December Winners: Bells, Bows and Mistletoes

Dear Reader,

Here’s your weekly photo dispatch from photographer Shelly Perry with a list of last month’s Photo Challenge winners…

Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

January 13, 2010
The Right Way to Travel, Weekly Photo Tip

Bells, Bows and Mistletoes -- Winning Entries

By Shelly Perry in Portland, OR

Last month’s Photo Challenge theme was “Bells, Bows and Mistletoes.” November's winner, Tom Weber, acted as our guest judge, choosing December’s first-place winner.

** First Place goes to redhouston for “Reflections of Christmas Past”

** Second Place goes to Courtenay for “Serving Up Some Holiday Spirit”

** Third Place goes to henryhurry for “Versailles Snow”

Here is what Tom had to say about his first-place pick…


Bells, Bows and Mistletoes

“The artist’s personal feelings were truly captured in this simple but effective shot. The richly-colored balls and low natural light form a warm combination -- perhaps to symbolize the reflective mood of holiday seasons past when the artist’s family, much younger and all present, participated in the annual tree trimming chore. Crisp focus, excellent lighting, and well-balanced framing all contributed to make this effort the winning selection.”

Here are my picks for second- and third-place winners:


While the winning photo above used a subdued, moody tone and pallet, this winning photo pops with crisp, bright colors. The photographer did a nice job capturing the theme in this potential stock shot. And, while it has the brightness and exposure of a photo that was shot in studio, it appears (upon closer investigation) to have been achieved with natural light through a window -- a great source for lighting and free of charge to each of us. I’m impressed with the photographer’s achievement here.


I may need to crank up the heater here at home, but I swear I can almost feel the chill of this scene. It has a nostalgic holiday feel to it. I love the lighted street decorations, the snowy tracks in the street, and the streaks of snow blowing down. Kudos to the photographer for getting good exposure for this snowy night scene.

Congratulations to our winners!!

The first-, second-, and third-place winners will all be entered in the running for the $2,000 Grand Prize in October.


Remember, this month's theme is "The Great Escape." Submit your photos by 8:00 a.m. EST, Monday, January 25. If you're a first-time user, you'll need to register first on the "register" link on the right side bar. Once you have a username and password, click "Enter to Win" to upload your photo. Only one photo per applicant will be considered.

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