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Errick L. Cameron
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July Countdown Thread


July Countdown Thread

Welcome to the July Countdown Thread.
Hi all! Please join us and share one or two of your favorite photos from last month. There are so many fabulous photo posted on BP. So many very inspiring works of time and talent. I like this thread because its purpose is for each of us to show case your individual photo that you believe is your best or that you feel is most representative of your inner self. So... let's see your personal best!
*If you are a regular here you know what to do.
**If you are new to this thread, take some time to read our helpful hints below and join in the fun.
*** If you found yourself here because you are lost.... Hmmm.., Don't worry, this is not the Hotel California, you can escape!
Some helpful hints for attaching photos into a BP Forum Thread, if you're unfamiliar with the process:
1) Sign into BP. IF YOU HAVEN'T entered the Contest for today, you can use the "Photo ID" method to pull an existing image (from your Member Center) into your reply here.
a. Jot down the PhotoID # of the photo you wish to share. To determine your PhotoID, go to the little Pancakes icon, then click “My Photos”, then “Manage/Enter.” The PhotoID is right below the number.
b. Go to the Countdown Contest thread. Click “Respond” at the bottom of the page.
c. Type in whatever you wish; e.g., “Here’s my Fav image for the month.”
d. Click the “Select” button below the text input box, and select “1.” Toggle on “Notify” box if you wish to be notified. Click “Submit.”
e. The Image Uploader appears. On the right-hand side, you’ll see an input box for the PhotoID (from step 1a). Type it in then click “submit your photo.” Then, return to the forum thread and you’ll see your photo.
2) IF YOU HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest for today, you can't use the Photo ID method *today*. Either wait until tomorrow to reply here first, or upload a copy of the image (from your PC) and attach to this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.
3) If you're uploading a duplicate, I suggest titling it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later on. This can also help nudge BP viewers to go find the original image in your gallery, if they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, first 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... which may one day be deleted.
Errick


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8/12/2017 8:39:26 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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  (just tagging for now; I'll post a photo or two later. AT LAST, some activity on the BP website having to do with the July contest!) ;-)


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8/12/2017 11:31:22 AM

 
Carrie Pichler  
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   King of the Hill
King of the Hill
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It's been a busy summer so I didn't get a chance to enter much. This one is my favorite, mostly because it was a rare moment I got my husband in front of my lens ;)


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8/12/2017 12:47:27 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Misteriosa
Misteriosa
A quick shot right after boarding a water taxi, while it was almost still. I still had my 100-400 mounted, and the model was across the boat from me; he/she (it is always so hard to tell!) looked up and made eye contact right as I started firing off shots.
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
 
Tubular Hive
Tubular Hive
From a temporary museum installation in DC; a massive dome-like structure made only of interlocking, rigid fiberboard tubes (pink on the inside). This dome starts circular at the base, about 40 feet across, and narrows as it rises 50 feet, eventually losing the circular form, as if starting to sag inward on itself up near the oculus.
7/17 1st - EOD

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Wow, summer is flying!
Two fav's for my "light" July (15 entries). Still working on Venice Carnevale images from February, but also got to shoot D.C. anew with Renee Doyle and Louise Wolbers from Australia, as they came through the area. So, an image from each...
Best of luck!


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8/12/2017 1:02:11 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Chicago River
Chicago River
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With no surprise to many, I am again going to go with two black and whites for my personal favorites. The first is of the Chicago River from down town Chicago. The second is a design photo titled "sphere and bamboo".


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8/12/2017 4:10:22 PM

 
Cary Rogers
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Mosaic Scotoma
Mosaic Scotoma
macro of a weathered tree stump run through a kaleidoscope filter.
Entered 07/15/2017

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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Splattered Mums
Splattered Mums
Image processed with PSP X7. DD Entry: 07/22/2017
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Here are 2 that I really like: both DD entries


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8/12/2017 4:36:08 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Not TOO surprising, Erick... ;) But you must be rubbing off -- half of my current August entries are b/w...


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8/12/2017 5:51:24 PM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. In the July contest, three images were at the top of my favorites list. Best wishes for the contest, everyone!! :o)


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8/13/2017 5:38:17 AM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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I got an error page when I tried to submit my photos. A second attempt has yielded the same result. I'll have to try another time.


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8/13/2017 5:41:15 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I'm going with one new, an Australian lizard called a velvet gecko, and one resubmission, a digital darkroom entry from way back that didn't get an EP the first time around.
Here's hoping . . . people are reporting upload problems this morning . . .


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8/13/2017 7:34:21 AM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   A Portrait of Precision
A Portrait of Precision

-- Widow Skimmer Dragonfly --
Dragonflies are agile, speedy, and precise hunters. They boast a 95% success rate when it comes to snagging their prey.

Category: Animals
© Joanna Kovalcsik

 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Wild Chicory
Wild Chicory

-- Roadside Magic --
Image captured in Rural Tuscola County.

Category: Nature and Landscapes
© Joanna Kovalcsik

 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Two-step
Two-step

My son and daughter-in-law on their wedding day.

Category: Monthly Theme
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Attempt #3... SUCCESS... and the "DO NOT ENTER" feature is back. :o)


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8/13/2017 10:18:40 AM

 
Rosina Horst  
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Oswego Lighthouse, NY
Oswego Lighthouse, NY
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I have 2 entries I would like to share. Thanks for hosting this thread Errick!


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8/13/2017 11:43:55 AM

 
Rosina Horst  
 
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Joy
Joy
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The lighthouse picture was taken in Oswego, New York during a family vacation. I entered it under Nature & Landscapes. The other picture is Boggle pieces!:) I entered that under the Monthly Theme.


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8/13/2017 11:47:47 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Watching For The Storm
Watching For The Storm
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Here's my fave from July. Good luck to everyone!


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8/13/2017 1:53:41 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Falling Apart
Falling Apart
The Sarpy County Courthouse was built in 1875. In 1923 a new courthouse was built and the old one was bought by someone who took the 2nd story off and used the bricks to add on to the lower level, creating the space that is now Ron's Automotive. I decided to make a crazy collage so I walked around the outside taking shots. Went home and got to work. Had to go out two days later for sky and the next day for cracked concrete. It’s not perfect, but it’s kind of fun.
2 nd resubmission Sept 29, 2017 (SF)
Category: Digital Darkroom

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As I said earlier :), I'm going with one new, an Australian lizard called a velvet gecko, and one resubmission, a digital darkroom entry from way back that didn't get an EP the first time around.


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8/14/2017 7:07:18 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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The velvet Gecko


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8/14/2017 7:09:50 AM

 
Ed Lauderdale
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Framed
Framed
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Well, here's my favorite for the month. The best to all of you whenever!


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8/15/2017 8:52:10 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   And then she said Godspeed!
And then she said Godspeed!
....... thinking that she had closed the chapter for good, for the good of all involved. He, being an eternal optimist, smiled knowing that the winds of time change frequently in ways that are difficult to predict, proof of which was evident in their recent contact after two decades. And he knows how to be patient and persevere till the time the hot blowing winds turn into cool refreshing and fragrant spring breeze........thandi hawa :)

A sample from many types of Venetian windows in Venice :)
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Children of Kaghan Valley
Children of Kaghan Valley
Gypsy kids having a lot of fun on the rolling meadows of Kaghan valley in Mansehra, Northern Pakistan.

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Here are my two faves from last months entries. Good luck to you all in the July Contest.


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8/17/2017 1:47:58 AM

 
Carol Quina
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Dreaming
Dreaming
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Here is mine for July


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8/17/2017 10:06:35 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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  God morning all!!
Am so happy to be here again, and look to all those wonderful images.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!!


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8/17/2017 12:12:44 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Jekyll Island Splendor
Jekyll Island Splendor
Nature and Landscapes 7-1-17
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Put my favorite in the other thread. I will try here.....


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8/17/2017 1:17:47 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Fantastic capture of light Carrie in you King of the Hill. The symmetry works weein this photo.


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8/25/2017 6:44:15 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Chris, those eyes do make for s mysterious portrait. This should do well in the contest. An I am mesmerized by your tubular dome shot.


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8/25/2017 6:48:21 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  We are looking down on two very unique photos Cary I like the Splattered Mums. Hope that they both do well in the next round.


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8/25/2017 6:53:22 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  I like the dragon fly best Joanna but I see that they all got EP badges. Good luck in the contest.


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8/25/2017 6:56:22 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  I like your framing of the light house photo Rosina. As I also like coastal images, I am leaning to it as my favorite. Glad to see you at this site in BP.


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8/25/2017 7:00:28 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Your bird in a wire"Watching for the Storm" is truly eye catching Dayna. The combination of your controlled use of light with your muted out of focus background makes the bird pop. Well done!


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8/26/2017 6:30:57 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  velvet Gecko is lip smacking good. It should do fine in the contest

As for falling apart, you say it is a work in progress. Hmmmm... very creative and I think it may advance as is. Now just speaking from a black and white freak, this one screams black and white to me.


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8/26/2017 6:37:18 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Ed, your framing takes me right into the mountains. What a beautiful photo!


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8/26/2017 6:39:47 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Us man, you should be proud to have your name under both of these photos. I can't decide which is my favorite. Both winners in my book!


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8/26/2017 6:42:23 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Carol, just simply special. So special!


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8/26/2017 6:44:27 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  And we are happy to have you back Elida. I am a firm believer that ZbP is a special place for special people who want to enjoy photography! Hope to see you in this link next month.


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8/26/2017 6:47:24 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  This brings me to Harriet who has my favorite photo for this link this month. Well done Harriet!


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8/26/2017 6:51:38 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Good luck to everyone in the contest and remember, it is more important that you have created some wonderful photos that are meaningful to you then to place in the contest. Enjoy your photography!


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8/26/2017 9:53:07 AM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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Here's my favorite for July, taken in my garden


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8/26/2017 5:49:47 PM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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If at first you don"t succeed........
Hopefully my favorite will appear this time!


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8/26/2017 5:58:00 PM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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OK, I am uploading my second favorite for July


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8/27/2017 12:51:32 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thanks Errick for your time and words of encouragement on our fave images. Much appreciated. You already know I love that 3D feel of your 'sphere and bamboo' B&W image above. Now lets see some color underneath it !

We should be seeing a lot of action in the next few days. Good luck to all and fingers crossed.


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8/28/2017 12:31:04 AM

 
Jill Odice
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Perkin's Cove, Ogunquit Maine ( for forum)
Perkin's Cove, Ogunquit Maine ( for forum)
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Vincent's Sunflowers ( for forum)
Vincent's Sunflowers ( for forum)
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My 2 favorites for July are:
"Perkin's Cove, Ogunquit Maine". I won 3rd place in the Down East Magazine photo contest with this one last month...in the T & P category
and "Vincent's Sunflowers" in DD category. I used both Topaz Labs and NIK Color Efex filters to create it using Sunflowers from our garden....My favorite flowers :-) I would also like to thank Errick for taking his time to notify everyone about participating in this forum post every month! Good job!


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8/29/2017 8:54:01 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Hi Margaret! Love both of your photos. Of course you know I will be partial to the black and white but in this case I feel purely justified. Your Icelandic landscape overwhelms me! Well Done!


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8/29/2017 1:10:46 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Pekin's Cove and Vincent's Sunflowers, a pleasure to view. I hope that they do well in the contest. Always like your work Jill.


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8/29/2017 1:13:09 PM

 
Carrie Pichler   Thank you Errick for another fun thread of sharing! Good luck everyone!


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8/29/2017 6:39:32 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Penultimate day of the month has dawned in this part of the World, so I am assuming the thrill ride to begin very shortly. Please fasten your seat belts :)


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8/29/2017 10:04:25 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Crash or fly!


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8/30/2017 4:38:15 AM

 
Susan Williams
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Glory Days of Summer
Glory Days of Summer
People 7/28/17
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My fav for July just for the fun of it.


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8/30/2017 11:40:07 AM

 
Jill Odice
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  Wahoo! I got Staff Favorites for both the images I posted here :-) Congrats to everybody else who got them...:-)


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8/31/2017 9:03:07 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  July unraveled with 4 SFs, 3 Finalists and one Second place. Glad to see my pick here caught the judges eye, doesnt happen often though. Congratz to all players, placers and Winners. Congratz to Chris on Picking right with his marvelous First Place 🥇.


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9/1/2017 2:37:01 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  ........ and sp cial Congratz to Rosina on her creative Gold winner. Keep it up.


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9/1/2017 2:38:21 AM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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  Big congrats to all SF,s, Finalists and those who got winning badges! Did not think it would be almost an "all nighter" to find out the results! That said, I was excited to get 2nd for my image "Resting Place" in this thread.
It does not show as I downloaded "For Forum".
Big thanks to Errick (not sure I spelled your name correctly) for hosting this thread.


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9/1/2017 4:39:40 AM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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  Congratulations to all who received Staff Favorite, Finalists, Jackpots, and GOLD! Thanks for hosting, Errick! :o)


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9/1/2017 4:54:00 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Here is your invitation to participate in the August Countdown Thread. Can't wait to see what you have to share!

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnaDetail.asp?threadID=42999&inputID=205660

Errick


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