For my staff pick, I have chosen this lovely photo from @onebirdmocking! When I saw this submission come in, I automatically knew it would be my favorite of the bunch… mainly due to my love for animals doing silly things. Aesthetically, the colors of the blanket paired with the cute contortionist abilities of this cute fury friend make for an amazing shot. Kudos to you @onebirdmocking
My staff pick is going to @rebeccar.pzdkj8 for this artistic shot! I’m a sucker for the simplicity of a black and white picture and this one stood out as the only B&W in the bunch. Not every picture makes for a good B&W, but this one was well thought out. The symmetry and focal point, coupled with the complexity of the entire scene makes for a great image. My eye continues to find new details and elements each time I look at it. Well done @rebeccar.pzdkj8!!
Aw, thank you, I’m honored! This photo makes me smile every time I look at it, so I’m glad it has that effect on others as well.
Time for our random drawings to select our winners in each of the categories! @theresar has kindly offered to help select our winners, and some other volunteers may be chiming in as well.
The first category is Action. There were 6 eligible entries, so we will select one winner in this category.
@theresar, please pick a number between 1 and 6.
I choose 5 because I have five fingers on each hand to type.
I suppose that’s as good a reason as any.
(Pause for dramatic effect while I get things ready for the next category…)
Our second category is Animals - Bright Sunlight.
We’ll be picking two winners in this category because we had 14 eligible entries! We now have two volunteers as @amitl has joined us.
I am going to go with “lucky for some” #13
@theresar, do you have our second winning number ready?
The second winning number is 3 for The Rule of Thirds in photography.
(One moment please while I prepare the next category!)
Our next category is Animals - cloudy day no flash.
This category had 10 eligible entries, so we will award two prizes. However, because each person can win only once in this challenge, we currently have only 9 potential winners to choose from.
@amitl please select our first winner in this category by selecting a number between 1 and 9.
Since animals have 4 legs…lets go with #4
@theresar, a second winner in this category, please.
The second number is 7. That’s how many days in the week we can use our phone camera to capture great shots. (or try anyway).
(I’m blaming @louisdi for the history of giving a reason for each number selected, but it’s certainly more interesting than without a reason!)
Our next category is Landscapes and Scenery, cloudy day, no flash.
There were 27 eligible entries in this category, but one person has already won today, so @amitl will select two winning numbers for us between 1 and 26.
The better half a deck of cards…let’s go with #26
And for the second one…can we please have all by itself…numero uno…#1
I didn’t win with the animal - bright sunlight outdoors but I found it interesting that the two winners and myself all posted butterfly pictures in that category. Were there more than 3 butterfly picture in that category?