The joy of summer

© Monika Sapek

The joy of summer

Susan L. Vasquez 5/31/2005 10:06:49 AM

Monica, this shot is perfection!
Everything is just right! You should be very proud! #256283

April Riggs 5/31/2005 10:12:01 AM

This is a great shot, I agree- PERFECTION #1414939

Mary N C. Taitt 5/31/2005 10:17:52 AM

WOW!! Great shot, just perfect. Good sharpness, great expression, great movement in the picture, good diagonals, perfect composition. Good contrast. Very evocative! A winner!!! #1414953

Deb Holmes-Hatfield 5/31/2005 10:37:54 AM

Wonderful image, Monika, this is outstanding! #1415010

Marvin H. Gohlke Jr. 5/31/2005 11:30:13 AM

Wonderful image, great contrast and expression on the girl's face. And it works great as black and white. I can feel her joy at being in the water spray! Great job! #1415130

Murry Grigsby 5/31/2005 11:36:49 AM

I'm not sure I've seen a title more perfectly illustrated Monika? This is GREAT! I love your design, timing, action, lighting and use of B&W!! Kudos to you and your cute model :0) #1415148

Michelle Lea Guinn 5/31/2005 12:15:51 PM

Awesome b&w image Monika!!! Fantastic job on this!!! mlg #1415284

Amanda Price 5/31/2005 5:46:03 PM

I agree with the others! This is a winner! #1416228

Monika Sapek 5/31/2005 6:13:53 PM

Susan, April, Mary, Deb, Marvin, Murry, Michelle, and Amanda – thank you very much for taking your time to look at this image and your kind remarks on it! I truly appreciate it!

Olivia Navarro 6/9/2005 7:40:54 PM

Absolutely fantastic, Monica! Like everyone else, I agree that it will be a winner! #1452135

Barbara Helgason 1/21/2006 7:57:55 AM

Wow, this is beautiful, congratulations and best of luck in the next round Monica! #2315262

Life Expressions 1/21/2006 8:17:22 AM

Congrats on your finalist Monika! #2315414

The Judges at 1/21/2006 1:20:18 PM

Great light and exuberance. #2317852

Kristi A. Howson 1/21/2006 3:39:46 PM

Love the back light and great show of pleasure and joy Monika! Congratulations on your Finalist and Best of Luck in the next Round!!!! #2318542

Alana Ibe 1/21/2006 7:11:10 PM

This is so gorgeous with the backlighting! Congratulations! #2319620

Piotr M. Organa 1/23/2006 8:30:42 PM

Gorgeous b/w! Congrats, Monika! #2329181

Deborah Sandidge 1/23/2006 9:05:05 PM

Fitting title to a perfect image, Monika - congratulations and good luck with your exceptional finalists!! #2329279

Alana Ibe 1/24/2006 5:53:17 AM

A big Congratulations, Monika!!! This is a beautiful shot! #2330368

Ellen Peach 1/24/2006 5:53:40 AM

Congratulations to you & adorable Kate on this excellent Grand Prize Winner*~* #2330370

Mary Dimitriw 1/24/2006 6:05:57 AM

A Huge Congradulations on your Grand Prize Winner!!!! #2330407

Barbara Helgason 1/24/2006 6:19:06 AM

CONGRATULATIONS MONIKA, what a fantastic and joyful picture! GRAND PRIZE!!! Way to go Monika!!! #2330474

Life Expressions 1/24/2006 6:20:13 AM

Congratulations Monika on your grand prize winner!!! #2330480

Michelle Lea Guinn 1/24/2006 6:42:14 AM

Congratulations Monika!!! mlg~ #2330605

Mary N C. Taitt 1/24/2006 6:58:48 AM


Jennifer Johnston 1/24/2006 7:07:16 AM

Congratulations Monika. Awesome picture and well deserved grand prize! #2330705

Piotr M. Organa 1/24/2006 7:14:29 AM

Congrats on your Grand Prize, Monika!!!

Chris Macer 1/24/2006 7:15:17 AM

Congrats on the Grand Prize!! Amazing capture, Monika!! :) #2330763

Megan p 1/24/2006 7:43:27 AM

This photo makes me long for sumertime!!!! Congratulations on your HUGE win!!! #2330917

Robert M. Nicholson 1/24/2006 7:46:34 AM

Congrats! Great capture! #2330942

Pat Gamwell 1/24/2006 7:49:15 AM

WOW, Monika! Bet you never dreamed this photo would land you the big prize, did you? lol. CONGRATS for a well deserved image! #2330958

Goshka G. 1/24/2006 7:49:17 AM

BIG congrats on this wonderful Grand Prize win, Momika!!! #2330960

Kay Beausoleil 1/24/2006 7:50:41 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful Grand Prize win, Monika, and for your win in Details and Macro, too! #2330969

Wendy Stevenson 1/24/2006 7:56:06 AM

Big Congrats on this awesome Grand Prize win Monika!! Such a great feel to this superb catch - WTG!!! #2331010

Kristi A. Howson 1/24/2006 8:17:14 AM

WooHoo Monika...this is just of my favorites of yours...Huge congratulations on this wonderful win. I am so happy for you!!! A very well deserved image!!!! #2331062

bob cornelison 1/24/2006 8:21:00 AM

Congrats on a well deserved grand prize!
I love it!
~:O) #2331076

Chris Van Antwerp 1/24/2006 8:26:09 AM

Wonderful image. I can't wait for summer to get here now.
Chris #2331102

Karen Bacon 1/24/2006 8:29:51 AM

congratulations monika! #2331119

Susana Ms Heide 1/24/2006 8:39:00 AM

WOW!! Grand Prize for you!!!! Truly a winner of an image! CONGRATULATIONS!! #2331175

Amanda Price 1/24/2006 8:47:53 AM

It's about time this wonderful shot was recognized! Congrats!! #2331231

Claudia Kuhn 1/24/2006 8:48:04 AM

Wonderful Monika!!! Congrats on your GRAND PRIZE winner!!!! #2331233

Sharon Day 1/24/2006 8:53:33 AM

BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your GRAND PRIZE win, Monika!!!! #2331275

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 1/24/2006 9:14:27 AM

How exciting, such a great image!!! A great BIG congratulations!!! #2331365

Dorann Weber 1/24/2006 9:33:20 AM

Gorgeous, perfection...Congratulation's~! #2331417

Esther Smith 1/24/2006 9:38:04 AM

Grand Prize...Congratulations Monika!!! #2331430

Terry L. Ellis 1/24/2006 9:51:11 AM

Congratulations, Monika, on this superb Grand Prize win! #2331472

Janet L. Skinner 1/24/2006 10:01:17 AM

What a wonderful image, Monika!! Congratulations on this big win!! #2331508

Michael S. Baker 1/24/2006 10:13:07 AM

Great capture, great 'Grand Prize' win, Monika!

Mike B- #2331573

Terrill Province 1/24/2006 10:31:26 AM

YIPPEE ~ CONGRATULATIONS!!! Grand Prize Winner, Monika ~ well deserved!!! #2331691

Claudia/Theo Bodmer 1/24/2006 10:51:18 AM

Way to go, Monika! Claudia #2331798

Erica Murphy 1/24/2006 11:13:07 AM

MUCHO CONGRATS MONIKA!!!! What a fun and fabulous photo this is too!!!

Erica #2331874

Karen Engelbreth 1/24/2006 11:29:03 AM

Congrats on your Grand Prize win, Monika! #2331951

Kay E. Mahoney 1/24/2006 11:30:17 AM

Congratulations on your Grand Prize winner Monika. Good job. #2331956

Deborah Sandidge 1/24/2006 12:17:46 PM

How exciting and well deserved, Monika - congratulations! #2332188

Kathleen Clemons 1/24/2006 12:54:06 PM

So well deserved, Monika. Big congrats to you!!! #2332385

Gail P. Sullivan 1/24/2006 1:03:32 PM

Big congratulations on your super win, Monika! #2332442

Vicki Hunt 1/24/2006 1:21:27 PM

Congratulations on this awesome win!!! #2332559

Jen 1/24/2006 1:31:25 PM

Monika, congratulations!! Awesome job! #2332616

Marija Milovanovic Maksimovic 1/24/2006 1:46:32 PM

Many congratulations on your win, Monika! #2332680

Joline Frazier 1/24/2006 2:25:55 PM

Congratulations on this well deserved win. It is a beauty! #2332812

Lorri Shank 1/24/2006 2:32:16 PM

Congrats, Monika! You have a ton of talent and this is well-deserved!! #2332848

Judith G. Secco 1/24/2006 2:39:53 PM

Just fantastic!! Congratulations on your grand prize!! #2332894

Theresa Marie Jones 1/24/2006 3:24:13 PM

The best to the BEST! BIG Congratulations Monika on your award winning photo! Love your Gallery!! #2333091

William C. Raco 1/24/2006 3:37:27 PM

Beautiful photo, Monika
Congratulations on the well deserved win!

Bill #2333118

Jenny Bosmans 1/24/2006 3:55:23 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful grand prize win, Monika! #2333159

Cindy Paquette 1/24/2006 4:10:22 PM

Your image is so beautiful in b/'s no wonder you won the coveted prize this month Monika! CONGRATULATIONS! ;-) #2333233

Terry R. Hatfield 1/24/2006 4:35:46 PM

Congratulations On A Great Image Of Kate And Your Grand Prize Winner Monica!! #2333307

Mary K. Robison 1/24/2006 5:10:07 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your Grand Prize winner, Monika!
It must be doubly pleasurable that Kate was the subject in it! #2333478

Stanley J. Contrades 1/24/2006 5:20:51 PM

Super job and extra BIG CONGRATULATIONS on this Grand Prize winner, Monika!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #2333535

Monika Sapek 1/24/2006 5:58:59 PM

I want to thank you so much for your generous notes, everyone! I was in complete shock this morning, when I received the notifications about my win – thank you Better Photo! – and I still am! What a surprise and honor! Even the sun that finally came out after the long days of rain couldn’t make my day brighter today! Once again thank you so much for your wonderful support, everyone! I truly appreciate it!

Anita Taylor 1/24/2006 6:38:38 PM

This is so beautiful and timeless, Monika! The b&w really lets the mood come through. Super congratulations on your Grand Prize win! #2333820

Karen Rahlf 1/24/2006 6:41:59 PM

Congratulations! A great photo and a very well deserved win. #2333844

Jeff Lovinger 1/24/2006 7:28:01 PM

A big congratulations to you Monika !!!! Fantastic photo. #2334028

Jill Flynn 1/24/2006 7:43:20 PM

A big congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE WINNER Monika! Superb in every way!! #2334073

Simon Effendi 1/24/2006 7:54:01 PM

Wow.. I love this kind of photo! Perfect moment! Congrats! :) #2334101

KHAWLA Haddad 1/24/2006 7:56:45 PM

Big Congratulations on this beautiful grand prize win Monika!!!! #2334111

Gustavo Márquez 1/24/2006 8:37:39 PM

Very good work, Monika! Congratulations! #2334318

Evy Johansen 1/24/2006 8:45:28 PM

Big congratulations on your beautiful grand prize win, Monika! #2334356

Charlene Bayerle 1/24/2006 9:05:19 PM

Well Deserved Monika!!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! #2334425

Susan T. Evans 1/24/2006 9:28:00 PM

Congrats Monika on the Grand!!! #2334477

Allan L. Dy 1/24/2006 9:29:16 PM

A GRAND congrats to you Monika!!! #2334483

Rakesh Syal 1/24/2006 9:56:50 PM

WOW!!!! What a grand winner!!!
Perfect in all respect, Monica!!! #2334550

Robert Mann 1/24/2006 10:03:39 PM

I so remember this marverlous image of yours, Monika! It is perfect for the theme and a wonderful addition to the Grand Prize Winners gallery. Many big, huge, marvelous congrats to you!!! #2334563

Su Sana E. P 1/24/2006 10:07:18 PM

Congratulations on this outstanding Grand Prize Winner, Monika!! #2334571

Cora Miller 1/24/2006 10:12:00 PM

This is so full of emotion! Truly an exceptional shot and one that deserves every bit of respect it receives! A huge congratulations, Monika!!! #2334582

Renee Doyle 1/24/2006 11:22:23 PM

Huge congratulations for a truly magical shot Monika!!! Perfect in every way!!

Mary Clarke 1/25/2006 1:37:51 AM

Many, many congratulations Monika. Wonderful image and it really sums up your title. #2334943

Donna W. Neal 1/25/2006 4:04:31 AM

WOW...This is fab. Monika!!!
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS for Grand Prize Win!!! #2335180

Viveca Venegas 1/25/2006 4:25:44 AM

Monika, this is splendid and such a joy to look at. Well deserved. Bravisima! #2335299

Jeff Robinson 1/25/2006 4:43:05 AM

Congrats Monika on this exceptional GP Winner! Jeff #2335437

Laurence Saliba 1/25/2006 6:00:06 AM

Congratulations on this outstanding Grand Prize Winner, Monika!!!!!!!!! #2335910

Murry Grigsby 1/25/2006 6:28:10 AM

Congratulations Monika on your wonderful image and grand prize win! Well done and well deserved!! #2336075

Kelly Heaton 1/25/2006 7:27:57 AM

Wonderful & Congratulations Monika! #2336428

Guy D. Biechele 1/25/2006 10:29:13 AM

Fantastic, Monika! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! #2337023

Desiree M. Bento 1/25/2006 7:39:28 PM

A hearty congratulations to you Monika! Wonderful! #2339254

Dolores Neilson 1/26/2006 3:57:12 AM

I am SO excited!! You know I love your work, Monika! And so delighted you have rec'd the recognition you deserve with this image! Way to go, my friend! Enjoy your win! #2340068

Cynthia N. Queen 1/26/2006 4:51:00 AM

Beautiful, Soft, fun, exciting, joyful….it’s got it all! Congratulation on your Grand Prize win!! #2340308

Mick Burkey 1/26/2006 9:30:40 AM

Delightful image, Monika. Congrats on the win. Well deserved. #2341440

Vickie Skellenger 1/26/2006 3:11:41 PM

Wonderful capture of exuberance Monika! Congrats to you!!!!!! #2342697

Susi Lawson 1/27/2006 7:32:17 AM

Big cnograts on this very well deserved win, it is a beautiful inspiring image!! #2345225

Bill Houghton 1/27/2006 8:50:26 AM

Congratulations Monika on your beautiful win. Bill #2345548

Diane Dupuis 1/28/2006 11:51:15 AM

Congrats Monika!!! Well done and well deserved!! #2349628

Amber M. Garibay 1/31/2006 10:14:00 AM

I will never forget this shot. It is everything good in this world wrapped up in a picture. Congratulaions on your GRAND PRIZE win!! #2360525

Cathy M. Gromball 2/1/2006 9:10:56 AM

Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Monika!

Cathy :) #2364854

Ivan Chacon 2/3/2006 8:19:34 AM

Congratulations Monika !!!
Great job ! #2372432

Ed Heaton 2/5/2006 10:53:31 AM

Excellent work Monika! Congrats on this outstanding image :-) #2381564

Barbara K. Breitsameter 2/12/2006 7:31:07 PM

I have been meaning to congratulate you for some time. WELL DESERVED Grand Prize Monika! It is always a pleasure to see your work. #2412094

Jean E. Hildebrant 5/30/2008 7:40:36 AM

Beautiful image captures the spirit of childhood in summer and the exuberance of life that children express so freely. The simple things in life are often the best! Sorry I missed this before-into my fav's it goes! #5996947

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Camera: Nikon D70 Digital SLR Camera All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist Photo Contest GRAND PRIZE Winner

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