Wild Sea Turtle

© Karen Celella

Wild Sea Turtle

R. J. Laudenbacher Student 4/22/2011 5:42:20 AM

Wow Karen...what a great capture. That must have been a real treat to have this come up to you like that. Great comp and wonderful B&W. #1371288

Jeff W. Robinson 4/22/2011 6:01:28 AM

Excellent capture and use of B&W! Jeff #9363257

Nadia Paul 4/23/2011 2:59:59 AM

What a great experience Karen - wonderful capture! #9364569

Karen Celella 4/30/2011 8:30:57 AM

Thank you Becky, Jeff and Nadia. It was exciting to be so close to this wild sea turtle! #9381248

Courtenay Vanderbilt 5/18/2011 4:42:39 PM

Big Congrats, Karen! A well deserved Finalist! #9411264

Freddy Bland 5/18/2011 6:15:43 PM

Many congratulations, Karen!! This is wonderful!! #9411806

Carol Eade 5/18/2011 6:49:32 PM

What a wonderful capture, Karen, congratulations on your finalist! #9411985

Memoriee G. Sconce 5/18/2011 6:53:30 PM

Congrats Looks like a fun time.
Memoriee #9412005

Usman M. Bajwa 5/18/2011 10:53:45 PM

CONGRATZ on your terrific Finalist, good luck in the next round!!!

UB. #9412602

Nancyj Hovey 5/19/2011 4:37:17 AM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9413196

Patricia Seidler 5/19/2011 5:40:36 AM


Carla Capra 5/19/2011 6:34:46 AM

Wow, Wow and WOW!
Karen, this is awesome.
;) CC #9413592

Ron McEwan 5/19/2011 7:41:59 AM

That water is amazingly clear. Congrats on this wonderful image getting Silver WTG Karen #9413852

Tarun Bose 5/19/2011 7:42:39 AM

Congrats for your outstanding finalist, Karen. Seems a winner to me. #9413857

Kim Andelkovic (Kovic) 5/19/2011 7:52:29 AM

Spectacular Finalist Karen.....Super Congrats :-) #9413880

Lisa J. Boulden 5/19/2011 8:06:52 AM

Fantastic, Karen!
~♥~Lisa #9413925

Bobby Ray Goodman 5/19/2011 8:09:21 AM

A big congratulations,Karen!!! #9413932

David K. Hurt 5/19/2011 8:09:50 AM

Congratulations Great capture Karen.
:<) #9413935

Marcel J. Fernandez 5/19/2011 8:11:09 AM

Congratulations, Karen on your delightful Finalist. #9413941

Carol L. Fowler 5/19/2011 10:30:02 AM

Big Congrats on this Finalist! #9414288

William88 5/19/2011 10:32:52 AM

Great capture! Congratulations Karen!! #9414299

Craig D. Minton 5/19/2011 12:36:48 PM

Congratulations Karen! I missed this earlier. What a unique capture. The B&W works perfectly. #9414517

R. J. Laudenbacher 5/19/2011 1:04:55 PM

So happy to see this here Karen. I liked it the moment I saw it. Congrats on your finalist. #9414596

Bojan Bencic 5/19/2011 1:21:15 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Karen! #9414674

Leslie McLain 5/19/2011 3:01:15 PM

Congrats on your amazing finalist, Karen. #9414918

Ellen Hodges 5/19/2011 3:25:24 PM

Huge congrats on an awesome finalist, Karen! Very best luck!! #9414976

Jeff W. Robinson 5/19/2011 4:00:37 PM

Congrats Karen on your Fantastic Finalist! Jeff #9415050

Anita N. Hogue 5/19/2011 4:44:42 PM

A wonderful capture, Karen! Congratulations! #9415192

Stephen Zacker 5/19/2011 4:49:02 PM

Striking. Like it in B & W. Congratulations #9415211

Merna L. Nobile 5/19/2011 7:18:41 PM

It is with great pleasure that I offer my congratulations on your award for the month of April. Merna


Debra R. Harder 5/19/2011 7:34:53 PM

This is soooooooo AWESOME, Karen! Huge congratulations on your BRILLIANT finalist! Deb #9415638

Rona L. Schwarz 5/19/2011 8:14:07 PM

LOve this one, Karen! A marvelous Finalist - terrific composition with fantastic detail and clarity and excellent in B&W! Sorry I missed it earlier, Apologize for my absence...once back from out of town I discovered we had a critical publication deadline with a very short turnaround, and then had computer problems. Such is life... #9415800

Robert K. Bemus 5/19/2011 8:20:12 PM

Wonderful shot and great in B&W...congratulations on your Finalist!! #9415819

Patricia A. Coblentz 5/19/2011 8:44:12 PM

Must have been amazing! It's a spectacular image, Karen...congratulations on your finalist! #9415899

Thomas E. Hinds 5/20/2011 6:35:36 AM

Fantastic image of this sea turtle! Great comp, pov, and detail! Wonderful work, Karen! Congratulations on this Finalist! #9416781

Joseph T. Pilonero 5/20/2011 10:13:30 AM

Wow! What a find and what a wonderful capture of this. Perfect framing! Such great clarity and grey tones. Just perfect. Congratulations. TED #9417188

Patrick Rouzes 5/20/2011 11:34:44 AM

Congratulations on this exceptional finalist, Karen! Amazing work, indeed! Good luck! #9417296

Robert K. Bemus 5/20/2011 2:38:19 PM

Congratulations on an a gorgeous and so well deserved Grand Prize, Karen!! #9417621

Freddy Bland 5/20/2011 2:40:07 PM

MANY CONGRATULATIONS to you Karen--Outstanding Grand Prize winner!!! #9417627

Kim Andelkovic (Kovic) 5/20/2011 2:40:36 PM

SUPER SUPER CONGRATS Karen......you hit the JACK POT.......I'm so happy for you.......enjoy the wave ride.....whoooo hooooo :-) #9417628

Millie A. Talarico 5/20/2011 2:42:53 PM

Grand Prize, super, Karen!!! #9417631

Anita N. Hogue 5/20/2011 2:50:52 PM

WOW, I think a GRAMD CONGRATULATIONS is in order! I am so very happy for you, Karen! #9417658

Nikki McDonald 5/20/2011 3:09:08 PM

Terrific capture, Karen -- great tones. Congratulations on scoring the big one. So very pleased for you, my friend. #9417726

Carolyn M. Fletcher 5/20/2011 3:18:55 PM

BIG congrats on your BIG win!! #9417767

Amy M. Wilson 5/20/2011 3:22:03 PM

Huge congratulations on your AWESOME Grand Prize winner, Karen!!! #9417780

Patrick Rouzes 5/20/2011 3:23:50 PM

Heyyyyy, Karen, Congratulations on your well-deserved Grand Prize Winner! Happy for you!!! #9417787

Maria Capilupi 5/20/2011 3:35:15 PM

Big congratulations to you, Karen... Great work!!! #9417808

Deborah C. Lewinson 5/20/2011 3:37:27 PM

Hardy congrats, Karen, on your awesome Grand Prize Winner!

Debby #9417814

Janet McNeil 5/20/2011 3:44:04 PM

Congratulations on a super Grand Prize Win!! #9417842

Ellen Hodges 5/20/2011 3:47:34 PM

Very Huge congrats on a gorgeous winner, Karen!! Yeah!!!! #9417859

Thomas E. Hinds 5/20/2011 3:49:24 PM

So well deserved, Karen! Love it! Big Congratulations on this GP Winner!! #9417870

JO ANN CLEVELAND 5/20/2011 3:50:15 PM

Congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE winner Karen!

jo ann c. #9417878

Nancyj Hovey 5/20/2011 4:01:59 PM

on your GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! 8o) #9417945

Jack Gaskin 5/20/2011 4:06:04 PM


JACK #9417971

Heather Loewenhardt 5/20/2011 4:18:22 PM

Congratulations on taking the top honour. Your image is amazing. #9418025

Michelle Alton 5/20/2011 4:19:32 PM

It was a thrill to see this image in the GP position of honor. So well deserved, Karen! Congratulations! #9418029

Mark S. Cox 5/20/2011 5:23:43 PM

F A N T A S T I C!! Big congrats on the win!!! #9418301

Sharon 5/20/2011 5:31:52 PM

Whooooo Hoooooooo!!! WTG, Karen!!! HUGE congratulations on your amazing and well deserved GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! #9418328

Carol Eade 5/20/2011 5:34:15 PM

Very big congratulations, Karen, this is a wonderful Grand Prize! #9418337

Sabrina Ryan 5/20/2011 5:36:42 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, Karen!! #9418350

Randy D. Dinkins 5/20/2011 5:38:28 PM

Great capture Karen, Big congratulations!!! #9418360

Rolando Rosito 5/20/2011 5:55:51 PM

Big Congratulations on your grand prize Winner!!!! Fantastic!!! #9418400

Terry Cervi 5/20/2011 6:06:31 PM

Karen! WTG! Congrats on your wonderful Grand Prize win!!! #9418456

Debra R. Harder 5/20/2011 6:09:29 PM

WHOOOO-HOOOOO!!! WTG, Karen! Huge congratulations on your BRILLIANT GRAND PRIZE WINNER! Deb #9418478

Kay Beausoleil 5/20/2011 6:23:19 PM

Karen, congratulations on your Grand Prize win -- so well-deserved! #9418591

Tammy M. Anderson 5/20/2011 6:30:40 PM

Congrats Karen on the Grand Prize. #9418631

Jeana Clark 5/20/2011 6:45:29 PM

This is fantastic Karen!!!
Black and White is crisp and clear!!
Outstanding details!!!
Congratulations on this Awesome
Grand Prize Winner!!!!!

~J~ #9418704

Daniella Puente 5/20/2011 7:10:07 PM

Congratulations on this great Grand Prize Karen! #9418744

Rona L. Schwarz 5/20/2011 7:19:06 PM

YIPEE and WOWEE! WTG, Karen!! I am absolutely thrilled for you! It is a spectacular capture and so deserving of the GRAND PRIZE WINNER!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you, my friend! Rona #9418765

R. J. Laudenbacher 5/20/2011 7:38:12 PM

I knew this was a WOW shot from the first time I saw it. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to you Karen. I couldn't be happier for you. WTG!!! #9418797

Usman M. Bajwa 5/20/2011 7:41:24 PM

So happy to see this again and that too with a GP Win. HUGE CONGRATZ, Karen!!!

UB. #9418803

Steven W. Lepak 5/20/2011 7:47:30 PM

BRAVO, BRAVO !!! Huge congrats on you Grand Prize Winner Karen. WONDERFUL. Keep them coming. Best Regards, Steven #9418818

Patricia A. Coblentz 5/20/2011 7:55:10 PM

Yea, Karen...I'm so thrilled for you :)) A big congratulations on your wonderful Grand Prize winner!!! Huge smiles to you :) #9418833

Bobby Ray Goodman 5/20/2011 8:00:53 PM

Congratulations,Karen.And a beautiful grand prize winner it is!!!!! #9418842

Liz Bullock 5/20/2011 8:12:36 PM

Congratulations on your Grand Prize Winning image! #9418873

Lisa J. Boulden 5/20/2011 8:47:31 PM

WTG, Karen!
Huge, GRAND congratulations to you!!!
~♥~Lisa #9418971

Joannie M. Bertucci 5/20/2011 11:35:34 PM

Absolutely marvelous Karen and so deserving of the Grand Prize...Congratulations! #9419074

Bojan Bencic 5/20/2011 11:38:31 PM

Congratulations on your GP win, Karen. Well done. #9419076

Karen Celella 5/21/2011 4:09:20 AM

Oh My Gosh! What a shock! Now that I picked myself off the floor I want to heart fully thank the BP Judges! This is the highest honor and I am thrilled and humbled to receive the award. An even greater thanks to Jim Mioke for providing this awesome sight where photographers, at all levels, come together to share and learn. I am most grateful for the many friends and acquaintances I have met here. BP is an addiction! Thank you friends, for being so very kind and supportive. It really feels like family! And one more special thank you goes to Ken Ferguson and the FFFP club. They are immediate family here. lol They are the ones that tell you how it really is and can smack you into shape, with love of course. lol Wow, I started out feeling speechless and look what happened. Sincere thanks! #9419303

Karen Celella 5/21/2011 4:32:03 AM

Sorry, that's Jim Miotke. And I want to thank you Janet, for calling to tell me the good news. Congratulations on your winning rose! #9419366

Mary K. Robison 5/21/2011 4:50:40 AM

Karen, even in b&w, it's clear that this turtle is gorgeous --- all those wonderful patterns on the shell and legs.
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you on your well earned Grand Prize Winner! #9419393

Patricia Seidler 5/21/2011 4:52:26 AM

Wow Karen. You did it!!!! Huge congratulations on your grand prize winner. I must congratulate Russ too for his patience and the time he spends with you in order to capture these great pictures...... #9419400

Danny B. Head 5/21/2011 5:10:10 AM

Beautiful, Karen! Congrats on the GP Winner! #9419435

Alejandro Cerutti 5/21/2011 6:00:44 AM

Great to see you received the TOP PRIZE Karen !!! #9419581

Ryan Murphy 5/21/2011 6:20:36 AM

Congrats, Karen! This image is fantastic #9419613

Kara Hendricks 5/21/2011 8:47:25 AM

HUGE congrats on the coveted GP! #9419782

Mark Dodge 5/21/2011 9:58:36 AM

Un-Believable. #9419868

Amanda D. Austwick 5/21/2011 9:58:58 AM

Karen, Many Many Congratulations on this Great GP WInner!!! Love the details on the turtle done so well in B&W! #9419869

Lynne Fried 5/21/2011 10:32:16 AM

wow, wow, wow. Congratulations Karen How deserving is this!

Linda L. Ruiz 5/21/2011 10:48:54 AM


Stephen Zacker 5/21/2011 12:35:30 PM

This is awesome! Big Congratulations #9420114

Ann H. Belus 5/21/2011 3:11:43 PM


Lydia Williams 5/21/2011 3:23:55 PM

Fantastic capture, Karen....a big congratulations, awesome! #9420292

Sandra J. Anderson 5/21/2011 5:38:41 PM

Congratulations Karen on your wonderful grand prize winner. #9420617

Denny E. Barnes 5/21/2011 6:48:11 PM

Outstanding!! Congratulations, Karen on your awesome Grand Prize Win!! #9420796

Tarun Bose 5/21/2011 8:30:57 PM

Big congrats Karen for your Grand prize winner. #9420949

Anne McKinnell 5/21/2011 8:35:42 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful grand prize winner Karen!! How exciting! #9420964

Jessica Jenney 5/22/2011 3:49:47 AM

Congratulations Karen on your fabulous Grand Prize winner! #9421281

Joseph T. Pilonero 5/22/2011 4:05:29 AM

YES!! You did it. What a picture and what an accomplishment! Congratulations!! TED #9421303

Katarina Mansson 5/22/2011 4:18:18 AM

Great capture and huge impact. Congratulations on your superb GP Karen! #9421360

Claudia Kuhn 5/22/2011 8:43:10 AM

Congratulations on your grand prize winner! #9421909

Giancarlo Bisone 5/22/2011 9:43:28 AM

Hi Karen:
Congratulations for a well deserved recognition. This shot is simply stunning. Great job! #9421964

Merna L. Nobile 5/22/2011 1:19:01 PM

I would like to congratulate you for your achievement into the winnerís circle. What you have accomplished is something to be very proud of and should wear it like a badge of honor! Merna #9422229

Ken Smith 5/22/2011 2:01:10 PM

Way to go, Karen...such a deserved honor! Congrats to you!! #9422344

Courtenay Vanderbilt 5/22/2011 2:46:44 PM

HUGE congrats, Karen! A most deserved Grand Prize! #9422460

Mary Beth Aiello 5/22/2011 5:26:23 PM

Karen -- Huge congrats on this absolutely outstanding GRAND PRIZE winner. I'm so happy for you. Just love it. A spectacular capture. #9422719

Craig D. Minton 5/22/2011 11:07:44 PM

It had to win!!! Nice job, Karen. #9422997

Kathy Wesserling 5/23/2011 3:50:50 AM

This is a spectacular image, Karen (aren't yours, always!!) Congratulations on receiving the Grand. It's definitely the Best of the Best. #9423221

Linda Blair 5/23/2011 9:52:55 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful Grand Prize Winner!!!!!! #9423985

David M. Montero 5/23/2011 11:58:45 AM

I can't tell you how happy I am for you Karen. A HUGE congratulations for the selection of your wondertful shot as the Grand Prize for April. Go crazy girl! You deserve it. #9424198

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 5/23/2011 12:14:46 PM

I am so excited for you Karen. Congratulations on your Grand Prize win. WTG!!! #9424213

Jeff W. Robinson 5/24/2011 4:31:01 AM

Big Congrats on your GP Win Karen!! #9425318

Cathy Barrows 5/24/2011 10:04:36 AM

Congrats on your Grand Prize Win #9425845

Marcel J. Fernandez 5/24/2011 10:15:47 AM

Karen, congratulations on your Amazing Grand Prize Winner. #9425863

Susan Reynolds 5/24/2011 3:34:01 PM

Great Capture and Congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE WIN!!! #9426204

Maria Coulson 5/24/2011 3:49:20 PM

Karen, HUGE congratulations, wow, what an honor. I truly rejoyce with you. #9426226

Inge S. Lasmana 5/24/2011 5:09:30 PM

Congratulations on your grand prize winner Karen! #9426318

Phyllis Burchett 5/24/2011 8:58:03 PM

HUGE congrats Karen on this fabulous GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! #9426600

Summer A. Kozisek 5/24/2011 10:13:25 PM

Fantastic capture, congratulations on your Grand Prize Win!!! #9426682

Nadia Paul 5/24/2011 10:59:46 PM

Congrats on your wonderful GP winner Karen! #9426740

Mitch Spence 5/25/2011 11:01:17 AM

Karen, congratulations on this extraordinary image and on your grand prize winner. #9427976

Datha Y. Thompson 5/26/2011 10:12:17 PM

Awesome GP WINNER Karen!!!
Congratulations YGG!!! :) #9430516

Theresa Marie Jones 5/27/2011 10:58:46 AM

Bravo! Congratulations on an excellent image! Love your new Gallery! #9431440

Renee Doyle 5/28/2011 4:11:13 PM

Belated but very BIG congrats on your outstanding GP win Karen!!! WTG!! #9432925

Cindy Bendush 5/30/2011 9:10:09 PM

Fabulous capture and excellent GPW! Congratulations Karen! #9436381

Agnes Fegan 6/2/2011 1:26:24 PM

Belated congratulations on your Grand Prize Win Karen ... we were away in California when the Finalists and Winners came out so I was a bit out of the loop! Well deserved win!!! #9440852

Carole L. Parker 6/3/2011 4:46:05 PM

Awesome shot. Congrats!!! #9442926

Karen Celella 6/16/2011 7:04:57 AM

I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of this kind support. Thank you all so very much! #9463555

Tammy L. Newcomb 6/23/2011 6:30:51 AM

I had every intention of saying congratulations and forget and remembered several times. So congratulations on your well deserved Grand Prize Win. I can only imagine how incredibly excited you were. #9478280

Mitch Spence 7/2/2011 10:59:37 AM

Belated here too, but large, Karen. #9501975

Karen Celella 7/3/2011 4:37:24 AM

Thank you very much Tammy and Mitch. #9503476

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This gorgeous sea turtle was curious to look at us snorkling. Barbados.

Exif: F Number: 3.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/250 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, ISO: 64, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 6.20 mm, Model: PENTAX Optio WS80

Uploaded on 4/22/2011 5:25:06 AM

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