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Q U E S T I O N S Photo Contest GRAND PRIZE Winner
© Manuel L. Librodo Jr.
Nikon D70 Digital ...
Cathy Stancil
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    Incredibly dramatic and beautiful portrait Manuel !! We will see this image again and again...

2/3/2006 8:29:02 AM

William Moore
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a haunting vision of the needs of children around the world which are not being met....outstanding winner

2/3/2006 8:49:03 AM

Karen E. Michaels

member since: 8/24/2004

Very hauntingly beautiful work Manuel. Peace, karen

2/3/2006 9:09:04 AM

Rohit N. Kundaji
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Awesome piece of the contrast!

2/3/2006 10:12:47 AM

Guy D. Biechele
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Fantastic work!! Gorgeous B&W portrait.
Very engaging and well crafted.

2/3/2006 10:46:07 AM

Judy A. Lawhon
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I love everything about this shot, Manuel, especially the message conveyed....this is a winner!!

2/3/2006 11:32:44 AM

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Very raw and captivating!!! I love everything this photo says.

2/3/2006 12:06:30 PM

Marianne Andersson

member since: 1/8/2006

STUNNING! The best I have seen in a long time.

2/3/2006 12:31:38 PM

Sergio La Spina
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Fantastic portrait and perfect image wow I like it Manuel!!

2/3/2006 1:31:13 PM

Sandra Freyler
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This is AWESOME! Great work, Manuel!

2/3/2006 1:56:12 PM

Wende Trew
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2/3/2006 5:09:56 PM

Susana Heide
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What a POWERFUL image!!! Very well done!

2/3/2006 5:49:25 PM

Glenn Perryman
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Once in a while you see a moment in time and feel all that it is....this is it! Great shot!

2/3/2006 6:51:16 PM

Paula Kelly
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I agree with the rest . a winner it is!!!!!

2/3/2006 7:02:29 PM

Nicole Kessel

member since: 4/30/2004

Incredible image! Yes, definitely a WINNER!!! WOW!

2/3/2006 7:27:30 PM

Janine Russell
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Manuel, awesome portrait.

2/3/2006 9:02:32 PM

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You've done it again Manny!! No surprise! :D

2/3/2006 10:19:53 PM

Tiffani S. LaNeave
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AWESOME image!!! Well done!

2/4/2006 11:21:06 AM

Federico Collazuol
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Great dramatic portrait, Manuel!

2/27/2006 5:32:29 AM

Kim D. King

member since: 2/4/2006

I agree with them all..this portrait is amazing. I am trying to teach myself to edit photos in order to make the best print possible. Would you mind sharing what settings, lighting, and editing tools/steps you used to create this image? I'm hoping if I ask enough questions I'll eventually catch on to what effects different editing tools have on a photo. Thanks so much!

3/9/2006 9:48:07 AM

Marta Azevedo
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Yes, It is amazing

3/16/2006 10:30:44 AM

Ken Grooms
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Congratulations to THE BEST portrait photographer at!

Hey everybody - I think we may be looking at the next Steve McCurry!

Hey Manny - NGS wants YOU!!!!

Go for it!!!


3/22/2007 6:37:09 PM

Erin Tyler
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Stunning! Congrats!

3/22/2007 8:41:47 PM

Julie Monacella
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Congratulations Manuel! This is captivating.

3/22/2007 9:10:14 PM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your finalist. Good luck in the next round.

3/23/2007 6:02:51 AM

Rachel  McKinnie
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Stunning portrait. Congrats on the finalist, and I'm sure winner as well!

3/23/2007 7:48:10 AM

Petra Roth
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Absolutely stunning!!!

3/23/2007 1:07:14 PM

RC  Fritz
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Congratulations on your Grand Prize Winner, Manuel!!!!

3/24/2007 5:58:50 PM


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WOW! Huge congrats to you Manuel on this amazing grand prize winner!

3/24/2007 6:06:39 PM

Susan Fox
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Congratulations Manuel on your Grand Prize win! Wonderful black and white!!

3/24/2007 6:10:40 PM

Jeff Lovinger
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Big congrats Manny. Great work!!!!

3/24/2007 6:28:55 PM

Kenneth Mucke
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I had a feeling this was going to be the winner...HUGE congrats to you on this outstanding winner.

3/24/2007 6:28:57 PM

Tamera Phillips
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Huge congratulations to you on this well deserved winner Manuel.

3/24/2007 6:48:20 PM

Remi Trepanier
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Amazing gallery!!! Love your picture and congratulations for you Terrific grand prize!

3/24/2007 6:48:48 PM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice job.

3/24/2007 7:03:31 PM

Janine Russell
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Manuel, big congratulations on your Grand Prize Winner.

3/24/2007 7:12:33 PM

Sue L. Cullumber
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Manuel - So beautiful. Big congrats! It is so well deserved!

3/24/2007 7:39:34 PM

randy dannheim
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Grand Prize - Great Job Manuel.

3/24/2007 7:44:52 PM

Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on your Grand Prize Win, Manuel!!

3/24/2007 7:52:34 PM

Marlon Ignacio
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Very dramatic! Congratulations on your grand prize winner, Manny!

3/24/2007 8:01:34 PM

Cathy Stancil
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I am blown away by your talent, Manuel ! Bravo !

3/24/2007 8:11:55 PM

Colleen Farrell
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FANTASTIC! Congratulations, Manny!

3/24/2007 8:14:47 PM

Ken Grooms
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Congratulations to the next Steve McCurry!

3/24/2007 10:06:41 PM

Lynne Morris
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Congratulations on this wonderful Grand Prize win Manuel!

3/25/2007 12:30:52 AM

Mykl Mabalay

member since: 6/29/2006

mabuhay ka master manny!

congratulations and more power to you sir!

3/25/2007 2:16:48 AM

Ronald Balthazor
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Congratulations on your Grand Prize and oustanding work, Manuel.

3/25/2007 2:19:30 AM

Susan J. Allen
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Amazing! Congrats!

3/25/2007 3:23:43 AM

Manuel L. Librodo Jr.
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Thank you so much everyone. This is a complete surprise to me as I really didn't expect this to win the grand prize. This has been in my gallery for quite sometime and I believed it deserves a second life so I entered it again in the competition without any expectation. Thank you to everyone who commented. And thank you to the judges.

Salamat and Mabuhay.

3/25/2007 3:49:47 AM

Kathleen K. Parker
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This is fabulous, Manuel. Congratulations to you!!!

3/25/2007 5:01:19 AM

Terri L. Scribner
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Congratulations on this Grand Prize winner, Manuel!!! Outstanding image!!

3/25/2007 5:04:20 AM

Ermanno Radice
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Big Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Manuel!!!!
Gorgeous portait!!!

3/25/2007 5:24:08 AM

Claudia Kuhn
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Congratulations on your Grand Prize winner Manuel, wonderful!

3/25/2007 5:58:51 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations, Manuel!

3/25/2007 6:10:11 AM

Jen M
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Congratulations! You do amazing work!

3/25/2007 6:47:18 AM

Ross Throndson
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Looks like it was worth the Congratulations on this Stunning Grand Prize Winner, Manny!! This is the first time I've seen this portrait. Your Images are Definitely, ONE OF A KIND!!! BTW.. When does your Coffee Table Book hit the shelves???.....Mabuhay!

3/25/2007 8:17:24 AM

Karamatullah Danyal
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Manuel, such a beautiful shot. I love the expressions on the face. Congratulations on a beautiful grad prize win.

3/25/2007 8:20:13 AM

Tarun Bose
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Big congrats on your Grand prize winner, Manuel.

3/25/2007 8:20:51 AM

Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Manuel on this stunning Grand Prize Win!!!!

3/25/2007 8:23:40 AM

Patrick R. McMullen
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Love the contrast alot! Excellant photo and congratulations on it!

3/25/2007 9:17:45 AM

Janet McNeil
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Congratulations, Manuel, on this well deserved Grand Prize!!

3/25/2007 10:12:16 AM

Mary  Clarke
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Many, many congratulations, wonderful image

3/25/2007 3:36:50 PM

Susan M. Hembree
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Just stunning, Manuel! Congratulations on your Grand Prize Winner!

3/25/2007 5:29:31 PM

Jill Flynn
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Powerful and beautiful portrait!Congratulations on your win Manuel!

3/25/2007 9:29:31 PM

Milan Banik
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big congrates on this great win.well deserved work.

3/26/2007 4:16:40 AM

Donna J. Eaton
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Masterful! Congrats on your win!!!

3/26/2007 5:17:34 AM

Peter Mantione
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Hi Manny, it's not a surprise to me to see this as the grand prize winner! Congrats!

Peter Mantione

3/26/2007 5:44:49 AM

Terry L. Ellis
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An impressive win! Congratulations, Manuel!

3/26/2007 6:12:03 AM

Laura E. OConnor
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WOW! CONGRATULATIONS, MANUEL!!!! Magnificent & powerful image!!!

3/26/2007 8:06:58 AM


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Congrats, Manny! Another wonderful image.

3/26/2007 8:54:22 AM

Guy D. Biechele
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Congratulations on your Big Win! Absolutely superb image.

3/26/2007 11:51:45 AM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE win Manny!! Great portrait!

3/26/2007 1:32:27 PM

Helen N. McHugh
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Congratulations, Manuel, on your win! This is a truly an outstanding capture!
You have managed to say so much without words!

3/27/2007 1:07:13 AM

Colette M. Metcalf
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A BIG congratulations to you on your Grand Prize Winner Manuel!!

3/27/2007 4:08:58 AM

Allan L. Dy
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Big big congratulations on your Grand Prize Manuel!

3/27/2007 4:26:41 PM

Lisa J. Boulden
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Superb, Manuel!!! What else can I say that hasn't already be said??? A weel-deserved CONGRATULATIONS! --Lisa

3/29/2007 4:24:39 AM

Usman Bajwa
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Great Work. When I look at the shot, it takes me in !!!

3/29/2007 5:23:22 AM

Rey Nocum
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Super galing mo talaga. Congrats again!

3/29/2007 11:17:50 PM

Susan Reynolds
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A heartfelt congratulations to a hauntingly beautiful portrait.
Susan Reynolds

3/30/2007 9:38:37 AM

Sarah Goblot
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Congratulations. You continue to inspire.

3/31/2007 10:47:53 AM

Judy J. Hogan

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I've just joined the premium gallery, and am astounded at the beautiful photography! Yours..........oh my! This is the most beautiful, dramatic, sensual, thought provoking photo I've seen! It takes my breath away! I will certainly watch your work! Congrats on winning.....I can only hope! Judy

4/15/2007 9:06:04 AM

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