Michelle Alton level-classic 12/29/2012 4:09:11 AM

The Red Cross Mascots #1505851

Jeff Robinson level-classic 12/29/2012 4:09:56 AM

A powerful image Michelle - It is Outstanding! #10486361

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 12/29/2012 5:20:56 AM

This has gold written all over it, Michelle! A fabulous capture with such deep emotion in it. I look to see this on again. Of course I had to chuckle when I read why the boy had so much fear on his face. I think I would have fear too if a huge blood drop came at me!😃 #10486452

Jack Gaskin level-classic 12/29/2012 5:32:45 AM


Jack #10486474

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 12/29/2012 5:34:09 AM

I so enjoy the raw look of the people you take pictures of. No posing, just people being people with the different characteristics. Here this child clinging to dads leg for protection, it shows on his poor little face. Love the treatment and tones, the way you composed the picture. Photo journalism at its best Michelle. #10486475

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 12/29/2012 7:30:33 AM

Nice capture. Michelle. Cute little guy. #10486667

Bojan Bencic level-classic 12/29/2012 8:22:16 AM

Amazing photo and treatment, Michelle. Funny story of how you got it - his expression is really serious. #10486782

David Phalen level-classic 12/29/2012 10:30:41 AM

Got to be a world rocking event for a person that size to be confronted by large, strange mascots.

You've done a remarkable job in capturing his fear. Hope he had a better time later. #10487000

Tiia Vissak 12/29/2012 10:37:20 AM

a great image! #10487022

John Connolly level-classic 12/29/2012 11:09:53 AM

A fantastic image beautifully presented Michelle! I love the expression! Well done! #10487089

Katherine Kuhn level-classic 12/29/2012 12:47:54 PM

Great portrait and capture of the little girl's emotions, Michelle -- lovely light! #10487443

Carol L. Fowler 12/29/2012 12:52:38 PM

Amazing photo- winner! #10487466

Jill Odice level-classic 12/29/2012 12:58:12 PM

Wow, what a great capture and story!You nailed this one Michelle! #10487497

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 12/29/2012 6:15:18 PM

What a WONDERFUL story telling capture, Michelle! :-) k #10488338

Tammy D. Ferren level-classic 12/29/2012 7:28:49 PM

Straight into my favorites! Photography at it's best. The composition and framing is just perfect and the emotion you captured. Love it. #10488428

Barbara Waldoch level-classic 12/29/2012 9:46:58 PM

Fantastic shot, Michelle! #10488547

Ann Coates level-classic 12/29/2012 10:48:26 PM

You captured the moment perfectly and the story that goes with this image makes it a winner in my book. #10488600

Alex T. Mizuno level-classic 12/30/2012 12:17:43 AM

It's so ironical that the charity event gave the little boy fear. Outstanding presentation in monochrome to convey the emotion so effectively. Excellent work Michelle!! #10488657

Jyri Vissak 12/30/2012 12:33:09 AM

Great portrait here! #10488677

Emile Abbott level-classic 1/2/2013 3:14:18 PM

Great emotional portrait Michelle. Got behind as had to pronounce my best friend of 40 years Sunday, funeral is Friday. #10496098

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-classic 1/3/2013 8:02:40 AM

A gorgeous capture with so much emotional impact! #10497263

Amy Weiss 1/4/2013 2:53:49 AM

Such a wonderfully emotive shot, Michelle. Fantastic! #10498489

Stephen Zacker 1/5/2013 8:18:51 AM

Terrific story telling image #10500587

Peggy Pfister level-classic 1/5/2013 10:41:07 AM

Wonderful evocative image, Michelle, and the mood is perfectly complemented by the black and white. Very nice! #10500770

Linda S. Smith level-classic 1/5/2013 11:15:59 AM

Perfect portrait Michelle! GREAT capture of this little one! #10500808

Phyllis H. Burchett 1/14/2013 3:41:12 PM

Michelle, this is outstanding in every way....fabulous portrait work! #10515326

Liz blahh 1/23/2013 6:44:49 PM

CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS! #10530338

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-classic 1/23/2013 6:47:47 PM

Congratulations!! This is so excellent Michelle! #10530354

Tamara K. Walker level-classic 1/23/2013 6:48:01 PM

Magnificent capture, congratulations. #10530355

Robert R. Goodman level-classic 1/23/2013 7:04:23 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist,my friend!!! #10530423

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 1/23/2013 7:42:16 PM

Outstanding Michelle, congrats on your super finalist!

jo ann c.


Ann Coates level-classic 1/23/2013 7:54:05 PM

So pleased to see this get the recognition it deserves. Congratulations on your superb finalist Michelle. #10530723

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 1/23/2013 8:19:22 PM

INCREDIBLE work & finalist, Michelle! CONGRATS my friend!

Joannie Bertucci level-classic 1/23/2013 8:24:12 PM

The whole story can be read in this boys eyes which you captured and presented so perfectly! I think I see gold in his eyes! Congratulations on this "fearful" finalist Michelle! #10530909

Rona L. Schwarz 1/23/2013 8:41:36 PM

WOW! I missed this the first time around so I'm doubly glad to see it now, Michelle! What a powerful and emotional capture...it has Winner written all over it! Huge Congrats on this superb Finalist! #10530974

Linda S. Smith level-classic 1/23/2013 9:14:29 PM

Huge Congrats Michelle on your finalist win! #10531098

Phyllis A. Houghton level-classic 1/23/2013 9:43:59 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Michelle! #10531190

Susan Williams level-classic 1/23/2013 10:40:33 PM

Congratulations, Michelle. Great candid portrait! #10531316

Stefania Barbier level-classic 1/24/2013 12:21:40 AM

touching finalist Michelle, congratulations!!! #10531418

Alex T. Mizuno level-classic 1/24/2013 12:59:34 AM

Congratulations on your Finalist Michelle! This looks winner to me already! #10531521

Barbara Mason level-classic 1/24/2013 1:27:01 AM

Congratulations on your Finalist Michelle - a beautifully composed b/w image !!! #10531613

Renee Doyle level-classic 1/24/2013 2:11:36 AM

Super portrait work Michelle!! BIG congratulations to you! #10531723

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 1/24/2013 2:45:28 AM

A deeply touching image, Michelle. Congratulations!! #10531813

Linda D. Lester level-classic 1/24/2013 4:49:34 AM

Congratulations on your finalist! #10532084

Neal D. Hatcher level-classic 1/24/2013 5:03:36 AM


MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 1/24/2013 5:14:35 AM


Congratulations Mickey

This is a winner!! #10532187

Danny B. Head level-classic 1/24/2013 6:02:47 AM

This is a winner in my eyes! Awesome capture! Congrtas! #10532343

Bojan Bencic level-classic 1/24/2013 7:39:31 AM

Fantastic. Congratulations on your finalist, Michelle! #10532630

Agnes Fegan level-classic 1/24/2013 8:39:08 AM

Such a terrific capture ... Congratulations! #10532945

Mitch Spence level-classic 1/24/2013 10:35:27 AM

This is haunting, Michelle. The big, big sea of the world and dad's leg as anchor. Congratulations. #10533464

Marijana Fajgl level-classic 1/24/2013 12:07:59 PM

Big congratulations on your fantastic finalist, Michelle! #10533766

Nadia Paul level-classic 1/24/2013 12:32:52 PM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist Michelle! #10533850

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 1/24/2013 12:55:14 PM

Hope this is a winner. Congratulations on the Finalist Michelle. #10533925

Terry T. Ruvalcaba level-classic 1/24/2013 1:32:13 PM

congrats, well deserved! #10534075

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 1/24/2013 2:01:03 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #10534198

John Connolly level-classic 1/24/2013 2:23:01 PM

Huge congratulations on your finalist Michelle! I hope it moves onto gold for you! #10534286

Lydia Williams level-classic 1/24/2013 2:39:15 PM

What a wonderful image, Michelle. Congratulations on your finalist award...yes, and hope it moves on to the gold too! #10534345

Connie J. Bagot 1/24/2013 4:04:18 PM

Congratulations Michelle! #10534625

Phyllis H. Burchett 1/24/2013 4:35:46 PM

So happy to see this again Michelle, congrats and good luck! #10534677

Emile Abbott level-classic 1/24/2013 4:47:57 PM

Congratulation on finalist, Michelle #10534708

Lucy Abrao level-classic 1/24/2013 5:32:28 PM

Congratulations on this finalist.
Lucy #10534885

Ken Smith level-classic 1/24/2013 5:47:40 PM

Excellent work, Michelle. Congrats to you!! #10534967

Lana Arcemont level-classic 1/24/2013 5:48:10 PM

Congratulations, Michelle! #10534971

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 1/24/2013 5:53:41 PM

Awesome storytelling portrait, Michelle!
It's a masterpiece!

Congrats on your Finalist, and best wishes for the next round!
Debby #10535010

Carol Eade level-classic 1/24/2013 6:09:50 PM

You really captured the emotion, Michelle, congratulations on your beautiful finalist. #10535114

Robert K. Bemus level-classic 1/24/2013 10:24:36 PM

Awesome portrait...congratulations and good luck!!! #10535665

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 1/24/2013 11:30:44 PM

Wow that little face has so much written across it. Wonderful capture! Congrats on your finalist award. #10535727

Lois Adomite level-classic 1/25/2013 2:46:24 PM

Wonderful portrait, congratulations on your finalist #10537006

Jeffrey R. Bange level-classic 1/25/2013 9:38:59 PM

I don't know how I ever missed this photo Michelle but best of luck on a well deserved finalist photo and good luck in the next round. #10537650

Bonnie C. Lackey level-classic 1/26/2013 9:54:06 AM

Congratulations, Michelle! I can see why he was scared - at that age I would have been terrified. #10538405

Ellen Hodges level-classic 1/26/2013 7:50:41 PM

Huge congrats and best luck on a truly fantastic finalist!! #10539178

Merna L. Nobile 1/28/2013 8:55:11 AM

Are you amazed at the vivid colors, sharpness and composition of your photographs? Well the judges are, CONGRATULATIONS you are a winner for the month of December, 2012!
Merna #10542122

ALLEN O. HOWARD 1/28/2013 10:04:35 AM

A wonderful portrait!!! Congratulations Michelle! #10542295

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This year I had the wonderful privilege of photographing the S.E. Pennsylvania Red Cross Annual Holiday Children's Party in Center City Philadelphia. Children that probably would have had scanty (or NO) gifts were treated to multiple shopping bags filled with both fun and need-fulfilling items, a consultation with Santa, music, dancing, contests (with prizes) and fun activities--all donated by local corporations.
This tiny little boy had just arrived and was taking off his coat, when two of the Red Cross HUGE mascots (Fred Cross and a big furry bright red Blood Drop) strode over to give him a hug.
The boy was terrified and burst into sobs and tears and was nearly inconsolable.

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/125 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 16000, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 57.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Uploaded on 12/29/2012 4:00:47 AM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist

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