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William R. Box

member since: 6/24/2005
  71 .  viewing shopping cart on Pro Websites
I am a little confused about the Pro Websites and when someone wants to buy an image. I have "Add to Cart" on my images and when that is clicked the pricing structure comes up and a person can select size they want. But if you then want to continue shopping and view more images, there is no button or tab to view or return to the shopping cart. I am sure I am missing something and would greatly appreciate some direction.

Also I set up a new gallery and I can't figure out how to get the "Add to Cart" link to show up in the new gallery. It is there on my older galleries I just drawing a blank on how I did that - so I need help with this as well.

Thanks for your help - Bill

10/6/2013 7:12:42 PM

Jim Miotke
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  Hi Bill,

I believe some of the confusion might be coming from the use of the phrase "Add to Cart". I might go with another phrase like "Buy this photo!"

For the new gallery, did you set up any of the phtos in that gallery to have "products" associated with it?

Hope that gets you pointed in the right direction.

Enjoy showcasing your photos. You have, by the way, beautiful photography up there!

10/9/2013 2:53:15 PM

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Jill Odice
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  72 .  October EFPs
  Empty Tables
Empty Tables
T and P category
© Jill Odice
Canon EOS 60D Digi...
Here it is, October already! Looks like they are handing out EFPs already for the new month, still waiting to see what is happening with September!
My first EFP for the month is "Empty Tables" in the T & P category

10/4/2013 7:05:36 AM

  10/1..CatchAll..Custom '50 Ford
10/2..Landscape..Afternoon Delights

10/4/2013 12:05:11 PM

Lola M.
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  A Spider and It's Web
A Spider and It's Web
10/1 Details and Macro

10/2 Animals
Flying In

10/4/2013 5:56:04 PM


10/4/2013 7:08:12 PM

  Beware.... Tammy Newcomb's email addresses were also hijacked.

10/7/2013 5:14:13 AM

  I am already way ahead of you. Naturally you all are going to get at least one e-mail before I was able to catch the incident. I immediately changed my face book and e-mail passwords after noticing failure notices in my e-mail inbox, where e-mails were sent out under my name, under my e-mail address. I rarely or should I say almost NEVER send people e-mails so now and in the future DO NOT OPEN AN E-MAIL COMING FROM ME unless you check with me first.

10/7/2013 9:45:26 AM

  I think somebody should do a separate thread for hacked emails etc. Please :-)

10/7/2013 12:56:15 PM


10/7/2013 1:01:50 PM


10/7/2013 2:01:55 PM

  For the first time in two months, I got my first EP on Oct. 2nd. I'm getting used to not getting an EP.

10/7/2013 8:45:53 PM

  Just checking in. Nothing going on, there, of course. Got one for the 1st awhile back. If they've finished the 2nd, that's a skip.

10/8/2013 12:05:14 PM


10/8/2013 6:03:16 PM

  8 up for October, 0 EP's.

10/10/2013 6:31:30 PM

They skipped most of September for me, but here's my 1st October:

First Colors

10/16/2013 12:35:57 PM

  No they didn't, Nancy..they haven't done half of September yet.

10/16/2013 1:04:28 PM

  Noticed this one today ...

10/2 Flowers Fiesta

10/16/2013 1:34:30 PM

10/03 Tiny Purple Flowers Flowers category

10/17/2013 11:49:42 PM

  Since, no EPs so far for me in October .......... so

TAG Heuer - Swiss Luxury watches for Men & Women, LOL!!!


10/20/2013 11:53:57 PM

  10/03 after skips on the 1st and 2nd.

Approaching Great Sand Dunes #2

10/31/2013 8:46:23 AM

  I guess that's a skip for me on the 3rd.
You don't see many bugs eating other bugs, I thought it was pretty cool! LOL

10/31/2013 9:27:50 AM

Tammy Espino
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member since: 5/29/2007

11/1/2013 6:59:03 AM



jo ann c.

11/1/2013 8:01:19 AM

  Congrats to all the finalists and winners! Job well done :-)

11/1/2013 12:25:13 PM

10/5..Landscape..Bright Shiny Sunset

11/2/2013 2:47:46 PM

  10/3-Reflections Of Fall

Nothing after that so far.

11/2/2013 3:35:19 PM

Lola M.
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10/5 MT

11/2/2013 5:39:40 PM

  Lighthouse and Clouds
Lighthouse and Clouds
10/04 Lighthouse & Clouds Monthly theme

11/3/2013 12:37:55 AM

  Oct 6

Grandbaby Kailyn.

11/3/2013 12:12:48 PM

Lola M.
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  Paper Kite Butterfly
Paper Kite Butterfly
10/7 Details and Macro

11/3/2013 5:26:43 PM

  L.A Cityscape
L.A Cityscape
10/07 L.A. Cityscape E of D category

11/4/2013 9:07:58 AM

  10/6..Macro..Water Drop
10/7..Catch All..Chevy Pickup Arrival

11/5/2013 2:40:41 AM

10/9.. It's A Small, Small World

11/5/2013 11:51:37 AM

  I got 2 out of 4 EFP's before I posted another today...

jo ann c.

11/5/2013 11:54:17 AM

  LA City Scape #2
LA City Scape #2
10/08 skipped
10/09 LA Cityscape #2 E of D category

11/5/2013 10:25:29 PM

  A Rose

11/6/2013 12:33:30 AM

  10/7-Going Through The Change

11/6/2013 4:10:52 PM

  I just realized that I didn't enter the first 6 days of October. Good to see EPs for the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th of October.


11/7/2013 2:00:06 AM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
Just  My Type
Just My Type

Second Place - Details & Macro - October 2013

Getting really close with my new extension tubes ...
These are keys from my vintage 1970s Smith Corona typewriter.
Minor adjustments in CS5.
10/10 Details & Macro

11/10/2013 5:52:26 PM

10/12..N@L..Drop On Grass With Tiny Fly

11/11/2013 5:47:04 PM

  Walking and Talking
Walking and Talking
10/10 skipped
10/11 Walking and Talking. MT category

11/11/2013 8:50:36 PM

  Sep 11 - Skipped
Sep 12 - EP


11/12/2013 11:15:03 PM

  Should've been October instead of September. COFFEE time for me!!!


11/12/2013 11:16:28 PM

  Spicebush Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
F5.3, 1/1000, 18-55mm nikkor vr @46mm, iso400, natural light.

Animals: October 12, 2013

My first entry for October was the 11th so I'm jumping in :)

10/11 Skipped
10/12 Animals - Spicebush Swallowtail

11/13/2013 8:48:58 AM

  Nothing since 10/7 for me. They skipped the rest of October, then I picked up 3 the first days of November. Looks like the same ol' Game, Folks!

11/13/2013 2:06:23 PM

  Same game, same players! :-)
I have one EP for Oct!

11/13/2013 4:52:12 PM

  I have 2 EP's from the first week in Oct

jo ann c.

11/13/2013 6:02:12 PM

  TAG. Same here - 2 EPs from 10/4 & 10/6 and then 1 at the beginning of Nov.

11/13/2013 8:40:59 PM

  10/13..EOD..A New Shot Of An Old Favorite

11/17/2013 3:13:34 AM

  Tag. My gallery hasn't had any EPs for a while for October and only and only one for the beginning of November way back at the start of the month.

I thought I'd check in to find out what is happening rather than hunting around.

Hope everyone is doing well...

11/17/2013 5:31:32 AM

  Oct 13 - Amazing Louvre - EP
Oct 14 - Sky Homes - EP


11/17/2013 5:34:45 AM

  Picked up four new EPs for October since last night. 12, 13, 14 and 15.

11/17/2013 5:47:25 AM

  Picked up Oct 13 and 14 overnight sometime and just picked up 15 in the last 15 minutes or so. That puts me at 7/15 for October, not a bad ratio considering :)

Window to the Sun
Harvest Harmony
Bountiful Harvest

11/17/2013 5:48:39 AM

  Oct 15 - Tulip Morning - EP.


11/17/2013 5:52:45 AM

  Just picked up one for the 16th. 13 out of 16 for me now.

11/17/2013 5:58:25 AM

  10/15..Flowers.. Raggedy Sunflower
10/16..Macro..Chain Of Rain
10/17..MT..Cloud 20120430-14
That's 12 of 17.

11/17/2013 6:22:19 AM

  10/18..Macro..Starry Water Drops

11/17/2013 8:49:58 AM

Pat Harry
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  Skipped several, but I have one on the 20th.

End of the Season
Entered: 10/20/2013
Category: Travel and Place

11/17/2013 9:47:10 AM

  Just got an EP for Oct 20 and 21!

11/17/2013 10:40:58 AM

  10/19.. SKIPPED
10/20.. MT..Keep Your Eyes On The Skies
10/21.. Macro..A Pretty Reflection In A Dewdrop
10/22..MT..The Most Beautiful Morning
Wow, they are really whipping through them today!

11/17/2013 10:41:36 AM

  The Last of Summer...

11/17/2013 11:18:11 AM

Lola M.
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  10/8 & 10/9 Skipped
10/10 Details and Macro
Perfect Pose
10/11 Monthly Theme
Clouds Reflected
10/12 & 10/13 Skipped
10/14 Flowers
10/15 Skipped
10/16 Nature and Landscape
10/17 Skipped
10/18 Digital Darkroom
In The Park
10/19 Catch All
10/20 Details and Macro
Yellow Sulphur

11/17/2013 1:11:30 PM

  10/12-So many to choose
10/13-Fall colors the farm

11/17/2013 6:51:37 PM

  Parker's Maple Barn
Parker's Maple Barn
  Crazy Pumpkins
Crazy Pumpkins
  Desert Motel
Desert Motel
  The Birds
The Birds
  Red Barn and Clouds
Red Barn and Clouds
Wow, somebody is finally picking up the slack :-)
10/12 Skipped
10/13 Parker's Maple Barn - T & P
10/14 shipped
10/15 Crazy Pumpkins - Catch all
10/16 Desert Motel - MT
10/17 The Birds- DD
10/18 Red Barn and Clouds - MT
10/19 and 10/20 skipped
10/21 Peaches, Joshua Trees and Clouds- MT

11/17/2013 7:54:11 PM

  Peaches, Joshus Trees and Clouds
Peaches, Joshus Trees and Clouds

11/17/2013 7:59:39 PM

  Oct 16 - Did not enter
Oct 17 - Did not enter
Oct 18 - Seasons under the Sun - N&L
Oct 19 - EP-less
Oct 20 - EP-less
Oct 21 - Children of God - People


11/17/2013 9:38:14 PM

  10/23..MT..Love Those Rays

11/20/2013 3:46:19 PM

10/22 Geraniums catch all category

11/21/2013 8:57:29 AM

Lola M.
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10/23 Animals

11/21/2013 2:11:36 PM

The Lake
digital darkroom

11/21/2013 3:25:54 PM

  Oct 22 - METRO - EoD
Oct 23 - Tangerine Thames - MT


11/21/2013 10:57:47 PM

  Blues Alley and Barbed Wire
Blues Alley and Barbed Wire
10/23 Blues Alley and Barbed Wire E of D

11/22/2013 8:38:40 AM

  Cabo Cantina Halloween
Cabo Cantina Halloween
10/24 Cabo Cantina Halloween T & P category

11/23/2013 6:12:28 AM

  Received an EP for the 25th. Must be judging again.

11/23/2013 6:29:14 AM

Lola M.
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Hanging On
Hanging On
10/24 Details and Macro

11/23/2013 7:55:17 AM

10/26..Landscape..Lights For Your Nights

11/23/2013 9:19:44 AM

  Oct 24 - Quintessentially London - CA
Oct 25 - EP-less (was my fave of the month)
Oct 26 - BLINK, and you loose! - People

11/23/2013 9:23:59 AM

  10/26 - Time to Change Course

11/23/2013 9:40:30 AM

  Hey Kathy, I think I should! I'm not getting any lately! EP's I'm talking about! lol

jo ann c.

11/23/2013 10:48:47 AM

  lollllllllll Well, there definitely was a whole lot of Bull in this course-changing.

Btw, I'm now up to 50%. Nothing on my first entry in October and an EFP on my second. There are two more chances.

I really thought "Roadside Assistance" would rate one. Oh, well.

11/23/2013 11:02:48 AM

  lol lol lol lol Jo Ann!

11/23/2013 11:10:52 AM

Digital darkroom

11/23/2013 11:19:07 AM

10/28..EOD.. Da Bomb

11/23/2013 12:12:50 PM

Lola M.
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10/27 Flowers

11/23/2013 3:59:18 PM

  Ouch - my last one was for the 24th . . .

11/23/2013 8:38:22 PM

  Oct 27 - Where Clouds Play - MT

11/24/2013 12:19:04 AM

Color Line-up

11/24/2013 5:46:57 AM

  Just realized I do have one on the 25th - on an image I'd taken off display because I don't think it's that great LOL But none after that and I think my images from the 26th and 28th are much better. I forgot to enter on the 27th.

11/24/2013 2:54:33 PM

Lola M.
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  A Monarch
A Monarch
10/29 Details and Macro

10/30 Catch All
Fall Splendor

10/31 Nature and Landscapes
Beautiful Autumn Day

11/25/2013 8:53:01 AM

  10/29..MT..Mammatus Clouds Over Eufaula
10/30..Macro..Beauty In Miniature
10/31..MT..Cloud 20130809-26
Looks like they are done with October,(or at least close to it)
Good luck everybody.

11/25/2013 9:03:51 AM

  Skipped a lot of mine but at least they got my favorites :) Final tally is 14 out of 28 entries.
Good luck to all. Looks as if they may be pushing for a pre-Thanksgiving release, at least of Staff Favorites and Finalists, so they can sit back and enjoy the holiday with family, too.

11/25/2013 9:24:54 AM

  Well, poop! 4 out of 6 for me....

11/25/2013 9:30:56 AM

  3 out of 4 - my best in months.

Elements of Design:
10/30 – Framed

10/31 – Cabins for Rent

11/25/2013 9:44:39 AM

  23 of 31 for FAR the best in a while. Of course, they could be just EPs and nothing will translate to the good stuff. Just have to wait and see.
Good luck, all!

11/25/2013 9:53:50 AM

Brian M. Jones
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member since: 11/28/2012
  31 Images Entered, 31 EP's Received. Perfect month

11/25/2013 9:55:50 AM

  Looks like 10 for me, about 1/2 of what I entered.

11/25/2013 10:03:03 AM

  Hi all, I haven't visited the forum much this month. Hope you are all doing well and looking forward to Thanksgiving (U.S.).

Here are my EPs for the month that I haven't posted here in the forum yet. I ended up with 12 of 17.

Good luck to all!

10/12 Details & Macro Coinage

10/14 Flowers Fall Mum

10/15 Details & Macro Her Secrets

10/16 Digital Darkroom Pretty Petals

10/18 Details & Macro Classics

10/19 Details & Macro Late Afternoon Leaves

10/26 Digital Darkroom Lily

10/28 Details & Macro The Isthmus

10/29 Monthly Theme Fantasy Planet

10/31 Monthly Theme From the Clouds

11/25/2013 10:10:39 AM

  Whoa! Just picked up 2 more:

10/28-Fog Layered Foothills And Snow Covered Peaks;

10/30-A Window Through The Fog;

So, a little more than half-well doggone!

11/25/2013 10:13:53 AM

  Yee Haw, Brian.... :-)

11/25/2013 11:40:07 AM

  Brian, where are all of your EP images for Oct? Can't find them!

11/25/2013 12:58:25 PM

  I couldn't find Brian's either. I haven't noticed him posting any lately.

11/25/2013 1:14:43 PM

Brian M. Jones
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/28/2012
  For all of you who want to know, I DO NOT post any of my EP's on my Gallery. Trust me I entered 31 images for October and got 31 EP's. As far as November, I have not entered none. I was taking time off due to a personal tragedy.. Thank you

11/25/2013 1:54:19 PM

  So sorry to hear that Brian! You are in my prayers!

It's not that I don't trust you, I just wanted to see your work, I've always enjoyed it! :-)

11/25/2013 2:46:50 PM

Pat Harry
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  October was definitely not one of my better months. :)

11/25/2013 3:36:21 PM

  Oct 28 - RED - T&P
Oct 29 - At Day's End - MT
Oct 30 - Touch Me Not - CA
Oct 31 - Lights in Yarra - T&P

That makes it 19 out of 23 images entered in October for me. Good luck to all in the next rounds.


11/25/2013 5:22:19 PM

  Well, if the EP's are over for October it looks like I ended up with three EP's out of four entries. Good luck to everyone in the next round!

11/25/2013 5:48:09 PM

  Nuts & Bolts
Nuts & Bolts
  Colored Glass
Colored Glass
  Stepping Lightly
Stepping Lightly
4 out of 9 submitted...losing my touch I guess but grateful for these! :) Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Colored Glass
Nuts & Bolts
Stepping Lightly

11/25/2013 6:10:37 PM

  Windows & Clouds
Windows & Clouds
  Clouds and Ghosts
Clouds and Ghosts
  Falling Down
Falling Down
  Ghost Town Sunset
Ghost Town Sunset
10/25 skipped
10/26 skipped
10/27 Windows and Clouds MT
10/28 Clouds and Ghosts MT
10/29 Falling Down MT
10/30 shipped
10/31 Ghost Town Sunset MT

11/25/2013 6:57:54 PM

  Do we have a page for November yet?

11/26/2013 5:06:07 AM


Btw, thanks to Jill, who graciously took over from Cheryl - our favorite thread continues uninterrupted.

11/26/2013 6:23:31 AM

  October was a good month for me. I believe there were 17 EP's out of 21 entered. I took some trips and had some new material so I am pleased. Brian, my prayers are with you. Good Luck, everyone.

11/26/2013 2:30:12 PM

  Good luck everyone! Thank you, Jill, for being such a graceful Hostess!

11/27/2013 5:18:14 AM

  Good luck to all in the contest and Happy Thanksgiving to our US members! Of course, any day is a good day to count your blessings, no matter where you are.

As a side note, I wasn't aware that we could resubmit entries via a new upload? I've seen quite a few and they are getting EPs....

11/27/2013 9:34:13 AM

  Thanks You all...It was nothing :-) Can't wait to see who gets Staff Favs and Finalists!Hope you all have a magnificent Thanksgiving!

11/28/2013 1:38:38 PM

  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Enjoy the holiday with thoughts of family and country, the turkey dinner, the family gathered together. There's a wonderful change of seasons as we pass from Autumn to Winter at this moment of your celebration.

A reminder that BP in the last 2 months has given out EPs at the start of the month right a marker…and then…waiting.

11/28/2013 1:57:17 PM

  Windows & Clouds
Windows & Clouds
  LA Cityscape
LA Cityscape
  Peaches, Joshua Trees and Clouds
Peaches, Joshua Trees and Clouds
I got 4 staff picks :-)
Window and Clouds MT category
peaches, Joshua Trees and Clouds MT category
LA Cityscape E of D category
Walking and Talking T & P category

11/29/2013 11:49:01 AM

  Staff Favorites are out. Six for me.

11/29/2013 12:14:27 PM

  Five for me.

11/29/2013 12:17:40 PM

  Three for me.
Best of luck to all in the next round!

11/29/2013 12:37:59 PM

  I got 2 staff favorites...

jo ann c.

11/29/2013 12:38:50 PM

  Two for me and happy to get them. Way to go Carolyn! Five is awesome.

11/29/2013 12:53:23 PM

  That's two months in a row that I have not gotten anything, so I'm feeling better about not renewing my Deluxe Gallery in 2014.

11/29/2013 1:17:19 PM

Brian M. Jones
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/28/2012
  I got 8 Staff Favorites. October was kind to me. Made me feel good considering the personal tragedy I endured recently. Good Luck to everyone in the next round.

11/29/2013 1:18:05 PM

Lola M.
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  Three Staff Favorites for me! I also wish everyone good luck in the next round.

11/29/2013 1:54:23 PM

  None for me either (not that I really expected anything). Big congrats to all of you who did!

11/29/2013 2:57:12 PM

  I got one finalist, Bubble Up!
Nice surprise! :-)

jo ann c.

11/30/2013 11:17:33 AM

  Every month, it's the same darned thing... if you go to Contests > Finalists, you only find the previous month's list in the winner's area. If you go to the home page for BP and click on the Contest Heading, it will drop down for a "Photography Contest" info box. To the right is a past winner picture with "Recent Winners and Finalists" + "
All Previous Winners and Previous Finalists" Clicking on THAT recent finalists will get you the one you want.

Why would they want Finalist links to result in two different months???!!!!

Here is the list of October 2013 Finalists....

11/30/2013 11:49:26 AM

  Sort of an impression as well as a question... Has anyone else noticed that Black & White (or monochromatic) images are a larger percentage of EPs, Finalists, and Winners, lately? It's sort of retro (and in many cases, very cool.)

11/30/2013 11:56:15 AM

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Brian M. Jones
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  73 .  POTD
Has anyone noticed that the last 6 POTD winners are previous 2nd Place GOLD winners from July??

I normally see only EP's associated with POTD.. Now it seems like they are giving out POTD to images from 2 months ago and that have won Gold. If you look at previous POTD winners you will see that images that win are selected from EP's. Now it looks like that has changed as well..

9/28/2013 4:45:06 AM

  Brian, I have five POTDs, and I don't remember any of them being from the current month's entries.

But what seems odd to me is that two of them never even made Finalist! And, since the re-entry rules have changed, they never will.

Maybe they've put a new procedure in place to make POTD choices from sure things?

9/28/2013 9:42:45 AM

  What a skill of observation to notice the shift. Is this temporary or a trend?

I suggest there's a trend. It is possible that BP needs to change things. We don't know - this is an internet site with small stakeholder investment (our fees for membership). BP has to manage its revenue. Cutting costs on POTD might be one of these. Sounds like a simple solution to extra work effort.

Members of internet sites (the Old Guard) generally consider the sites should be loyal to them. It is possible that a site needs to do what needs to be done to stay in business. Because they are privately owned the members are not aware of any management concerns, decisions and worries. Private companies generally don't make these known and that's part of why they like to be private.

Giving a POTD to a past winner would be a quick hit with low work effort for BP. I don't have special insight into BP so this seems like an obvious answer. The change in awarding EPs and POTD are likely examples of BP needing to change its business to stay in business in a profitable way.

Members here really like the BP community. It is a special place. So what if the real question might be: What do members need to do to help BP stay in business.

So I am interested in what members might want to do to support BP and how that might be made clear to BP.


9/28/2013 2:43:30 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  I dunno; my recent POTD last week was a first-time entry into September's contest; the month isn't even done for collecting entries yet. My advice would be simply to stop worrying about patterns at BP ;)

9/29/2013 11:53:37 AM

Brian M. Jones
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  I am not worrying at all, I along with many people are wondering why all of the sudden the last 7 POTD images are taken from Gold winning images from 2 months ago, when it use to be taken from EP's that was from the month previous..

9/29/2013 2:21:23 PM

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Christopher J. Budny
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  74 .  August 2013 Contest Countdown
  Wire Pass Logjam
Wire Pass Logjam
At several points on the hike through Wire Pass, you're reminded just how much debris runs through the slot canyon in a flood;
and clearly how bad it would be for you, if you were caught in the canyon during a flash flood, as part of that torrent of debris!
Where the slot canyon narrows, bottlenecks form with debris lodged in place. (Some hikers have survived floods by clinging
to tree trunks which sometimes get lodged 20 feet off the canyon floor.)

© Christopher J. Budny
Canon EOS 7D Digit...
Greetings fellow BP Members...! Fall is finally creeping into the air (at least here in Virginia) and it is hard to imagine we're now counting down the days until the August Contest Results are announced -- truly a "summer's over" kind of moment!

Thanks to Michelle Frick for "hosting" this monthly countdown thread; over the years at BP, this mid-month countdown thread (aka "Chocolates and Cocktails" -- named for certain tools which may help members pass the time expectantly awaiting results!) has been hosted by a number of different folks--I offered to pick it up again from Michelle, after her recent run.

The purpose of thread is to share your one favorite image from your entries last month -- your personal favorite, or your most hopeful, or your proudest photographic achievement that month, etc.; which is, naturally, not always the image that you *think* will win, nor the image the BP Judges will be drawn to ;) It isn't about predicting your Finalists/Winners (although that's a fun trick when it happens here!); it is about sharing your personal best/favorite image here. (Case in point; my Favorite for August didn't even get an EP -- but it is certainly my favorite!)

Best of luck to everyone in the August contest!

Some helpful hints for attaching photos into a BP Forum Thread, if you're unfamiliar with the process:

1) Sign into BP completely (name + password.)

2) If you have NOT YET submitted your Contest Entry for today, you can take advantage of the "Photo ID" method (to pull an existing image from your Member Center into your Reply to this thread.) This avoids a duplicate image upload to your Member Center. Go get the Photo ID# from your Member Center first, then come to back this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, then choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down (even though you won't actually be uploading a file.) Click Submit; at the next screen populate the "Photo ID" box shown over at the right. Skip the other text fields on that screen, and finalize the submit at the bottom.

3) If you HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest for today, you can't use the Photo ID method *today*. You can either wait until tomorrow to reply here (before making your new Contest entry) or, upload a new copy of your 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.
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 direct BP viewers to go 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, 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.

9/16/2013 6:23:24 AM


1/2000 Sec - f/8 - ISO 640 - 560mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon EF 400m f/2.8L IS II - Canon EF 1.4x III
Thanks for picking this up Chris!

I'm not sure I have a favorite (well, of the ones that got an EP) for August, but for the sake of picking one, I'll go with this one.

9/16/2013 3:27:12 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Angela and Kate - friends since grade school and about to start high school together.
Thank you Chris for offering to host the thread again! With school back in session here, I just looked at my calendar and was shocked to see we are already on the 16th. It's 96 degrees here today which makes it very difficult to feel like fall will ever arrive in the South, but I sure hope it does! I'll miss the green grass, but this heat has got to go!

I'm so happy you will be moderating again! If I could, I would give you a giant thank you hug!

And, for my favorite - I'm picking a picture of my daughter and her best girlfriend. These two have been close since grade school and now they are starting high school together. I guess I blinked because I swear it was yesterday they were little!

9/16/2013 4:03:47 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Jeepers Creepers
Jeepers Creepers
Three image handheld HDR. This old 54 Willys Jeep is my husband Mark's pride and joy. (I named it Jeepers Creepers....partly because of the obvious, it's a jeep and the creepers part because about 40 MPH is all she'll do. lol
I have watched this thread for a long time now and have decided to join in if that's ok. My favorite is this photo of my husband Mark's old 54 Willys jeep. An old jeep on a country road in the hills of Kentucky with an awesome sky behind as a backdrop. It was a perfect summer evening.

9/16/2013 4:20:03 PM

  Summer Falls
Summer Falls
Stopping down to f/11 @ 240mm and intentionally moving the camera, tried to capture
a summer abstract as the green and pale leaves of a tree were being backlit from the late afternoon sunlight.

Sigma 70-300mm @ f/11, 1/40sec, ISO400.

Thank you Chris for taking on the task of initiating this very interesting monthly thread. I so enjoy reading your thoughts and comments.

My favorite for the month is something different from what I normally shoot and don't think it will go past the EP anyways, but I like it very much so here it is.

Good luck to all in the August contest.


9/17/2013 12:15:56 AM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  Welcome Dayna; glad you joined in -- anyone can! You sure have pretty countryside out there!

9/17/2013 4:59:38 AM

  Escape from Alcatraz
Escape from Alcatraz
For the PG101 "Action Movie Title" theme.

f/9, 1/400, ISO1250, 105mm

** Catch-All **

Thanks for taking on the monthly countdown host responsibility, Chris, and thank you Michelle for hosting for so many months!

Here's my fave for the month, also sans-EP.

9/17/2013 7:15:11 AM

Yes, thank you, Chris. I've been meaning to join in here, but you know about that "meaning to" stuff. So, finally doing it. This is probably my favorite of my monthly entries, just because it was so full of fun.

9/17/2013 1:03:08 PM

Yes, thank you, Chris. I've been meaning to join in here, but you know about that "meaning to" stuff. So, finally doing it. This is probably my favorite of my monthly entries, just because it was so full of fun.

9/17/2013 1:04:00 PM

Yes, thank you, Chris. I've been meaning to join in here, but you know about that "meaning to" stuff. So, finally doing it. This is probably my favorite of my monthly entries, just because it was so full of fun.

9/17/2013 1:05:45 PM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

Second Place - Flowers - August 2013

Purple daisies in small glass vase, high key.
Basic adjustments in CS5.
Thank you Michelle, for all the time you hosted the thread, and thank you, Chris, for taking on the hosting ...

This is my August fave, entered in Flowers.

As always, best of luck to all the talented BPers!

9/19/2013 5:52:09 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  Hey Mitch; are you trying to attach an existing Member Center Photo? (Cuz none show up on your posts here) -- remember it only works if you haven't entered the contest for that particular day yet.

9/19/2013 7:51:45 PM

I did not get a EP for my favorite, but this one is my 2nd favorite :-)

9/20/2013 7:18:36 PM

2nd try :-)

9/20/2013 7:21:35 PM

  Keep Bodie Safe
Keep Bodie Safe
A fire is burning 3 miles from Bodie tonight. It has burned at least 12,000 acres so far and is zero % contained. It was started by lightning during a storm. I am hoping they get it contained with no damage to anything or anybody fighting it.T & P category
one more and I give up :-)

9/20/2013 7:24:39 PM

  Who? ME??
Who? ME??
My fave also didn't get an EP, so in honor of Sammy's recent death, I'll pick his picture for my fave.

9/22/2013 2:13:27 PM

  And of course, I forgot to check the box.

9/22/2013 2:16:09 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  Seems like at a glance, EP's are finally done for August - so perhaps we'll be hearing the Staff Fav's and Finalists for Aug later this week?
Fingers crossed -- and best of luck to everyone (whether or not your Favorite here is in the final running!)

9/23/2013 8:18:52 AM

Well, I'm going to try the photo id method here once again. I didn't know I'd even left part of the message earlier (and didn't get notifications of additions to the thread until I got one today). Didn't work last time, but . . . here's my most hopeful for August, Slingshot. Sparse month for EPs, with only 11 of 31, if they're finished.

9/23/2013 8:48:23 AM

  Well, I'm going to try the photo id method here once again. I didn't know I'd even left part of the message earlier (and didn't get notifications of additions to the thread until I got one today). Didn't work last time, but . . . here's my most hopeful for August, Slingshot. Sparse month for EPs, with only 11 of 31, if they're finished.

9/23/2013 8:49:00 AM

I seem to be having major problems with this. Thing is, when I go to the next option after choosing 1 image, there's no place to enter the photo ID number, none at all. So, shoot, I'll just reupload.

9/23/2013 8:51:08 AM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  Hi Mitch -- the Photo ID field is usually a fair ways off to the far right -- you might even have to scroll sideways to find it? But at least your fresh upload worked here ;)

9/23/2013 8:58:30 AM

  Very cool photo, Mitch ... I predict gold!

9/23/2013 10:38:45 AM

  19 of 31 for me for August, as far as EPs go. Fingers crossed for SF, F and W announcement!!!!


9/23/2013 8:14:18 PM

  Maryland Girl II
Maryland Girl II
Maryland State Flower, Black Eyed Susan. F5.6, 1/60, 18-55mm nikkor vr @48mm, iso400, natural light.

Flowers: August 8, 2013

Thank you Michelle for your time hosting this thread and to Chris for taking over hosting.

All great photos I see here, EP or not! Carolyn, I am rooting for Sammy and I'm so glad you shared his picture. I am so sorry for his tragic loss but it seems as tho he left many with good memories. What better job could any of us hope to do. :)

13 out of 18 for EPs so I am hoping to get a fav, finalist or winner! Its been awhile..hehe. Here is one of my faves that I posted on my bday!

9/24/2013 6:55:40 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  Some very nice fav's in this thread; thanks for sharing your true favorites from August!

We're rapidly running out of September; looks like we're heading into a weekend-Finalists-announcement situation?

Fingers crossed for everyone!

9/26/2013 5:38:55 AM

  Rain kissed-Aug 1
Rain kissed-Aug 1
Rain kissed Floral
My favorite is rain kissed.

9/26/2013 7:10:57 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  D-Day Reinactment, Battle
D-Day Reinactment, Battle
Conneaut Ohio annual D-Day reinactment.
One I am hope full to move ahead to a fav.

9/26/2013 4:56:19 PM

  The Staff Favorites / Finalists announcement would be a very welcome TGIF gift!!! (fingers crossed)

9/26/2013 6:19:43 PM

  Not necessarily my favorite, but one I do like a lot - probably because this guy was so very nice :)

The Welcome

Good luck to everyone - and yes, the Staff Favorites should be coming very soon!!

9/27/2013 7:26:35 AM

  The Welcome
The Welcome
This friendly chap welcomes folks to Bent's Old Fort, also known as Fort William, located near La Junta in southeastern Colorado. Two Bent brothers, William and Charles, along with Ceran St. Vrain, built the fort in 1833 to trade with Indians and trappers for buffalo robes. The fort was destroyed under mysterious circumstances in 1849, but it has been carefully and beautifully reconstructed and restored and is now a National Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark.
Category: People
I forgot that I actually meant to put a clickable thumbnail in. I'll just add it now.

9/27/2013 7:28:21 AM

  Yes, I know it's only 2:00 p.m. in BP land, but I was soooo sure we would see Staff Favorites today . . . It's 4 p.m. here - too early for a glass of wine?

9/27/2013 1:58:48 PM

  It's not looking promising for today.
I say drink away, Nikki!

9/27/2013 4:25:08 PM

Brian M. Jones
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/28/2012
  Looks Like:

Staff Favorites On Saturday

Finalist Picks On Saturday

Winners Announced Sunday, which won't be me this month.. I will be lucky if I even get a Staff Favorite..

9/27/2013 4:29:50 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  Its always 5pm somewhere, so yeah, pour yourself a nice glass...! I'm holding off for dirty martinis tomorrow night (wedding reception to go to!)

9/27/2013 4:41:58 PM

  Yum, dirty martini is my drink, too, Chris!
Meanwhile, I have broken out the dark chocolate with sea salt!

9/27/2013 5:01:02 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  Saw the activity and thought maybe favs were selected. Oh well. Now I'm wishing I had some of that dark chocolate with sea salt!. :) Goos luck all. so many wonderful images in this thread.

9/27/2013 5:36:32 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  Here's hoping for some announcements soon... Monday remains the most "popular" day for Finalists announcements to come out, over the last 8 years - but the 30th has only been "hit" once for Finalists, so we're definitely in late territory...
Fingers crossed for everyone!

9/29/2013 11:45:11 AM

  Well, I did my part ... consumed adult beverages and chocolate ... :)

9/29/2013 5:52:23 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  I wonder if they are going to continue the favorite badges as they did last month. Seem to be running out of time for that.

9/29/2013 5:53:14 PM

  I sure hope everything doesn't get scrunched into one day. I don't so much mind staff favorites and Finalists coming close to one another, but I do like time to enjoy and comment on the Finalists and the Winners' announcements always snuffs out that activity.

9/29/2013 5:57:54 PM

  I'm with you Nikki ... it is nice to have some time to enjoy the finalists before winners come out.

9/29/2013 6:05:28 PM

  Agree with Nikki and Peggy.

Let me just convey my advance CONGRATZ to all the Staff Favorites', Finalists' and Winners' receivers since I'll be catching a flight for a business-cum-fun trip to London, UK in the next few hours.

Should be back by next week.


9/29/2013 6:14:29 PM

  Enjoy, and safe travels, Usman!

9/29/2013 6:28:05 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  Have a wonderful trip Usman.

9/29/2013 6:51:12 PM

  I just got 3 Staff Favorites... hopefully Finalists will be announced soon, too.

9/29/2013 11:57:56 PM

  I just got one :) lets hope for finalist soon :)

9/30/2013 12:46:44 AM

  Three staff favorites here. Wonder if we'll see Finalists and Winners today, as well...

9/30/2013 1:31:50 AM

  I received two Staff Favorites. One of which is my pick on this thread. (Jeepers Creepers) Woohoo! Good luck in the next round everyone!

9/30/2013 2:11:46 AM

  Three for me, too.

9/30/2013 2:15:22 AM

  Five staff favorites here. Will be going all day. Hopefully finalists will be out when I get home.

9/30/2013 2:36:22 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  Two for me. :) Good luck all.

9/30/2013 4:09:41 AM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  Best of luck moving forward, to those who received an SF! Not sure how much pause there will be between SF, F and W this month---hopefully a day or more between F & W!

9/30/2013 5:00:15 AM Photo Contest Finalist
A time gone by
A time gone by
took this at oak alley in louisiana and just thought the ghost needed to be there. I imagine them leaving a nice ball and headed home.
i entered one in august and never saw an EP for it so gave up.. then today I get an email saying it was picked as a SF.. WOW..

9/30/2013 6:26:06 AM

  I got 2 Staff favorites. Do these stop their or can they be winners? Or Finalists? It sure has become confusing lately !

9/30/2013 6:55:34 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  Tony thats so funny. So cool. Your 1 for 1 right now. Mayberit will even be a winner. :)

9/30/2013 7:00:40 AM

  Three Staff Favorites for me. Best of luck to all!

9/30/2013 7:11:31 AM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  Hi Nancy - Staff Favorites are the pool from which Finalists are drawn now.
(Then Winners are drawn from Finalists.)

9/30/2013 8:46:39 AM

  Thank you, Chris, for clearing that up- at least, now there is still hope !

9/30/2013 8:51:09 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  Finalists are out. I receieved one. Looks like you got one to for your one and only submission for August Tony.
Congratulations to all finalist and best of luck in the next round.

9/30/2013 11:31:59 AM

  Two Finalists out of the three SFs. Pretty happy about that, although my fav above didn't get picked (almost never happens!).

I see quite a few of you picked accurately, congratulations! Best of luck to all in the next round!

9/30/2013 11:42:23 AM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  Woohoo! I see 4 images posted here as personal favorites, that made it to Silver! Congratulations to those, and the rest who snagged a Finalist (even if it wasn't on your personal favorite shared here.) I managed 3 Staff Fav's, turning into 2 Finalists... Best of luck in the winner's round---wonder if that will be pushed out later tonight to keep it all on the 30th!

9/30/2013 11:54:42 AM

  Congrats to all the awesome finalists!!

Two of my three Staff Favorites went on to Finalist. One of them is my fav posted in this thread, and the other is my self portrait. I am especially thrilled about that one because it is my first self portrait ever!

Best of luck to all in the next round!

9/30/2013 12:22:23 PM

  Dayna, what part of kentucky are you from? I was born and raised in western kentucky

9/30/2013 2:59:38 PM

  I received Finalists on my 2 Staff Favorites! whew !

9/30/2013 3:13:04 PM

  Congratulations to the finalists! Good luck I the next round! I picked right for once - wowza! ;-) Smiling!

9/30/2013 3:48:06 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/3/2005
  I see gold in this thread... Congratulations, Peggy, and to all the other Winners for August!

10/1/2013 5:14:58 AM

  Congratulations to all the Winners!

10/1/2013 5:25:01 AM

  I just spent time admiring the finalists and winners, and I have to say that I am blown away by the amazing talent here.

Huge congrats to all the Staff Favorites, Finalist, and Winners! Very inspiring work!

10/1/2013 10:57:33 AM

  Congrats to all the finalists, winner s and Staff favorites! You all are awesome!

10/1/2013 11:03:17 PM

  Chiming in a bit late as I was away. CONGRATZ to all on your medals. I got lucky to have gotten two in August.



10/11/2013 3:47:08 AM

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Jeff E Jensen
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member since: 6/8/2008
  75 .  Winners Circle Jan. 2013 through June 2013
Phello Photographers Club - Winners Circle July through December, 2013.
This discussion is for members of the Phello Photographers club to post finalists and winners.

9/14/2013 8:57:05 PM


30 Sec - f/4 - ISO 3200 - 17mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 17-40 f/4.0L Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
Gathering of the Domes
Gathering of the Domes

1649 Sec - f/6.3 - ISO 250 - 14mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 14mm f/2.8L
Sorry this took so long to post, I completely forgot about it.

Two for me for July. One 2nd place and one of the new Staff Favorite, whatever that means.

9/15/2013 7:13:00 PM Photo Contest Finalist
f/5.6 1/200 -0.67 ISO 800
Canon 55-250mm at 135.0
Catch-all 7/17/13
One Finalist and one Staff Favorite for July.

9/16/2013 7:05:10 AM

f/5.6 1/1250 -0.33 ISO 160
Canon 70-200mm f/4L at 138.0
Flowers 7/3/13
Staff Favorite

9/16/2013 7:07:47 AM

  Nice work on both, Susan!

9/16/2013 3:23:51 PM

  Impressive work, as usual, Jeff. Congratulations!

9/16/2013 7:46:34 PM

  Congrats to both of you!!!

9/21/2013 2:36:40 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Spiral Jetty At Sunset
Spiral Jetty At Sunset
Canon EOS 7d, Tamron 18-270mm lens,f/29, 6 sec., ISO 100, -0.7 step
  Elakala Falls
Elakala Falls
Canon EOS 7d, Tamron 18-270mm lens,f/25, 25 sec., ISO 100, -0.7 step
One for me this month and one staff favorite

10/1/2013 3:41:49 AM

  Woo hoo BETH!!!!!! Glad they recognized these beautiful pictures!!!

10/1/2013 1:54:15 PM Photo Contest Finalist
f/5.6 1/500 ISO 200
Canon 28-135mm f/3.5 at 127.0
Nature & Landscapes 8/8/13
One for August.

10/2/2013 12:36:15 AM

  Congratulations, Beth! I love them both.

10/2/2013 12:38:18 AM

  Congrats Susan!!!

10/2/2013 4:53:45 AM

Stephen Shoff
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/23/2008 Photo Contest Finalist
The Door at the End
The Door at the End
f/8.0, 1/40 sec., ISO 1250; EF 17-40 f/4L @ 33mm

Ft. Point, San Francisco, CA

September finalist.

10/2/2013 8:37:30 PM

Stephen Shoff
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/23/2008

10/2/2013 8:40:07 PM

  Outstanding work, Stephen! Congratulations!

10/2/2013 8:43:11 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Big Sky, Little Bird
Big Sky, Little Bird

1/3200 Sec - f/6.3 - ISO 640 - 560mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 400mm F/2.8L IS II - Canon EF 1.4x III
Congrats, everyone!

Stephen - I really love that shot, it should have gone further.

One for me for the month.

10/2/2013 8:44:33 PM

  Truly Fine Art Photography, Jeff. Very creative and appealing. Congratulations!

10/2/2013 10:46:13 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Thor's Hammer
Thor's Hammer
A composite of light painting and long star exposure. Photo Contest Finalist
Target Sited
Target Sited
1/2500 f7.1 400mm 2500 ISO Photo Contest Finalist
Light painting.

40 seconds f11 ISO 100

Still catching up a bit. These are great everyone. Well deseriving of recogntion.

I have one for Aug. and 2 for Sept.

10/9/2013 4:29:16 PM

  Congrats everyone!!!

10/9/2013 4:59:03 PM

  Beautiful work, Mike. Congratulations!

10/9/2013 8:04:37 PM

  Got lucky to have gotten two in August.



10/11/2013 3:31:13 AM

Interestingly enough, I managed two Finalists and one Staff Favorite. I thought it was interesting that they posted backwards this month -- first out came the Placed Winners and then a few of the Finalists (both posted last night followed by the rest of the Finalists this evening. Who knows what is going on???

Happy Halloween, everyone!

10/31/2013 3:42:43 PM Photo Contest Finalist
GLAMOUR POSE Photo Contest Finalist
Interestingly enough, I managed two Finalists and one Staff Favorite. I thought it was interesting that they posted backwards this month -- first out came the Placed Winners and then a few of the Finalists (both posted last night followed by the rest of the Finalists this evening. Who knows what is going on???

Happy Halloween, everyone!

10/31/2013 3:43:17 PM

  Pretend you don't see the Snake River image. Guess the Staff Picks don't go along with the image itself. Who knew?

10/31/2013 3:45:58 PM

  Congratulations Debbie!

10/31/2013 6:43:27 PM Photo Contest Finalist
An Afternoon at the Lake
An Afternoon at the Lake
f/5.6 1/2000 -0.67 ISO 1600
Canon 55-250mm @ 250.0
Catch-All 9/3/13
One Finalist for September.

11/1/2013 6:42:50 AM

  Congrats Debbie and Susan!!!

I FINALLY got an EP-first one since the beginning of summer...

11/1/2013 7:31:01 PM

  Congratulations on your Finalists and SF, Debbie, a notable achievement in the new BP environment! The Staff Favorite badge did appear at one point. Perhaps it's a glitch and they will restore it.

Congratulations on your EP, Elaine! I've visited your gallery and I believe you deserve so many more than the stingy Editor has given you.

11/2/2013 9:59:57 AM Photo Contest Finalist
Bogey Ten O'clock
Bogey Ten O'clock
1/1000 f5.6 ISO 250 400mm
One for me too.

Congratulations on the beautiful finalists, Debbie and Susan and your EP Elaine. I don't see those EP's much anymore. This shot had a SF one day and then changed to a finalist. Still not sure I understand what is going on with the contest.

11/2/2013 10:16:25 AM

  Congratulations on your Finalist, Mike! Everyone loved this capture and sure am glad the judges took notice.

11/2/2013 11:24:41 PM

  Woo hoo-congrats Mike!

11/3/2013 6:19:47 PM

  Congratulations Susan and MIke!! Also congratulations to you Elaine for the EP!

11/3/2013 7:19:03 PM

Looks like the EP and the Finalist's are out for October.

11/30/2013 9:17:32 AM

I guess the EP's and Finalist's are now out for October.

11/30/2013 9:20:45 AM

  Whoops! Having trouble uploading images! Sorry! Everyone! I batted a 1000 this time! Three EP's, one was Staff Pick, and the Staff Pick went to Finalist. I just can't figure out how to upload all three from my photos listed on here.

11/30/2013 9:25:47 AM

  Congrats, Beth! Just looked at October Finalists and your shot - Sunset Canon Settlement - is a finalist! WTG!

11/30/2013 6:35:36 PM Photo Contest Finalist

1/200 Sec - f/7.1 - ISO 100 - 90mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
  The Milky Way
The Milky Way

30 Sec - f/2.8 - ISO 4000 - 14mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 14mm f/2.8L
Congrats, everyone! One finalist and one staff favorite for me for October.

11/30/2013 6:40:55 PM

  Congrats, Susan, on your Finalist for October for wild Grain! WTG!

11/30/2013 6:41:10 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Sunset Canon Setlement
Sunset Canon Setlement
Ca, ISO non 7D, Tamron 18-250 mm lens, 1/30, f/9, ISO 200
Congratulations to Everyone. I had one, it was also a Staff Favorite.

11/30/2013 8:25:09 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Wild Grain
Wild Grain
f/6.3 1/4000 -0.67 ISO 400
Focal length 208.0mm
Nature & Landscapes 10/26/13
Congratulations on your October Finalists Kalena, Jeff and Beth.

One for me.

12/1/2013 2:03:03 AM

  Thank you, it's been a long time!

12/1/2013 7:08:56 AM

  Congratulations on some very fine shots everyone.

I note that there are a number of shots not posted. I saw 3 by Dale and one by Debbie (get them in so that all may see) I also note that some of our finalists should have gone further in my opinion, but the judges seem to have their own criteria.

12/1/2013 5:11:01 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Yeah...Mike. They sure do have their own criteria. The problem being no one knows just what that is. This one I got a Finalist on was one I almost didn't add at all to the line-up. IMHO, I thought a few of the others were much better. Go figure. Here is the one I got this month.

12/1/2013 6:16:43 PM

  Wow-congrats to everyone!!! Well deserved!

12/2/2013 6:30:23 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Colorado Falls
Colorado Falls
Another shot from a small stream with falls on the road to Mt. Evans.

PP in LR5 and Nik Color Efx


I did get one for October.

12/9/2013 8:05:10 AM

  Congratulations Debbie and Kalena

12/9/2013 8:21:48 AM

  Congratulations Debbie and Kalena!

12/11/2013 9:09:40 PM

December Finalist.

1/3/2014 5:32:09 AM Photo Contest Finalist
Moves in Mind
Moves in Mind
A composite.
DD 11/22/13
December Finalist.

1/3/2014 5:34:11 AM

Natural/Abstract Photography
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member since: 5/17/2006

November Finalist

1/3/2014 7:07:16 AM

  Congrats to the November Finalists!

1/3/2014 3:40:14 PM

  Congrats Susan and Kalena!

1/4/2014 2:42:50 PM

Natural/Abstract Photography
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member since: 5/17/2006
  Congratulations to Susan and Kalena and everyone else too ~April

1/4/2014 3:09:28 PM Photo Contest Finalist
After The Storm
After The Storm
Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm lens, f/13, 1/250, ISO 200
Congratulations to everyone! I have one also.

1/4/2014 7:57:52 PM

  How did I miss this one? Beautiful! Congrats!

1/5/2014 5:06:28 AM

  Congratulations, Beth! Beautiful seascape!

1/5/2014 6:57:00 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Piano Steps 2
Piano Steps 2
Taken from one of my favorite restaurants - Lone Star Attitude. These are the steps up to the third level. I thought it made an interesting shot looking down form the top.
Nikon D7000, 18-200mm at 18mm, 1/3 sec at f9, ISO 160. PP in LR5 and PSE 12.


December Finalist - Piano Steps 2 fron LSA - Lone Star Attitude restaurant in Denton, TX.

Thank you, Dale, for telling me about the "screen" tool in PSE that made this photo better.

2/1/2014 5:37:58 AM

  Congrats Kalena!!!

2/1/2014 4:23:12 PM

  Thanks, Elaine.

2/1/2014 4:41:27 PM

f/7.1 1/250 -1.0 ISO 320
Animals 12/12/13
Just a Staff Favorite.

2/1/2014 6:31:24 PM

Congratulations to all of you. December was not my best month -- I kept forgetting to submit, so I was lucky to get two Staff Favorites at least.

2/1/2014 11:09:23 PM

Congratulations to all of you. December was not my best month -- I kept forgetting to submit, so I was lucky to get two Staff Favorites at least.

2/1/2014 11:09:53 PM

Congratulations to all of you. December was not my best month -- I kept forgetting to submit, so I was lucky to get two Staff Favorites at least.

Will try again tomorrow as they are not letting me put in the numbers tonight.

2/1/2014 11:10:31 PM

  Congratulations to all of you!

2/2/2014 4:33:13 AM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

.5 Sec - f/2.2 - ISO 80 - 5.2mm
Canon PowerShot S120
I'm to the point that I'm only entering 3-4 per month, so I guess I got lucky this month with a 2nd place.

2/2/2014 5:00:52 AM

Thought I'd try again. Here are my two Staff Picks.

2/2/2014 9:00:36 AM

  Congrats everyone! All all did good! My Piano Steps went Staff Fav after I posted. I got a bonus! Thanks, again Dale, for the help!

2/2/2014 9:55:49 AM

Maybe they will finally show up this time...

2/3/2014 7:40:32 AM

  Outstanding work, all! Congratulations! It's great to see the Phellos in the spotlight!

2/3/2014 8:31:59 AM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
~Golden Gate Bridge~
~Golden Gate Bridge~
Hey everyone!!1!
Got my first "Gold"! Super excited!! hopefully it's the first of many to come...

2/3/2014 3:28:56 PM

  Congrats Susan, Debbie, and Jeff! Yay!

2/4/2014 9:29:42 AM

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Jill Odice
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  76 .  September EFPs
Since nobody else has started one, thought I would go ahead...:-)

9/8/2013 10:59:14 PM

  9/1 Skipped
9/2 Back to School in Bodie - MT category
9//3 Boone's General Store-T & P category
9/4 skipped
9/5 Union Brewery-DD category

9/8/2013 11:05:40 PM

  Got one for 9/5 - As The Day Begins for Nature and Landscape

9/9/2013 5:31:51 AM

  9/1..Animals..Stop Interrupting Me
9/4..Landscape..Some Of That Great Oklahoma Light

9/9/2013 10:44:20 AM

  Nine up, nine ignored. Not happy.

9/9/2013 11:12:22 AM

  I'd just checked before posting the above - within minutes, I found one for the 7th. Other eight skipped.

9/9/2013 11:34:07 AM

  9/8..Landscape..I'll Take Clouds Like This Any Day
Just now.

9/9/2013 11:41:01 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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member since: 3/21/2010
  9/1 A New Day...Nature & Landscapes
9/2 Skipped
9/3 Early Signs Of Fall....Nature & Landscapes
9/4 Dinner Time...Nature & Landscapes
9/5 Grab Hold.....Nature & Landscapes
9/6 Red Leaf Floating...Catch All
9/7 Pretty Flyer...Nature & Landscapes

9/9/2013 1:53:18 PM

  9/5- Cherry Red And White Picket
9/6-A View From The East-2

9/9/2013 4:36:42 PM

  Oh, I also got one for
9/1- Storms Coming which, at the time, September forum wasn't up yet and I put it in August's.

9/9/2013 4:44:31 PM


9/9/2013 6:44:15 PM

  9/9..Catch All..Back In The Day
That makes 5 for September, and the same for August..I really feel cheated in the August picks. Anybody can see there was some pretty good (for me) stuff left out and some not so good put in. I'm totally confused. Who the heck is picking these (August) EPs?? Not exactly what you would expect with somebody "looking at each and every photo" is it?

9/10/2013 10:24:39 AM

  9/9..Catch All..Back In The Day
That makes 5 for September, and the same for August..I really feel cheated in the August picks. Anybody can see there was some pretty good (for me) stuff left out and some not so good put in. I'm totally confused. Who the heck is picking these (August) EPs?? Not exactly what you would expect with somebody "looking at each and every photo" is it?

9/10/2013 10:24:40 AM

  9/1 skip
9/2 skip
9/3 skip
9/4 bomb scare
9/5 the only way to ride
9/7 skip
9/8 the louvre

9/10/2013 4:22:20 PM

  9/2 Morning Glow - skipped
9/3 Harvest Time - first EP in months
9/4 Knight Lines - skipped
9/5 2-Story Web - skipped

9/11/2013 7:48:03 AM


jo ann c.

9/11/2013 7:52:22 AM

  Wowza, I'm on a roll for September! lol

I have ONE! Attention getter 9-7!!!

Now I feel more confident...:-0

jo ann c.

9/11/2013 7:57:11 AM

  School is Closed
Monthly Theme

Hi There

9/11/2013 8:11:30 AM

  If they're finished through the 9th, goes like this:

1st skip
2nd skip
3rd Deep Water people EP
4th skip
5th Roseate Spoonbill animal EP
6th Turning Point EoD EP
7th skip
8th skip
9th skip

9/11/2013 9:11:25 AM

Brian M. Jones
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member since: 11/28/2012
  I am curious is to wonder if "Everyone" is feeling the pinch of not getting EP's like they used to or is it that the usual Winners are still getting EP's like before and the rest of us are getting skipped..

Just curious and I am not here to offend anyone nor do I want angry emails, I am just wondering if BP is playing fair and cutting back EP's for "Everyone"

9/11/2013 11:41:28 AM

  Why are they caught up for Sept. but Aug. still lingers?????

9/11/2013 12:17:40 PM

Tammy Espino
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9/11/2013 12:56:34 PM

  9/1 Digital Darkroom Golden Light

9/7 Details & Macro Roller Derby

9/8 Catch All Blushing

9/11/2013 6:13:45 PM

  9/1 Baking Day (D&M)

Yes Brian, feeling the pinch. I used to go from about 99% EP's to one so far this month and 1 last month. I'm not feeling the love! LOL

9/11/2013 6:21:06 PM

  Thank you Jill!

9/1 - 9/8 no entries
9/9 Shabby Chic - Flowers

Guess that means I'm at

9/12/2013 10:43:11 AM

Brian M. Jones
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  Is anyone out there? Have not heard anyone in the forum at all today..

9/13/2013 8:59:41 PM

  Hi Brian :-) Nothing new yet...looks like the staff is on vacation :-)

9/14/2013 12:16:21 PM

Brian M. Jones
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  Hi Jill, thanks.. Yeah looks like they have been on a long

9/14/2013 2:12:23 PM

  Hi Brian, I have 7 for August and only 1 for September..but...a long time before we here about August and longer til September! A lot of us are still commenting on the August one even for September, I go back and look at both..

Good luck, I think is what is needed...

jo ann c.

9/16/2013 5:18:08 PM

  I've got only 4 for August and 4 for September despite entering every day. I doubt they've looked at all my images.

9/16/2013 10:41:30 PM

  EPs for September 2, 3, 4 and 7 so far.


9/17/2013 12:24:58 AM

  Three for August, one for September and I've entered every day both months (so far). Oh well, I've paid for the space through early 2015 so might as well keep filling it up. And always enjoy getting inspiration from all your entries!

9/17/2013 7:05:54 AM

  Only 5 for August and 5 for September so far. Downright sad, isn't it?

9/17/2013 10:00:09 AM

  I haven't had an EP since the 2nd of sept.. Of course I haven't entered any since the 2nd so that might explain it.

9/17/2013 2:18:19 PM

  Haha Nick! Yea that pretty much explains my entries (lack of) as well....

9/18/2013 4:21:36 AM

  MY EP's stopped on 9/8 have not had one since, not sure if it is my photogrpahs or they have just not handed out any recently.

9/18/2013 2:30:47 PM

  Nick and Susan ... I'm getting the idea now ... maybe not buying tickets is why I haven't won the lottery yet! LOL!

9/18/2013 4:38:36 PM

Rita Smith
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  I'm really heartbroken, I have finally improved on some of my photo's and was grateful to have EP's, didn't need finalist or winner... Just to know they thought the photo was good enough to get past that first round made me proud as a peacock, now I am beginning to think I am getting nowhere....

9/18/2013 6:48:24 PM

  Don't feel bad Ritajane most of us are in the same boat. I am actually pleased that I have 2 EP's for August now I was beginning to think it was just me. I went from almost all EP's to pretty much nothing.

9/18/2013 6:54:09 PM

  Yesterday I got EPs for 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th of August (while for 1st-22th in total, I got also 4).... this certainly doesn't mean a miraculous improvement in my photography!

9/18/2013 11:48:21 PM

  Is BP so eager to get on with October, that they have left a good part of August and September behind? Only 4 for September and I have only skipped one or two days. Major Bummer!! I thought they were on a roll for a while-seems NOT.

9/23/2013 11:55:46 AM

  Oops! Make that only 3 so far(I need to be positive) for September : (

Maybe they are counting some from August that they missed on the first round-wishful thinking???

9/23/2013 12:01:55 PM

  Just got one yesterday for August 3, if you can believe that...but September might as well not be happening. My wishful thinking cap stopped working at least a month ago. Best I can say is I don't even bother trying anymore - I just upload whatever turns ME on (which I always did anyway, but quality used to matter as well).

9/23/2013 12:11:00 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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member since: 3/21/2010
  Having not entered anything since 9/21 I see that my ambition to enter is directly affected by the response time they take in reviewing our images. It used to be so much more fun here getting that instant gratification or at least some sort of acknowledgement that they passed it by because others got EPs all ready. Now you never know where your image stands. A month later I dont even know what catagory I entered them in. lol . I kind of wonder who is filling out these surveys they send and if they are in fact as positive as they say. I see they are actually runnng again the 2 for 1 sale. At this point in th egame I wouldn't even purchase a 10 to 1.

9/26/2013 9:42:56 AM

  This is really sad, everyone. A multitude of concerns from members with everyone feeling deflated due to lack of EP's. As far as I'm concerned, this is jeopardizing my interest in continuing on as a member as I really enjoyed the fun of encouragement from other members and the contest with of course the EP's. I sent a note in two days ago but don't have a response yet. Will let you know if I do hear something...

9/26/2013 12:40:43 PM

  With so many members that participate on the EFP threads over the past six months threatening not to renew, it will be interesting to see 1]if that's true; 2] if enough people don't renew (even on the 2-fer; and 3] if a lack of renewals would have a big enough impact that the old ways will return.

9/26/2013 1:09:13 PM

  Kathy, I just don't see that happening! BP has moved on and away from those of us here!

9/26/2013 2:19:29 PM

  I remain optimistic - more or less. maybe sort of.

9/26/2013 2:57:53 PM

  I think they don't believe anybody will actually not renew. I also think they have pretty good reason to believe that.
I've seen quite a few threaten and nobody follow through, so it's kind of a threat that never materializes. Nobody wants to leave the social aspects of the site. We all have good friends here and that means a lot.

9/26/2013 3:43:06 PM

  Sometimes I get the feeling they are trying to phase out the galleries in favor of the more expensive websites? I have gotten several emails about the 2 for 1's on them, but no word on the same deal for the galleries...I have friends who have not renewed and won't renew unless the 2 for 1 comes back...Most of the women I shoot with hardly participate here anymore which is a shame as we used to be able to share photos from our adventures together. I guess nothing great lasts forever...

9/27/2013 9:11:41 AM

  That thought also had occurred to me, Jill - but then I remembered that in the past the 2-Fer for the Pros offers normally didn't come at the same time as the Basic renewal offers. The latter usually came in the Spring (just about the same time as my account would be expiring soon anyway.) I rarely paid attention and simply took advantage of the sales which pretty much explains why my subscription doesn't expire until April 2015.

9/27/2013 9:42:39 AM

  I think you are probably right about the renewals, Carolyn. This has been happening for quite some time now, and no changes have been made. I had 4 EP's in August and have had absolutely none for Sept. :/

9/28/2013 2:57:16 PM

  The question is what's the measure for renewals or not...what's the calculation?

9/28/2013 3:27:38 PM


9/30/2013 3:15:13 AM

  My answer to your question: I also saw the 2 for 1 add. I had been considering getting the website for awhile and had decided to do so. I have been waiting to see if this management had changed any but realized it was the same old-same old. I went with Smugmug. They have a good site for $60 per year and have been very helpful in setting mine up. It was $70 cheaper and a lot better response from the site. I was afraid to invest $199 for a site here since things have changed so drastically. Since the contest is now for free I am sorry I paid for 2 years.

9/30/2013 3:27:26 AM

  This place has turned into a ghost town!
It looks like Elvis has left the building!
It is NOT a hot time in the old town tonight!

9/30/2013 3:38:55 AM

  Patricia B. I have had my website with them since 2003 and for the most part love dealing with them. They are on top of things and will answer any questions immediately about how to set things up etc. I am not a techie, so many times if I ask nicely they will actually just fix things for me rather then try and explain how to do it :-)I am a bit overwhelmed with the new changes they are making, but have awhile yet before I have to switch to the new look.
I started out paying 59.00 for the pro level which went up over the years but not much. Recently I decided that since I was not using them to sell stuff to just go to the lower level for about 1/2 the cost.

9/30/2013 10:17:30 AM

  The Finalists are out...

My week is jammed with preparing for a trip, so please accept this as my sincere congratulations to those of you who did receive a Silver (and further to those who receive Golds.)

9/30/2013 1:22:38 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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member since: 3/21/2010
  Have a great trip Kathy.

9/30/2013 1:41:28 PM


10/2/2013 9:01:45 AM

  Nothing more for September, but I got one for October 1, so I guess we need a new page.

10/3/2013 11:17:06 AM

  Kathy, thoroughly enjoy your trip.

Me too, nothing more in September, and one for October 1. Crazy, insane schedule from BP. I honestly can think of no rational reason for it, and it makes me buggy. Anyway, here's the October 1.


10/3/2013 11:26:24 AM

  Mitch, your Currency is awesome, that is sure to be a winner girl! I LOVE IT!!

jo ann c.

10/3/2013 12:02:11 PM

  I think that Carolyn Fletcher's email addresses were hijacked. Don't open the hyperlink (or anytime you get a strange email from a friend with only a hyperlink in the body with no note from your friend.)

The email I got had a subject line of : fwd re: hello and included only a hyperlink.

10/3/2013 1:36:20 PM

Ken Beatty
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  What's up with September? Only 2 EFP's? Tag...

10/3/2013 2:23:12 PM

  Odd email from Carolyn, as well. Dont click on the link!

10/3/2013 2:26:42 PM


10/3/2013 2:37:56 PM

  I think it's under control. I changed passwords, ran a virus scan (negative)and am being monitored for 24 hours to see if anything else happens. What an ordeal!

10/3/2013 5:39:55 PM

  Has anyone heard from Cheri?

10/3/2013 6:16:17 PM

  Ive had it happen to me too Carolyn. Luckily I was able to keep my same email address I had for years. It's annoying that people have nothing better to do than try and steal from others :(

10/3/2013 6:21:32 PM

  It was kind of weird, I wasn't even home when it happened. When I got home there were a bunch of bounced back emails I supposedly sent from the Jacquie Lawson website. I haven't sent anything from there for about 6 months.
Maybe it was them that got hacked. Nothing else went through and there have been no more. It's got me confused. I did get to keep my email address far. LOL

10/3/2013 7:01:17 PM

  A September EP showed up overnight..
8/10..Landscape..A Spectacular Night Sight

10/4/2013 2:20:30 AM

  And another October one this morning.
Jill, you better put up an October page.

10/4/2013 4:22:22 AM

  Carolyn: I got a warning from Adobe this morning that my adobe ID may have been comprimized; that Adobe's password system had been hacked and that I should change my password, and all other sites that I have used it on. Could be what happened to you. Think of how many Adobe customers there are-whew. I also got a strange message last week on my cell phone, that I had been hacked, so I think all this is coming from the same place. I have my phone mirroring what I get on my computer. What a mess!

10/4/2013 5:12:16 AM

  Nancy Marie, Amy Weiss wrote that Adobe PS Cloud users had been hacked so badly that all their passwords and financial info was compromised. It's serious enough that she had to order a new debit card etc. It's totally different (at least from earlier FB experiences) than what Carolyn is experiencing.

10/4/2013 5:20:38 AM

  I don't have an Adobe password anyway.
I'm still using an old "borrowed" Photoshop 7.

10/4/2013 5:45:38 AM

  The Adobe thing is not about your hacking from FB, Carolyn. It's what Nancy Marie should check into - seriously.

10/4/2013 6:10:23 AM

  Carolyn, I got 2 hacked emails form you yesterday...I usually do not open anything that has nothing in the subject line and never click on any links...I will start the October thread :-)

10/4/2013 7:01:14 AM

  If anybody gets anything more emails from me, let me know!

10/4/2013 9:06:08 AM

  It is the ugly side of business. Most photos are not even being looked at. Saves the sight money not to have to judge by looking at the photo's everyday.
They are playing it smart to by not caring about or addressing the concerns of its customers because they know that most of us will renew anyway. If you contact them they will not respond.
BP is in the position where it is making good money and it can at the same time ignore its customers. Most businesses could not survive doing that, but BP can because its customers enjoy the social and sharing part of BP.
The only thing we can do is enjoy our photography, encourage each other, never judge your work by the judges who usually don't even see your work. Do what you love to do. Don't let BP and its staff destroy your love for seeing the beauty in the world. Support each other, encourage one another, cherish the friendships.

10/5/2013 3:53:10 AM

  Plus 1, Frank!

10/5/2013 7:49:48 AM

  Great advise Frank. I fell into that trap of judging my work that way this past month. Thanks for the encouraging words! Many congrats to all Sept. contest winners!!

10/5/2013 8:11:14 AM

  Beware.... Tammy Newcomb's email addresses were also hijacked.

10/7/2013 5:13:47 AM

  Mine may well have been an Adobe thing. I didn't think I had a password over there, but I must have got one when I registered my Elements 9..I got an email from Adobe saying they had changed it, and I could change it again by hanging from the ceiling by a spiderweb and licking my keyboard, or something about as NOT easy. I have no use for Adobe online, so I just left it at whatever they changed it to.

10/7/2013 5:21:57 AM

  I'm not a cloud user, but I did get the same email yesterday from Adobe about my password needing to be re-set. I'm not that fond of spiderwebs so I think I'll pass as well! I had been debating the CS6 upgrade before it all goes to the cloud at the end of the year. Now I think NOT. Interesting that I heard from Adobe days after Kathy reported the issue here.

10/7/2013 8:13:08 AM

  Carolyn, I want to see you do the change of your password!!! :-)

10/7/2013 9:03:19 AM

  I bet you would~ That's why I'm not changing it. LOL

10/7/2013 9:17:01 AM

Rita Smith
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  Hey everybody, I was informed I needed to change mine to because 2.9 million accounts had been compromised, I had to change 3 CC cards.

10/7/2013 10:57:26 AM

  Maybe we should have a separate thread for these discussions?

10/7/2013 12:55:05 PM

  9/5-Good Morning Sunshine.

Nothing for October yet.

10/7/2013 12:59:23 PM

  For the first time, I did not get a single EP for the entire month last month. Am I that bad?

10/7/2013 8:42:05 PM

  Has anybody gotten a Editors Pick since Sept 7th? Not including October ones...

10/7/2013 9:18:23 PM

  Alex, heavens no you are not that bad! I'm beging to think they are trying to phase out the contest! Just a thought!

10/7/2013 10:04:03 PM

  Tag. Also congratulations to all the Amazing, August Staff Favorites, Finalists and Winners!!! Sorry I can't comment on all of them individually but I would if I could :-)

10/7/2013 10:07:37 PM

  Thank you Joannie for your encouragement. I was wondering myself if they are not so enthusiastic about the contest anymore.

10/7/2013 10:13:29 PM

Ken Smith
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  Alex, based on this EP thread, I think BP is only up to Sept 10th for handing out EPs. Or maybe the 9th. There's many more days to come for EP chances in Sept.

10/8/2013 3:48:07 AM

  9/10..Landscape..A Spectacular Night Sight
I thought I had put this one in a week or so ago when I got it, but I guess not, I don't see it.
Nothing since the 10th that I know of.

10/8/2013 3:59:11 AM

  My last EP was around Sept. 7; zero since. Doubt the contest will disappear, but rather is being seriously de-emphasized/discouraged in an effort to refocus on why the site was started (classes and, to a lesser degree, upscale galleries). Only thing I'm SURE of, though, is that the quality of our photos has not taken a nosedive all of a sudden.

10/8/2013 7:28:23 AM

  My last was 9/7. I didn't enter again until 9/13, so hard to tell where they stopped ...

10/8/2013 10:02:49 AM

  Ken, that explains it. My first entry for September was on 11th. I guess I'm not the only one who felt discouragement. I was wondering if they don't like seeing my work any longer. I'm very sensitive. LOL

10/8/2013 12:47:30 PM

Ken Smith
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  Alex, then you're good to go. And Carolyn, I did see your EP comment earlier about the 10th of Sept. I had to scroll up a bit. It's hard to find actual EP comments on the EP forum now. :-)

10/8/2013 12:53:23 PM

  October thread....

Or just change the number above from 36019 (Sept) to 36032 (Oct)

10/8/2013 3:51:14 PM

  9/11..Animals.. Three In The Field

10/9/2013 2:59:57 AM

  They are just now giving EP's for photo's uploaded a month ago....what the heck?

10/9/2013 9:37:23 AM

  And all is settled and winners and finalist are posted for September....oh well, if you got an EP in September, still be proud? :-)

jo ann c.

10/9/2013 10:34:38 AM

  Seems like I'm totally left out of the race. I have no EP for September.

10/9/2013 10:48:43 AM

  Those are not September winners, they are August. Somebody goofed up big time.

10/9/2013 10:56:05 AM Photography Contest: September 2013 Contest Winners

How could I get this mixed up? :-0

Just because it said SEPTEMBER 2013??

And they are dated in gets complicated! :-)

jo ann c.

10/9/2013 11:36:11 AM

Brian M. Jones
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member since: 11/28/2012
  Okay so the Finalist Picks for September has not even come out, yet they have already announced September winners?? Looks like the same winners for August.. What the hell is going on at BetterPhoto..

10/9/2013 1:07:00 PM

  Nothing serious, somebody just put the wrong title on the page. I wrote in about it, so I'm sure they will fix it soon.

10/9/2013 1:14:30 PM

Brian M. Jones
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  Oh Okay Carolyn, I was going say.. So many weird confusing things lately on here, I thought this was another BetterPhoto change that they didn't tell us about..

10/9/2013 1:19:18 PM

  Here is the pattern as I see it...they won't post September finalists and winners until we are well into Nov.! CRAZY!

10/9/2013 2:41:06 PM

  Seems like the pattern has been that close to the end of the month, they finish up the EPs from the prior month (usually from mid month on). At this point they have stopped EPs on the current month (again, getting thru about half the month). Then they announce SFs, Finalists then Winners. What's even more odd is that, instead of starting back up where they left off in mid month, they instead start on EPs for the new month. Mid month they'll stop the current month EPs and go back to finish the prior month. Rinse, repeat...

I can't figure out what benefit they would get from doing it this way but there either is one or the new software won't let them do things the old way. I miss the old way, the pace and the involvement. It was more lively and more fun. Honestly, that made it more addictive!

10/9/2013 4:21:22 PM

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  You know, I have been wondering if maybe they might be short on judges, down sizing ect... And if they are that might be the reason they are slow to get everything done? Might they contact members of Betterphoto who have really great photography skills to start EP'S, Then those judges that are left give out the finalists and winners?? Just an idea....

10/9/2013 5:21:15 PM

  I believe that's been suggested years ago and turned down.

10/9/2013 7:59:25 PM

  Maybe they should just go back to the way I used to be before they even had EPs where you had to wait until the end of the month to find out if you had a finalist?

10/10/2013 8:48:36 AM

  I could handle that. But I also feel like BP is evolving with these changes so I'm curious. Plus, I enjoy hearing from you guys and seeing your work so I'm not getting off the ride just yet. :)

10/10/2013 11:43:37 AM

  I agree with you Jill. I rather just wait it out and see what happens instead of wondering whether or not my 1 EP per month will make the cut.

10/10/2013 6:42:35 PM

  EFP's over night for the 11th & 12th.

10/11/2013 4:27:57 AM

  Just saw one this morning for the 13th. (They skipped 7th through 12th.)

Old-Time Technology

10/11/2013 6:22:25 AM

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  9/12 "Garden"

10/11/2013 7:03:23 AM

  I just got one for "The Gathering" dated 13th..

jo ann c.

10/11/2013 7:30:20 AM

  9/12.. Catch All..Find The Fly On The Flower
9/13..Landscape..A Sunset To Love

10/11/2013 7:33:38 AM

  Finally I got my first EP for September. And I hope it's not the last.
9/11 Edelyn at St. Ignatius

10/11/2013 10:39:45 AM

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  Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady Butterfly
9/11 Details and Macro

9/12 Animals

9/13 Catch All
Sulphur Butterfly

10/11/2013 11:21:22 AM

  Both Sides Now
Both Sides Now
9/10 skipped
9/11 skipped
9/12 Both Sides Now ....E of D
9/13 Sunshine.... Flowers

10/11/2013 2:39:55 PM

  This is too weird ... I saw the updates in this thread so I went and looked at my 9/13 entry. I swear it had an EP, and a minute later it didn't! Has anyone ever had that happen?

10/11/2013 6:58:50 PM

  Yes. Email BP support and give them your photo ID# and title. They should re-instate your EP, or give you a reason why not.

10/11/2013 8:12:51 PM

  Thanks, Nancy Marie!

10/11/2013 8:14:37 PM

not sure if my pictures are getting better or the staff are giving more EPs. LOL

10/12/2013 10:16:21 AM

  Before the Storm
Before the Storm
The Louvre before the rain set in.
not sure if my pictures are getting better or the staff are giving more EPs. LOL

10/12/2013 10:18:34 AM

another one

10/14/2013 9:12:40 AM

  Sunset in the Swamp
Sunset in the Swamp
the louisiana swamp can be dangerous but also beautiful
another september

10/16/2013 3:06:13 PM

  9/13 Digital Darkroom

Split Personality

10/16/2013 3:51:38 PM

  They skipped over half of September for me, but I got one for Oct 2nd today-I wonder if this is going to be like this forever-doing 3 months at a time?

10/16/2013 4:01:07 PM

  I got only two for September. Very encouraging (;^_^)

10/16/2013 4:07:45 PM

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  Tony what dates were your submissions? I dont think I have seen any activity on mine since the 14th on the September entries.

10/16/2013 4:12:02 PM

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  The last EP I've seen was from the 13th...maybe the 14th, on this thread. There's still 16 days to go, so just keep checking the September EP forum and don't be discouraged if you haven't gotten any EPs on photos submitted after 14 Sept. None of us have gotten EPs.

BP may continue to hand out EPs for October. They've had multiple months going simultaneously for the last several months. It's their new "Ops Normal." They'll finish up September soon enough.

If BP does it like the last two months, there will be an increase in September EPs over the next 10 days or so.

10/16/2013 7:44:11 PM

  If you look at my port I got one on the 14th yesterday or this morning. I have everything with dates on them.

10/17/2013 6:13:28 AM

  I only have 2 for September, 9-7 Attention Getter, and 9-13The Gathering

jo ann c.

10/17/2013 6:57:12 AM

  You beat me, Jo Ann - I have exactly ONE for September!

10/17/2013 7:07:22 AM

  Well, looks as though they've started up again. September 14, Nature and Landscapes.

Anhinga and Friend

10/17/2013 8:11:05 AM

  There's hope yet! Maybe I'll stop for a bit digging the hole I was gonna bury myself in... :-)

10/17/2013 8:40:26 AM

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  Hey Bob, may I borrow your shovel? lol

10/17/2013 12:04:28 PM

  Jayne, may I use the shovel next? :-)

10/17/2013 12:25:21 PM

  Let's all just jump in the damn hole and get it over with! LOL

10/17/2013 12:43:56 PM

  We've got to choose 1 person to stay outside the hole to take pictures of us..... :-)

10/17/2013 12:58:26 PM

  Well! I would hate to lose y'all, but that picture certainly would be unique! :-)

jo ann c.

10/17/2013 1:02:26 PM

  Indeed it would! All of BPs profits down the hole......nyuk nyuk nyuk

10/17/2013 1:04:15 PM

  I get to be on top of the bunch in the hole...I'm very small. LOL

10/17/2013 1:12:36 PM

  Ya'll are cracking me up. Count me in!

10/17/2013 1:22:36 PM

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  :) Funny peeps. I am too tall to fit in any small hole.I will take the photo!!
I am on a roll five for Sept. The most I have had in a very long time!!

10/17/2013 2:24:42 PM

  Ohhh nooo Tammy! I called it first, I WILL take the picture! :-0 See my call above! :0

jo ann c.

10/17/2013 3:44:56 PM

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  JO Anne, ok ok you can take the photo. I will take a photo of you taking the

10/17/2013 3:59:44 PM

  Well that photo ought to get an EP if nothing else does! :-)

10/17/2013 4:37:44 PM

  Or a GP, Joannie, since we'll all be in the hole and that'll be the only image in the contest... :-)

10/17/2013 5:41:50 PM

  I like the way you think Bob! :-)

10/17/2013 8:39:10 PM

  Miners Shack
Miners Shack
Miner's Shack T & P category 09/14

10/17/2013 11:47:02 PM

  Bomb Scare
Bomb Scare
i fly all the way to paris and the day I go to photograph the arc there was a bomb scare and we couldnt get near it.
this is from earlier in the month

10/19/2013 7:07:51 AM

  There were a whole slew of notifications in my email this morning. Are the Finalists on the pictures involved for August or for September?

Sometimes, people see the awards (which show no dates) way after the fact and comment. But, then I can't figure out if the award is new or old.

10/19/2013 12:22:09 PM

  You should be able to look back through the comments and see when the first congratulatory messages came through. I've done that before - doesn't take a minute. I'm sure these were August. They haven't even finished EPs for September. That said, I just looked in the place where they post the finalists on the main page and it looks as if they have re-posted the August Finalists but called them September Finalists. They had mis-named the August Winners (and maybe Finalists - the Winners are still mis-named) and called them September. But there were no August Winners in the list. I wrote them about this some time ago - I'm thinking others may have, too. Maybe whoever is trying to correct the mistake is confused :)

10/19/2013 12:55:51 PM

  I wrote them also. Got a note back from Kerry saying they were working on it, it was a glitch..apparently they went the wrong way to correct it.

10/19/2013 1:24:31 PM

  That's usually how I do it too, Nikki. I had forgotten that somebody had mentioned a glitch (was getting ready for, and taking a trip so didn't keep up with things.) That could be why I feel so off-kilter. Thanks to you and Carolyn for the explanation.

10/19/2013 1:56:41 PM

  Pretty Butterfly
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09/15 Pretty Butterfly D & M category

10/21/2013 7:43:37 PM

I,too,just got one for the 15th!!

10/21/2013 7:59:06 PM

I,too,just got one for the 15th!!

10/21/2013 8:00:12 PM

  I guess that means I'm skipped for both the 14th and 15th.

10/22/2013 2:28:42 AM

  Welcome to my world Carolyn! :-(

10/22/2013 6:07:04 AM

  Oh, I don't think they are done for the 15th . . . my entry was wonderful and it doesn't have one yet LOL

10/22/2013 7:09:46 AM

  Susan S., I think you hit the nail right on the head with that pattern description!

Just got one for the 15th. My first for Sept.

10/22/2013 11:26:46 AM

  Not sure exactly when it came in, but I finally got one for the 15th (I had looked when Dianne reported a couple of days ago and two or three times since then and it wasn't there, but it is this morning).

September 15 - Catch-All

10/25/2013 8:20:11 AM

  Great Nikki! Now, I looked after reading YOUR post, and I got another on the 17th! Yay!! Let's keep this going! lol :)

10/25/2013 8:32:30 AM

9/17..EOD..Old But Still Proud
9/18..CatchAll..Miss? I Don't Think So!
9/19..Animals..Rest In Peace, Sweet Sammy

10/25/2013 9:03:31 AM

  Another for the 18th.. Lincoln's Top Hat.

10/25/2013 9:17:08 AM

9/16 Splash N&L category

10/25/2013 10:10:32 AM

9/17 skipped
9/18 Goblets, Catch all category

10/25/2013 10:13:37 AM

  September 16 Details and Macro

September 17 skipped. Of course, it's my favorite of the month.
CSA Soldier

September 18 Nature and Landscapes
Garden Spot

10/25/2013 11:38:06 AM

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  9/15 Early Morning

Woo hoo! 100% of my September entries received Editor's Pick!

Okay, so I only entered one - but we'll ignore that minor little detail, and just go with the 100%. :)

10/25/2013 7:52:56 PM

The skipped ones are too many to list :

10/25/2013 8:07:43 PM

9/19-Demanding Center Stage

This one was picked the day after my previous one, so maybe they are looking faster since the end of the month is nearing ?

10/26/2013 7:30:05 AM

  9/20..Landscape..Gorgeous Rays From Above

10/26/2013 4:06:22 PM

  Woot Woot for Pat and her 100% success rate!!!

10/26/2013 4:09:46 PM

  That's funny, Pat. :D

10/26/2013 4:17:50 PM

  9/19-Silhouettes At Sun Up
9/20-Spits And Polish
9/24-(B/W)-On The Other Side

10/27/2013 6:23:19 AM

9/23..Landscape..Scary But Beautiful
9/25..Landscape..It Was A Very Bad Week
9/27..Macro..Double Bubble

10/27/2013 6:42:21 AM

  9/22 Nature and Landscapes (after a couple of skips that do not surprise me)
Autumn Reflections

Then I forgot to enter for three days straight which I NEVER do - but not having anything to check in for has gotten me kind of out of the BP habit. Skipped 9/26 and 9/27 and those do surprise me, especially 9.27 as it's one with three member favorites which I rarely get; nothing yet for the rest of the month.

10/27/2013 7:48:04 AM

  1000 Hands Goddess Dance
1000 Hands Goddess Dance
  Poppies and Alfalfa
Poppies and Alfalfa
9/21 Geisha - people category
9/22 Mannequin? - people category
9/23 1000 Hands Goddess Dance- People category
9/27 Poppies and Alfalfa- flowers category

10/27/2013 7:49:31 AM

  9/18 Catch-All Fronds

9/20 Digital Darkroom To Everything There Is a Season

9/22 Flowers Autumn Daisy

9/24 Details & Macro Curlicue

9/25 Elements of Design Of Red and Gray

10/27/2013 9:46:28 AM

  Which ride to ride
Which ride to ride
so do I ride the carousel or do I ride the eiffel tower?
lots of EP's out today

10/27/2013 11:22:44 AM

9/29-Really Spooky Clouds

10/28/2013 4:30:09 AM

  I just put up the 9/29 pick and this one wasn't there, but when I went back to my gallery, there it was!??

9/26-Approaching Storm

10/28/2013 4:39:42 AM

  not you again
not you again
"not you agian" seems to be what this little one is saying as he looks at the camera
EP's still showing up

10/28/2013 4:57:32 AM

  I just noticed EFP's thru 9/30

10/28/2013 6:00:21 AM

  It must be over, I ended up with 5 EPs out of 8 entries for September... :-)

10/28/2013 6:50:50 AM

  I got a couple of more for Sept...seems like they pick some that I had considered deleting...I have NO IDEA what they may be looking for! lol

Good luck everybody!

jo ann c.

10/28/2013 7:14:29 AM

  I guess that means I'm skipped for the 28th, 29th and 30th.
JoAnn, I don't think they are looking at all.

10/28/2013 7:18:12 AM

  Wait a minute, Carolyn-they went back and picked one that was posted before 9/29 for me this morning-see my previous response.

10/28/2013 7:25:13 AM

  9/28 Catch-All One Came Tumbling Down

9/29 Elements of Design Diamonds

If they're done, I ended up with 10 out of 13.

10/28/2013 9:41:30 AM

  Out of 16 photos I have 3 EP's! Why bother I say! My last Sept. image is for 9/28 and I believe it is one of my best flower images...oh well what the hell! :-)

10/28/2013 9:55:34 AM

  I entered 16 and had 13 EP's out of those.

10/28/2013 2:39:41 PM

  5 of 14 for me.

10/28/2013 2:54:41 PM

  Well, I got a solid 50% EPs, probably because I only had two entries. It was a very dry month for me. I will be rooting for you all for September wins!

10/28/2013 3:11:39 PM

  16 for me, not too good! I entered every day, so just a hair over 50%.

10/28/2013 3:27:40 PM

  A lot of you are doing better than I am. 10 out of 29, about 30%.

10/28/2013 5:15:32 PM

  I'm all the way up to 7 and entered every day in September. If I happen to get one or two more, I might even make 3%. Big whoop!

10/28/2013 6:22:28 PM

  11 out of 22 for me, so 50% .

10/28/2013 6:25:51 PM

  14 out of 27. The worst part is, now looking at these 14 EPs, not even one looks as if it may end up in Silver/golden territory this month.


10/28/2013 11:19:41 PM

  18 out of 27 (66.6%)for the best month in a long time. However, I can relate to Usman in that I have no idea how any of them will do. Good luck everyone.

10/29/2013 10:19:28 AM

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  15 out of 30 for me, so 50% also.

10/29/2013 10:47:13 AM

  Just got one for October 3 - I'll let Jill know to start an October thread.

10/31/2013 8:10:58 AM

  There has been one but lot of folks haven't gone there but just kept going to this one, just change the last 2 numbers at top address to 32 and it will take you there...

jo ann c.

10/31/2013 8:22:03 AM

  Instead of 36019, change to 36032 for October link...

jo ann c.

10/31/2013 8:23:35 AM

  Out of my 50%, none of them went on to Staff Favorite

10/31/2013 8:39:45 AM

  I had a pretty good month. Seems better with fewer photos entered. 8 of 10 got EPs with 3 Staff Favs. However, what blows the theory of them taking into consideration the number of Favs out of the water is that I had 19 favs on one shot but it didn't even get a Staff Fav! Go figure. Rush job on their part I think.

10/31/2013 9:37:27 AM

  Congratulations to all the Winners for September.

11/1/2013 4:41:14 AM

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Jill Odice
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  77 .  Staff Favorites?
I got this email : New Round in Monthly Contest
Great news! We have added another round late in the BetterPhoto contest judging process. During this new round, Staff Favorites are chosen. Finalists will be more selective, and are pulled from this new round. Contestants will be notified if their contest entry is selected as a Staff Favorite. Then, if the image is later chosen as a finalist, the photographer will be emailed again.
So, does that mean that "Staff Favorites" will be chosen from images with EPs? Or is it possible that images which have not yet received an EP might get a Staff favorite? Lately I have been unchecking the box for an image to be seen if it seems to have been passed over for an EP. It would be great if this could be clarified a bit more as I am sure other members are wondering the same thing :-)

9/4/2013 7:50:24 AM

  I'm still totally confused about the relationship among EPs, the Staff Favorites and Finalists - and I didn't get the email, either (???). But then I also haven't had a Staff Fave since the initial launch and only a couple of EPs. So who knows?

9/5/2013 10:04:39 AM

  Monnie this email was on the SnapShot email that I received on Wenesday at the bottom of the page.

9/5/2013 10:57:01 AM

  Just checked all my messages for Wednesday including the deletes and spam folder, and I didn't get this one. Maybe you have to be signed up to get it???

9/5/2013 11:40:12 AM

  Yes, Monnie it is one you have to be signed up for.

9/5/2013 11:57:26 AM

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  Jill, I'm not sure if you noticed, but there's another thread in the forum on the Staff Favorites. Here's my interpretation for the relationship--ref Monnie's question.

EP round - first round of the contest

Staff Favorites - semi-finalist round. Please note I'm just saying "semi-finalist" based on what BP said in their earlier e-mails...that Finalists come from the Staff Favorites. Thus, they're kinda like semi-finalists. Last month, there were around 1200 SFs and 600 finalists (going off memory).

Another hypothetical. Assume 10,000 contest entries. Maybe 50% get an EP, or 5,000. Then, there's probably another elimination round..assume the number down to 2,500 now. Then, the Staff Favories round, and you're down to 1,200. Then Finalist, at 700.

You can't get a Staff Favorite unless the photo got EP. And you can't get a finalist if the photo didn't get a SF. They're just successive rounds in the contst.

9/5/2013 1:38:23 PM

  I jut read through all of these comments, and I'm wondering why my Staff Favorite isn't any where to be found. Confused? They sent me a Finalist notice and staff favorite for Aug. notice in an e-mail. Just wondering~

9/5/2013 2:09:01 PM

  I meant to say for July,lol sorry.

9/5/2013 2:10:51 PM

  Mine isn't showing up either. Still shows an EP.. I left it up to see if it would show up eventually, but it hasn't.
I only got 2 of them and the other one was a finalist, so it wouldn't apply to that one, since the finalist button replaces it. Maybe it's because I have an old style gallery??

9/5/2013 3:16:48 PM

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  Millieanne, there's a glitch on the new-style gallery and this was reported on an earlier forum thread. Although I think I'll contact BP direct.

Try using the old style gallery temporarily; you should see them there. They look very similar to the finalist emblem. And in the new style gallery (the kind you have now), you should be able to click the thumbnail and the SF badge will appear below the photo. At least it does for mine.

9/5/2013 4:52:31 PM

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  And to reiterate what Carolyn said...if the SF e-mail was for the same photo that got finalist, then the Finalist badge replaced it. I skimmed thru your comment and replied, then realized you probably only had the one image that was both a SF and finalist. But I did just send BP an e-mail asking if they could fix the glitch that prevents them from showing up on the new-style gallery.

9/5/2013 5:01:14 PM

  Ken, let us know what they tell you. I still do not have SF showing up on my gallery either.

9/5/2013 6:05:44 PM

  My SF was for the one finalist I had in July, so I didn't know why it's not showing. Thank's for all your responses folks, and perhaps it will in time show up~

9/5/2013 6:41:07 PM

Ken Smith
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  Millieanne, you'll never see the SF for your finalist. Your SF button was quickly replaced by the finalist button. It's similar to a gold medal (2nd or 1st place), replacing the finalist badge. I hope this makes sense.

9/5/2013 6:51:41 PM

  Hank you Ken. You should work for always seem to know what's going and explain things clearly :-) It is appreciated!

9/5/2013 7:40:25 PM

  Thank's Ken, why didn't I understand that~I think Carolyn mentioned that also~

9/5/2013 8:03:20 PM

  Thank's Ken, why didn't I understand that~I think Carolyn mentioned that also~

9/5/2013 8:03:48 PM

  Mine showed up today sometime. I just noticed it. Looks sort of nice.

9/6/2013 3:10:52 PM

  I'm seeing them now too. Thanks BP staff for fixing this!

9/6/2013 5:17:28 PM

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  Here's Jay Wadley's e-mail to me, in response to my e-mail to BetterPHoto.Support

Jay Wadley wrote:

Hi Ken-

I appreciate the heads up. We have resolved this now and it appears under the new gallery style thumbnails.



9/6/2013 5:43:25 PM

  Glad to see the Staff Favorites are showing up in the new galleries now too. Thanks Jay for the fix.

9/7/2013 10:48:09 AM

  Has anyone here received a Staff Favorite since the "great news" was announced? I got 3 back then and nothing since (very few EPs, either, so maybe that's part of the answer). Just curious.

9/14/2013 8:07:46 AM

  None here for August yet. Had 5 last month. I don't look for them till after they get done EPs for August. Probably be right before they put out finalist. See what everyone else thinks.

9/14/2013 8:36:05 AM

  I've never got any, but I guess they are semi-finalists of sorts... so, maybe now it's still too early.

9/14/2013 11:52:23 AM

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  If they are the semi-finalists, then BP will have to finish up all the August EPs first, before they start their next round. And we'd probably see them 5-7 days after that. I think they're only up to Aug 20th so far so it will still be awhile, I think.

9/14/2013 12:32:47 PM

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  78 .  Staff Favorite
I just received a couple of "Staff Favorite" designations on photos I entered in the monthly contest. Is this something new - something between EP and Finalist?

8/29/2013 5:32:27 AM

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  I just got some to.

8/29/2013 5:39:43 AM

  I got a couple, too. The weird thing is when you look in your gallery, nothing shows them designated as such. I guess it's just a courtesy thing letting you know they liked it. I wonder if it's possible to get a 'finalist' on a picture that wasn't a 'staff favorite'. Guess we'll find out in a few days.

8/29/2013 5:45:32 AM

  The email you received for your "Staff Favorite" states this:


We at BetterPhoto THANK YOU for sharing your inspiring photo.

During the next few days, the judges select the finalist photos. If
your image is selected as a finalist, you will be emailed again.

Best wishes!"

8/29/2013 5:59:30 AM

  I sounds like this is something new. At least I have never seen this before. My Staff Favorites did show up in my gallery. Maybe yours just hadn't been updated yet, Tammy. Yes, it will be interesting to see if all Finalists are also Staff Favorites.

8/29/2013 6:02:57 AM

  Oops. I just looked at my gallery again and the Staff Favorite designations are gone, now. Very mysterious!

8/29/2013 6:05:53 AM

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  In the old days before Editor's Picks you'd enter the contest and you wouldn't hear anything unless your photo was selected as a Finalist. You'd never know which of your photos were in the running until the finalists were given out. Then a group of members happened upon a way to find the links to the Judging pools... there were several of them. If I recall they were Runner up, Quarter Finalist, Semi Finalist, Finalist, etc. In order for a photo to make it to the winner's circle it had to move through each of these pools first.

Eventually BP discovered that this virtual "ear to the door" eavesdropping was going on and locked the pools. Not long after that though, the Editor's First Picks came into play, and any photo that made it into the Runner Up pool(or whatever the first stage of advancement was called) received a EP badge - going retroactively back years.

I suspect this "Staff Favorite" is another Pool (possibly Quarter Finalist) being awarded publicly. Giving us something new to strive for, and another indicator of whether a certain photo is still in the running to be amongst the winners.

8/29/2013 6:08:39 AM

  Thanks, Muskoka Imagery....that's nice to know.

@ Virginia...yeah, I found it odd that it's not a designated thing. The badge only shows up when you view it through the e-mail informing you that you got one. I guess we will see if that takes all the others out of the running. Some of my personal favorites didn't get a 'staff favorite' so I hope they are still in the running! Prob not, though. lol

8/29/2013 7:02:00 AM

  Received 3 Staff Favorites...we'll see what happens...but posting your photos isn't about the contest! It's about sharing your work that you are proud of!

8/29/2013 7:04:06 AM

  You can see the badge under your image IN your member center as well... Go to Your Photos where you would enter an image that's been uploaded previously... Click on your image there and you"ll see the badge... At least I do.

8/29/2013 7:38:35 AM

  Based on the wording of the email, it sounds like "staff favorites" are not necessarily a stage of the contest, just an input to it. As others have said, time (how much time?) will tell.

8/29/2013 7:45:13 AM

  I got 5 of them and can see them if I click on the link in the email. But if I go look at my "Old style" gallery cannot see them.If I click on an image in my gallery I cannot see them, but if I click on the thumbnail in the discussions, there it is...Maybe they have not worked out the bugs yet. It's nice to get some recognition, but wish they could have mentioned this in the Snapshot I received yesterday, or sent an email explaining what they are ?
Thank you Muskoka, I remember when things were like that and while it was hard waiting, I liked it. Then someone emailed me about the codes on how to find out if you were in the running you said, then they came out with the EPs...confusing.It's the first day, so I will just wait and see what happens next I guess :-)

8/29/2013 8:52:07 AM

Ken Smith
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  It's possible these are the "semi-finalists"...reference Musoka's comment above. For example, assume 3000 EPs...then they whittle down to 2000, then to 1500 for semi-finalists. It's these images that get "Staff Favorite." And then they whittle this number down to the Finalists...and if the image gets a finalist button, it replaces the STaff Favorite button. But like all of you, we'll know more when they release finalists.

8/29/2013 9:20:25 AM

  I haven't received any of these... but, maybe they don't look at my photos much, any more (I got only 10 EPs in July... and so far, I've got 2 for August despite entering every day all months)... taking into account how confusing the whole system is nowadays, it's hard to tell if receiving such badges is an honor or a consolation prize.

8/29/2013 9:48:18 AM

  Yes, It is hard to know what to think. It would be nice if they would communicate information about changes.

8/29/2013 10:10:46 AM

  I like this new interim step (my guess is semi-finalist) and hope they keep it.

8/29/2013 11:21:44 AM

  It could be the same as a Judge's Comment... like when a judge would leave a comment about our photo in our gallery discussion thread. ???

Right now the number of staff favorites is about 300 more than the number of finalists in the past. So it looks like there is still some weeding out to do. Only time will tell.

As we all know... who can predict what is going to happen next at BetterPhoto. LOL

8/29/2013 11:29:56 AM

  Hi All,
Staff Favorites is brand-new - so new that it came too late for yesterday's SnapShot :)

Here's the scoop:

We added another round late in the contest judging process. During this new round, Staff Favorites are chosen. Finalists will be more selective, and are pulled from this new round.

Contestants will be notified if their contest entry is selected as a Staff Favorite. Then, if the image is later chosen as a finalist, the photographer will be emailed again.

Also, there have been questions about gallery display of the new Staff Faves badges. That should come soon (hopefully) ... meantime, it's being worked on.

Good luck, and enjoy the contest!

8/29/2013 11:33:35 AM

  Thanks, Kerry. You have answered my question! I like this idea of an interim round. It is always nice to get some recognition and this will allow more photos to get another level of recognition.

8/29/2013 11:41:31 AM

  Tammy (Robinson) Espino not only got a Staff Favorite, but she was on the Face page for BP just now. I am seeing these new badges under the full view of the images.

8/29/2013 12:03:47 PM

  Tammy (Robinson) Espino not only got a Staff Favorite, but she was on the Face page for BP just now. I am seeing these new badges under the full view of the images.

8/29/2013 12:03:47 PM

  Kathy, would you please share the link as I don't know what you mean?

8/29/2013 12:17:24 PM

  Thanks Kerry, good to know!

8/29/2013 12:32:08 PM

  Thanks Kerry for the information. I like the new step in the contest.

8/29/2013 12:49:43 PM

  Thanks Kerry for the update!!!

8/29/2013 12:52:04 PM

  Thanks all at BP, for this nice new feature!!

8/29/2013 1:18:59 PM

  I like the new feature as well. It adds to the fun of the contest.

8/29/2013 1:26:07 PM


8/29/2013 1:29:00 PM

  Thanks for clarifying things Kerry! Now how do we see the Finalists? The link is not working for July Finalists...

8/29/2013 5:39:43 PM

  This new addition is definitely a "Like" from me as it brings more interest to the contest, IMHO.

However, "Semi-Finalist" (which it actually is) would have sounded more professional to my ears than the much casual sounding "Staff Favorite" badge, just my 02 cents.


8/29/2013 8:40:37 PM

  Good point, Usman! I agree with you.

8/29/2013 8:54:19 PM

  Hi Everyone,
Thanks for the nice comments about the Staff Favorites ... this new round seems to be a winner :)

More good news! The link (finally!) works:

July contest finalists


8/30/2013 10:12:58 AM

  Thanks for the fixed link, Kerry!

I like extra feedback provided via the Staff Favorites round, too.

Is the development team aware that the Staff Favorite emblem still isn't showing up in the new-style galleries?

9/1/2013 7:53:41 AM

  I have the new style gallery and the staff favorite emblems are not showing up in my either. Hope they fix that.

9/1/2013 11:55:23 AM

  I use the new style gallery and the Staff Favorite emblems show up in mine. I don't know why they're not showing up in yours... that's a mystery.

Flaming Dahlia

Hope my link works,if not here is url:

9/1/2013 3:07:09 PM

  Martha & Tammy, the only thing I can figure out is that your Staff Favorites were replaced with Finalist emblems as my Himalayan Poppy was.

I had two Staff Favorites to begin with but one became a Finalist so now it has a new emblem.

I have two different emblems. One stayed the same (Flaming Dahlia) a Staff Favorite & the other was upgraded to a Finalist (Himalayan Poppy) So, it lost it's Staff Fav emblem and got a new Finalist emblem.

Himalayan Poppy

In case link doesn't work:

Hope that helps.


9/1/2013 3:28:13 PM

Ken Smith
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  Sharon, the Staff Favorites don't show up in my gallery either. See this link for an example:

The photos "Lonely Highway" and "Washington Colors" were Staff Favorites. I can click on the thumbnail to see the normal-sized photo, along with the Staff Favorite badge. It's just that they don't appear below the thumbnails. They do appear with the Classic layout.

Happy Labor Day to you too!

9/1/2013 3:34:06 PM

  WEIRD!!! :) I see what you mean.

I guess my Staff Favorite is better than your Staff Favorties. LOL


Yep, definitely another glitch... hope it's fixed soon.

9/1/2013 3:41:56 PM

Ken Smith
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  Ha! Good one, Sharon. It's a good thing you live a long ways from Omaha! :-)

My symptom is same as Tammy's. Seems like if you organize your photos into categories, it's fine, but otherwise, it's missing. Life will go on. :-)

9/1/2013 3:49:08 PM

  Ken, when you click on the first photo I see the new photo with the SF emblem but if I click on the name printed below I get this on all of your photos...

"Autumn in the Rockies"

Check it out. Do you see what I mean?

9/1/2013 3:51:03 PM

  LOL, Ken!!! Yes, I was going to say your galleries are all set up different than mine.

About the title... the same thing happens on Martha's & Tammy's photos. I think it goes to the first photo in your galleries.

Life will go on and it will probably be fixed shortly and all my typing will be for nothing. :)

So, I'm outta here & will TTYL.
Have a good one!

9/1/2013 4:00:48 PM

Ken Smith
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  Hey Sharon, I think I see what you're referring to. On the new Style Gallery, if you click "My Gallery", it goes to the first photo...versus the actual gallery.

I honestly don't know if it's always been like this? Or something that happened recently....

Thanks for taking a look. :-)

9/1/2013 4:25:07 PM


Nope, something different.

If I click on your profile picture in this forum it goes to your gallery page. (and the same with Martha and Tammy)

Now what I'm trying to explain.

For example: When I click on the photos you mentioned with SFs I get a new page with your photo which is the same photo (in which it should be) and it has your SF emblem.

Now go back to the first step, click on your profile pic in this forum and now click on the name of the photo printed underneath a photo (other than the first one in your gallery) It is in white print right below the photo. It takes you to the wrong photo... the first photo and today's entry in your gallery.

It happens on all the pictures accessed this way. Same in Martha's, Tammy's, Kara's and Muskoka's galleries.

This should not happen and only does so when I enter your galleries from the forum page and your profile pic.

Let me know if you see what I mean or not. Maybe Kerry will read this. It's not a big deal but it is a glitch.

I can't explain it any clearer so don't worry about it as it is no big deal.

9/1/2013 4:39:50 PM

Ken Smith
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  OK..I got it...finally! :-) On the new style galleries, the title of the photo is a link. Just as the thumbnail is a link. The thumbnail calls up the photo. But the photo's "Title" link always goes back to the first photo in the gallery.

Yes...a glitch. Good job, Detective Sharon!

9/1/2013 4:47:24 PM

  Roger, Ten Four, Big Buddy. Over and out!!!

9/1/2013 5:07:01 PM

  PS: You explained it so much better than me and with less words. Good job, Mr Smith!

9/1/2013 5:10:50 PM

  Thanks to you both for figuring this out. Hope now they fix it. Have a good Labor Day.

9/1/2013 6:06:47 PM

  My Staff Favorites are still not showing up in my gallery as of this morning. Not that there were all that many of them to show up.

9/2/2013 1:25:22 PM

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Martha R. Mazon
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  79 .  Image Replacement
Given some of the changes implemented recently at BP, namely the restriction on submitting the same image more than once, and the delayed EP awarding process, I'd like to request a process enhancement.

I would love to have the option of replacing an image without erasing the entry or the comments, up until the time at which it is judged for EP. Many times I notice some small problem with an image, days after upload, and want to make an enhancement. In the past I would upload a new copy of the image as another day's entry, but this is no longer allowed. Having the ability to replace an image would address my desire to make corrections after upload, while maintaining BP's judges' desire to avoid multiple uploads of essentially the same image.


8/23/2013 7:13:44 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Considering their motivations for why they did that, be it to save overall space on the server or to keep for too much redundancy, it might sound like something they could do at first.
However the logistics of simply uploading an image and keeping everything orderly may make that impossible.
Just to upload a single image requires each one to have connotations clearly separating it from all other images. Else you have similar titles, images from a batch, ending up all over.

8/23/2013 9:02:04 AM

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Michelle L. Frick
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  80 .  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!!!

8/15/2013 3:42:04 PM

I love this particular picture of my eldest kitty Oreo.

Good luck to all!

8/16/2013 10:15:24 AM

  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 don´t participate but I read every month your treads with joy. Good luck to everyone!

8/17/2013 4:12:09 PM

  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
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.... :-)

8/17/2013 5:49:05 PM

  Ah, thank you Bob! I needed the company. And, that's a beautiful shot! I love it! Good luck!

8/17/2013 6:31:48 PM

  I entered already today.. But ill tag this now and try to remember for tomorrow..:)

8/17/2013 6:42:53 PM

  Reflections-July 15
Reflections-July 15
Reflections in a window in Arizona. Element of Design
My favorite for July is the reflection in the window. I put it in elements of design.

8/18/2013 6:00:40 AM

  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
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 :)

8/18/2013 7:56:10 AM

Christopher J. 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!

8/18/2013 8:03:18 AM

  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???

8/18/2013 10:00:31 AM

  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.

8/18/2013 10:03:08 AM

  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.
Here's my favorite for last month.

8/19/2013 10:17:21 AM

Christopher J. 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 ;)

8/19/2013 11:13:56 AM

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

8/20/2013 4:22:44 AM

  Splitting Headache
Splitting Headache
Good luck, everyone! I didn't enter many in July, but this one is a personal favorite though I doubt it will go far.

8/20/2013 3:30:22 PM

  Star of Bethlehem II
Star of Bethlehem II

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

8/22/2013 6:58:16 PM

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

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

8/24/2013 6:38:32 PM

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

8/24/2013 6:43:26 PM

Christopher J. 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!

8/24/2013 6:51:44 PM

  tulips & blueberries
tulips & blueberries

Thanks for looking!

~Catch All~

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

8/25/2013 6:46:07 AM 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.

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.


8/29/2013 12:55:28 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Through The Bus Window
Through The Bus Window
Good luck all. Here is one of my favorites for July.

8/29/2013 4:03:24 AM

Muskoka Imagery
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  Something new I haven't seen before... a "Staff Favorite" badge.

8/29/2013 5:28:35 AM

  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.

8/29/2013 5:34:15 AM

  I received a staff favorite badge today, something new!

staff favorite Afloat

8/29/2013 5:35:13 AM

Christopher J. 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!)

8/29/2013 5:46:14 AM

  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?

8/29/2013 5:47:41 AM

I received 2 staff faves for July.

8/29/2013 5:51:00 AM

  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.

8/29/2013 5:51:55 AM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
Created from the Inner Harbor buildings in Baltimore
Here's the second:

8/29/2013 5:52:27 AM

  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.

8/29/2013 5:57:51 AM

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

8/29/2013 6:00:40 AM

  The badges are visible in your member center but not in the gallery...

8/29/2013 6:07:19 AM

  So, I guess it's a super secret badge. I feel a bit like James Bond!

8/29/2013 6:13:35 AM

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

8/29/2013 6:21:14 AM

Brian M. Jones
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  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..

8/29/2013 6:48:04 AM

  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.

8/29/2013 7:23:36 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  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.

8/29/2013 7:30:48 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I do think its a bummer we cant dee them in our galleries.

8/29/2013 8:18:52 AM

Christopher J. 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!

8/29/2013 8:26:02 AM

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

8/29/2013 8:44:27 AM

  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?

8/29/2013 10:37:56 AM Photo Contest Finalist
A Charmer
A Charmer
Finalists are out! Good luck in the next round.

8/29/2013 2:33:10 PM 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
whooo hoooo.. got a finalist

8/29/2013 3:08:00 PM

  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?

8/29/2013 3:24:49 PM

  It's not just you... all links take me to the bp homepage...:(

8/29/2013 3:30:36 PM

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

8/29/2013 3:45:18 PM

  They have it blocked. I sent an email.

8/29/2013 3:56:27 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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Tranquil Moments
Tranquil Moments
Congrats to all the finalist.

Yea! I got one. :)

8/29/2013 4:09:46 PM 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

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

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

8/29/2013 5:07:35 PM

Brian M. Jones
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  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...

8/29/2013 5:32:29 PM

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

8/29/2013 7:15:17 PM

  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.


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.

8/30/2013 7:54:34 AM

  The finalist link works now ...

8/30/2013 9:46:55 AM

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


8/30/2013 10:11:12 AM

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

8/30/2013 10:49:23 AM

  Congrats, ya'all!

8/30/2013 11:43:08 AM

  Winners are out! Congrats to all!!

8/30/2013 11:44:08 AM

  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.

8/30/2013 11:47:43 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Thanks Nikki and Peggy. Congrats to Melissa and all of the winners.

8/30/2013 12:02:01 PM

  Thanks Nikki & Jackie. Congrats to all the winners! Keep up the great work! And to everyone are all winners in my book. I'm looking forward to what the next months will bring. God Bless! ♥

8/30/2013 4:53:00 PM

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

8/31/2013 3:49:51 AM

Christopher J. 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. ;)

8/31/2013 5:18:13 AM

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


9/3/2013 10:35:49 PM

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