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Michelle L. Frick
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March 2013 Countdown Thread


Here we are at the 15th of the month again. I am excited to see your images. I love this thread and sharing the wait with all of you. Thank you all for sharing your talent here on BetterPhoto. The world is a more beautiful place thanks to all of you.


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Good luck everyone!!!


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4/15/2013 3:22:27 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Dapper Dude
Dapper Dude
Evan had to dress like a character from history for a 5th grade project - he chose Henry Ford - who in almost every picture we saw was in a suit.
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My March entries appear in my gallery between "Hoppy Easter" and "A Mother's Love." I have a lot of personal favorites this month because I have many of Kate (my daughter) from her birthday and of Evan (my son). Hmmmm...I'll go with this one.

Fingers crossed for us all!


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4/15/2013 3:30:13 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Well, it's going to be interesting to see how things play out this month.


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4/15/2013 5:04:53 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Non-Stop to Neverland
Non-Stop to Neverland
This was shot from behind the front window of Dubai Metro train exiting a station.


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Here's my hopeful this month, the same as of last month's.

Good luck to each one of you in March contest.

UB.


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4/16/2013 1:16:51 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Barbed Wire On The Beach
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91 Seconds - f/5.6 - ISO 100 - 17mm
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If you want to take a look at my March entries, they run from Sunset Skier to Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Michelle - I pick Big, Bored Bear

Here's my favorite for the month


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4/17/2013 5:20:45 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Jeff - you make it difficult - I'm torn between Evening Watch and Hiding.

UB - I pick Blossoms and it was a beautiful tribute to your Mom.

Good luck!


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4/17/2013 1:58:51 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Any guesses yet on the Finalist announcement date?

My March entries run from Dream World - II on page 2 to In Harmony on page 3.

Need some more participation in this thread as I would like to take a look at more of your wonderful work this weekend.

UB.


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4/19/2013 1:25:14 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Usamn - Non-stop to neverland is my pick. Very cool!

It's nice that the three of us are enjoying this conversation :o)


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4/19/2013 5:32:22 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  I'd love to see more people join us. I'm stuck in bed recovering from sinus surgery, so I could use a healthy, fun distraction. The news is all so distressing in the world. It's nice to escape here to enjoy the beauty of the images and warmth of photo friends. Thank you sharing your time and talent, your wisdom and your friendship.


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4/19/2013 5:47:32 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Slender and Beautiful
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iso 50, 180mm (Canon 180L macro w/2 ef25ii ext tubes), manual mode (f/3.5, 1/200 sec), timer/tripod, Canon ring light, cs5... Amaryllis bloom yesterday in the front room.
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Okay, okay, okay....I'll give this a try.. :-)


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4/19/2013 8:08:18 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Thank you Bob! I love your hopeful!!! If you tell us where to look in your gallery, we will try to make predictions too.


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4/19/2013 8:14:33 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Some are originals, some are resubs....my gallery is just in the order I up load....hard to tell where March contest specific images are.... But, you've got nothing better to do, so just cruise.... :-)


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4/19/2013 8:21:08 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Truer words! And, since I love your work, it's a beautiful distraction.


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4/19/2013 8:23:08 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   The Reach
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A fresh look at an old favorite - shifted framing and cleaned up background.
Category: Details and Macro

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I have several unusual (for me) personal favorites this month including "Two Story House" and "Coats, Hat Boxes and a Trunk", but I've decided to go with a rework of an old favorite that did, wonder of wonders, manage to pick up an EP :)


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4/19/2013 8:29:03 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Hmmm...love the Iko pic, but I believe that's an April entry. I do love the one you chose, but I also really love "Young and Old" and "Prim and Proper". Good luck!


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4/19/2013 8:29:05 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Oh, and since you're bed-ridden today - speedy and full recovery wishes!! - and if you have time, my March entries are on p. 7 just after my finalists. They go from "My Domain" (March 1) to "Rive Droite" (March 31).


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4/19/2013 8:33:30 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Oh Bob, I think Iko is March. I love that image!


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4/19/2013 9:05:40 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Nikki, I do love the one you chose. I also really love the tones and mood of River Droite and I think you should resub Tropical Star...it's a beauty!


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4/19/2013 9:08:52 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Cypress
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Here is my hopeful. Wish everyone success in the next round. Get your rest Michelle... Sinus surgery isnot an easy recovery! sorry for the pun.


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4/19/2013 9:27:18 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  You think it's funny, but it snot! ;-)

I'm going to go look through yours now Errick. Thank you for joining.


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4/19/2013 10:02:56 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  That would be hard... I always throw my klenex away!


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4/19/2013 10:05:50 AM

 
Carol L. Quina
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Here's mine.


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4/19/2013 10:12:00 AM

 
Carol L. Quina
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Ready to Run
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Here's mine - take 2.


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4/19/2013 10:13:32 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Thank you Errick for making me giggle! I meant through your images - my favorites are "Spring Caught off Guard" and "Rocky Knoll."

Thanks Carol for joining the discussion thread too! And, my pick for you is "The Taste of Defeat" - I just showed it to my hubby too and we both smiled. The tongue is too much!


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4/19/2013 10:36:16 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Thanks Michelle. I like your "My Little Man" he is always a ham in front of your lens. And all of your little gangster photos. Errick


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4/19/2013 10:48:38 AM

 
Carol L. Quina
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  Thanks Michelle, I'm glad you liked it. I will get to looking through your gallery later today, but for now, gotta run. Feel better!


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4/19/2013 10:49:47 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Ahhh...Errick, thank you. Evan is a great little model for me. It kills me that my kids are growing up so quickly.


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4/19/2013 10:51:30 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Thanks for doing this thread yet again Shell...:) Here is my hopeful for March.. A new shot of my handsome brother and his guitar..


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4/19/2013 10:54:41 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  tag..not picking any, since it's probably a waste of time.


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4/19/2013 3:15:53 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Michelle - JOY,
Jeff - Birthday Girl (A winner, IMHO),
Bob - Iko-1, Ball-0 (a wonderful take),
Nikki - Joigny & The Bliss of Solitude,
Errick - Joy Ride (A Big Winner, IMHO),
Carol - Eat my Dust & Life in the Fast Lane,
Kara - berry delicious

Good luck with these and your other hopefuls :)

UB.


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4/19/2013 10:07:21 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Sorry I had already entered the other day and was not able to upload my image... Here it is..:)


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4/21/2013 8:31:19 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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  Thanks for your pick Usman, another fav. of mine!


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4/21/2013 8:33:02 AM

 
Pat Harry
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Library of Congress
Library of Congress
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Michelle - lost in her thoughts
Jeff - Birthday Girl
Usman - Prayer Time
Nikki - Photographing Chicago

I think my personal favorite is Library of Congress

My March entries are between the March and February markers in my gallery.

Note: Take caution when editing sort order! My photos were totally rearranged, and I had manually clean up my March and April entries. I just left the others randomly sorted.

Did I miss anyone? I think I've looked at all the ones where I knew the start/end of March. If I missed you, please let me know! I enjoy this. :)


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4/21/2013 9:43:56 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Sursum Corda
Sursum Corda
Another take on the west front of Washington National Cathedral, with the EFS10-22mm at 10mm, in strong late afternoon sun.
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March was a fair number of resubs for me. So here's a favorite resub (for the "Showing Motion" theme), and a favorite new entry, of the cathedral. Best of luck to everyone; with the odd behavior/change in EP flow that arose during March, it will be even more interesting to see the results!


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4/22/2013 7:07:43 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Spring
Spring

I went on a photowalk in my own backyard, and this is one of the photos.
It is a tuft of spring grass, young and yellowish, in bright light.
The gray-blue in the background is a wooden fence. I really liked how
the colors popped, and the little white points of "bling".
Basic adjustments in CS5.

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Not a lot to choose from for me, since I don't have many EPs for March, but here is my fave.

Best of luck to everyone!


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4/22/2013 7:09:04 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I think its going to happen tomorrow, a Wednesday.

UB.


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4/23/2013 3:33:29 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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Marsh Wren marking its Territory
Marsh Wren marking its Territory
This time of year the Marsh Wren's are busy marking their territories and attracting females. The male will build several nests (sometimes up to 20). The male will show the nest to a female and if she selects it she will line it and lay eggs. Marsh Wrens are polygamous and may maintain families in two or more nests in their territory and sometimes will help feed the chicks. Females will often brood twice a year. Now I know why there are so many of them!
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As with many of you here - I don't seem to have as many EP's to pick from this month. I like this one but had my favorite passed over!


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4/23/2013 3:20:08 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  I hope you are right UB. Smiles to everyone!


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4/23/2013 5:12:28 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  All I know is that at the rate we're going, picking an April favorite is going to pretty easy!


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4/23/2013 5:14:09 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Oh my, I am sooo late tagging! I see lots of beautiful picks here but work is calling so I will have to choose later. My entries are on page 2 from Chasing the Blues Away to Quiet Time. Best of luck to everyone!


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4/25/2013 5:23:43 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Wonderful florals Susan. My pick is definitely "Chasing the Blues Away" and don't you just love that lens. Its the best value-for-money lens around, IMHO.

UB.


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4/25/2013 8:49:18 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Stop and Smell the Flowers
Stop and Smell the Flowers
11-week old Raven scoping out a potential food/toy target. F5.3, 1/60, 18-55m vr nikkor @46mm, iso800, sb600 flash. Texture effects accented edges)in PSE.

March 26, 2013
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Thanks UB, Chasing would be my second pick but this is the one I'd like to see get a finalist (of course, those never do! lol). Oh and yes, for an inexpensive lens it does quite well!


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4/26/2013 5:46:50 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Finalists are out! Congratulations!!!! I picked right for a change...I'll drink to that! So happy for a reason to smile today. Fingers crossed for everyone in the next round. Cheers!!!


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4/28/2013 3:19:23 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  One for me. I picked wrong, but who cares, I'm happy to have any finalist!

Congrats to all the finalists and best of luck in the next round!


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4/28/2013 3:27:54 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  3 for me. I'll take 'em and happy to have them!


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4/28/2013 5:03:45 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  One for me and happy to have it! Best of luck to all in the next round!


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4/28/2013 5:47:01 PM

 
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  Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck in the next round.

I got one in Elements of Design it was taken in Hawaii at our hotel and it is of light and shadows. I placed it first in my gallery if anyone is interested.


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4/28/2013 5:59:33 PM

 
Irene Colling
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  I always thought that the number of Finalists was proportionate to the number of entries but I am wrong.
January there were 10,600 entries and 708 Finalists selected. February there were 9,200 entries and 1,062 Finalist. March 8,600 entries and 751 Finalist. So apparently the ratio of Finalist/entries varies from month to month.


Just curious. My Finalist is for a photo that got an EP right away. Did any one of get Finalist on images that were passed over but then later recieved EP on the second round of selection?


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4/28/2013 7:48:55 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Irene, I've seen it vary from the highest rate of nearly 12 percent for March 2013, to a low of about 3 percent, I think. Kinda like the EP rate...it ebbs and flows. And there's no correlation to a low EP rate (for last month), versus the success rate for finalists...the rate for March was a little higher than normal. Chris Budny can probably give detailed stats. :-)


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4/28/2013 7:55:17 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  Irene, yes, my finalist was initially passed over, then an EP showed up a bit later ... it is "Metallic" in Elements of Design.


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4/28/2013 8:01:24 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Big CONGRATZ to all the Finalists this month and good good luck in the next round.

My above pick, as usual, was not-to-be amongst the Finalists but I am very happy to have got a few this month.

UB.


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4/28/2013 8:52:10 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  Ken, you're right - the percentage varies quite a bit. Last month set a record high (just over 11% made Finalist) while March came in just under 9%, yet had the lowest # of actual entries.)
The historical average (for my 88 months of tracking) is around 3.6% -- with the all-time low being just over 1%.


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4/29/2013 5:25:25 AM

 
Irene Colling
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  It's good to know that Finalist are not an arbitrary number but rather all Finalist worthy images move on to be considered for winners.


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4/29/2013 6:34:30 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Oh, come on..all worthy images???? I don't think so. Not even close. I see photos every day that are more than just worthy that don't even get an EP.


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4/29/2013 6:44:50 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  So glad you said this, Carolyn. I have seen so many passed over lately that should get a finalist but has no chance because they didn't even get an EPs.


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4/29/2013 9:00:55 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Big CONGRATZ to all the Winners in the March Contest. I am happy and feel lucky to have received one.

UB.


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4/29/2013 9:12:08 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  Hearty congratulations to all the awesome winners!


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4/29/2013 10:34:01 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Congratulations to all the winners! I feel quite lucky to have gotten one :)


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4/30/2013 7:41:25 PM

 
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