Story Photo: Photo Contest

Ta Dah, Meet Last Week’s Winners!

No, Aggie is not one of last week’s winners! She is subject of this week’s post and the header picture, which I will explain later. First, I’m excited to announce last week’s winners of the Special Challenge from the post, Story Photo: Walled Garden.

I randomly drew two names from the participants. I thank both of them for participating and encourage you to check out what they wrote. Without further adieu, here they are:

Linda, From Roses to Rainbows

Tina Lane, (Florida) Girl with a New Life.

Linda is a wonderful writer. I always enjoy her “take” on the Story Photo Challenges. Tina is new to my site. I hope you will welcome her and tell her how much work fun it is to visit my site:~)

Last Chance

Okay, it’s Aggie Time! This is your last chance to help me find the photos for the photography contest I’m entering. You may remember in Story Photo: You Be the Judge I told you about this contest featuring cat photographs.

At that time, I had you “judge” some of my photos of Aggie. The three most popular pictures, in priority order, from that post were Pictures 4, 2 and 3. Today’s header features the picture that received the most votes.

If I win a spot, my photograph will be part of an exhibit displayed in May. The contest is open to all photographers, amateur and professional and there can only be three submissions by each photographer.

So, I turn to you again, my blogging friends, to ask you to help pick three more photos. I want to choose my final three from the ones you’ve help me select.

The Challenge

Today, I’m giving you a selection of five new photos to judge (to enlarge the photo, click on it). Your challenge is to pick out your top three photographs and put them in order, with your favorite first. Consider the following questions when selecting your top three photographs:

  1. Which photographs pop out at you and grab your attention?
  2. Are the photographs interesting, not too busy and balanced in the frame?
  3. Are the photographs clear, the colors good and the lighting not too light or too dark?

You can explain your top choices, but it’s not necessary. If you don’t like any of the photos, just put NONE in the comment box. I promise not be offended, but I will sob and tear my hair out in frustration. Fortunately, as I have no video at my site, you will not have to witness this:~)

Your choices

Picture One
Picture Two
Picture Three
Picture Four
Picture Five

Thank You!

I appreciate your help with this, as does Aggie. I must admit she’s grown annoyed at being my photography subject. I didn’t know how annoyed she was until I took this picture of her paws recently and noticed something odd about her middle toe.

NO! Aggie wouldn’t do that! Would she? Than again, you never know with cats:~)

35 comments on “Story Photo: Photo Contest

  1. Lynn says:

    2, 1, 5. Those are my picks. #2 makes me want to give her a kiss on the nose. 🙂 I love tabby cats – my departed Sophie was an orange tabby. They have such personality. I’ll bet Aggie talks to you a bit, too.

    • Sara says:

      @ Lynn — This is so funny. I’ve read through the comments and Picture Two seems very likable. I wasn’t sure the reception it would get.

      Yes, when she wants to speak, she can be very demanding. However, she doesn’t talk a lot, which creates problems for us as she very quick to get into places like cabinets. We end up shutting her in because we don’t realize she’s there. She will stay someplace for hours without meowing to be let out. I call her my Zen cat; she’s happy wherever she is:~)

      Thanks for your feedback about the pictures:~)

  2. Linda says:

    Sara, thank you for your kind words and the link to my site. It is always fun to participate in your special challenges.

    A warm welcome to Tina – I’m sure she’ll feel right at home here.

    My choices today are 2, 4, 3 – no particular reasons, they just strike me. Plus, I think 2 just shows off her lovely face.

    • Sara says:

      @ Linda — You are so welcome and I mean every word!

      Thank you for your feedback on the pictures. Picture Two has pleasantly surprised me:~)

  3. Belinda says:

    Nice, Sara. I like them all. I always have trouble picking the best because you ahve such a good photographic eye.

    #2 just draws me in; that face is irresistible.

    I find #4 intriguing. I can almost picture her jumping.

    • Sara says:

      @ Belinda — While I’m pleased you add your vote to picture #2, I really glad you like picture #4. It’s one of my favorites.

      Everyone is being so helpful with this photo contest. I really appreciate the feedback you’ve given:~)

  4. Hilary says:

    Hi Sara .. 2 – but I’d rotate it straight?!, then 1 and then 5 – interesting others’ choices … and

    congratulations to Linda and Tina .. welcome Tina to the Sara fold .. cheers Hilary

    • Sara says:

      @ Hilary — thanks about the idea of rotating the picture. I’ll consider it.

      I really appreciate you stopping by and helping me with this decision. I see you are now up to “D.” Are you getting tired or is it getting easier?

      • Hilary says:

        Hi Sara .. I answered your Eyebright questions for “E”! Actually the posting is relatively easy – it’s keeping up with everyone .. but I’m doing what I can – I’ve had an eye cold (appropriately enough this week!) .. so been feeling a little off – but just getting on with things. It’s working the best route forward .. not following all, or subscribing to each, and ignoring some, and finding some aren’t doing it .. but I put the links into a spread sheet & keep some sort of record that way .. probably not the most efficient – but I’m not like a lunatic going everywhere … and reply comment to everyone who comments over at Positive Letters …

        So yes – a lot of eye work! Delighted that you’re stopping by .. it’s always good to see you .. cheers and love – hope you can find something to help from my post. Hilary

        • Sara says:

          @ Hilary — I love it that you put the links into a spread sheet. Very clever, you! It is more difficult as you try to write AND reply AND leave comments:~)

          I hope you are feeling better. Please take good care of yourself, okay?

  5. Ginny says:

    Hi Sara,
    My picks are two, five and three. I really loved two until I saw five which made me say, “OHHH” so two and five are really tied. Good luck with the contest. It has been fun being part of your decision making.

    Thank you for your comments yesterday. I am busy snapping pictures to add to my site.

    • Sara says:

      @ Ginny — Thanks for your feedback and for sharing your thoughts about these photos. It’s really helpful to see which ones grab the attention of people.

      Oh, I am so pleased you will adding more pictures to your site. I will visit soon:~)

  6. Liz says:

    Awhhh!!!! Picture 3 kind of looks like Todd! xD

    Which photographs pop out at you and grab your attention?
    Picture 1 is an interesting one because it’s an awkward looking position. 🙂

    Are the photographs interesting, not too busy and balanced in the frame?
    They are all very nice. 🙂

    Are the photographs clear, the colors good and the lighting not too light or too dark?
    Yes! 😀 They’re lovely, and each one is different. 🙂

    Ha, the last picture is kind of funny. 😛

    • Sara says:

      @ Liz — From what I’ve seen of Todd, he does look a lot like Aggie. I like picture 1 because she looks like she’s about to do something.

      You’re the first person who’s mentioned the last picture. So, funny…it’s amazing what Photoshop will let you do. I’m sure Aggie would be terribly embarrassed to discover I put that picture up, even if it does convey her feelings about the camera:~)

  7. Talon says:

    I consulted with Stripey (Missy refused to comment) and he said that definitely Aggie would do such a thing 🙂

    I’m sorry, Sara, but that photo cracks me up! I go for photo 6, even though it’s not truly in contention. I bet Aggie thanks me 🙂

  8. Kelvin Kao says:

    I like the reflection in the first one. I like how in the fourth one is doing something not as cat-y but more snake-y. Oh wow, I need to work on my vocabulary.

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  10. They are all SO good, but which to choose, number TWO for me, then ONE, then THREE.

    And the first photo in this, Sara, made me smile, that cat statue so much like your real live angel. You’ve a hyper-photogenic kitty!


    • Sara says:

      @ Jannie — Thanks for helping me make these selections. The header photo is funny. That’s the window that Aggie looks out of in the morning, if you can’t go out on the screened porch due to weather or garbage men…oh, and lawn mowers:~)

      I loved your poem, Iris. It was great. If anybody is reading this comment, go visit Jannie’s site and read Iris – a poem. It’s really GOOD:~)

  11. Stacey says:

    I like 2 and 4. They are so very cat-like.

    • Sara says:

      @ Stacey — Thanks for stopping by and assisting me in making these photo selections.

      Your little girls are so adorable. Enjoy them while you can. It really is true that they grow up FAST!

  12. Jean Sampson says:

    Hey, Sara. For me, it’s a tie between #1 and #2. I like #1 because of the energy of the cat—–gives the photo that feeling of aliveness. But the 2nd photo is so irresistable, so durn cute. That cat is bursting with come-hitherness which gives that photo such charm. I also got a chuckle out of the last photo. Good luck, Sara!

    • Sara says:

      @ Jean — Thanks for your help with this. It seems Picture 2 is definitely a favorite. As I needed to decide on a head shot, everyone helped me with this!

      Isn’t Photoshop amazing? It is, however, the essence of what Aggie been saying to me whenever she sees the camera:~)

  13. Alien Ghost says:

    Hi Sara,

    Is Aggie giving you the finger?! Bad cat!

    From my part you don’t have to sob and tear your hair, although the video could get lots of views in YouTube 🙂

    My preferred order would be:

    1- Picture 3: “I don’t wanna do this! I don’t like contests! I’m tired!” -The body and face expressions are awesome!

    2- Picture 2: “Do you love me? Do you love me? Yes? Yes?” -She looks so childish and sweet.

    3- Picture 5: “Just try to get any closer!!” -Again, the expression and movement…ready to jump.

    4- Picture 1: “I’m a cool cat! Always sharp and alert” -Seems like she’s acting for an action movie.

    5- Picture 4: “I swear I saw a mice down there” -Let imagination flow on what she might be looking at.

    Hope that helps…and my regards to the model 🙂


    • Sara says:

      @ Raul — I always appreciate you help. I really like what you said about Picture 1 because that’s what I thought about this picture.

      Thanks for your assistance with this:~)

  14. Beautiful images, loved them 🙂
    Short Poems

  15. Liz says:

    Thank you. 🙂 I’m not addicted to the TV anymore, but I know that I will teach my future kids to do more than just spend time watching TV. 😛

    My point in the scenario (which a lot of people overlooked/ignored) is that once choice leads to another, and pretty soon you’re choosing something that can be done later, and when you get the chance to make that choice again, chances of choosing the same choice you did before are very high. It wasn’t about choosing one thing that can be seen later via a recording/DVR/etc.; it was about choosing a not-so-physical activity over a more physical one. But whilst I wrote the post, I was having a hard time putting all of my thoughts into less than 500/700 words, and the post ended up being somewhere between 600 and 700 words, when I normally write a mere 500 or less. 🙁

    But thank you. 🙂 I am pretty creative, and I am trying to be more creative with my blog and whatnot. I decided that long-term blog projects/events/activities/etc. are not my thing, and that I completely fail at even attempting them, and I end up not following through because I find it “lame” later on, or even uninteresting. I lose interest quickly, but Meme Mondays, Wordless Wednesdays and Thinking Thursdays are so far my favorite memes I do on my blog, and I think that I will stick to them (and least for now). 🙂

    • Sara says:

      @ Liz — Wow, can I understand what you mean about the word limit. I find it so hard when I’m writing the creative fiction to stay within the 600 word limit. On the other hand, it is making me more disciplined about my writing:~)

      The nice thing about blogging is that you really CAN do whatever you want!

      Thanks for clarifying my comment on your site:~)

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