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Cheri McEachin
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May EFP'S


 
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Here it is...May...warmer weather, warmer colors outside and here's hoping many more Editors picks..:)

5/5/2013 5:13:02 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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  tag :) From getting 29 or so Ep's a month down to three the last few months, I dunno......... Happy Cinco da Mayo!

5/5/2013 5:17:49 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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  tag :) From getting 29 or so Ep's a month down to three the last few months, I dunno......... Happy Cinco da Mayo!

5/5/2013 5:17:54 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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  Tag.

5/5/2013 5:44:20 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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  Thanks for keeping up this thread, Cheri. The one good thing about the reduced number of EFP's is that it has turned this thread into a lively source of conversation.

5/5/2013 5:47:04 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Tag! You're it; I'm not! lollllllll

5/5/2013 6:04:06 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I'm not either! Tag..

5/5/2013 6:07:31 PM

 
Cheri McEachin
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  Yes it is lively ..:) I might not contribute in conversation but, I read all your post to keep up to date...:) one day ill say something wise but not today...

5/5/2013 6:13:03 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Hey, Cheri - you're the wise driver who's keeping the vehicle on the road! Thank you for that.

5/5/2013 7:21:20 PM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  Tag---Good luck to us all although I am not expecting a lot.

5/5/2013 8:22:38 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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  Tag. Following along :)

5/5/2013 9:00:13 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  None out of 3 entries so far!

5/6/2013 12:21:53 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  Batting .000 here so far ...

5/6/2013 6:29:20 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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  I don't believe that any efp's have been given out yet. Remember last month it seemed to take them a week or so to get started. Don't get discouraged yet.

5/6/2013 6:55:02 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Haven't put any in yet this month! Not sure it's worth the aggrevation.

5/7/2013 11:59:47 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  tag...

5/7/2013 12:30:35 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Tag. Thank u Cheri! I've only entered two resubs so far. I'm guessing no eps have been given yet?

I only entered 15 in the contest last month. This month I've taken a break for a few days and have family coming soon so I doubt I'll be able to do much till later in the month. Am hoping EPs pick up for everyone!

5/7/2013 1:51:50 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  TAG!!

5/8/2013 4:13:11 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  Thanks Cheri for bringing this interesting thread to us every month. No EPs yet for me too.

UB.

5/8/2013 8:27:25 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  I looked on the thread that BP has to show the EFP under Contest-EFPs, and it was blank.

5/8/2013 8:30:19 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Looks like no EPs yet for May but I've started a critique thread for images that get passed over. I know I have/will be resubmitting some from April that got passed over. Feel free to post those as well, if you want feedback :)


http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=35967

5/9/2013 6:45:22 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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  Zero for me so far, and I've posted every day (in fact, nothing since April 26).

5/9/2013 7:39:21 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Same for me, Monnie..My last was 4/27.
Nothing in May.

5/9/2013 9:32:22 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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  Last EP was April 30. None yet for May.

5/9/2013 12:40:32 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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  Tag. Thanks for doing this, Cheri. I rarely contribute, but I do like to follow along. Somehow it's comforting. No EPs in May (although my submissions are down); my last EP for April was 4/26.

5/9/2013 2:45:11 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  My last EP was the 25th. I was out of town and entered resubs with previous EP's on the 26-29th so I can't tell if any got picked up again or not. I did not get one on the 30th - a new entry - and have not had one yet in May. I have entered every day.

5/9/2013 3:38:37 PM

 
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  Sunshine
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I just got one for May 6....a resub from April 4 that didn't get an EP....Hmmmmmm, now I wonder if it is new, or, just late for April??

5/9/2013 7:37:36 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  Zip-o here for May. And no new ones for April either, LOL.

5/9/2013 7:52:11 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  Tagging too!

5/10/2013 4:16:58 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  Tagging too!

5/10/2013 4:17:09 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  May seems slow for EPs or perhaps fewer are being given out than in April. Anyone got any thoughts on the numbers?

Tagging along...

5/10/2013 6:08:29 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  See my previous TAG-They are not giving any out PERIOD! Go to your Member Center, and then to the menu at the top of the page; click on Contest-Editor's First Picks; It will be blank!

5/10/2013 6:41:21 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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  I have looked through a number of contest entries on 5/1 and none of them have EFP's so my guess is that they haven't started looking at them yet. Last month they were late getting started on giving out EFP's and it looks like this month they will be just as late or later. This may be the new normal.

5/10/2013 7:21:21 AM

 
Melissa Picone
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  Very interesting.

5/10/2013 7:22:54 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  It looks like resubmits have EFP's in May so far.

5/10/2013 7:42:08 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Marilyn: It looks like resubmits have EFP's in May so far.

Question is whether those resubs had previous EP's or not. I started the month with three resubs from my gallery. All had been skipped in March and April. No EP's yet.

5/10/2013 12:12:02 PM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  Good point, Nikki

5/10/2013 12:21:42 PM

 
Connie J. Bagot
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  In the past, at the first part of the month before any EP's had been given, there were still photos remaining in the Editor's Pick's gallery---photos remaining from the previous month's picks. I'm pretty sure there were---I've never seen it empty before.

5/10/2013 12:25:45 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Doesn't leave you with a "warm and fuzzy" feeling, huh?

5/10/2013 1:02:34 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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  Nancy, more like damp and cold! :-(

5/10/2013 1:28:06 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Two people I know have now reported new EP's on photos entered in April, skipped, and re-entered from their gallery in May. Today. So there is life out there :)

5/10/2013 3:23:46 PM

 
Ken Beatty
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  I just picked up 2 early April EFPs and they were not re-subs... This brings me to 11 for April. So look at your April entries, they maybe getting EFPs...

5/10/2013 4:30:43 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  Ny last EP was April 30...nothing yet this month...

5/11/2013 2:43:22 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Here it is May 11th and the EFP box is empty. Like most of you, I am a serious amateur. I do not get to display my work locally and the opportunity to do so has been with BP. I am confused to say the least and disheartened. Does anyone have an explanation? Is there a problem with BetterPhoto.com? I am hesitant to upload any new photos and am adopting a wait and see attitude with entering this month's contest. My last EP was in April as well. I have really enjoyed being a part of this community. I hope there are no serious problems.

5/11/2013 4:17:33 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I understand the discouragement, guys and gals, but I do not understand the reluctance to continue to upload to the contest if you have what you consider competitive entries. You have nothing to lose but a few minutes' time. What's most discouraging to me is watching the entries numbers dwindle month by month . . . And reversing that trend is in OUR hands.

5/11/2013 4:22:38 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  I agree with Nikki - I'm still submitting photos, and am keeping an eye on things.

5/11/2013 4:40:15 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  I have one to upload, but not sure what category to put it in. Still trying to figure that one out! Good luck everyone!

5/11/2013 5:22:36 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Well, I have seen the wisdom of entering and yes, there is nothing to lose. It is still frustrating. Has this ever happened before? I have been a member for less than two years.

5/11/2013 5:42:07 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  No, Harriet, no it hasn't... :-(

5/11/2013 8:12:57 PM

 
Beatriz Rocha
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  Tag; 0 for me on the new subs in May but I continue to enter as usual.

5/12/2013 10:04:08 PM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  I used to sign into BP with anticipation to see what the response was to the previous day's contest entry. For me, the EFPs gave BP the advantage of a daily interaction and conversation with its membership and this encouraged members to be active and engaged too.

WIthout a daily BP presence, it's like other contest sites - which seem to promote winning more than participating and sharing.

My website is here, so I'll continue to post daily images. AND, there are so many wonderful artists and images to enjoy and learn from here.

M.

5/13/2013 3:55:08 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  It looks like there's not much point in keeping this thread open. We can gripe on Susan's "Where the heck is my EP" thread.

5/13/2013 4:11:13 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Well there are no EFPs on the Facebook thread either- looks like Jim is leaving his membership out in the cold there, too.

5/13/2013 5:03:13 AM

 
Pat Harry
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  No EPs for me, but I have only entered a handful of entries. What I miss most about the decrease in the EPs is the chatting here in the message board - looking to see what everyone has received. I really miss that - the social aspect that came with the EPs.

5/13/2013 5:03:50 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  The motivation has dropped to almost nothing..along with the number of entries in the contest. I think they wanted it to drop, and by slowing or stopping the EPs it seems to be working.

5/13/2013 5:14:39 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Here's Susan's link:
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=35967

Facebook - Better Photo Page is basically abandoned with almost all previous posts and threads removed.

Facebook - Jim Miotke has posted occasionally featured photos of members with an invitation to visit www.betterphoto.com to see other beautiful and inspiring images (different words each time; basic message.)

Luckily, many of us are on Facebook and continue to interact with each other.

5/13/2013 6:02:22 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  Yes, the Contest entry numbers have been dropping consistently. For example, In the October 2011 contest the congratulations note said 14200 photos. In the January 2013, there were 10600 and last month's were 8500.

5/13/2013 6:31:42 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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  Lately I've been enjoying the interaction with other BP members (and several who have left BP) at Facebook - if you're there, look me up! (And also at RB, VB and FAA...)

5/13/2013 7:26:01 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I'm also at RB, VB and FAA
At VB I'm okielady

5/13/2013 8:43:17 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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  I had done alot of research when I was looking for a photo sharing website to join and based on what I found BP was by far the best website because of the photographer's on here. I did not have a clue about what photography was until I joined BP. Sure I had taken some decent shots but when I was able to view the results of the skill and creativity of the photographer's here on BP I was AMAZED and knew I had alot to learn. I still have alot to learn but I have come along way. My thoughts about the recent changes in the last couple of month's are pretty consistant with most of yours. I would like to have the old BP back. The monthly contest entries have dropped so drastically. The first month I joined there was almost 20,000 entries and like Marilyn said there was around 8500 last month. I have sent emails with questions about a couple of things in my gallery but I never hear anything back. It's like nobody is there anymore. I have been contacted by a few other BP members and they are having the same thoughts. I would love to see BP like it used to be. Beautiful photo's, awesome friendships, help when you needed it and a monthly contest that was so far above and beyond any other contest on the web. Just my thoughts.....

5/13/2013 8:49:33 AM

 
Rudi H  Reiner
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  Observe the same, I really hope this is just some type of software glitch that will resolve itself soon. The EP's, POTD, contest, etc. and interaction with other members is what makes BP unique, challenging, and such an enjoyable learning base. I wouldn't hesitate to pay double the annual fee for it either.
Any company in any business segment needs to be unique in order to survive over their competition, hope BP isn't loosing its unique edge....

5/13/2013 7:58:50 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I emailed a comment through the tech department. The category I selected was "problems uploading photos" as I am not so sure I am going to continue uploading if things don't change. I expressed the fact that it is not fair to the customers to be kept in the dark over all this. By the way, I got a response from someone who said that they would pass it along to the appropriate personnel. We'll see. By the way, what is VB, FFA and RB? I am curious.

5/13/2013 8:08:43 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  Maybe we should all volunteer our services to Jim to help out with whatever the problem is. I get the feeling there is no staff anymore? It was nice that he responded last month, but he didn't really address what all of us are wondering. If he wants to drop the contest, he should just say so and not leave us all hanging wondering what is going on. In the retail world I was taught that even if you are doing poorly, never tell anybody...just say everything is fine...That is what it seems like is happening here.
I remember when there were no EPs, we all just had to wait and see if we got finalists.

5/13/2013 11:01:22 PM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  I got a little thwack on the head idea this morning. It occurred to me that it if BP is having difficulties, the site could disappear without a farewell.

I'd like to take this moment to let you know how much you've contributed to me.

Thank you - each of you for your great participation and support - for commenting on images that are lesser and better, for answering questions. You so generously contribute your time and your best work. Each of you has made this an encouraging and positive community. Never were there any corrective comments or negative criticisms. Everyone here has been stellar. As a learner starting in 2008 with no experience, BP has been the best learning environment I've experienced.

A big thank you to the BP folks. BP's services made it so easy to start a professional site. Jim, Celia, and Jay have been great to me. They have supported my professional site here with speed, expert solutions and gracious and professional interactions.

Thanks!
Marilyn

5/14/2013 6:19:07 AM

 
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  Harriet, I sent you a BP email with the site names. Members who mention other (competing) sites here can be thrown out, or so the rules say - hence the acronyms.

5/14/2013 6:37:34 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  BTW, I have it on good authority (from the players themselves), that, as a fail safe, they have acquired galleries on those other sites- must be some of the thousands that used to be on BP.

5/14/2013 6:51:44 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Well, somebody finally mentioned the elephant in the living room. Jim mentioned around a year ago that they were having difficulties but had decided not to shut down. That's stuck in my mind. When DIC shut down without warning, some Pros lost everything, so being prepared with a back up plan is critical for those in business (even those who are not.)

Not only are galleries important, but so are contact. Getting personal contact info of photographers you want to keep in touch with is an important preemptive action.

I hate having this kind of conversation, but if BP is unwilling - or unable - to reassure members with total honesty that there is nothing to worry about, then we need to help others. Explanations that really aren't backed up with corresponding action isn't very encouraging. I love BP but feel as though we're standing on quicksand. We can always gather at FB - Jim and most of the Pro/Instructor staff members are there already too.

5/14/2013 7:17:29 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Kathy could set up a BPers group on Facebook and we could all find it there pretty easy. I'm also worried about what happens to our websites if they do go under. Scary. I have stuff on there that I no longer have a copy of on my computer. Nothing great, but lots of memories of my animals.

5/14/2013 7:51:22 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Well, I'll just keep hoping - I'm not on Facebook and have no desire to be :)

5/14/2013 7:55:02 AM

 
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Just got another April EFP...

5/14/2013 8:06:01 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  I guess there's life out there... Just catching up on last month's entries.

5/14/2013 8:07:38 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Checked all 15 of mine that were skipped. Nada. And I think it's really strange to still be "catching up" on April skips. Had you resubmitted it in May, Ken?

5/14/2013 8:13:13 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  No. I never took out the skipped images from last month. So... I go to my gallery for April Entries and the EFP's have been showing up there. I think I've gotten 3 in the last week.

5/14/2013 8:17:46 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  The other entries were "Popping Through" and "Nine Lives the Tails". They all got their EFPs this last week.

5/14/2013 8:22:31 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Carolyn: find the photos that you no longer have on your computer under" My photos," then under your photo there is a place to "share" your photo. Click on this and share it with yourself to your personal email. Along with your photo, however, you will get plenty of BP propaganda along with your photo. We used to be able to erase it, but if you try to do that now, your photo will disappear too. But, at least you will have your photo. If I were you, I would back up the remaining photos that you still have on your hard drive, and do it frequently,in more than one place (an outside HD), or "in the Cloud" online.

5/14/2013 8:25:24 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Stranger and stranger. The April contest is over. Why spend time going through entries that could not possibly go on? Haven't looked at your entries, Ken, so please don't take this as any kind of a comment on them - but sounds more and more to me like a computer glitch. Like maybe they set something in motion to go back and randomly award more EP's and forgot to turn it off. In terms of their continuing "meaningful" EP's, I find this less than reassuring.

5/14/2013 8:27:26 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  Either it's a glitch or the Editors have not finished assigning EFPs for April. I really don't know. I've been a member for less than s year.

5/14/2013 8:34:57 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  I was just reading todays comments here and decided to check out the EP's for April. Just seen where I had just gotten an EP on Dutchman Breeches from April 16th. Ellen even recommended that I resubmit this one but I had not done that yet. Ken I think you are right. Don't really think this is a computer glitch.

5/14/2013 9:03:41 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Nothing of mine has an ep that didn't have one before. I don't have a clue what's going on.
And Nancy, I can get the photos back, and have done a bunch of them. From your website if you have one, you can right click on your own image and then save as...But it won't work on your galleries, I don't think..and of course, it comes back about the same size you sent it in, which is very small.

5/14/2013 11:19:22 AM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Hi,
I did receive a reply to my email sent to technology and then passed along to "Team Better Photo". According to them the lag is just that there are way more entries than ever and it is just taking longer to go through them. According to other posts in this thread, this is not the case. Who is correct? According to the Team Better Photo reply, I should keep checking to see if any of my photos get an EFP. I don't know.....????

5/14/2013 12:01:41 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  Hi Harriet, it sounds to me like there are way less entries, not more. Like I said before it's that retail thing of never admitting when you are not doing well...always say everything is fine...

5/14/2013 12:13:20 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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  I just checked and there are 3,944 entries so far for the contest. Since we are almost half way through the month this does not seem like way more entries at all. A bunch of these 3,944 entries are also dated in prior months which is very strange and why some people may still be getting EFP's for April. For example, Landscape which is normally a popular category, has 595 entries so far and about 150 of those entries are for months prior to May. So, I would say that contest entries are way down, not way up. I have seen no evidence of any EFP's for May.

5/14/2013 12:31:49 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Well, it they are going to continue to award EP's, they ARE way behind - for whatever reason. It's about time to select the April finalists.

Ohhh, I see, said the blind woman. I was a month off on Finalists. March awards have come out, April have not. So it DOES make sense for them to still be going back and looking at April entries. I take back my comments about Ken's and others' new April EP's.

5/14/2013 7:51:22 PM

 
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  Usually when I get up every morning, there is a POTD waiting for me in my email-none today! I find this odd, as the time they are posted is around 3:00am PDT. There was, however, a Snapshot with a BP classes list. Seems like one other aspect of the BP site we used to love might be gone-let's just hope it's late this morning.

5/15/2013 4:49:41 AM

 
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  I think they were just late. I got the POTD newsletter, but after the Snapshot.

5/15/2013 5:00:16 AM

 
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  Yes, they were late-just got it-must be hard on a skeleton crew!

5/15/2013 5:23:13 AM

 
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  My SnapShot arrived at 5:00 am (Detroit time), but still no POTD notification at 9:55 am.

5/15/2013 6:52:06 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  My notifications come all willy-nilly. I think it has more to do with servers along the line than the "moment" they are released at BP.

5/15/2013 6:55:56 AM

 
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  The only thing I get always and absolute is the adds and sales. For the last 2 days I have had trouble uploading any photos and sometimes cannot load the page. They sure know how to take the fun out of things. :)

5/15/2013 7:30:33 AM

 
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  Picked up an EPs on my Roadside Tulips submitted on April 22 sometime since last night. I guess they are still out there. LOL.

5/15/2013 8:45:59 AM

 
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  This thought just occurred to me ... going forward, maybe they are planning to reveal all the EPs at once, the same way finalists and winners are revealed ...

5/15/2013 10:29:45 AM

 
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  I just received an EP on an April 19th entry.

5/15/2013 10:39:08 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  No new EPs for April. I had 15 entries and 11 got EPs so i'm not expecting any on the other 4. I'm glad to hear others are...better late than never!

This lag in time or computer problem is getting more discouraging. Like most of you, my routine of checking BP and entering often has slacked off dramatically. It's fallen out of my daily habit. I still can't understand how all of this could be benefitting BPs business.

My gallery is up for renewal June 4th and I'm wondering if I should keep it or find one more beneficial to my own business. Like Carolyn I also have some older pics on here that I don't have copies of elsewhere. Also, with the BP awards, having a gallery displaying them is the only "proof" of that accomplishment. Ya can't take em with ya...in other words! I miss the old BP!!!

5/15/2013 3:05:51 PM

 
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  If they are still giving out EPs for April, it probably means they're doing a double-check on the April contest entries, prior to culling them down to the finalists. I think...

And then, I bet they'll focus on May EPs and you'll see them awarded fairly quickly.

For historical reference, BP never used to hand out EPs "in the beginning." We all waited til the end of the month for finalists...and it seemed like a happier time then. Lots of forum discussion, lots of contest entries. It wasn't until the EP was awarded, that more discontent occurred.

And I think the discontent arose because of the lack of consistency that BP had, for the percentage of EPs awarded...no way to judge if the quality of the photos was improving. A lower EP rate simply meant less photos were moving forward...not that the quality of individual photos was going down.

I'd welcome the thoughts of other long-term BP members on whether the EP has helped, or hindered the creative photography of BP members. I think it's caused more resentment than joy. It could have been a great motivational took, if consistently administered.

5/15/2013 8:32:05 PM

 
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  Oops..typo....last sentence...I meant "tool", not "took."

5/15/2013 8:33:31 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I enjoy the validation of an EFP but there's more to BP than that. I enjoy being able to display my work and if I am lucky, a member notices a photo and makes a comment. It is all about a community of artists and the opportunity to share ideas, compliments, constructive criticism and if an EFP is awarded then it is icing on the cake. I just want BP to continue as I have enjoyed it so much. The contest is a lot of fun and I hope that continues as well. We all will just have to wait and see.

5/15/2013 8:48:31 PM

 
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  I have been with BP for over 9 years. In response to Ken's question, I love photography more than ever! For me, the best part of this community, is the life long friendships, I have made. In person and on the internet. I was also fortunate to meet the BP staff, it made my experience here even better. EP or no EP, I still like posting here. Good luck to all of you!!!

Donna

5/15/2013 8:58:45 PM

 
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  Good to see an EP emerge on my April 23rd submit.


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5/15/2013 10:17:15 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  EP OR NO EP, I LOVE BP!!!

Ken, I am not an old-timer (BP-wise) but have no hesitation in saying that I LOVE BP as it has provided me a forum where I can interact with a wonderful community of fellow enthusiasts of all levels and just going over the images taken by so many awesome artists has been a source of inspiration for me since 2008. I can easily say that members here are so very helpful in assisting fellow BPers and share their knowledge. I have yet to find a photography website where the sharing of knowledge of its community is anywhere near as it is here at BP!!!

BP has been instrumental in helping improve my photography (at least that's what I like to think) in the last six years or so. My love for photography has also augmented because of it, and to top it all off BP has introduced me to so many wonderful people who share my passion some of whom have become good friends. So, thank you BP!!!

UB.

5/15/2013 10:31:37 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  In response to Ken, I think it was more interesting before the EPs, you just had to wait until you either got or didn't get an email letting you know you got a finalist. I remember folks complaining about how they seemed to give EPs to every image, now we are upset because we aren't getting them :-) My only disappointment really is the lack of communication. If they want to discontinue the EPs and go back to the way it used to be or something new, just let us all know ...
Like Donna, I have met several friends through BP to go shoot with, I have learned a lot of great information and on the whole have enjoyed being a part of the community. I just hope it continues to grow and improve. I know what it was like when the other site I was a member of folded, it was sad. Luckily many of the members of that group are here at BP so we can stay in touch.

5/15/2013 10:42:34 PM

 
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  Yes, there was definitely more participation those day’s ( before the EP’s came into being ) . Since then, an EP badge or not, to me has been more of a confirmation to check as whether the image that I had entered has moved to the next round or not, nothing more than that. On the contrary, I would have welcome the bar for an EP to be set a little higher than where it ended up being and consistently so before this change came up in last 2-3 months. So, I am ok with the recent change in EP awarding process also reconfirmed by Jim when we wrote that they will continue to award EP for the ‘excellent’ images , if they can remain consistent with this revised approach, I think that on a long term , this will help in improving the standard of photography further.

Also , I don’t think there was ever an commitment from BP side that EP’s will be awarded within 1 week or 2 weeks of each Photo that is entering into the contest, the only commitment that is there on the site states “ photo contest winners will be posted by ”. It’s only because we got used to getting an early confirmation with a BP badge, there is discontent now in the lack of it or delayed process coupled with the reduction in EP nos. Now, this being a common ask and motivational factor for many BP members , I think BP can do many things to address it, one suggestion to streamline the ‘timing’ aspect of it would be that instead of even attempting to award EP badges to the contest entries of the current month, they should complete the process of EP-Finalist-Winner selection of the previous month, declare the result and then start the EP awarding process for the current month , there will be delay of 2-3 weeks before the EP’s for the current months are awarded but then we’ll know why even if they don’t officially announce such an approach – provided,it is done consistently.

5/15/2013 11:45:49 PM

 
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  the complete quote from the BP site (somehow did not appear in full in my comment above)....... "(month) photo contest winners will be posted by (last day of the month...)"

5/15/2013 11:51:26 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I'm only going to address the "more" or "less" participation issue. I haven't been here as long as Ken, but I have been here since before EP's and since the time of free basic galleries for up to 100 images. It was also possible to post in the forums without being a member then. This was also at the time when internet bulletin boards were still pretty popular and people still checked their email frequently. Times have changed - in the digital world as well as at BP. Yes, I do remember lots more activity in the Forums BUT I remember lots of negative, disgruntled talk, some of it downright ugly. I hated the forums then. Give me courteous, civilized interaction any day :) I would like to see more activity, but I would never want to go back to the tone of my first year or two.

5/16/2013 6:00:41 AM

 
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Just received an EP from a April entry...

5/16/2013 9:21:16 AM

 
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  A few weeks ago I received a message from someone whom I believe may be one of the judges, saying that she enjoyed viewing my work and that this may be the last time. I didn't think really anything about it at the time, thinking it was just a personal issue. But after talking to Harriet earlier this week, I remembered this message and maybe the contests are being eased out (?) If this is true, hopefully this only affects the contests and not the entire site. ~April

5/16/2013 9:26:17 AM

 
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  I really liked it when the EP's first began---it was exciting to log in and find a badge under a photo and know that that photo had progressed in the contest. Later, when almost every photo got an EP, they because sort of meaningless to me. Now...I'm honestly not sure how to assess what an EP means or doesn't mean.

5/16/2013 9:27:31 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Natural/Abstract:
I suspect I know the message you are talking about. If I am right, she has nothing to do with BP officially and never has had. I'll check with you in a PM

5/16/2013 9:33:27 AM

 
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  Yes, Nikki, that was the message. I hadn't thought she was a judge but then after the "no EP" debate I thought maybe she was. That's what I get for thinking. :) ~April

5/16/2013 10:13:14 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  I was here before EPs, starting in 2004. I was new to photography and was very "green." Up till the time I took a break in 2008, I had only received 4 or 5 finalists, then finally a 2nd place in early 2008.

When EPs began, I liked them because it gave me more feedback on my images. Before them the only measure of whether I was improving was a finalist. With EPs I then knew which images were more proficient or in line with basic standards. I believe this helped me to learn why, as well. Then, too many images were getting EPs. I would look at some images that got them amd come to the conclusion that they didn't mean anything, anymore.

With that said, I would prefer they award EPs selectively like they used to. Right now, what really seems off is the timing on reviewing and giving the EPs. We've gone thru changes without explanation before. What confounds me is that it's going on 3 months with no clear or consistent pattern of what the "new" new is.

5/16/2013 4:04:10 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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  I posted this on another thread but see no activity on it.. so here it is..:)

For the 1st time in months, I am attempting to enter some images that have never been on BP and a few radically re-edited ones in May, trying for 31 new ones...... I've been on a bit of a sad run photographically in the past year it seems, life has got in my way... So I have to say it's been a bummer to me that May is the month they seem to have stopped the EP's, or at least they are way behind... Nobody likes change... I guess we have all become accustomed to knowing which shots go on or have caught their eye... Oh well, as with all other things with BP, change comes and we must adjust...

5/17/2013 5:29:03 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Adjust, or leave, which, it seems they are doing in droves!

5/17/2013 5:53:38 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I am not quite sure how one would know if "they are leaving in droves". It is not out of the ordinary for people to want a good thing to remain the same. I, for one, enjoyed the feedback that came with EP. After 40 years of teaching math I know something about learning and immediate feedback is needed for interest to remain high and for learning to continue. If BP is going to wait a month to hand out EP's or discontinue them then it would be too bad. Instead of listening to their customers they would indeed be saying, "adjust, or leave" which is not a very good attitude.

5/17/2013 6:36:01 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Earlier in this thread, I posed the question about whether the EP was causing more resentment than joy.

I should have also said that I love BP, despite the change in how they hand out the EPs. I'm not a member on other photo sites; just BP. And BP is much more than the contest. It's about friends...of folks helping each other...and learning. When I first joined BP, I saw the impersonal mini-pics...but eventually, I learned there were real people behind the mini-pics...with the same common goal to enjoy photography and improve. That foundation is still here. I think we should focus on that, and not the timeliness of when they award EPs...or if they're handing out a lot....or a few.

In fairness, I hope they return to a consistent level of EPs...easier to know if you're improving. And hand them out in a timely manner. But this is secondary to why I still enjoy BP.

5/17/2013 9:11:11 PM

 
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  I agree fully with you, Ken. This is where I found my home in photography and where I want to stay! So many friends, such talent, and such wonderful opportunity for growth.

5/18/2013 2:01:15 AM

 
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  I'm glad I found this thread as I was beginning to wonder if it was just me. My last EP was April 30. and that one came fairly quickly.
I haven't been posting as much the last few weeks as I threw out my lower back and can't sit for too long. I feel badly that I haven't been commenting on photos as often.
I've been here before EPs were handed out and eagerly waited for Finalists at the end of the month. I did well at first and then found that after a few years the Finalists I received were almost nil. I took a year off and when I returned EPs were the new thing. They gave me something to look forward to and fueled my interest once again. It was the community and encouragement of one particular member who brought me to a whole new level. My personal criteria is to enter only what I think has a chance to become a Finalist. Now with EPs being few and far between I'm starting to second guess my entries and it's discouraging.
I agree with Ken as well and perhaps I should channel my energy back into commenting and not worry so much about my personal EPs. It's the community and friendships I've made that make this such a wonderful place.

5/18/2013 4:53:48 AM

 
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I did a resubmit of one of Ken Smith that I got a finalist on in 2011, now it has an EP on it for May.

That was a fun trip and it began raining and Ken got out and took a picture of our gang "The Shooting Gallery". It was a fun trip and fun group for sure. So, I at least got an EP in May, only one...duhhhh hope it at least gets a finalist this year...

Thanks for all the help you gave me when I first started on BP, think it was in 2006 or 2007..first ever camera, and I'm so glad I joined BP. Learned so much just looking at all the pictures , took a few classes and went on a LOT of trips with the gang...what fun!!

So...I have a smile on my face and hope to keep it...I am still posting everyday and enjoying it. I did get 3 finalist in March so I can't complain...

Enjoy this forum and getting to know many of you better...it's nearly like family! :-)

jo ann c.

5/18/2013 11:50:37 AM

 
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  I mentioned this last month, and the museum reopening was today. So, with no eEPs to report, I'll just share the now completed exhibit containing one of my images...

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=13883336

5/18/2013 2:27:19 PM

 
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  Awesome, Kathy! Huge congrats!

5/18/2013 3:17:15 PM

 
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  You have a May EP, Jo Ann?

5/19/2013 7:24:42 AM

 
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  I agree with Ken also... BP is my only photo outlet... While others have joined various sites, BP has plenty to keep me entertained... I too love the friendships and camaraderie we have all come to expect... It's been a great source of learning and improvement for me since courses and classes have never been something I can afford... I will stay and participate till the day they shut it down(which I hope never comes). EP or no EP, I love BP and I am sure whatever changes are being made or coming, are necessary for BP to continue on..

5/19/2013 8:00:57 AM

 
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  Hey Bob, it was a different one that month on that shoot...sooo...I haven't received anything this month either! Oh well, bet we all will by the last of the month!
I certainly enjoy your gallery!

jo ann c.

5/19/2013 10:20:09 AM

 
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  Hey, did anyone notice this? There are EPS showing now when you go to Contest > Editor's Picks from the home page ...

5/19/2013 3:33:47 PM

 
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  Oh yay! I didn't get one, but they are indeed from May 1. Thanks, Peggy.

5/19/2013 3:42:52 PM

 
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  Me neither, Nikki, but at least there are signs of life ... :)

5/19/2013 3:48:16 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  That folder is on a random sort, but I still couldn't see more than about 15, max 20 different images. That's not very many for an entire day, so maybe they just got started and will do more. And anyway, as you say, Peggy - at least it's a sign of life

5/19/2013 4:29:42 PM

 
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  "It's alive"! .. Dr. Fronkensteen

5/19/2013 4:43:35 PM

 
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  When you hit "reload," the same photos keep recycling, and some of them are dated as far back as March of 2010. Maybe this is just BP's effort to calm us down- it is not working this way!

5/19/2013 4:43:47 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  That's not unusual, Marie. Uploaded photos always bear the date of upload. What you have seen are resubmissions. There are also a fair number of May 1 submissions. I am willing to bet all 13 that are in there now - I counted by writing the titles down and reloading over and over and over - were submitted or resubmitted on May 1. And resubmissions do not automatically get re-picked. I also looked through the recent entries until I found the NEW May 1 entries. There were over 200 and there's no way to calculate the resubs people chose to make on May 1 (my own is one). So 13 isn't very many . . . but it is a start :)

5/19/2013 4:56:38 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Well, hope springs, then! Thank you, Nikki!

5/19/2013 4:59:13 PM

 
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  You're welcome :)

And I should have said "resubmissions THAT HAVE EP'S do not automatically get re-picked"

5/19/2013 5:06:09 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  19 days into May and there are now 508 "new arrivals", which does not indicate the number of entries (averaging 27 per day.) At that rate, there should be approximately 900 new arrivals for the entire month of May. It will be interesting to see how many entries there will actually be - and like Nikki says, who knows how many entries will actually be resubs. I haven't figure out how to find entries by dates, however (without opening up every thumbnail and checking the upload date there.)

5/19/2013 5:07:01 PM

 
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  LOL, Bob!

5/19/2013 5:07:18 PM

 
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  Well, my goodness. An EP for me from March 1.

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5/19/2013 5:33:30 PM

 
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  I mean MAY 1.

5/19/2013 5:34:36 PM

 
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  I am not clear on this----if you re-sub a photo from your gallery that has received a EP or finalist does the EP or finalist show up under the photo?

5/19/2013 8:50:02 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  It does. But they don't really look at it when they judge anew for EP's. I do EP's all the time, very seldom Finalists. But quite a few actually get passed over the second time and I know that's true of Finalists (others'), too. They either can't see them or don't scroll down to do so when they judge for EP's, so by "yes" I just mean that you won't "lose" it.

5/19/2013 8:56:51 PM

 
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  I believe another EP popped up under the image I submitted on April 27.


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5/20/2013 3:11:45 AM

 
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  Decided to check all my non-eps in April and found another one with an EP badge.


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5/20/2013 3:25:29 AM

 
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  Thanks Nikki, I had just noticed that some had EP's and it was very random.

5/20/2013 3:52:23 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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  My May 1st entry now has an EFP on it... So there is life out there...:)

5/20/2013 8:47:04 AM

 
Sandy Hawkins
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  My May 1st also just got an EP.

;-)

5/20/2013 9:57:13 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  None for me, and if April is any indication, there probably won't be.

5/20/2013 10:12:03 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  Carol - your in good company! Rest assured your images are amazing. None for me either...

5/20/2013 12:00:22 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  TAG!

5/20/2013 2:15:32 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Pray for Linda Yee, her family, and all the other Oklahoma City residents. They were hit with a major tornado this afternoon.

(I think she still lives in that area.

5/20/2013 3:43:56 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  It's tragic, for sure. Heart breaking.

Carolyn Fletcher lives in Eastern Oklahoma and I know the line moved thru her area too, later in the day although I don't think there were as many damaging tornadoes...But hail and winds. Keep her in your thoughts too.

5/20/2013 7:10:22 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  I Haven't heard back from Carolyn yet, but will post here when I do. The electricity is probably a mess throughout the storm-hit areas.

5/20/2013 8:04:33 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  Praying for the safety of all families involved.

UB.

5/20/2013 8:48:25 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  Just saw it on Net.....really heart breaking....the children in that elementary school that took the direct hit and all those who suffered....my thoughts and prayers for all.....

5/21/2013 2:00:03 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Heard from a close friend in Shawnee OK-he and his family are all right, but so many are not. The only thing we can do now is contribute to the recovery of the survivors, and send prayers to the families who have lost loved ones. It is so heart-breaking, especially the loss of so many children. We are hoping that the coming storms slated for today will not have any direct hits, or maybe not touch down. I was a teacher in Irving, TX, in the 1970s when 2 tornadoes dropped down to just above the school roof. I and all the other teachers were in the hallways tucked up against the lockers with the children, where we remained until the all clear siren signaled that the twisters were gone. I was 8 months pregnant at the time, and plenty scared, but our job as teachers was to calm and protect those children who were our charges. We were lucky that day, as there was just a lot of noise, a shaking structure, and, believe it or not, frantic parents were right outside the school trying to get their children, which are safer in the school than out in the storm. The tornados dropped down to just above the roof, and stayed just long enough to scare most of us, then moved on. We were so lucky, too, that these tornados were not in the category of those that have devastated Oklahoma. I have been in earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, and by far, tornadoes are the most scary. My heart goes out to the parents who lost children and loved ones in these recent disasters-such a tragedy!

5/21/2013 5:48:12 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  This is the city (metro area) who lost so many children in the bombings of 1995. it's breaking my heart that they are going through a similar devastating (even for a different cause) event.

Nancy Marie - amazing experiences that you went through, too.

5/21/2013 6:04:16 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  This is the city (metro area) who lost so many children in the bombings of 1995. it's breaking my heart that they are going through a similar devastating (even for a different cause) event.

Nancy Marie - amazing experiences that you went through, too.

5/21/2013 6:04:16 AM

 
Linda G. Yee
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  Thank you all for thinking of us here in Oklahoma. Kathy, thanks to you for the "shout out". My family and I are all fine. The tornados have gone north and south of Tulsa so we were not hit.

The situation in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City is very sad, particularly with the loss of the children. Moore was hit badly back in May 1999 with a tornado of the same magnitude as well. It appears that it will be a lot quieter night tonight for us in Oklahoma, but it looks like North Texas might be under the weather gun....I hope not.

Again, thank you for your thoughts.
Linda Yee

5/21/2013 11:26:58 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  We're ok, too. I still have a few more hours to go through before it moves out of here. We are right below I-40 just off Hwy 69..I've been unable to get online due to the almost constant lightning since yesterday. It was a bit stressful. We have grandkids and great grandkids in OKC. They are ok, too. It's starting up again, so I'm getting back offline.

5/21/2013 11:45:53 AM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  I have been on BP for many years and this year I've been very discouraged. I am not happy with the changes, the lack of EP's, but especially the lack of correspondence from BP as to what is going on. I would be interested in the other websites mentioned. I am on RB, but am unfamiliar with VB or FAA. Would someone send me a personal email with the info on them. I have two galleries on BP, but am worried that I may need to find another website to share my work on.

5/21/2013 12:05:33 PM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  Carolyn
It is wonderful to hear from you. I hope everything recovers for you.

All my best,
Marilyn

5/21/2013 3:17:37 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Linda, I got mixed up - forgot you were in Tulsa. Thanks for the heads up - now I can fret about Pat Harry and Joannie Bertucci.

5/21/2013 5:56:37 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  Carolyn, good to hear you are OK :-)

5/21/2013 7:42:25 PM

 
Sharon 
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  Kathy, thank you for keeping us updated on how BetterPhoto members are doing in the Oklahoma area. Happy to hear Linda and Carolyn are okay and my prayers are going out for Pat & Joannie.

My thoughts and prayers are also with all the people and their loved ones that are devastated by this horrific tornado.

This really seems so minor but I've picked up a few EPs for April recently... thanks for this thread I took a look. I reentered one in a different category this month as it didn't have an EP earlier. They've got a lot of catching up to do and hope they are managing okay. I'd hate to lose BetterPhoto.

BetterPhoto members are the BEST!!!

5/21/2013 11:13:36 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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  Bless you Kathy...you are my little guardian angle! :-) We had a ton of rain and high winds this morning but all is well now so not to worry! Pat lives a little north of Dallas and I don't know how things were up there! Bless all of you here at BP, I love my little family! :-) Thank you sister Sharon for your prayers!

5/22/2013 12:22:42 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Glad to hear that Carolyn, Linda and Joannie (and hopefully Pat) are Ok. Thanks Kathy for the heads up.

It is the 22nd and they are still awarding EPs for the last week of April. That tells me they are way far behind vs a new protocol of awarding EPs with finalists. I'd be fine if they did it that way, btw. As it looks now something else is either taking up their time or they have less staff. Even if they stop the EP I will stay at BP. My drastically reduced #of entries for May is more due to other things going on which is in as much flux as the EP! lol

5/22/2013 4:03:55 AM

 
Pat Harry
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  I'm fine! Thank you for your concern!! I'm not too far from Joannie, and we didn't have any tornadoes in our area. We had some pretty powerful winds yesterday, and heavy rain - but no damage.

5/22/2013 5:17:13 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Big smiles to hear that my worries were for naught when it came to my BP friends. I've been a worrier most of my life when weather conditions threatened family members around the U.S. It was bad enough then... Now, I get to worry about hundreds of special photographers all over the World! lollll

5/22/2013 10:34:17 AM

 
frank w. degenhardt
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  To Jim and the BP staff,
Why no editor picks in May?, I don't know. Is there computer program problems?, I don't know. Is the way your judging the program going to be in a different format?, I don't know. Did the contest get to be to big to handle?, I don't know.
Now that is the problem for me and for so many here at BP, we don't know. Why? Because it was felt that what ever concerns the customers have, you don't care enough to put out a message.
Can you afford for some of the customers to quit? Sure you can. Can you afford to let customers out in the dark?, sure you can.
To me, BP is the best photo sight on the net. Would I stay a member if you did away with the contest. Yep. I love the people I have met.
Would I recommend this sight to anyone? Sorry no. Would I want to take your classes? Not if this is the way you deal with your customers.
Leaving customers in the dark is just bad business.

5/22/2013 12:56:20 PM

 
Sharon 
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  Great news to hear Joannie and Pat are okay!!! Prayers and thoughts are still going out to all those effected by this catastrophic storm

I think I received one more EP overnight for April but the one I really like still hasn't got one. Double Trouble who so many of you helped me decide on the best seagull image. (Scratching my head)

Oh well, it's not the first and it won't be the last I will just resubmit in the future when they are in a better mood. :)

Praying for BetterPhoto as well... seems they need them. :)

HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!

5/22/2013 1:35:28 PM

 
Barbara Mason
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  Great to read all your thoughts, I only received 2 EP's for April and proceeded to delete all my entries, thinking they must not be worthy of a gallery position. I enjoy BP very much met some wonderful people -thx to all - maybe I won't be so quick to delete this mth. I got a little disheartened as at the same time as the number of EP'S depleted I received a flood of e-mails from BP suggesting I may need lessons :-), probably so and I was tempted but it will be at a time of my choosing not because of advertising. I do understand BP is a business and money has to be generated hence I am a paid up gallery holder until 2015. Thx for the chance to air my views. My thoughts to everyone in Oklahoma at this time, I know BP helped to keep me sane over the mths of earthquakes experienced in NZ. Cheers Barabara

5/22/2013 2:17:08 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  I have only 9 EP's for April...ohhh well, time will tell if any more for all of us, if not...maybe next month and they get things going next month! lol

Hey Frank, I tend to agree with you and Ken Smith, it sure took away some fun for all of us, maybe things will pick up..

Have a great day y'all!
Prayers to all those sick and in areas' of the terrible weather..

jo ann c.

5/22/2013 2:50:31 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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Got an EP for May 2nd!!

5/22/2013 4:26:11 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  I didn't hit the submit button....was still trying to figure out how to include the link...

www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=13848109

5/22/2013 4:29:01 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Yea!!! I got an EP for May! I have to say that the token reward means a lot to me. Pablov's dog syndrome. I got EP's on almost all of my shots in April but it took a long time. I am hopeful that the EP will continue just maybe a little slower. I am glad that all our BP photographers in Oklahoma and other areas are safe.

5/22/2013 4:29:49 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  Good to know that our fellow photogs are safe from that horrible tornado in Oklahoma.

Got one on May 1 but none so far on the May 2nd.


HAIRY
May 1, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Flowers


UB.

5/22/2013 8:37:12 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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  I got one for 5/4/2013. Well said, Frank!

5/23/2013 3:30:03 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  Picked up EPs for the 2nd and 3rd. Frank I sure hope they give you an answer.

5/23/2013 3:41:50 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Finally...one for the 4th..
Spring Colors...Landscape

5/23/2013 4:20:17 AM

 
Chuck Bruton
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Thanks to Group 101 I caught up on why no EPs. I know there are a lot of us using FB and are friends on this site. I post a lot of my images that are more about what I've been doing on FB, I would like to invite your friendship on FB if we are not already friends.

This is a great group, I was a fan of BP long before I became a member, shortly after I moved from Texas to Missouri I received an email from BP asking me to apply as an employee, sometimes I had wished I had, but didn't guess things work out for the best. I need to shop around for a private web page.
Have a great summer, look me up on FB.
Chuck

5/23/2013 8:29:22 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  No EPs for my resub on the 2nd. Now I have to wait for them to get to the 7th for my next entry :)

I have tried to look up some folks on FB and it seems many have member pages where you have to "friend." My photography page on FB is one that you have to "Like" so I can like you back but I can't friend you. Weird.

Here is my photography page on FB:
www.facebook.com/susansmithfineart

On my Member page I can friend you back:
www.facebook.com/susanhermannsmith

I would love to connect with you guys either way :)

5/23/2013 5:08:17 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  You elected to do a "community page" rather than a regular FB account.

By placing this
susansmithfineart
into the search box, you popped up immediately.

5/23/2013 5:17:38 PM

 
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  Beauty
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5/4 Details and Macro

5/24/2013 7:59:08 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Got my first May EP today - May 5. If you look in my gallery, you will see one for the 3rd, but that's one that was originally skipped in April so I resubmitted it in May - only to have it picked up about 10 days ago when they did a few more scattered April EP's.

05/05 Nature and Landscapes
Front Yard #1

5/25/2013 12:45:50 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Woot Woot, Nikki.. :-)

5/25/2013 12:51:34 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Congrats to y'all that have received EFP's for May....I'm not doing too well myself! :-)

jo ann c.

5/25/2013 12:54:17 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Congrats to y'all that have received EFP's for May....I'm not doing too well myself! :-)

jo ann c.

5/25/2013 12:54:50 PM

 
Mitch Spence
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  Just that one on the 1st still for me. Nothing else. This really isn't much fun, is it?

5/25/2013 1:03:55 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  No, Mitch, it isn't :(

5/25/2013 1:09:00 PM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  Not a lot f fun at all, but you must admit, It makes picking a finalist and winner a breeze with so few to choose from.

5/25/2013 1:19:12 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Well, if they're trying to reduce the numbers in the contest, maybe we should just oblige them and just enter one a week or something. I, for one, am totally just about over BP.

5/25/2013 1:25:02 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  It's weird. My schedule and To-Edit list both became overloaded around the first week of May, so I just didn't enter everything. I planned to do so a little later. Somehow the month has almost disappeared and now I can't force myself to do it. After March and April's poor showing - like maybe 8 and 2 EPs respectively, my enthusiasm has hit a low ebb. It's really depressing to go through the previous entries every time someone says that BP has gone back and awarded more EPs - only to discover Nada. I still have 6 more days (well, 5) to decide if anything I've shot this month are worthy. If I sound down and/or bitter, you're pretty perceptive.

5/25/2013 3:55:23 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  And another . . .

6 May - Elements of Design
Steps Reflected

5/25/2013 3:59:22 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I only have one for May, 9 for April, and I'm royally pissed off.

5/25/2013 4:26:25 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Just got one for May...Golden Duo....hang in there gang!

Who would think we could get so happy to just get an EP?! :-0

jo ann c.

5/25/2013 4:54:07 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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  July 7th my membership expires. Anyone of FAA RB or Faceb Look me up. I will be leaving. Will miss all the great photographers, laughs and fun I have had on this site, but .........

5/25/2013 4:58:54 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Might be joining you, Tammy, but will hang on to BP for at least another year, when I will get rid of my deluxe gallery, but will keep my basic gallery, and set up another on one of those places you have mentioned for a meager amount to sell my photos on. Then it will allow me to be both places, and I won't much care if I get an EFP or not!

5/25/2013 5:55:37 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  My membership is up June 4th. I really can't decide whether to renew or not. My enthusiasm isn't the same anymore either. I should be putting my time into FAA and some other things. Oh, and I sold my first piece there just a few days ago! wooohooo!

5/25/2013 6:00:32 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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  I was hoping the lack of EPs last month was due to the staff being busy with preparing their taxes, but since this is still going on, it looks like the new norm. So far, I got May EPs on 5/2 (landscape) and 5/5 (macro). I didn't count my number of EPS for April, but there are 3 that were passed over that would have got EPS in any previous month. The lack of response of the BP staff is really not good business sense, and I do not understand it. I have already joined another site for the contests, but still enjoy this site for the friends that I made here. I do not do Facebook so won't go there. BP looks to be fading fast with no obvious attempt to revive it.

5/25/2013 6:37:43 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  Congratulations, Susan, on your first sale at FAA! I'm planning to go there soon, but I think I'll stay with BP, too, at least for a while. I'm still hoping they get things worked out, and communicate with us - that would be a step in the right direction.

5/25/2013 6:38:03 PM

 
Rudi H  Reiner
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  Hummmm, got one for May 4th too (ya!) But were did years of EPs' go? Use to be one could reload great shots for hours and never reach the end...

BP should really inform all what the issues are.... some type of communication on these type of changes

5/25/2013 7:13:20 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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  I just got 2.. for the 5th and 6th of May...:) So far only one skipped.

5/25/2013 8:00:05 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  I have a solo EP to show so far this month and that too on the first day of the month. However, it has not been successful at all to dampen my enthusiasm for photography or in thinking that the quality of my shots has degraded.
I still love photography and have no intention of leaving BP. I have joined a couple of clubs here and the members do regular interaction and keep busy. I am still learning and enjoying IT very much.
I just hope BP, seemingly in the midst of change, makes these changes consistent so that people dont get demotivated and decide to leave for other places.

UB.

5/25/2013 9:33:06 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  5/7..Landscape..The Edge
2nd one for the month.

5/26/2013 3:54:18 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  None for me since April 25... But still plugging a head and loving every minute of it....

5/26/2013 4:27:35 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  5/8, Animals..... 3 out of 8 for the month so far.... Do I hear half a Woot?? Wo!!!

5/26/2013 7:23:26 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Don't get me wrong, I haven't lost my enthusiasm for photograpy nor do I think my work has gotten worse, it's my enthusiasm with the contest that kinda faded. Still love the members and all the great feedback here. I will likely renew because of that! :)

5/26/2013 7:25:36 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  It doesn't mean anything one way or another, but I was just wondering if anyone else noticed that the latest POTDs seem to be coming out of the recent Finalists' list.

I used to wonder how POTDs were selected because I usually didn't see them anywhere else (maybe from course assignments.) Now, they seem to all have Finalist Badges or at least EPs.

Just curious.

5/26/2013 10:30:21 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  It doesn't mean anything one way or another, but I was just wondering if anyone else noticed that the latest POTDs seem to be coming out of the recent Finalists' list.

I used to wonder how POTDs were selected because I usually didn't see them anywhere else (maybe from course assignments.) Now, they seem to all have Finalist Badges or at least EPs.

Just curious.

5/26/2013 10:30:21 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I have noticed - and that is a change. Maybe it's just coincidence.

5/26/2013 10:48:07 AM

 
Lola M.
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Peeking Over
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5/8 Details and Macro
also the 2nd for the month

5/26/2013 1:33:06 PM

 
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  Breaking Free
Breaking Free
this little girls mom was trying to get her to hold her hand and walk. the little girl broke free and I just loved the expression on her face.
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well got my first EP since the middle of April... my 5/7 was skipped over and I thought it was one of my best shots... MMMM

5/26/2013 4:02:34 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Kathy, I'm not sure what you are seeing but I've always observed POTDs as usually making it into the Finalist pool not from it. It was a question not long ago about what rate of POTDs made finalist or winner. I seem to recall an estimated 75% or so do make it at least to silver. I got mine on Jan 7th and it was an entry from late Dec. It went on to get a Dec finalist. Would not surprise me if that were a bit bassakward right now.

Got my first EP for May for Sun's Out on the 9th. My other two entries were resubs that didn't get EPs before either.

5/26/2013 4:09:01 PM

 
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  May 10..One To Remember..Landscape

5/26/2013 4:14:28 PM

 
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5/10 Flowers

5/26/2013 4:26:06 PM

 
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  The April Finalists are out - anybody have the Link?

5/26/2013 5:41:01 PM

 
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  Here you go, Kathy, I think this will work.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallMember.asp?pageID=1&catID=56845&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=

5/26/2013 5:45:48 PM

 
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  Any page, Contest, Contest, Finalists.

April 2013 Finalists

5/26/2013 5:47:16 PM

 
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  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=56845 Direct Link

Those URLs with zulu in them always give me an error message. I finally figured out how to find the direct link (sure hope I remember how next month! lollllllllll)

5/26/2013 5:47:56 PM

 
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  Interesting ... I just tested it and found that Firefox and Internet Explorer produce links that look different. ( Mine was the Firefox link.)
However, in my test, the Firefox link worked in IE, and vice versa.
I'm no techie ... perhaps other browsers work differently ...
Anyway, glad you found it, Kathy. :)

5/26/2013 6:00:08 PM

 
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  Got a finalist. "Tulips in Full Bloom"


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5/26/2013 6:11:49 PM

 
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  Congratulations to the finalists.

I got two this month one in flowers a lily and the other in People an image of Keshia the young model I used for my people model on Better photo the past nine years.

I put the finalists first in my gallery.

5/26/2013 7:03:33 PM

 
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  Kinda strange, I am not getting any EP's but I have five finalist! :) Congrats to everyone!!! Good luck next round!!

5/26/2013 7:29:38 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Hi Photo Folks,
It just keeps getting stranger. I got 4 finalists for April so I am very pleased as this is the largest amount for me ever but here it is May 26th and I have 2 EP's for May. Now maybe the EP's will appear during June so perhaps there is not any deadline for awarding EP's. I tried another site and find it hard to use. I truly hope BP is here to stay. I am going to hang in there as long as I can. Congratulations to all the finalists.

5/26/2013 9:17:51 PM

 
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  I've been cruising through the Finalists, but haven't been able to comment on them all yet. In the meantime, Congratulations to those of you who've received one or many. Good Luck in the Gold Rounds.

5/27/2013 1:27:48 AM

 
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  Hi, all! I have been away from this forum for a while due to a browser crash loosing my link, traveling, an ill grandson and an ill wife.
Entered a few photos in April and got one finalist (Nice BD gift). I have had no EFPs for May. My membership here is due to renew in July but I can't see paying for a membership if the present trend continues.
Been here since 2002 and I hate to leave but.... Hope things go back to normal!

5/28/2013 9:04:42 AM

 
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  Congrats to all the finalists. Even though the whole EP thing has thrown me for a loop, I can see that every image chosen for finalist is really beautiful!

5/28/2013 10:25:34 AM

 
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  Well?! I got a finalist in Aprl and only got 8 EP'S?? Sooo...maybe it doesn't matter how many EP's we get, we can still get a finalist.. I liked the one I got, but personally would have chosen others instead so..I'm happy anyway.. :-) Hang in there gang!

jo ann c.

5/28/2013 10:50:07 AM

 
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  I'm thinking that the EPs are no longer related to Finalists (as a first cut.) It may be that they're being awarded whenever (and mostly after the fact) to assuage the unrest of members.

5/28/2013 11:03:39 AM

 
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  I AGREE WITH JO ANN... PLEASE HANG IN THERE GANG. I'D HATE TO SEE YOU GO.

I DON'T ENTER AN IMAGE HOPING IT WILL GET A EFP, I ENTER ONLY WHAT I THINK BP IS AWARDING FINALISTS TO. SO LESS ENTRIES BUT ONLY MY BEST. HOPE THAT HELPS.

I KNOW THEY STILL ARE MISSING EXCELLENT IMAGES BUT PLEASE RE-ENTER AS SOME TIMES IT HAS TAKEN ME THREE TIMES TO GET A FINALIST OR SECOND PLACE WIN.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE RECEIVED EFPs AND FINALISTS AND ALL THE BEST IN THE NEXT ROUND!!!

ALSO I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT BP WAS THE BEST PLACE TO SELL MY WORK AS OTHER SITES SEEM TO OFFER BETTER OPTIONS. I'M HERE FOR THE PEOPLE, THE CONTEST AS IT PUSHES ME TO IMPROVE MY WORK AS I AM VERY COMPETITIVE AND FOR THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

I UNDERSTAND THIS IS JUST MY OPINION AND I RECOGNIZE A CARE ABOUT THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE DIFFERENT FEELINGS ABOUT BP AT THIS TIME.

FROM WHAT I'VE GATHERED BP HAS NEVER BEEN GOOD AT COMMUNICATING TO IT'S MEMBERS AND THERE IS NO POINT IN BEATING A DEAD HORSE... IT MAY TAKE A MIRACLE FOR THEM TO CHANGE.

TO THOSE WHO LEAVE... YOU WILL BE SURELY MISSED!!! ALL THE BEST TO YOU IN YOUR NEW ENDEAVORS AND THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED ME GROW AS A PHOTOGRAPHER AND WHO HAVE SUPPORTED ME WITH THEIR COMMENTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!

GOD BLESS! <><

5/28/2013 11:33:01 AM

 
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  What a wonderful sentiment expressed here, Sharon. There is something for everyone to consider and appreciate.

Thanks so much,
Marilyn

5/28/2013 4:13:28 PM

 
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  I posted this in the countdown thread but want to express my congratulations here, as well, to all the winners and finalists for April!

I know that many of us are still confused or feeling disheartened about the changes here. My gallery is up for renewal in a couple days. I think I want to keep it up but just not be as active. To be completely honest, I have not given some other things the attention I should have because I would put BP first. I think it was because of the fun of it, the challenge and the feedback. These changes have taken some (not all!) of the wind out of those sails.

I haven't been making FAA a priority or preparing for my own portrait biz, where I could make more money than the studio where I work now. Also, I've been asked to cover two full days of our HS graduations for one of our local news sites as their photog/reporter. I'll be making some good contacts as well as seeing many of the grads (and their families!) that I photographed at our studio. And we, myself included, do way better work than the company (Prestige) that the schools hire. I feel like this could help launch me more into local biz opps, so I need to be ready to carpe diem! lol.

All that aside I still want to and hope I have the time to be a part of BP! Even tho I'm not crazy about the changes at BP, hopefully my lack of participation here will be because of the positive and not the negative :)

5/29/2013 5:11:32 AM

 
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  It's hard to balance time-priorities between wants and needs. It sounds as though Needs are moving up your To-Do List, Susan. I'm looking forward to what time you can spend here at BP, but am wishing you the best of luck in your photo-biz life, too.

5/29/2013 8:16:49 AM

 
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  I echo Kathy's comment. I enjoy your work, Susan, and hope to continue to see you around BP.

Same to ALL the wonderfully talented (!!!) photographers here at BP. I love any time I can spend admiring and learning from your inspiring work. I am a newbie to photography and have a looooooong way to go, and this site and the many friendly folks here spur me on to learn and try to improve every time I pick up my camera. I thank you all!

5/30/2013 10:53:07 AM

 
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  Peggy, try to keep your horizontal lines straight and poles from sticking out of peoples' heads. Then, you can work on improving all the other camera-skills! (those were my first lessons.) lollll

5/30/2013 12:34:29 PM

 
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  Good advice, Kathy, LOL!!!

5/30/2013 5:38:19 PM

 
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  Considering your list of Winners, you're doing okay with your camera skills already! lolll

5/30/2013 5:55:09 PM

 
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  Considering your list of Winners, you're doing okay with your camera skills already! lolll

5/30/2013 5:55:09 PM

 
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  Peggy! Your gallery is awesome, I think I can learn from you girl! I'm happy for you!

I enjoyed looking at your gallery.. I think we all can learn from each other for sure..

jo ann c.

5/30/2013 6:12:18 PM

 
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  Thanks so much for your encouragement, Kathy and Jo Ann! You are both very kind!

5/30/2013 6:22:12 PM

 
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  This is wild! I received No EPS for the month of May! Wow!

6/2/2013 4:01:19 AM

 
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  Just one EP for me in May. Maybe I'll go check those horizontal lines...

6/2/2013 4:05:16 AM

 
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  Here's an idea..let's all go shut off our EPs. Then we won't know if we didn't get any. I'm seriously thinking about just dropping this contest anyway. It's not worth all the angst.

6/2/2013 4:11:12 AM

 
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  None for me either Ken. 0 out of 13 entries is not normal for me. It sure doesn't encourage you to enter. Maybe they aren't through yet and more will appear this month.

6/2/2013 4:16:14 AM

 
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  No one has reported any after the 10th and the ones from the 1st through the 10th came in a brief spurt of activity from the 19th to the 26th. I'd say there's still plenty of hope for entries between May 11 and 31.

6/2/2013 4:58:37 AM

 
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  I agree with Nikki and have looked around and haven't seen any EFP's after 5/9. My guess is that they are short handed. I have noticed that the POTD has changed as well. It used to be that the POTD were original shots that may or may not have gone on to finalist, etc. Now it seems that they are picking them from images that have already been picked as finalists. Again I'm sure this is due to being short handed. Personally I love BP and the friends I have made here, so I just hope it survives.

6/2/2013 5:24:18 AM

 
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  Last I received was for May was two ...May 3rd and May 5th..

jo ann c.

6/2/2013 6:10:16 AM

 
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  Two for me in May so far. Upon looking at the EP's, there are some stunning photos as well as some so-so photos. I will keep plugging away and hope for the best.

6/2/2013 7:44:14 AM

 
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  Just fyi - today's POTD had no previous badges except an EP :)

6/3/2013 12:47:37 PM

 
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  I noticed that too, Nikki - made me wonder if "they" have been reading all of our thread comments and decided it was too much of a pattern to choose POTDs from the Finalist List (a newer identifiable pattern.) lolllllllllllll

6/3/2013 1:11:57 PM

 
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  Oh, I don't think there's any doubt they read the forum threads - Jim has even said so, I think. They just don't often reply to or post in them.

6/3/2013 1:31:32 PM

 
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  I think I'll stay out of the contest. It used to be an encouragement for me when I got an EP. It let me know that I did something pretty good and was moving on. I've only ever gotten two finalists and I'm very proud of them. The most I've submitted in a month to the contest is five and that was a few months ago. I've been down to two or three. I just don't see any reason to participate in the contest anymore. I'm a member of three clubs and it much more beneficial for me as there is friendly encouragement and technique tips. I do enjoy the fun of the forum, too! I like to read about the successes of fellow photographers and look at the beautiful photos ya'll take!

6/4/2013 11:19:38 AM

 
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  Today is a major anniversary for me. On June 4th, 2004 a friend gave me a Samsung 300 camera and I shot my first digital photograph. That changed the course of my life forever. What a blessing, eh?

6/4/2013 12:46:30 PM

 
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  What I miss most about the lack of EP's is coming here each night after work to see everyone's images.

6/4/2013 5:41:37 PM

 
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  Kathy, happy anniversary to you and your Samsung 300...here is to another 9 yrs.! :-)

6/4/2013 5:43:40 PM

 
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5/11 Nature and Landscapes.

EP just showed up this morning.

6/5/2013 8:39:19 AM

 
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Yippee skippee! An EP!

5/10
Elements of Design

6/5/2013 2:27:00 PM

 
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  5/12..Landscape..Wave Patterns

6/6/2013 9:18:45 AM

 
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  5/11 Flowers just popped up.

6/6/2013 9:28:02 AM

 
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feel so blessed got my second EP for May LOL

6/6/2013 1:14:35 PM

 
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Not my first (or last!) digital camera, but definitely the one that got me hooked on photography ... :)
Playing with my new Speedlite.
Basic adjustments in CS5.

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5/11 Details & Macro :)

6/6/2013 6:52:11 PM

 
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May 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 got skipped.

Joy Of Photography EP resub.
May 5, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Monthly Theme

URBAN JUNGLE
May 8, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Elements of Design

Where Clouds Play
May 9, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Nature & Landscapes

Long, Long, Long
May 10, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Catch-All

All Indoors EP resub.
May 11, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Travel & Place

Reflection Pond
May 12, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Animals



6/6/2013 8:39:24 PM

 
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my my my another EP

6/7/2013 11:38:22 AM

 
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  5/2 landscape, 5/5 macro, 5/6 landscape, 5/12 MT got EPs. 4 others skipped in that time.

6/7/2013 12:36:28 PM

 
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  None so far for May. Weird!

6/7/2013 1:47:02 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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  One can't help but feel a bit of a failure here at BP these days! In Feb I received my very first First Place badge, in March one EP, in April one EP and now in May none...there has to be a method to this madness and I'm evidentily not a part of it! Just can't help but feel discouraged, thank you for listening!

6/7/2013 1:56:58 PM

 
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  Oh but, Joannie - no EPs don't mean you're a failure at BP. Just ask anyone who has 4 or more Finalists a month!

Sorry, couldn't resist saying that.

6/7/2013 2:08:55 PM

 
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  5/13..flowers: Spring Bling

6/7/2013 3:25:57 PM

 
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  May 8- Spring In The High Country
May 12- April Showers Bring May Flowers- a 3rd resubmit.

6/7/2013 3:39:29 PM

 
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  Joannie? Put on the heaviest pair of shoes you own........and, then kick yourself in the ass!! You do fine work!!!!

:-)

6/7/2013 5:02:06 PM

 
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  But I have such a little ass...NOT! :-) Thank you Bob!

6/7/2013 5:23:14 PM

 
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  There ya go! See? It's all subjective...asses and images.. (sometimes I crack myself up)...

An EP for the 13th, Carolyn? I didn't get one for the 13th! I'm doomed....

6/7/2013 5:49:03 PM

 
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  Oh, NO! Not DOOMED!! How awful for you~

6/7/2013 6:47:49 PM

 
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  My entry from the 11th didn't get an EP. Next entry was on the 21st so I'll probably be waiting awhile. I wanted to thank ya'll for the chuckles :)

Am also curious, now that we've got these changes in effect for a couple of months, what the stats look like now. I need to conjure up Chris Budny. Chris...you out there? I'm wondering what are the number of entries and finalists for the last couple of months?

6/8/2013 3:01:14 AM

 
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  Zero, zip, nada...

6/8/2013 4:24:46 AM

 
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5/13 Elements of Design

6/8/2013 9:52:00 AM

 
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  It feels good to see that I'm not the only one getting discouraged with the delay and the lack of EPs...even though we all take a lot out of participation in clubs and forum, the little EP badge, at least for me, represented a source of daily encouragement. Today I got my 4th one for May (entered on May 11th) - Morning Swim. It appears that they are going back and forth in a complete disorganized way; no method and thus very difficult to make any prediction or set expectations.
Beatriz

6/8/2013 2:41:20 PM

 
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  I have only 2, one on the 3rd and one on the 10th I think...I'm gonna just keep on keeping on and hopefully will get more but will continue enjoying many of your super pictures.

Keep up the faith gang!

jo ann c.

6/8/2013 3:05:29 PM

 
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  Finally got one for Pink Sweet Peas which I posted on 5/13...one is better then none :-)

6/8/2013 3:20:07 PM

 
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  Missed the 13th (which I kinda figured)... Just got one for the 14!!

6/8/2013 7:22:51 PM

 
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  5/14..Landscape..It's All Over

6/9/2013 2:48:43 AM

 
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  Finally a new EP, only the third of those for me for new submissions in May. This in Elements of Design for the 15th.

It's Grand

6/9/2013 5:36:23 PM

 
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  5/15..T/P..Mountain Fork River

6/9/2013 5:48:10 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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  I've received only 3 EPs for May, and I've submitted every day. I don't take the contest seriously any more... it seems that they select EPs randomly and much less frequently than ever before. If this continues, I'll submit photos until my portfolio expires (September 2014) and then bye-bye.

6/9/2013 11:50:51 PM

 
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  In this new BP approach, EPs are decided so late after the postings that I would prefer they leave them out and just award the finalists. Timeliness seemed to be key in enjoying the EP selections. So, while there are a few for May so far, there's not nearly the fun for me in receiving them.

6/10/2013 4:14:18 AM

 
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  2 more EPs :-) Woodend Lighthouse 5/14, and Protea Big and Little 5/15...That is 3 in a row...It just seems strange to get the EPs in the middle of the next month? Just happy to see a few :-)

6/10/2013 6:47:44 AM

 
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  Just noticed an EFP for 5/15. My 1st for May and by far not the best in MHO. I will also submit till my gallery expires and then find somewhere else to post my photos.
Most of us post for validation. I know that most of my art is good but that validation from the pros has been very nice. I will miss all the friends I have made here (any of you feel free to write me at (bdhall07@yahoo.com)) but for the price I can find a better place to have a gallery.

6/10/2013 12:23:25 PM

 
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another EP

6/10/2013 5:39:26 PM

 
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  My last one was the 13th - People

A Cold One

Glad to get this one as I had it pegged for a skip since it does not fit my idea of the BP image.

Pretty sure the 14th has been skipped - which surprises me just as much since I thought it fit the profile much better. That's what I get for thinking LOL.

6/11/2013 4:46:55 PM

 
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  My most recent is on the 14th -- nothing after that.

6/11/2013 5:02:21 PM

 
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  What is an EP, would someone please remind me what an EP is! My memory fails me...I've been sick you know! Ok, so it's been 15 months since I was sick but my memory won't congure up an EP! :-)

6/11/2013 8:19:18 PM

 
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  None for me either. I think around 20th of April was my last!

6/11/2013 8:26:48 PM

 
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  Editor's Pick, Joannie. Used to be Editor's First Pick, as in first round of the culling process for picking the winners.
Now, it's EPM (extremely peeved members)....

(Should I put my boots on and kick myself now?)

6/11/2013 8:50:59 PM

 
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  Bob - you're making me smile! Stop it! It's hard to stay irritated when my mouth is chuckling.

6/11/2013 10:40:09 PM

 
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  Bob, put on the heaviest size 13's you have and go for it! :-)))

6/11/2013 11:03:21 PM

 
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  So far only 2 for me

Riding the Tube 5/14 Catch All
Bel fiore 5/16 Flowers

I haven't entered anything in June so far. Not enjoying it as before.

6/12/2013 5:15:03 AM

 
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  I just realized I had 950 posts and we are allowed only 900! I have deleted over 200. Am re-submitting some but in different categories...

Just thought some of you may have the same problem and want to check how many you have..have a good day!

jo ann c.

6/12/2013 7:59:36 AM

 
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  You may display 1000 photos in your gallery, you don't have to delete the rest: it's enough to uncheck the box for displaying this photo in your gallery.

6/12/2013 8:05:24 AM

 
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  Tiia is right its 1000.

6/12/2013 8:08:37 AM

 
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  Soft Landing
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5/16 Catch All

6/12/2013 8:21:49 AM

 
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  Thanks Tia and Tammy! Where is does it say that?
Don't know how I missed it but glad to know it..

6/12/2013 9:03:14 AM

 
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  Duhhhh....right on the Member Center first page when I get ready to post....cheezzzz!

jo ann c.

6/12/2013 9:07:20 AM

 
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  Bend over, Jo Ann - Bob's cranking up that big ol' boot! ;-D

6/12/2013 2:48:05 PM

 
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  Kick easy Bob! lol

Well, I did get one May 15th, that makes THREE! Whoopee! :-0

Doesn't take much to make me happy...lol

jo ann c.

6/12/2013 3:32:32 PM

 
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  Well, I'm not hot on EPs, but, that big boot of mine is sure making it's rounds... :-)

Way to go, Jo Ann...

6/12/2013 3:49:45 PM

 
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  One for the 16th. (EVLP)
Editors Very Late Pick!

6/12/2013 5:33:11 PM

 
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  I only entered one image for May (27th.) IF it gets an EP, I won't expect it until July 12th. lolllllllllllll

6/12/2013 5:44:15 PM

 
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  I didn't expect this one ... of course, I don't really expect any lately. :o

I'm with Nikki, I don't know what the BP preferences are anymore ...

Room Without a View
5/15 Elements of Design

6/12/2013 5:49:33 PM

 
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Room Without a View
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Finalist - Elements of Design - May 2013

Window of a small building in an old cemetery in Galveston, Texas.
Minor adjustments in CS5.

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I didn't expect this one ... of course, I don't really expect any lately. :o

I'm with Nikki, I don't know what the BP preferences are anymore ...

Room Without a View
5/15 Elements of Design

6/12/2013 5:49:43 PM

 
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  Sorry for the double post ... hit the button before attaching the photo the first time ... :(

6/12/2013 5:51:05 PM

 
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May 13 got skipped.

Frozen in Time
May 14, 2013 ~ ~ ~ People

Serenity Walk
May 15, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Catch-All



6/12/2013 8:33:52 PM

 
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  It looks like the EP link is empty again. I'm not sure why they can't keep it active until all the prior month's EPs are given.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery-editors-current.asp

6/13/2013 7:08:47 AM

 
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  5/17..DD.. Blue Ridge Cabin

6/13/2013 8:55:53 AM

 
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  Who Me?
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5/17 Animals

6/13/2013 9:07:39 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  I used to follow that EP Link until I realized that the Reload button was bringing up former EP images (maybe, they were resubs) and a lot of repeats. I finally just stuck with these here in Cheri's monthly thread. But, it is definitely strange to have nothing in the EP Queue.

6/13/2013 9:28:08 AM

 
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May 16 got skipped.

PLANETARIUM
May 17, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Details & Macro



6/13/2013 8:34:35 PM

 
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  Pretty sure somebody turned my gallery off LOL

6/13/2013 8:40:24 PM

 
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  Nikki, I think mine is off as well! :)

6/14/2013 4:21:17 AM

 
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  Nikki and Pat - perhaps there was a technical glitch - they both are displaying now...

6/14/2013 5:48:46 AM

 
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  Thanks for checking, Marilyn - I was actually just kidding. My last EP was on the 13th and people are reporting some on the 17th already so I thought maybe the EP pickers could not see my entries :)

6/14/2013 6:54:13 AM

 
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  Got one over night for the 18th... Catch All...

6/14/2013 6:58:09 AM

 
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  5/19..Macro..Another Sunset Feather

6/14/2013 3:40:28 PM

 
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  5/19..Macro..Another Sunset Feather

6/14/2013 3:40:32 PM

 
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  May 19th!! I thought I'd been EPB'd ... Phew!!!

6/14/2013 3:44:18 PM

 
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  LOL Bob!!! That's it! I'm going to be a judge!!! Did anyone else other than Kara get an EFP for the 18th? I should at least get an E for Effort. :)

6/14/2013 4:50:11 PM

 
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  Itty Bitty
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5/19 Details and Macro

6/14/2013 4:57:49 PM

 
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  Me, Sharon. I did! My first in several days.

May 18 Monthly Theme
Photographing Chicago

6/14/2013 5:36:22 PM

 
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  Surprise, surprise! I got one May 15th, "Yea, Turn Out for Spring!"

jo ann c.

6/14/2013 6:04:27 PM

 
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  Thanks Nikki. Great shot of the bean for the monthly theme.

My photo first entry for the month

His First Camera

I took out some spaces in my description line in case I had used too many words and there was no room for an EFP to show up. LOL Didn't help.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE.
HOPEFULLY THE EFPs WILL FLOW!!!

6/14/2013 6:30:13 PM

 
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Sun & Sand
May 18, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Nature & Landscapes

Non-Geometrical
May 19, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Elements of Design



6/16/2013 9:33:04 PM

 
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  Is anyone else having advertisements come on your their description of their photos. I find it happens with words like camera and photo. I changed the wording to image and it stopped.

When you run your cursor over uploaded as in the date when you uploaded the photo it turns to blue and you get an advertisement. It doesn't just happen on my page but I just checked Usman's Non-Geometrical image and it happened there as well.

I only started noticing it yesterday.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYONE!!!

6/16/2013 9:56:50 PM

 
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  Well, Peggy - Way to go, girl!! An EP and a POTD on your entry for May 5th. Congrats.

6/17/2013 5:46:26 AM

 
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May 17-Sunrise Surprise

6/17/2013 6:02:36 AM

 
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  Thanks so much, Kathy, and all who commented on my POTD! Such an honor! I am truly thrilled and humbled by all the lovely comment I am getting!
Thank you!!!

6/17/2013 6:54:24 AM

 
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  An EP for the 20th in Catch-All

Tickets Please

6/17/2013 8:48:03 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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  Just in last few minutes got an EP for the 19th - my first since the 14th so suppose everything in between got passed over.

6/17/2013 9:13:30 AM

 
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  Well, now there is one for the 21st, animals.

Dropping In

6/17/2013 9:31:04 AM

 
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  5/21..Landscape.. Sammy's World(resubmit)

6/17/2013 9:38:46 AM

 
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  Looks like EFPs are flowing again. Two for me. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

The pop-up problem has been solved thanks to Jay at BP. My add-on settings were wrong... fixed now... so I'm happy.

Wishing you all a month full of wonderful photo opportunities and the recognition you deserve for your work.

6/17/2013 12:15:24 PM

 
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  Woot Woot! 3 in a row for me...19/20/21... I took my boots off and put my soft slippers on... ;-)

6/17/2013 5:34:11 PM

 
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  Skipped 19th and 21st. Got one in DD for the 20th and one in N&L for the 22nd. My image for the 23rd was a resub and already had one. We may make it yet :)
Disclosure
Moonlight at Avila Beach

6/17/2013 5:50:13 PM

 
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  5/22..Animals..The Squeaky Toy Is MINE!

6/17/2013 5:59:55 PM

 
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  Did something wrong - I'll try again.
Moonlight at Avila Beach

6/17/2013 6:07:22 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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  So Bob, what about those of us who haven't received one single EP since the first part of March? This is really starting to SUCK! I hate to sulk but I have absolutely no confidence with me or BP...All of you have gotten some rewards and I'm really glad for all of you, it just brings more assurance to me that I just don't have what BP wants any more! Oh well, what the hell!

6/17/2013 11:00:04 PM

 
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  Joannie, it just doesn't make sense. Going from all the EP's and finalists to O, it does seem odd.

6/18/2013 3:19:35 AM

 
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  5/23..Landscape..Sky And Shore
That does suck, Joannie! Not good at all!

6/18/2013 3:40:20 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  It also seems so odd that some members are going from 2 or 3 Finalists (1-4) per month are now receiving 5 - 7 and others who occasionally enjoyed 1 are not even seeing that single Finalist badge. And without EPs, they never will.

It's really discouraging for us "not top of the food chain" members.

6/18/2013 4:12:06 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  It also seems so odd that some members are going from 2 or 3 Finalists (1-4) per month are now receiving 5 - 7 and others who occasionally enjoyed 1 are not even seeing that single Finalist badge. And without EPs, they never will.

It's really discouraging for us "not top of the food chain" members.

6/18/2013 4:12:06 AM

 
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May 21 was skipped.

Lying Low
May 20, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Nature & Landscapes

Summer of '69
May 22, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Digital Darkroom

21 Galahs
May 23, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Animals


6/18/2013 4:34:45 AM

 
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  Joannie - Don't feel too bad. I've only gotten 2 EFPs this month. I was hitting .900 before that (now less than .100). I thought it was because I had a reference to FAA on my gallery. Things didn't really change that much after I deleted the reference. I'm just glad that people are getting EFPs and that give me hope.

6/18/2013 5:07:48 AM

 
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  Got 1 the 21st, "Some where over the Rainbow"

jo ann c.

6/18/2013 6:40:34 AM

 
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5/20-Sound Holes

6/18/2013 6:39:07 PM

 
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  I cannot seem to figure out how to upload to the forum as I have done before-not working for me :(

6/18/2013 6:46:07 PM

 
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  May 24 – Nature and Landscapes
Field of Gold

6/18/2013 8:42:04 PM

 
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May 24 got skipped.

Pew View
May 25, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Travel & Place

Designer Abode
May 26, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Elements of Design


6/19/2013 12:49:33 AM

 
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  5/24..T/P..Eufaula Dam Spring 2013
5/25..Skipped
5/26..Catch All.. Shells

6/19/2013 2:49:17 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Yeaaaaaaaaaaa. Batting 1000. One entry/one EP!

< href=http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=13895902>May 27 – Fringed

6/19/2013 3:35:34 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Yeaaaaaaaaaaa. Batting 1000. One entry/one EP!

< href=http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=13895902>May 27 – Fringed

6/19/2013 3:35:34 AM

 
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  < href=http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=13895902>May 27 – Fringed

Darn it. Trying one more time.

6/19/2013 5:18:19 AM

 
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  Hey, Joannie! How's the attitude this morning?? Ya think doing the Hokey Pokey might cheer you up?? I've heard that that's what it's all about.... :-)

6/19/2013 6:21:43 AM

 
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Yah! I got one for this image!

6/19/2013 6:33:47 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Love that one Ken...maybe things are beginning to crank up, I got one 5-26, Early Morning at Mabry Mills, 5-21,Somewhere Over the Rainbow,
and 5-23 and Purple Rain!

Guess we are more appreciating "just an EP" again, huh? :-)

jo ann c.

6/19/2013 6:45:13 AM

 
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  Seems like they are trying to catch up:

Washoe Lake on a windy Day-5/21
Over Morning Fences-5/28
Seconds before sunrise-5/28

6/19/2013 7:43:43 AM

 
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  They have mine done all the way to the 31st... Overall this month I received 22 ep's out of 31 entries... Many coming in the past 2 days..

6/19/2013 8:19:12 AM

 
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  Mine are done to the 31st too. 18 EP's out of 30 entries.

6/19/2013 8:53:08 AM

 
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  Yes, it looks as though they are finished with the month, with this big spurt. I picked up a number of them also, with most of the skips in the first half of the month. Had quite a number of resubs for the month that had EPs, so can't tell anything about that. Now, it appears they've started on June. Picked up this one for the 1st.

Female Anhinga On Watch

6/19/2013 9:36:39 AM

 
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  Bob, you are my number 1 cheerleader! :-) OK, everyone sit down...I have TWO EP's...yes, you read it right, two EP's! It seems a little pissing and moaning pays off! :-) After 83 days I'm out of dry dock!

Dam
5/24
Dry Docked
5/26

6/19/2013 9:37:55 AM

 
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  5-30 Sierra Morning Glow

6/19/2013 9:48:08 AM

 
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  5/29..Landscape..The Miracle Of Sunset
And one for June

6/19/2013 10:13:50 AM

 
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  Woot Woot for Joannie... :-)

I just got one for June 3rd!!

6/19/2013 10:55:22 AM

 
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  Yep, I did too (and one for the 2nd also). Major change going on here???? Only the Shadow knows. :) (Hey, you have to be of a "certain" age to relate to that.)

Two-Faced

6/19/2013 12:09:39 PM

 
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  Here you go peeps....Junes thread..:)

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=35989

6/19/2013 4:26:06 PM

 
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May 28 got skipped. Don’t know about May 30 and 31st as they were resubs with badges already attached from previous months.

Singing a Summer Song
May 27, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Flowers

Shooting Melbourne
May 29, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Monthly Theme


6/19/2013 11:07:57 PM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  I sent in feedback to Betterphoto that they consider rethinking the Editor's Picks tab under the Contest heading.

Nothing was being displayed for the first half of June - but the promo along the bottom says:

"Editor's Picks represent uploaded photos that Team BetterPhoto has found especially interesting, eye-catching, or beautiful. They are simply contest entries that have moved on from Round 1 of the contest judging."

It gives the impression that there aren't any such images all through the beginning of June.

June picks started showing up this week...

6/20/2013 3:27:50 AM

 
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  Interesting ... an EP showed up for my 5/14 entry, which was passed over before.

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6/20/2013 8:48:28 PM

 
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  Same thing happened to me on my May 13 and May 16 entries which were initially passed over, I am happy as a smile ;)

UB.

6/20/2013 8:52:57 PM

 
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  Me too, UB, I'll take any EP I can get! :)

6/20/2013 9:02:39 PM

 
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  Would someone, if at all possible, explain why BP gives out EP's for June when they are not through with May yet and why do they go back in the month of May and start giving EP's for images posted earlier in the month?

Along the Fence
6/23

6/21/2013 1:52:30 PM

 
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  Sorry the date on the Blue Bonnets Along the Fence photo should read 5/23

6/21/2013 8:37:45 PM

 
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  Hey Joannie ...."Only the Shadow Knows!" lol


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6/22/2013 1:14:28 PM

 
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  So I'm at 4/8 on EPs for May and that includes one that got skipped over before that I just got. My guess is that there are different "Editors" and they go thru entries at different times.

I guess this is the new "new" so I'm just gonna look at it as EPs are awarded (or finalized) right before Finalists. If it doesn't go on to Finalist then it's basically a runner-up. I feel like what they ultimately did was to eliminate the early rounds, or picks. In other words EPs that would have gotten eliminated early on just aren't getting them now. If that make sense?

6/22/2013 2:12:57 PM

 
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  The jumping around is making me jumpy. It's one thing to check your entries and not find an EP (perhaps, a moment of disappointment, but hope lives on for the next bunch.) This going back to the future back to the past back to the whatever date just to see if you lucked out after all is producing hives!

6/22/2013 3:07:13 PM

 
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  Very happy to see another EP popped up under an image which was originally devoid of any :)

UB.

6/23/2013 1:59:01 AM

 
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  A couple of my May entries got belated EPs as well - really screwing up trying to keep track of them in my galleries - but so far this month I've pretty much been persona non grata. It's been great to be a member up to this point, but the only constant is that things change (and unfortunately, not always for the better). Oh well!

6/24/2013 1:16:16 PM

 
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  Did anyone involved in this forum get more than a Finalist in the May contest? So far, I counted me and one other who did not- I'm curious, but then you know what happens to those that protest, and are curious....:(

7/1/2013 7:12:40 AM

 
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  I got a 2nd place in d&m.....

7/1/2013 7:21:36 AM

 
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  Jeana got a second in T&P.

Here is the link for the Winners List...
http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/winners/1305.asp

7/1/2013 7:32:04 AM

 
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  I only got a finalist on "Prepare for Landing" which was the water drop. Since I only got 6 or 7 EP's, guess that was pretty good... I'm just now checking the winners..
Congrats to those that did get 2nd Place!!

jo ann c.

7/1/2013 7:38:08 AM

 
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  I had four finalists, no winners. I have to say that the competition was very strong ... all the finalists and winners are fantastic and I am very flattered to have received my finalists.
Congrats to all!

7/1/2013 7:47:24 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Congrats to all the finalists and winners!

Have they done any June EPs and if so, what date are they at?

7/1/2013 9:16:48 AM

 
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  I've received EFP's through 6/12. Not sure after that.

7/1/2013 9:23:34 AM

 
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  I got one this morning for the 13th.

7/1/2013 10:30:33 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  6-9 "ON THE LOOK OUT"
6-3 "PINK IS BEAUTIFUL"

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7/1/2013 11:17:06 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  My finalist for May had been submitted from a year or so ago.

Here is part of a message from Jim at BP: RULES CHANGE:
I also wanted to let you know that, as of today, we're not going to allow re-entry of photos. Only enter a photo once. When you go to enter again and again (which we encourage), use different photos.

jo ann c.

The intention of the contest is to help us all get out creating more often. Every single photo is examined by more than one of our pro judges; if your great photo doesn't make it to the final rounds, don't allow yourself to feel bad about it. Just take it to mean the competition was steep...and BE INSPIRED to keep trying, with different photos.

My dream is to see your photography get better and better, and to see you continue to have a great time making great photos.

Keep up the awesome shooting and thanks again for the inspiration!

Thanks,
Jim

P.S. Our judges may take a few days off from time to time. If that happens, just know that we'll catch up as soon as possible. Our commitment to you is that we continue to grow as the most inspiring, most supportive, and most prestigious photo contest on the Web. Here's to happy shooting and healthy competition - the kind that helps us all become the best photographers we can be.


7/1/2013 3:21:31 PM

 
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  I repeat, that's the biggest bunch of bull crap I've seen in a long time. I'm going to ask for my money back for my next website renewal (doesn't take effect for a while). I don't like it here much anymore, and this just is about enough for me.

7/1/2013 4:15:56 PM

 
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  I'm staying because I love viewing so many great photo's from so many great people...
different strokes for different folks I guess!

jo ann c.

7/1/2013 4:18:46 PM

 
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  Update on the resubmission issue - it might be okay to resubmit IF you change the image a lot IF it's acceptable to the judge.

"Thank you for all the positive responses about the contest change. We love to get your emails!

Also many of you have asked about whether or not it's okay to resubmit an image you've reworked.

Yes, as long as you've changed the photo in a substantial way.

We don't want to see an image that is only slightly darkened or cropped. But if the photo is essentially a new photo, that's cool. This is of course subject to the judge's decision as to whether it feels like a substantially new photo."


7/1/2013 5:28:41 PM

 
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  Update on the resubmission issue - it might be okay to resubmit IF you change the image a lot IF it's acceptable to the judge.

"Thank you for all the positive responses about the contest change. We love to get your emails!

Also many of you have asked about whether or not it's okay to resubmit an image you've reworked.

Yes, as long as you've changed the photo in a substantial way.

We don't want to see an image that is only slightly darkened or cropped. But if the photo is essentially a new photo, that's cool. This is of course subject to the judge's decision as to whether it feels like a substantially new photo."


7/1/2013 5:28:42 PM

 
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  Well, I can see BP's point. I have photos that I loved and were not selected. I am tempted to slip one in again to see if it would place the second time around. If all of us did this, it would be a big problem. In our local camera club, this is a rule and all the local shows have the same rule. I always include the file number to prove that any photo I submit has not been submitted before. I did redo a photo and resubmit it because I saw others doing it. It may not have been changed enough..Who knows? I am staying because I have really enjoyed looking at all the outstanding photos. I have to say that the winners are stunning. I wish the EP's were a little more prompt but they are still getting the job done. If every photo submitted gets an EP then what would be the big deal about getting one? I would like more but I was fortunate enough to have three finalists and a one was a second place winner. I can't complain about that. Fewer EP's may mean tighter judging and in the long run this could be better. So far in June, I am not doing so well.... We'll see. The competition is keen and that's good for all of us.

7/1/2013 5:43:17 PM

 
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  To me it seem that the more active participants are getting the finalist most of the time, almost like the judges have their favorites. Am I the only one that notices this ? Every once in awhile I'll see a finalist image that in my opinion the image just passes mustard as average.

7/1/2013 6:49:58 PM

 
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  This is why I would hate to be a judge. It is all so subjective. I taught math for almost 35 years and what I liked about Math was that it is not subjective. The answer is the answer. I guess this is why there is an ice cream flavor for just about everyone. Different tastes.

7/1/2013 7:16:38 PM

 
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  FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE FANTABULOUS WINNERS, FINALISTS AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE MAY CONTEST!!! YOU SEIZE TO AMAZE ME WITH YOUR OUTSTANDING ABILITIES!

NOW REGARDING THE CHANGES...

I assume the judges get a little bored looking at the same photos over and over again but members who do resubmit sometimes get a better award by resubmitting.

This can be in a different category or by waiting for months or years later to do so.

If this is the case why would you not want to do resubmit?

I messed up in April with the judging jumping back and forth by reentering an image that didn't get an EFP at the same time as others, only to find it getting one later in the month. It later went on to becoming a finalist.

At the time I received my April finalist, I could have deleted my reentry for May but I thought what the heck.. let's see where this goes. It won a finalist award again for May in the same category. (Shame on me)

SO I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CHANGES... LOL... NOT

At least I found out that their judging is consistent. :)

If they weren't jumping all over the place with the EFPs this would not have happened.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYONE, KEEP YOUR CHIN UP AND HANG IN THERE!!!

7/1/2013 7:53:43 PM

 
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  I can only think of twice that I did a resub and that was a long time ago. I see no point to it. I too see their point.....who wants to keep seeing the same photos over and over. Also who cares about the contest.....if my photos are selling then to me their winners. The only reason I enter is so folks may find them and contact me. I don't even have a pro site. Not to be offensive but wow, all the whinning lately, if your not happy here...why stay. The complaining is dragging the rest of us down. I enjoy shooting and coming here to look at all the wonderful photos here. I enjoy all the photos whether they have an EP or not. Everyone has their own taste...including the judges.

P.S. I have never progressed past finalist and I couldn't care less. My 2 cents.

7/2/2013 4:11:23 AM

 
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  I stay, Nicholas, because it was the Contest aspect that drew me to BP. I do not have a business to sell my photographs (although, I do donate many for charitable reasons.) I love to compete with them.

I stay, Nicholas, because I am paid up through 2015 and am hoping one day to have acceptable work per the Judges' taste (as occasionally happened in the past.)

I stay, Nicholas, because there are many members whom I admire as photographers and friends.

I stay, Nicholas, because although I detest BP's attitude lately, I still enjoy the site as a whole.

If you do not enjoy our honest opinions and whining, then you really don't have to follow Cheri's thread each month.

7/2/2013 6:50:54 AM

 
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  I stay, Nicholas, because it was the Contest aspect that drew me to BP. I do not have a business to sell my photographs (although, I do donate many for charitable reasons.) I love to compete with them.

I stay, Nicholas, because I am paid up through 2015 and am hoping one day to have acceptable work per the Judges' taste (as occasionally happened in the past.)

I stay, Nicholas, because there are many members whom I admire as photographers and friends.

I stay, Nicholas, because although I detest BP's attitude lately, I still enjoy the site as a whole.

If you do not enjoy our honest opinions and whining, then you really don't have to follow Cheri's thread each month.

7/2/2013 6:50:54 AM

 
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  Apparently Kathy , you took my comment as a personal attack.
Apparently Kathy , I guess I'm not allowed to give my honest opinion.
Apparently Kathy, you feel the need to post everything twice.
Apparently Kathy, you feel the need to post everything twice.

7/2/2013 9:40:47 AM

 
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  I stay because of the contest mostly but I do enjoy viewing great photos. Most of the people here are very, very nice. I have to say that I do not know Kathy or Nicholas but I find the form and the last two lines of the post by Nicholas to be unnecessary. I agree with Kathy overall and I think there are better ways to express opinions. Should I brace myself for an onslaught?

7/2/2013 11:44:34 AM

 
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  Grab a cold beer, Harriet, and then just sit back and giggle.... :-)

7/2/2013 11:50:46 AM

 
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  The double posting is accidental - and happens occasionally when it appears not to have posted on the first try.

I did take your comments as a negative response not only to me but to all the writers of negative comments, writers questioning the unexplained and inconsistent changes, plus the whiners. If I misunderstood your comments, I do apologize. It just sounded like you thought our whining was spoiling the enjoyment of BP. I'm dropping out of responding at this point.

7/2/2013 12:15:40 PM

 
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  Won't be any onslaught from me Harriet, everyone is entitled to their opinion, except for me of course. Won't be any more posts from me on this thread,as I will no longer follow it.
This is the very reason I don't comment on photos any longer even when asked for comments.

7/2/2013 1:33:45 PM

 
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  Wait.....wut?

7/2/2013 4:14:38 PM

 
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  Hey Bob, You wouldn't happen to have an extra beer would you? If you could send one my way I would flat-foot it right now. hahahahahahaha! (Maybe I've had one too many already......)

7/2/2013 7:11:30 PM

 
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  Sorry, Dayna, I just read the other thread.....if you haven't had one since 1996 for real, I'm not gonna be the one to give you one... ;-) Diet Pepsi is my other drink of choice, though....

7/2/2013 7:28:43 PM

 
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  Awwww come on Bob! lol

7/3/2013 10:03:57 AM

 
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  I guess I do not understand Carolyn being upset...I mean 5 finalists is pretty great! I would be happy to just get one!

7/3/2013 11:19:00 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Four, not five...and one of those was a resubmit.. I bet 1/4 of my finalists were resubmits. If they were all that bad the first time, why would they get a finalist after many times more than one try? I know a lot of people have had the same experience. I even know of a Grand Prize winner on the third try. It was a cat looking at an art gallery. I think it was Mary Ella somebody. Back a few years. How do they explain these things?????

7/3/2013 12:45:42 PM

 
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  I just read the same email about resubmits (seems I am a bit behind!) I assume they mean no resubmits ever?? Really, I do not agree with that at all. With a competition that attracts so many images a month, some very great photos are surely being overlooked on occasion. I can see not resubmitting it over and over again, but I have gone back sometimes a year later, taken an image that I really liked, perhaps tweaked it a bit and reentered, and sometimes had it receive a finalist. I am not sure how they can keep up with that unless you resubmit from the BP gallery, but if you delete images from your gallery that did not make it anywhere and reenter them a year or two later, I don't see how anyone would know. I have some older photos that I really love that I really want to reenter sometime!

7/3/2013 12:51:19 PM

 
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  I agree with Carol :-)

7/3/2013 1:06:23 PM

 
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  Just FYI, in one of the other discussion threads someone wrote to BP ask if a photo can be re-entered but in a different category. Jim's answer was short and to the point: No. One photo, one entry, period (unless it's been substantially altered from the original, which apparently is allowed).

7/3/2013 1:20:11 PM

 
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  Yes, it is nonsense. It would make sense to say no silver or gold badged images should be resubmitted. This, however, makes no sense at all, especially considering what we all know--many, many, many sterling images are overlooked all the time. Change the rule, please, BP, to no resubs of silver and gold badged images.

7/3/2013 1:22:55 PM

 
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  So does this mean that as long as we alter the image substantially (as basically stated in one answer), we could resubmit it? If we took each of our images and turned it into a Digital Darkroom piece, we could enter it in that category even though it was entered elsewhere before - or we can't?

7/3/2013 1:43:14 PM

 
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  In my message above was a copy of what Jim said under subject Rules. I have friends that re-submitted 5 or 6 last month and got a finalist and winner.
I submitted a couple and 1 got a finalist..so...will make a different treatment or change and guess it will be o.k.! :-)

jo ann c.

7/3/2013 5:44:22 PM

 
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  I agree too, the new Rule on re-subs is a bit too harsh for many of us who love BP. I just hope that this new RULE is not written in stone, just yet!!!

If BP wants to discourage people from re-subbing (which I think is just fine and actually will help many of us get out and shoot fresh images and/or go back to our archives to select new ones, I think thats exactly what Jim has stated in his email and thats the intention behind the new Rule) then
BP should find a MIDDLE GROUND where there is a BALANCE between the need to curb excessive re-subs by members AND also where the members ARE allowed to enter a certain percentage of re-subs each month (for the images that they really believe in) and which the judges have somehow overlooked (and thats also perfectly understandable, since there are so many high level competing images that its only human to miss a few, I know if I put myself in Judge's shoes, I will definitely miss some sterling ones too).

So, I propose that BP may consider allowing its members a 10% allowance for entering re-subs. I.e., If a member enters a total of 30 images a month, he/she is allowed to enter 3 re-subs (10%), likewise for 20 its 2 (10%) and for 10 or below its just 1 re-sub. I personally think that disallowing previous Finalists and Winners as resubs is FINE too.

Now, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that ...... out of the 10 FIRST PLACE WINNERS in the May Contest, FIVE were resubs!!! So its abundantly evident that many sparkling entries do get passed over each month!!!

So just banishing resubs altogether is PROBABLY not fair to the members.

My 02 cents.

Usman.

PS: Oh yes, and now I need to get ready to process and post a fresh entry for today ;)

7/3/2013 9:07:54 PM

 
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  Well, another reason I have reentered before is because I had problems figuring out the category in which to submit it, so if it didn't do well where I put it, I would sometimes try it in another place.

7/3/2013 9:08:46 PM

 
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  You know, I like the idea of everyone being on the same page here in the contest! No resubmitted finalist, no resubmitted gold badges, everything new and clean! I have enough images that haven't been posted to last me a life time! Usman, the judges have enough to look at instead of trying to figure out if some one has submitted 10% of resubmits! Look we've had to accept the EP situation, we can see that hasn't changed, they are going to do what they are going to do! I know I have done my share of moaning about the EP's, the process is still messed up, they don't finish one month until they start another! But, like some have said...love it or leave it! I don't like the feeling that is permeating the sight, comments are down, activity is down, except here of course :-)...my motto is "rah, rah, ree, kick them in the knee...rah, rah, rass, kick them in the other knee! :-) Life is good, thanks to all of you! :-)

Joannie

7/3/2013 11:16:44 PM

 
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  Joannie, I think, the judges won't have to calculate the resub percentage themselves, in fact, fine tuning the same program which will restrict resub entries to be visible to the judges can do the trick. and yes ... rah, rah, riddle, lets find something in the middle ;)

UB.

7/4/2013 3:40:19 AM

 
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  :-)!

7/4/2013 9:48:36 AM

 
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  Great group of artist!!!
I have been a member here since 2002 and have enjoyed viewing and learning from you all. The art you create each month is breath taking.
My membership is up on the 19th of this month and I will not renew. I will miss you all.

I am looking for a new site to keep my gallery. if you know of a place, let me know or if you just want to say hi, you can reach me at bdhall07@yahoo.com.
Best wishes to all and may God bless you!

Bob <><

7/5/2013 3:02:54 PM

 
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  Does anyone know what date in June was the last one worked on for EP's?

Thanks,
Harriet Feagin

7/6/2013 9:25:42 AM

 
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  My last one was for the 14th.

7/6/2013 9:42:27 AM

 
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  Thank you, Carolyn. Looks like it will be a dry month for me.

7/6/2013 10:03:10 AM

 
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  I'm on a roll Harriet! lol

I have one June 3, "Pink is Beautiful"!!

Maybe they will skip around like they did last month, hang in there gang..

jo ann c.

7/6/2013 10:45:01 AM

 
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  Bob...that makes me sad to see long time members like yourself leave BP. I debated doing the same when mine was up in June but decided to leave at least my gallery active. My contest entries are way down. I'm on FAA but that is largely for sales. Not sure about other gallery sites. Let everyone know where you land!

7/6/2013 6:17:01 PM

 
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  I'm paid up thru August 2022 (yes, twenty-two)..... so I don't have to worry about quitting for awhile...hahaha

7/6/2013 8:01:36 PM

 
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  Question... If I click on the name of a photographer (say on a POTD or a Finalist or search result) at the bottom of an image, and that leads me back to the BP home page - does that mean that photographer is no longer a member or does it mean they could have a Pro account?

7/6/2013 8:23:41 PM

 
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  It could be either, I believe. At least that's my understanding.

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7/6/2013 10:27:48 PM

 
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  I believe the same as Usman Kathy!

7/6/2013 11:35:49 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  I kind of thought that, too. Thanks.

7/7/2013 2:46:04 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Bob C., wow that is a long time and good to know..lol! But I was referencing Bob H. above :)

Kathy, you get led back to the bp home page if the member doesn't have an active gallery. This will happen if they don't renew and also for contest entries not by a member. Remember you don't have to have a gallery (membership) to enter the contest anymore.

7/7/2013 4:47:18 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  I did forget that you don't have to be a member to enter - such a comforting fact, eh? It's lovely to know that you don't have to make a commitment to the BP community to receive honors.

I guess my main question was if a member had a Pro account, but did not keep your basic gallery active, would you be able to tell (or would a search direct you back to the BP Home Page?)

7/7/2013 5:20:36 AM

 
Cheri McEachin
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  Even though there is a June thread.....I just started a July Thread..lol....so everyone pop over there please..:)

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=35992

7/7/2013 10:15:22 AM

 
Viveca Venegas
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  I have written three times about the issue of no Editors Picks, even on my great submissions that have won International prizes. The always give me the same silly answer, ' we are still going thru photos..' But the truth is I have not had a EP for over three months. I am not renewing my Basic Web site which ends in a few days. If things do not change I will create a new web site other than my Deluxe with BP. Sincerely, V. Venegas www.imagenesdemiscaminos.com

8/22/2013 12:14:39 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Are you kidding me???!!! Things have gotten ridiculous, but Viveca - I've always considered you one of the better photographers!

I'm going to copy your comment and post it in the current thread (August). Then, you can read all the other comments. They are still going through July photos (15th is the latest) and August (maybe up to the 9th.) People are leaving or planning on not renewing when their membership expires.

This is the August EFP Thread where you'll find your above comments and all the others...
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=36007

July's thread is...
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=35992

You're not alone!

8/22/2013 2:09:45 PM

 

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