Cry Freedom

© Usman Bajwa

Cry Freedom

Cindy Bendush Student 9/22/2009 9:23:47 PM

Stunning Usman!!! Super detail and framing -- a winner! #1183603

Summer A. Kozisek 9/23/2009 1:28:23 AM

Gorgeous image and perfect title Usman! #7973227

Usman Bajwa 9/25/2009 12:38:07 AM

Thanks you so much Cindy and Summer!

UB. #7981689

Eivor Kuchta 9/29/2009 10:09:47 AM

Excellent, Usman! I would also say a winner here. Perfect how the wires cross in front of the mouth, accentuating loss of freedom. #7994780

Colleen Farrell 9/29/2009 6:14:14 PM

WOW!!! This gives me goosebumps, it's so good. Absolutely perfect composition--as Eivor said, the framing of his face accentuates his captivity. And the title is the icing on the cake. Fantastic work, Usman--definitely a winner, and a fave for me! #7995854

Usman Bajwa 9/29/2009 9:05:58 PM

Thank you Eivor and Colleen, I am glad you liked it!

UB. #7996242

Leslie McLain 10/2/2009 4:31:47 AM

Amazing image and title, Usman. #8002270

Usman Bajwa 10/13/2009 11:32:03 PM

Thank you Leslie, your time and support is very much appreciated!

UB. #8035217

Nick Lagos 10/19/2009 4:19:27 AM

Very powerful and emotive Usman. ..excellent story telling image... #8049347

Usman Bajwa 10/19/2009 5:16:36 AM

Thanks Nick for your generous comments, your time and support is very much appreciated.

UB. #8049557

Renata Gusciora 11/5/2009 2:11:58 AM

Fabulous capture,Usman!Great lighting! #8105127

Candice C. Calhoun 11/5/2009 4:51:35 AM

Most times, a fence is an annoyance, something we try to have embraced it to create this thought provoking and imaginative masterpiece! SUCH a total winner!

ccc #8105579

JO ANN CLEVELAND 11/5/2009 9:17:33 AM

What a fantastic capture, looks like a winner to me

jo ann c. #8106231

Lisa J. Boulden 11/6/2009 4:34:58 AM

Outstanding, Usman!
~♥~ #8108275

Linda Boehme 11/6/2009 4:46:18 PM

Awesome! #8110023

Usman Bajwa 11/9/2009 10:53:36 PM

Thanks Renata, Candice, Jo Ann, Lisa and Linda for your kind comments and continuing support!!

UB. #8118485

Elida Gutierrez 11/20/2009 5:33:56 PM

I love pictures with great quality and at the same time make an statement, this goes direct to my favs. AMAZING!!! #8148816

Ann Coates 11/21/2009 12:19:29 AM

I can see why this image got photo of the day. An amazing shot Usman. Congratulations. #8149384

Mukesh Srivastava 11/21/2009 12:20:02 AM

Stunning portrait,Usman!!!! Huge congrats on POTD Win today!!!!!!!!! #8149385

ROLAN NARMAN 11/21/2009 12:30:47 AM

Awesome capture Usman! Congrats on your POTD! #8149391

Karen Engelbreth 11/21/2009 12:31:47 AM

Big congrats on your wonderful POTD, Usman.. #8149392

Cindy Bendush 11/21/2009 12:33:02 AM

Love this one! Congratulations on your POTD Usman! #8149395

Renee Doyle 11/21/2009 12:47:02 AM

Big congrats on your awesome POTD Usman!! #8149424

Stefania Barbier 11/21/2009 12:52:32 AM

congrats on your gorgeous POTD! #8149435

Steve M. Harrington 11/21/2009 1:09:29 AM

Good on you, Usman! A worthy POTD! :)
Steve #8149457

Susie Peek-Swint 11/21/2009 1:10:26 AM

Terrific capture, dof, comp and story-telling Usman .. congrats on a well-deserved POTD! #8149460

Melinda F. Schneider 11/21/2009 1:13:22 AM

Wow...what a well-composed and very powerful image. Congratulations!! #8149466

Mary K. Robison 11/21/2009 1:15:56 AM

A touching, thought-provoking capture, Usman ~ Congratulations on your well deserved POTD! #8149470

Jeffrey R. Bange 11/21/2009 1:23:13 AM

What an amazing capture and well deserved POTD. #8149477

Usman Bajwa 11/21/2009 1:34:42 AM

Thank you all so very much for your support and kind remarks on the image.

I also thank the judges for selecting one of my favorite images as my first ever POTD at BP.

UB. #8149489

Karen K. Givens 11/21/2009 1:38:16 AM

Congratulations Usman on your POTD, really tugs at the heart. Great work. #8149492

Robert K. Bemus 11/21/2009 1:41:54 AM

Amazing design and portrait-- congrats on your POTD, Usman!! #8149499

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 11/21/2009 1:59:35 AM

A moving POTD Usman, congratulations! #8149519

Kathy Wesserling 11/21/2009 2:05:44 AM

It's hard to believe that this is your first POTD at BP - your work is so enjoyable! This image is definitely special in many ways. Congratulations. #8149523

Tressie Davis 11/21/2009 3:18:45 AM

Stunning image Usman, congrats on this well deserved POTD!! #8149567

Katarina Mansson 11/21/2009 3:43:55 AM

Congratulations on your strong POTD Usman! #8149582

Karen Celella 11/21/2009 3:44:52 AM

Congratulations on your powerful POTD Usman. #8149584

Deb Koskovich 11/21/2009 3:47:48 AM

Wow, very dramatic...congrats on the POTD! #8149589

Aimee c. Eisaman 11/21/2009 4:03:57 AM

Whoohooo Congrats on a fantastic POTD UB! Perfect title! :~) #8149626

Jeff W. Robinson 11/21/2009 4:08:59 AM

A very powerful image Usman - Congrats on your POTD!! Jeff #8149639

Cheryl Schneider 11/21/2009 4:38:06 AM

Absolutely fantastic, Usman. Congratulations. cheryl #8149753

Leslie McLain 11/21/2009 4:39:03 AM

Congrats on your wonderful POTD, Usman. #8149757

Robert Mann 11/21/2009 4:56:54 AM

Yeah UB! Great shot! Big congrats on your POTD! #8149800

Tammy M. Anderson 11/21/2009 5:03:48 AM

Congratulations on this outstanding POTD, Usman. #8149817

Joy Rector 11/21/2009 5:09:22 AM

congrats on the POTD #8149830

Courtenay Vanderbilt 11/21/2009 5:11:58 AM

Outstanding, Usman! Congratulations! #8149834

Nikki McDonald 11/21/2009 5:13:00 AM

Congratulations on the POTD, Usman. #8149837

Usman Bajwa 11/21/2009 5:15:41 AM

Thank you all for your time and generous comments!!

UB. #8149845

Nancyj Hovey 11/21/2009 5:16:24 AM

on your very deserving POTD...


Jessica Jenney 11/21/2009 5:21:39 AM

What a fantastic capture, Usman and very moving! Congratulations on your POTD!! #8149851

Kim Dietrich Elam 11/21/2009 5:26:18 AM

WOW! #8149863

Cathy Barrows 11/21/2009 5:32:28 AM

Congrats on your it...the framing with is face is superb...i hope you took him home with you #8149876

Judy V. Kennamer 11/21/2009 5:33:59 AM

WOW UB! This photo has such a story to tell -- and your title really sums it up! I love it! Congrats on an absolutely perfect POTD! #8149881

Anthony L. Mancuso 11/21/2009 5:34:34 AM

Fantastic image..congrats UB! #8149883

Kathy Cline 11/21/2009 5:42:34 AM

Congratulations Usman and have a blessed weekend. #8149903

Linda D. Lester 11/21/2009 5:46:22 AM

Awesome.....Congratulations on your POTD!!! #8149912

Mike Clime 11/21/2009 5:50:36 AM

Congratulations on your POTD! Really nice framing! #8149923

JO ANN CLEVELAND 11/21/2009 5:51:30 AM

Very well deserved POTD, I hope we see this again Usman!

jo ann c. #8149924

Sheri Camarda 11/21/2009 5:52:49 AM

Very, very moving - Congratulations! #8149931

Leslie Carson Wolfe 11/21/2009 6:11:09 AM

Beautiful subject, lighting, detail, and framing! And, you've achieved the ideal effect on your viewers with such a great photo and your choice of title. Excellent work, Usman! Congratulations! #8149959

Lydia Williams 11/21/2009 6:13:16 AM

Awesome Usman..You got this one perfect. He was waiting for you...hope to see this one again also...Congratulations! #8149964

Tiia Vissak 11/21/2009 6:25:22 AM

Congratulations! #8149980

Ken Smith 11/21/2009 6:42:15 AM

Excellent, Usman! Very well deserved!! #8150024

Christine Welsand 11/21/2009 6:55:26 AM

Congrats! Stunning composition and timing on this! Superb clarity in the eyes. Well done! #8150077

Ilene Samowitz 11/21/2009 7:05:40 AM

Very well deserved POTD, I hope we see this again Usman!

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 11/21/2009 7:06:16 AM

Awesome POTD, Usman!!! WTG!!! :-)♫♪♫ k #8150127

Michael G. Marshall 11/21/2009 7:24:55 AM

Outstanding image and title, Usman! Congratulations on your POTD! Michael #8150168

Bunny Snow 11/21/2009 7:37:25 AM

My heart breaks for the imprisoned. It's humans that should be behind bars for destroying habitat, not wildlife.

The image you captured is outstanding with perfect composition, lighting and tonality, in addition to being very moving. It makes me want to take action to free the animal. And, this is what images should do, empower people.

~Bunny #8150185

Usman Bajwa 11/21/2009 7:42:54 AM

Thanks for all of your beautiful comments and wonderful insights on the image. I appreciate that a lot!!

UB. #8150193

Erica Murphy 11/21/2009 7:47:34 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful POTD Usman!!! #8150199

Pamela Koch 11/21/2009 7:52:41 AM

Congratulations on your outstanding POTD. The title is perfect too. I visited your gallery and love your work. Thanks for sharing your world through your eyes. God Bless. #8150208

Colleen Farrell 11/21/2009 8:01:37 AM

WTG, Usman!!! Big congrats on your most well-deserved POTD! I still think this deserves a first place win! #8150220

Mitch Spence 11/21/2009 8:02:51 AM

A perfectly seen and perfectly executed image, Usman. Congratulations to you on your POTD. #8150222

Kitty R. Kono 11/21/2009 8:06:57 AM

Stunning and sad. Just captures my heart.

Kitty #8150231

Maria Coulson 11/21/2009 8:21:16 AM

Usman, congratulations on the POTD. What an amazing shot! It tells a story and it was very well captured. #8150260

lynda fernandez 11/21/2009 8:22:41 AM

Powerful image Usman.

Fabulous job!

lynda #8150261

Christina N. Seuser 11/21/2009 8:23:52 AM

Stunning and heartfelt image Usman. Congratulations on your POTD! #8150263

Becky J. Parkinson 11/21/2009 8:50:35 AM

Very moving image, Usman!! The is so fitting and the image itself is perfect! Congratulations on the POTD! #8150331

Lori Carlson 11/21/2009 8:59:40 AM

Congrats on your big day, Usman and on this very moving image that's enhanced moreso by your thoughtful title!! Fantastic framing and great capture of the fence reflected in the eyes. Well done. #8150352

Mike F. Anderson 11/21/2009 9:00:34 AM

Perfectly framed and executed. A moving, impactful composition! Congrats on the POTD, Usman! #8150355

Cary Rogers 11/21/2009 9:03:55 AM

Congrats on your POTD, UB!! great framing, image comp, and detail! #8150366

Usman Bajwa 11/21/2009 9:14:29 AM

Thanks. Your comments and support is very much appreciated!

UB. #8150392

Anne McKinnell 11/21/2009 10:07:36 AM

GORGEOUS shot Usman! Big congrats on your POTD!! Yay! I love how the eyes are perfectly frames and the way the fence crosses over the mouth gives it that "I can't speak" feeling. It's sad and beautiful. #8150485

Margaret R. Barry 11/21/2009 10:10:07 AM

Congratulations on a fantastic POTD, Usman! #8150494

Debra Klawetter 11/21/2009 10:32:50 AM

Very powerful, captivating image. The clarity is fantastic! Congratulations, Usman! #8150541

Craig W. Myers 11/21/2009 10:44:26 AM

Well-deserved. Great eye. Outstanding technical aspects. One of the best animal portraits I've seen. #8150556

Lisa J. Boulden 11/21/2009 11:23:05 AM

A well-deserved POTD, Usman!
~♥~ #8150660

Carrie M. Groseclose 11/21/2009 11:24:41 AM

Congratulations Usman on your fantastic, well deserved POTD!! #8150665

Elida Gutierrez 11/21/2009 11:29:15 AM

You very first POTD Usman?? I know how you feel, is AMAZING, enjoy it, you deserve it.
IMHO you should have this honor long ago, but like they say "is better late than never".


THIS PICTURE IS MY FAVORITE TO WIN FIRST PRIZE OR GRAND. The expression, framing and how the fence block his face is just PERFECT!!!!

If you wanted make an statement, you sure achieve it.

again CONGRATULATIONS on today's POTD and I'm sure we'll see this as a finalists and WINNER!!!! #8150672

Laura E. Swan 11/21/2009 12:20:36 PM

USMAN!!!! Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! POTD!!!

This emotional image sure carries IMPACT for us all!!!

I stared at the fencing crossing over his mouth showing that he has no power even of speech for his own rights or freedom.'s the plan...Let's get some wire cutters...and we'll meet after dark!...

WONDERFUL JOB and SO DESERVING, our friend Usman!

-Laura #8150812

Cyndy Doty 11/21/2009 1:31:51 PM

A great portrait! Congratulations on a deserved POTD! #8150966

Christine R. Lobsinger 11/21/2009 2:44:31 PM

An excellent Portrait -
CONGRATS TO YOU Usman, on your POTD!!!!


Tamra J. Walker 11/21/2009 2:56:01 PM

Fabulous! Simply fabulous!!!!! Impeccable thought-provoking placement & composition. Congrats on this well-deserved POTD, Usman. #8151175

Janice Mezzacappa 11/21/2009 3:35:56 PM

Fantastic capture love the framing and expression, huge congrats on your POTD! #8151241

Sharon 11/21/2009 3:37:45 PM

WTG, Usman!!! HUGE congratulations on your amazing & well deserved POTD!!! #8151244

Carmody Baker 11/21/2009 4:27:31 PM

This is a fabulous shot! #8151319

Eivor Kuchta 11/21/2009 4:59:57 PM

Congratulations on your POTD, Usman! I'm happy to see this again! #8151377

Usman Bajwa 11/21/2009 5:04:10 PM

Thanks to each one of you for your thoughts on the image and your concerns on animals in captivity and your overwhelming support. I really appreciate your generous comments and support!

UB. #8151378

Bunny Snow 11/21/2009 5:18:11 PM


Perhaps if everyone donated money to get the release of this animal, or to have him/her moved to a location where more freedom was allowed, we would be putting our voices to a good cause.

It breaks my heart that human selfishness has captured, imprisoned or murdered wildlife. #8151389

Chris Ebben 11/21/2009 6:18:51 PM

I just don't know what to say, it's such a heartbreaking image, though beautiful at the same time. I agree BP members could sponsor this poor thing. Very well taken=^..^= #8151473

Evy Johansen 11/21/2009 6:50:47 PM

This is awesome, Usman!! Big congratulations on your well deserved POTD!! #8151538

David Pearce 11/21/2009 6:58:41 PM

Well Usman, you've got a winner here. I'm not a frequent discussion participant, but I don't recall seeing this many comments on a photo!

And no wonder, because its a great photo. Technically well constructed, and also tells a story - both the image and the title. Congratulations, very well done! #8151555

Thomas E. Hinds 11/21/2009 7:02:00 PM

Wonderful POTD, Usman! Love it! #8151559

Tommy E. Burgess 11/21/2009 7:29:55 PM

Huge congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved POTD Usman!! #8151596

Alex T. Mizuno 11/21/2009 9:31:03 PM

Excellent feelingful capture with a perfect comp! Amazing details too. Congratulations on your POTD Usman!!! #8151704

Richard D. Love 11/22/2009 5:41:48 AM

Congratulations, Usman. A truly touching image that tells a story. Well done.

Rick #8152272

Usman Bajwa 11/22/2009 5:51:38 AM


UB. #8152284

Nancylee Malm 11/22/2009 8:43:09 AM

Perfect image, but as important, the title tells the story and has such impact - right where it hurts. I hate zoos from the animals point of view.
Nancylee #8152664

Deborah C. Lewinson 11/22/2009 11:41:04 AM

Congratulations on your POTD, Usman, for this powerful and moving image!

Debby #8152920

Mike Umbreit 11/22/2009 6:39:11 PM

UB - Congratulations on your POTD!! Great shot!! - Mike #8153655

Karamatullah Danyal 11/22/2009 7:09:12 PM

Congratulations Usman. Ma'sha'allah. what a phenomenal shot and so worthy of the POTD. #8153715

Usman Bajwa 11/22/2009 9:52:49 PM

Thanks Nancylee, Deborah, Mike and Karamatullah for your comments and time!

UB. #8153892

Ujjwal Mukherjee 11/22/2009 11:26:31 PM

HUGE congratulations on your POTD Win,Usman!! #8154025

Anita N. Hogue 11/23/2009 4:35:10 AM

WOW, such an awesome POTD! Congratulations Usman! #8154545

Usman Bajwa 11/24/2009 2:32:13 AM

Thanks. I appreciate your kind comments Ujjwal and Anita!

UB. #8161563

Patricia A. Coblentz 11/25/2009 5:59:00 AM

Superb capture and commentary, albeit sad, Usman. Congratulations on this fantastic winner!
Patti #8166333

Usman Bajwa 11/25/2009 7:02:42 AM

Thanks Patti, glad you liked it!

UB. #8166602

Debra R. Harder 11/27/2009 10:32:13 AM

WOW...this is FABULOUS, Usman!! Congratulations on your outstanding POTD!! Deb #8172937

Jean-Pierre Ducondi 11/28/2009 8:31:03 AM

Gorgeous image Usman. Congratulations.
JP #8175031

Usman Bajwa 12/1/2009 11:15:55 PM

Thanks Debra and JP, I appreciate your kind comments and time!!

UB. #8183857

Karen Bacon 1/19/2010 8:03:53 AM

This is an outstanding image Usman!Congratulations on your pod! #8311626

Usman Bajwa 1/25/2010 3:16:36 AM

Your comment is very much appreciated, Karen!

UB. #8327556

Jayne Martin 2/13/2010 4:23:42 AM

OMGsoh, send this somewhere else on the net!!! This is my all time fav photo off this site!! I am so SURPRISED this is not a grand prize winner...It should be! #8378483

Usman Bajwa 2/14/2010 10:54:39 AM

I am flattered by your very generous comments, Jayne. I am glad that this you liked!

UB. #8381506

Mark Dodge 2/19/2010 8:21:28 AM

POTD and a Finalist! Way to go Usman! Huge congratulations! #8394374

Nancyj Hovey 2/19/2010 9:10:13 AM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8394836

Lydia Williams 2/19/2010 9:52:51 AM

Most deserving, this one! Congratulations Usman! #8395238

Rona L. Schwarz 2/19/2010 11:08:26 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on your very deserving FINALIST, Usman! I knew we'd see this one again! Good Luck in the next round! #8395892

Tiia Vissak 2/19/2010 11:19:58 AM

Congratulations! #8395977

Robert Jensen 2/19/2010 12:38:53 PM

Glad we get to see this one again - congratulations. #8396531

Courtenay Vanderbilt 2/19/2010 1:56:21 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, Usman! #8397176

Amy M. Wilson 2/19/2010 3:01:38 PM

HUGE congratulations on POTD and Finalist, just wonderful, Usman!!! #8397572

Nikki McDonald 2/19/2010 3:06:39 PM

Wonderful shot, Usman. Congratulations on your finalist and good luck in the next round. #8397602

Anne M. Young 2/19/2010 8:38:02 PM

Congratulations a super finalist! #8399260

Thomas E. Hinds 2/19/2010 8:43:53 PM

Wonderful work! Congratulations on your Finalist, Usman! #8399279

Christine R. Lobsinger 2/19/2010 8:47:21 PM


SMILING #8399289

Tommy E. Burgess 2/19/2010 10:43:02 PM

Congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved finalist Usman!! #8399550

Stefania Barbier 2/19/2010 11:55:49 PM

congratulations on your spectacular finalist!!!! #8399781

Mukesh Srivastava 2/20/2010 7:11:02 AM

WOW...Stunning capture,Usman!!!! Huge congratulations for POTD and another Finalist Win!!!!!! Good luck for the GOLD!!!!!!! #8400684

Kathy Wesserling 2/20/2010 7:45:53 AM

I was so happy to see this one with a "Finalist" badge attached (thinking we'll see it again!) #8400786

Debra R. Harder 2/20/2010 10:07:29 AM

This is such an amazing image, Usman! Congratulations on another EXCELLENT finalist!! Deb #8401278

Tarun Bose 2/20/2010 10:35:29 AM

Congrats for your outstanding finalist. A sure winner, Usman. #8401371

Dave Montero 2/20/2010 3:30:59 PM

Congratulations Usman! This should be a winner. #8401988

Ann Coates 2/20/2010 7:07:37 PM

Congratulations on your incredible finalist award Usman. #8402620

Usman Bajwa 2/21/2010 8:07:30 PM

Many thanks to each one of you for your support and time, which is very much appreciated!!

UB. #8405459

Nick Lagos 2/22/2010 2:46:42 AM

Has to be a contender Usman #8405976

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 2/22/2010 8:40:27 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Usman!! #8407086

Erica Murphy 2/22/2010 8:05:30 PM

Congratulations on your moving finalist! #8408475

Elida Gutierrez 2/23/2010 12:27:55 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist!!!

The best of Luck!!! #8410370

Katarina Mansson 2/24/2010 4:05:16 AM

Excellent story telling capture. Congratulations on your finalist and good luck in the next round! #8411714

Renata Gusciora 2/25/2010 6:01:01 AM

Huge congratulations on this fabulous finalist,Usman!!!:-) #8414620

Usman Bajwa 2/25/2010 6:35:59 AM

Thanks all, its always a pleasure to read your generous comments!

UB. #8414683

Elida Gutierrez 2/25/2010 11:27:27 AM

Hey Usman I'm so glad you resubmitted this, you know how much I like this one, in IMHO it deserves to win Grand Prize.

THE BEST OF LUCK!!! #8415202

Stefania Barbier 2/25/2010 11:41:44 AM

congratulations on your gorgeous win!!! #8415283

Sharon F. Morris 2/25/2010 11:53:16 AM

Congrats Usman on your fantastic Winner. :) #8415360

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 2/25/2010 11:57:25 AM

Congratulations on your fantastic win, Usman! #8415395

Mike F. Anderson 2/25/2010 12:23:10 PM

Congratulations on your well deserved win, Usman! #8415578

Usman Bajwa 2/25/2010 12:27:28 PM

Thanks all for your very generous comments and continuous support. Your time in writing these comments and visiting my gallery is very much appreciated. Thanks again!

UB. #8415597

Tammy M. Anderson 2/25/2010 12:35:58 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful winner, Usman. #8415648

Kathy Wesserling 2/25/2010 12:37:54 PM

Guess our question was answered! Way to go, Buddy - this one is certainly worthy of the Gold Badge! #8415659

Mitch Spence 2/25/2010 12:43:41 PM

Usman, congratulations to you. This is a winner all the way. #8415681

Amy M. Wilson 2/25/2010 12:55:51 PM

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your fabulous WIN, Usman!!! #8415735

Sheila D. Robertson 2/25/2010 12:59:46 PM

Beautiful on so many levels. Congratulations Usman. #8415756

Tiia Vissak 2/25/2010 1:05:24 PM

Congratulations! #8415794

Renata Gusciora 2/25/2010 1:06:11 PM

Big congratualtions on your fabulous winner,Usman!!!:-) #8415801

Bojan Bencic 2/25/2010 1:12:12 PM

Congratulations Usman! Fantastic photo. #8415835

lynda fernandez 2/25/2010 1:13:31 PM

Congrats Usman! #8415842

Sheri Camarda 2/25/2010 1:19:59 PM

A huge Congratulation Usman!! Fantastic. #8415874

Courtenay Vanderbilt 2/25/2010 1:20:07 PM

Big CONGRATULATIONS, Usman! #8415875

Karen Bacon 2/25/2010 1:37:35 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic winner Usman!It's a wonderful photograph! #8415958

Phyllis Burchett 2/25/2010 1:44:33 PM

Congrats on this fantastic capture! #8415989

Janice Mezzacappa 2/25/2010 1:50:54 PM

Usman huge congrats my friend on this amazing gold winner!!! #8416024

Lydia Williams 2/25/2010 1:52:59 PM

We all knew this one would make it...Congratulations happy for you! #8416034

Val Feldman 2/25/2010 1:53:25 PM

What a capture!!! What a well-deserved, fantastic Gold Win, UB! Huge congratulations to you!!! ~Val #8416037

Rona L. Schwarz 2/25/2010 2:07:43 PM


Cathy Barrows 2/25/2010 2:42:03 PM

Congrats on your 2nd place this guy #8416244

Debra R. Harder 2/25/2010 2:52:09 PM

WTG, Usman!! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING GOLD WINNER!! Deb #8416284

Renee Doyle 2/25/2010 2:56:58 PM

Big congratulations Usman on this wonderful winner!! #8416299

Nikki McDonald 2/25/2010 3:10:03 PM

Congratulations on the win, Usman. Speaks volumes. #8416321

Julie Burnett 2/25/2010 4:15:24 PM

Outstanding, Usman. Congratulations on this moving, and beautiful winner!! #8416434

Ann Coates 2/25/2010 4:32:29 PM

Congratulations on your incredible Gold award Usman. #8416443

Barbara Waldoch 2/25/2010 5:09:24 PM

Congratultaions on your Win, Usman! #8416585

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 2/25/2010 5:26:55 PM

WTG on this fantastic winner, Usman!!! :-) k #8416654

Mark S. Cox 2/25/2010 5:38:16 PM

Fantastic! Congrats on the win! #8416699

Ken Smith 2/25/2010 5:43:06 PM

No surprise here, Usman. Congrats to you!! #8416725

Sabrina Ryan 2/25/2010 5:48:04 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, Usman! #8416758

Jeffrey R. Bange 2/25/2010 6:08:36 PM

Congratulations on a well deserved win. #8416818

Sharon 2/25/2010 6:47:13 PM

Usman, HUGE congratulations on your outstanding POTD & GOLD winner!!!! WTG! #8416915

Pat and Graham Robards 2/25/2010 6:59:05 PM

Congratulations Usman. Well deserved! ~Pat #8416956

Anne M. Young 2/25/2010 7:36:38 PM

Congratulations on this super winner! #8417009

Christine R. Lobsinger 2/25/2010 8:32:11 PM

Congrats to you USMAN... RIGHT ON!!
SMILING #8417064

Usman Bajwa 2/25/2010 8:40:34 PM

Thanks a bunch to all of you for your appreciative remarks and time!!

UB. #8417067

Baqer Mohd Jawad 2/25/2010 10:59:36 PM

Big congrats for winning USMAN .. you deserved it !

Regards Baqer #8417308

Laura L. Gonzales 2/25/2010 11:03:29 PM

Really beautiful Usman!!! Congratulations on this fabulous WINNER!! WTG!!! Laura #8417312

Beverley Scott 2/25/2010 11:48:22 PM

Congratulations on this compelling winner, UB!!! #8417338

Jennifer van Waard 2/26/2010 12:19:48 AM

Big Congratulations to you too ... a truly stunning image with a sad story to tell.

And thank you very much for your congratulations for my placing this competition, it's been a great honour.



Katarina Mansson 2/26/2010 2:23:25 AM

Congratulations on your superb winner Usman! #8417495

Marilyn Cornwell 2/26/2010 6:02:42 AM

This is a poignant image and title for a phenomenal result! Congratulations on your win! #8418016

Lynn M. Whitt 2/26/2010 6:57:36 AM

Congratulations on this amazing image.... #8418149

Jessica Jenney 2/26/2010 8:46:57 AM

Congratulations, Usman on your fabulous capture, POTD and win! #8418371

Dennis S. Brennan 2/26/2010 9:28:50 AM

Great symbolism and theme. Wonderfully captured and presented. Congrats! #8418426

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 2/26/2010 10:36:21 AM

Wow... Splendid! Big Congratulations, Usman!! #8418550

Usman Bajwa 2/26/2010 8:25:38 PM

THANKS for your time in leaving your kind comments!!

UB. #8419258

Sam Britt 2/26/2010 9:21:24 PM

Big Congrats on your second place win, Usman! #8419327

Monika Sapek 2/26/2010 10:47:33 PM

Big congratulations on your Second Place Win with this powerful image, Usman!
Monika #8419402

Julianne Bradford 2/27/2010 7:04:09 PM

Congratulations on your well deserved wins. This is magnificent #8421114

Usman Bajwa 2/27/2010 8:41:35 PM

Thank you Sam, Monika and Julianne for your kind comments!

UB. #8421237

Cindy Bendush 2/28/2010 1:37:30 AM

Awesome capture Usman! So glad to see it among the winners -- big congratulations! #8421436

Nick Lagos 2/28/2010 5:33:33 AM

Congratulations Usman.... a very well deserved win...well done #8421661

Jojie F. Alcantara 2/28/2010 6:16:57 AM

The soulful eyes touched me, Usman, congrats on the win! #8421756

frank w. degenhardt 2/28/2010 9:55:16 AM

Usman- Congratulations on all your awards. I love trying pictures like this and getting the eyes centered. You did an amazing job of it and wow, did you ever nail the incredible colors and features of this handsome one. I love the sharpness of the details. Fantastic my friend.
Have a great weekend. #8422131

Nadia Paul 2/28/2010 1:52:25 PM

So beautiful and poignant - congrats on a well deserved win Usman! #8422453

Crystal Young 3/1/2010 12:52:42 PM

When I first saw this, I knew it was a winner! Congrats!!! Beautiful detail and such great lighting! Big fan of your work!

What lens did you use? #8424825

Jeffrey R. Bange 3/1/2010 7:56:32 PM

Congratulations Usman on a fantastic capture and well deserved win. #8425567

Usman Bajwa 3/1/2010 11:08:06 PM

Thanks Cindy, Nick, Jojie, Frank, Nadia, Crystal and Jeffrey for your time and support.

Crystal, this was taken with the Nikkor 55mm - 200mm f/4-5.6 VR. #8425751

Leland N. Saunders 3/2/2010 10:24:39 AM

Well done, Usman ... lots of emotion !! Congratulations !!

Lee #8427211

Inge S. Lasmana 3/2/2010 8:21:53 PM

A huge congratulations for your win and POTD. You deserved it my friend! #8428265

Usman Bajwa 3/2/2010 9:11:12 PM

Thank you Leland and Inge, your comments are very much appreciated and so is your support!

UB. #8428299

"emmanuel ""nolax""" N. Montemar 3/3/2010 7:59:51 AM

amazing image, congrats Usman. #8429296

Usman Bajwa 3/4/2010 8:55:16 AM

Thanks Nolax, your time and support is very much appreciated!

UB. #8431603

Tarun Bose 3/6/2010 8:20:30 AM

Congrats for your winner, Usman. #8435867

Usman Bajwa 3/6/2010 10:09:53 AM

Thank you, Tarun!

UB. #8436064

Ellen Hodges 3/20/2010 4:26:43 AM

Congrats on an outstanding image that is so beautifully focused, Usman! That was a tough shot that turned out sooooo fantastic, Huge congrats!!! #8467510

Allison & John Overton 3/29/2010 4:33:57 AM

Congratulations Usman!! #8492748

Usman Bajwa 3/29/2010 4:58:11 AM

Thanks a million Ellen and Allison&John for your time and kind remarks!

UB. #8492851

Christine R. Lobsinger 3/29/2010 6:23:12 AM

Hello Usman, this deserves a WIN.. CONGRATS ON YOUR HEARTFELT WINNER!!

SMiLing #8493255

Sheri Camarda 3/29/2010 7:34:38 PM

A huge congratulations!!! #8495780

Usman Bajwa 3/29/2010 10:58:53 PM

Thanks Christine & Sheri!

UB. #8496186

Shelly A. Van Camp 3/30/2010 7:22:04 AM

Amazing!! Congrats on the gold! #8497354

Usman Bajwa 3/30/2010 8:07:59 PM

Thank you Shelly !!

UB. #8499022

Melinda B. Shiflet 4/1/2010 4:24:05 AM

Wow!! Congratulations on this FABULOUS capture!! Usman, your gallery is absolutely AMAZING!!! You have a LOT of talent! Keep up the great work! #8502009

Usman Bajwa 4/1/2010 5:06:33 AM

Thank you Melinda for your generous remarks and time!!

UB. #8502129

RC Fritz 4/22/2010 7:51:47 PM


Kenneth Mucke 4/27/2010 8:07:34 PM

Heartbreaking and powerful image...CONGRATS #8574792

Dominick M. Dimacale 5/4/2010 11:44:16 PM

Congratulations Usman on your Win!!!

Dominick #8589755

Usman Bajwa 6/15/2010 9:32:11 PM

Thanks RC, Kenneth and Dominick!

UB. #8697866

Rod Partington 8/14/2010 4:20:14 PM

Dude!! This is an amazing shot! Really an outstanding photo Usman! Congrats on a very deserving win! #8833624

Rod Partington 8/17/2010 6:46:31 AM

How I overlooked this great photo from you I don't know.. This photo tells a thousand stories and the look on this creatures face says it all. Great photo Usman in every way and a very fitting title too..

And yes the flame is alive and well in me.. Thank you for that my friend.

Brian #8842909

Laura E. Swan 9/17/2010 5:41:26 PM

Photobucket :)))

Usman, this is one of my ALL TIME BP Favorite images. It hurts to look at it and this is why the impact is so important to us all. This should go GOLD every month! :) What do you think my friend??? :D

-Laura #8913910

Boyd L. Alexander 9/18/2010 5:39:04 AM

Don't know how I missed this --CONGRATULATIONS on your terrific win's Usman!! Way to go! #8914902

Jim Baines 9/19/2010 6:39:06 AM

I love this!! The depth of your gallery is inspiring! #8917338

Stephen Zacker 10/18/2010 4:14:44 AM

Powerful and touching image. Congratulations #8979604

Inge S. Lasmana 10/18/2010 4:59:59 PM

Congratulations on your win and POTD, Usman! #8981526

Sheri Camarda 10/18/2010 5:37:21 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I too knew this had to be a winner. Great capture!! #8981647

Terry Cervi 10/19/2010 2:01:15 PM

A very emotive image and a well deserved win for you Usman! #8983931

Mary Beth Aiello 10/19/2010 6:47:46 PM

Missed this earlier, Usman. Absolutely outstanding. Perfection... in every way, including the title. Huge congrats on this spectacular winner. Well deserved. #8984447

Laura E. Swan 10/20/2010 12:46:39 PM

Huge Photobucket !!! :D #8985867

Murry Grigsby 10/20/2010 4:47:02 PM

Wonderful story photo Usman! I love the framing and your timing on the moment!! #8986268

frank w. degenhardt 10/21/2010 9:23:57 PM

Usman- I think photo of the year would be a better award for this amazing work with such a power message that tares at the heart. The photography is phenominal and beautiful. You got the sad face cetered so perfectly in the fence. The colors and features are gorgeous. The expression gut wrenching. a masterpeace of skilled photography and strong emotions.
Have a great day my friend. #8988762

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 10/23/2010 6:36:14 AM

Congratulations on your win and POTD Usman!! This is such an incredible capture! #8991059

Laura E. Swan 11/17/2010 11:54:43 PM

Still a huge FAV of mine on BP! So captivating and heartbreaking.

To be able to move your viewers hearts this much is true talent! -Laura #9047540

Karen Slagle 11/21/2010 6:14:27 AM

I guess I missed this one at some point. What a fantastic winning image, Usman, love those eyes peering through the fence. #9054945

Nadine A. Lewis 11/21/2010 7:43:53 AM

WOW!!! OUTSTANDING and so deserving!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! <>< #9055078

Chris Schlosser 11/29/2010 6:39:03 PM

Excellent capture, Usman! Congratulations on your well deserved win! #9070679

SaMi Martin 12/16/2010 10:01:46 AM

Wonderful portrait and very nicely done; Congrats Usman on your win! #9109221

Emile Abbott 12/18/2010 10:51:24 AM

Capture of a lifetime Usman I know you are proud of this one and it is a well deserved POTD and winner. #9113159

Stephen S. Maguire 1/24/2011 5:05:32 AM

Outstanding capture!!! Congrats on photo of the day. Well deserved!!! #9189853

Bill Johnson 3/25/2011 3:32:25 AM

UB, Fantastic capture and a well deserved winner. #9316018

Nadine A. Lewis 3/25/2011 10:56:40 AM

EXCELLENT!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Usman!!! <>< #9316951

Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer 3/25/2011 11:01:31 AM

I do understand him!! An AWESOME image and message, Usman. Congratulations!! #9316959

Sheri Camarda 3/25/2011 11:35:52 AM

A great capture with so many meanings! congratulations on your well deserved 2nd. place winning!!! #9317038

Ibraheem Alnassar 3/26/2011 4:59:23 AM

wonderful #9317993

Reynaldo D. Reyes 10/11/2011 6:59:16 AM

Usman, you've got one impressive gallery and these winning entries are testament to your commendable talents. Congrats on this POTD and Winning entry. Thank you too for visiting my gallery and posting on the Duomo of Florence entry. #9728945

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Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: -0.67, ExposureTime: 10/600 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 200, FocalLength: 200.00 mm, Model: NIKON D40

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