March Winners: My Green Thumb

Last month’s Photo Challenge theme was My Green Thumb. Scroll below for the winning photos…

-- Lori

Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

April 7, 2010
The Right Way to Travel

My Green Thumb -- Winning Entries

By Shelly Perry in Portland, OR

Last month’s Photo Challenge theme was “My Green Thumb.” We received a variety of shots, from the garden to green landscapes, and some more unusual takes on the theme, including a giant thumb statue. Narrowing it down to a few winners is always a difficult task. February’s winner, PhillDanze, was our guest judge and picked March’s first place winner.

** First Place goes to Maurya_PK for “My Green Thumb”

** Second Place goes to mm767cap for “God's Green Garden”

** Third Place goes to deborah_kolb for “Shamrocks and Rose Petals”

** Honorable Mention goes to henryhurry for “Sahara Green Thumb”



My Green Thumb

Here’s what PhillDanze had to say about his first-place pick:

“I found this photo represented the Green Thumb theme well. It is in focus where it needs to be while the depth of field and uncluttered background keep your eye on the head of the caterpillar.

“The lighting is good and the composition is strong, being slightly off-center. The dominant (and vibrant) green color adds to the composition.

“Finally, what made this image really stand out for me was the use of the insect as the main subject. Insects are found in every garden and belong there as much as the flowers -- it was nice to see a different point of view on the theme.”



A stunning and beautifully-executed shot. A long exposure allowed the water to run and take on that silky smooth look. I love the mist rolling on the hills in the background and the one lone tree near the center.

The only criticism I have is that I’d prefer if the whole thing were not quite as centered. However, having said that, I like the way it was composed with the leading lines of the river moving into the frame from the side, keeping the eye inside the frame. This is a wonderful art shot.



I like this unusual take on the theme, and how the photographer added a human touch while still focusing on the shamrock. Extra Green Thumb points for growing the roses and using the description to fill in the details.

While it would take away from some of the rose petals at the bottom of the frame, I’d like to see the shamrock (the point of focus) dropped down in the frame a little bit, so it is not so centered. The lighting here is unusual and interesting. I really like the colors and tones captured in the shot.



The description of this shot put it into the winners list as much as the shot itself. It tells the story of how a water pump in the village allowed this farmer to grow food in the Sahara to feed his whole village. If that is not a green thumb, I don’t know what is.

Congratulations to each of our winners!!

The first-place winner will get a $30 gift certificate to the AWAI E-Bookstore, and all winners will be entered into the Hall of Fame, to compete for next year’s $2,000 Grand Prize.

[ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shelly Perry from Portland, Oregon, specializes in people photography, what she calls documentary or lifestyle portraits. She is known especially for her imaging of children. Shelly’s concern for people is reflected both in her sense of purpose and the images she produces. Her images have been seen all over the globe on music CD covers, books, magazines, catalogues, web sites, ad campaigns and even on TV. Her work has also appeared in several local exhibits and gallery shows.]

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