BP must be having a fun time watching our anxieties build steadily. I do hope that all this wait results in some good news for us all!!!

Nikki, I think Kerby requested BP to remove the images from the contest as she didn't know. I am sure Kerby will chime in soon to confirm!

Here is another thought that just came to my mind.... will BP announce the Finalists of March and April together, maybe in the FIRST week of May!!!!

UB.


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4/29/2012 8:42:15 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Hi Nikki,

I put in five second place winners and than a member wrote to me and told me I could lose the gold badges if they did not at least place second again.

I wrote to Better Photo and they were kind enough to remove them for me so they were not being judged again.

You can look in my port and see the five I had removed. I have everything dated and I only have six second place ones and they are marked with March dates.

They are in the top of my port. But they are not being judged.


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4/29/2012 9:35:03 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  was just checking in and I see still no news... wow .... I will check back later


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4/30/2012 4:27:14 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thanks for clearing that up, Kerby. I'm glad they were able to help you out.

I guess it's going to be a big day for some -- this is pretty much the end of the month :)


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4/30/2012 4:42:24 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Nebraska Farm
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This one was taken in late January, 2010, when we were beginning to think we would never see spring again.
Resubmissions 12/27/2010; 02/03/2011; 03/21/2012
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Well, in the hopes of speeding things up, here's another favorite - a resubmission this time. It's on its fourth try, and I'm beginning to think its appeal is purely local LOL


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4/30/2012 4:56:01 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I'm not local, but it sure appeals to me, Nikki!


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Jackie M. Sajewski
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Since its been such a long week waiting for winners to be announced and I can still dream here is another of mine I like for the month.


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4/30/2012 5:50:09 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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  IT HAS TO BE TODAY!!


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Martha R. Mazon
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  Does it? I'm starting to wonder how late into May it will be...


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Usman M. Bajwa
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  Hmmmmm, its alreay May 1st in Australia, New Zealand, etc. And 4 hours to go here in Islamabad.

Has anyone checked with BP yet?

UB.


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Errick L. Cameron
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  I guess they could go into May. It is thier ball game. Just makes it more fun!


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Kerby Pfrangle
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  There so many good photographer's on Better Photo as you look through the ports. Some amazing work.

Maybe they having a hard time figuring out who the winners are.


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4/30/2012 8:22:26 AM

 
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The Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) goes through 6 instars, or stages, of development before pupating. In the 4th instar this caterpillar is brown with white splotches, resembling bird droppings. The 5th instar brings a dramatic change to this colorful, almost comic, look. The large false eye spots help make the caterpillar look like a small snake, which helps keep away its main predator - birds.
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The Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) goes through 6 instars, or stages, of development before pupating. In the 4th instar this caterpillar is brown with white splotches, resembling bird droppings. The 5th instar brings a dramatic change to this colorful, almost comic, look. The large false eye spots help make the caterpillar look like a small snake, which helps keep away its main predator - birds.
Canon 100mm lens, ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 second.


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4/30/2012 8:39:18 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  April 30th...I'm thinking today is the day...how about you all? I was out of town this weekend with very limited access, but I could tell pur thread was hopping (and hoping). I still have to go over everyone's notes...so, sorry Chris if you already answered this, but have we ever had them announced on the last day of the month? Talk about sweating it out! Smiles and good luck to all!!!!


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4/30/2012 9:03:53 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Nope, Michelle---we've now entered "record-setting" territory as of today... If Finalists come out today, this will be the latest release date in my 76-month tracking history.
(A possible positive sign---Mondays are historically the run-away most-common day of the week for Finalist announcements.)


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4/30/2012 9:31:45 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  This is just the weirdest EVER..Has anybody tried to contact BP?


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4/30/2012 12:53:27 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I wouldn't expect we'd hear much more than, "we're really behind our normal dates this time around." ;)


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4/30/2012 12:58:19 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  a few days ago I saw Bob C. post on Kerry Dragers fb, asking if they forgot about us this month... He said he didn't think so.. must just be running behind... yada, yada, yada..:)

Welp I guess it will be finalists this evening and winners tonight sometime or they will break their own rule.. which in all fairness, I guess they have every right to... I mean they do run the joint..:)

Good luck everyone!


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4/30/2012 1:02:06 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  ok, the yada yada remark looks like I'm being a wise~aker... Didn't mean to... Just meant, a reply one would expect..:)


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4/30/2012 1:08:21 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  On a positive note, this thread has hit 100 replies... :) A first, in a long time :) Remember, it started life as the "Chocolates and Cocktails" thread, because its times like this agonizing delay, when you may want to dip into either one of those treats!


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4/30/2012 1:13:09 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  sad that it takes such huge delays to get everyone socializing..:)


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4/30/2012 1:16:08 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Kathy W. and I both put notes on their facebook page.


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4/30/2012 1:40:31 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Geez, I hope everyone is okay ... hopefully the judges are not ill or something. (And I mean that sincerely, no sarcasm or joking.)


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4/30/2012 2:11:00 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  The good news is that April Finalists should be coming out soon! :-)


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4/30/2012 2:34:46 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  I heard a rumor that they're thinking of shutting down the contest...


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4/30/2012 2:37:58 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  They've been thinking about that for at least 5 of the 10+ years I've been around BP..It wouldn't surprise me much.


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4/30/2012 2:48:03 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  I was joking but it wouldn't surprise me either. It must be a ton of work.


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4/30/2012 2:50:50 PM

 
Ilene Samowitz
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  That would be too bad. That is one of the reasons I still have a website here. I have been moving most of my site and traffic to smugmug.


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4/30/2012 3:01:43 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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  If they do close down the contest I'm outa here! They would lose many members, I'm sure!


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4/30/2012 3:27:13 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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  New thread about March 2012 Finalists

HERE



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4/30/2012 3:32:53 PM

 
Kathryn Wesserling
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  One of our members sent an email to BP questioning the lateness. BP said that the Judges were just got behind time-wise, and that everything was alright.

After that nasty debacle at Digital Image Cafe, I just wish BP would make some pro-active announcements BEFORE everyone gets wound up. The Judges' schedules are overwhelming? Fine - just say something. Be upfront. Our imaginations can created scenarios far worse than reality (unless there is a worse reality!)


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4/30/2012 3:33:51 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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  Know everybody appreciates all the work and time it takes to keep BP the fun place it is for learning and improving photography! Schedules are probably hard to keep, especially with Spring 'shooting season" here.


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4/30/2012 3:40:25 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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  Funny thing.... been so busy lately... hadn't submitted much... didn't have much hope of a winner... I actually figured that I'd missed the announcements. Just realizing today that March had not been announced!
Boy it's late... but it certainly can't be much longer... Can IT???
Smiles. Lisa


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4/30/2012 4:08:40 PM

 
Anita Hogue
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  I'm out of here too if they close down the contest!


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4/30/2012 4:09:11 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Relax..It's gonna be tonight...It's the last day, they are gonna come through!


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4/30/2012 4:10:42 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Yeah, remember---they're on Pacific Time---it is still Monday afternoon out there, and so they've got what, 7+ hours to finalize it :) I gotta think they're probably close---very unlikely they've put the whole job off until right now; just the final steps...


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4/30/2012 4:42:46 PM

 
Jayne Martin   Hi All, I've been a member since 2007 here at BP. I've enjoyed it immensely. My question, why would anybody want to throw BP under the bus b/c this is the first time in history that BP has been late? BP is not really late b/c they state winners will be announced by 12 midnight, April 30th. We are all just spoiled!! .Take a deep breath and have fun in the anticipation!!! Good luck to all.


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4/30/2012 4:45:41 PM

 
Jayne Martin   oops, member since 2006, my bad.... LOL


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4/30/2012 4:47:12 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  We share a BP anniversary day, Jayne!


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4/30/2012 4:48:48 PM

 
Jayne Martin   Ahh! We do!! Cheers, Christopher!


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4/30/2012 4:52:55 PM

 
Ellen Devenny
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  I didn't realize how long I've been here. Just checked and I've been a member since April 9, 2004. I love BetterPhoto!!!


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4/30/2012 4:53:36 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  I joined BP on 12/28/2010 as a Christmas present to myself. I have met some great photographers and gotten some fantastic feedback.


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4/30/2012 4:57:12 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Not the first time they've been late..see Chris's stats above...just the most stressful.


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4/30/2012 5:07:32 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  ...this is just how I got into tracking the Finalists stats for the last 76 months---waiting for them to come out! :) So in that spirit, some silly stats about the 25 members who have (so far) participated in this discussion thread:

Longest Member: Carolyn F at 3,859 days (or ~10.5 years)
Newest Member: Peggy P at 453 days (or ~1.25 years)
Average Membership Length of This Group: 2,087 days (or ~5.7 years)
Cumulative Membership Length of This Group: 58,423 days (or 160 years!)
The 6th of a month is the most common Membership Start Date, while April is the most common month to join.


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4/30/2012 5:13:03 PM

 
Jayne Martin   That was a wise Christmas gift to yourself and to us, Tony, judging by your gallery! You take some lovely photos.

Time flies doesn't it, Ellen! I love BP, too!

Okay, out to buy some chocolate and maybe some wine!! ;)


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4/30/2012 5:13:40 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  Even if I dont get a finalist this has been a good month.. My Kentucky Wildcats won the NCAA Basketball championship, I found out that 3 of my pictures are going to be used for a book that will come out in September, I got approved for a week off next month to go home and see my family back in Kentucky. so all and all its been a good month.
OH and the biggest news. well at least for me was that I got an autographed basketball by the entire kentucky team... so that really made my month and year. !!!!!!!!!!


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4/30/2012 5:14:13 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Wow Tony! It has been a wonderful month for you.


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4/30/2012 5:22:10 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  hmmmm... Just got an EP on my 4/27 entry---so if they're examining entries for April EP's, that is probably a good sign they're nearly done with March Finalists... :)


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4/30/2012 5:23:32 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Damn, I'm old...


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4/30/2012 5:29:35 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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  Great month for everyone and especially to you Tony, well just posted an inquiry in Jim Miotke's FB wall regarding our Finalist and Winner selection in BP, so I join in the discussion here too. I have been with BP since 2006 as a Birthday gift to myself and pursue a hobby I love, and get a different perspective on how to learn photography and have met a lot of Talented Photographers along the way, I love every minute I spend here because I see art in everyone's images and I learn a lot from each and everyone of you!


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4/30/2012 5:30:53 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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  Same here, just got an EP on my April 27th image.....


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4/30/2012 5:40:17 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Yup, just had an EP show up as well.


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4/30/2012 5:50:17 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Ooh! Ooh! I got an EP on my 4/27 image as well. Hopefully we will see the finalists any time now!

Wow, Chris, I am the newest member to post on this thread? Cool. I am going to imagine, just for a second, that newest equates to youngest. That would be the first time in a looooooong time that I've been the youngest in any group! :-)

And it has been fun "hanging out" in this thread anticipating results!

Tony, congratulations on your most excellent month!


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4/30/2012 5:50:23 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  thanks everyone.. now if I were to get a finalist or even a winner would just be the icing on the cake


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4/30/2012 5:52:58 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Well, better late than never...
Here's my personal pick for the month (though I'm not holding my breath...LOL)

Great luck everyone... Time to dive into the chocolates... perhaps paired with a little Merlot.

Smiles, Lisa♥


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4/30/2012 6:01:08 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  ... feels like waiting for New Year's Eve to strike midnight...!


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4/30/2012 6:06:03 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  I have just the thing for this thread ... ChocoVine. No kidding ... "the taste of dutch chocolate and fine red wine". Sounds terrible, but it's not so bad ... had it at a party once, and I'm looking at a bottle of it right now. To open, or not to open ... :-)


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4/30/2012 6:07:12 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  I am sitting at work waiting.. shouldnt be on the computer like this at work, but just cant wait for the finalist. So I keep checking back and back and back..LOL


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4/30/2012 6:09:03 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Open it up Peggy! I ate all my m&ms. Help!!!


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4/30/2012 6:17:44 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  LOL! Well, it wasn't chilled yet, so I broke out the chocolate ice cream instead!


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4/30/2012 6:22:30 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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  So this is where the nerve wracked members are hanging out lol. BP sure knows how to ramp up anticipation. Hopefully we will have the finalist list in a few hours. The judges do have an enormous task. I started a diet today so reading this thread might just end it.


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4/30/2012 9:56:49 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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  Just 2 hours to midnight here in The Pacific, same as BP time, can't wait any longer is bed for me. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY!! And Congrats to all that get finalists NEXT MONTH (twice).


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4/30/2012 10:03:42 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Into uncharted territory we go...nothing yet and it's now "tomorrow" and into May.


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4/30/2012 10:10:22 PM

 
Dianne 
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  Well, it's after midnight here in the west, and no results. I guess the wait continues.....


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5/1/2012 12:28:07 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I love BP too just like so many here and I attribute much of my learning/knowledge about photography to fellow BPers whose work I enjoy most and get inspired from.

We are in May but thats fine, it tells us that we will have two finalists announcement this month {hopefully}. And for me the past week or so, each morning I woke up excited to see the lovely Finalists for March and each night I went to bed anticipating the same. That was a good feeling for me.

And Chris, you should change jobs and work somewhere as a master statistician!!!

And Carolyn, your work has been an inspiration to watch over the 5 or so years I have seriously been involved here at BP.

Well, I go out to shoot and try to get that Grand Prize winning image that is so very elusive, I guess there is still a long way to go, and I am happy to traverse that journey to the TOP, like so many of you, I know!!!

UB.


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5/1/2012 2:30:38 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Usman, you've got the perfect outlook... :) And I have no doubt the GP you seek is out there, waiting for your lens...

In this uncharted territory (of no Finalists by the last day of the month), at least Tuesdays are the 2nd-most-frequent day to announce them... so maybe today---AND if today, we can say that someone at BP forgot April has 30 days, not 31---so let's call today April 31st ;)


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5/1/2012 3:48:41 AM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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  Well said Usman!! You are an inspiration to many as well.

The anticipation continues....at least it gave me an excuse to try the new Cadbury Coconut & Cashew bar and the peanut butter & pretzel!!

Hopefully they'll be up later today with Winners tonight, a May Day surprise.


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5/1/2012 3:49:35 AM

 
Anita Hogue
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  I didn't say I was out of here because they were late. Someone said above they heard they might be closing down the contest part of BP. That's one of the reasons I love BP. I love the competition. I think that I have learned a lot thru competition. I don't mind if they are late. I just don't won't them to close down the contest!


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5/1/2012 4:56:12 AM

 
Rita Hill
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  Let's stay positive. I'm sure there is a good reason for the delay. I just wish they would be more informative on delay's or explaination on what is going on. I love BP and would hate to think they will stop contests.


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5/1/2012 8:54:53 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I don't think they will stop the contests. It wouldn't be in their best interest to stop. They have always been non communicative about things that go on behind the scenes, so don't expect them to chime in, because they probably won't. (unless it gets ugly, which I see no signs of so far, at least not on this thread)


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5/1/2012 9:15:00 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  I don't think that there is any formal statement on thetiming of the contest results. We have to remember that this is bp's game. They can do as they want based on thier time table. Besides, not knowing is half the fun. The best part of the contest is that it keeps me shooting, inspired, and learning in photography.


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5/1/2012 9:29:44 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I agree it is BP's show, and if they have any internal reasons for being late, so be it... As Carolyn said, we're not likely to hear from BP what those reasons may be.
However, to Errick's point, BP *does* state on the main Contest Page that March Winners will be announced by Monday April 30.
(Today it now says "April Contest winners will be announced by Thursday May 31.)
I'm sticking with my earlier idea---someone at BP thinks April has 31 days, and so we'll see them today ;) hehehe


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5/1/2012 9:33:41 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!

Seriously, I think they should tack on one more month to everyone's membership if you entered the contest in March.

And I agree with Anita and others that if the contest goes, so go I.


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5/1/2012 9:34:00 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I dunno Melinda; that seems a bit extreme to me... On the BP Help Page (for Contest), under the FAQ "When will we see the contest winners?"
it does say:
"The winners are usually posted by the end of the month." So clearly, they give themselves a little wiggle room. And as this is the first time in history they've missed their target deadline, I'm just not sure I see a reason for "compensation" ;)


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5/1/2012 9:38:51 AM

 
Dr Silly
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  Maybe Jim is ill, I don't think he has posted on facebook the last few day's ether. :O)


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5/1/2012 9:46:03 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  Chris, you said above, "BP *does* state on the main Contest Page that March Winners will be announced by Monday April 30."

So if it now says "winners are usually posted by the end of the month" that is a very recent change.

If a business is unable to deliver as promised, then compensation is in order.


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5/1/2012 9:49:27 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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  I love to read this thread. I don't think I have ever posted a comment on here before but I LOVE TO READ IT! Good luck to you all when the finalists/winners do finally come out and Tony, we share a special bond....our Kentucky Wildcats!


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5/1/2012 9:55:54 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Melinda---I'm actually quoting from 2 different BP pages... one says a date, the other, in the Help Files, says "usually by month end." I doubt either page has changed in years.

And I think BP would state that the contest is a membership perk---you paid for access to the BP site and site content, and to display your images in a gallery; none of which is diminished by the contest winners' announcement being late. I hope you're kidding about feeling entitled to compensation on this, but in case you're actually serious, then I'm dropping the discussion on that particular topic, here ;)


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5/1/2012 10:04:06 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Just thinking out loud ... before the end-of-month mark was missed, we thought we knew when the results would be out. Now that end-of-month has been missed, we really don't have a clue when we will see results. I think it would be nice if one of the BP "officials" (for lack of a better word) would pop in and give us at least an idea of when the results will be out. Then I could stop repeatedly and obsessively checking the page ... :o)


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5/1/2012 10:26:13 AM

 
Rob Bishop
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  Over the years there have been issues that have come up where members voice concerns, and because of the silence on part of BP staff, things have gotten verbally ugly before, and people have quit participating here. The silence has always been a major factor in that. Again, we have silence from the BP folks. I am sorry that it goes this way, but one thing I learned here years ago, is that you can't let yourself take this contest too seriously. In the end, you are the only one who suffers from caring too much. Best of luck to everyone, and hang in there.


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5/1/2012 10:34:11 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  right you are Rob...

... c'mon, April 31!!


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5/1/2012 10:50:39 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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  Patience my children, BP cares for you, your prayers are listen and the recompense will come to you when you least expected. ;P


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5/1/2012 11:00:29 AM

 
Marijana Fajgl
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  I have been a BP member since 2005. I am an amater in photography but during my membership here I have lerned a lot, just by looking at photos of others. Posting here became my daily rutine. What I like about BP is that your success doesnīt depend on equipment you have, or on the number of comments you get from others. It helped me to improve my skills and to keep moving my limits. About this delay...I believe they have a good reason, maybe we wonīt get to know it, but I donīt think they will dissapoint us. We shoulnīt be to critical about it. This is my first post on this discussion, although I read it every month. Kind regards to everyone!


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5/1/2012 11:04:10 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I think it is pretty cool that so many of us are still excited by the contest, even after years of entry... Istill find it very fun to participate, and I'm continually blown away by the chosen winners. (I used to spend a few hours daily, several years ago, browsing BP entries, but those days of such ample free time are gone... so the Finalists & Winners become my "shortcut" to view some of the best of the best.)


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5/1/2012 11:09:17 AM

 
Irene Colling
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  I really like the Better Photo format for displaying my photos. I like photo discussion thread format, I like the forum and I like the BP Clubs.

These are the reasons I pay to have Better Photo host my photos.

I've been thrilled to have some of my pictures selected as Finalists and I've had some winning images but I am not on BP for the contest. Most months I enter only two or three images and often I don't even enter the contest.

The contest is a nice perk but even without the contest Better Photo is a great photography hosting web site.
Good luck everyone; relax, the Finalist and Winners will be the same regardless of when their names are announced.


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5/1/2012 11:20:58 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Hmmm. They are doing 4/29 EPs.


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5/1/2012 11:50:37 AM

 
Bob D. Hall
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  I have been a member here since 2002. I have watched them go from a free site to a paid site, from giving prizes to giving next to nothing. I like the site but if they stop the contest I will find someplace else to host my gallery. So many of the photography contest sites have disappeared over the years. it seems a shame to loose this, the oldest.
Hope this is just a one time glitch.


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5/1/2012 11:51:24 AM

 
Bob D. Hall
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  Just got EPs for 29th and 30th but still no finalist picks.


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5/1/2012 11:56:53 AM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
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  I am a relatively inactive member currently, but still stop by often to check up on everyone to see what they are doing. The contest is fun, and a confidence builder or breaker LOL. However, the point being, I appreciate the time and effort taken by the judges, to go through all submissions, it must be a daunting task. For me BP will always be a permanent part of my online activities. They do a great job!


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5/1/2012 12:29:27 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  I took the position a long time back... that BP is a fun place to come, make friends, learn, share, communicate with others who love and share this passion of ours... But the contest should be looked at as fun and entertaining.. Once we take it and OURSELVES more serious than that, it's not fun anymore.. At least not for me... That's why I guess I don't get too worked up when the finalists don't come out when they are suppose to.. I mean come on, the anticipation is fun too right!? It really is all in fun.. I'm sure it will be soon guys! Good luck!


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5/1/2012 12:40:10 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I was asked to guest-judge a camera club meeting once---it was a somewhat terrifying, very stressful experience for me! (Of course, they were all watching me, so that is very different than "blind" judging, I realize!) Still, I'm with you, Joan---I appreciate their time and effort! To have to sift through 12,000 entries a month is daunting indeed (and that's a low figure compared to a few years back at the peak - 40,000 entries!)


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5/1/2012 12:45:36 PM

 
Kathryn Wesserling
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  I have a slightly different take on the Contest. For me, it was a major learning tool.

Unlike other contests, where you either won or you didn't, at BP I can compare my non-winners against those who receive Finalist and Win awards. Every entry is openly displayed at BP.

What made Picture B "better" than my Picture A. When I figure that out, I learn. Sometimes, I don't "get it", but in the process of studying the winning images, I still learn.


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5/1/2012 1:12:21 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  That is certainly the heart of what BP is all about---learning and improving, in a sharing environment. All of my photographic knowledge and drive to improve stems from BP (and a BP book I bought back in 2005, that led me to this site.) Discovering the community that Jim fostered here was a huge plus for me, and I've been fortunate to meet many terrific photographers through BP, all joined in a common love of photography, and a desire to improve or learn new techniques. And to a person, all friendly, willing to share and help.

And I completely agree with your take on the value of the contest... many times, winning images have inspired me to try new ideas or techniques, certainly to visit new places, and also to study what I reacted to in those images, to try and identify that "ingredient" so I could attempt to incorporate it in my own images. I suspect BP's primary revenue is from their courses, but I'm sometimes surprised the wide-open, month-long contest is still a (wonderfully!) free perk. (ie, when you consider the drain it places on the staff's hours, which translates as an "expense" to BP's operations.)

Good luck to everyone in the March results... fingers crossed that it is hopefully just a few hours away!


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5/1/2012 1:38:15 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  I feel the same way as Kathy and Christopher, who both expressed it very well. I am a newbie in photography, and the contest is both fun and a very valuable learning tool.
Good luck everyone!


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5/1/2012 1:41:25 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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  I also enjoyed reading this thread! Thanks, Usman, for pointing it out. Just fun to know everyone has the same thing on their minds, lol!! And, I appreciate the positive posts. It's good to know everyone is keeping their hopes up, and not condemning BP for the lateness this month! Good Luck, everyone, it will be all the more exciting to see finalists and winners when they DO come out!! :-)


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5/1/2012 1:45:55 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  7 or so years ago, when I first joined BP, it would take forever to load a thread this long, but with technology now it's speedy - but, it's still humans that do the judging (THANK GOODNESS!) and we humans sometimes have life interfere with our best intentions to meet deadlines. I've never seen BP be this late, but I'm sure there's a very good reason (like, uhm, yes, being human). Meanwhile, I love all the activity on this thread. And who knows, maybe the judges are so busy reading our rants and our accolades and tasting our excitement and anticipation that they are just waiting us out. Pop open some more cocktails, grab another handful of chocolate and enjoy the ride! Good luck everyone!!!


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5/1/2012 2:23:09 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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  I think they are getting ready to post the finalists. The ones from February are gone and there is nothing listed on the finalists page at this time! :-)


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5/1/2012 6:00:48 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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  HMMMMMMMMMM at the top of the finalists page it says "Contest Finalists - April 2012" Does that mean there were no finalists and winners for March or did they combine March and April this time? It'll be interesting to see! ♫♪


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5/1/2012 6:03:40 PM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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  I noticed that too Kitty!! Funny how we keep checking. Even my work mates who aren't photographers keep asking, "well, where are the finalists??". They know that by the end of the month I love to show off the finalists and winners from BP.

Anyways, it's nice to see everyone chatting and banding together. I always read this thread but rarely comment here.


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5/1/2012 6:56:42 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  So many of us, cut from the same cloth...! My officemate asks me the same thing... "Hey---did you forget to share the Finalists & Winners this time?" :)


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5/1/2012 7:03:08 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Got one...says April on the email, but under March finalists. Hmmm...god luck all!


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5/1/2012 7:50:21 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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  THEY'RE IN!!!


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5/1/2012 7:50:44 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Ooops...good!!!


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5/1/2012 7:51:25 PM

 
Rob Bishop
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  Well there you go, I just got 2 April Finalists. Too funny.


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5/1/2012 7:52:44 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Nothing for me but congrats to all the finalist and best of luck in the next round.


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5/1/2012 7:52:44 PM

 
Rob Bishop
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  So the e-mail says April, but the gallery of finalists says March. Hope you all had a good time hanging out here this month!


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5/1/2012 7:56:14 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  I have been reading the threads about the finalists being late and was thinking of posting a fav photo last night or tonight while I waited but now they have been announced. I received two finalists, one which I might have posted here as a hopeful (Jellybeans Galore) but the other one was a big surprise! Very surprising to see them come after the end of the month! Well, I am sure I won't get any for April because I checked, and I didn't enter anything in April! I thought I did but guess not. I have been really busy though and the month just flew by! Good luck to everyone and best of luck for April for those who missed out in March!


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5/1/2012 9:01:37 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Good the know that the Finalists have arrived. I was lucky to get one!!!

UB.


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5/1/2012 9:48:59 PM

 
Kathryn Wesserling
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  No Finalists for me either (guess this is going to be a reallllllllllllll learning time for me! lolllllllllll)

Good Luck to those who did receive them.


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5/1/2012 11:27:31 PM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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  I actually let out a sigh of relief. I couldn't take the drama another day. LOL
2 finalists here but they are never ever the ones I predict.


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5/2/2012 3:38:55 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  2 for me, too...and, like Mary D..not anywhere near my faves.


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5/2/2012 4:00:41 AM

 
Kristia Adams
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Gristmill Through the Gate
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Got one! Totally didn't expect it so it was a nice surprise :-) I think it was for Travel and Place.


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5/2/2012 4:40:32 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congratulations to the Finalists! I see 3 of us in this discussion had their chosen hopefuls make it; always a treat to see that happen in the the thread!


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5/2/2012 5:23:01 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  I got two, too, and for me also not the ones I was rooting for! But thanks to Michelle and others on this thread who have encouraged the re-sub process, one of them was a very old favorite from 2009.

Congrats to all finalists, and good luck to all members, in the next round and the next contest. :)


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5/2/2012 7:47:36 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
A Heavenly View
A Heavenly View

~.~.~.~.~
Birge Memorial
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Buffalo, NY

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I was surprised to get one this month... on a resub that I entered into EoD.

Congratulations to all the finalists, and fingers crossed for your badges to turn from silver to GOLD pretty soon!

Blessings, Lisa ♥


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5/3/2012 4:23:34 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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New
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Just got one but I feel hopeful because is jut 3 pages in the flowers category.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!


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5/3/2012 9:52:21 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  ...just saw a judge's comment appear, so probably the Winners are not far off...


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5/3/2012 1:04:40 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Whew!

Actually, it's been so long since I had a winner that, although I eagerly await the finalists in hopes of getting one, I kind of forget about the winners until they are actually announced and I can look at and enjoy them :)


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5/3/2012 1:36:05 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  I've got my ice cream ready for the wait!


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5/3/2012 2:28:29 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Happy 200!! :) This thread that is, just hit 200 posts... I cannot remember the last time that happened, if ever! One silver lining to the delay in Finalists... brought a lot of first-time posters out of the woodwork and into this thread... Now that you all posted here, don't forget to keep an eye out for Michelle's thread mid-May, as we anticipate the April Finalists all over again!


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5/3/2012 2:34:22 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  could someone please put a link to the march finalists.

Congratulations to all the finalists. Best of luck in the next rounds.


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5/3/2012 7:43:59 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Kerby, go to the top of this page, Membership, Contest. In the upper right corner of the page you will see a random sort previous winner or finalist. Under that you will see links to Recent Winners and Finalists and Previous Winners and Finalists. You can get there the same way from just about any page at BP.


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5/3/2012 7:51:58 PM

 
Kathryn Wesserling
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  I love BP, but hate their navigation system (My bookmarks for various screens is close to 20 specific links in a BP folder!)

Every month, I go to My Member Center > http://www.betterphoto.com/mgAdmin/a_ProfileImages.asp > Contest Winners > All Contest Finalists > http://www.betterphoto.com/mgAdmin/a_ProfileImages.asp. And, break out in a rash because the latest Finalist List is still not published there! (Right now, it's only on February.)

Thanks, Nikki - this is the first time I've actually found it. Why in Heaven's name would there be two roads to the same info in two different locations? Arggggghhhhh! lolllllllll


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5/3/2012 9:24:33 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  So Chris, do you keep statistics on the length of time between the finalists announcement and the winners announcement? :)


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5/4/2012 2:04:28 PM

 
Kathryn Wesserling
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  For the past several months, the Finalists seem to have been announced very late in the month. And, before I can comment on the chosen images (within one to two days, tops), the Winners are handed out. I'm not as fast as I used to be! lollll


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5/4/2012 2:09:56 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  I was sort of hoping we would see them today, but hmmmm, it's getting late ... I guess I'm growing impatient in my old age!


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5/4/2012 2:42:12 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  It sure seems like something has gone really wrong. I've been on BP 10.5 years and have never seen anything even remotely like this. Weird for sure.


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5/4/2012 3:21:03 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I'm afraid I don't track that statistic, Peggy!


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5/4/2012 3:54:33 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  They're up! Congrats to Christopher and all the winners!


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5/4/2012 8:12:47 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Huge CONGRATZ to all Winners and specially to Chris for nailing the Gold with his choice in this thread. WTG!!!

UB.


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5/4/2012 9:35:20 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Congratulations to all the fabulous winners!!!


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