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Beth W. DeBor
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  21 .  February 2014 EPs, Staff Favorites, & Finalists
Please limit your posts to images that have received EPs, Staff Favorites, and Finalists in February 2014. Other topics can be started in their own thread. Thanks and best of luck!

2/6/2014 6:51:29 PM

  TAG

2/6/2014 7:28:19 PM

  TAG?

2/6/2014 7:32:25 PM

  It just means that I have joined this thread, Beth, and have no EPs to report yet ;)

UB.

2/6/2014 7:46:42 PM

  Tag. Good luck to all!

2/6/2014 8:01:02 PM

Lola M.
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  Blue Beauty
Blue Beauty
 
 
2/1 Details and Macro

2/7/2014 6:22:01 AM

Lola M.
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  Softly Setting
Softly Setting
 
 
2/3 Nature and Landscapes

2/7/2014 6:23:03 AM

  February 1 - Animals
Lazy Lunch

And no, this image was not rotated. He was eating upside down.

2/7/2014 10:13:00 AM

  tag

2/7/2014 10:47:47 AM

  Count me in!

jo ann c.

2/7/2014 11:16:28 AM

  2/1..Animals..Baby Sally
2/2..SKIPPED
2/3..T/P..Mountain Fork Park In The Rain

2/7/2014 2:26:54 PM

  EP Feb 2, Serenity

jo ann c.

2/7/2014 3:06:54 PM

  Tag

2/7/2014 3:27:07 PM

 
Got another:

2-1 Do You See What I See

jo ann c.

2/8/2014 11:50:10 AM

  Feb 2- Hanging by the Stairs! - Catch All

UB.

2/8/2014 4:03:15 PM

  Tag, although did not enter until the 6th .

2/8/2014 7:36:17 PM

  I thought they skipped this one. Now it has an EP.
2/2..Landscape..Beautiful Reflections

2/9/2014 2:10:50 AM

  I just got my first one for Feb. (Rose) that I entered on the 3rd. I haven't entered since the 6th.

2/10/2014 5:18:48 PM

Lola M.
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  Pretty in Blue
Pretty in Blue
 
 
2/4 Flowers

2/11/2014 9:11:28 AM

  2/4..Macro..Stripper Pole
2/5..T/P..My Neighbor's Shed

2/11/2014 9:17:43 AM

  Looks like you are heading for another great month Carolyn! :-)

2/11/2014 8:36:55 PM

  Tag

2/12/2014 4:52:54 PM

  And my EPs are heading true South ;)

UB.

2/12/2014 8:24:18 PM

  Tag. Only 2 entries so far this month. I want to watch and see how and if they are making changes to the contest (as mentioned by Jim).

2/13/2014 12:43:36 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Usman,

Love your sense of humor. I am joining you down south.

Thanks,

Jane

2/13/2014 12:57:32 PM

  Usman and Jane, I've been there for quite some time now although I did have three EPs last month.

2/13/2014 1:09:13 PM

  Checking in... :-)

2/13/2014 4:10:05 PM

  2-1 Do You See What I See
2-2 Serenity
2-13 Snow

Not moving forward very fast! lol

jo ann c.

2/13/2014 4:49:17 PM

  Holy Toledo, Jo Ann. 2-13? I thought they were back at 2-4. I'm off to check my gallery. Maybe I have more than one!

2/13/2014 4:52:57 PM

  Nope. Still just one. And I've entered every day. Are you sure about the 2-13? Or did you mean 2/03?

2/13/2014 4:54:33 PM

  2-13? My blood pressure just went up a few notches.....

2/13/2014 5:49:56 PM

  no EP for me since like january 3rd. I thought for sure my 2/5 vogue would get one. oh well

2/13/2014 6:04:58 PM

Ken Smith
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  Tony, I think they're only up to Feb 3rd, so your 2/5 shot should still be in the running. I think JoAnn had a typo.

2/13/2014 7:45:48 PM

  Ken, I have also noticed some EPs on Feb 5 on the first page when I click on "View ALL new Editor's Picks" on this BP page.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery-editors-current.asp

So we know for sure that they at least have started giving EPs on Feb 5.

Usman.

2/13/2014 7:51:27 PM

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  Usman, yes, you're correct. I meant Feb 5th, as I got an EP on the 4th and I've noted that Carolyn got one on the 5th. My confusion. :-) Hopefully they'll give out more EPs on the 5th and Tony's "vogue" shot will get one too! And your EPs will then head back to the North!

2/13/2014 8:12:40 PM

  I was so hoping my 2/5 shot of my granddaughter in the sketch mode would get an EP, I think it's one of my best. In face none of the sketch images I did of my grandchildren got an EP...I put them in the digital darkroom category, but no interest in them! :-( Do you think they should have gone in the people category?

2/13/2014 9:14:12 PM

  1/6..MT..A Good Night On The Rocks
1/7..DD..Fantastic Flower Field

2/14/2014 2:22:22 AM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Heading North. Yippee!!!

2/5 Big Eyes!
2/6. Blue Grotto Boat Ride of Malta

Have a Happy Valentine 's Day!!!!

Jane

2/14/2014 2:57:23 AM

  OOPS! I meant 2/6 and 2/7

2/14/2014 3:03:44 AM

  Carolyn, I LOVE your 'Fantastic Flower Field". Frame it and hang it on a wall :)

UB.

2/14/2014 3:16:13 AM

  My walls are full, but I need to change out some, so maybe I'll put this one up.

2/14/2014 4:10:06 AM

  Ha! I didn't know I did that, however, first comments I have had was to remind me! I live in the future, not the past! :-)
O.K. here is all I have which isn't much:

2-1 Do You See What I see?
2-2 Serenity
2-3 Snow
2-7 House on the Hill

Have a great day gang!

jo ann c.

2/14/2014 4:32:25 AM

 
 
  Spruce and The Bench
Spruce and The Bench
 
 
2-6 Spruce and The Bench

2/14/2014 5:18:27 AM

  Improved to 50% with EP’s on these two, C-A February 5 and DD February 6.
Chocolate Mocha Torte
The Day’s Last Kiss

2/14/2014 7:35:24 AM

  Answer to Joannie B.
I think your sketches of your grandchildren are fantastic. I see nothing wrong with trying DD but People would have been my first choice.

2/14/2014 7:39:19 AM

  Just got one for Feb. 5--Lime I'd post a link but I'm not sure how Nikki did it. I can post the entire link but hers is much shorter.

2/14/2014 8:41:19 AM

  Trying out putting in links to my Feb. EPs.
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=14369062Rose
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=14370874Lime

2/14/2014 9:50:28 AM

  Thank you so much Nikki for your input, appreciate it! :-)

2/14/2014 11:38:26 AM

  Anybody know what happened to the POTD today?

2/14/2014 3:11:53 PM

  I got the POTD email and could open and view the photo from the email, but not from the website ...

2/14/2014 3:14:28 PM

  I got it in an email for every time there is a POTD??

jo ann c.

2/14/2014 3:24:20 PM

  Me, too, Jo Ann!

2/14/2014 4:35:11 PM

  Here is the link of yesterday's POTD, Cindy. Interesting as it doesn't show the POTD badge yet!!

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=14338566

UB.

PS: And BTW, I think I'll be reaching the South pole pretty soon!!

2/14/2014 6:57:30 PM

  Usman, I'll catch you on the way down...I'm already down here! :-)

2/15/2014 1:30:29 AM

  I got yesterday's POTD today and haven't gotten today's.

2/15/2014 6:23:07 PM

  guess I have fallen out of favor with the judges.. no EP's at all for february.

2/17/2014 4:04:37 PM

  O... so its you Tony, I have been wondering ever since the start of this month who was this guy just ahead of me going to the South pole. So now, at least we can enjoy the journey together to Joannie who has already reached there ;)

UB.

2/17/2014 7:21:27 PM

  :-)

2/17/2014 11:19:14 PM

  Feeling unloved. :( Oh well...maybe I am joining the South Pole crew?

2/18/2014 5:41:19 AM

  Hey, it's starting to get a little crowded down here! ;-D

2/18/2014 5:43:40 AM

  I'll meet you-all there. :)

2/18/2014 5:48:47 AM

  Some one just stepped on my big toe! Spread out everyone! :-)

2/18/2014 6:05:58 AM

  When was the last EP? Was it the 7th? I have 5 so far but have lost track. My favorite may have been skipped.

2/18/2014 11:46:33 AM

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  Harriet, I believe it's the 7th, and it's possible they haven't finished for the 7th yet. I haven't seen any for the 8th, but that's not to say there aren't any out there. None have been reported on this forum yet.

2/18/2014 12:30:57 PM

  Make room for one more down South...

2/18/2014 1:07:58 PM

  I'll bring the coffee.

2/18/2014 3:49:38 PM

  Patricia, I don't drink coffee, could you bring me a diet dr.pepper? :-)

2/18/2014 4:05:44 PM

  Make room for another one. I'll bring some wine.

2/18/2014 5:06:30 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  I so am going to join this party! I make a mean chocolate covered strawberry!!!

2/18/2014 5:44:06 PM

  Tag... :) Stay warm everyone!

2/18/2014 6:28:07 PM

  Ooh I like Beth's wine idea! Not so bad down here now. :)

2/18/2014 7:51:21 PM

  Mmmm. And I like Jane's idea.

2/18/2014 9:00:58 PM

  Wow, didn't realize there are so many folks heading South. At least that makes it feel a lot better. And looks like there's going to be a huge party down there, so looking forward to having lots of fun when we all meet!

UB.

2/18/2014 9:57:23 PM

  Nothing since 1/28!

2/19/2014 6:25:15 AM

  I'M at the bottom of the well!

2/21/2014 5:03:03 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Nancy,

I don't think they have given EPs for a long time. I think my last one was 2/6.

Did anyone get an EP lately? So, I wouldn't take it personally. Oh my gracious, I saw some of your work. It is amazingly beautiful. You should be proud!

Jane

2/21/2014 6:15:06 PM

  If you go to the contest page and click on the "New Editor's Picks" link, the same photos have been there for several days. It looks like the last EPs may have been for 2/7 ...

2/21/2014 7:13:13 PM

  It's discouraging. The way it was going they would have gotten up to about 1/2 thru this month by now before stopping and going back to January, selecting more EP then contest results, then starting on March EP's before again going back to February. Confusing? Yep.

I had slacked off at the end of last year but I picked my participation back up again this month because I had read about some improvements coming. Did I miss anything? lol

2/21/2014 7:18:39 PM

  Hi Susan, glad to see you participating again! Your photography is beautiful!

2/21/2014 7:29:21 PM

  Thank you, Jane! I appreciate your motivating comments- every little bit helps! Maybe if we collectively, check in on each other's galleries and comment on photos, that would make a difference just a thought, when we are not getting motivated with EPs, it would seem. JMT

2/21/2014 8:32:50 PM

  Nancy Marie (or is it just Nancy?), I agree with Jane. Your photography is so expressive. Love your impressionistic ones, especially "All About Trees".

2/22/2014 8:59:19 AM

  Thank you, Peggy I appreciate your comments!!

2/22/2014 10:20:17 AM

  I think they have started back with EPS because I did get one for Feb. 8th

2/22/2014 2:36:33 PM

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  Matching
Matching
 
 
2/8 Details and Macro

2/22/2014 2:38:50 PM

  I still have nothing beyond 1/28.

2/22/2014 7:28:43 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Nancy,

I am not sure if they did a few and quit. I have been watching and it looked like it ended. I haven't had anything since 2/6. Hang in There!!

Jane

2/22/2014 7:40:25 PM

  And the long dry spell continues to persist in February. Not even a single cloud to be seen on the horizon. What a desolated barren sight my BP farmlands have become!! I guess that's it, I am done here, no more entering the contest, its frustrating, demoralizing, demotivating and excruciatingly painful....urghhhhh!!

I am kidding of course, as my love/passion for photography is still burning strong and "EP-or-no-EP" won't douse it, I just wanted to vent a bit, and it feels much better ;)

UB.

2/22/2014 10:27:21 PM

  Oh yes, and the below image (link) dedicated to all the South-bound BPers to cheer you all up, I hope so ;)

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=14388253

UB.

2/22/2014 11:11:33 PM

 
 
  ******************
******************
 
 
Ghost Town Sunset
Bodie Ca. Nikon D40. MT category. 02/08/14

2/22/2014 11:15:11 PM

  Thank you Peggy! Your photography is such an inspiration! I love following and watching what everyone here creates. I don't have near enough time to comment as I would like to :(

That said, UB, I think you have confused discouragement with BP to mean discouragement with photography. That couldn't be farther from reality. I'm involved in more things photography related now than ever and my passion keeps pushing me forward. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. Further, I participate at another contest site that I find challenging, get some good feedback from and do fairly well at.

So no, not getting an EP here doesn't cause despair. Guess I should have been more clear in my comment that I was talking about the crazy confusing way BP operates now as compared to before. I've heard a lot of people mention that many members have left. I kinda doubt it was over an EP or that they quit photography.

2/23/2014 6:00:23 AM

  Also, if anyone is getting so discouraged from lack of EPs here, I wanted to say that of all my sales at my gallery, only *one* has been a medal recipient here. In fact my BIG sale was an image that had gotten an EP here before, but on resubmit here recently, didn't get one at all! lol

2/23/2014 6:06:12 AM

  I am confused....again. Are the finalists out yet? I got an email that said some of my photos are staff favorites and another said to check out the finalists.

2/23/2014 10:34:34 AM

  I just got staff favorites notices this morning-(2)-I did not see Finalists, yet.
I guess there is still hope!

2/23/2014 10:49:20 AM

  No finalists, just SFs.

2/23/2014 10:56:57 AM

  Me either, got too Staff Favorites..

Do they EVER go further??

jo ann c.

2/23/2014 11:03:57 AM

  I got an e-mail this morning to find inspiration from the new finalists! They are out!

2/23/2014 12:32:52 PM

  I don't see that they are out yet when I go to the finalist and winners??

jo ann c.

2/23/2014 12:48:02 PM

  Not finalists..Just pre-finalists.

2/23/2014 12:50:39 PM

  My bad! Sorry!

2/23/2014 12:58:50 PM

  Soooo...what is a pre finalist??

jo ann c.

2/23/2014 1:57:05 PM

  Congratulations to all who received Staff Favorites and best of luck in the following rounds!

Perhaps the earlier announcement is the change BP mentioned? We shall see. Crossing my fingers for ya'll!

2/23/2014 2:31:33 PM

  Jo Ann, a staff favorite comes before finalist.

2/23/2014 2:56:04 PM

  I haven't gotten any emails about EPs or Staff Favorites being announced. Do you only get those emails if your photo is picked?

2/23/2014 3:00:56 PM

  There are no announcements of EPs..You will get an email if you get a staff favorite, finalist or winner.

2/23/2014 3:05:07 PM

  So what email was Joannie talking about?

2/23/2014 3:10:57 PM

  I don't know. I didn't get the memo, or if I did, I forgot to read it. My stupid email system deletes whatever it feels like deleting without waiting for any input from me.

2/23/2014 3:34:27 PM

  Beth, I got an email with the subject line "Peggy Need inspiration? See these beauties ...", and this is the text:

Hi Peggy

Two quick things...

1) Have you seen the Deluxe Website Super Sale this week?

Get TWO YEARS for the price of one... offer ends Wednesday!

Get or RENEW your website today.

Showcase your favorite photos with your own domain name!

2) The January photo contest Staff Finalists have been posted.

Check out these amazing photos for a huge dose of inspiration...

Browse, be inspired, mark a few of your own Favorites... and go have fun making your own amazing images!

Enjoy!
Jim Miotke
Founder, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.

Become a Better Photographer Today!

P.S. Here's the link to the contest Staff Favorites... have fun:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=60990

2/23/2014 4:07:55 PM

  2/8..SKIPPED
2/9..DD..Added Beauty

2/23/2014 4:58:05 PM

  I think the "pre" was omitted between staff and finalists in the email meant to inspire. Well, I am thankful for the staff favorites I have. We'll see if any go on to the next round.

2/23/2014 6:55:10 PM

  Yes Peggy that is the e-mail I received and I guess I missed the word "staff" finalists!

2/23/2014 8:00:49 PM

  Peggy, I never got that email. How odd.

2/23/2014 8:08:25 PM

  Finally some hope, got one on the Feb 8.

Feb 8 - Touching Sky - Travel & Place

UB.

PS: Susan M., maybe it just me but I do feel a bit of discouragement creep in when an image I submit do not get an EP. When I submit an image, it gets selected/scrutinized from a lot of my other images and I then carefully do the post processing work and spend some time hoping it to at least fetch an EP. I understand that sometime the judge may not see what I intend to portray in my work, and its fine with me, nonetheless it does feel a bit discouraging.
And I am all with you when you say that discouragement with not getting an EP from BP to mean discouragement with photography is not true at all.

UB.

2/23/2014 8:18:03 PM

  For those who didn't get the email, perhaps it went to a spam folder?

Usman, it really shows that you put a lot of time, thought, and effort into your photos. Your photography is excellent and inspiring.

I think that art is so personal that it's impossible not to be a little disappointed or discouraged sometimes when others don't see what we see. Hopefully it challenges us to work harder ... I know it does for me and for many others. And as Nancy Marie mentioned earlier in the thread, we should remember to encourage each other.

Wishing everyone a good week, happy shooting, and the best of luck in the contest!

2/23/2014 8:36:06 PM

 
 
  give good face
give good face
another picture from my study of orangutans
 
 
whoo hooo I finally got one

2/25/2014 7:18:06 PM

  My 2 Staff Favorites got Finalist, they are the first two pictures on my gallery..

"Turn Out The Lights, The Party is Over!"

"Mabry Mills - Infrared"

jo ann c.

2/26/2014 4:20:17 AM

 
 
  Ollie
Ollie
another picture of in my orangutan series
 
 
wow I am on fire now LOL. I got 2 EP for the month

2/26/2014 5:28:22 AM

  Congratulations, Jo Ann, on your Finalists. Good luck on the next round.

2/26/2014 7:40:53 AM

  Do you have to get staff favorites to get finalist? Not sure how this works.

2/26/2014 8:54:28 AM

  Yes, Patricia. The selection marker sequence is EP - SF - F - W
If you don't get an Editor's Pick, your image will not be considered for any higher round.

2/26/2014 8:58:14 AM

  Thanks Nikki--that means I am out for the month. It must be new because I have had finalist in the past that never got a staff favorite.

2/26/2014 9:02:58 AM

  I got to Staff Favorites last month but didn't get then changed to Finalist, so guess you don't...they did turn into Finalist this month though...

jo ann c.

2/26/2014 10:49:07 AM

  Yes, Patricia, revealing the pre-finalist level and marking those images with a "Staff Favorite" badge is relatively new. I checked back and I think July 2013 was the first month they did that.

2/26/2014 11:02:35 AM

  Has anyone started the March thread?

2/27/2014 7:52:19 PM

  This is a new one for February that I saw this morning. Not sure exactly when it came in, but I've been checking fairly regularly.

February 9: Catch-All
Chevrolet of the Mountains

2/28/2014 8:07:24 AM

  I'll start it. I guess I'll renew my gallery even though I'm extremely discouraged by BP at the moment.

2/28/2014 8:53:23 AM

  I do like that the Staff Favorite is being used. It gives recognition to more good photos rather than just the Finalist and Winner rounds. I guess the judges go through the photos selecting the ones they like (favorites) then move on to narrowing down the field. I think it is a good thing. More people are being rewarded for their work.

2/28/2014 10:36:34 AM

  I agree Harriet...I like they got through with January favorites early too..I love to look at all of them. Glad they haven't put the winners out til next month..I usually start looking at the finalist and like to comment on the great ones and if the winners come out at the same time nearly, I don't get to look at all the finalist usually..

Have a great weekend y'all!

jo ann c.

2/28/2014 12:26:43 PM

Jane E. Miller

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  Just wondering if anyone has gotten an EP since 2/9. Congrats to all of the finalist and winners!!

Jane

3/1/2014 1:59:15 PM

 
 
  Turn Out The Lights, The Party is Over!
Turn Out The Lights, The Party is Over!
 
 
The last one I got was

3/1/2014 3:35:03 PM

 
 
 
The last one I got was the 7th!

I did get a 2nd Place, Turn Out the Lights, The Party is Over! Yipee!

jo ann c.

3/1/2014 3:41:55 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Jo Ann,

WOW WHAT AN IMAGE!!! CONGRATS! GREAT JOB! Very Creative!

Jane

3/1/2014 3:48:09 PM

  Thanks Jane, I really appreciate that!

Hey, this is the first time I posted the picture because I just didn't but now that I did, I screwed that up! lol

jo ann c.

3/1/2014 4:27:55 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Jo Ann,

You're funny!!! Love a sense of humor with all of these blizzards.

Jane

3/1/2014 4:56:06 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Yahoo! I got an EP on "Frozen Beauty" dated 2/9/14.

Jane

3/2/2014 12:55:44 PM

  I haven't gotten an EP since 1/28, and that is one of the reasons I'm looking elsewhere.

3/2/2014 1:16:04 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Nancy,

I just check your gallery again. Oh my gosh!! Your photos are amazing!! Do not be discouraged. You have raw talent and a good eye. Hang in there!

Jane

3/2/2014 1:20:01 PM

  2/10..SKIPPED
2/11..Macro.. Bubbly Beauty

3/2/2014 1:34:32 PM

  I believe the EP's are done alphabeticallly because if I get one it is before Caroyn gets one! With her 2/11 EP I checked my 2/11 image John, George, Paul and Ringo and there was no EP, but we were told that having a picture faved helps with the achievement of an EP...Caroyn's 2/11 received 3 favs (congrats Caroyn), where my 2/11 received 4 favs...so much for anything going the way we were told at this site!

Jane I've been here for 10 years and I think it's commendable for you to encourage Nancy and her great work but she knows and I know it ain't going to happen! Things are NOT the same nor will they ever be the same here again!

I do hope some of you can read this message before it is deleted!

3/2/2014 2:39:53 PM

  Welp, I wasn't gonna say a thing because after all is said and done, it gets pretty tiresome complaining about a situation when you really don't have knowledge or info about that situation. Sorry but BP members don't know the why or who about anything.

I've been more than fine about an increased bar for getting an EP. I love a challenge! But unfortunately I no longer believe that is the case . There is no standard to meet when one image gets an EP and another equally good if not better does not. My feelings on this were decided the other day while looking through newly awarded EPs when I came upon a newborn pic where, not only was almost half the childs face in shadow due to poor light but said shadow was purple. Um, sorry, but that's not a "subjective" call. And it had an EP.

At another site I know an image does well because it has merit. Here its more like if it gets lucky. We all have known that b/c of resubmits that would win one time and another not. It seems even more obvious now but maybe its just me seeing that.

3/2/2014 5:08:27 PM

  Joannie, I read your message and I hope you don't jump ship along with others in this group now that I found it. I decided today that I was going to renew my gallery for one more year mostly because I like the people I've "met" here. As long as we can vent to each other be it here or in email so as not to get censored it helps. I wish I knew the other site Susan referred to earlier. You can email me if you want. They're only up to Feb. 11. If they can't keep up with the judging, maybe they should re-think the system (whatever it is).

3/2/2014 9:55:40 PM

  2/12..Landscape..Fast Moving Water
2/13..Catch All..Fall Fishing Trip

3/3/2014 5:33:59 AM

  2/14..Macro..Starry Drops With Reflections
2/15..Catch All..Reflections Of Autumn
2/16..Animals..Heading For Home

3/3/2014 8:57:38 AM

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  Peeking
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2/17 Animals

3/3/2014 9:34:10 AM

  2/17..Landscape..Autumn Rush
2/18..Macro.. Dew Drop In

3/3/2014 9:47:08 AM

  Finally:
2/18 Fading Winter Moon

Thanks Nikki for letting me know. I had begun to not care so much.

3/3/2014 12:38:36 PM

 
 
  study of chimps
study of chimps
taken at chimphaven near shreveport louisiana
 
 
whoo hoo.. ended up with 3 for february

3/3/2014 2:05:09 PM

  They skipped almost a whole month of photos from me, 1/28 to 2/18! I am still NOT happy!

3/3/2014 2:15:10 PM

  After a dry spell, it seems to pick up a bit for me, got 7 EPs out of the 17 or 18 judged so far.

Feb 3 - Hanging by the Stairs! - CA
Feb 8 - Touching Sky - Travel & Place
Feb 11 - Missing Summer - Flowers
Feb 12 - ONCE - Travel & Place
Feb 14 - Tulip Time - Flowers
Feb 16 - GOLDEN - Digital Darkroom
Feb 17 - Pringles - Details & Macro

UB.

3/3/2014 7:51:19 PM

  2/19..People..Fall Is For Lovers

3/4/2014 3:25:30 PM

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  Columbine Beauty
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2/19 Flowers

3/4/2014 3:52:15 PM

  2/15-Reaching Out

3/4/2014 7:10:44 PM

  Yahoo, got another one. Wow it now feels a big achievement every-time I see an EP badge pop-up!!

Feb 19 - Yellow - Digital Darkroom.

UB.

3/4/2014 8:38:31 PM

  Petite
2/20
Flower

3/4/2014 11:09:22 PM

 
 
 
Got EP'S for
2-1 DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE
2-2 SERENITY
2-5 DEEP BLUE WATERS
2-7 HOUSE ON THE HILL
2-11 BUBBLES UP
AND TODAY THIS ONE GOT TODAY
2-20 COLORFUL SPLASH


3/5/2014 6:00:25 AM

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  Beautiful Landing
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2/20 Details and Macro

3/5/2014 7:39:09 AM

Lola M.
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Hummingbird Portrait
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2/21 Animals

3/5/2014 11:29:07 AM

  SKIPPED 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23
2/24..Macro..Delightful Dewdrops

3/5/2014 2:23:29 PM

  2/25..MT..Flameout
2/26..Catch All..Wild Water Abstract

3/5/2014 3:11:37 PM

  I've finished up Feb. with 18 photos and one EP!

3/5/2014 4:34:49 PM

  2/27..Macro..No Escape

3/5/2014 5:24:15 PM

  Four out of ten for me.
The four are:

2/14 Flowers Intimacy

2/15 Catch-All Around Back

2/22 Digital Darkroom Low Tech

2/27 Animals Intention

This is amazingly early to have EPs done (if they are indeed done).

3/5/2014 7:10:07 PM

  Well, it seems they are done for the month. I got two more EPs,

Feb 23 - Color me Spring - Flowers
Feb 28 - Lava Flower - MT

If they don't revisit some of the left overs ones, that makes it a total of 10 out of the 25 images which I submitted in Feb, giving a 40% success rate. Well it looks like the bar for EPs has again been raised a fair bit, so I am happy to have got 10 which are in the running!!!

UB.

3/5/2014 7:38:19 PM

  I got 15/27 for 55% which is looking really good from what I've been reading here and elsewhere. I do have several I would like to point someone back to, though LOL As Peggy indicated, someone may well go back through the skipped entries with an eye to making sure no gems were skipped, so don't delete until the Staff Favorites come out later this month.

3/5/2014 7:49:18 PM

  2/22-A Favorite Place

3/5/2014 8:55:14 PM

  Are they through? I do have several but (in my opinion) a couple of good ones were skipped. Oh well.... the pace has certainly sped up so that's good but I hope it is a thorough process.

3/5/2014 9:17:52 PM

  12 of 26 images skipped. So outrageous its comical. That's what I get for renewing my gallery in February? Thanks BP.

3/5/2014 10:56:43 PM

  I entered 6 photos and got 3 ep's, so a 50% for the month. Haven't entered any yet this month.

3/6/2014 12:49:30 AM

  Maybe they will go back through. They did that last month.

3/6/2014 2:33:49 AM

  I entered seven and only got three. I'm not holding my breath for any others. I haven't entered any for March yet either. I'm in the process of switching cameras.

3/6/2014 6:55:05 AM

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  I got one in February, just in time!

3/6/2014 3:32:45 PM

  Hey,they do go back sometimes!
Windows
2/7
EOD

3/7/2014 5:08:25 PM

  I got another one so 4 out of 6 for me. Has anyone started a March thread yet?

3/7/2014 6:16:58 PM

  Got another one, so now it is 11 out of 25 ;)

UB,

3/7/2014 9:40:15 PM

 
 
 
whoooo hooooo !!!!!!!!! my vogue finally got a EP

3/9/2014 9:59:03 AM

 
 
  Chilly Curves
Chilly Curves
 
 
Chilly Curves

That makes 2 out of 10... I am feeling a little better since I just realized that I only submitted 10 for Feb. :)

3/9/2014 5:49:00 PM

  i ended up with 5 out of 7 for 71%... so I guess I cant complain.. now if I could get one to move on to the second round LOL

3/10/2014 1:00:18 PM

  I just picked up two EP's on February entries. I had given up on them but it looks like they r making another run through after all. I entered three and got three EP's. Woohoo!!!!!!

3/18/2014 1:39:13 AM

  Thank you Dayna for pointing out the new run of EPs, and like you I also now see two new EPs for my February contest submissions, making a total of 13 out 25 @ a healthy 50% success rate, I think.

UB.

3/18/2014 2:11:38 AM

  I picked up 2 more..
2/21..Catch All..Child's Play
2/23..MT..Floater

3/18/2014 2:24:33 AM

 
 
 
This is for March

Natures Painting of the Day..

joann c.

3/18/2014 5:05:32 AM

  Spring Bouquet
2/16/14
Monthly Theme

Orchids
2/24/14
Flowers

I believe this gives me a 25% for the month!

3/18/2014 10:03:02 AM

  Petite
2/20/2014
Staff Favorite

3/27/2014 3:42:06 PM

  My apologies ahead of time for offering these in a single batch, but sincere Congratulations to all of you who have received Finalist Badges (or in some cases many Finalists.) Good Luck in the next round.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=61472

3/28/2014 5:04:53 PM

  No staff favorites or finalists for me in Feb. I didn't enter any for March. Maybe I'll get one in before the 31st.

3/28/2014 9:35:15 PM

  One finalist for February, and I consider myself lucky for that one.

3/29/2014 6:06:52 AM

  Zilch for me for February, although I did end up with a fair number of EPs, which I'm happy with. This month I've got only 2 EPs out of 29 entries, though, so it's not looking good.

3/29/2014 4:31:51 PM

  Here is the link for the Feb. Finalists. Best of luck everybody !
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=61472

3/29/2014 6:32:51 PM

  Winners are out. Congratulations Carolyn F. and Ken for wining first place. I probably missed some. But congratulations to all winners. Wonderful images.

3/30/2014 5:48:12 AM

  A bridesmaid yet again for me. I haven 't won since a 1st in 2011. I know my photography has gotten much better, but I quit taking classes, so I've figured it out....

Congratulations to all who made it to the winners circle this month!!!

3/30/2014 7:02:33 AM

  I received a 2nd also Nancy. Not sure what you are referring to when you "but I quit taking classes, so I've figured it out...." You you say they have preference to those that take classes or that to up your skills you need to take a class?

3/30/2014 7:18:33 AM

  Jackie, I have had nothing above a finalist since the 1st I took in 2011. I have taken 3 classes on BP since then, but found inspiration and skills just shooting everyday and learning from other photographers, and classes on other sites.BP makes more $$$ if you take classes, in addition to renewing galleries. I do not know what new improvements they are coming up with. You do need to take classes IF you think your photography needs to be better. I know many professionals and and really great non/professionals, that take classes all the time, on this site and elsewhere. After you take a class, you should go out and use the information you learned to make better compositions, read and re-read your camera's manual, look at great photographer's work everywhere. I follow a couple of former BP photographers, both professionals, who have had great success, and one of them has been shown Worldwide, and who's photographs hang in the Smithsonian. Send me an email and I will tell you more.

3/30/2014 8:50:19 AM

  I don't think Nancy Marie was trying to say this, but I really strongly believe that BP does not show and never has shown preference to members who take classes there when it comes to their contest.

3/30/2014 9:20:46 AM

  I agree with Nikki. I've never taken a class, here or anywhere else, but I have learned a ton of stuff on this site due to the willingness of members to share with those of us who can't afford classes. Thanks to all of you who help others.

3/30/2014 9:32:39 AM

  I agree with Nikki and Carolyn. I have never taken a class and had SF/finalist and winners. I feel classes has nothing to do with their decision on picking the finalist/winners. I have also learned so much from the other members, their photography and the BP articles and tips they put out on BP. I do own and have read everyone of their books they have published and they are filled with helpful tips and info. too.

3/30/2014 10:23:16 AM

  I can say without a shadow of a doubt that taking classes has nothing to do with winning the contests or I would have numerous gold instead of the three Finalists over five years. Judging is so subjective there's no way to figure it out. At this point, positive encouragement and comments and constructive criticism means more to me.

3/30/2014 12:08:16 PM

  I don't think classes have anything to do with the winners. All the winners I have seen are well deserved. My best shot(the one with the most praise and a gold winner) was taken in my back yard while testing a new lens. I didn't think it worthy of entering but I did not have a flower photo for the month. The trick is to figure out what the judges like but that is impossible. Keep clicking and don't give up.

3/30/2014 2:04:10 PM

  Nancy it just kind of worried me that you were thinking if the same image was entered by a member that takes classes and one that doesn't that the one would have a better chance. I'm glad you weren't thinking that.

I definitely don't think taking classes here helps or hinders your image chances of winning. I know they are great for learning and wish I could take some of them but they are priced to high for me.

3/30/2014 5:14:08 PM

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  I just started back on 3/29 and I have eps for 29,30,31.
I see the reasons I left for are still here! I also see the sight is experiencing bandwidth problems that keep the photos from populating the page for several minutes.

4/5/2014 3:12:56 PM

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  22 .  Judges
Now I know who the teachers are.

Who are the judges?

thank you for your time.

2/1/2014 11:51:29 AM

  This is a big secret hidden from members... I have no idea.

2/1/2014 1:18:16 PM

  Ghis is what BP has to say on the Judges:

"The contest is, of course, a huge undertaking for BP - for judges as well as for BP's technical and support staff! Thus, with thousands images submitted each day and month, we long ago decided not to go into great detail on the inner-workings of the judging process.

Here are three contest pages with more contest information:

http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/guidelines.asp
http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/categories.asp
http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/captioning.asp"

UB.

2/1/2014 6:49:55 PM

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Beth W. DeBor
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  23 .  Difference Between EP and Staff Favorite
Can someone please explain the difference between EP and Staff Favorite and also, if you get an email that your image is a Staff Favorite does it get some sort of icon under it like the EP and others? Thanks.

1/21/2014 8:29:18 PM

  A Staff Favorite is a new category between EP and Finalist (all Finalists first get EPs and then become Staff Favorites, but not all EPs become Staff Favorites). If your image becomes a Staff Favorite, you'll get an e-mail. Also, the image gets a badge. If this image will get a Finalist badge, then the Staff Favorite badge will be removed.

1/22/2014 12:00:55 AM

  Very good explanation Tiia! :-)

1/22/2014 2:04:14 AM

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  Beth, here's an example that hopefully puts the contest rounds into perspective. in the December EP thread, Jim Miotke said there were 6 rounds.

Assume 10,000 photos submitted to the contest.
Round 1. EPs. Assume 50%, so 5,000 EPs
Round 2. Internal BP elimination round. Assume another 50% cut, so down to 2500 images
Round 3. Staff Favs. Last month's SF percentage was 13%, so down to 1300 images
Round 4. Finalists. Last month's Finalist percentage was 9%, so down to 900 images
Round 5. Gold Medals. 110 images
Round 6. Grand Prize. 1 image

BP is very transparent in its contest rounds. With the exception of Round 2, we know how we're doing all along their process.

1/22/2014 3:48:46 AM

  Thank you so much Tila and Kim for the clarification. I missed Jim's explanation. If a photo gets to Finalist, the EP badge also gets removed, right?

1/22/2014 6:58:39 AM

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  Correct. And if the finalist gets selected as a "gold" then the gold medal replaces silver finalist badge.

1/22/2014 7:18:03 AM

  After all these years, I finally get it. Now, if I could just figure how they make their decisions.

Can you also explain how the POTD gets picked or the photos that are featured in the newsletters or the photo groups that appear in the newsletters?

1/22/2014 7:22:23 AM

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  Beth, POTD and newsletter photos are management decisions. I don't have any insights in this area.

1/22/2014 7:33:36 AM

  Ken's big picture is very helpful; however, you may also want to know that, except for the Winners or Gold Medal round, his percentages are very rough. I think that's what he's indicating when he says "assume".

There have been many finalist rounds that ended up at less than 5% or even 4% of the total entries. 9% is very high, imo.

Staff Favorites have only been awarded for a few months; it's much too early for us to have a sense of that.

I would guess EP percentages have fluctuated even more widely than Finalist percentages; they certainly have for individual members.

1/22/2014 3:06:07 PM

Ken Smith
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  Yes, I agree with Nikki. Seems like last few months finalist rate 9% or so. I think it was 11% several months ago, historical high since I've been on BP. And I think one month it dipped to 3% and you can imagine the forum chatter that month :-)

1/22/2014 4:25:05 PM

  Also, the POTDs are only chosen from EPs and images with higher medals than EP. I think they are chosen in advance for each date by the BP management.

UB.

1/22/2014 9:43:26 PM

  POTDs seem to be chosen from images with at least an EP. I have never seen a POTD without another accompanying badge: EP, Finalist, 2nd place Winner, 3rd place Winner, or Grand Prize. I personally have a couple of POTDs which did not go past EP so their two badges are EP and POTD.

1/23/2014 8:30:12 AM

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  24 .  How to Upload Photos
 
Which section do I go if I want to upload my photos.

1/18/2014 4:06:34 AM

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  Hello; You can upload photos directly in your Member Center, once you fully sign-in to BP with your Username and Password. You'll find the link to Member Center at the upper right of the page, once you're signed in. Then go to the link for "My Photos" on the left...

1/18/2014 5:53:38 AM

  If you don't have it in your gallery yet:
go to My Member Center,
click at My Photos,
click at Image Uploader,
select a file, add a title, description and contest category and check the box that you've read & agree to their terms and conditions; then, click at Submit Your Photo,
after that you should see a new page; check the box Display and click at Submit.

If you have it in your gallery:
go to My Member Center,
click at My Photos,
now you should see all photos you've uploaded before,
select a photo and click at Enter Into Contest,
now you should see this photo in much bigger format, select a contest category and click at submit.
NB! If you use this method, the photo will not appear on the 1st page of contest entries, but in the page it could have been if you'd entered it at the time you uploaded it to the gallery (e.g. 5 days ago).

1/18/2014 7:40:32 AM

James Miotke
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  Chris and Tiia, you are so awesome! I really appreciate you helping our new member out!

BTW, the image uploader has just been greatly improved. If anyone has been having a hard time, try it again and let us know how it goes.

More great things to come...

Thanks again - I am very grateful to have you on board.

Jim

1/18/2014 12:14:26 PM

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  25 .  January 2014 EPs, Staff Favorites, and Finalists
Please limit your posts to your images which have received EPs, Staff Favorites, and Finalists in January 2014...Other topics can be started in their own thread.Thanks and best of luck in this new year!

1/15/2014 11:07:35 AM

 
 
  *****************
*****************
 
 
I will start things off with my entry :-)
1/2/2014 Dark Clouds in the Mojave. MT category is Weather.

1/15/2014 11:09:27 AM

  1/1..Didn't Post
1/2..Macro.. Web 20131022-4
1/3..CatchAll..Frosty Web And Fencepost
1/4..Macro.. Lower The Drawbridge

1/15/2014 2:23:02 PM

  Tag :)

1/17/2014 5:26:09 PM

  Glomming on to this thread ... :)

1/18/2014 9:06:04 PM

  1/5..EOD..A Colorful Dewdrop

1/20/2014 3:23:09 PM

 
 
  Holly Berries
Holly Berries
My holly bushes are laden with an absolutely amazing amount of berries.
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
1/4 Details & Macro

1/20/2014 5:53:31 PM

  Jan 4 - Into Myst - Monthly Theme
Jan 5 - Togetherness is beautiful - Details & Macro

And no EPs for Jan 2 and 3.

UB.

1/20/2014 7:40:08 PM

  entries every day; EP’s on Jan. 1 (Animals) and 4 (D&M)
Urban Exploration
Three Boards and a Hinge

1/20/2014 9:11:53 PM

  Entered Jan 1 thru Jan 6. No EPs for any of them.

1/21/2014 2:09:28 PM

  tag

1/21/2014 2:59:24 PM

  Entries every day from Jan 1 - 18; EPs on Jan1,2,3 and 4 so far.

1/21/2014 8:09:52 PM

  Close to My Heart
1/6/2014
Animals (Flash):-)

1/22/2014 2:10:21 AM

  1/6..Theme..Ominous

1/22/2014 2:33:43 AM

  TAG....

jo ann c.

1/22/2014 7:47:53 AM

  1/1-could not post
1/2-Ancient Sculptures
1/3-Multnomah Morning Colors

1/22/2014 10:50:10 AM

  Great photos, everyone. Just waiting until BP gets to the days I posted.

1/22/2014 1:54:33 PM

 
 
 
1/5-Winter Blues

1/22/2014 2:56:42 PM

  1/5-Large Stone Carving (Travel & Place)

1/22/2014 8:29:33 PM

  1/7..EOD..Website

1/23/2014 8:07:10 AM

  Does anyone know what day the evaluations are up to and are they doing all categories? Thank you!

1/23/2014 1:03:39 PM

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  Kalena, I got an EP on the 7th, in Catch-all. But I don't know if they've done all the categories for the 7th. You could go to the "Recent Contest Entries" page and just scroll thru each category and look for yourself...it's tedious, though.

If you see some people start getting them on the 8th, then it's probably a safe bet that BP is thru with the 7th. However, this is not a hard/fast rule because many people reported EPs a few days ago for early December, long after BP had done their initial pass through.

1/23/2014 2:06:05 PM

 
 
  Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo
this chimp was playing peek-a-boo with us at chimphaven in louisiana
 
 
so far the only one

1/23/2014 3:27:49 PM

  I have one January 2nd:

"TURN OUT THE LIGHTS THE PARTY'S OVER"

jo ann c.

1/23/2014 3:32:13 PM

  Thank you, Ken. :-)

1/23/2014 3:45:41 PM

  Jan 6 - Alone under Shard - DD
Jan 7 - FLASH - People

UB.

1/23/2014 6:11:16 PM

  1/8..Catch All..Dewdrops And A Really Small Fly

1/24/2014 3:50:54 PM

  The Bride
1/8/14
Digital Darkroom

1/24/2014 7:10:27 PM

  01/08 Upside Down

1/25/2014 4:19:19 AM

  1/9..MT..Autumn Rain

1/25/2014 5:35:55 AM

  1/9-Feather River Wilderness

1/26/2014 4:57:41 AM

  1/10 Isobel In Window Light

1/26/2014 5:17:07 AM

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  Looming Large
Looming Large
 
 
1/4 Details and Macro

1/9 Animals
All Alone

1/26/2014 12:41:59 PM

  I seem to have such problems today uploading this morning took so many attempts. Now commenting has error messages.

Is anyone else experiencing this?

Thanks,
M

1/26/2014 4:18:05 PM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Role Model
Role Model

Finalist - Flowers - January 2014

Pink and yellow carnation and bud, with selective focus on the bud.
Afternoon window light. Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
1/11 Flowers

1/26/2014 5:16:11 PM

  1/10..Skipped
1/11..Catch All..Drop On Grass 4
1/12..N/L..Dropping In

1/26/2014 6:01:06 PM

  Marilyn, I, too, had problems getting on BP. It would "time out" and then I would have to sign in again. I gave up after 3x.

1/26/2014 7:37:05 PM

  Jan 8 - Skipped
Jan 9 - Skipped
Jan 10 - Three Circle - EoD
Jan 11 - EMPEROR - DD

UB.

1/26/2014 9:03:38 PM

  I now have 4 EP'S for January...

jo ann c.

1/27/2014 9:08:21 AM

Lola M.
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  Going Down
Going Down
 
 
1/11 Details and Macro

1/27/2014 4:38:24 PM

  My last one was on the 10th. Gonna be a little sad if the 11th was skipped . . .
Tops

1/29/2014 2:03:05 PM

  Wow, guess things are running a bit behind for January.

1/30/2014 3:42:09 PM

Lola M.
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  Uphill Climb
Uphill Climb
 
 
1/12 Details and Macro

1/31/2014 7:58:35 AM

Lola M.
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  A Butterfly
A Butterfly
 
 
1/13 Details and Macro

2/3/2014 4:39:13 PM

  1/13..Catch All..A Not So Still Life
1/14..Macro..Dripping With Dew

2/3/2014 4:46:57 PM

 
 
  First Light
First Light
Taken in January 2013, processed for the first time January 2014.
 
 
First Light-1/14

2/3/2014 6:11:15 PM

  Jan 12 - The way to her Heart - Catch-All (No EP)
Jan 13 - Boating into the Night - Digital Darkroom (No EP)
Jan 14 - Window to the Past - Travel & Place

2/3/2014 7:39:21 PM

  Looks like there is some movement !

2/3/2014 8:55:47 PM

  Did anyone start the February EFP thread yet? What is the new url id#?

2/4/2014 9:28:51 AM

  I don't see one for February yet.
This just came in..
1/15..EOD..Reflections In Webs

2/4/2014 9:43:20 AM

 
 
  Winter Brush
Winter Brush

Stark dry winter brush with windblown seeds and soft muted colors. Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
1/14 Monthly Theme (Weather)

2/4/2014 10:25:04 AM

Lola M.
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  Eye of the Butterfly
Eye of the Butterfly
 
 
1/16 Details and Macro

2/4/2014 12:31:33 PM

  1/16..Macro..Artwork From The Pasture

2/4/2014 12:49:52 PM

  This was on last month, thought I would just copy and past it from Jim.

Jim Miotke
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Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc. Yes, the Staff Favorites, Finalists, and Winners all came out on the last day of the month. Our intention is to improve the timing of the contest this month. Keep an eye out for great changes and more timely feedback for you.

2/4/2014 7:37:20 AM

2/4/2014 1:30:00 PM

 
 
  Ice, Snow, And Freezing Fog
Ice, Snow, And Freezing Fog
Category: Weather-Monthly Theme
 
 
1/13/14-Ice, Snow, and Freezing Fog-MT

2/4/2014 3:13:01 PM

  1/17.. Catch All..Chandeliers Courtesy Of Mother Nature
1/18..MT..Frosty Berries

2/4/2014 5:16:59 PM

  I never realized how important an EP was to me. Nothing... :( wow... Maybe they can't see my pics? :) Happy day to all. Lots of snow here in the Northeast.

2/5/2014 6:06:54 AM

  Betty Ann, I know the feeling. I stopped entering for a while and tried again the last week or so of January but nothing. I know it shouldn't make a difference but it does offer encouragement. A POTD would also be encouraging. I'll give it to the end of Feb. then I'm done. I'm in MA and the snow looks like it's getting lighter now.

2/5/2014 8:56:38 AM

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  Hi Beth. You mentioned you started entering again the last week of January. Based on this EP thread, I think they're only up to Jan 18th. If you entered new photos after Jan 18th, then you may still get an EP or EPs.

2/5/2014 9:53:56 AM

  Thanks, Ken. I'll check back in a day or two.

2/5/2014 10:14:07 AM

  1/19..EOD..Finely Crafted

2/5/2014 3:52:03 PM

  1/20..Macro..Carnival Of Color

2/5/2014 5:22:11 PM

 
 
 
1/18 Details & Macro

2/5/2014 5:41:22 PM

 
 
 
1/15 - Leaf

2/5/2014 6:47:40 PM

  Did not enter on Jan 18.

Jan 15 - Circles and Lines - EoD
Jan 19 - Ranunculus in Oil - CA
Jan 20 - BEDEWELLED III - Flowers

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2/5/2014 8:34:36 PM

 
 
 
Got one for the 20th....that's it for the month... :-)

2/5/2014 8:45:25 PM

 
 
  Heavenward
Heavenward
iso 1250, 400mm (Canon 100-400L), f/5.6, 1/250, handheld..... Yesterday morning at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville WA
 
 
~

2/5/2014 8:47:10 PM

  15, 18, 23, and 26th, and two with no date : Under Ice, and Covered Bridge- final .

Typing this on my iPhone in bed too early in the morning ;)

Sure hope they are on a roll and not stopping yet !

2/6/2014 6:08:14 AM

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  It Panes me 20
It Panes me 20
 
  Trexler Overlook Sunset 21
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Wow! I just got an EFP for the 21st! BP seems to be on the ball! Thanks BP!

2/6/2014 6:09:53 AM

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  They are moving fast. I got quite a few EPs over night, with the last one on the 25th.

On the December EP thread, Jim Miotke said that BP was going to improve the timing for the contest. Who knows, maybe we'll see Staff Favs by the middle of the month with Finalists by the 21st..a return to yesterday. :-)

2/6/2014 6:23:47 AM

  1/21..MT..Did Ya Ever Wonder?
1/22..Macro..Klingons
1/23..Macro..Beautifully Wrapped
1/24..Macro..Droplets With Bokeh
1/25..MT..Weather
1/26..Macro..Splendor In The Grass
Yikes! These were all from today. They are on fire back there...and it's snowing here. Miracles do happen.

2/6/2014 6:26:25 AM

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2/6/2014 6:45:40 AM

 
 
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Succulent in Black & White II
Succulent in Black & White II

Second Place - Catch-All - January 2014

Sedum plant, taken on my patio.
Black & white conversion and minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
1/21 Catch-all (I think ...)

2/6/2014 6:56:23 AM

 
 
 
Last Feb. I received an EP for this image for Travel & Place and I resubmitted it last week for January's MT after I had done some adjustments on it in Topaz Detail which I thought improved it and made it look more like what I saw when taking it. It got overlooked this time. Go figure? Any comments are appreciated.

2/6/2014 7:49:08 AM

  I like the second version a lot better. Go figure. Maybe it was the monitor this particular judge was using. All monitors show it different.

2/6/2014 7:59:52 AM

 
 
  Jackson, NH Covered Bridge
Jackson, NH Covered Bridge
Feb. 2013; Travel & Place
 
  Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
 
 
For some reason the photos didn't upload into this thread. I'll try again.

2/6/2014 8:03:50 AM

  Jan 21, 22 and 24 got skipped.

Jan 23 - Tower Bridge - Catch All
Jan 25 - A Winter's Morn - Monthly Theme
Jan 26 - Multi-Colors - EoD

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2/6/2014 8:18:18 AM

  Wow, just got another one!!

Jan 27 - Back Alley - Catch All

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2/6/2014 8:26:08 AM

  1/27..MT..Stormy Weather Coming Soon
1/28..Macro..String Of Beads
1/29..MT..The Weather Is Weird
1/30..SKIPPED
1/31..Flowers..Seedy

2/6/2014 9:38:19 AM

  Should we start a Feb. thread?

2/6/2014 11:22:05 AM

 
 
  Isn't it Grand
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People: January 28, 2014
 
 
I think I entered 4 in January. This one got an EP. Waiting to see if they are through with 1/31 yet...

1/28 People

2/6/2014 12:22:06 PM

  Held steady at 16%...

A Little Remaining Light

2/6/2014 12:38:18 PM

  St. Edwards Catholic Church
1/30/14
Catch-All

2/6/2014 12:45:53 PM

 
 
 
1-25 Winter "Paws"
1-27 Tree Gift

Kind of surprised that these two got an EP but not others. Oh well...happy for this! :)

2/6/2014 1:47:15 PM

  1-25 Winter "Paws"
1-27 Tree Gift

Kind of surprised that these two got an EP but not others. Oh well...happy for this! :)

2/6/2014 1:47:41 PM

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  I just got an EP for Feb 1st. They aren't slowing down.

2/6/2014 1:54:50 PM

  Patricia, I like the second one better, too. I wish I knew what they liked about the first one that they didn't like in the second one.

2/6/2014 2:00:18 PM

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  Orange Bench
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1/24 Catch All

1/27 Nature and Landscapes
Smooth Flow

1/30 Nature and Landscapes
Winter Calm

2/6/2014 2:28:33 PM

  1/28-At Dawn's Early Light

2/6/2014 3:58:42 PM

  I also got a couple for February..1st and 3rd. Skipped the 2nd.

2/6/2014 4:00:45 PM

  16 out of 20 for January. That's 80% for the best month in a long, long time.

2/6/2014 4:50:45 PM

  Jill had mentioned to Joannie and me that it was easy to start the new Month's thread for the EPs, Finalists, Winners, and Judges' Favorites.

As February is already seeing some EPs, there are going to be requests to start it immediately. I've decided not to do it. Hopefully, this won't be construed as a negative and removed. It's just a heads up that someone else needs to step up to the plate.

2/6/2014 5:55:11 PM

  I'll give it a shot for Feb. but can't guarantee I'll continue.

2/6/2014 6:40:07 PM

  Did not enter on Jan 30. Skipped for Jan 29 and 31. Got one for Jan 28. Overall, 16 out of 29 got EPs, almost 50% success rate.

Jan 28 - TULIP - Flowers

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2/6/2014 7:38:16 PM

  I had entered 9 and got 5 EP's.

2/6/2014 8:16:55 PM

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  14 out of 27 for me. It was better last month.

2/7/2014 6:51:22 AM

  11 EPs for January-better than last month!

2/7/2014 7:32:15 AM

  January was another light month for me ... only six entries. But five got EPs, so I'm happy with that. :)

2/7/2014 10:05:42 AM

  Beth started the February EP thread. Here's the link:
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=36087

2/7/2014 10:11:15 AM

  I think I had entered five and got three. None in Feb. yet.

2/9/2014 8:20:26 AM

  It appears they have gone back and added things for January EPs that previously were skipped. Four additional suddenly for me, although my favorite still lacks one.

2/15/2014 9:12:09 AM

  Well that makes for more EP's! Yayyyyy!
I now have 9!

1-2 Turn out the Lights, the Party is Over
1-9 Mabry Mills
1-11 Juice Any One?
1-18 Let the Sunshine In
1-20 A Rose
1-22 Pretty as a picture
1-24 Deer Crossing
1-27 Fractalius Macro
1-29 Rain, Rain Go Away

2/15/2014 9:45:38 AM

  I just discovered the same thing, Mitch. I had one for the 6th (which was my final entry.) Now, all but one of the six entries have an EP. I haven't taken any pictures since Christmas.

Catch-All:
01/01 - Night Fall

Nature & Landscapes:
01/02 - Lakeside Tree

Nature & Landscapes:
01/03 - Lakeside Five

Catch-All:
01/05 - Approaching Night

01/06 - A Little Remaining Light

2/15/2014 10:22:19 AM

  Oops. Error - No EP on 01/05, and the one on the 6th is a Catch-All.

2/15/2014 10:26:36 AM

  Thanks Mitch for pointer. I received a couple more EPs and one was a favorite, so extra happy!!!

UB.

2/15/2014 11:22:06 AM

  Got another for January!

1-17 Ferris Wheel

Sooo, that's ten EP's for January, never thought I would be so happy to get EP's! :-) Used be those would always be finalist, boy, did that ever change! lol

jo ann c.

2/15/2014 3:15:48 PM

  Picked up two more for a total of 13 EPs for January- mor than I thought I'd get!

2/15/2014 5:20:48 PM

  Their timing is improving quite a bit. Now, if only they'd stop jumping around. Once, they skipped my first five entries and gave an EP for 01/06 - I figured that was it, and didn't return. Checking back all the time is pretty depressing. At least, I did check after receiving an email notification about a comment on one of mine. It had an EP that wasn't there before. That's when I found the new EPs for three of the five ones that were skipped earlier.

2/15/2014 5:53:33 PM

  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallMember.asp?pageID=1&catID=60991&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=

2/26/2014 9:16:20 AM

  ooops,
January 2014 contest Finalists link:


http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallMember.asp?pageID=1&catID=60991&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=

2/26/2014 9:17:29 AM

  Out of 13 EPs, I got one Finalist-I guess that is better than nothing!

2/26/2014 10:05:01 AM

  11 Finalist, and 2 Staff Favorites...

The 2 Staff Favorites turned into finalist!

Yayyyyy!

If you want to see them,go to my gallery and they are right up front!

Thanks for the comments already..

jo ann c.

2/26/2014 10:42:13 AM

  DUHHHHH, NOT 11 finalist, 11 EFP'S! Now that was dummmmbbb joann! :-(

But I did get the two finalist...

jo ann c.

2/26/2014 10:46:42 AM

  I just thought those were Roman numerals, Jo Ann LOL

2/26/2014 10:59:40 AM

  Out of my 19 EPs, three went on to become SFs and 2 progressed further to Finalists. I am just hoping its not the end of it, lol!!!

UB.

2/26/2014 8:28:39 PM

  Can someone explain to me when the monthly contest winners are posted usually. Is there a certain time each month?

3/24/2014 7:40:52 AM

  No.
and
Nope.
We can give you very general parameters - through the years the finalists have been posted as early as mid-month (even earlier, once, I think) and as late as a day or so into the next month. More recently, they are quite late in the month but by the end of the month. But you can be assured that they will be selected and posted :)

3/24/2014 7:50:15 AM

  Thanks Nikki, I have not seen a pattern to many things over the past months.

3/24/2014 8:08:15 AM

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  26 .  Countdown to December's Contest Results
Hello Everyone!

I'm stepping in for Chris, who stepped in for Michele Fricke in June 2013, who replaced Elida Gutierrez in June 2009, who replaced Chris Budny in April 2008, who replaced John Caruso in Feb 2008, and who replaced Sharon Day in April 2007. Sharon was doing the contest countdown when I joined BP in 2005.

This monthly thread is where we share our favorite contest image(s) from December. If it makes Staff Fav/Finalist/Winner, all the better. So give your favorites a showcase here, tell us why you picked them, and join us in the countdown... Good luck to all of you!

If the last few months are any indication, BP will finish the EP selection around the 25th of January, then Staff Favs by the 28th, Finalists by the 29th, and Winners on the 30th. It could be a mad dash to the finish line, so hold on cause we're all in it together. If it's any consolation, the judges have far fewer images to judge, as compared to several years ago. This month, I think there were around 6,000 contest images; three years ago the total was 30,000/month.

1/15/2014 3:44:28 AM

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  Some helpful hints for attaching photos into a BP Forum Thread, if you're unfamiliar with the process:
1) Sign into BP. IF YOU HAVEN'T entered the Contest for today, you can use the "Photo ID" method to pull an existing image (from your Member Center) into your Reply here. This avoids a duplicate image upload to your Member Center. Note the Photo ID# of the image you wish to include here (visible in your Member Center) then return to this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, and 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" field shown over at the right. Skip the other text fields on that screen, check the boxes at the bottom, and Submit.

2) IF YOU HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest for today, you can't use the Photo ID method *today*. Either wait until tomorrow to reply here first, or upload a copy of the image (from your PC) and attach to this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.

If you're uploading a duplicate, I suggest titling it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later on. This can also help nudge BP viewers to go find the original image in your gallery, if they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, first try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate... which may one day be deleted.

1/15/2014 3:45:49 AM

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Here are my two candidates.

1/15/2014 3:46:12 AM

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  One Year Old
One Year Old
This is our granddaughter, Declyn, on Thanksgiving Day, which was also her first birthday. We spent the holidays at my daughter and son-in-law's house. My parents joined us for Thanksgiving Dinner.

F5, 1/60th sec, ISO 2000, 90mm focal length

 
 
Here's my photo….

1/15/2014 3:47:27 AM

 
 
 
I have a granddaughter with a Thanksgiving birthday, too, but she's slightly older than this one.
It's hard to pick a favorite this month so I'm gonna throw the dart and see what it hits. (not really a dart, an ink pen)..So here's my fave for December!

1/15/2014 4:51:30 AM

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  Carolyn, I think you picked a perfect one. A very beautiful scene and the leading lines from the clouds/reflections draw my eyes into your comp.

1/15/2014 6:22:30 AM

 
 
  Blue
Blue
Taken at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX.

Nikon D7000, Lensbaby Composer Pro and the Edge 80 optic with the 16 mm macro tube attached. PP in LR5.

(12/1/2013)

 
 
Great photos! Thanks for the tip Ken on adding photos to the forum. I was wondering about that.

I have two that made it to EP, but not sure if they will go any further.

1/15/2014 6:27:47 AM

 
 
  Remain in Light
Remain in Light
A holiday ornament, shot in window light.

f/5.6, 6 secs, ISO50, 100mm

** Monthly Theme **

 
 
Thanks for picking up the thread, Ken, and for sharing its history of hosts!

Here's my favorite for December.

Good luck everyone!

1/15/2014 7:23:48 AM

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  Hi Kalena, I can't take credit for the tips. I just cut/pasted what Chris Budny had last month, which he probably cut/pasted from Michele. :-) It's a team effort, for sure! Nice job with the Lensbaby. I like its effect on your flower shot. I tried one a few years ago and could never master it, and gave it to a friend.

Martha, thanks for sharing your photo. Pretty colors with a nice flow. Good luck in the next round!

1/15/2014 7:39:41 AM

 
 
  Littlerock Snowfall
Littlerock Snowfall
 
 
Littlerock Snowfall, Uploaded 12/22/2013. MT category. Snowflake brushes and NIK Color EFex

1/15/2014 11:16:02 AM

  Thanks, Ken! We sure gave done great shots on here do far! Let's hope we all make it to the next round! :-)

1/15/2014 12:12:13 PM

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  Jill, that's a very magical shot. And I bet you've had more snow in the Mojave Desert than we've had in Omaha. It's just brown here now; no snow at all.

Kalena, there's a lot of talent at BP and I'm sure we'll see many more inspirational photos on this thread!

1/15/2014 12:50:54 PM

 
 
 
I have one more photo that I really like. It's a fun shot!

1/15/2014 5:40:51 PM

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  Kalena, I thought they were piano keys at first. It's a very unique photo and a fun shot for sure!

1/15/2014 6:57:19 PM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
~Golden Gate Bridge~
~Golden Gate Bridge~
 
 
~Golden Gate Bridge~

1/15/2014 10:22:58 PM

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  Hey Garret, welcome to the countdown thread! Beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge; I'm envious. I lived in San Francisco many, many years ago but have never returned. On my bucket list!

1/16/2014 3:40:01 AM

  Beautiful shot, Garret!

1/16/2014 11:55:29 AM

  Tagging! Good luck everyone!

1/16/2014 3:53:13 PM

 
 
  The U-TURNS
The U-TURNS
As the cars were few and far between, I decided to stack three images with 30sec exposure for each made in-camera. Nikor 35mm prime lens on Margalla Hills in Islamabad.

Selective coloring in PS CS5 and applied Topaz Star Effects in post processing.

 
 
Thanks to you Ken for the historic preview of this threrad and taking on the baton and thanks Chris for your services over the last few months and previously too.

Heres my favorite, it took quite some effort to get it as it is.

Good luck to you all on your hopefuls!!

UB.

1/17/2014 1:20:24 AM

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  Hey Usman, thanks for sharing your photo. That's a nice comp with the car lights, and a nice touch for infusing some color in just the right places.

1/17/2014 3:37:28 AM

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  Thanks, Ken, for taking on the thread! Boy, I had forgotten just how many people are sipping cocktails or nibbling chocolates in the "Lounge For Past Countdown Hosts" ;)
Of course, I already made an entry today, so I can't post a Dec. favorite here in the thread until tomorrow. Will be a toughie -- I only had 5 entries ;)

1/17/2014 5:38:04 AM

  Why don't you just upload a new copy, Chris? The comment section that goes with it really isn't all that necessary as we can always go to your gallery if we want to read the comments.

1/17/2014 5:53:35 AM

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  hehehe... I can't stand having duplicates in my Member Center! And don't want to risk someone commenting on the duplicate (which if I had dups, I'd eventually delete from Member Center; don't want to lose comments, and don't want to have to cut-paste them onto the "proper" image.)
And long story short, I'm at work, and can't upload another copy anyway, since it is at home ;) hehehe

1/17/2014 6:43:01 AM

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Nickel
Nickel
Too cold and icy outside, so I started looking for photo subjects inside this morning...
I also dug out my light-tent lights and started playing around with them; I ended up shooting
a banged-up nickel with my macro lens; it is impressive, the tiny details that go into the coins!
Unfortunately, Jefferson kind of looks like he ran through a thorny thicket, face-first!
12/13 2nd Place - D&M
 
 
Here we go... December was my lightest month in a long time -- only 5 entries -- and this one came about from boredom one cold night, wondering what I could photograph with my macro lens at home; I got out the light tent & lights, and really liked the result of this, particularly the light reflected off the nickel and onto the black mat board.

1/18/2014 5:55:52 AM

 
 
  All Roads Lead to ...
All Roads Lead to ...

Leaf in afternoon window light. Minor adjustments in CS5.
 
 
Yes, thanks to all the previous hosts, and to Ken for taking the reins!

December was a light month for me too ... only 8 entries and so far only two of them have EPs.

It's always hard to pick a favorite, because all my photos are my "babies", ya know?

Anyway, I'll pick one of my two (!) EPs.

Here's wishing the best of luck to all in the contest, and happy shooting!

Peggy

1/18/2014 7:26:51 AM

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  Hi Peggy, welcome aboard!! That's a nice macro you've submitted…the colors, the crispness, and the comp. Good luck to you in the next rounds!

As best I can tell, BP has gone thru less than 50% of the December photos, for EPs. I've seen consistent results from Dec 1st thru 12th, and some random ones from Dec 22nd and Dec 31st. So, please don't get discouraged for those photos you posted after Dec 12th, as I think we'll see many more EPs coming soon.

1/18/2014 2:36:51 PM

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  Well, this is strange. I left a comment and I can only see it when I respond to this thread. So, I'll cut/paste it here and hopefully it shows up for all to see:

Hi Peggy, welcome aboard!! That's a nice macro you've submitted…the colors, the crispness, and the comp. Good luck to you in the next rounds!

As best I can tell, BP has gone thru less than 50% of the December photos, for EPs. I've seen consistent results from Dec 1st thru 12th, and some random ones from Dec 22nd and Dec 31st. So, please don't get discouraged for those photos you posted after Dec 12th, as I think we'll see many more EPs coming soon.

1/18/2014 2:40:10 PM

  Thanks so much, Ken!

1/18/2014 2:46:41 PM

 
 
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S Curve Ahead
S Curve Ahead
Shot From Morant's Curve Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. F/14, 1/160sec, iso 500, 24mm Focal Length.
 
 
Thanks Ken for telling me about this forum. Here is one of my Fav's.

1/19/2014 6:42:45 AM

 
 
 
I don't take that many candid street shots that I like, but I do like this one. I find the colors, the building, the guy and his stance, and the composition interesting - quirky, but interesting.

1/19/2014 8:50:00 AM

 
 
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s t u n n i n g
s t u n n i n g

Thanks for looking!

~People~

 
 
Wonderful to see so many images in here already... Thanks Ken for taking this thread over... I know many of us love it..:) Good luck to you all, I see some great work here... Now for a personal fav. of mine.... hmmmmmmm

1/19/2014 8:55:57 AM

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  Welcome Mike and Nikki. Mike, it's great to have another landscape photographer join our thread. Morants Curve is a beautiful area in the Canadian Rockies, and you've done it justice. I'm sure the wait was worth it.

Nikki…oops…hopefully you can get your photo uploaded.

And for a little personal info…I've known Mike since 1994 as he lives about 10 minutes from me and we've traveled/photographed many nice locales in the United States. And Nikki McDonald lives about 15 minutes from both of us, and all three of us have gotten together multiple times to photograph Omaha and the surrounding countryside.

1/19/2014 1:29:00 PM

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  Kara, welcome aboard! :-) "Stunning" is aptly titled. A beautiful portrait and very eye-catching. I hope it's very succesful in the next round!

1/19/2014 1:32:38 PM

 
 
  Lunch by the Big Red Ornament
Lunch by the Big Red Ornament
 
 
This was my favorite new image taken with the Holiday theme in mind...but was passed over :-(

1/19/2014 8:00:10 PM

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  Sorry to hear that Jill. But if it's a fav to you, that's what's important. It's a cute shot and a fun shot. Even though it didn't make an impression on the EP picker, it's still a great shot and something to be proud of!

1/19/2014 8:05:14 PM

  1/19/14, Jill? We're doing December favorites and they aren't even to the 19th of December, much less the 19th of January. Or am I missing something?
Cute picture - that's one big Christmas ball!

1/19/2014 8:15:42 PM

 
 
  Westlake Canal
Westlake Canal
3 exposure HDR. Processed with Photomatix. Canon 7D; Tamron 17mm; ISO 200; EV -1, 0, +1. Hand held.
 
 
Here's my pick. One of my first attempts at HDR.

1/19/2014 8:41:36 PM

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  Hi Carol, welcome to the contest thread. I've often used Photomatix to process several exposures from the same parent RAW image. And you did a great job on your first try; very natural looking. And a nice scene too. Fingers crossed!

1/19/2014 9:14:58 PM

  Nikki, this thread is for posting your favorite images from December. I posted this one on Dec 12 and since I have gotten an EP for Dec 15, I assume they passed this one over...:-)Like Ken said, as long as I like it, that is really all that matters. It's going to be my Christmas card next Christmas...

1/19/2014 10:54:41 PM

  I agree Jill... I post images that I love... I shoot what I love... If it gets a BP nod, that's wonderful... But most importantly, the contest keeps me shooting.. and shooting things I might normally not... That's what it's all about for me.. Good luck everyone!

1/20/2014 5:43:33 AM

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  Very well said, Kara. I think you speak for many of us!

Looks like they are about done with December's EPs. I'm seeing tons of EPs on people's galleries, from the 20th thru 31st of Dec. On the EP thread, Jim Miotke said they were speeding up the selections, and they have.

The preceding three months, the final EPs weren't handed out until the 25th, 27, and 28th of the month. For December, they are basically done by the 20th.

Moral of the story--we might see Staff Favs in the next few days, followed by finalists around the 25th, similar to how BP used to do it. I don't think it will be as rushed this month.

1/20/2014 6:09:36 AM

 
 
 
I lost track of the EPs for December, so checked back. I had more personal favourites than in other months, but the one that was so much fun was the Solstice Stars - using the Topaz Star Effects and other filters on a very old orchard tree.

1/20/2014 6:49:42 AM

  Way to go,Jim and team! This early completion of EP selection process will provide sufficient time for the remaining three stages to get over in due course and without rushing through.This was the need of the hour and what I had also suggested in my feedback. Thanks!!

1/20/2014 6:59:30 AM

  Isn't that good news!

I too gave feedback for a faster EP selection, so hope this has helped support the BP team.

1/20/2014 7:05:52 AM

  I think it's great! We are all happier now, I bet, and that will make them happier, also!

1/20/2014 7:22:14 AM

  Kudos to Team BP on expeditious EP stamping. Looking forward to find out the SFs, Fs and Winners, hopefully a few days before the end of the month.

I, however, have a prayer for Team BP....
to try to keep two days between announcing the Finalists and Winners, this way I, along with many other BPers am sure, will have ample time to see/comment on many of the Finalists before actually knowing the Winners. Its been very frustrating the last few months, when the Winners were announced too soon after announcement of the Finalists. In fact, it happened on the same day just recently. So if the suggestion is not too difficult to perform for Team BP and if it gets the nod of majority of other members, i/we will appreciate if it is implemented for future months.

UB.

1/20/2014 8:57:57 AM

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  Usman, I would also like to see two days between Staff Favs and Finalists, for the same reasons you cite. That way, everything is a more orderly pace and I think most folks like to pause in-between these award-winning rounds.

OK...it's time for other folks to show us your "fav" photo for December. :-)

1/20/2014 9:53:02 AM

 
 
  Street Corner
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Here's the street shot I was talking about yesterday - I forgot I had gotten up super early and entered way before I usually do when I began my post and it submitted even though I didn't have the photo ID to give it. Here it is now - and I'm lucky enough to have an EP on it, but it's my pick, anyway.

1/20/2014 11:26:19 AM

  Wow! I haven't checked in in a while. Great photos have been upload since I was here last! Good luck everyone with going to the next levels!

1/20/2014 12:05:50 PM

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  Chris, I don't know how I missed your Nickel shot…just spotted it as I was scrolling to the bottom. I like the perspective you did on the shot…and the simplicity. Hopefully Jefferson turns into some silver and gold for you! :-)

1/20/2014 12:38:11 PM

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  Hey Nikki, thanks for uploading your photo. Old Market? I like how he's looking outside of the comp…kinda a faraway gaze and we can only imagine what he's looking at. I like the urban edge to the photo!

1/20/2014 12:39:21 PM

  Nope, East Village in Des Moines. It does have a kind of Old Market feel, doesn't it? Thanks for the comment, Ken.

1/20/2014 12:58:38 PM

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Sooooooo difficult to select an image. I was in Little Rock before Christmas and I was blown away by the sunrises and sunsets. I guess that's a benefit of a big sky state.

1/20/2014 2:32:27 PM

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Try again...

1/20/2014 2:34:06 PM

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  I guess that's not working... The Photo is called Arkansas River Sunrise 24.

1/20/2014 2:36:40 PM

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  I guess that's not working... The Photo is called Arkansas River Sunrise 24.

1/20/2014 2:36:40 PM

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  Ken, if u like, just upload it fresh, versus using photo ID method.

1/20/2014 3:03:32 PM

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I'll give that a try...

1/20/2014 4:14:25 PM

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  Success! :-) My kinda scenery, for sure. Beautiful work, Ken. You must have been in Heaven when you photographed this…a little slice of Heaven in Arkansas. I lived in Arkansas for 7 years, many years ago.

1/20/2014 4:30:01 PM

 
 
 
One of my favs for December

1/20/2014 4:54:02 PM

 
 
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Let me try this again!

Good job Mr. Smith!

1/20/2014 4:57:05 PM

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  Way to go, Ms Lester…success! Thanks for joining our group. And I must admit, you posted a beauty….a palate of colors and a life-time experience, I bet. Good luck in the upcoming rounds!

1/20/2014 5:24:20 PM

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  Thanks Ken, for the catch up… Kudos on keeping up with everyone's submissions!

1/20/2014 5:43:36 PM

  Taking the liberty of posting a second fave ... hope no one minds ... :)

I didn't post this as a fave before because it didn't have an EP, but shame on me, I should have anyway! I am enjoying exploring more a bit more abstract and impressionistic styles.

This was entered in Monthly Theme.

Holiday Abstract

Good luck and happy shooting, everyone!

1/20/2014 6:24:26 PM

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  Hey Peggy, thanks for sharing. Your love for the photo should transcend whether it gets an EP, and we should never let an EP define the value we place on a photo. And it's fun to try different things…so good for you!

1/20/2014 6:32:43 PM

  You are so right, Ken, and thanks for your kind comments!

1/20/2014 6:40:08 PM

 
 
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Finally remembering to post my favorite from the December contest. It's a reworked image of my daughter.

Incredible that January is almost gone. I'm about to be my hubby's plus one on a business trip to Milan and am so excited.

And, thank you Ken for taking over this thread. I'm happy to see lots of participation on it and wishing everyone lots of luck!

1/21/2014 9:32:12 PM

 
 
  Saint Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral
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Not much hope for December. My fault. Losing interest and didn't enter many. But did well with EP on those I entered. My hopeful this month is :

1/22/2014 3:47:51 AM

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  Hey Jackie, thanks for sharing your fav. And it's a beauty; I'm envious. It should be on a brochure that spotlights this Cathedral!

Hopefully you are not losing interest in photography, in general. And based on Jim Miotke's comments in the December EP thread, I'm optimistic that we'll see positive changes in the contest. So, keep the fire burning!!

1/22/2014 4:45:00 AM

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  Michelle, thanks for sharing your fav photo. I believe this is your daughter? I remember seeing other photos of her, awhile back. She's a beautiful girl and I'm sure you're a proud mom. And enjoy Milan!!

1/22/2014 5:25:26 AM

  Thank you Ken. Not losing interest in photography at all. It's a hobby for me and throughly enjoy it. Just losing interest in the site and not taking time to enter.

1/22/2014 5:55:07 AM

  Jackie, I like your images very much and think the one above is a wonderful example of your good eye and expertise. I am hoping your perseverance gets the better of your temporary frustration here at BP. Would hate to see you go!!!

UB.

1/22/2014 9:48:38 PM

  Thank you very much Usman. It means so much that you and other BP contributors think I'm doing ok with my photography. Especially with the changes we have seen here. :) It does appear that BP may be listening to our angst in the changes. I think they have also lost some bucks with people not renewing. So lets hope the feel will be a little brighter in the next couple months.

1/23/2014 3:59:08 AM

 
 
  Keshia-Dec 15
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I did not put very many in this month but this image of Keshia is my favorite.

Keshia just signed with Sony RCA for her singing so pretty proud of her. Hope to get to listen to some music one of these days.

1/24/2014 4:25:05 PM

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  Hi Kerby, thanks for joining our group! Hopefully we'll see Staff Favs shortly.

I remember your photos of Keshia from many years ago. And we've all seen her grow up via BetterPhoto. Congrats on her singing career, Kerby!

1/24/2014 4:37:57 PM

  Thank you Ken.

I been photographing Keshia since she been eight year old. I used her as my people model on Better Photo.

You can see her modeling port if you put (One Model Place Keshia Rain) into the search engine.

She an excellent model but just as gifted with her singing voice.

I am happy and excited for her.

1/24/2014 4:59:53 PM

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  Well, I thought we might see Staff Favs by now, but hopefully they are right around the corner.

If anyone else has a fav photo to add to this thread, please join the fun. Good luck to everyone!!

1/27/2014 5:26:12 PM

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  Looks like another "crunch" month, with SF, Finalists & Wins all packed into the last few days/hours of the month... I hope that with the recent changes Jim has alluded to, they can return to their older schedules -- where Finalists were ready mid-month, and there was a pleasant pause of a few days before Winners -- so you could have time to enjoy the Finalists for awhile, and mentally "pick" your own candidates for winners... ;)

1/27/2014 5:42:11 PM

  I'm busting out the chocolate ...

1/28/2014 5:08:42 PM

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  Yeah, the chocolate brings back the memories…when folks used to go crazy if the results weren't announced by the 25th. :-) It shouldn't be much longer til Staff Favs.

1/28/2014 5:44:01 PM

  Let's hope! :)

1/28/2014 6:08:21 PM

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  Yep! It's chocolate for me too!!

1/28/2014 6:22:45 PM

  If we have no staff faves or finalists by tomorrow evening, I may have to resort to a chocolate martini. :)

1/28/2014 6:31:00 PM

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  Peggy,

Sounds good!

Jane

1/28/2014 6:37:08 PM

  Jane, we need a virtual BP lounge. :)

1/28/2014 6:38:21 PM

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  Amen!!!

1/28/2014 6:56:36 PM

  The cat is on the verge of being killed.....!

UB.

1/28/2014 11:02:13 PM

  Well, it's the next morning and still no sign of SF's. I think I'll have a late omelette.

1/29/2014 8:43:25 AM

 
 
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Okay, Mr. Ken, I thought I'd join this thread. Just saw it today. Here's my favorite from December. I'm seeing a lot of beautiful photos -- a visual wonderland.

1/30/2014 5:22:04 AM

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  Hi Mary Beth, welcome to the thread. And you're not late; no Staff Faves yet :-) What a beautiful portrait you have. You are one of the most gifted photographers on the site; thanks for sharing your fav!

1/30/2014 7:31:13 AM

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  Mary Beth,

WOW! This portrait is truly amazing. I agree with Ken. How Fun! Congrats!

Jane

P.S. Patiently awaiting for SF, Finalists, etc.

1/30/2014 8:08:44 AM

  Beautiful photo, Mary Beth.

Geez, I was hoping to enjoy the SFs/Finalists while eating my lunch.

Maybe dinner ...

1/30/2014 10:26:44 AM

  Maybe breakfast . . .

1/30/2014 8:13:07 PM

  We can only hope ...

1/30/2014 8:28:46 PM

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  Well we here we are, on the last day of the month. And for December, BP announced Staff Favs, Finalists, and Winners within a 7 hour span. So, there's still plenty of time! :-)

The BP "Monthly Theme" for February is Wild Color.

And don't forget to copy/paste your January contest entries, if you are in the habit of doing this..

Good luck!!

1/31/2014 3:52:08 AM

  Thanks for your encouragement Ken! You are making this a wonderful ride.

1/31/2014 4:05:14 AM

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  Let the mayhem ensue... Staff Favs are coming out as I type this.

1/31/2014 1:11:42 PM

  I got 9 SFs but the one with the most faves, (the one above in this thread) got skipped. I'm happy with the 9 I got.

1/31/2014 1:20:01 PM

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  Blessed to get 4 SF! But not on my favorite for the contest. Great shooting Carolyn! Wow 9...

1/31/2014 1:47:10 PM

  I got 9 too... Blown away! I am happy to say my fav. from above is among them!!

Good luck guys!!

1/31/2014 2:10:00 PM

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  Congrats to everyone that got Staff Favs. And I think we'll see finalists later tonight (United States time). So, enjoy the chocolate, beverages, etc.

Based on the BP e-mail, there were 697 SFs out of ~ 5,600 contest images, for success rate of 12.4%. Last month (Nov), BP had a 10% selection rate for finalists. I'm guessing for December, it will be around 8%. And if so, that means we'll see around 450 finalists. While that might not sound like a lot of finalists, the percentage would still be pretty high. And if you got your fair share of SFs, you'll probably get your fair share of finalists too.

Good luck!!

1/31/2014 4:28:55 PM

  I'm very happy to have received two SFs.
Hopefully we will see finalists tonight. I'll be noshing on chocolate while we wait.
Good luck, everyone!

1/31/2014 6:08:02 PM

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  Peggy,
I got 2 SFs also. You crack me up with the chocolate. I had some a few minutes ago, we get to wait and see. I am always so impressed with the talent of the photographers in this bunch. Good luck everyone!!!!!

Jane

1/31/2014 6:13:08 PM

  Congrats to everyone who got SF's and Finalist!!
Maybe someone could answer a question, how come some photo's display EP's and Finalist under photo?? Mine either show's EP or Finalaist's? Never both??

1/31/2014 6:49:41 PM

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  Seeing finalists appear now… With five hours to go, until midnight at BP… Perhaps golds are just a couple hours away! Good luck to everyone!

1/31/2014 7:03:09 PM

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  Congrats to all the finalists! And I agree with Chris…tick tock til we see gold medals within the next few hours.

Garret, if you're using the old style gallery, the finalist emblem will replace the EP. You won't see both. But with the new style gallery, you can configure the display to show both the EPs and the medals. Likewise, you can chose NOT to display them.

1/31/2014 7:19:51 PM

  Interesting about the medals, Ken - long as I've been here, I don't think I've ever noticed or known that. I've kept the old style so it's always out with the EP if I'm lucky enough to get a Finalist (or SF, now).
Two SF's for me, one of which went silver.

1/31/2014 7:25:19 PM

  I've just been savoring the finalists, and once again, I am blown away by the talent here.
Congrats to all the awesome finalists!
Best of luck in the next round!

1/31/2014 8:26:52 PM

  Winners are finally out. CONGRATZ to all the Winners and to everyone else for playing along. As always, an inspiring and wonderful set of images to cherish.....a page full of eye-candy!!!

UB.

2/1/2014 12:09:57 AM

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  Just thought I need to say this.... I got my first Gold on the Pane of Photography. If you can't tell, I'm pretty excited!

2/1/2014 4:08:41 AM

  And it was a beauty, Ken. I ended up with 5 finalists and one second place.

2/1/2014 4:50:21 AM

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  Congratulations to all the finalists and winners… It's been a long time since one of my Countdown selections went to gold!

2/1/2014 6:27:42 AM

  Huge congrats to all the awesome winners
!
And extra special humungo congrats to Ken for first-time gold!!!

I am honored to have a second place in monthly theme.

Best of luck to all for next month, and happy shooting!

Best regards
Peggy

2/1/2014 7:04:44 AM

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  Hello everyone. Thanks for participating in this month's Contest Countdown. And congrats to those who got SFs, Finalists, and Golds. Lots of talent associated with the mini-pics on this forum thread.

And congrats to Ken B for first-time gold. I think you need to treat all of us to a virtual round of beverages. :-)

For the stats lovers, December's SF rate was 12.4% and Finalist rate was 7.6%.

There were ~5600 contest photos for December, and I noticed nearly 7,000 for January, before I turned in last night. That's a 25% increase in contest entries for Jan. Hopefully this upward trend will continue in Feb, even with just 28 days in the month.

2/1/2014 7:49:56 AM

  Thanks for hosting, and for your encouragement to all of us, Ken!
See ya next month!

2/1/2014 7:54:20 AM

  Thank you Ken for doing this for the month of January... It was a fun thread to follow and congrats to you all, and Ken for his first GOLD... The first is the sweetest!!

2/1/2014 8:07:50 PM

  WTG, everyone for December!

Ken, are we doing another thread for January?

2/2/2014 5:23:43 PM

  Congratulations photographers.... wonderful winning images. :)

2/2/2014 6:49:51 PM

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  Hello everyone…if you tagged this thread, I've started the January thread at this URL:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=36093

2/16/2014 5:32:46 PM

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  27 .  survey/2 for 1 basic gallery?
I filled out Jim's survey and got a $50.00 credit.I didn't want to take a class, so just ignored the credit until I got an email from him this morning:
"SECONDLY, I made a mistake yesterday, when I said that you can use your discount code ( happy50offBP2014 ) on a gallery. Since galleries cost only $49, this was causing a $1 credit, driving my bookkeeper nuts, and giving some people were page errors.

So I've decided to instead make it so that you can get or renew a BetterPhoto Gallery with a special 2-for-1 deal.

For the next 7 days, gallery owners get TWO YEARS for the price of one. If you want a gallery, simply go renew before Tuesday, January 14th, at midnight, and we'll add an extra year to your order for free."
This is kind of confusing to me. If it's Buy one get one free and the credit is for $50.00, then shouldn't we get both for free? If one year is $49.00 and my credit is for $50.00 that should cover it and the 2nd year should be free ...no? Apparently not as when you go to put in the code it still wants your $49.00 out of your pocket...Instead of confusing folks, why didn't Jim just offer the Buy one get one free deal and leave the whole coupon thing out of the equation? Just sayin'....

1/8/2014 8:53:59 AM

  Yesterday's e-mail mentioned galleries, too, so I used that code to renew and the expiration date of my gallery was changed from September 2014 to 2015 but maybe they'll cancel it now. I will not pay for the option they offered today (they have had 2 for 1 offers before and I've used a couple of these in the past) and if my gallery will expire this September, not next, I'll not renew my gallery any more.... the recent developments are not very promising.

1/8/2014 9:48:01 AM

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  Jill, I reread Jim's e-mail. He's basically saying that the $50 coupon can only be applied to classes. But because his original e-mail mentioned galleries, he's saying that he'll give a 2-1 deal. But you have to pay the upfront costs. Again, the coupon is now only valid for the classes.

1/8/2014 7:10:19 PM

  The email says I have until the 14th...

1/8/2014 10:29:11 PM

  I clicked the renew now button and got a prominent Two Years for the Price of One renewal form.

I filled in my CC information and the emailed code. The order confirmation page stated I'd be getting two years for $49 but only one year was added to my gallery subscription.

1/11/2014 8:32:46 AM

  Irene, contact them and let them know. Hopefully they will fix it. The expiration for the offer is the 14th, so I would let them know what date you paid it

1/11/2014 8:42:41 AM

  Same here, Irene. I e-mailed them a copy of the confirmation page, and they added the extra year almost immediately.

1/11/2014 8:43:43 AM

  Irene, did you add the coupon code?

1/11/2014 8:53:41 AM

  Well, I bit the bullet and renewed and also did not get the 2nd year added. I did use the coupon and there was a note saying the coupon was not valid or may have expired...I sent BP an email and nothing has been done yet.

1/11/2014 10:35:02 AM

  My gallery now shows the correct expiration date. I had not contacted them but the correction was made.

Jill, I'm sure you will get the additional year also.

1/11/2014 7:52:40 PM

  Yes, all set now for another 2 additional years of fun :-)

1/11/2014 8:24:25 PM

  I also ordered the 2 for 1 Gallery and got only one year added! I emailed BP about this. I had one year left but decided to purchase for 2 more years and only one year was applied!

1/13/2014 4:08:02 PM

  I see they've corrected the error! GOod!

1/13/2014 6:47:17 PM

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  28 .  Entering Contest from Deluxe Website
Is there a way to enter a photo into contests from within your Deluxe website?

1/8/2014 7:43:50 AM

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  You can enter the contest from your Member Center (for images that are already loaded to your Member Center, whether or not they are actively displayed in your gallery/website), or, you can enter the contest directly during the image-upload process.
But there isn't a way to enter the contest, while viewing your gallery/website of images.

1/8/2014 12:08:44 PM

  thanks, Christopher

1/8/2014 12:39:07 PM

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  29 .  Contest rules question
I haven't entered many photos since becoming aware of the rule to only ever enter any photo but one time. Do I misunderstand this rule or does that literally mean we can never enter a particular photo more than once? My problem is I have a huge archive of images, many have been entered and many have not. I have no way of knowing whether a particular image has been entered in the past and my old mind doesn't remember for me. Thanks for any clarification.

1/5/2014 2:21:14 PM

  If you upload it as a new image, then the submission system will not protest. You cannot re-enter the image you already entered this month but if you upload a different version (e.g. with effects) then you can.

1/6/2014 12:42:06 AM

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  Sharon, BP doesn't enforce this rule. I don't believe it's posted anywhere, for reference, that you can't resubmit. Jim Miotke did mention it earlier this year but their process still allows resubmits. I've seen many EPs and finalists resubmitted month after month, that continue to win. You can check this month's contest entries; just go to the back pages and you'll see what I mean.

My recommendation; do as Tia suggests. Just enter it again from scratch. With over one million uploads, I doubt the EP-picker will remember. :-)

1/6/2014 3:49:23 AM

  Thanks, Tiia & Ken! I've kind of missed entering but can't recall for sure what I've entered.

1/6/2014 6:05:22 AM

  Same issue here, Sharon - too many to remember, and I'm not about to wade through 850-plus photos every time I upload something. If I'm unsure, I just look at my entries for the previous month and if the one I'm uploading isn't in there, up it goes.

1/6/2014 6:15:27 AM

  Thanks, Monnie!

1/6/2014 6:22:05 AM

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  30 .  Unable to upload.
Is anyone having problems uploading a photo into the contest? I tried several photos and made sure that they were within the correct amount of pixels and MB.

Thanks,

Jane

1/1/2014 3:46:42 PM

  Yes - seems there are issues today.

1/1/2014 4:32:36 PM

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  Lindley,

Thanks! I thought I was loosing it and so early in the year!

Happy New Year!!

Jane

1/1/2014 4:42:18 PM

  Me too. I just tried, and can't upload.

1/1/2014 6:50:34 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  It is so comforting to know I am not going crazy. Have a Happy New Year!!

Thanks,

Jane

1/1/2014 6:54:54 PM

  Happy New Year to you as well, Jane!

1/1/2014 7:09:23 PM

  I spent 3 hours trying to find out what was wrong with my computer' server-Firefox, because BP told me that it was my servers fault not theirs. I think BP took the day off and someone hit the switch! My server is fine- BP's is dead!

1/1/2014 7:26:10 PM

  I didn't think about that, Nancy Marie. I use Firefox too, but I just tried to upload with Internet Explorer, and it didn't work either ...

1/1/2014 7:50:59 PM

  Must be a January 1st problem...I have tried with IE and Firefox. Nothing works. WEll, Happy New Year anyway :-)I am sure they will get it fixed when they come back to work...

1/1/2014 8:09:31 PM

  It seems to work now (I saw some photos uploaded on 1st).

1/1/2014 11:17:02 PM

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