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April 2016 EPs, SFs, Finalists


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4/1/2016 2:42:04 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I see an EP under my April 1st entry. good luck to all in the April.
UB.


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4/9/2016 7:43:19 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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  Good luck to you, Usman!


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4/9/2016 9:37:06 AM

 
Girish Vaghela
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  I don't see EPs coming any more.
What is the last one that you got?


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4/22/2016 5:47:57 AM

 
Bill Johnson
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  As best I can see, the last eps granted for April were from April 2nd.


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4/22/2016 11:42:46 AM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Have they finished with April 2nd?


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4/26/2016 9:41:22 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Not sure, but don't see one for me on April 2.

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4/27/2016 8:26:00 PM

 
Bill Johnson
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  Still holding at April 2. Doubt we see any more April until the conclusion of the March Contest.


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4/28/2016 6:21:45 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  ....... for which the fireworks should be starting soon !

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4/28/2016 8:45:59 PM

 
Jane E. Miller
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  Where oh where have the EPs gone? Oh where or where could they be? Just thought everyone could use a little humor to brighten their Monday.


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5/2/2016 11:35:08 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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  Let the nail-biting begin...


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5/3/2016 12:04:06 PM

 
Jane E. Miller
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YIPEE!! The EPs are in!! :-)


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5/3/2016 3:16:59 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Yes, they are in. I see EPs under my April 2nd and 3rd entries now.

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5/3/2016 8:21:53 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  I got an EP for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th so far. I didn't post on the 1st. Reflections are one of my favorite things to shoot, and I am really loving seeing everybody else's versions! What a fun MT!


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5/5/2016 9:55:31 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Got EPs for the 5th/6th today! We're rollin' again.... :-)


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5/11/2016 2:39:26 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  EP for 4/5...and the beat goes on! :-)


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5/11/2016 5:13:11 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Could not enter on April 4. See one under the April 5th though.

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5/11/2016 8:29:14 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  Got ones for the 5th and 6th :-)


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5/12/2016 5:10:51 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6..


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5/12/2016 7:29:20 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  4/7 EP, it's in motion! :-)


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5/13/2016 3:01:35 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  zip on 7 & 8, got one on 9th.


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5/13/2016 4:09:36 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  And on the 10th, but they skipped a bunch of good ones, too. Hope they go back through. It seems like if you can enter more than one a day, they are pretty much ignoring one of them.


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5/13/2016 2:16:16 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  See EPs under my 6,7,8 and 9th April entries.
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5/13/2016 5:29:54 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  Got an EP for the 2nd-10th...:-)


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5/16/2016 6:54:42 AM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  EP for 4/12/16
Does anyone else find it crazy trying to find your next EP when our gallery pictures are all over the place? I really do not like this collage of pictures, having to roll over every picture to find out what is what on our photos!


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5/18/2016 2:23:18 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  I'm getting crankier, and, crankier, with the new look.....I want to open my gallery, or Puddin's gallery, and scroll down seeing all EPs, SFs, skips, etc. without having to zigzag thru the hodgepodge of pictures, hovering over each one...... :-(


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5/18/2016 4:01:42 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  Joannie, if you go to your Photo Manager, the EP's are now posted under the thumbnails...much easier to see then trying to find them in your gallery...


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5/18/2016 10:27:23 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  Thank you Princess, you saved my sanity! :-)


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5/19/2016 1:24:37 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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Got one for the 15th! That's 3 out of 4 entries to that point....


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5/19/2016 12:01:11 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  Got an EP for the 15th also!


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5/19/2016 2:50:20 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  11, 12, 13, 14,15


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5/19/2016 4:19:44 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  and 16th


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5/19/2016 4:22:36 PM

 
Cary Rogers
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  BOY, they've been moving at breakneck speed yesterday and today!


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5/19/2016 5:28:55 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Not long until they're out of month.


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5/19/2016 6:01:15 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Not long until they're out of month.


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5/19/2016 6:01:17 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  Rollin', rollin', rollin', keep those EP's rollin'!
4/16/2016


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5/19/2016 11:08:46 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  And they did keep rollin'! 4/19/2016, that's six out of twelve so far for me! Happy dance!


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5/20/2016 11:53:40 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  17, 18, 19


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5/20/2016 12:28:43 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  Got EPs for all of mine except one up to the 21st :-) Happy Happy Happy :-)


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5/20/2016 3:09:50 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  None for 20. 2 for 21st


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5/20/2016 9:38:05 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  4/23/2016
So far 8 out of 12! Keep on keeping on! :-)


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5/21/2016 9:18:28 AM

 
Ed Lauderdale
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  11 out of 18 with 3 more to go. I figure tain't bad for a duffer.


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5/21/2016 11:26:38 AM

 
Ed Lauderdale
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  Oops, forgot. Thanks for the tip, Jill! It eliminates a lot of the frustration.


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5/21/2016 11:29:45 AM

 
Jill Odice
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  25 out pf 26 :-) I love this month's theme, one of my favorite things to photograph!


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5/21/2016 11:19:57 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  4/25/18 9 out of 12, keep them EP's rollin'!


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5/21/2016 11:41:44 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  I end the month with 6 out of 8 entries. Maybe, if they do a 2nd pass, Wiggy will get one?
Best of luck to all, including Puddin'.... :-)


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5/22/2016 6:24:58 AM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  Thank you Mr. Bob! :-) I ended the month with 10 out of 12...Happy Dance! The best to all!


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5/22/2016 12:29:18 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I did good all the way to the end of the month.


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5/22/2016 12:35:40 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Near as I can tell, I'm in pretty good shape for April. Good luck to everyone.


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5/22/2016 7:56:45 PM

 
Bill Johnson
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  Looks like eps for April may be completed. Good luck moving to Staff Favorites and beyond.


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5/23/2016 8:24:18 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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  Wow, they have already started into May's entries. Is there a May EPs, etc...Forum Page?


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5/24/2016 9:56:17 PM

 
Melissa Picone
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Enter only 1 in April, got only 1 EP in April.


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5/25/2016 8:41:59 AM

 
Bill Johnson
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  Cary, Yes there is a forum page for May.


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5/27/2016 9:27:18 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Whoa, already? Guess I'll go check my Manage/Enter section to see what I can see - still can't get used to not being able to find or see anything in my gallery so I've kind of gotten out of the habit of looking at anything.


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5/27/2016 9:33:48 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  I got 4 SF's...They never pick the ones I would have...but I am grateful to be acknowledged...:-)


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5/28/2016 7:39:41 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  3 SF's, Happy Dance! :-)


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5/28/2016 8:45:22 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  8 SFs..Whoop!


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5/29/2016 3:06:46 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  2 SFs.... Tip-toeing gently... :-)

Luck to all, and Puddin', in the next round!


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5/29/2016 8:00:43 AM

 
Lola M.
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  I am happy - I got 3 Staff Favorites!
Good Luck in the next round everyone.


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5/29/2016 5:28:04 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  Looks like the finalists for April are in! Of my 3 SF I received 2 Finalists! Another happy dance! :-) The best to all in the next stage!


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5/30/2016 12:34:07 PM

 
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5/30/2016 1:48:17 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  2 finalists for me, too. Animals and Macro.
Good luck to all.


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5/30/2016 1:49:40 PM

 
Cary Rogers
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  2 Finalists pour moi. BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYBODY!


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5/30/2016 2:00:26 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Happy to report 6 Finalists and good luck to all in the Golden round.

UB.


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5/30/2016 9:24:34 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Pleased to have three: Digital Darkroom, Elements of Design, and Travel and Place.


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5/30/2016 9:43:45 PM

 
Dayna Cain
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  Two finalists for me! Good luck everyone!


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5/31/2016 6:43:58 AM

 
Lynne S. Fried
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  It is great to be back at BP after taking a break. First month back and I have 2 finalists. Good luck everyone!


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5/31/2016 6:48:26 AM

 
Jane E. Miller
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  Two for me. My brownies and my sunflower.


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5/31/2016 8:32:32 AM

 
Jane E. Miller
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  Good luck everyone on your next round.😎


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5/31/2016 8:34:20 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Two finalists for me. :)
Good luck to all in the next round!


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5/31/2016 10:01:24 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Congratulations Everyone! Incredible photos!

NEW THING for this SUMMER:

Only new photos.

For the next three months, let's only submit photos shot and uploaded during the month.

I am doing this because I want you to get out and make new photos this summer.

If you have any questions or thoughts about this, email me at the bpsupport email address (or use the Contact page - that will get to us too. Comments in this Forum thread may not).

Thanks,
Jim

P.S. This should make for a fun, inspired summer. I can't wait to see what you create and upload in June, July and August.

Tell your friends so the word gets out.


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5/31/2016 2:11:32 PM

 
Dayna Cain
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  Awesome idea Jim!


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5/31/2016 4:39:58 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thanks Jim.

I usually put a few resubs each month, which are my own faves and in my humble opinion needs another look by the Judges. The idea of entering ONLY fresh images is fine for the three months, but I do hope it does not become a norm for the contest.

And yes, it will definitely nudge me to shoot fresh images or to go dig my archive of images which have never been posted at BP.

Usman.


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5/31/2016 10:40:15 PM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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  As I see it, this new rule means not only no resubs; but no photos taken any time except in the current month. So, if I just learned about this and wanted to enter something today (June 1st), I need to shoot it, edit it if needed, and enter it today. The same rule would apply to every month, so the first days of each month pose some quite severe restrictions on what can count in the contest. I suspect that would reduce the number of contest entries considerably.


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6/1/2016 5:00:34 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I think this idea is ill-considered for a number of reasons which I will be passing on to Jim privately as requested.


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6/1/2016 9:05:25 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I'm also not a fan of the idea. I'm trying to do new stuff and older things I have been holding onto for one reason or another. I agree with Usman, sometimes resubmits need another look, since many times they got somehow overlooked the first time around.


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6/1/2016 9:37:50 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  I read this new rule the same as Wally - must be shot in the month in which it is submitted. This would obviously make the beginning of each month problematic. In addition, it greatly restricts the photographer. For example, I was on a trip in May (returning on the 15th) where I made lots of photographs that I intended to submit to the contest. According to this new rule, I can't do that. My plan had been to submit the trip images along with new summer images as I get out to shoot. Needless to say, I'm not happy with the new rule as I read it.


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6/1/2016 10:09:33 AM

 
Bill Johnson
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  There is much I could say about the rule, but I'll only make a couple of points. I want to say first and foremost my comments are not about my personal feelings regarding my shooting or contest entering. It's about the viability of the site. I think we can agree that we have far less submitting members than in the past. Entries for contests have gone from 20,000 to under 5,000. And that 5,000 includes up to 10 or maybe unlimited entries by some members while that 20,000 was when only 1 a day was allowed. I suspect if people follow the rule, there will be far less entries.

Also this was the "law of the land" a couple of years ago and was repealed. Did it not produce what they wanted it to or did it produce some unintended negative results. For some reason it got repealed.

I think this idea might work if we had a category devoted to it. Perhaps if results and feelings were amazing it could then be applied site-wide. My recommendation is to try it as the theme for the summer and see how it works and how people feel. Then decide about site-wide.


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6/1/2016 10:57:14 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  One quick observation ... It's not summer for our friends in the southern hemisphere ... :)


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6/1/2016 11:35:13 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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  Interesting: I was clicking on several of the images on the "Recent Contest Entries" page, and saw that the first 4 I clicked on had NO EXIF info given. Also, I saw about 4 landscape entries by one member that could not have possibly all been shot TODAY. So, either he did not get "the memo" or several of his "entries" for today SHOULD BE excluded---per the new "law of the land."


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6/1/2016 12:30:41 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Some filters you use make the exif data disappear. I went through my entries I have ready to upload for the month (I set up ahead of time) and don't have any that have been previously uploaded, but were probably actually shot last month. I'm assuming that's ok, since they hadn't been uploaded yet, and are "new" to the site, and recently shot.


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6/1/2016 1:17:28 PM

 
Bill Johnson
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  I think what Jim wants is new to the site and not something that has been posted before. I don't think you have to shoot the month you enter but I guess he hopes many will be shot in the contest month. The difficulty with rules is they need to be interpreted and enforced. Unlike many other sites BP has not made the contests complicated with rules.


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6/1/2016 1:29:17 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  From Jim's earlier post:

"For the next three months, let's only submit photos shot and uploaded during the month."

That means today's entries must be shot today (June 1). If Jim wants recently shot or only uploaded during the month then he needs to clarify.


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6/1/2016 1:53:26 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  I did use the contact form to tell Jim my thoughts, too.


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6/1/2016 1:54:39 PM

 
Cary Rogers
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  I hadn't been active as a member at BP for over 6 years, but the "All Time" 20th Anniversary Contest notifications that I got put me back into the habit of choosing and editing photos and entering them on a usually-daily basis. I have 6 years worth of photos that I have not entered, some of which I'd really like to. So, when I got the email from "Jim" about the "new rule" for June, July and August contests, I was disheartened. IF what I read in the email is enforced:
"For June, July and August, I want to see NEW photos being submitted.

If the judges see that the photo was uploaded before this month, or recognize the photo (because they've seen it several times before), or otherwise know the photo is old (from EXIF data etc), they will exclude it."

It's the last part that bothers me: "..,or otherwise know the photo is old, they will exclude it." Obviously, one won't know if an image has been excluded from the contest. Some images just don't get EPs.

None of the images I intended to enter have ever been seen on this site---which I thought was part of the reason why the new rule was enacted: because Jim wanted "to see new photos being submitted."

Anyway, just my 2 cents worth. (I will still probably enter "old" photos which I have never submitted, and remove the EXIF information. They will still be NEW photos to BP.)


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6/1/2016 1:56:49 PM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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I am in agreement with almost all of the comments submitted thus far on this thread. In addition, I see this new "rule" even if it's only temporary, as discriminatory. Those of us with disabilities or advanced age may not be able to get out to shoot at all in a given month! For me, a person with MS (a disease that brings increased disability in warm/hot weather) who cannot get out to photograph at all without an assistant (and that happens rarely), this new rule effective leaves me out of the contest altogether. I do have a personal care assistant who comes daily but that person's tasks include vacuuming, bed-making, laundry, cooking, and dishwashing. That person does not have time to take me out and about! I've had a few new photos lately because I've adopted a puppy that I'm training as my service dog. It's hard not to take pictures of a new puppy! But doing so is not easy for me. An outing to the grocery store puts me in bed for a day! IF I can take puppy pictures, it looks like you'll see nothing else for the next three months. Pretty monotonous and boring if you ask me. Much more likely, you'll see 3 pictures, one each month, as I'm extremely limited in what I can do and thus excluded from the contest. While it's a great idea to want to get photographers out and shooting more often and different subjects, there was clearly not a thorough exploration of how discriminatory this rule actually is. BetterPhoto has been my lifeline allowing me to stay in touch with the rest of the world. Now, I guess I'll make increased use of facebook and plan my goodbyes to BP. Frankly, I think BP should be ashamed.


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6/1/2016 8:56:41 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Jim, I understand that you want us to get out more and shoot and practice more, which is just fine and understandable, and actually IMHO its one of the best ways to improve our imagery.

However, I also agree with most all of the above comments and humbly request you to please ease the proposed rule (i.e., qualified images will ONLY be among the ones which are captured in the same month in which they are entered in the contest) to ONLY disallowing resubs (images that have been entered in the contest during any of the prior months) for the next 3 months. I think that should mostly serve the purpose of seeing 'fresh' images. It will allow many of us to enter ONLY new images which might have been shot earlier but never entered in any monthly contest at BP. Hope it is not too much to ask!

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6/1/2016 11:18:30 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Right on, Usman. I think that would be the way to go, if Jim agrees, considering Melinda's post, also. Many of us are limited in how often we can get out and about to shoot, myself included. Good health and mobility isn't guaranteed in the older population. Most of us have backlogs of photos that have not been submitted, and this should suffice to qualify under the intended purpose of Jim's idea.


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6/2/2016 2:54:14 AM

 
Ken Smith
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  Agree with everyone on this. If the intent is to have a renewed emphasis on new photos, then simply don't allow resubmits. But I remember all the angst awhile back, when resubmits weren't allowed.

Or, maybe a compromise would be to have one specific category each month, to only be "new" photos (not resubmitted). But that would have its pros/cons.

In looking at the "Recent Entries" page, at least 20% are resubs.

Thanks, Jim for at least considering options.


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6/2/2016 4:03:15 AM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I agree that photos that have never been entered before should be allowed. I don't know anything else to say as the prior posts have stated every issue I had with the rule very well. I just hope our concerns are taken into consideration.


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6/2/2016 2:11:06 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I am asking this question here as well as on the thread I started. Here's the scenario. What if I go through some old photos from a trip (I take literally thousands) and discover one I overlooked. It has never been on BP before. Then I process it, upload it, and enter it into the contest. Is this "new"? Just wondering because I do discover some good ones every now and then.


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6/3/2016 1:18:19 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Jim sent out another memo stating that they should be shot within the last 60 days, unless, like Melinda and some of the rest of us, there are mobile or health issues, then you should let support know and they will make some adjustments where you are concerned. That should clear it up.


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6/3/2016 1:24:03 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I hope this is not permanent because it would be sad it a winner is discovered and not eligible because of time frames.
I had a shot of Venice that I discovered while looking through a trip taken last year. I processed it and it won Gold. What if I could never have entered this photo? I wish it would be limited to photos entered in prior contests. Three months I could live with but it would be hard if it was a permanent thing. Thanks for the input Carolyn.


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6/3/2016 1:30:53 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I don't think anybody ever said anything about it being for more than the 3 months he mentioned.


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6/3/2016 1:39:14 PM

 
John R. Koepfer
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  Carolyn if you look at the ppps section of the email it does mention a chance of this being permanent.


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6/3/2016 1:54:33 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I hope not. I already deleted it, so can't look. That would be too darn bad. I'd hate for it to be permanent. What would we do in the winter when you can't get out at all? Can't afford lighting equipment to shoot indoors, even if I had something to shoot in here.


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6/3/2016 1:58:05 PM

 
John R. Koepfer
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  I thought if they do want to make this permanent that they could open up a category for older and resubmitted shots. It would be a shame not to have them at all.


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6/3/2016 1:58:08 PM

 
Jane E. Miller
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  John,

I think you are spot on!! A new category is a brilliant idea and would solve this issue.

Jane


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6/3/2016 2:33:27 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Oldies but Goodies category. Great idea.


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6/3/2016 7:10:16 PM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  Thank you, Jim, for your clarifications and accomodation! I'm trying hard to take new shots, but it's nice to have the pressure off and to feel a level of understanding. Thumbs up!


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6/4/2016 4:22:49 AM

 
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