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Photobird Photo Contest for August

August 3, 2009

“breeching 1, Frederick Sound, AK”
© Copyright Steve Simon

Water is one of our most precious natural resources. Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and is essential for many forms of life. We use water for drinking, bathing, and playing, among other things. Lots of other creatures use water for playing, such as whales which breach out of the water, as shown in the spectacular photo above by Steve Simon of a whale breaching in Frederick Sound in Alaska. Click the photo above to see a larger version.

“Water” is the theme for the Photobird Photo Contest for August 2009. Enter the contest here. The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends August 31, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific time.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for August 2009 will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their photos at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

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Photobird Photo Contest Winners for July

August 3, 2009

“The Three Armadillos”
© Copyright Steve Creek

Thank you to everyone who entered the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009! The theme for July was “Three” and a lot of great photos were entered into the contest. We had a lot of photos of children and birds, some fireworks (of course, for July!), turtles, oranges, chairs, arches, celebrities, sailboats, and an Amish caravan going to town.

Congratulations to Steve Creek, winner of the Photobird Award with the photo “The Three Armadillos“, shown above. I wrote about the photo in early July and I mentioned how it’s rare to see a photo of one armadillo because they’re just not something people take photos of, and yet Steve has a great photo of three of them together, which is even more rare. Click the photo above to see a larger version.

Congratulations to Seshadri Moitra, winner of the People’s Choice Award with the photo “the happy moment“. The photo appears to show a small family of three cows, with the mother simultaneously feeding her calf and touching another cow with her mouth. Perhaps it’s a sign of affection, and she’s managing to keep everyone in the group happy.

Steve and Seshadri will each receive the following prizes:

Congratulations again to both winners!

“One” was the theme for May. “Two” was the theme for June. And “Three” was the theme for July. Instead of “Four” for August, let’s shift gears, hop in a boat, and head out on the water while summer is still here! “Water” is the theme for the Photobird Photo Contest for August 2009. The Photobird Photo Contest is free to enter, so be sure to get your entry in and have your family and friends vote on their favorite photos before month’s end.

For more information about the contest, please check out the details here.

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Final Day: Photo Contest for July 2009

July 31, 2009

“Out for a stroll”
© Copyright Sonja Throssell

Today is the final day to submit your photo entry into the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009! The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends today, Friday, July 31, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific time. Enter the contest here.

“Three” is the theme of the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. Sonja Throssell entered a cute photo of three goslings entitled “Out for a stroll“. Not only are they out for a stroll, but it looks like they’re hunting ferociously for food. (If goslings can be ferocious, that is.)

The composition of Sonja’s photo is very well done. First, the photo is shot at ground level where the goslings are, not from up at human height. Secondly, I like that the goslings are photographed at a slight angle, so they appear staggered in the photo, so we can clearly see all three of them. Finally, I like the simplicity of the photo, which enables us to focus our attention on the goslings. There’s not much else in the photo: three goslings, grass, and green water. The last two make the goslings stand out very well in the photo. For more composition tips, read “Composition Is Key” in the Photobird Daily.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009 will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their photos at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

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1 Week Left: Photo Contest for July

July 24, 2009

“Pick Me!”
© Copyright Terry Hammon

This is quite an impressive photo entitled “Pick Me!” that Terry Hammon entered into the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. The photo is very impressive technically even though it doesn’t have large patches of rich, iridescent colors that I usually like. First, capturing hummingbirds in flight is no easy task. You need a fast shutter speed and a few other tricks to get the quick, tiny birds very sharp. I actually like that the bird’s body is sharp while its wings are mostly a blur, showing their motion.

Next, the composition of the photo is well done. If simply capturing the hummingbird wasn’t enough, Terry has the bird positioned in a good spot in the frame, with the flowers on the left forming a nice border. Note that this is a tight close-up of the hummingbird in action, without a lot of open space in the photo.

Finally, if those characteristics weren’t enough, Terry’s photo has a short depth of field, with the foreground objects sharp and the background blurred to force our eyes to focus on the foreground objects, the bird and the flowers. Very impressive feat to get all of those challenging photographic skills into one photo!

The Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009 is still open and there’s only one week remaining so be sure to enter your photo soon!

“Three” is the theme of the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. Enter the contest here. The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends Friday, July 31, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific time.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009 will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their photos at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

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2 Weeks Left: Photo Contest for July

July 17, 2009

“Waiting for a breeze”
© Copyright Jeff Pontsler

Waiting for a breeze” is a beautiful photo that Jeff Pontsler entered into the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. I think what really makes this photo stand out is the quality of the sunlight shining directly against the boats on the side that Jeff Pontsler is shooting from (as opposed to the other side, the shady side). My guess was that the sun was low in the horizon — thus the great color sunlight — which meant either morning or afternoon sun, and then I noticed in the description of the photo that Jeff said it was in the morning.

The framing of the sailboats is also very good, with only the three sailboats in the photo and nothing else around them. The blue sky complements the very green water exceptionally well. The cotton-ball clouds low in the horizon in the background are also a nice touch. Horizons can sometimes be tricky to get level, but if you just tilt your head to the right a bit, it’s fixed. Also, the bottoms of the sails line up with the horizon, and the sails of each boat appear to touch the sails of the boat next to it, which helps keep the photo tidy. Very well done.

I accidentally approved this photo for the contest before I noticed that it was the second photo that Jeff Pontsler had entered into this month’s contest. The contest rules state that each contestant may only enter one photo each month; therefore, this photo won’t be able to win either award, but it’s a really nice photo so I wanted to point it out. Jeff Pontsler’s other photo in this contest, “Going to town…” is also very good.

There’s only two weeks remaining before the end of the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009, so be sure to enter your photo soon!

“Three” is the theme of the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. Enter the contest here. The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends July 31, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific time.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009 will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their photos at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

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3 Weeks Left: Photo Contest for July

July 10, 2009

“The Three Armadillos”
© Copyright Steve Creek

To be honest, I haven’t seen many photos of armadillos in my lifetime. They’re just not something people take a lot of photos of, I guess, and there probably aren’t a lot of opportunities to see them. They’re also not exactly Mother Nature’s most photogenic creature.

Steve Creek might have captured one of their best sides in the photo shown above entitled “The Three Armadillos” which he entered into the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. If I’m not mistaken, the photo shows three armadillos walking away from us — not walking towards us. I do believe that those are three tails in the photo. It’s a cute, well-done photo, with great color and excellent depth of field.

“Three” is the theme of the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. Enter the contest here. The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends July 31, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific time.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009 will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their photos at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

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Photobird Photo Contest for July

July 1, 2009

“Just Ducky”
© Copyright John Maher

Many good things come in threes. Three’s Company. The Three Stooges. The Three Musketeers. And of course, one of photography’s most popular composition concepts, the Rule of Thirds. These three ducks are staying together in the photo shown above entitled “Just Ducky” by John Maher, winner of the Photobird Award for the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2007.

“Three” is the theme of the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. Enter the contest here. The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends July 31, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific time.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009 will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their photos at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

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Photobird Photo Contest Winners for June

July 1, 2009

“Two Rainbows” © Copyright Ramon Prince

Thank you to everyone who entered the Photobird Photo Contest for June 2009! The theme for June was “Two”. Thirty-two photos were entered into the contest and we had a wide range of photo subjects shown in twos. There were brothers, friends, a lot of birds, frogs, a mother and child, a couple of monks, a couple in love, a couple made for each other, and lovebirds on the beach.

Congratulations to Ramon Prince, winner of the Photobird Award with the photo “Two Rainbows” shown above. I wrote about the photo a couple of weeks ago. I like the beautiful sunlight on the rocks, the rich saturation of the colors in the photo, and of course the rarely seen and even more rarely captured double rainbow. Click the photo above to see a larger version.

Congratulations to Chanchal Ghosh, winner of the People’s Choice Award with the photo “Butterfly“. I wrote about this photo a week ago and I like the vibrant colors and the sharpness of the butterflies in the photo. I also like that the colors are very earthy: greens and browns, especially the very rich browns of the butterflies.

Ramon and Chanchal will each receive the following prizes:

Congratulations again to both winners!

“One” was the theme for May. “Two” was the theme for June. Guess what’s the theme for July! Yes, “Three” is the theme for the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. The Photobird Photo Contest is free to enter, so be sure to get your entry in and have your friends vote on their favorite photos before month’s end.

For more information about the contest, please check out the details here.

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5 Days Left: Photo Contest for June

June 26, 2009

“Tuzgölü”
© Copyright Laszlo Nemeth

There’s only 5 days remaining until the end of the Photobird Photo Contest for June 2009 with the theme “Two”. Enter the contest here. The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific time.

I like this artistic photo shown above entitled “Tuzgölü” that was entered into the Photobird Photo Contest for June 2009 by Laszlo Nemeth. This photo has a lot of good things in it. I like the horizon line at the top of the Rule of Thirds. I like the relative clarity of the foreground, where you can see the texture of the sand — or salt. The two people in the distance give a very nice perspective to the photo. I like how the sky imitates the color of the water that would be in the lake if the lake had water in it.

If I’m not mistaken, my keen Google skills and my rusty Turkish (I don’t know any) tell me that Tuzgölü is a salt lake in Turkey in or near Ankara. “Tuzgölü” may even be the literal translation for “salt lake”. Hey, according to this Wikipedia entry, it looks like I’m correct!

Laszlo Nemeth won the People’s Choice Award for the Photobird Photo Contest for February 2008 with the photo entitled “Morning at the lake“, another great photo of a lake.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for June 2009 will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their photos at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

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1 Week Left: Photo Contest for June

June 19, 2009

“Butterfly”
© Copyright Chanchal Ghosh

There’s only 1 week remaining until the end of the Photobird Photo Contest for June 2009 with the theme “Two”. Enter the contest here. The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends June 30, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific time.

The photo shown above entitled “Butterfly” was entered into the Photobird Photo Contest for June 2009 by Chanchal Ghosh. I like the vibrant colors and the sharpness of the photo. The colors are very earthy: greens and browns, especially the very rich browns of the butterflies. I like how the main butterfly, front and center, has a pronounced texture to its wings. It appears very tangible in this photo. The short depth of field with the blurred background really makes the butterflies stand out.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for June 2009 will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their photos at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

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