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Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 

July 2013 Countdown Thread


Here we are at August 15th. I just completed a survey (another one) for BP earlier today, but hadn't realized that controversy over the hearts/favorites on images that can impact judging. If that's the case, I might be done entering soon. I am a very loyal BP person - have been on this site and learned from so many of the great teachers and people here since 2005. I'm sad to see some of the changes, but all in the name of progress, right?

Enough of my rant...let's pick our hopefuls from July and all keep our fingers crossed!

Helpful hints for attaching photos into Forum Threads:
1) Sign into BP completely (name + password.)
2) If you have NOT YET entered the Contest today, you can use the "Photo ID" to pull an existing image from your Member Center into your reply to this thread (avoiding a duplicate image upload.) Get the Photo ID# from your Member Center, come to back this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, then choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down. Click Submit; at the next screen populate the "Photo ID" box at the right. Skip the other fields on that screen.
3) If you HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest today before replying to this thread, you can't use the Photo ID method today. You can either wait until tomorrow to reply here (before your new Contest entry!) or, upload a new copy of the particular image (from your PC) into this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.
4) If you're uploading a duplicate, maybe title it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later... This can help direct viewers to find the original image in your gallery, when they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate---that way, if the duplicate is deleted later, the comment history isn't lost.

Good luck everyone!!!


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8/15/2013 3:42:04 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 
 
 
I love this particular picture of my eldest kitty Oreo.

Good luck to all!


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8/16/2013 10:15:24 AM

 
Marijana Fajgl
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  What I liked about Better Photo is equal chances of success regardless comments and favorites you get. That made them different and better. So I am quite dissapointed with their new decission. Thank you for mentioning this.
I donīt participate but I read every month your treads with joy. Good luck to everyone!


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8/17/2013 4:12:09 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Fog in the Valley
Fog in the Valley
iso 800, 500mm (Sigma 150-500), f/14 (av priority), 1/5000, handheld, cs5..... Yesterday morning at Mt Rainier National Park
© Bob Cournoyer
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Canon 5D Mark III
 
 
I haven't played this before, but, since you're lonely..... :-)

I have several in July that I've got high hopes for, but, for lack of boring you, I'll go with this one.... :-)


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8/17/2013 5:49:05 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Ah, thank you Bob! I needed the company. And, that's a beautiful shot! I love it! Good luck!


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8/17/2013 6:31:48 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  I entered already today.. But ill tag this now and try to remember for tomorrow..:)


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8/17/2013 6:42:53 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Reflection abstract
Reflection abstract
Reflections in a window in Arizona. Abstract Element of Design
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My favorite for July is the reflection in the window. I put it in elements of design.


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8/18/2013 6:00:40 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Raspberry Inception #2
Raspberry Inception #2
From my backyard one day when I was looking for photo ops for a Green theme
Resub April 18, 2014
:)
Category: Flowers

© Nikki McDonald
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I forgot and entered for today - but nobody's interested, so I deleted LOL (I'll put it back in a minute, though). My personal favorite was skipped so I'll go with a runner-up - of which I have several. Strange, strange, to be thinking about this when over half the July entries have not even been looked at the first time by the BP staff.
Good luck to everyone - everything will happen in its time :)


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8/18/2013 7:56:10 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  July was a short month for me, a mix of new images, and a revisit through some archives to create new edits (or exceptionally late, first-time entries). But, I think my favorite for July still comes from Antelope Canyon - that place just knocked my socks off this past April, and I'm still editing/posting images from the 2 hour visit.
Best of luck to everyone!


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8/18/2013 8:03:18 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Yay - thank you all for joining in the thread. I was getting quite lonely.

This thread has a long history, and is something I have always looked forward to during the judging process. I've been hosting the thread for quite some time, and I will admit that I'm curious if anyone else wants a turn. Any takers???


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8/18/2013 10:00:31 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Just tagging on at this point. I have a couple of faves, but can't make up my mind right now. I'll put something in when I decide.


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8/18/2013 10:03:08 AM

 
Carol Quina
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Fire Eater
Fire Eater
Taken during the Ballon Glow at the Santa Paula Citrus Ballon Festival 2013. Canon 7D; Tamron 17-70mm @ 32mm; f/2.8; Shutter 1/250; ISO 640; Spot metering; Hand held. 9:00 pm.
© Carol Quina
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Here's my favorite for last month.


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8/19/2013 10:17:21 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  OK, I'm losing it -- just revisited here, and realized I totally forgot to attach my image yesterday! Now I've entered for today, so I'll try to remember for tomorrow ;)


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8/19/2013 11:13:56 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Slot Canyon Forms
Slot Canyon Forms
I have yet to decide whether I like the full-color views, or b/w or sepia views, inside the narrow slot canyons...!
I chose sepia/monotone to highlight the forms; I liked the straight lines of the left wall, reaching over towards the undulating right wall.

© Christopher Budny
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Here's the slot canyon image I chose as my July Fav.


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8/20/2013 4:22:44 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Splitting Headache
Splitting Headache
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Miscellaneous Does...
 
 
Good luck, everyone! I didn't enter many in July, but this one is a personal favorite though I doubt it will go far.


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8/20/2013 3:30:22 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Star of Bethlehem II
Star of Bethlehem II

Star of Bethlehem flower in green vase.
Adjustments in CS5.

© Peggy Pfister
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Love all the terrific images in this thread!

July was a photo-fest for me. For the first time ever, I entered every day, which was hard since resubs are no longer allowed and I don't always have a lot of photo time. But I did it, whew! I don't think I'll being doing that again soon (although I wish I could)!

So anyway, here is my fave. Good luck to all!


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8/22/2013 6:58:16 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Togetherness
Togetherness
F11, 1/200, 18-55mm vr nikkor @40mm, iso400, fill flash. Converted to Platinum effect in PSP.

Monthly Theme: July 24, 2013

Staff Favorite: July 2013
© Susan M. Smith
Nikon D5100

 
 
I only entered 9 in July (probably an all time low!), 7 with EPs that would be eligible to move forward. My personal fav didn't get an EP...bummer. But my picker is usually on the fritz anyway ;)

This was entered in the monthly theme which I can't even recall what it was! lol


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8/24/2013 6:38:32 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  She's A Rebel
She's A Rebel
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I guess this is my fave..


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8/24/2013 6:43:26 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Looks like they could be done with July EP's - my 31st now has one, but didn't earlier.
Best of luck to everyone in the next round--hopefully we'll see results before month-end!


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8/24/2013 6:51:44 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   tulips & blueberries
tulips & blueberries

Thanks for looking!

~Details and Macro~
© Kara L. Hendricks
Olympus Camedia C-...

 
 
This is my fav. from July...:) Good luck all!


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8/25/2013 6:46:07 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Arches, Domes and a Minaret
Arches, Domes and a Minaret
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

f/8, 1/125s, ISO200 @ 11mm Tokina.


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Just to break some ice, here's my fave of the month.

Good luck to you all. It should not take much longer now, fingers crossed.

UB.


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8/29/2013 12:55:28 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Through The Bus Window
Through The Bus Window
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Good luck all. Here is one of my favorites for July.


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8/29/2013 4:03:24 AM

 
Muskoka Imagery
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/15/2013
  Something new I haven't seen before... a "Staff Favorite" badge.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=13996370&catID=&camID=&zulu=&contestCatID=


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8/29/2013 5:28:35 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  I just got emails for "Staff Favorites" and it says if you are selected as a finalist, you will be emailed again. This is new. I missed the memo on this change. Congrats to anyone who got these and fingers still crossed on finalists.


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8/29/2013 5:34:15 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2005
  I received a staff favorite badge today, something new!

staff favorite Afloat


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8/29/2013 5:35:13 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Michelle... that made me smile! "Missed the memo" ;) HAHAHA!

Interesting new 'feature' in the contest... I wonder if Finalists only come from the Staff Favs pool now?
Or are they are going to be separate contest 'badges' entirely -- ie, you could have a Finalist that never made Staff Fav.
Time will tell (hopefully, very shortly!)


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8/29/2013 5:46:14 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  I received 5 staff favorite emails... and there are gray badges too... Wonder if this is an early heads up on what images COULD be a finalist?


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8/29/2013 5:47:41 AM

 
Melissa Picone
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Goldenring
Goldenring
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Nikon D5000 Digita...
 
 
I received 2 staff faves for July.


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8/29/2013 5:51:00 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  The interesting thing is, if I click directly from the email, I seethe new badge, but within my gallery, it still just shows as an Editor's Pick. So, I'm curious...time will tell.


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8/29/2013 5:51:55 AM

 
Melissa Picone
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Confusion
Confusion
Created from the Inner Harbor buildings in Baltimore
© Melissa Picone
Nikon D5000 Digita...
 
 
Here's the second:


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8/29/2013 5:52:27 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/8/2008
  Yeah, a strange turn of events. I received a couple and the badges show up with the links from the emails, but not in my gallery.


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8/29/2013 5:57:51 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Oh spellcheck, you got me again..."see the" not "seethe." Ugh. That's what I get for typing on my phone before caffeine.


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8/29/2013 6:00:40 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  The badges are visible in your member center but not in the gallery...


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8/29/2013 6:07:19 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/8/2008
  So, I guess it's a super secret badge. I feel a bit like James Bond!


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8/29/2013 6:13:35 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  That is another new one! Got three "Staff Favorites" looking forward to learning what that means.


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8/29/2013 6:21:14 AM

 

BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/28/2012
  I got 4 staff favorites, so why does it show up as an Editor Pick in my Gallery? I also notice that this may be just picks before the Finalist pick is handed out.. I say this because if you go to the recent Finalist pick page, it still shows June's Finalist Picks..

So I think this may be a semi-Finalist before the Finalist pick is handed out as Kara mentioned..


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8/29/2013 6:48:04 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Maybe "staff favorites" will end up being something like an honorable mention? Remains to be seen ... I got four of them ...

There's some interesting info over in the "Staff Favorites" thread as well.


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8/29/2013 7:23:36 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2010
  I got four judge favorites. Not one for what I thought might be a good chance. Interesting concept. I have to go read about it. I'll have to find the thread.


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8/29/2013 7:30:48 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2010
  I do think its a bummer we cant dee them in our galleries.


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8/29/2013 8:18:52 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  hehehe... no biggie to me---there GP, 1st Place, 2nd Place, Finalist, EP, POTD, and now this... far too many contest-related "badges" at this point!


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8/29/2013 8:26:02 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  A dozen emails from BP this week and where is the info on this change? Nowhere, as usual. I give up.


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8/29/2013 8:44:27 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  2 for me, including the one I posted above. Not complaining b/c it's always nice to get some recognition but it was a wth? moment..lol.


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8/29/2013 10:37:56 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
A Charmer
A Charmer
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Finalists are out! Good luck in the next round.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=58181


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8/29/2013 2:33:10 PM

 
tony w. austin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/28/2010
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Self Study
Self Study
seems like this year I have been standing on the edge..... so I wanted to do a picture showing how I was feeling. this was taken on top of the eiffel tower looking down
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whooo hoooo.. got a finalist


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8/29/2013 3:08:00 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Big congrats to the finalists, and best of luck in the next round!

I was fortunate to get two:

Flowers: Attention Seeker

Elements of Design Curve Ball

And is it just me, or is the link to the Finalists page not working?


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8/29/2013 3:24:49 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  It's not just you... all links take me to the bp homepage...:(


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8/29/2013 3:30:36 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Thanks, Kara ... I thought I was having serious user error issues!


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8/29/2013 3:45:18 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  They have it blocked. I sent an email.


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8/29/2013 3:56:27 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2010
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Tranquil Moments
Tranquil Moments
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Congrats to all the finalist.

Yea! I got one. :)


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8/29/2013 4:09:46 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Wild Blue Yonder
Wild Blue Yonder
A few Muscari that still pop up in the spring. F5.6, 1/160, 70-300mm nikkor vr @170mm, iso100, natural light.

Flowers: July 2013


© Susan M. Smith
Nikon D5100

 
 
One of my SF's moved on to Finalist...yay!

Congrats to all and best of luck in the next round :)


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8/29/2013 5:07:35 PM

 

BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/28/2012
  Why does BP have the July 2013 Finalist Picks page blocked? When I click on recent Finalist Picks, it bounces me to the BP home page.. Another mystery to be solved...


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8/29/2013 5:32:29 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Dear BetterPhoto,
Can we please see all the finalists now?
Pretty please? :)


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8/29/2013 7:15:17 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ to all the SFs and Finalists and good luck in the Golden round.

I was fortunate to have got 4 SFs and 2 Fs.

UB.


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8/29/2013 8:52:29 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I received a comment on my finalist from a judge. I am always appreviative when they do that But nevet know how ito thank them.


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8/30/2013 7:54:34 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  The finalist link works now ...


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8/30/2013 9:46:55 AM

 
Kerry Drager
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  Hi Everyone,
As Peggy mentioned, the link now works:
July finalists

Enjoy!
Kerry


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8/30/2013 10:11:12 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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  Huge congrats to all of you who received finalists! I am always amazed and impressed with your skill and creativity.


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8/30/2013 10:49:23 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Congrats, ya'all!


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8/30/2013 11:43:08 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Winners are out! Congrats to all!!


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8/30/2013 11:44:08 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Congratulations to Melissa and Jackie whose personal favorites made it all the way to the winners' circle :) And of course to everyone else who snagged one - however hoped for or unexpected it may be.


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8/30/2013 11:47:43 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2010
  Thanks Nikki and Peggy. Congrats to Melissa and all of the winners.


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8/30/2013 12:02:01 PM

 
Melissa Picone
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2007
  Thanks Nikki & Jackie. Congrats to all the winners! Keep up the great work! And to everyone else...you are all winners in my book. I'm looking forward to what the next months will bring. God Bless! ♥


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8/30/2013 4:53:00 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Congratulations to all the winners! Can't wait till I get a chance to browse them all :)


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8/31/2013 3:49:51 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hi fellow Countdown Followers!
Michelle asked earlier in the thread, above, if anyone would like to step in as "starter" of this monthly thread---she's held the job for quite awhile now. (I once held the job back in the day; it rotates owners/starters from time to time.)

If anyone would like to take on the task of starting/launching this thread every month (around the 15th or so) please let Michelle know! She's looking to take a little (well-deserved) break from it and join us "Former Hosts" in the "Former Hosts Lounge" for a cosmo and chocolates. ;)


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8/31/2013 5:18:13 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ to all the Winners of July Contest... a wonderful set of inspiring images, as always.

UB.


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9/3/2013 10:35:49 PM

 
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