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Sharon 
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  71 .  BP Photo Contest Link On Your Description Line
I hate to bring this up during our June finalists and winners celebration time but I'm taking a break from BetterPhoto and I need your help for changes while I'm away.

Has anyone else noticed the changes to a finalist, second place winner and I assume first place and grand prize winners pages?

Here's an example:

Contrast of Colors

If you don't like the change would you please notify BetterPhoto and ask them to change it?

Here is the message I wrote to them this morning which explains it a little better and my feelings about it:

Hi BetterPhoto staff,

I don't like the new feature where you have added a link on the same line as my title of a finalist or second place winner.

You've placed it in front of my description and it takes people away from my description page.

I put a lot of time and thought to describe the image and you have added a link to your home page which advertises for you trying to attract new people to the contest.

It is advertising for you and I have marked I don't want advertising.

Would you please consider changing this as I feel it is unfair & unattractive?

Please try to find another way to do this.

Thank you in advance,
Sharon

7/31/2013 8:06:34 AM

  oops - great minds and all, Sharon. I just started a more general discussion on the recent changes. Perhaps you want to paste this in that one, too?
Latest changes to BP website

7/31/2013 8:19:08 AM

  Thanks. Will do, Nikki!!!

7/31/2013 8:22:27 AM

  I hadn't noticed that yet, Sharon, but I don't like it, either. Even if they were to put a break and space in so the link was centered under the badge and then the description was clearly separate, it would be better IMO.

7/31/2013 8:59:27 AM

  Jay at BP is working on fixing the glitches I mentioned earlier. I'm so impressed and grateful for his speedy response to my email this morning. I sure didn't expect him to be on it so quickly. He has made one change already but I have requested he look at it from our point of view and to make further changes. I will keep you all posted when they are fixed.

7/31/2013 11:28:52 AM

  Sorry I used the wrong url in my earlier post.

It should have been:

Contrast of Colors

OR look at this page on Jill O's gallery which has not been fixed yet either.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=13931941&catID=&camID=&zulu=&contestCatID=

OR Nikki's

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=13490744&catID=&camID=&zulu=&contestCatID=

I hope I can explain this clearly...

Jay did fix it around noon but now there are all kinds of mistakes on my pages and it is still wrong. The heart is not red and there is funny lettering under my photo images

I told him that by clicking on the silver finalist badge it takes you to BP's home page where people can see the CONTEST IS NOW FREE and open to everyone.

I also said that it doesn't go to the WINNER"S PAGE like it suggests. I said the new line in blue right under my photo that says "Photo Contest Finalist" is redundant as it does the same thing and this is what he said back to me:

"The link and badge go back to our contest page which shows what contest the award was for. For your personal gallery you can choose not to display the badges."

So that is all the time and energy I am going to put into this. I have learned, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change and courage to change the things I can." AND in this case... I can't change this!

BetterPhoto are making changes I may or may not like them but I will have to just accept them if I want peace within.

I just wanted you to know I tried to fix something not just for myself but for all members. Right now I'm really disappointed as I wasted precious time and energy for nothing.

If the new people they are trying to attract are more important than the old and faithful than so be it. Time will tell how well that works out for them.

7/31/2013 4:07:47 PM

  Good morning everyone,

Regarding my earlier post on the new blue link under our photos with Finalists or Gold badges I said I would keep you posted on what I came up with.

Well here it is... the blue links are staying.

I'm apposed to it but have been told we will have to agree to disagree on this matter.

I found out not all members object to it as much as I do and others would like it on a separate line.

Oh well, I tried... Win some! Lose some!

I hope they fix the other glitches for everyone.

So I'm signing off on this one.

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO ALL THE OUTSTANDING JUNE WINNERS & FINALISTS!!! I would love to congratulate each and everyone personally but that is impossible for me to do.

Just know... You are the best in the world... (by BetterPhoto standards)

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!

8/2/2013 9:00:20 AM

  Oops... opposed not apposed.. no spell check :)

8/2/2013 9:10:38 AM

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Jill Odice
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  72 .  Favorite photos?
I just noticed that I can no longer "Fav" a picture if the person is using the older version of galleries. Is this a glitch? In the new version there is a button to Favorite pictures, but in the old version it is no longer where it always has been under the title of the image...

7/31/2013 6:09:43 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Looks like one of a few changes, since they went to the "all white" layout. In "thumbnail" view, that Favorites tool is gone. If you open the image to full size, there is a little red heart icon to Favorite it.

7/31/2013 7:35:12 AM

  Whether you like this change or preferred the older text version, maybe you could comment on this change in this discussion I just started, Jill.
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7/31/2013 8:20:46 AM

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Jill Odice
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  73 .  Is it my imagination...
or are the images we post for the contest smaller?

7/28/2013 1:35:56 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  I believe it is your imagination... I just uploaded my usual kind of file (pre-sized to 800 pixels on the long side) and it stayed 800 pixels after upload.

7/28/2013 8:12:17 AM

  Maybe it's all the blank white space at the sides of the page - makes things seem to float. And I'm really missing the arrows that allowed me to go through the images in a particular place (club gallery, Recent Entries, Finalists) pretty easily at full size. If they don't change this back, I will be doing much less commenting as using the browser back button is way too time consuming.

7/30/2013 10:17:49 PM

  Thanks Nikki, you are probably right! Everything looks a bit different now...

7/30/2013 11:01:27 PM

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Joanne E. Bohenstengel
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  74 .  what are the changes with BP
Why has BP changed so much? Have been gone due to illness, but I am back now and don't know if we do everything the same. I have entered contests and some are good, but no one makes comments under your photo's like they used and EP's are few and far between. Also it seems that many of the people that we were on this site have left. So what's the new system for EP's.?

7/27/2013 3:23:31 PM

  This has been discussed in some EP threads.... nobody knows why they are given so infrequently and unsystematically, and this may be one of the reasons why some people have left.

7/27/2013 11:31:16 PM

Keith L. Clayton
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member since: 8/17/2004
  I empathize you both. I have found that the editors are not looking as frequently. Perhaps they are only meeting once a month to review images. Comments are also few and far between even for folks who have picts in the finalist category. Not the same old BP anymore.

7/28/2013 11:20:23 AM

Joanne E. Bohenstengel
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member since: 7/25/2007
  If you want to remove or move your pictures to another place (in my computer), what do you have to do. Some of mine are older and I don't have any copies except in BP.

7/28/2013 3:57:11 PM

  You can't get full size photos back to your computer from this site: you can download thumbnails and you can use Windows Snip or other software like that to 'make a snapshot' of the page with your photo open, so you'll get your photo of 800 pixels wide.

7/28/2013 11:08:24 PM

Ken Smith
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  Joanne, I seem to recall awhile back, that one BP member had a fire and lost all his photos. He contacted BP and they were able to provide soft copies of images from their server. I don't recall the size of the images; they may have been the ones converted to 800 pixels. It's worth a shot...contacting BP direct.

7/29/2013 3:48:54 AM

Joanne E. Bohenstengel
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member since: 7/25/2007
  THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUGGESTIONS AND HELP. DON'T REALLY WANT TO LEAVE THIS SITE. HAD A LOT OF FRIENDS, BUT DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY WENT. I AM SAD.

7/29/2013 11:11:13 AM

  Many are still here and enjoying, maybe time to make new friends Joanne!!!

UB.

7/29/2013 9:17:31 PM

  Agree with Usman, 12 years being a BP member and 7 years into the contest – still like it!!

7/29/2013 9:55:41 PM

  What's here to enjoy any more, especially in the contest? If images like this http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=13959117&catID=&style=&rowNumber=30&memberID=244931 even don't get an EP because somebody is too lazy to look at them? I renewed my portfolio last year and got 2 years for 1, so I'll stay until these expire, but if the situation will not normalize, I'm done here. Starting from March 2013, this is the most uncertain period here that I've experienced since September 2007 when I joined. This site certainly does not respect its customers, thus I've lost all respect toward it, too.

7/29/2013 11:27:50 PM

Rita Smith
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  I can understand where you are coming from I finally got me a photo that is really awesome, but I can only wonder if vacations, family matters or something is going on. Don't give up yet, I have been here nine years and have had only 2 finalists and alot of EP's, I just enjoy being with other photographers..
Surly something will give soon! Happy Shooting everyone!!!! I love it here toooo!!!

7/30/2013 12:26:07 AM

  No it's not the same BP anymore. As a beginner I was greatly encouraged by the EP's and it helped me to learn what made a good image. Now the EP's are few and far between. I've even had one given and taken away again!

I have a feeling that they have cut back on staff and I wouldn't be surprised if the company folds altogether.

10/30/2013 4:46:38 PM

  Change is something you can affect! I don't mean by clamoring for changes in BP, but by participation. I have come back here after several years away, and it seems like the same site to me.

What I think would be positive for individuals to do is dedicate some time to interact. Like you are here in discussion, certainly, but also in looking at and commenting on other photographers work. It does not need to all be up to the management and staff to provide feedback. This is a community after-all.

I suggest going and looking at some photo submissions and commenting on 2 or 3 a few times a week. You'll see interest on the rise.

I'm going to do it right now!

Richard

11/3/2013 10:32:52 PM

  I comment many photos every day, but this will not affect the nature of the 'new' contest! Editors' Picks have been late since spring, and it seems that sometimes they are given randomly, but if a photo doesn't get it, a chance for getting a Finalist is gone.

11/3/2013 11:39:46 PM

 
 
  Original
Original
© Tiia Vissak
 
  Color and Sharpness Enhanced
Color and Sharpness Enhanced
© Tiia Vissak
 
 
"If images like this http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=13959117&catID=&style=&rowNumber=30&memberID=244931 even don't get an EP because somebody is too lazy to look at them?"

I don't know that individuals are always the best judge of their own work. I know I have taken photos that I think are fantastic -- they fit my eye and perhaps I know more about the photo that makes it important to me -- and when I show it to others, they may not have the enthusiasm for the image that I do. But doubly it is hard to know what a judge is looking for.

I have judged photo contests myself, and I remember one time judging a contest with a Mr. George Lepp at a rather large contest, and he and I became a little at odds over the winner. Each of the 3 finalists were outstanding images, but it was a print contest... and I could point to obvious flaws in two of the three prints. Well, we did not agree, and a third judge had an agenda to push sports photography. I'll just say that in that particular case, the results became political.

My point here is that it is the editor picking. What they see and how they judge a photo may be quite different than your own opinion. What their criteria are and how they employ that can probably change day-to-day.

For example, in the shot you post the link to here, I can see why you like it. The subject is neat, as is the framing. But I also wonder if it is as sharp as it can be, or as colorful. Take a look at the example of the original and with a little enhancement that I am posting here. That is just my eye. The change alone doesn't make it a winner. But if I were judging hundreds of photos in a day, I might pass over the shot depending on what I had seen (really even what order I see them in!), and the potential that was not rendered. That is not an absolute judgement on the photo, it is how I look at them.

I am glad you are continuing to post comments on images, It is always nice to have some recognition. Maybe asking for feedback is a viable option as well? Members comments and constructive critique may lead you toward the coveted recognition of BP editors!

Good luck! And keep at it!

Richard

11/4/2013 7:51:28 AM

  I prefer my version as the colors are more natural there. For my taste, many photos at BP are over-enhanced so that they don't look natural any more (green is too green, blue is too blue and textures are stronger than they should be...). But maybe this trend will die (e.g. some time ago, fractalius filter was very popular here, now almost nobody uses it). I have a bunch of finalists and 8 2nd place winners (2 of them from this year), the question is not in the number, but in the feeling that something changed in spring and now getting an editor's pick feels more like a lottery. Also, in spring Editors' Picks were often given a day or two after the photos were posted, but now it takes much more time (e.g. I recently got one for 2nd of October).

11/4/2013 8:16:25 AM

  Richard,

I agree with you that we are not always the best judge of our work. I also have taken photos that I thought were incredible and did not win an EP or finalist. But, then a random photo that I thought was okay won an EP.

I also agree with you about making positive comments on other's work. I decided that I enjoy getting comments from my peers, and I bet that they also enjoy getting positive comments. I am amazed at the talent of the photographers that submit. It is such a motivator to do better.

Before BP, I had little to no confidence in my work. I had such a passion for photography and creating something beautiful. But, now that I look back on my work I am amazed at the improvement of my work. I now work on photography everyday. I have to fight the obsession to do better. I love to learn and BP is an avenue to work harder at doing better.

The instructors have stretched me in patience, intelligence, and skill.

The difference between the two images that you compared were night and day. The end result was beautiful.

I understand what Tilia is saying about the natural look and wanting to keep it. But, there is nothing like an image with pop and the WOW factor.

Once again it is what each individual likes. It is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

Most of all, we should all have fun and enjoy our passion.

Thanks for your message Richard!!!

11/4/2013 7:37:33 PM

  Tiia, I enhanced the image with no special filters or touchup, and just used what was captured in the image. I have access to less from the original capture than you because all I used was a screen shot. I corrected for natural light and sharpened. I don't use filters and plug-ins. All color and tone is natural, and simply pronounced from the capture -- not created.

Really nothing coming out of a camera is "natural". Every image is interpreted by the equipment and algorithms that convert the colors and choices made by the user as well as the quality of the optics. If you resist making an image looking as good as it might, you resist the accolades you might expect in competition. It is the photos that stand out from the crowd that get notice... and if you are more interested in being homogenous when it comes to processing, then you have to fight really hard to make a homogenous shot that turns heads with composition and subject. That ends up being your choice in competition, and with that probably decreases your likelihood of being noticed amidst the thousands of photos in the contest.

I am not trying to convince you that what I did was better... but I do think there is better sharpness and more color and contrast in the result I suggest. The image looks like it should be sharp... like something from National Geographic... It is fractionally soft, as if there is some camera shake. My suggestion is that attention to making an image what it can be -- rather than what it is -- will tend to catch the eye more easily, simply because the content of the images are less subtle.

I hope you find the balance you are looking for between dedication to your vision and people accepting that. It is often very difficult to achieve. On the other hand, I look at your gallery and there are many pictures there with awards and editor picks. You obviously have had some success on BP and see from your own gallery what it takes to compete.

Jane, it is good to hear feedback. I think your experience of improving through BP is the reason for the success of the site. Thanks for sharing your experience, and it is something I think other members will agree with.

Time to make some more comments!

Richard

11/5/2013 12:50:15 AM

  I am not against adjusting image balance (saturating, increasing contrast...) as such. Cameras are not always perfect, even with filters. It's just how much of that to do on a particular image, and I prefer the level of colors etc. I see with my (not necessarily my camera's) eye. I don't like green, red... enhanced to a level it is never in nature. It's not so much a matter of this image what I don't like at this contest. It's the lottery aspect: I've participated since 2007, I've seen lots of below average images (mine and other people's) getting Editor's Picks and sometimes even other badges, I've seen better images getting ignored... and also I don't like inconsistency: getting 31 Editors' Picks in one month and 10 next month although the quality of images hasn't changed.

11/5/2013 1:07:48 AM

  Tiia,

To try and put selection in the eye of the photographer... On some days I will find a particular subject fascinating and I'll shoot 100 pictures or more of it, and next time I might walk by it because something else caught my eye. I don't know that there is a definitive way to control how an editor picks what they are interested in on a particular day. As soon as you assign rules to it, submissions will reflect the rules rather than excellence, interest, or creativity.

Everyone's eye is different, as you suggest. I am constantly curious about how OTHER people see. For example, someone with color blindness might view a fall foliage scene rather differently than I do. Maybe they will not be so impressed... and perhaps moreso. If selection were obvious, it would not be a contest: the winner would appear and no one else would have to share their images. I hope you can stick to the fun of it and enjoy sharing the photography. To me that is most important. Sometimes I wish I could get into the contest myself! It seems like such fun.

Keep working at your images, and enjoy what you see when you can. Take a look at the excellent photos in the contest! you have to admit, in the end, BP does a great job of final selections.

Richard

11/5/2013 1:39:22 AM

  Yes, most of the final selections are great (of course, again, it's a matter of who likes what: e.g. sometimes I like a 1st place winner more than a grand prize winner or a finalist more than a 2nd place winner etc.) but every image should have a chance to get an editor's pick if it is good, as otherwise, it has no chance to get a finalist or winner badge. Also, sometimes editors' picks badges are so late nowadays that some people have already deleted their photos from their galleries as they've thought they'd never get any.

11/5/2013 1:56:59 AM

  I totally agree with Jane and would give most all of the credit to BP for continuously making my passion for photography a FUN one, and a learning exercise at that. I have learnt substantially from just looking at BP contest submissions, learning from the BP community (which is very open and giving) and also very much value the friendships I have made over the past few years.

And at the same time, I also agree with Tiia, that recently I have also felt frustration about the contest mechanics which has become more of a conundrum lately.

I believe that as long as I am learning new things accompanied with a fierce competitive spirit, and most importantly doing all this in FUN, I am happy shooter.

The day my camera feels "heavier" in my hands and the mesmeric sights and wonderful subjects in this beautiful world become uninteresting will be the day I put it down. Good thing is, I don't see that day coming anytime soon!!!

UB.

11/5/2013 2:35:27 AM

  It's still the same old BP selection process, the shotgun approach. They just don't always look. It's just that now, with the EPs or lack of them, we can see it. If you look at the number of photos being submitted, compared to previous years, you will see it is WAY down. Back to the level of maybe 5 or 6 years ago, so people are, if not leaving, not submitting either. It is frustrating, especially with the no resubmits edict.

11/5/2013 2:51:05 AM

  I don't understand why some would suggest that the editors aren't looking at photos, isn't it entirely possible that they are looking and just don't like what they see. Isn't it possible that maybe they weren't looking when so many were given out and they just gave them to keep folks happy.
When I look at others photos, I look for the wow factor, and when I find it I wish that I knew how they did it, because many of mine lack it.
A lot of my photos get passed over and yet some that got passed over here I entered into our state fair and won awards.....so it truly is in the eye of the beholder.

11/5/2013 4:42:23 PM

  Here's an example of why we say they aren't looking: Last month they had only done less than the first 10 days of the month EPs on the day the Pre-
Finalists came out. Now you tell me how they could go through at least 20 days worth of shots in one day??? I (an many others say it couldn't be done if they were looking, as Jim claims, at each and every photo!

11/22/2013 5:14:52 AM

  Here's an example of why we say they aren't looking: Last month they had only done less than the first 10 days of the month EPs on the day the Pre-
Finalists came out. Now you tell me how they could go through at least 20 days worth of shots in one day??? I (an many others) say it couldn't be done if they were looking, as Jim claims, at each and every photo!

11/22/2013 5:17:51 AM

  Maybe they look at every photo of people who are paying for courses or who are their friends... for me, October has been a record low month: 5 EPs so far (despite entering 1 every day) and I've got nothing for November yet....

11/22/2013 1:38:51 PM

  I beg to differ here. I believe the judges look at all the full size images, however, sometimes they rush through them due to paucity of time and that could result in some images not being rated properly.

And I also disagree with the assumption that any undue favors are given to the BPers who are enrolled in BP courses or are their friends. This is pretty evident by looking at the quality of Finalists and Winners each month.
Of course, a GOOD photographer will have better chances of winning the contest since they enter excellent images consistently and not because they are friends with BP or take courses from it.
By the way taking courses, here at BP or other places, is sure to help improve ones photography and that could result in getting more Finalists and Winners with time.

UB.

11/22/2013 7:22:48 PM

  I agree, that courses have nothing to do with finalists or winners. I just can't see them having the time to look at everything given the amount of time they are spending passing out EPs (round 1) and having to go through more rounds before they get to finals. There just isn't enough time in one day for them to do all that.

11/23/2013 1:51:19 AM

  Wow...excellent discussion here. I was starting to feel a little sorry for myself because I wasn't receiving as many EPs as usual...in fact none in the last few weeks. But then, I have to admit...the winners are often amazing and it makes me want to work harder to improve. Good luck everyone.

12/8/2013 2:08:06 PM

  Tiia, Your comments were in my mind. I have only been a member for a month or 2. I have looked at new and old winners. I understand BP has clearly noted that great photo sometimes will have to be eliminated (very fair and totally understandable, but I am very surprised by some of the winners. I have curated my shows and know a good photo when I see one. I am surprised to see photos that lack creativity (maybe I expect too much because I am an artist) and I am surprised to see so many staged photos that have been over "air brushed" to look like post cards (which require talent of course) win, but I would love to see more photos that involve newness, new styles, good composition (many daily picks do not show excellence - just my opinion of course).

I have often wonder if only people who take courses win.

I just can not see or feel some of the winners as being excellent.

12/15/2013 6:10:38 AM

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Kevin Nugent
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  75 .  Editor's Pick
Why has Editor's Pick changed? I don't see nearly as many as I used to.

7/18/2013 7:48:35 PM

  That's the big question - just let me assure you that it's nothing personal. Starting in March, every member has seen a huge drop in the number/percentage of entries that receive EP's. The timing is quite different, too. For example, they are only up to about June 21 or 22 as I write but they have also started July and done at least through the 3rd. AND they have been known to go back and pick up a few previously skipped entries some months, too. So the bottom line is it's not over until the Finalists come out. "Courage!" as they say in French.

7/19/2013 6:34:13 AM

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Michelle L. Frick
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  76 .  June 2013 Countdown Thread
This thread used to be known as Cocktails and Chocolates when I first started to follow it...I think both would be nice right about now. It's five o'clock somewhere in the world, right???

New rules for the contest have done away with the ability to resubmit an image unless drastically altered. That makes things a bit trickier when I have travel planned, and well, just because I've often had resubs turn into finalists (last month for example). So, adjusting to the change is what needs to be done.

I can't wait to see everyone's hopefuls!

Helpful hints for attaching photos into Forum Threads:
1) Sign into BP completely (name + password.)
2) If you have NOT YET entered the Contest today, you can use the "Photo ID" to pull an existing image from your Member Center into your reply to this thread (avoiding a duplicate image upload.) Get the Photo ID# from your Member Center, come to back this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, then choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down. Click Submit; at the next screen populate the "Photo ID" box at the right. Skip the other fields on that screen.
3) If you HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest today before replying to this thread, you can't use the Photo ID method today. You can either wait until tomorrow to reply here (before your new Contest entry!) or, upload a new copy of the particular image (from your PC) into this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.
4) If you're uploading a duplicate, maybe title it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later... This can help direct viewers to find the original image in your gallery, when they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate---that way, if the duplicate is deleted later, the comment history isn't lost.

Good luck everyone!!!

7/16/2013 11:52:50 AM

 
 
  I see dogs!
I see dogs!
 
 
My June entries are from page 1 - "Lost in Her Thoughts v2" to "k"

I have several favorites and some that will not be entered again since they are resubs and the rules have changed. So, I'm crossing fingers, toes and ankles!

Meanwhile, I did receive my first EVER POTD in June. I guess that's my pick to hopefully make finalist.

Smiles to all!

7/16/2013 12:00:19 PM

Schiavonn M. Hasslinger
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  Great photo, lady! Congrats on the POTD, that's awesome :0 D

7/16/2013 12:42:46 PM

  Michelle, congrats on the POTD! Well deserved & past due in my humble opinion. Good luck with it! I'm having fun with my photography, but participating at BP is so discouraging these days, I'm not even going to venture a guess.

7/16/2013 12:55:59 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Fluid Lines
Fluid Lines
Back inside the slot canyon, with a light sepia tone applied. I loved the up-swept feel of the ridges,
and the overlap as the passageway winds around the sculpted wall.
 
 
Here's one of my top favorites/hopefuls from June. (I had 4 resubs in June, before the "rule change" came out -- it will be interesting to see if they are 'grandfathered' in for consideration.)
Best of luck for everyone's entries!

7/17/2013 5:33:44 AM

  Tag..Don't know what faves I have til I know what got an EP and what didn't..
Chris, I thought your slot canyon was somebody's hair at first glance.

7/17/2013 12:53:16 PM

  And after all that, I didn't check the box. I'm old and tired, that's my excuse.

7/17/2013 12:54:14 PM

  Well, I have no clue what will make it and what won't. I guess it's a mystery!

7/17/2013 5:50:14 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Remember this thread's original purpose... to share your personal favorite here, or your most hopeful for a contest medal---regardless of EP status. (Particularly ignoring EP status, since they aren't even done reviewing June entries at this point.)
It isn't so much about trying to predict which way the judging will go on your entries, or picking a favorite from just your EP's -- but rather, what you're proudest of, or would most like to see receive some contest recognition (whether or not, in the end, it actually does.)

7/17/2013 6:05:25 PM

 
 
  Buzzy Dreamy Flower Field
Buzzy Dreamy Flower Field
 
 
Good point, Chris.
This is my fave.

7/17/2013 6:58:53 PM

  I like that interpretation, too. I would say *especially* if a fave has been passed over for an EP, this thread is a great place to share the image and give it some limelight.

7/17/2013 7:03:03 PM

 
 
  Blue View
Blue View
The Huon Trail is the perfect touring route to take you around the area to the south of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. In just a 20-minute drive, you will find a world of extensive and serene waterways, wild coastlines, quiet farmlands, boutique vineyards, and rugged but accessible World Heritage wilderness.

The reflection is falling on the top of our vehicle that we rented.

 
 
Thanks for the reminder, Chris.

Lots of faves to choose from, I have also sprinkled resubs here and there among my June entries but I am picking the above fresh one since it makes me happy whenever I think of this place. So beautiful, so peaceful so calm. But its been a while since I picked right!!!

If any of you would like to take a peek at my June entries, they run from "Looking Up" on page 2 of my gallery and end with "Cross Nut" on page 3.

Good luck to all in June contest.

UB.

7/18/2013 1:35:14 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Kodachrome
Kodachrome
Film slides in a carousel, shot in window light.

f/3.5, 1/8, ISO100, 100mm

** Monthly Theme **

 
 
Here's my fave for June. Good luck, everyone!

7/18/2013 7:08:48 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Moonglow over Polenz Ranch
Moonglow over Polenz Ranch
Thanks to my friends in the FFFP Club here at BP for their advice on getting the shadows, brightness and texture just right.

This is a three image composite (the background which includes the trees and sky with glow, the barn and ground that stretches across the bottom, and the August blue moon) with a fourth image (close-up of inner cover of an old book) overlaid as a texture.
2nd resubmission June 18, 2014
Category: Digital Darkroom

 
 
Well, my favorite is a resub, too - and I'm with Chris. I certainly hope they don't impose the new "no resub" policy retroactively on the June entries! Good luck, all.

7/19/2013 6:28:53 AM

 
 
  Tubular
Tubular

In-camera abstract effect. The subject is an array of green bottles.
Afternoon light was striking them at an angle that made the tops
of the bottles appear as oval rings of light. Combination of slow shutter speed
and camera movement created the squiggly tubules of light.
Minor adjustments in CS5.
 
 
Tubular - Catch-All

Well, June was not a very prolific month for me ... I only submitted seven photos, but six got an EP, so I am definitely pleased with that.

Hard to choose a favorite, but I think this one makes me happiest to look at ...

You guys are all very talented and I wish each and every one of you the best of luck in the contest!

Cheers
Peggy

7/20/2013 8:26:21 AM

 
 
  Spectator
Spectator
Animals: June 21, 2013
 
 
Michelle, congrats on your first POTD!

Chris, thanks for that reminder. It's good to see many members here and everyone's favs are fabulous!

Only 10 entries for me and 6 with EPs. This one is my personal fav.

Good luck to everyone!

7/22/2013 2:16:02 PM

Lola M.
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  A Sweet Treat
A Sweet Treat
 
 
Here is one of my June favorites - a resubmit before the rule change.

7/23/2013 1:35:37 PM

  Anybody sweating?

7/27/2013 6:24:07 AM

  Hi Usman! I am. I was hoping for Friday ...
Good luck everyone!

7/27/2013 9:19:16 AM

  Too soon, I think. Maybe tomorrow or Monday?

7/27/2013 9:45:06 AM

  Hi Carolyn! That's a good guess ... I'm just hoping it's not as late as the 30th (or even later) ... :)

7/27/2013 9:54:13 AM

  Not much we can do but guess. LOL

7/27/2013 9:59:57 AM

  Yup. :)

7/27/2013 10:08:23 AM

  Finalists are out.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallMember.asp?pageID=1&catID=57767&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=

CONGRATZ to Martha who picked right this month and to all the other Finalists out there. Good luck in the next round!!!

UB.

7/29/2013 9:54:27 PM

Ken Beatty
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  Thankful for 3 finalist! The most I've ever gotten. Gold maybe? It will be the first!

7/30/2013 4:30:53 AM

Ken Beatty
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  Thankful for 3 finalist! The most I've ever gotten. Gold maybe? It will be the first!

7/30/2013 4:31:00 AM

  5 for me, and one of them is the one I posted here. That's gotta be a first.

7/30/2013 4:49:31 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Congratulations to the Finalists, and best of luck in the next round!
I almost had a new record for me, with 7 this month; but one is actually a pre-existing Finalist from May, that I inadvertently resubmitted into June before I knew it made May Finalist.

7/30/2013 5:45:28 AM

  One for me. Congrats to everyone and good luck in the next round! Ken I have my fingers crossed for your first gold!

7/30/2013 6:39:30 AM

  Congrats Usman, Ken (especially - way to go!), Carolyn (jinx is broken), Chris (6 "real" ones??!!), and Susan - as well as everyone else who snagged one or more. Four for me but my image posted here is not among them.

7/30/2013 7:01:51 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
California Quail
California Quail
California Quail out surveying his territory on an early June evening.
 
 
Congrats everyone and Ken WOW! Great job. I got two this month. I am getting way less EFP's but seem to be getting more finalists.

7/30/2013 7:07:26 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Young Barn Swallow
Young Barn Swallow
Young Barn Swallow rests on a fence just over a pond where they had been feeding off of the bugs on the surface. It was just about dark and the light hit this little guy nicely and the dark foliage behind him added some nice drama to the image.
 
 
Here is the second - not a pick of mine, but I am glad they liked it!

7/30/2013 7:08:26 AM

  Carolyn - wow, fantastic! Chris - Amazing! Seemed to be a good all around month for many. Good luck in next round.

7/30/2013 7:11:05 AM

Lola M.
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  I got 4 finalists - a record for me!

Congratulations to everyone who received finalists and good luck in the next round.

7/30/2013 7:45:00 AM

  One finalist out of 6 EPs (out of 7 entries - a dry month) this time, so I am happy!

Congrats to all the finalists, and best of luck in the next round!

7/30/2013 8:20:05 AM

  Winners are out!!!

7/31/2013 8:24:59 PM

Respond | Ask Your Own Question
 
Photography Question 
Cheri McEachin
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  77 .  July EFP's
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Prowling
Prowling
Thanks for looking
© Cheri McEachin
Canon EOS 7D Digit...
 
Here we go...maybe..lol Good luck everyone..:)

7/7/2013 10:08:54 AM

  None for me so far...Tag..

7/7/2013 10:15:30 AM

  You don't enter; you don't receive EPs. It's a lot less stressful. lollll

7/7/2013 10:22:56 AM

  tag

Nothing for June so far. I didn't enter until the 19th. Entering less and less.

7/7/2013 10:36:46 AM

  In the Background
7/1/2013
Catch-All

Crazy...half way through June and they start July!!!

7/7/2013 12:00:12 PM

Tammy Espino
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member since: 5/29/2007
  tag......

7/7/2013 1:21:21 PM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Attention Seeker
Attention Seeker

Finalist - Flowers - July 2013

Orange Gerbera against hot pink background.
Straight out of camera; no editing of any kind.
Canon 100mm macro lens; f/2.8; selective focus; exposure comp +0.67;
afternoon window light, no flash, tripod.
 
 
7/1 Flowers

7/7/2013 3:15:42 PM

  Tag

7/7/2013 3:50:19 PM

  One for July 1st. Santa Monica Pier. T & P category.

7/7/2013 3:59:59 PM

  One for July 1st. oops, I meant Corner of Grand and Carroll...:-)

7/7/2013 4:01:04 PM

  One for July 1st - Still Lotus - ... and just one for June 10th - Isadora - thus far. Their method is beyond my comprehension.
Beatriz

7/7/2013 4:14:41 PM

  Tag

Just caught up on the threads and it seems they didn't go past mid-June on June EPs?

7/8/2013 3:52:13 AM

Ken Smith
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  Susan, correct. I think 14 (or 15 June) was the last date. I can't prove this, but I think BP rotates who selects EPs for each month. And the June EP picker(s) may be running a little late whereas the July picker started earlier. That could explain why there are simultaneous EP trails.

7/8/2013 3:55:36 AM

  None for me since June 12th, but only have entered twice in July.

7/8/2013 5:18:25 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Curve Ball
Curve Ball

Finalist - Elements of Design - July 2013

Minor adjustments in CS5.
 
 
7/2 Elements of Design

7/8/2013 8:12:43 AM

  07/02 Three of a kind - travel

7/8/2013 8:33:24 AM

 
 
  Understudy
Understudy
iso 200, 180mm (Canon 180L macro), f/4 (av priority), 1/100 sec, timer/tripod, cs5....yesterday morning in the yard again with baby weeds... :-)
 
 
7-3,flowers

7/8/2013 9:22:56 AM

  6/17 Travel and Place just arrived.

7/8/2013 9:53:23 AM

  Sorry. 6/16 Travel and Place just arrived.

7/8/2013 9:54:12 AM

  Texas Lighthouse
7/3/2013
Catch-All

7/8/2013 10:42:41 AM

  BP loves you afterall, Joannie...:-)

7/8/2013 11:17:46 AM

  Got one on July 1, and only 3 in June as far as I can tell. Guess that tells me plenty.

7/8/2013 1:27:52 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  I took a few months off in frustration of the new system. But, I missed all of you and seeing your images. Started back on the 1st.

7/1 Water Lily
Flower

7/2 Tranquil Moments
Monthly Theme

7/8/2013 2:00:55 PM

 

Welcome back, good to see you Jackie, I missed looking at your awesome shots too.

Missed entering on July 2 and no EP so far for July 3!!!

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
July 1, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Travel & Place



7/9/2013 3:09:50 AM

  And most importantly, THANK you Cheri for bringing up this thread every month :)

UB.

7/9/2013 3:12:39 AM

  Thank you Bob, my #1 cheerleader! :-)

7/9/2013 6:30:25 AM

  Snow in July ...July 3rd :-)

7/9/2013 7:36:45 PM

  Still nothing for me in July, but got several for June, so I'm not complaining.......YET !!!

7/9/2013 8:26:22 PM

  None for me for July either.

7/10/2013 2:16:15 AM

Lola M.
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  Snapdragon
Snapdragon
 
 
7/3 Flowers

7/10/2013 8:48:54 AM

  Tag. I've been crazy busy lately - only entered 13 in June (5 EPs) and nothing for July yet...miss you all...hopefully August will be back to normal.

7/10/2013 10:55:44 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  Thanks all for the welcome back. :)

7/3 Through The Bus Window
Travel and Place

7/11/2013 4:32:26 AM

Lola M.
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  Just a Robin
Just a Robin
 
 
7/4 Animals

7/11/2013 7:09:18 AM

  Santa Monica Pier. Posted July 4th

7/11/2013 8:07:50 AM

 
 
  Caroline Street
Caroline Street

Photo of the Day - August 3, 2013

Taken from the sixteenth floor of LyondellBasell Tower, looking across
at Fulbright Tower and down on Caroline Street, downtown Houston, Texas.
Taken with Samsung Galaxy SII smartphone.
Texture from Shadowhouse, and other adjustments and effects applied in CS5.
 
 
7/3 Digital Darkroom

7/11/2013 8:31:30 AM

 
 
  Enjoy the Moment
Enjoy the Moment
iso 3200, 400mm (Canon 100-400L), f/5.6 (av priority), 1/320 sec, handheld, cs5.... Last night at Cheney Stadium, Tacoma WA for the 4th of July baseball game/fireworks show.
 
 
7-4 People

7/11/2013 9:38:29 AM

  STILL nothing in July for me. I think the July picker doesn't like what they see. Oh, well...I guess if I like it, that's what's important.

7/11/2013 9:44:33 AM

  Nothing for me for June or July becauze they haven't gotten to those dates! My June entries don't start till the 21sr and July not till the 7th....lol.

Welcome back, Jackie!

7/11/2013 10:38:50 AM

 

July 3 looks like a confirmed skip, unless they come back and stamp an EP late in the month!!!

Arches, Domes and a Minerat
July 4, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Monthly Theme



7/11/2013 9:04:09 PM

  Tag-nothing for me in July, but still getting June EPs! I wonder how many teams they are using??

7/12/2013 5:30:18 AM

 
 
 
here we go again

7/12/2013 6:15:46 AM

 
Wow! I'm on a roll! NOT!!
6-3 Pink is Beautiful!
6-9 On the look out!

7-2 Inner Beauty (this was a post from last year and it go an EP, so am sure they won't consider it) but did get one
7-2 Congrats to all finalist!

Sooo, I'm just hanging in there by my "toes"! :-)

Hope you have a great month gang..

jo ann c.

7/13/2013 4:58:22 AM

  Tag

7/14/2013 8:58:21 PM

  Nothing for me after June 19th-bummer!

7/15/2013 5:09:58 AM

  Same here, Nancy. I guess we're out of favor. So what else is new?

7/15/2013 7:41:25 AM

 
 
 
They are finally up to where my submissions start! Lol

7/15/2013 1:09:18 PM

  Susan, shouldn't this beautiful image be posted in the June EP's? :-)

7/15/2013 9:46:21 PM

  Ur probably right Joannie, I believe I went right from the May thread to this one. I fixed it, thanks!

7/16/2013 3:14:40 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  Wow they are still giving out EP's for June. I guess tbats why they seem to have only gotten to the 4th or so of July.

7/16/2013 12:51:02 PM

  Heyyyyyy...got one 6-20 Rain Drops on Screen..

jo ann c.

7/16/2013 3:35:08 PM

  Congratulation's, Bob, on your beautiful POTD of the Palouse!

7/18/2013 7:36:06 AM

  Jo Ann's congrats to all the Finalists about May - or are the ones for June published already?

7/18/2013 8:20:57 AM

  Thanks, Nancy..... It was quite the shock this morning... :-)

7/18/2013 8:24:51 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  7/4 Tall Ship On Lake Erie
Travel and Place

7/18/2013 3:27:51 PM

  Good luck, everyone! Nothing yet this month.

7/20/2013 5:40:12 PM

  Has anyone got an EP after July 4th? I don't have any and don't see any postings here...

7/22/2013 6:06:56 AM

  I finally got one for June 28th, so maybe July will appear before August???

7/22/2013 6:20:48 AM

  I got four in June:

6-3 INNER BEAUTY
6-9 ON THE LOOK OUT
6-20 RAIN DROPS ON SCREEN
6-26 ALL WASHED UP
6-27 DREAMY

Have only 1 for July
72- CONGRATULATIONS FINALIST(June Finalist)

Sooo, am pleased at least getting ANY! LOL

Hang in there gang...

jo ann c.


7/22/2013 9:29:15 AM

  June finalists are out??

7/22/2013 12:42:49 PM

  Hey Susan, they must be, I got 5! :-0

Nice surprise..

jo ann c.

7/22/2013 1:44:55 PM

Ken Smith
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  Jo Ann, I think you got 5 EPs in June...not 5 finalists. Correct?

7/22/2013 1:56:40 PM

  DUHHHHH!

I must have been dreaming!

Thanks Ken, you are a dear friend! Do I ever feel stupid! :-(

Heck, I'm just happy to get EP'S RIGHT NOW!

jo ann c.

7/22/2013 2:16:49 PM

  So.... in July .... has anyone got anything past the 4th of July?

7/22/2013 3:45:16 PM

  Marilyn I got one on the 3rd and 4th and that has been my last.

7/22/2013 4:00:02 PM

  Jo Ann, no worries! I didn't thimk they'd be done this early!

7/22/2013 5:02:39 PM

  Marilyn, the last July EP I got was for 7/3. (I think they may have skipped my 7/4 entry.)

7/22/2013 6:50:18 PM

  Just up to 7-4 for me, too....

7/22/2013 8:23:57 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  Wow they certainly take a long time to review these now.

7/25/2013 11:21:52 AM

Brian M. Jones
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  WOW, I have been away from BP for a long time and as Jackie said it sure takes a long time now for a review and or get an Editor Pick. I remember when you would submit a photo and then a few days later would get an EP. I can't believe it has been 3 weeks now since the last Editor pick for July was given out.. I guess this is the new norm now.. Alot has changes here I see..

7/25/2013 6:13:43 PM

Ann Varley
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  Ive also been away for about a year now, doing other things and coming back to a whole new situation. If the judging is so tough now, should it have been before? Should I discount past EPs and Finalists under the banner of "Judged by Easy to Please Judges" ??? I'm so confused!

7/26/2013 12:28:56 PM

  Does anyone have any idea why day BP is up to in July for EPs?

Thanks!

7/26/2013 3:49:08 PM

  Thanks everyone for the feedback on my question. I got a coupleof BP emails to let me know they are still picking EP's.

7/27/2013 5:24:10 AM

  FInally...July 5th " Morning Glory Leaves"...:-)

7/28/2013 5:30:29 PM

Lola M.
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  Happy 4th of July
Happy 4th of July
 
 
7/5 Catch All

7/28/2013 6:33:07 PM

  Have they given out EP's for travel and place for 7-5-13? I have a photo that I am very proud of and so for nothing. If I knew how to upload it to this thread I would so it can be critiqued.

7/29/2013 11:12:02 AM

  Am I the only one who, when I see a notification of a comment to this thread in my email, immediately goes to my contest entries first to see if I got a new EP before checking the thread???

I think, Harriet, that if you note the BP # on your image, then when you are done typing, click the select button below this box, select 1, then in the next window that pops up, to the left side is a place to enter that #....that should work

7/29/2013 11:23:34 AM

  Right side.....

7/29/2013 11:24:31 AM

  Harriet, you have so many gorgeous images I am not sure which one you are talking about, but they all deserve EPs :-)

7/29/2013 3:52:59 PM

  Bob, I used to but not anymore. Seems like an unnecessary extra step now.

7/29/2013 4:10:53 PM

  June Finalist are out!

I didn't get any...:-(

Will go through and congratulate you as I look at them all! Congrats if you did!!

jo ann c.

7/30/2013 8:21:28 AM

 
 
  Benches in Black and White
Benches in Black and White

Staff Favorite - Elements of Design - July 2013

Metal outdoor benches at a local college campus.
Black and white conversion and minor adjustments in CS5.
 
 
7/5 Elements of Design

7/30/2013 8:28:37 AM

  Jo Ann, they are all winners in my opinion :-)

7/30/2013 11:04:37 PM

  Finally!
7/5..Flowers..A Flower From The Community Garden

7/31/2013 2:44:57 AM

  Hi All,

First of all... HUGE congratulations to all the outstanding June finalists and all the best in the next round.

I hate to bring this up during our celebration time and on this EFP link but I'm taking a break from BetterPhoto and I need your help for changes while I'm away.

Has anyone else noticed the changes to a finalist, second place winner and I assume first place and grand prize winners pages?

I don't know if it is the same thing Bob mentioned or not.

Here's an example:

>Contrast of Colors

If you don't like the change would you please notify BettrPhoto and ask them to change it?

Here is the message I wrote to them this morning which explains it a little better and my feelings about it:

Hi BetterPhoto staff,

I don't like the new feature where you have added a link on the same line as my title of a finalist or second place winner.

You've placed it in front of my description and it takes people away from my description page.

I put a lot of time and thought to describe the image and you have added a link to your home page which advertises for you trying to attract new people to the contest.

It is advertising for you and I have marked I don't want advertising.

Would you please consider changing this as I feel it is unfair & unattractive?

Please try to find another way to do this.

Thank you in advance,
Sharon

7/31/2013 7:41:54 AM

  Your finalist is gorgeous Sharon....

Have yet to get to check them all!

And yours too Cheri!!...hope get to get to them ALL within the week..

jo annc.

( I so wish we all would move our finalist and winners to the front of our sight, then I could comment on them without searching other than just go to your sights) Would be much

Congrats to all finalist and hope they go even further...

jo ann c.

7/31/2013 8:40:27 AM

  Jo Ann you can. Go under My member center. Click on My Photos then click on Photo sort order. There can you can move them however you want them.

7/31/2013 8:51:29 AM

  I do, I just didn't get any this month personally, but sure are some super pictures out there!

jo ann c.

7/31/2013 8:53:58 AM

  Thank you very much Jo Ann, I know what you mean. I have a hard time finding people's monthly finalists and winners as they are all over their galleries. If they are moved forward to the front of the gallery we could find them easily and then they would get more comments. Like you I go to the person's gallery not through the contest winners section.

7/31/2013 9:05:31 AM

  I move any I get to the front of my gallery for a few days, too - always feel a little "boastful" when I do, but like JoAnn and Sharon, I find it such a convenience when I visit friends' galleries that I decided long ago to "return the favor" LOL

7/31/2013 9:29:11 AM

  I am unashamedly boastful, LOL!
I move my finalists and winners to the front of my gallery and leave them there ... it gives me encouragement when I look at my own gallery! :)

7/31/2013 10:00:11 AM

  I didn't set my gallery up that way in the beginning so haven't a clue how to change things without messing up. Not that it matters anymore, but maybe some day...

7/31/2013 11:11:34 AM

  Jay at BP is working on fixing the glitches I mentioned earlier. I will keep you all posted when they are fixed. I'm so impressed and grateful for his speedy response to my email.

7/31/2013 11:23:43 AM

  7/7 Ferris Wheel :-)

7/31/2013 2:21:10 PM

  I also move mine to the front of my gallery. Any pics posted in front of (or before) those are current months entries.

I like that for all the reasons you guys listed but also if a potential customer visits (I have links to BP from most other sites)then they see my "best" work. At BP anyway. Of the few pieces I've sold from FAA, none went past EP :/

7/31/2013 4:30:19 PM

  June's winners are out...

http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/winners/1306.asp

7/31/2013 8:29:08 PM

  Catch-All: July 6
Rowboat at Prospect Point

(In my gallery this morning – checked yesterday when Jill reported one for July 7 and it wasn’t there then.)

8/1/2013 7:33:31 AM

  Tag, July : (

8/1/2013 7:34:31 AM

 
 
  Together
Together

Star of Bethlehem flowers.
Processing in CS5.
 
 
7/6 Flowers

8/1/2013 12:28:16 PM

  It gets weirder and weirder...I just got an EP for August 1....What happened to July?? Has it been eliminated? Go figure..

8/2/2013 7:26:36 AM

  Carolyn - this happened to me in July - I got an EP right away for Alice Fell Asleep - and then a long gap and one more so far in July since then.

8/2/2013 7:35:36 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Silver Spotted Skipper
Silver Spotted Skipper
F5.3, 1/1250, 18-55mm nikkor vr @46mm, iso400, natural light.

Animals: August 1, 2013

Finalist: August 2013

 
 
Yep, I got one for August 1st, as well. It seems like they stopped July's at the 7th. I haven't seen anyone post anything beyond that.

8/2/2013 1:17:36 PM

  They have long had a pattern - not every month but frequently - of starting a new month before the old one was finished. I have speculated that they take turns making picks and work by the month - that would account for one person's not being done but another's being ready and raring to go LOL

8/2/2013 1:28:27 PM

  I did not get one EP during the month of July : 0

8/2/2013 4:41:34 PM

  Nancy Marie,
My last July EP was on the 6th. Not one since then. Jill reported one on the 7th. No one else has yet. I am sure they have not finished with July. They will not skip giving them for 4/5 of the month! Hang in there - you will get some - and so, BP willing, will I :)

8/2/2013 4:46:35 PM

  Okay, I horribly confused. They've stopped picking EP's on July 7th. Does that mean they are done for July or is it because they have different judges for the two months?

8/2/2013 4:58:32 PM

  Thank you, Nikki- you always make me feel better!

8/2/2013 5:08:12 PM

  Here we go again..... This is what is frustrating. We are in August yet only the first week in July has been judged. If I had done my job like this I would have been fired. I am retired now so I can do what I want, when I want. I love BP but not this part of BP. I find it nerve wrecking. I miss the immediate feedback. It was not always what I wanted but at least I knew where I stood.

8/2/2013 5:08:18 PM

  Just an observation and totally my point of view but I do believe that the quality of the entries are better than ever. Could it be that people are working harder and putting more thought into what they enter since the judges are so unpredictable? Still, it is frustrating not to find out anything for so long.

8/2/2013 5:12:37 PM

  Aug 1st Up the Down Staircase for EOD :-) Still waiting to see what happens with the next 3 weeks of Julys images ...nothing since the 7th.

8/2/2013 9:18:24 PM

  7/6..Landscape..Early Morning At The Paintbrush Field

8/4/2013 2:12:46 AM

 
 
  Wing Man
Wing Man
F8, 18-55mm Nikkor @52mm, 1/320, iso200, natural light.


Animals: July 7, 2013

 
 
July 7th (let's hope they keep on rolling with July and finish!)

8/4/2013 3:45:01 AM

  July 7th, Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens :-)

8/4/2013 11:46:56 AM

  I appreciate knowing what date has been judged as it lets me know when to check my entries. So, thank you, all of you who post the EP wins. Please continue.

8/4/2013 2:18:14 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  7/7 Grandmas Memories

8/5/2013 4:29:01 AM

  I got one 8-1 Planets in Motion..

jo ann c.

8/5/2013 5:15:06 AM

 
 
 
Finally!!! For July 7th!

8/5/2013 8:16:20 AM

 
 
 
Finally!!! For July 7th!

8/5/2013 8:18:36 AM

  Only this one for July 1st..

"Congrats to all Finalist and Winners!"
Pink Flowers...


I'm on a roll! lol

jo ann c.



8/5/2013 8:45:46 AM

  July 7 and 8.....batting 6 for 6 so far.. :-)

Keep rollin', Jo Ann.... !!

8/5/2013 10:22:24 AM

 
 
  Going Home
Going Home

This is a composite of three of my photos: the lighthouse at Sodus Point, New York
on Sodus Bay (Lake Ontario), a sunset sky, and clouds. I added some original
painting and other adjustments in CS5, textures from Flypaper and Kim Klassen,
and a bird brush from Shadowhouse.
 
 
7/7 Digital Darkroom

8/5/2013 10:26:31 AM

  Are they sill only up to the second week in July? I have three photos that I put in for July, but they are in the third and fourth week!

8/5/2013 12:02:17 PM

  Been checking in on the June thread. So far in July

1 EP
2 EP
3 EP
4 skip
5 EP
6 skip
7 EP
8 looks like a skip if these are all in.

8/5/2013 12:50:24 PM

  July 8 – Digital Darkroom
Fork in the Road

8/5/2013 9:40:49 PM

  Thought July 8 was skipped but just found one this morning. Travel and Place. Nothing for me yet in August.

Viva Las Vegas

8/6/2013 6:53:13 AM

  TAG FOR AUGUST, Only 1 in July.

8/6/2013 5:11:33 PM

Brian M. Jones
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/28/2012
 
 
 
July 8th-Details & Macro

Flathead

8/7/2013 9:57:15 AM

Brian M. Jones
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/28/2012
  July 8th-Details & Macro

8/7/2013 9:57:45 AM

 
 
  A Star from Above
A Star from Above

Looking down on the spike of a Star of Bethlehem flower, shallow DOF.
Minor adjustments in CS5 and texture from Flypaper.
 
 
7/8 Flowers

8/7/2013 10:19:04 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  7/8 Happy 4th of July

8/7/2013 10:40:01 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  Nancy your all ready tagged on this thread. I imagine an August thread will be starting soon to tag to. :)

8/7/2013 10:41:50 AM

Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member
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  Opening
Opening
 
 
7/9 Flowers

8/7/2013 10:52:46 AM

  7/8 skipped
7/9 Begonia and Raindrops, Flowers :-)

8/7/2013 11:28:54 PM

  Got my first one for August...

8/2 Light Within

as July moves slowly along...

8/8/2013 4:13:49 AM

  Just got one for the 2nd of August...but my next July entry wasn't till 7/18. It looks like I've got awhile to wait till my end of month July entries! lol

8/8/2013 7:41:32 AM

Cheri McEachin
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/15/2006
  Here you go..August efp's thread--
One day I will learn how to do the link thing

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=36007

8/8/2013 7:46:33 AM

  One thing that is easy - just go to the top of this screen and change the last number from 35992 to now read 36007. That's how I save time moving between the newest bunch of months (especially now that the judging is so erratic.) It beats having to go find the bookmark for each one.

8/8/2013 8:05:04 AM

  Susan, let me know when they get up to July 24th, eh?

8/8/2013 8:07:26 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  7/9 Mellow Yellow
Flowers

8/9/2013 11:39:14 AM

  July 9 skipped

July 10, EP, animals

Speed Demon

8/9/2013 1:29:22 PM

  I've had an AWFUL July!
7/1 Skipped
7/2 Skipped
7/3 Skipped
7/4 Skipped
7/5 Skipped
7/6 EP Flowers
7/7 EP Landscape
7/8 Skipped
7/9 Skipped
7/10 EP CatchAll..Wires And WildFlowers

8/9/2013 2:54:52 PM

  That's a great July,Carolyn! I had only one on the 7th!

8/9/2013 5:55:23 PM

  7/10 Nubble Lighthouse T & P :-)

8/9/2013 6:05:13 PM

 
 
  Peas & Carrots
Peas & Carrots

Staff Favorite - Details & Macro - July 2013

This is actually a photo of my frozen dinner, containing, among other things, rice, peas, and carrots.
I took it out of the microwave and was about to peel off the plastic when I noticed the beads of
condensation on the underside of the plastic and the delightful way they refracted my dinner!
In the photo, it looks like the beads are raised, but they are actually hanging on the underside of the plastic.
Minor adjustments in CS5.
 
 
7/9 Details & Macro

8/9/2013 6:39:17 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  7/10 Seven Poinds

8/10/2013 6:12:41 AM

 
 
 
7/10-Morning See

8/11/2013 5:40:17 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  7-11 Viking Ship

8/13/2013 5:24:30 PM

 
 
  Star of Bethlehem
Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem flowers. Minor adjustments in CS5.
 
 
7/11 Flowers

8/13/2013 6:09:13 PM

 
 
 
7/11-Morning View

8/14/2013 5:05:51 AM

  Has anyone sen the new Snap Shot email? I got mine today and BP is now taking into account how many times "favorite" get marked on photos. Here's the info on it.


Great news about BetterPhoto's free monthly photography contest! Judges now consider the Favorites count on contest entries. So if a photo gets Favorited 100 times, or even 10 times, the pro judges will see that figure and take it into account. However, we want to emphasize that the judges will still make the final call. For example, an image with a high number of Favorites is not guaranteed contest success. Likewise, a stellar image with a lack of Favorites could rise to the winners circle!
Not sure how to Favorite your favorite photos at BetterPhoto? It's easy! Go to Jim Miotke's short-and-snappy video. Then have fun finding inspiration, favoriting images, and taking part in the Web's best photo contest!

That's it for this week. Have fun with your photography!

Kerry Drager
Newsletter Editor

Not sure what to make of this. I know I don't have the time to go thru all the entries to mark favorites.


8/14/2013 5:53:19 AM

  Maybe it's my slow internet, but Jim's snappy video was not snappy :-) It keep starting and stopping and repeating :-) I found that if I favorite on the thumbnail version of the pictures it works. If I try it on the gallery version it just goes to the next picture...
BTW, thanks for all the favs today, it's appreciated. I have been giving them out all along for many years myself :-)

8/14/2013 2:01:57 PM

  I also noticed you cannot see how many favorites you have unless you use the new version of galleries...I personally like using the old version, too bad they cannot get the favs to show up on the old ones too...

8/14/2013 2:04:40 PM

  I think the whole favorite thing is silly. When I see a photo that speaks to me I take the time to write a comment. What is even more silly is that there are some people who actually buy into the idea of racking up "favs" by going through the galleries hitting hearts in hopes others will do the same for them. I will continue to write messages of praise for those wonderful photos that strike a chord in me. But please, favorites? Give me a break.

8/14/2013 2:35:39 PM

  The addition of favourites to the contest might be a first step in response to sites like 500px where the status includes views, likes, favourites, comments and there's an overall rating called 'affection'. FAA also has ratings for Favourites and Votes. So BP is catching up to the current trend.

Some of you are already there at these sites, so this might be old news.

8/14/2013 2:52:02 PM

Tammy Espino
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/29/2007
  Not a fan of the favorite photo thing. It's like other contests where all your friends vote for you to win. Not a fan of that either. I give comments when I have time. And besides I think ALL the photo's in the contest are awesome. Too many great photographers on this site to choose and pick.Just my humble opinion...........

8/14/2013 2:58:50 PM

Brian M. Jones
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/28/2012
  I totally agree with Harriet.. This whole favorite thing is pretty stupid. What if someone has a potential Grand Prize winning image, but gets no favorite attached to it?, will that photo now be considered no good, thus not even getting a Finalist..

There are people on here that are more popular than others, so if BP now considers favorites as determining a winner, we are going to have the same people win month after month after month based just on their popularity.. Yeah, that's the way to make people happy..

Images should be judged on talent not selecting hearts to pick favorites.. So lame

8/14/2013 5:45:00 PM

  I'm already pretty much out the loop, but I would hate to win just because I have a delightful personality and people like me! lollllllllllllll

Hopefully, that Favorite Flag won't get saluted when raised (old advertisement test.)

8/14/2013 5:53:46 PM

  I don't enter the contest much, but I would never ask fellow photogs to "fav" my images. This is just one more change that makes me feel that I won't renew my membership when it's up. Too bad I already paid until July 2015 with the twofer promotion they had sometime ago. Ah, well.......

8/14/2013 6:03:17 PM

  I agree with Jill, it would be nice to be able to see the faves on your own photos no matter what type of gallery you have ... especially if they are going to have some bearing on contest results.

8/14/2013 7:29:05 PM

  There is nothing wrong with marking a photo as a favorite and there is nothing wrong with knowing how many of the favorites you have. What is wrong is the favorites becoming part of the judging process. It is neither professional nor fair.

8/14/2013 8:11:09 PM

  7/12..T/P..Fences Along The Blue Ridge Parkway

8/15/2013 3:03:20 AM

  I don't know about 500px, but the favorites and votes on FAA are counted in contests that are run by members/member groups. FAA does not have, to my knowledge, contests judged by pros.

The favorites have been at BP for quite some time. BP is not just getting caught up with a trend. Member voting is popular opinion based and is quite arbitrary, favoring members that have the time to pursue "likes" while putting those who don't at a disadvantage. Pro judging is based on certain baseline criteria that, aside from a subjective factor, can be defined. I can go to "How to Win a Contest" and learn what to strive for in terms of quality in order to achieve a skill level that will hopefully produce winners. This does and has advanced my skills and improved my photography. Is BP gonna add a "how to get more fav's" to that criteria?

No offense to BP members, whose feedback I value immensely, but I can't think of any way in which member fav's enhance those same objectives of learning and improving knowledge or skills. There is nothing wrong with popular opinion but it is an entirely different thing than pro judging/feedback. For me that is a big factor in why I value the contest at BP versus other sites.

What is more upsetting is that they are saying, "well, more fav's MIGHT help you win! (or might not!). Which just makes me feel jerked around. If the decision is ultimately up to the pro judge, irrespective of the # of or lack of fav's, why even factor them in? So that members (those who have the time) will browse and fav more in the hopes it helps their images progress? And is BP just going for more traffic/page hits to the site or is it because it's just FUN? (smh)

As it is, we don't know why the judges choose what they do. I've heard many say that feedback would be helpful or instructive. Now, we won't know if an image was chosen because favorites gave it more weight. Does anyone else feel like adding that popularity contest factor will cause animosity or resentment?

Sorry to be so long winded. I've been trying to find something good in this. I can't and I am sooo disappointed :(

8/15/2013 3:35:27 AM

  In one of the memos there was sort of a hint that maybe you could get all your Facebook buddies to favorite your shots. Just another way to get people to look at BP overall. It's a damn shame that we have to be used that way. No matter what their reasoning, we don't have to like it. Many of us just don't have the time to go around chasing votes. It remains to be seen what effect that will have on us.

8/15/2013 4:20:08 AM

  It's enough that I'm spending so much time going back and forth between 2 months to see if my images have yet received or not received an EP and reading all the general comments. There is little time left to "Fave" images, let alone leave comments on them.

The latter is what I miss most; there is so little following the EP links posted in these monthly threads in order to leave comments on our fellow members' images.

Some days, it feels as though BP has turned into the evil twin that nobody knew was lurking in the shadows. They've sure messed up the family.

8/15/2013 4:43:13 AM

  I also considered maybe I'm being too negative? The positive could be that members would feel more involved in contest outcomes? Still, it's so random. Anyone else get some positives out of this?

Oh so I also got another email on Tuesday for a survey. It said, "Your answers will help me shape BetterPhoto's immediate future and make it into the best photography site... a resource that serves YOU even better!"

I've always appreciated that BP asks for our input. While I don't recall seeing anything about member fav's factoring into judging, I wonder if it was overwhelmingly asked for by the members? Things that make you go hmmmm.....

8/15/2013 5:11:29 AM

  I'm also not a fan of favorites being used in the judging process. I see many images on BP that I admire and love, and I submit comments as time permits. I usually fav an image only when there's something I feel is truly unique that I want to remember, perhaps as future inspiration. That's just the way I do it - others would have different criteria. Counting the number of favorites an image receives goes back to the old popularity contest thing, which isn't fair or objective. I think Susan said it very well!

8/15/2013 7:01:21 AM

  Susan, I dont think you are to negative. I have realized that our thoughts, suggestions or anything else doesn't count. That isn't negative, just the way things are. The old saying goes "it is what it is" During all the surveys those aren't the questions they ask about anyway. As for favorites, that makes it a popularity contest, not a valid one. I signed up for the two year and am very sorry I did. As long as this is continuing the way it is going I would never recommend this site to anyone. In fact I would do just the opposite.

8/15/2013 7:36:06 AM

  I'm glad to hear that I am not the only one who thinks this is not a great thing.

Patricia, you are right about the thoughts and suggestions issue. I was ready to respond to that email right away and waited over 24 hrs before deciding if it was even worth writing an opinion.

I'm pretty sure the response to this will be that it won't make any difference. That if your image is still "worthy" it will advance with or without favorites. *shrug*

8/15/2013 8:36:23 AM

  I have always faved an image that appeals to me because then I have a bookmark and can look at them again if I want to. I don't think faving a picture should have anything to do with whether it wins or not...
I also got that survey email and my answer to the question of wht I would like to see at BP ws that I would like more communication between the staff and members...Just my 2 cents:-)

8/15/2013 5:03:00 PM

  I absolutely agree, Jill - more communication would be great!

8/15/2013 6:13:30 PM

  Anyone on VB? Look me up at SusanMSmith!

8/15/2013 6:23:25 PM

  I am, under Okiephotos.

8/15/2013 7:05:17 PM

  Does anyone know how far along in July they are for EP's ????

8/16/2013 9:56:27 AM

  ONLY EP FOR JULY
CONGRATS TO ALL FINALIST AND WINNERS

THREE FOR AUG ( I'm on a roll for Aug, lol)
SUNFLOWER MONTAGE
SELF PORTRAIT
PLANETS IN MOTION

8/16/2013 10:35:28 AM

  The last one I got in July was for the 11th.

8/16/2013 10:38:15 AM

  Thanks, Tammy and Jo Ann. It is kind of like playing bingo with five cards. Hard to keep track.

8/16/2013 10:46:33 AM

  Last one I have for July is for the 12th.

8/16/2013 11:47:27 AM

  12th for me, too.

8/16/2013 12:09:06 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  7/12 Higher Power

8/17/2013 5:28:28 AM

Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Waiting
Waiting
 
 
7/12 Animals

8/17/2013 6:11:39 AM

  Finally!
July 12 - People
In the Library

8/17/2013 6:40:04 AM

  7/13.. Animals..She's A Rebel

8/18/2013 9:59:28 AM

  Lemme know when they get to (or past) the 15th.....

8/18/2013 12:39:50 PM

  Man, they are going to have to rush rush rush this month - I'm still stalled on the 12th and tomorrow is the 20th of the month. I see Carolyn had one for the 13th. Anyone else?

8/19/2013 6:05:15 PM

  I'm getting really really really tired of this!

8/19/2013 7:25:19 PM

  Nothing for me since July 11th, Nikki.
Hang in there, Bob!

8/19/2013 7:32:59 PM

  I'm hanging.

I'm going to The Mountain in the morning, that should perk me up... :-)

8/19/2013 7:37:06 PM

  Have fun, Bob, and happy shooting! :)

8/19/2013 7:39:29 PM

  I only had one July entry prior to the 18th so i'm still waiting for them to get that far! And yea, I gave up the daily routine since all this so i'm just spending time doing other photography stuff ;)

8/19/2013 8:03:44 PM

  Maybe the judges have forgotten they didn't finish the month of July! I'm waiting for the 15th!

Get some purdy shots Bob!

8/19/2013 9:36:40 PM

  I think they are past the 15th, at least in some categories. Not that I got any EP's but I think I saw some 17th EP's. I could be wrong and....where are they in August?

8/19/2013 9:47:15 PM

  Carolyn got an EP for her entry from the 13th, but that was at least a couple of days ago; haven't seen anyone else report for that date. Mine did not get anything on that date either.

There is only one more entry for me on Aug 17, and I'm waiting for the 24, 25 & 31st of July.

8/20/2013 2:08:32 AM

  It would be nice if they could keep more current on the EPs. When they were current, I found it educational to browse the contest entries and see which images got EP and which did not. Is there a way to browse contest entries for the previous month, or is that only possible for the current month?

8/20/2013 7:36:07 AM

  Try the search box. It could be that you can get back to that month by plugging in "contest entries July 2013" or "archives July 2013"

8/20/2013 9:21:11 AM

  Good idea, Carolyn. I tried it and got some entries, but I think they were just ones that had the search term in the photo description (one search returned 139 photos and another search returned about 300.)
Thanks for the response, though!

8/20/2013 9:54:32 AM

  I had the same experience and found many images uploaded several months or years ago. However, I just found one that was uploaded on 7/31/2013 that has an EP badge on it.

8/20/2013 10:00:29 AM

Ken Smith
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  Kathy, it's possible the image was uploaded on 31 July, then entered into the contest in early August, and got an August EP. That might explain what you're seeing. If I knew which image it was, I could check the August contest entries to confirm.

8/20/2013 10:58:42 AM

  Ken, you're probably right (btw, it was 7/30 not 31st.) After a long week of photographing the Fair, I'm experiencing a whole lot of "Duh!" moments.

This is the image...
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=14011108&catID=

8/20/2013 11:21:03 AM

Ken Smith
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  Kathy, thanks for the link. I did some digging in the August entries...found other images from 30 Jul 2013, with an EP. But I didn't see the one you listed, which clearly had an EP from the 30th.

It's still a mystery. It's possible they have handed out EPs for 30 July, but still need to catch up from 13/14 July. Or, all these 30 July EPs were entered into the contest in early August.

Harriet Feagin had an EP on her upload from 30 July. So, maybe we'll defer to Harriet to let us know if she entered it in early August. If so, mystery solved. If not, then it means BP has awarded some EPs for July 30th.

8/20/2013 4:03:34 PM

  Once again, my forehead is imploding! lollllllll

8/20/2013 4:45:22 PM

  Lordy, it's so simple, just finish July before you start August...doh! Why can't they do that?

8/20/2013 4:56:16 PM

  Yes, I uploaded it on the 30th and entered it on the 1st. Now, do you all remember Debra Harder? I was wondering where her photos were so I dropped her a note. She left BP. She said that the contest was taking up too much time and energy. I can certainly understand this. I hate that she left because her photos were such an inspiration to me. I am sure she doesn't miss all this mess of trying to keep track of two months. Thing is the contest has been good for me in that I can see improvement over where I was two years ago. Still the latest developments are frustrating.

8/20/2013 5:15:08 PM

  That is too bad about Debra (her work was outstanding.)

It's interesting that you mentioned seeing your own improvements. I feel the same way, having learned new skills (HDR - but not over-the-top, tone-mapping, bracket shooting, and other in camera skills as well as post-production.) It was so encouraging to feel like I was moving up - that just happened to coincide with little recognition at BP. I wondered what I was doing wrong. And, then - this miserable situation started with the Contest. This is really why everything photography-speaking feels like quicksand to me these days.

8/20/2013 5:25:36 PM

Brian M. Jones
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/28/2012
  Totally agree with Joannie.. Just concentrate on 1 month at a time for EP's. This is not rocket science nor should one get so confused as to what picture from what month is getting an EP.

This should be simple. Enter an image for a particular day and month and 5 days later wait and see if you get an EP.. What a minute, that is the way it used to be.. Now they are doing 2 months at the same time and still 4 weeks behind the previous month. Makes sense to me to do what is "Normal"..

This should not be exhausting and or mind numbing... That is why people are leaving and or have left..

8/20/2013 5:37:04 PM

  I figured this one had been skipped, since things had been reported for July 13. But apparently they weren't finished. An EP just appeared on this one, entered in the theme.

Breakwater

8/20/2013 5:38:09 PM

 
 
  Who, Me?
Who, Me?

Center of a magnolia blossom. Minor adjustments in CS5.
 
 
7/13 Details & Macro

8/20/2013 5:57:27 PM

  7/14..Landscape..May 20, 2013

8/20/2013 6:40:05 PM

  14 July - Animals
Look Left

8/20/2013 10:12:45 PM

  Let's try again:
Look Left

8/20/2013 10:15:29 PM

 
 
  Red Barn
Red Barn
iso 160, 17mm (Canon 17-40L), f/22 (av priority), 1/100 sec, timer/tripod, cs5 .... The end of May in the Palouse with Susan/Neil Silverman.

For the photogroup101's "Buildings" theme day.

Happy Theme Day

 
 
Praise be!! July 15.... :-)

8/21/2013 8:44:32 AM

Lola M.
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  Summer Delight
Summer Delight
 
 
7/15 Details and Macro

8/21/2013 9:26:25 AM

  8/15..CatchAll..Zoo Grasses
Now this one surprises me. I had already written it off, and here comes an EP this morning.

8/21/2013 9:29:06 AM

  August, Carolyn?

8/21/2013 9:29:51 AM

  Oops...No, July!

8/21/2013 9:32:48 AM

 
 
 
7/15 Flowers

8/21/2013 5:32:57 PM

  I'm really disappointed on my July 15th being skipped! Teen Innocence, I thought it was my best portrait work of my granddaughter! Oh,well!

8/21/2013 10:18:50 PM

  7/13 Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, E of D
7/14 Bee & Sunflower, D & M
7/15 Glass Ceiling E of D :-)

8/22/2013 3:10:40 AM

 
 
  Shades of Blue
Shades of Blue
Structure in Baltimore's Downtown Inner Harbor
 
 
July EFP

8/22/2013 9:04:24 AM

 
 
 
July EFP #2

8/22/2013 9:05:27 AM

  Bee it Ever so Humble...
7/17
Flowers

8/22/2013 9:13:38 AM

Lola M.
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  Cicada Killer Wasp
Cicada Killer Wasp
 
 
7/16 Details and Macro

8/22/2013 9:17:21 AM

 
 
  Upward
Upward

Escalators on ground floor of LyondellBasell Tower, downtown Houston, Texas.
Adjustments in CS5 and Topaz DeNoise.
Taken with Samsung Galaxy SII smart phone.
 
 
7/17 Elements of Design

8/22/2013 8:50:06 PM

  7/16.. Skipped
7/17.. Skipped
7/18.. Landscape.. Nuclear

8/23/2013 3:27:26 AM

 
 
  Single Susan (B&W)
Single Susan (B&W)
Flowers 7/18/13
 
 
7/18 Single Susan (b and w) - Flowers

8/23/2013 8:00:45 AM

  July 19 and 20 both this morning.. :-)

8/23/2013 8:43:32 AM

  Morning Treat
7/19
Flowers

Back of the Sun
7/20
Flowers

They are slapping down the July EP's now! :-)

8/23/2013 8:58:38 AM

  July 19 skip
July 20 Detail and Macro

I "Heart" You

8/23/2013 9:04:18 AM

  Just got another for the 21st!! That makes me 11 for 11 in July....now I can sit back and relax since I have no more July entries... :-)

Way to go, Joannie!!!!

8/23/2013 9:07:59 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  7/19 Let The Light Shine
7/20 Love You All Ready

8/23/2013 10:23:11 AM

  Whoa, they're really picking up speed!

7/18 Details & Macro Sun Kissed

7/19 Details & Macro Talons

7/20 Elements of Design Balconies

7/21 Digital Darkroom City Blocks

(Hope all my links work ...)

8/23/2013 10:36:54 AM

  Bob, look at you, batting 1000! WTG!

8/23/2013 10:39:47 AM

  Yep, they are running like mad, which seems to be the new normal. Why? Got me.

July 21 skip
July 22 skip
July 23 Elements of Design

Follow the Red Brick Road

8/23/2013 11:06:54 AM

  Going that fast means they aren't looking at much very closely. Looks like I'm all skips from the 19th through the 23rd.

8/23/2013 11:19:04 AM

  Thanks Bob, but it looks like I ain't done yet! :-)

Coming Out of It's Shell
7/22
Flowers

Full Bloom
7/23
Flowers

8/23/2013 11:29:51 AM

  QUESTION?

If you don't open the"You have a picture with a favorite" at the time jit is sent but may have 2 or 3 other shots before you go to email to check emails, how do you know who sent them??

8/23/2013 2:34:26 PM

  7/23-Morning At The Boat Ramp
7/24-Down And Dirty

8/23/2013 3:08:43 PM

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  JoAnn, I believe the Favs are anonymous. And someone could fav your photo without commenting on it, so unless someone writes "this is a Fav", there's no way of knowing who left it.

8/23/2013 4:40:12 PM

  Thanks Ken, I had started doing that..have a great week end friend!

jo ann c.

8/23/2013 4:53:41 PM

 
 
  Beach Abstract
Beach Abstract

East Beach, Galveston, Texas
Enhanced with Topaz Simplify and CS5
 
 
One more popped up ...

7/23 Catch-All

8/23/2013 5:35:39 PM

  7/16-7/19 skipped
7/20 Top of the Inn ....T&P
7/21 Smokey Mojave Sunrise ...N&L
7/22-7/24 skipped
7/25 What's the Story Morning Glory ...Flowers

8/23/2013 6:19:33 PM

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  Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
 
 
7/19 Details and Macro

7/20 and 21 skipped

7/22 Details and Macro
Watching Me

7/23 skipped

7/24 Flowers
Softly Unfurling

7/25 Details and Macro
Buds

8/23/2013 6:29:03 PM

  2 more skipped ...nothing since the 18th. I guess my gallery has disappeared.

8/23/2013 6:59:33 PM

  7/25-Over The Ledge

8/24/2013 2:06:44 PM

Ken Smith
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  I've seen a few EPs for the 28th.

8/24/2013 2:39:19 PM

  I have received EFP's through July 30th. The EFP's for the 26th through the 30th came recently. They weren't there this morning.

8/24/2013 3:49:37 PM

  I have an EFP for the 31st. They've done a lot of catching up the last two days. I ended up with 19 EFP's out of 28 entries for July.

8/24/2013 4:26:14 PM

 
7/26-Standing Tall In Lassen-EP
7/27-skipped
7/28-A Creek In The Woods-EP
7/30-Low Melt-EP

They skipped a couple more that I had high hopes for, but what so I know?

8/24/2013 4:28:38 PM

  Well, if they were trying to piss me off, they have succeeded. Nothing from the 18th through the 28th.
7/29..Macro.. Hairy
7/30..Landscape..From My New Point Of View

8/24/2013 4:37:04 PM

  I got one for the 31st. Looks like they are finishing July today ...

8/24/2013 4:44:04 PM

  I think that I ended up with about 12 EP's for the month which is better than I expected. I guess they are busy with other things and decided to put in a long weekend. Anyway, what's done is done. Good luck to everyone.

8/24/2013 4:56:32 PM

  For me, skipped the 24th all the way through the 30th. Then an EP for the 31st.

8/24/2013 5:39:53 PM

Lola M.
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  Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink
 
 
7/29 Flowers

7/30 Details and Macro
Snapdragon Buds

Looks like I have 13 out of 31 EPs for July.

8/24/2013 5:44:34 PM

  Finally for July...certainly not many for sure:

7-2 Congrats to all finalist and winners
7-18 Framed
7-24 Trip to Omaha
7-29 Country Charm

And I post everyday! LOL

jo ann c.

8/24/2013 5:59:06 PM

  Oh my goodness, they did it. Bravo to the poor soul who has been slogging through these at a very steady and respectable pace the last couple of days. Got a few, skipped a few, but at least I know :)
I last reported one on the 14th. I forgot to enter twice between then and the end of the year (22,27); got skipped on the 15, 17, 21, 24, 25, 28, and 29; got EP's on the 16, 18, 19, 20, 23, 26, 30, 31. Just over 50% for the second half of the month.

8/24/2013 6:14:28 PM

  7/23 skipped
7/24 Togetherness - Monthly Theme
7/25 Evening Glow - Flowers
7/26 no entry
7/27 Goldie - ANimals
7/28 Wild Blue Yonder - Flowers
7/29 no entry
7/30 skipped
7/31 Pink Peek - Flowers

I had a total of 9 entries for July and and 7 received EP's.

8/24/2013 6:14:36 PM

  7/26 Star Fleet Headquarters EOD
7/27 Star Fleet Headquarters #2 EOD
7/28 Skipped
7/29 Windmill Chapel MT

8/24/2013 9:30:35 PM

  17 out of 31 posted...much better then last month!Looks like they are done, so best of luck to everybody! Hope to see you all on the Finalists pages!

8/24/2013 9:39:04 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  7/25 Beautiful Night
7/29 Beach Fun

16 of 25 for the month for me. Which is great for me but August will be a different story. :(

8/25/2013 5:16:01 AM

  0 for 3 of mine for July. Not doing any better in August. If they skip the one on August 13th, I'll really be bummed. I just don't know what's good anymore.

It's really good to see that some of you are getting more EPs these days, but it's sad to see so many good photographers still being skipped over. Good Luck in the next round for those that were noticed.

8/25/2013 6:17:12 AM

  Not a good month for me. Only 10 EPs.

8/25/2013 6:25:47 AM

  I got 10, too (out of 31 I entered)...

8/25/2013 8:10:25 AM

  11 of 28 for me, the worst ever. However, I do see that the eleven picked were indeed better than the 17 skipped, save for a couple, maybe.

And Happy to see my eleven horses still in the race, and who knows maybe one of these crosses the line with the Finalists or maybe with Winners, touch wood!!!

UB.

8/25/2013 9:27:26 AM

 
 
  Repose
Repose

Alstroemeria flowers, also known as Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas.
Minor adjustments in CS5.
 
 
Finishing out the month ...

7/26 Flowers (Repose)

7/27 Flowers Mirror Mirror

7/29 Flowers Debutantes

7/31 Elements of Design Curves & Color

Total for me was 21 out of 31.

Good luck, everyone!

8/25/2013 10:59:49 AM

  Oops, correcting the "Mirror Mirror" link ...

Mirror Mirror

8/25/2013 11:02:19 AM

  My last three pics for July were skipped and that includes my birdhouse which I was counting on! :-(

8/25/2013 12:43:22 PM

  I feel better after seeing Usman's totals. If HE can't get more than 11, there's something rotten in Redmond.

8/25/2013 1:00:46 PM

  I have 15 EPs of 30 entries, which seems to be about how many of you are faring as far as percentages. I was just taking a closer look at these and did a little figuring. Of the 15 skipped, 5 were POTDs (and other such things) in other venues I've realized. Now, I wouldn't necessarily expect those to be finalists here certainly, and I have to say that none are among my absolute favorites, but really, I would expect them to be at least in the running with an EP here, which means simply that they are accepted as actual contest entries. But . . . The whole situation is pretty thoroughly peculiar now.

8/25/2013 1:22:42 PM

  18 EPS out of 28 entries for me. About like some of the rest of yous.

8/25/2013 1:40:28 PM

  When I used to enter pictures I like almost every day, my EP count might be between 14 and 30, which was pretty decent, imo. That's pretty much what you all are reporting. I was actually quite happy with that (I know the competition is fierce.)

So now, I'm only entering the ones I really like a lot or which should fit the category quite well, and am getting nothing. Trust me - those of you who are hitting the 35 to 50% mark should be thrilled.

8/25/2013 2:45:18 PM

  I only entered 4 and got 3 EP"s. so far for August I have only entered 1 and probably won't enter a lot more this month.

8/25/2013 3:20:44 PM

Brian M. Jones
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  I got 18 EPS out of 27 entries for July.

8/26/2013 8:59:30 AM

  3 out of 8 for July

8/26/2013 9:33:50 AM

  Would you believe only 7 out of 18? Some I agree with, but why others were skipped I will never understand.

8/26/2013 11:47:20 AM

  13/23 or 56.521% Most I agreed with but not all. It turned out better than I expected.

8/26/2013 7:42:05 PM

Ken Beatty
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  Is there a place where you could view your contest entries of July or any previous months? I lost track and when July ended. I forgot to resort my images to what I entered before BP's Contest entries for the month reset to the month of August.

8/28/2013 4:31:47 AM

  I don't think so, Ken. You could try the search box with "Ken Beatty July 2013 contest entries" and see what pops up, if anything.
I think they should show both the month that hasn't had finals yet and the current month you are working on. Would make life a bit easier.

8/28/2013 4:41:59 AM

  Well, scratch that idea, it doesn't work.

8/28/2013 4:43:18 AM

  Can't really help much here, Ken, but I can make a couple of suggestions for the future. Remember that I use the old gallery - may make a difference in terms of what shows. Anyway, the only way I have found to get an upload date showing on the image is to add a description at the time of the upload. Anything will do so I make it a habit to ALWAYS write "Category: People" for example. I usually write something else, too, because I like to talk, but at least that as it's always relevant. If I upload and enter the same day, that's it. If I upload one day and enter later - like when I'm going to be on vacation and won't have access to my hard drive - I do this and then the day of actual entry, I add in the information "Submitted on x date"
Hope this helps.
Nikki

8/28/2013 4:58:59 AM

  On the last day of the month I go to my "contest entries" and print out the page(s). I have done this for at least two prior months plus when I enter I put the date and the category each photo.

8/28/2013 6:32:13 AM

  In my description on the image itself, the last info is usually the category and the entry date.

But, I also go to the "Your entries" and copy the whole box with the picture and entry info (Title, Category, Date) and save the entire month to a single doc. I'll go back and add "EFP" and/or "Finalist" right after the title to keep track.

8/28/2013 8:44:12 AM

Ken Beatty
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  Thanks for the information. I know BP does not want us to re-enter the same image but I really don't know if I entered it. I'll follow what you all mentioned.

8/28/2013 9:09:01 AM

  Have you all noticed some more new interesting changes...

All-Time BetterPhoto Photography Contest Winners, Finalist and winners at the bottom of this page.

http://www.betterphoto.com/contest.asp

All-Time BetterPhoto Photography Contest Winners:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallMember.asp?pageID=1&catID=58182&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=

Finalists:

http://www.betterphoto.com/members-contest-finalist-all.asp

Winners:

http://www.betterphoto.com/members-contest-winning-all.asp

I received two STAFF FAVORITE BADGES for July contest this morning. You must have received some too. I wonder what this means for the rest of the contest? Time will tell :)

All the best to all of you in the contest results!!!

8/29/2013 10:19:04 AM

  I just found out the STAFF FAVORITE BADGE doesn't show up in my gallery but on this page:

Your photo can be viewed at:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=13962757

HERE'S THE LETTER:

Hi Sharon

Great news! Your photo has been selected as a Staff Favorite in this month's BetterPhoto
Contest! Over 7600 photos were entered into the competition... and your
photo has been selected in the top 1064 Staff Favorites.

Your Staff Favorite: Flaming Dahlia (#13962757)

Your photo can be viewed at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=13962757

Your Staff Favorite: Himalayan Poppy (#14012989)

Your photo can be viewed at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=14012989

CONGRATULATIONS!

We at BetterPhoto THANK YOU for sharing your inspiring photo.

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

Best wishes!

BetterPhoto Customer Support
bpsupport@betterphoto.com

Get personal, professional, and prompt feedback on your photos
from the famous photographers who teach online at BetterPhoto.

http://www.BetterPhoto.com
Have a pro @ your side - online, anytime!

8/29/2013 10:31:20 AM

  Well...that's another interesting change..needless to say I haven't received one...has anybody else??

jo ann c.

8/29/2013 10:49:09 AM

  I got two of them. No telling at this point whether only those getting this nod will be in the finalist pool or not. I suspect from the wording of the message, though, that such is the case.

8/29/2013 11:01:13 AM

  Two for me, as well. Someone started a thread in the forum for discussion.

8/29/2013 11:04:20 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I got four. I am interpreting this as the second round. First getting the EP, 2nd the Staff favorite next the finalist then wwinners but who knows. I guess we will find out in a couple days.

8/29/2013 11:13:57 AM

  Sorry, didn't know there was a discussion thread.

Here it is:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=36014

8/29/2013 11:15:23 AM

  I received 5 staff favorites. Could be an interesting change.

8/29/2013 11:32:36 AM

  Thanks for adding the link Sharon. I am on my mobile....

8/29/2013 11:35:50 AM

  I got two, also, but, IMO, not the best of my EPs. And, why give it a badge if no one can see it unless they go to a secret place where they are able to view it!

8/29/2013 11:50:08 AM

  Forwarding this message from another thread:

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

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

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

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

Good luck, and enjoy the contest!
Kerry

8/29/2013 11:53:29 AM

Lola M.
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  Thanks for the further information. I got 3 Staff Favorites.

8/29/2013 11:57:50 AM

Lola M.
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  Thanks for the further information. I got 3 Staff Favorites.

8/29/2013 11:57:50 AM

  2 for me, too..One I like, one not so much.

8/29/2013 12:26:58 PM

Tammy Espino
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  Thanks Leslie. I got a couple of those and was wondering what it was about :)

8/29/2013 1:05:01 PM

Tammy Espino
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  Thanks Leslie. I got a couple of those and was wondering what it was about :)

8/29/2013 1:05:09 PM

Ken Beatty
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  Thanks Leslie. I was very fortunate to get 5! Wow!

8/29/2013 1:30:17 PM

  One Judges Favorite button for me!

8/29/2013 1:36:18 PM

  Congratulations to everyone who received EPs and now the new Staff Favorites (thought that was what the EPs are for. lollll) and for the upcoming Finalists.

8/29/2013 1:48:13 PM

Tammy Espino
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  Finalists are out. Just got a letter. Let me say congrats to everyone!! :) Ep's, Staff favorites, Winners and to all those who take photo's and share on this web site!!

8/29/2013 2:17:13 PM

  Congratulations everyone who received an award for the month of July and all the best in the next round!!! I'm so pleased I received one for my Himalayan Poppy.

I can't find the link to the new finalists so I can browse through all yours... another glitch for now! I'm sure it will be fixed soon.

8/29/2013 2:27:18 PM

Tammy Espino
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  I can't find it either Sharon! Hope it's sooner than later! :)

8/29/2013 2:28:53 PM

  typo... so I CAN'T browse through all yours

8/29/2013 2:29:09 PM

  They have the finalist page blocked. I sent an email.

8/29/2013 3:54:57 PM

  One of my friends sent me an email with her finalist thread, but when I clicked on it , it gave me the BP welcome page, so I went in to the contest page and clicked on recent finalists, and it took me out to the welcome page again. Then I Rec'd a notice that I got a finalist, and the same thing happened- couldn't see any of the finalists- not the best time for BP to come out with a new format that is not working!

8/29/2013 4:51:12 PM

  Congratulations to all the Finalists! One of my Staff Favorites moved to Finalist so I'm pretty happy about that :) I hope to be able to browse them all soon...lol.

Congrats to all the members who share here, like Tammy said, EP, Staff Favorite (SF?), Finalist and so on. Best of luck to all in the next round!

8/29/2013 5:04:35 PM

Brian M. Jones
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  Why does BP have the July 2013 Finalist Picks page blocked? When I click on recent Finalist Picks, it bounces me to the BP home page.. Another mystery to be solved...

8/29/2013 5:34:46 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I noticed the staff favorite awards show now in our galleries.

8/29/2013 5:42:37 PM

  I see staff favorite emblems in the old-style galleries, but not the new-style galleries.

8/29/2013 6:45:05 PM

  Well, I searched using "Contest Finalists - July 2013". 300 images appear under that designation. However, those images are Finalists from different months and years. Oh, well - Congratulation to all of you who did well this month.

Here is the resulting Link from my search:
http://www.betterphoto.com/searchResults.asp?limit2=all&szTerm=contest%20finalists%20-%20july%202013&schMod=Photos&page=1&rows=16

8/29/2013 8:02:21 PM

  Congrats to all the Finalists! Hopefully they will get the link to the pages fixed so we can properly comment :-)

8/29/2013 9:47:24 PM

  OK, so it's not just me having trouble finding the finalists. Good to know. Congratulations to everyone who got a finalist for July! I hope they fix that link. That's a big part of the fun, to look through finalists.

8/30/2013 9:18:59 AM

  Finalists are finally posted in their regular place:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=58181

Congratulations to all and all the best in the next round!!!

8/30/2013 10:52:26 AM

  All you July finalist, how did you enjoy the 5 minutes of recognition our finalist got? :-)

8/30/2013 6:01:45 PM

  NOT in the least!!!

8/30/2013 7:19:57 PM

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Cheri McEachin
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  78 .  June EFP's
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Tender
Tender
© Cheri McEachin
Canon EOS 7D Digit...
 
Thanks for letting me know..:) good luck everyone...

6/19/2013 4:23:44 PM

  6/1..Skipped
6/2..Landscape..Storm Warning
6/3..Skipped
6/4..Catch All..Beached

6/19/2013 4:27:57 PM

  tag

6/19/2013 4:31:34 PM

  June 1 - skipped
June 2 – T&P
Little Church on the Prairie
June 3 - EoD
The Sensitive Soul
June 4 - nothing yet but I would skip it LOL

6/19/2013 5:19:42 PM

  Sorry - I'm having the dickens of a time with my links lately.

June 3 – Elements of Design
The Sensitive Soul

6/19/2013 5:24:23 PM

  6/1-Sierra Morning Glow-resub
6/2-April Showers Bring May Flowers-3X resub
6/3-Sunshine Reflection-2
6/4, 5-no entries
6/6-Seconds Before Sunrise

6/19/2013 5:42:45 PM

  Four out of 5 through the 5th. Why do they always skip your favorite?

6/19/2013 5:49:15 PM

  Just got one for 6/4-guess I entered on that date afterall: Powered By Moonlight.

6/19/2013 5:50:23 PM

  I have to give up trying to figure this out. I got 2 either yesterday or today; from entries on May 20th and the 21st.

6/19/2013 6:02:36 PM

 
 
 
May or June, not sure.

6/19/2013 6:56:07 PM

 
 
  Kestrel Falcon
Kestrel Falcon
This little guys name is Camden. He was rescued in Baltimore after flying into a window near Camden Yards. He injured one of his wings and lost an eye. His home is now at the Maryland Zoo where he is being well taken care of.
 
 
May or June, not sure.

6/19/2013 6:58:42 PM

  You uploaded this in May, Melissa. If you didn't enter it until June, it will show in your current contest entries list. If it's not there, I would assume you entered it either the 30th or 31st of May.

6/19/2013 7:10:55 PM

  Tag and one for May 5th, my only entry so far this month.

So I'm batting 1000 too, Kathy.

Gratitude

Things look promising for May. All the best!!!

6/19/2013 7:31:14 PM

  I think you mean June, Sharon - and it's gorgeous!!

6/19/2013 7:36:35 PM

  Thank you Nikki, you're right... it's June. Daaaaaaaaaa.. what day is it. LOL

Congratulations to all those who've received EFPs. As someone said in May, we sure do appreciate them more now they're so few and far between.

Let's all do the wave for May and June EFPs. I'm on my feet and my arms are in the air. :)

6/19/2013 8:24:01 PM

  tag

6/19/2013 10:07:33 PM

 

Thanks Cheri for putting up the thread each month.

June 2nd got skipped.

Looking Up
June 1, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Elements of Design

Shades of Grey
June 3, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Elements of Design

Grand Entrance
June 4, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Travel & Place

All tied up
June 5, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Elements of Design



6/20/2013 12:18:34 AM

  I was actually ok with them not giving out so many EPs. After entering them in the contest, I would look at them the next day and wonder why I even entered them, they just didn't look that good. Now I see I was given ten in a row. Are they back to giving them for everything again?

Nick.

6/20/2013 3:34:16 AM

  6/5..Skipped
6/6..Skipped
6/7..T/P..Blue Ridge Mountain Morning

6/20/2013 6:03:46 AM

  not yet!

6/20/2013 8:47:00 AM

  May I ask someone to tell me how to make a link in this thread? Pretty please? :)

6/20/2013 10:01:43 AM

  At the Ball Park
6/1 Travel & Place (a new category for me)

Didn't enter anything else until 6/7 ... a slow photography month for me ...

Many thanks to Nikki for sending me instructions to make the link!

6/20/2013 11:06:04 AM

  tag didn't submit a photo until the 18th.

6/20/2013 1:24:48 PM

 
 
 
June

6/20/2013 1:34:00 PM

 

Just found two new EPs showing under my May 13 and May 16 submits which were originally skipped, check yours too!

Whistle Blower
June 6, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Monthly Theme



6/20/2013 9:09:47 PM

  June 1, 2, and 3 EPs
June 4 skip
June 5 was a resub with existing EP
June 6, if they're finished with that, would be a skip

6/21/2013 7:32:43 AM

  Yayyyyyyyy!!!

They are going through May's EPs again.
I just received one for the 18th, an image I really love and worked hard at getting.
And it is May this time. LOL

His First Camera

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

6/21/2013 12:02:18 PM

  Well, they don't seem to be going through mine. Oh well, I will have some good resubmits.

6/21/2013 1:06:29 PM

Tammy Espino
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  Tag :)

6/21/2013 2:07:24 PM

  Tag.
Only 2 EPs so far, but have been so busy I've only entered 12 this month and they are all from my archives.

6/21/2013 9:39:55 PM

  Just got on my June 7 entry :)

UB.

6/23/2013 4:46:22 PM

  June 7 for me, too.

6/23/2013 10:11:48 PM

Chris Schofield
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  I'v had several from May that I resubmitted for June and they are getting EP's now. So not sure if its the June submission that is getting the EP or the first submission that I did in May. Because a few that I submitted in May, and have not resubmitted are now showing up with EP's. ????? So I'm really not sure for which month the EP is for.

6/23/2013 11:44:03 PM

  6/8..Flowers.. Calla Cutie

6/24/2013 2:52:48 AM

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  Chris, if you submitted a photo for the May contest, but didn't resubmit it in June, then the EP you just picked up is for the May contest. Which means it's in the running for May finalists.

6/24/2013 4:52:15 AM

 
 
  Curlicues
Curlicues

Shot outside an antique store in Brenham, Texas.
Minor adjustments in CS5.
 
 
June 7
Monthly Theme

6/24/2013 6:57:06 AM

  6/7-Early Morning Flight-ed.

6/24/2013 7:08:59 AM

  6/7-A Beautiful Day At The Lake

6/26/2013 7:39:36 AM

  Another one popped up under my June 8 entry.

UB.

6/26/2013 9:17:05 AM

  My 6/7 A Beautiful Day At The Lake, was actually entered on 6/8.

6/26/2013 9:19:23 AM

  Where's Joannie?

6/26/2013 10:05:33 AM

  Bob, I can only show up when I get an EP and guess what, NO EP's for June! :-)

6/26/2013 4:04:46 PM

  Just for the heck of it, can somebody define "Contrasts" (Monthly Theme) for me. My entry with a brilliant orange against a deep rich purple was skipped over. I had thought that was a sharply contrasted color scheme. It's become impossible for me to self-critique any more.

6/26/2013 6:41:34 PM

  Just for the heck of it, can somebody define "Contrasts" (Monthly Theme) for me. My entry with a brilliant orange against a deep rich purple was skipped over. I had thought that was a sharply contrasted color scheme. It's become impossible for me to self-critique any more.

6/26/2013 6:41:34 PM

  When I think of contrast, it is light against dark, and when you pump up the contrast on an image software, it will add dark to the light in your image. So, if you want a color contrast, the other color can be complimentary, but it also has to be either darker or lighter than the color you're bouncing off of. I hope that makes sense.

6/26/2013 7:44:11 PM

  I thought that's what my entry did, Nancy Marie. I'll have to check to see which entries are selected; it's just confusing right now. Thanks for your input.

6/26/2013 8:25:50 PM

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  Kathy, maybe I'm looking at a different photo in your gallery. But the one I'm seeing was uploaded on the 17th. I don't think they're up to the 17th yet, for EPs. I've seen comments on EPs thru the 7th. Again, I could be mixing apples and oranges and you're talking about a photo from a couple of weeks ago.

6/26/2013 8:30:23 PM

  Gosh, do I feel stupid. I kept thinking I had entered that one earlier in the month, but had forgotten to do so. My brain just hasn't caught up with reality apparently. Sure wish I could go back and delete my first comment. Thanks, Ken.

6/26/2013 9:09:05 PM

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  tag

6/27/2013 4:53:57 AM

  6/10..Landscape..Sun Kissed Mist

6/27/2013 5:29:09 PM

 
 
 
6/9 Catch-All

6/27/2013 5:30:57 PM

 
 
 
6/9-Summer Morning Fun At The Lake

6/27/2013 6:10:11 PM

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6/2 Nature and Landscapes

6/4 Flowers
Columbine

6/9 Animals
Morning Dove

6/27/2013 6:18:41 PM

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  6/2 Nature and Landscapes
Sunset Delight

6/4 Flowers
Columbine

6/9 Animals
Morning Dove

6/27/2013 6:20:48 PM

 
 
 
Woot Woot! June 10

6/27/2013 7:11:39 PM

  Look out Bob, here I come...

Crossroad
6/10

6/27/2013 9:14:13 PM

  Go Joannie, Go Joannie, Go Joannie!!!!

6/28/2013 6:39:39 AM

  Looks as though the May Finalists are out; anybody know the Link?

Congratulations to all that are on that list.

6/30/2013 1:02:43 AM

  Found it myself (figures! lolllllllll)

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=57300

6/30/2013 1:04:41 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Head Over Heels
Head Over Heels

Second Place - Flowers - June 2013

Orange Gerbera daisy against hot pink background, straight out of camera, no editing of any kind.
Trying my hand at in-camera impressionism ... The vibrant colors and dreamy feel
reminded me of the goofy, wonderful, intensely alive feeling of falling in love.
Canon 100mm macro lens; f/2.8; intentional soft focus;
exposure comp +0.67; afternoon window light, no flash, tripod.
 
 
6/10 Flowers

6/30/2013 3:56:45 PM

  6/11..T/P..Old Cabin On The Blue Ridge Parkway
6/12.. Landscape..Rocky Top

6/30/2013 4:08:10 PM

  Tightly Wrapped
6/11/13
Flowers

6/30/2013 5:22:52 PM

 
 
 
6/10-Cove Reflections
6/11-Land Of The Rising Sun
6/12-On The Rocks

6/30/2013 5:41:24 PM

 
 
 
6/10-Cove Reflections
6/11-Land Of The Rising Sun
6/12-On The Rocks

6/30/2013 5:55:07 PM

  I tried to show all 3 by showing the ID #, but there was only a space for the first ID #.

6/30/2013 6:00:08 PM

  6/13..Macro.. Early Morning Dew

7/1/2013 8:27:11 AM

  Email just came so be sure to read it. Resubs will no longer be permitted.

7/1/2013 2:37:08 PM

Brian M. Jones
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  RULES CHANGE:
I wanted to let you know that, as of today, we're not going to allow re-entry of photos. Only enter a photo once. When you go to enter again and again (which we encourage), use different photos.

The intention of the contest is to help us all get out creating more often. Every single photo is examined by more than one of our pro judges; if your great photo doesn't make it to the final rounds, don't allow yourself to feel bad about it. Just take it to mean the competition was steep...and BE INSPIRED to keep trying, with different photos.


Brian

7/1/2013 2:41:01 PM

Brian M. Jones
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  Sorry, I meant to write that I got an email I am sure every BP member got today and it read as follows

This is what Jim wrote:

RULES CHANGE:
I wanted to let you know that, as of today, we're not going to allow re-entry of photos. Only enter a photo once. When you go to enter again and again (which we encourage), use different photos.

The intention of the contest is to help us all get out creating more often. Every single photo is examined by more than one of our pro judges; if your great photo doesn't make it to the final rounds, don't allow yourself to feel bad about it. Just take it to mean the competition was steep...and BE INSPIRED to keep trying, with different photos.


Any thoughts anyone?

7/1/2013 2:53:02 PM

  I have never resub'd anyway, but I didn't see anything on the changes to the contest. Is this the only change?

7/1/2013 5:15:27 PM

  TODAY I RECEIVED THESE TWO EMAILS FROM JIM AT BETTERPHOTO REGARDING RESUBMITING PHOTOS...

Email #1...

Hi Sharon

We have posted the contest winners and, once again, WOW!

I mean, WOW!!!

I am always so inspired by the entries into the contest. And this month was no exception.

Thanks to all for their amazingly beautiful photos.

(If you have not seen them yourself yet, go to the Contest menu and click on "Winners" option... they are well-worth a break from your busy schedule. You'll likely feel as inspired and motivated to go out shooting as I am).

RULES CHANGE:
I also wanted to let you know that, as of today, we're not going to allow re-entry of photos. Only enter a photo once. When you go to enter again and again (which we encourage), use different photos.

The intention of the contest is to help us all get out creating more often. Every single photo is examined by more than one of our pro judges; if your great photo doesn't make it to the final rounds, don't allow yourself to feel bad about it. Just take it to mean the competition was steep...and BE INSPIRED to keep trying, with different photos.

My dream is to see your photography get better and better, and to see you continue to have a great time making great photos.

Keep up the awesome shooting and thanks again for the inspiration!

Thanks,
Jim

P.S. Our judges may take a few days off from time to time. If that happens, just know that we'll catch up as soon as possible. Our commitment to you is that we continue to grow as the most inspiring, most supportive, and most prestigious photo contest on the Web. Here's to happy shooting and healthy competition - the kind that helps us all become the best photographers we can be.


Email #2...

Thank you for all the positive responses about the contest change. We love to get your emails!

Also many of you have asked about whether or not it's okay to resubmit an image you've reworked.

Yes, as long as you've changed the photo in a substantial way.

We don't want to see an image that is only slightly darkened or cropped. But if the photo is essentially a new photo, that's cool. This is of course subject to the judge's decision as to whether it feels like a substantially new photo.

Thanks
Jim

7/1/2013 7:15:55 PM

  Thanks, Sharon. The emails showed up for me after I posted here. :-)

I'm curious about the first sentence to the second email. It's the one about the positive responses to the contest changes. When were we given the chance to respond except for the forums? Guess I missed that one! lol

7/2/2013 4:41:28 AM

  Does anyone know where they stopped on EPs? I see one posted here for 6/13 ... Have they done 6/14?
Thanks
Peggy

7/2/2013 3:46:22 PM

  Beats me anymore! My last 4 for June were skipped and I just got one for July 1st..... Time for a cold beer me thinks.. :-)

7/2/2013 4:22:13 PM

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  I got one for July 1st too...time to start the July EP forum. And I'll have a beer shortly! :-)

7/2/2013 5:30:34 PM

  I enter every day - unless I forget. Most of them are new entries. My last EP was on June 7 - I have three other EP's on resubs (I used to do about five per month-. Other than that, the cupboard is bare.

7/2/2013 5:50:08 PM

  I feel really demotivated on my photography here at BP...1 EP in June 10th, no finalists for the last two months...not much looking forward. However, last week I started a blog on street photography, or what I name impromptu photography, and am getting some visits and already a couple of followers. So...my shots are probably not that awful after all; and there might be some light at the end of the tunnel If interested please visit my blog at http://photosbybeatriz.wordpress.com
I would love to hear from any, and all of you!
Beatriz

7/2/2013 5:52:09 PM

  I haven't had a drink since 1996 but I think I'll start again.....hahahahaha! (Seriously, I think I will)

7/2/2013 7:02:55 PM

  I also got the emails and nobody from BP ever asked me what I thought...anyway, I have a question about not resubbing images...What if you posted an image in E of D but thought maybe it could have also gone in the DD category. Does that mean you can never resub it in a different category?
How come we get 2 emails on the new rules, but nobody ever sent one about what's up with the EPs? I am more interested in that !
For me, no finalists, hardly any EPs in the last couple months. It is kind of depressing, especially when I see somebody get 12 finalists in one month...Several other members got 6 or 7...All the images that got finalists and winners are beautiful, but what about the rest of us???

7/3/2013 12:42:24 AM

  Jill, I emailed BetterPhoto and asked that very question, about categories. Here is the response:

Hi Peggy,
Thanks for the note. For submitting, it's one submission total for a particular picture, regardless of the category.

Hope that helps and Happy Shooting!
Team BetterPhoto
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7/3/2013 8:22:38 AM

  I actually got an EP for my July 1st image, Does that mean they are done handing out June Eps?

7/3/2013 1:09:05 PM

  No Jill, they are only half way through the month of May, I believe! I have one for July 1st as well but the EP judges have a mind of their own!

7/3/2013 1:49:03 PM

  I meant June! :-)

7/3/2013 1:50:06 PM

  Self estime a little higher after an EP on my July 1st entry - but June is still dead silent...

7/3/2013 4:48:07 PM

  Not any more!
6/14..Flowers..Dogwood In The Pink

7/5/2013 10:03:25 AM

  Is dead silent for me. Everything in June since the 3rd.

7/5/2013 10:43:38 AM

  None for me after June 12th!

7/5/2013 11:04:27 AM

  Rose Macro
6/14/2013
Details and Macro

7/5/2013 11:37:10 AM

  And still nothing in June for me after the 7th. Did pick up July 1 and 2, though, so I am not completely invisible LOL

7/5/2013 11:42:23 AM

  Finally picked up another last night.

15 June Flowers
Whispering

7/7/2013 5:49:48 AM

Cheri McEachin
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  Here is July's Thread

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=35992

7/7/2013 10:12:37 AM

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Sleepy
Sleepy
 
 
6/11 Animals

6/12 Details and Macro
Golden

6/15 Animals
Young Robin

7/7/2013 2:33:26 PM

  Vasquez Rocks June 16th

7/7/2013 4:06:37 PM

  6/15..Skipped
6/16..DD..Buzzy Dreamy Flower Field

7/8/2013 8:14:56 AM

  June 16 – Monthly Theme (Contrast)
Jonquille

7/8/2013 8:40:46 AM

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  June EFP are very sparse for me. I think I've gotten 3. Not positive.

7/8/2013 8:52:34 AM

 

Have been away for work and did not get time to copy my June entries for keeping track of day-of-entry and category for each photo. So I am at a loss here knowing which image was entered when and in which category.

However, I see the below 5 new EPs which were not there when I left for work.

Water Painting

Blue View

Mr. Big Mouth

Veil in Vale

Against All Odds



7/9/2013 3:03:31 AM

  Guess they are still handing out Eps for June..."Let Me Out!" JUne 16th...:-)

7/9/2013 7:38:40 PM

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  Falls - Ricketts Glenn
Falls - Ricketts Glenn
 
 
One of the few I just got today but I lost track of when I submitted it...

7/10/2013 6:31:22 AM

 
 
  Color Splash
Color Splash

Orange Gerbera daisy against hot pink background.
Minor adjustments only, in CS5.
 
 
6/16 Flowers

7/10/2013 7:14:40 AM

  6/17.. flowers.. Sue's Rosebush

7/10/2013 8:36:03 AM

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Columbine
Columbine
 
 
6/16 Flowers

7/10/2013 8:47:15 AM

  Painted Rose
6/17/2013
Flowers

7/10/2013 9:27:45 AM

  Still for me EPs on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and everything since has been skipped.

7/10/2013 10:14:32 AM

  If they are already on the 16th and 17th then I only have a couple of EP's. Congratulations to all of you who are getting some EP's. I think I will take a break. Nothing I submit seems to be working so my photo self esteem is taking a beating.

7/10/2013 1:57:43 PM

  What's just as bad as having your photo self-esteem taking a dive is the rapid deterioration of your self-confidence in critiquing abilities. How am I supposed to enter pictures I'm not even sure are worth looking at? I have one in for the 19th that I think is a good one. Maybe, it will be judged by the end of the week. We shall see.

7/10/2013 2:37:18 PM

  7/18..Landscape.. Spring Green

7/11/2013 2:46:40 AM

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Thankfully another EFP..

7/11/2013 4:28:50 AM

 
 
 
Morning Along The Shoreline- June 16th.

7/11/2013 6:32:52 AM

  I tried to find the place where we used to be able to enter the ID# of our photo, but that screen did not come up. Anyone have a clue what happened to it?

7/11/2013 6:43:08 AM

 
 
 
Hit Respond. Put answer in as I am doing. Just below this box, there is a "select" drop-down where I can enter a number of images. I will enter 1, submit, and hope, Marie :) .

7/11/2013 6:54:13 AM

  On the next page, I put the photo ID number in. Then I submitted. As you can see above, nothing. Anyone else?

7/11/2013 6:56:20 AM

  I did all those things, but never did see the spot for entering the ID#. Maybe it just wasn't showing on my iPhone.

7/11/2013 7:07:48 AM

 
 
  Erosion of Being II
Erosion of Being II

This stone head was a piece of a fountain assembly at a local nursery.
It originally had blank eyes, but I was able to give him quasi human
looking eyes using Portrait Professional.
Added a layer mask from Shadowhouse and did some additional painting in CS5.
 
 
6/17 Digital Darkroom

7/11/2013 8:28:54 AM

 
 
 
Morning Along The Shoreline
ID#13936871

7/11/2013 8:52:08 AM

 
 
 
Morning Along The Shoreline
ID#13936871

7/11/2013 8:54:22 AM

 
 
 
This is the last time I try to submit this photo.

7/11/2013 9:06:41 AM

 
 
 
Morning Along The Shoreline

7/11/2013 9:22:51 AM

  I finally wrote to BP to ask why the space for the ID# was taken down, and how could I put my photo showing the EFP tag on the Forum, as there is no way to do it now. I know it worked about a week ago, but something must have happened, because the space to write your ID No. is gone.

7/11/2013 9:35:14 AM

 
 
 
Morning Along The Shoreline - PhotoID 13936871
PhotoID: 13936871

7/11/2013 9:42:18 AM

  Looks like you will have to enter a fresh copy if you want to put it in the discussion area.
What about people who put their photos on their websites and then later want to enter them in the contest?? I guess the answer will be the same, a fresh copy??

7/11/2013 9:47:53 AM

  Nancy Marie, if I'm understanding correctly the method you're describing, I was able to use it for my post above ...
Could it be that you have already entered the contest today? Apparently it doesn't work in that case, per Michelle's instruction in the monthly "countdown" thread.
And if I misunderstood, just ignore me ... :)

7/11/2013 10:34:49 AM

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  Pennsylvania Sunset
Pennsylvania Sunset
A beautiful evening with a gorgeous Pennsylvania sunset over the Blue Mountains
 
 
Uniquely Pennsylvania!

7/12/2013 9:20:02 AM

Ken Beatty
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  EFP for June 17!

7/12/2013 9:21:36 AM

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  Opening
Opening
 
 
6/20 Flowers

7/14/2013 6:29:37 AM

 
 
  Chomp!
Chomp!
iso 100, 100mm (Canon 100L macro), f/2.8 (av priority), 1/100 sec, tripod, cs5.....From the Silverman's Palouse 2013 photo workshop.

For the photogroup101's "metal" theme day.

Happy Theme Day

 
 
6-20....

7/14/2013 6:43:29 AM

  Well, good. My judgment about entering this one must have been okay because it received an EP. Here's to the new style of outhouses! lollllll


Monthly Theme (Contrast):
June 19 – Duplex

7/14/2013 6:53:31 AM

  This is what happens when you're out of practice (3 EPs in 4 months!) I got the photo ID# wrong in the previous post.) If this one doesn't work, it's the purple and orange doors in my gallery.

Monthly Theme (Contrast):
June 19 – Duplex

7/14/2013 6:57:58 AM

  This is what happens when you're out of practice (3 EPs in 4 months!) I got the photo ID# wrong in the previous post.) If this one doesn't work, it's the purple and orange doors in my gallery.

Monthly Theme (Contrast):
June 19 – Duplex

7/14/2013 6:57:58 AM

 
 
  Flying in for Dinner
Flying in for Dinner
Taken with the Nikor 105 macro lens.
 
 
I entered late in June, on the 19th. It received a EP.

7/14/2013 7:44:15 AM

  6/19-Frenchman Lake Dawn

7/14/2013 1:09:31 PM

  Two new EPs, not sure about the dates though!


Summered
June 2013 ~ ~ ~ Flowers

Laugh Out Loud
June 2013 ~ ~ ~ People



7/14/2013 9:01:02 PM

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  Harrison Falls - Ricketts Glen
Harrison Falls - Ricketts Glen
A wonderful Fathers Day with my 2 sons who are behind this awesome waterfall!
 
  Ganoga Falls - Ricketts Glen
Ganoga Falls - Ricketts Glen
 
  Eyes to see
Eyes to see
 
 
Thankful for EFP's Don't remember the dates entered.

7/15/2013 3:47:24 AM

 
 
 
Frenchman Lake Dawn- 6/19

7/15/2013 4:44:09 AM

  No more for me in June after the 19th, and none so far in July, but I didn't enter every day.

7/15/2013 5:07:03 AM

  June 20, FRactured Jellies :-)

7/15/2013 10:32:40 PM

  June 21, Painted Lady & Coreopsis

7/15/2013 10:33:33 PM

 
 
 
6/21

7/16/2013 3:01:18 AM

  6/22..Landscape.. Follow The Fences

7/18/2013 3:26:39 PM

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  Floating
Floating
 
 
Again. Not sure when I entered this...

7/18/2013 6:36:08 PM

  Summer Solstice 6/22 :-)

7/19/2013 5:45:48 AM

  Seems I've hit a brick wall for both June and July!

7/19/2013 6:27:48 AM

 
 
  Notes in Nature
Notes in Nature
F11, 1/60, 18-55mm vr nikkor @42mm, iso400, natural light w/fill flash.

Monthly Theme: June 22, 2013

 
 
6/22 entered in the monthly category Contrast.

7/19/2013 7:47:47 AM

  Me too, 2 ep's for June, none for July. I haven't been entering much. Not a lot of fun anymore.

7/19/2013 7:49:24 AM

  Fun is what you make it.... :-)

7/19/2013 7:53:33 AM

  Not if your friends don't want you to play anymore, Bob. :(

7/19/2013 8:47:36 AM

  My cup is ALWAYS half full... :-)

7/19/2013 9:10:36 AM

  Bob, you're still on a high from your POTD- give it a little more time! ; )

7/19/2013 10:11:17 AM

  6/23..Catch All.. Calm Waters

7/20/2013 2:50:01 PM

  6/24.. T/P.. Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook

7/20/2013 4:48:02 PM

Ken Beatty
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Prelude to SuperMoon
Prelude to SuperMoon
 
 
Not sure when this was entered also...

7/20/2013 4:52:50 PM

  Looks like Carolyn is on a roll?.. :-)

7/20/2013 4:58:35 PM

  Fried Green Tomatoes
6/24/2013
Catch-All

7/20/2013 5:13:59 PM

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  Prim and Proper
Prim and Proper
 
 
6/23 Animals

7/20/2013 5:48:47 PM

  Still nothing after 6/19 for me : (

7/20/2013 7:01:29 PM

 
 
  Peek-a-Boo
Peek-a-Boo
Unknown bug hanging out in a daylilly. F6.3, 1/160, Nikkor 50mm prime, natural light.

Details and macro: June 24, 2013

 
 
Got this yesterday, I think

7/21/2013 3:18:56 AM

  6/25 Nature and Landscapes

Across the Olympics

7/21/2013 5:30:03 AM

  6/25 Mojave Desert Supermoon

7/21/2013 11:23:06 AM

  6/26 Theme

Double Play

7/21/2013 11:54:29 AM

  6/26..T/P..Canadian River Overlook
6/27..Landscape..Look Ma, No Lens Flare

7/21/2013 12:30:21 PM

  His House
6/27/2013
Catch-All

And that concludes my June EP's! :-)

7/21/2013 1:13:52 PM

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  Mulberry Texture
Mulberry Texture
 
  A Trexler Sunset
A Trexler Sunset
 
  Floaters
Floaters
 
 
Another sunset in PA for EFP

7/21/2013 2:27:46 PM

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  Basking in the Sunshine
Basking in the Sunshine
 
 
6/25 Details and Macro

6/26 Details and Macro
Monarch

7/21/2013 3:00:34 PM

  6/26 One Jelly :-)

7/21/2013 3:34:40 PM

 
 
  Dragonfly
Dragonfly
F7.1, 18-55mm Nikkor @36mm, 1/60, iso200, natural light.

Animals: June 26, 2013

 
 
6/25 skipped
6/26 Dragonfly
6\27 Bad Hair Day - Catch All

7/21/2013 4:27:25 PM

Lola M.
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6/28 Details and Macro

7/21/2013 5:53:31 PM

 
 
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Dressed to Frill
Dressed to Frill
F8, 18-55mm Nikkor @46mm w/21mm ext tube, 1/60, iso400.

Flowers: June 28, 2013

 
 
6/28 Flowers

7/21/2013 7:07:24 PM

  6/28..DD.. Wind In The Wildflowers
6/29..Skipped
6/30..Landscape..Five Feet High And Rising

7/22/2013 2:31:41 AM

 
 
 
Finally! It has been a dry period!

7/22/2013 5:16:30 AM

  6/30 A Happy Cactus! 10 for June, better the May :-)

7/22/2013 9:20:53 AM

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  Tiny Bubble
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6/30 Details and Macro

7/22/2013 11:16:08 AM

  Looks like my 29th and 30th have been skipped. That would put my EPs at 6 out of 10 for June. I'm very happy with the 6 tho. Am crossing my fingers for a Finalist!!

7/22/2013 12:31:58 PM

  Good average, Susan - 60% is pretty darned good these days. I stand at 50% myself (2 entries/1 EP.)

7/22/2013 2:51:54 PM

  Kathy, you must contain yourself with loading soooo many images for one month! :-) I'm also at 50% 12 images with 6EP's!

7/22/2013 3:10:59 PM

  Looks like 10 out of 19 or just over 60%. Can't complain, really. It just looked bleak for most of the month until the powers that be got busy or got through with May.... So far only three for July. Good luck to all on being awarded a finalist.

7/23/2013 4:18:30 AM

  I got 9 EPs out of 11 entries. Now I guess it's time to start watching the July thread... :-)

7/23/2013 7:03:08 AM

  19 out of 30 for me. If they still have a lot of rounds left to go through, we may be looking at the end of the month again.

7/23/2013 7:09:22 AM

  9 out of 12-75%. I'm satisfied with that, hoping for at least one finalist.

7/23/2013 7:21:07 AM

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  17 out of maybe 27... I lost track. A lot better than last month!

7/23/2013 12:52:58 PM

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  Not as good as many of you - 13 out of 30 for me.

7/23/2013 1:31:25 PM

  10 out of 24 entered...:-)

7/27/2013 1:23:18 PM

  July 5, Nature and Landscapes

Swamp Light

7/28/2013 6:12:42 PM

  The Finalists List is published. Congratulations to those who received a Silver.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=57767

7/30/2013 3:06:30 AM

  5 for me this time. I like it!

7/30/2013 3:15:11 AM

  Congratulations to all the finalists.

I had 19 editors picks but no finalists this time.

7/30/2013 3:42:39 AM

 
 
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Rusted Rim
Rusted Rim
 
 
2 finalists for me! : )

Optical Illusion (#13901677)
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=57767

Rusted Rim (#13960629)
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=57767

7/30/2013 3:48:27 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Optical Illusion
Optical Illusion
One of the four beautiful Zebras at the Maryland Zoo.
 
 
Optical Illusion

7/30/2013 3:50:02 AM

  OK... what am I looking at incorrectly?

I was in the midst of writing comments on the June 2013 Finalists and just noticed that one was entered (with comments to show for it) in March 2013 and another one for a May 2013 entry.

Just to check further, another is for August 2011.

On these three, there are comments posted no later than the dates stated (like if these were re-entered, wouldn't there still be some current comments?)

7/30/2013 3:55:34 AM

  Not if they entered from their gallery. They would be in the back, and nobody would be likely to see them for comments.

7/30/2013 4:17:57 AM

  I'm guessing then that people are re-entering images that got POTDs and EPs (and possibly Finalists) from 2008,9, 10, and 11. Doing that is now against the Rules - beginning July 1st, right? This is just getting way too confusing.

7/30/2013 5:17:54 AM

  2 Finalists out of 10 EPs for me.

7/30/2013 5:56:53 AM

  Two finalists out of 6 EP's! I'm very grateful!

7/30/2013 6:08:52 AM

  Congrats to all the Finalists! First one for me since February, I think, so that's nice.

Kathy, if they are re entries from previous years, then they would have been entered during June, before the new rule. I think. Lol.

7/30/2013 6:33:20 AM

  Susan's right, Kathy. The new rule was not announced until July - and I'm thinking not until July 2.

7/30/2013 7:07:05 AM

  It was just so weird, seeing all these images from so many back years with no new comments - until the Finalists this morning. I can see now why that was. Thanks for the explanations.

7/30/2013 8:21:44 AM

  3 finalists out of 9 EPs out of 11 entries... :-)

Good luck to all, and, way to go, Joannie!

7/30/2013 8:29:00 AM

  Congrats to all you finalists! Wahoo Joannie :-)I got 2 also. I was about ready to give up...:-)

7/30/2013 11:02:47 PM

  Bob, you've become a real cheerleader, thank you for your support and push! :-)

Jill, you should always get a finalist on all of your images and then some! :-)

7/30/2013 11:32:06 PM

  Hi All,

First of all... HUGE congratulations to all the outstanding June finalists and all the best in the next round.

I hate to bring this up during our celebration time and on this EFP link but I'm taking a break from BetterPhoto and I need your help for changes while I'm away.

Has anyone else noticed the changes to a finalist, second place winner and I assume first place and grand prize winners pages?

I don't know if it is the same thing Bob mentioned or not.

Here's an example:

>Contrast of Colors

If you don't like the change would you please notify BettrPhoto and ask them to change it?

Here is the message I wrote to them this morning which explains it a little better and my feelings about it:

Hi BetterPhoto staff,

I don't like the new feature where you have added a link on the same line as my title of a finalist or second place winner.

You've placed it in front of my description and it takes people away from my description page.

I put a lot of time and thought to describe the image and you have added a link to your home page which advertises for you trying to attract new people to the contest.

It is advertising for you and I have marked I don't want advertising.

Would you please consider changing this as I feel it is unfair & unattractive?

Please try to find another way to do this.

Thank you in advance,
Sharon

7/31/2013 7:42:34 AM

  I hadn't noticed that yet, Sharon, but I don't like it, either. Even if they were to put a break and space in so the link was centered under the badge and then the description was clearly separate, it would be better IMO. I just started a new discussion for these changes as I have a couple I don't like myself. If you have time, could you repost this there?
Latest changes to BP website

7/31/2013 8:17:24 AM

  I'm not seeing that link on my finalists or winners. But I have the basic gallery with the classic view so maybe it doesnt show on those?

7/31/2013 8:38:18 AM

  I can see it when I access the finalists by going to Contests - Contests - Finalists. But I cannot see it when I access my own Finalists through my gallery. I have the basic gallery with the classic view, too - and I hope they never take away the option to choose that :)

7/31/2013 8:49:35 AM

  Good Morning Nikki and Susan,

Nikki we were both posting at the same time... great minds think a like LOL You know the rest? Fools seldom differ :) I posted on your thread... please post your dicussion on mine.

Susan, check out this page of yours as it shows up there...

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=13397967&catID=&camID=&zulu=&contestCatID=

So it on both basic & classic. I don't know about pros and deluxe.

7/31/2013 8:49:43 AM

  Nikki, I just went to your photo ( not through contest) and then read discussion and clicked on the photo to make it larger and this is what appears:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=13397967&catID=&camID=&zulu=&contestCatID=

I now need to go eat some breakfast and get over these BetterPhoto distractions because I don't need these disturbing changes to take up anymore of my precious time and energy. After all... will it really matter in a hundred years? :) :) :)

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE!!!

7/31/2013 9:00:39 AM

  Jay at BP is working on fixing the glitches I mentioned earlier. I'm so impressed and grateful for his speedy response to my email this morning. I sure didn't expect him to be on it so quickly. He has made one change already but I have requested he look at it from our point of view and to make further changes. I will keep you all posted when they are fixed.

7/31/2013 11:27:49 AM

  A big Congrats to all the June Winners! All gorgeous images :-) Interesting to notice at least 2 resubmitted images in the winners circle...

7/31/2013 9:51:07 PM

  Yes, a HUGE congratulations to all those that won an award for the month of June. To those that won Gold, Silver, an EFP or Participated, you are all winners in my books. You inspire me every day with your brilliant images! Keep up the good work!!! This is definitely the place to learn & grow in your photography.

HAPPY SHOOTING EVERYONE!!!

7/31/2013 10:28:44 PM

  I'm having trouble keeping up with all the Winners (and Finalists) lately and this week is about the same. Congratulations to all of you who have made the Lists. There are so many wonderful images among them.

7/31/2013 11:05:06 PM

  Congrats everyone!!!!!

8/1/2013 3:57:18 AM

  Kara said hers was in the previous month and didn't get an EP..Are you listening, BP??? Where were the professional photographers who look at every single image that month??

8/1/2013 5:56:13 AM

  Two Finalists- no winners : ( It' been 2 years since I got a Gold-I'm tired of being a bridesmaid!

8/1/2013 7:27:13 AM

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  I hear you Nancy. I started with BP 1 year ago and no gold. It's tough for me to figure what they want.

8/1/2013 11:27:46 AM

  Ken, you nailed it down: 'what they want'... by looking at their choices month after month, even though the 'usual suspects' are always in (with gorgeous images, don't get me wrong) the others (us, in the majority) are always turning around the pot, I'd say, with no clear pattern as a guide. For me it's been around 2 years in BP, 12 finalists and 1 gold. However, my preferred shots never made it, and I'm left with a major question: why this image (my own), and not this other one? I've put down in all the surveys I responded to that I'd like to see some overall explanation from the judges on at least the big prize...Unfortunately they focus on peripheral changes; but the good news is that I'm still a passionate image maker and collector... and will keep shooting regardless :)
Beatriz

8/1/2013 3:31:13 PM

Jayne Martin

member since: 10/3/2006
  Hello, my name is Jayne..and I'm addicted to BP... lol I've been a member since 2007. I have a love/hate relationship with it!! BP is not the end all/be all experts. I've had ONE, count em' ONE WINNER since 2007. I don't consider myself a bad photographer, just a photographer who LOVES to shoot! I still participate in the contest from time to time and appreciate all the fine, inspiring images, but face it, we all need a strong shell when we present our art - or just don't present. Just b/c BP doesn't "like" your photos doesn't mean some other contest won't! A photo of mine got passed up from BP only to find a home in the Smithsonian contest (photo of day) and there are countless other local contests out there! SO, I salute all the photographers on this site, some of the best I've seen! Spread your wings. I have learned so much from BP, as well as making friendships, 2 I would consider e-mailing with news (if I had any, lol), you know who you are. Won't name names b/c don't know if I'll get a backlash from this! Happy shooting!

8/1/2013 11:16:12 PM

  Thank you, Jayne, for your uplifting reality check. BP uses their contest to pull in new customers just like other sites, so you will take their courses. It is business practice. After this recent incarnation of their site, I quit taking it personally. I do not think that they will ever tell you who the judges are or reveal why they passed your photo up. That may unleash some arguments, and do some damage to their business. I belong to a wonderful BP club, which keeps me at BP, but I am going to branch out next year to some other sites, which will give my photos a wider public view. It is also fairly easy to set up your own copyright, and everyone should take advantage of that when you venture out.

8/2/2013 5:53:00 AM

  Good morning everyone,

Regarding my earlier post on the new blue link under our photos with Finalists or Gold badges I said I would keep you posted on what I came up with.

Well here it is... the blue links are staying.

I'm apposed to it but have been told we will have to agree to disagree on this matter.

I found out not all members object to it as much as I do and others would like it on a separate line.

Oh well, I tried... Win some! Lose some!

I hope they fix the other glitches for everyone.

So I'm signing off on this one.

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO ALL THE OUTSTANDING JUNE WINNERS & FINALISTS!!! I would love to congratulate each and everyone personally but that is impossible for me to do.

Just know... You are the best in the world... (by BetterPhoto standards)

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!

8/2/2013 8:20:17 AM

  Thanks, Jayne, for the perspective and the longtime support. If I'm not on your short list, please put me there :)

8/2/2013 8:35:50 AM

  Hi again,

I'm taking a break from BetterPhoto but I just can't keep my big nose out of things and have to leave some parting words & share my feedback on earlier comments.

I may not be qualified to give advice but I do have an opinion and I do want to help others with their concerns.

ABOUT WINNING GOLD:

I opened my gallery in April 2007 and was afraid to enter a photo for a whole year as I didn't think I was good enough.

In April 2008, I entered my first 3 photos and received 2 EFPs and a lucky Finalist in my first month. I was blown away!

Well I was hooked from then on and for the first few years entered every day and studied photography where ever & when ever I could. I took a community Photoshop course in which I forgot half of but continue experimenting with and reading about it. Post processing is very important as well as knowing your camera.

In the BP site somewhere Jim explains how to tweak your photos for the internet as it different than that for printing. In the forums there is advice as well, you just have to look for it. Read the articles BP offer for free as they are full of valuable information.

If you look at the beginning of my gallery my images were just so so, some pathetic, but I had potential and I had a burning desire to be good at something I loved.

I studied the photos on BP to see what the winners were doing. I read everything I could get my hands on as there is plenty of free information and tutorials on the internet on how to shoot a good photo.

The courses at BetterPhoto are highly recommended although I can not afford them for myself.

From the day of my first entries in April 2008, and after 3 LONG years and 4 LONG months, TO MY SURPRISE, I received my first GOLD Second Place Winner in August 2011. Hallelujah! :) :0 :)

I have yet to receive the coveted GOLD First Place or Grand Prize Win. But I know in my heart if I keep working at it, I will some day win one of those as well. I plan on living another 25 years so the odds are pretty good & in my favor. LOL. One thing I know... I am persistent and that helps in photography. As well, I may out live the ones who are winning them now :) There is always that possibility. LOL

So please don't be hard on yourselves or discouraged, the GOLD will come. Just keep shooting as often as you can, study what the winners are doing and have fun with it. Shoot what you love!

Remember many photos have been passed by the first, second and third time by BetterPhoto judges ONLY to win GOLD later. Seeing we can't resubmit anymore... rework that favorite photo and try again.

Be honest with yourself and try to look at your images as others might do. You're right in asking questions & asking to be critiqued by other members.

How many times did Babe Ruth NOT hit a home run and how many mistakes did it take Edison until he invented the light bulb? How about Henry Ford? Great things take time and hard work. Being in the right place at the right time helps very much too... call it what you may... for myself it's a divine intervention.

Some horses are out of the starting gate fast but they don't always win the race at the end. Sometimes that long shot just tries a little harder, the conditions are right and he ends up in the winner's circle.

The winners know that photography is "Painting with Light" and the very best shoot in the golden hour and use the rule of thirds, know their equipment AND they use a tripod. (Three out of four I am guilty of NOT doing. LOL)

They take courses, go out on photo shoots with other photographers and learn from each other. That is why the clubs here are so important in which has been mentioned above.

Be patient with yourself and with BetterPhoto and if you do the work... they will come.

The great Wayne Gretzky says, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." So what are you waiting for.. get out there and get shooting. :)

Hope this was of some help to the newer members... you'll learn the ropes just hang in there!

Now I'm out of here for a communication sabbatical and I wish you all the very best. See you in September.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER EVERYONE, GOD BLESS AND HAPPY SHOOTING!!!

8/2/2013 8:58:13 AM

  For my first post today...

My mistake... no spell check ... opposed not apposed :)

8/2/2013 9:09:05 AM

  Great advice for all of us, Sharon.

8/2/2013 9:29:09 AM

  +1 Sharon!

8/2/2013 1:14:30 PM

  Well said, Sharon! Enjoy your sabbatical!

8/2/2013 2:01:51 PM

  Sharon you said it all! Thank you!
Enjoy your break everyone should take one every now and then.

8/3/2013 8:36:50 PM

  July 6, skip

July 7, Animals

Service Dog

8/4/2013 5:35:27 AM

  June 7 and 8.. :-)

8/5/2013 10:17:48 AM

  Make that July....

8/5/2013 10:18:56 AM

  Bob, is that 2013 or 2014? :-)

8/5/2013 10:55:40 AM

  Hey all - there is a July thread. Are we missing you there? :)

8/5/2013 12:27:11 PM

  Whoops, didn't see a July link. I'll go find it now. :)

8/5/2013 12:46:21 PM

  I'm very excited. My zebra photo in my comment above won 1st place in the Animals (no pets) category at the Maryland State Fair.

8/29/2013 2:23:14 PM

  Melissa, that's fantastic! Congratulations! We might be in competition next year ;)

So, are you close to Baltimore? I'm about an hour south of DC, but from the Baltimore area (hon) lol.

8/29/2013 5:16:56 PM

  Thanks Susan! And I don't mind a little competition. ; ) I live in Baltimore County. I'm about 25 minutes outside of the city.

8/29/2013 6:52:37 PM

  Very cool - I love that image - the essence of zebra. Congratulations, Melissa!

8/29/2013 6:58:51 PM

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  79 .  May Countdown Thread
Well, well, well...time got away from me. First, I was counting the days until the 15th so I could start this thread, and then, suddenly, I realize, I'm late! Ooops! Sorry, all. Summer has officially started here (no more school for the kids) and that means company, sleepovers, and just lots of general busy stuff for this Mama.

I see that they have picked up the pace on handing out the May EPs, so I hope that means they are busy at work prepping to pick the finalists and winners.

It's nice and toasty here in Texas, so I guess I'll grab a cool beverage and start waiting for results. Fingers crossed for us all!

Helpful hints for attaching photos into Forum Threads:
1) Sign into BP completely (name + password.)
2) If you have NOT YET entered the Contest today, you can use the "Photo ID" to pull an existing image from your Member Center into your reply to this thread (avoiding a duplicate image upload.) Get the Photo ID# from your Member Center, come to back this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, then choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down. Click Submit; at the next screen populate the "Photo ID" box at the right. Skip the other fields on that screen.
3) If you HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest today before replying to this thread, you can't use the Photo ID method today. You can either wait until tomorrow to reply here (before your new Contest entry!) or, upload a new copy of the particular image (from your PC) into this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.
4) If you're uploading a duplicate, maybe title it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later... This can help direct viewers to find the original image in your gallery, when they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate---that way, if the duplicate is deleted later, the comment history isn't lost.

Good luck everyone!!!

6/17/2013 1:30:20 PM

 
 
 
May had some new entries and quite a few resubs. I'm tempted to pick my same favorite from last month (it really is one of my favorites of my baby girl), but...

instead, I'll try this re-edit of an older image of Kate. I can't believe this same little girl is now the teenager I have who likes to sleep late, and is starting to take lots of pics just like Mama.

6/17/2013 1:33:01 PM

 
 
 
May had some new entries and quite a few resubs. I'm tempted to pick my same favorite from last month (it really is one of my favorites of my baby girl), but...

instead, I'll try this re-edit of an older image of Kate. I can't believe this same little girl is now the teenager I have who likes to sleep late, and is starting to take lots of pics just like Mama.

oh, and my May entries are bookmarked by pics of my daughter starting with "My Dreamer" and going through "daydreams"

6/17/2013 1:34:57 PM

  Well, I think I only ended up with 2 EPs for the month, so I'm not sure my odds are too good (who know, really). Good luck everyone!

6/17/2013 3:43:59 PM

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  Transition
Transition
Inside the narrow sandstone slot canyons, the color transitions ranged from
shadowy purple-blues down low, to hot, sunlit orange-yellows up high;
combined with the undulating, carved shapes and forms, it was all beautiful and fascinating!
 
 
A tough one to pick... What was perhaps my top most-hopeful/favorite from my May entries was actually skipped over for an EP, so there's not much point in hoping it will go on... ;)
In that case, another favorite (from about 3 or 4 others I'm really crossing all my fingers on!) is this slot canyon wall shot.
Best of luck to everyone in the May results!

6/19/2013 5:38:42 AM

  It should be easy to pick one when you have just a few, but it isn't, as usual, so I won't.

6/19/2013 6:52:53 AM

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They appear to be "going back" for a final check of May images - 3 of my previously-skipped images for early May, picked up EP's in the last 2 days (well after June EP's began appearing.) Including the skipped one I just really, really loved... so I'm adding it here -- hopefully no jinx! ;)

6/21/2013 5:41:39 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
o v e r f l o w e t h
o v e r f l o w e t h

Thanks for looking!

~Catch All~

 
 
HI again everyone... such a strange month for EP's... Now we wait and see how it all plays out with the finalists...:)

Good luck everyone!

Here's my fav. for May.

6/21/2013 8:25:50 AM

 
 
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Kelena-May  26
Kelena-May 26
Kelena a beautiful young lady that won the Amelia Earhart scholarship.

She has her private pilot license and the scholarship will pay for her instrument rating.

We got the privilege to use an airplane similar to what Amelia might have flown for our photo shoot.

WE had so much fun and got some wonderful images for the magazine and for the Amelia Earhart museum.

 
 
My favorite for the month of May is of a young lady Kelena. She received the Amelia Earhart Scholarship. She has her private pilot license but the scholarship will pay for her instrument rating.

The photo's I took will be in the Amelia Earhart museum and the 99 magazine.

She was fun to shoot.

6/21/2013 1:06:43 PM

 
 
  Ruffled
Ruffled
Peony from my garden. F11, 18-55mm vr nikkor @34mm, 1/320, iso400, ambient light (outdoors overcast).

Flowers: May 21, 2013

 
 
A weird month for me. "Stuff" kept my entries at 8, with 4 EPs and that includes 1 showing up in the last 24 hrs. So, here is my shot in the dark ;) Good luck to all!

6/22/2013 6:56:07 AM

  Shoot, I again forgot to enter my favorite here before entering the contest. Hoping to put my entry here before the Finalist are announced, which should be pretty soon, since it is already 26 of June here.

UB.

6/25/2013 7:54:47 PM

  Sadly, I forgot again today.
Where are the Finalists, three more days till month's end!! Maybe the judges are waiting for me to post here, LOL. Lets see who makes it first.

My favorite this month is the accidental capture of the parrots in Australia. Its titled "21 Galahs".

In case, you would like to take a peek at my May entries, they start from "Dream World-II" on page 2 to "Lying Low" on page 3.

Good luck to all in the May contest.

UB.

6/27/2013 1:43:02 AM

  I have been so busy this last month that I did not keep track of what I entered last month - I know I got few EFP's - just have to wait until finalists come out and will post it here if I get one! Good luck everyone!

6/27/2013 7:56:55 AM

 
 
  Paris is for Lovers
Paris is for Lovers
a typical street scene in paris from a different angle
 
 
i have no idea with the way the judging is going so I am going to throw this pic out there

6/27/2013 1:29:44 PM

  June EPs have started up again.
Hopefully finalist are coming soon!

6/27/2013 5:32:16 PM

  Friday afternoon, the 28th of a 30 day month and no contest results yet ... I'm hitting the chocolate now.
My good friends Ben & Jerry may visit later.

6/28/2013 1:05:55 PM

 
 
  Sweetness and Light
Sweetness and Light

Photo of the Day - June 17, 2013

Pink daisy, high key. Basic adjustments in CS5.
 
 
My fave for May.
Hey Usman, can you help us out here? I think they're waiting for you to post your favorite ... :)

6/29/2013 8:22:47 AM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Finalists came out last night---congratulations, everyone!
I had to chuckle---the 6/19 comment I made here initially, about a favorite being skipped for EP---then a later comment on 6/21, when that image actually got an EP, "late"---that image was one of my 5 to make Finalist! Woohoo!

6/30/2013 7:59:16 AM

  Four for me this time ...
Congrats to all finalists and best of luck in the next round!

6/30/2013 8:03:31 AM

  4 for me, too.

6/30/2013 8:31:31 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
A Little Bit of Sweetness
A Little Bit of Sweetness
 
 
1 for me. And unexpected too.

6/30/2013 9:16:58 AM

 
 
 
Two for me, also unexpected but the gosling is one of my favorites!

6/30/2013 9:26:20 AM

 
 
 
Two for me, also unexpected but the gosling is one of my favorites!

6/30/2013 9:26:36 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Ahhh Spring!
Ahhh Spring!
Canada Goose Gosling. First gosling photograph of the season. Luckily the parents were fairly tolerant, they can be quite aggressive. I love that Canada Geese share parenting duties.
 
 
Trying again to post the images.

6/30/2013 9:27:17 AM

 
 
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Marsh Wren
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I seem to be running into these little guys a lot these days. You can hear them everywhere and if you sit patiently, they will hop up out of the reeds for a quick portrait pose.
 
 
And the second...

6/30/2013 9:28:29 AM

  Has anyone noticed that some of the finalists are from 2009? I do not think they were resubs, as all responses on these photos were dated in 2009, EXCEPT those of the Judges. Seems that possibly there were not as many photos as we are told to judge in each category, and they are going back to fill their Quotas for each category-hmmm, a real mystery!

6/30/2013 3:26:03 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  I suspect you're seeing resubs. You'd be surprised how far back some folks go in their archives, especially if they don't have new material ready. I think I've resubbed from 2+ years back, in the past.

6/30/2013 4:19:42 PM

Ken Smith
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  Nancy, I agree with Chris. Lots of people resub from years ago, as do I. That's why you don't see new comments, because most likely, these photos are not towards the front of the member's galleries, and they don't show up in the front pages of the "New Contest" entries. If someone did get a surprise finalist from years ago, please chime in.

6/30/2013 4:59:46 PM

  Well, I guess we won't have to worry about re-submits anymore. New rule email says only able to enter an image once.

7/1/2013 2:16:52 PM

  Can somebody post that email with the new rule? My new fancy email system got away from me and it got deleted before I got a chance to read it.

7/1/2013 2:27:22 PM

  RULES CHANGE:
I also wanted to let you know that, as of today, we're not going to allow re-entry of photos. Only enter a photo once. When you go to enter again and again (which we encourage), use different photos.

The intention of the contest is to help us all get out creating more often. Every single photo is examined by more than one of our pro judges; if your great photo doesn't make it to the final rounds, don't allow yourself to feel bad about it. Just take it to mean the competition was steep...and BE INSPIRED to keep trying, with different photos.

My dream is to see your photography get better and better, and to see you continue to have a great time making great photos.

Keep up the awesome shooting and thanks again for the inspiration!

Thanks,
Jim

7/1/2013 2:38:21 PM

  Well, if that's not the biggest bunch of bull crap, I don't know what would qualify. They leave half of the people's excellent work without even an EP and then tell them they can't try again. I can't even believe my eyes on that one!

7/1/2013 4:13:25 PM

  Wow, I'm not sure what to think about the "rule change" on resubs. Scratching my head as to how it helps us "get out and create more often" unless there have been a fair amount of members entering the same images again and again each month. So many that bp decided they needed to stop it?

7/1/2013 5:46:12 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Certainly by saying "we prefer that you enter new material!" that would hopefully nudge folks to continue shooting new stuff, vs searching their archives of previously-entered favorites that never won. So I think there's definitely a nudge built-in there, that some members will take upon themselves to up their game and produce more/new/different stuff.

I still face the problem of emotional attachment to my images (which has a built-in danger for anyone entering their art into any judged contest!) -- and that attachment is especially strong when I produce an image I really, really love (vs. all the rest that I really, really like! {grin}) I would definitely be inclined to resubmit, when a beloved image doesn't go anywhere in the contest... And I have done that, certainly!

But to Jim's point, how does that emotional attachment, and my resulting resubmits of increasing "old" images, help my photography grow or change, if I just end up resubmitting stuff, endlessly? (OK, I never took it that far, to be what I'd call "endlessly" resubmitting my images... but sure, I've resubmitted plenty, spread out over the years! In fact, I've got a spreadsheet of every entry I ever made, over 7 years, and 23% of my "medals" came on a resubmit.)

Susan, I will say that, in my personal opinion, the April & May entries seemed to have a much, much higher percentage of overall resubmits from BP Members than I was used to seeing, and, what seemed to include many more direct resubmits of past Finalists and/or Winners... (I've not adopted that approach before; if I land a Finalist or a Win, that image is done in the BP contest, as far as I'm concerned. Unless I found a major flaw in the first version, after the fact, that I think warrants a re-edit and new entry.)

7/1/2013 6:16:58 PM

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  Some of my best work, if not my best, is suddenly ineligible. I won't always be able to "Just take it to mean the competition was steep..." when several of my winners are resubmits. I understand that the level of competition can vary from month to month, but I have had an editor's pick one month jump to first or second place on a resubmit another month. The photo didn't change, but it appears the judging did.

A reasonable rule of limiting resubmits to one or two each month would allow for and help redress any inconsistencies in judging. A stern rule of no resubmits, coming from unlimited resubmits, is certainly easier for BP, but it is very disappointing to me.

7/1/2013 6:47:58 PM

  Chris, your number crunching always amazes me! I also suspect there was a larger than usual number of resubs in April and May. After all, most of us have felt a bit confused as to the judging with the efp and timing changes. We saw many entries that would have previously garnered an efp amd I have no doubt many of those got resubmitted. I think I resubbed two (and neither got an efp the second time either). As to resubbing a finalist or winner I've never done that either. I'm guessimg they were seeing way too mamy, imcludimg past finalists and winners.

7/2/2013 3:17:22 AM

  The thing that bothers me the most I guess, is the way EP's are now being done. For example, I entered a photo on May 10th that did not get an EP (or so I thought) because entries WAY past the 10th did have EP's. I just assumed this particular photo had been skipped so I re-entered it in June. After I had re-entered this pic in June, it then turns up with an EP and I assumed because I got the EP in June that it was for June! I then received a finalist. I now have a pic that got a finalist for May in the June contest! People are going to think I'm crazy but I promise I thought the photo had been skipped. I just wish the EP's weren't so far behind and so out of order. I hope at least part of this rant made sense. LOL

7/2/2013 9:53:31 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  You're not crazy, and it made sense to me---Because EXACTLY that same scenario happened to me in May, too---image skipped for EP---even so late that my June 1 entry got an EP. So I (wrongfully) assumed May EP review was done. Thus I re-submitted it (it is an image I love!) into June. Then, it got a May EP (as did 3 other May skips)---then it got a May Finalist this past weekend!

So now one of my June entries is in fact an unintentional re-entry of a May Finalist... My first-ever "resubmit of a Finalist"---and it was accidental!

7/2/2013 10:04:35 AM

  It's good to know that I'm not the only one this happened to and that I'm not crazy! LOL

7/2/2013 11:07:11 AM

  It happened to me as well! I got really confused...

I am ok not re-entering images. There was a follow up email that says that if an image is "substantially" re-worked it can be considered a "new" image.

7/2/2013 8:44:11 PM

  I was away for work the last week.

CONGRATZ to all the Finalists and Winners of May Contest. WTG!!

UB.

7/3/2013 1:11:26 AM

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Michelle L. Frick
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  80 .  April 2013 Countdown Thread
Happy Mid-May everyone! I know we've all been wondering what's going on with EPs (or lack of them) and I'm just hoping it's that they are busy looking through everything from April. So, here's our opportunity to pick our hopefuls. I'm on a diet, so I guess the alcohol and chocolate aren't really what I should be eating - but, boy do they sound delicious! If everyone could please have a drink and eat some chocolate for me, I would greatly appreciate it! Be sure to tell me what you had so I can properly adjust my envy.

I can't wait to see your hopefuls/favorites! Remember, the hints below ONLY work if you have NOT entered yet on the day you share on this thread.

Helpful hints for attaching photos into Forum Threads:
1) Sign into BP completely (name + password.)
2) If you have NOT YET entered the Contest today, you can use the "Photo ID" to pull an existing image from your Member Center into your reply to this thread (avoiding a duplicate image upload.) Get the Photo ID# from your Member Center, come to back this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, then choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down. Click Submit; at the next screen populate the "Photo ID" box at the right. Skip the other fields on that screen.
3) If you HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest today before replying to this thread, you can't use the Photo ID method today. You can either wait until tomorrow to reply here (before your new Contest entry!) or, upload a new copy of the particular image (from your PC) into this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.
4) If you're uploading a duplicate, maybe title it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later... This can help direct viewers to find the original image in your gallery, when they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate---that way, if the duplicate is deleted later, the comment history isn't lost.

Good luck everyone!!!

5/14/2013 9:08:26 PM

 
 
 
Well, not a lot of EP's for me to chose from for April. This one already has a bit of gold, hopefully it will see some more.
If you want to stroll through my April entries, they start with "The Arch", and continue through "Fire Storm"

Good luck everyone!

5/15/2013 5:27:02 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Hmmm... tough one this time - My April included 10 days of vacation where I didn't enter anything, then only about 10 new entries and 8 resubs, while I was watching/pondering the change in EP pattern.
I've posted for today, so I'll try to remember to select a favorite from my "lite" April pool of entries, tomorrow!

5/15/2013 5:28:03 AM

 
 
 
Okay, so, here's my favorite for the month. And, if anyone wants to peek, my April entries start with At the Heart and go through Canna (I bookended the entries with some flowers to make it easier). Fingers crossed for us all!

5/15/2013 2:03:18 PM

  Jeff, I do like "Teapot Lake" very much. But, I really love "Trial Lake" and am picking that as my favorite from you this month.

Chris, as usual, your images are all beautiful. I'm really drawn to "Pattern of Decay" and even more intrigued once I read that you took that with your iphone! LOVE IT! Good luck!

5/15/2013 2:17:14 PM

 
 
  The other side of Yarra
The other side of Yarra
Looking across the pedestrian bridge on River Yarra one early morning in Central Melbourne.

Thanks to Renee Doyle for a photo-shoot together and making that day a wonderful memorable experience.

 
 
Thanks Shell for hosting the thread. My favorite is from my Australia's visit in March /April this year.

For anyone interested to peek at my April entries, they start from "Melbourne Gold" on page 2 and terminate with "Out of Place" on page 3.

Good luck to all in the April Contest.

UB.

5/16/2013 1:05:32 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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A favorite from my few April new images, and a favorite from my few April resubs... Best of luck to everyone!

5/16/2013 4:10:47 AM

 
 
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Peaceful Pink
Peaceful Pink
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
f/2.8, 1/125 secs, ISO400, 100mm, polarizer

** re-sub 6/13 Flowers **

 
 
This one was a favorite here on BP and on the other site where I display and share images.

Good luck everyone!

5/16/2013 7:41:55 AM

  tag

5/17/2013 9:10:47 AM

  Not many EPs among them, but mine run from Unfolding on Pg3 to Don't Ya Think I'm Sexy on Pg5

5/17/2013 3:43:38 PM

  Jeff: Crown And Drops
Usman: An Autumn's Sunset (another tough choice)

5/17/2013 3:59:00 PM

 
 
 
Only a few to choose from for me(!), but at least my fave for the month got an EP. So here is my hopeful, entered in Flowers.

And here's some weirdness ... on the last day of the month, I always go to the Contest Entries link in my Member Center and print out my entries for the month. I just noticed that my April printout clearly lists 12 photos, with their info and thumbnails, but the heading says "You have entered 11 photo(s) into the contest this month". Strange. Wonder which one is missing ... :(

5/18/2013 8:35:23 AM

  p.s. ... or maybe they are all properly entered and the counter is just off. I sent the question to BP ...

5/18/2013 8:42:26 AM

  Jeff = I found it hard to decide between "The Arch" and "Balance", so picking two from you.

Chris = "Mother Nature" is just awesome, good luck with this beauty.

Michelle = "Christian" is the one I am picking from your gallery.

Carolyn = I absolutely love "The Car wash"

Martha = Your pick is beautiful, WOW!

Paggy = Wonderful floral capture, good luck.

Good luck to you all.

UB.

5/20/2013 9:15:32 PM

  Just tagging for now. I've done very little in May, just six entries so far. I almost forgot about this thread! I have 11 entries to chose from for April. I've already posted today so I'll post a fav tomorrow. If anyone wants to take a peek at my entries they run from Welcome Mat on pg1 to Sundrenched on pg2.

5/22/2013 7:33:33 PM

  Susan, I really like the color and details in "In the Pink".

UB.

5/22/2013 8:29:22 PM

 
 
  Welcome Mat
Welcome Mat
F11, 1/320, 18-55mm vr nikkor @42mm, iso100, natural light.

Flowers: April 30, 2013

 
 
My fav (Usman, the Gerberas are at the top of my list too :)

5/23/2013 4:37:25 AM

 
 
 
I have one from element of design, one from flowers and one from people that I really like. Hard to pick so I post each of them.

5/23/2013 7:17:41 AM

  You can only post one at time so I just put them on the top of page one in my gallery. There is only one place for a number when you try to add three so just check my port out.

Sorry about that.

The first one is light and shadow. It was taken in Hawaii at our hotel and is a beautiful frame around the waterfall.

The second is of the grandbabies. They close to my heart.

Third is of apple blooms.

5/23/2013 7:31:02 AM

 
 
  Syd
Syd

1/200 Sec - f/8 - ISO 250 - 40mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
 
  Trial Lake
Trial Lake

1/4 Sec - f/22 - ISO 160 - 25mm
Canon 1D Mk IV - Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L
 
 
Kerby - it is possible to post multiple images. After putting your first image number in the box, click on submit. When you get to the success page, use your browser's back button to take you back a page. Delete the image number and add the second image number. Hit submit. You can repeat this as many times as you'd like. As long as you don't leave the success page, you should be good.

5/23/2013 8:36:38 AM

 
 
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Garden LIght
Garden LIght
 
 
One of my many favorites for the month of April.

5/23/2013 10:05:11 AM

  I am thinking Tuesday May 18 to be the Finalist announcement date and Winners announced on May 30! Any takers!

UB.

5/25/2013 7:43:41 AM

  oops, read 28 instead of the above-stated '18'.

UB.

5/25/2013 7:46:11 AM

  I'll take the 29th and the 31st! I'm guessing they'll need a day after the long Memorial Day weekend to finish up.

5/25/2013 8:20:57 AM

  April finalists are out!!!

5/26/2013 5:17:19 PM

Paul Coco
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  I had a March entry that did not get an EP which surprised me. I resubmitted the image in April, the first time I have ever done that. Now it is an April Finalist. No EP in March, a Finalist in April!

5/26/2013 7:11:05 PM

Pat Harry
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Leading Lines
Leading Lines
 
 
Surprisingly, I got one for April. A very pleasant surprise!

5/26/2013 7:17:43 PM

  Got two!!!

5/26/2013 7:29:27 PM

 
 
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Sincerity
Sincerity

Second Place - Flowers - April 2013

Sunflower in green glass bottle.
Textures from Shadowhouse, other adjustments in CS5.
 
 
Very happy to have one in Flowers this time ... it was my fave.

Congrats to all the awesome finalists, and best of luck in the next round!

5/26/2013 7:30:40 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Congratulations to all the Finalists for April!
It has been a long time since I picked a fav of mine in this thread (let alone 2!) and they both went on to Finalist. I about fell out of my chair to find I also had 4 more Finalists waiting!
Of the 6, four were direct resubmits from my gallery - so for those who never consider or try a resubmit, this is yet another example of the value of resubmitting images you really believe in!
Best of luck in the next round!

5/26/2013 7:51:10 PM

  Congratulations everyone! And, yes Chris...resub. All three of my finalists were resins this month. Keep the faith when you believe in an image. Best of luck to all finalists in the next round.

5/26/2013 7:59:36 PM

  Big CONGRATZ to all the Finalists. WTG!!!

I was more than happy to have found five Finalists among my April EPs. April was a rare month for me as I entered all fresh images and none resubs, which I usually do.

Good luck to all in the Golden round!!

UB.

5/26/2013 10:59:16 PM

  Congrats, everyone! Good luck in the next round. Three for me this time around.

5/27/2013 8:02:23 PM

  Winners are out!!!!!!
Congrats to all!
(Very happy to have one in Flowers!)

5/28/2013 8:25:19 PM

  Big CONGRATZ to all the Winners of April contest. WTG!!!

UB.

5/28/2013 8:40:40 PM

  Congratulations to all the beautiful Finalists and Winners for April!!!

5/29/2013 4:09:03 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Congratulations to the April winners! My 2nd Place caught me completely by surprise - always a treat!

5/29/2013 9:29:29 AM

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