February Photo Challenge Winners: “Scio – I Know”

Last month's theme of "Scio - I Know" inspired a variety of interesting entries, which I hope you had the opportunity to check out.

Van White, the first place winner from January, had the honor of choosing first place this month.  You'll find his choice here, along with my picks for second and third place.  

The winners are …

**First Place goes to LindaDeMarre for "Fishin' for a Pot o' Gold" 

**Second Place goes to Carolo for "How I Remember Grandma"

**Third Place goes to Richard for "Snowball Fight" 

**Honorable Mention goes to Treva for "Love"

Here's what last month's winner Van White had to say about his pick of "Fishin' for a Pot o' Gold" by LindaDeMarre …  


 Scio - I Know

"This fantastic photo, "Fishin' for a Pot o' Gold," spoke to me immediately, and THEN I saw the fisherman. That added element made the image especially outstanding. In fact, the photo was powerful with merely the brilliant waterfall. Including the rainbow element greatly strengthened it. The fisherman easily boosted it over the top to a resounding win.

"Congratulations, Linda, on an outstanding job! I wish I had captured this image." 



For me, our runner-up shot is extremely poignant. As I mentioned in this e-letter last month, it's one of those photos that surely evokes memories for the photographer, but stirs up equally strong sentiments in the viewer. The natural lighting works well here. I can imagine this lady sitting near a window late in the afternoon… in the stillness of her home. But it's one that could be interpreted in so many ways.

I appreciate the repetition of shape with the buttons on her sleeves and the beads of her necklace. But, most of all, I like the detail of her hands. Overall, its simple details and close-up composition are wonderful. 



This shot has instant appeal; the children are engaging and charming. The lighting is good, back lit but exposed with detail for the subject. The perspective is right down at eye level with the kids. An all-sand background works well to draw attention directly into the subject.

Although, I would prefer to see the kids slightly off to one side (so the main action of the shot were not as centered), the fact that the faces are positioned in the top third means it does work as is. Including all of the sand balls, without any clipping, is a real plus.

The final thing that pushed this shot into the running for me was its description. Richard says, "I know there is no snow on this beach in the Philippines. I also know an upcoming snowball fight when I see one." Descriptions are important.  There was at least one other shot in February's challenge, "Tony" by angello99, that had such a wonderful description, it truly made the shot.  


This charming shot also comes with a well-matched description: "I love my grandkids and know that the best photos happen unsolicited, when they are doing what they do best… being kids… uninhibited and free of stress or worry."

The blur and selective focus bring a dream-like quality to the photo, while its composition and lighting are artfully handled. The black and white on this photo adds to its timeless feel… and I'm sure it will be treasured for years to come with a place on the wall or mantle. 


Remember, this month's theme is "Let's Go Green." Submit your photos by 8:00 a.m. EST, Monday, March 24th. If you're a first-time user, you'll need to register first on the "register" link on the right sidebar. 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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