11 August, 2008

Summer Photo Contest Finalists: VOTE NOW!!!

VOTING CLOSED

Here are the finalists of the Pics and Kicks Summer Contest. With 269 images to choose between, we had quite the challenge ahead of us! There were some really fantastic entries! This week my panel consisted of local Laie photographer Mark Lee, his wonderful wife Patria and of course Richie and myself. We chose finalists based on relevance, composition and overall image strength, and again couldn't limit ourselves to 3 so you'll find not 3, not 4 but 5 lovely summery images below. Thank you so much Mark, Patria and Richie for putting your hearts into it. It was a tough job!

GUIDELINES FOR VOTING:
  1. Vote by commenting below.
  2. Please vote only once.
  3. Your vote should include only 1 image and may include your feelings on the image if you so wish.
  4. Anonymous votes will not be tallied.
  5. Your vote should take into consideration relevance, composition and overall image strength.
  6. All votes must be received no later than this coming Friday, August 15th.
  7. Winners will be announced Saturday, August 16th.
Thanks for taking the time to vote!
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139 comments:

Anonymous said...

All I know is that I LOVE all of them! I've got to spend a while on this...I cannot choose. Really great pictures! Until later...I'll be looking at these some more:)

Heather said...

OOH! They're ALL truly SUMMER! It's so hard to choose! If I must choose only one ( 2 or 5? 5 or 2?)....I will vote for 2. Why 2? Because first of all, the photo is lovely. Secondly, every summer my father-in-law comes home late from work because he's picking literally GALLONS of blackberries in his secret spots. Last night we has blackberry cobbler. So thanks to the Mildensteins, blackberries= summer to me.

Ashley said...

These are too hard to choose between. But I really love #4.

Brent and Britta said...

Wow, well, I would have to say if 'Summer' is the theme then #3 takes the cake. #4 says fall or spring to me. Summer to me is carnival rides and cotton candy on the boardwalk. #3!!!

Crystal Chick said...

My vote is for #4. We just went and picked a bunch of blackberries from a local farm recently. They were delicious.

Jessie said...

For me, #1 really embodies my summer. Good friends, laughing and enjoying themselves around the pool. So my vote (thought they are all so lovely!) is #1.

Annie Link said...

dang these are good. I'm going to have to sit on this one for a while. they're all just so good.

Anonymous said...

I vote #1! The essence of summer beauties... sun glasses, great summer hats, and laughter in the sun! what more can you ask for to embody a summer moment!!?

Anonymous said...

I like photo number 3. It makes me think of summer and fun. The colors are great and I like the way the wheel was captured in the photo.

Unknown said...

I love #2- so bright and vibrant, and also making my mouth water!

Jonathan Canlas said...

hands down number 1

Anonymous said...

Well, my first impulse this morning when I saw them was #1. Yep -- that's what I'm still going with! #1. It's the one I just keep wanting to look at. I love everything about it -- the women are gorgeous, the hats and bathing suits - pure summer. Love it.

Kelli Nicole said...

3! LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

#4.

sheena jibson said...

oh my goodness!!! I cannot believe I was included....what a great group to be apart of!! but I do have to say.....#3 is screaming at me--it's perfect!! tones, composition, everything!

{ jessica } said...

#3 all the way! They are all good though... This is a tough contest!

Anonymous said...

#3 ROCKS!! THE RIDE, THE COLORS, SCREAM SUMMER FUN!

The Imperfect Pie said...

Number 3!! You can't beat blue skies and sweethearts riding the ferris wheel together. That is what summer is all about. The photo is perfect.

Hill Reflects said...

I love #5. The sun still shining brightly as it slowly sets behind the girl just really gives you that feel of summer. The person capture this just right. The tall grass is brown so it gives you the feel that it hadn't rain in a while. I also get the sense that the little girl is on a picnic with her family. Even though it is hard to see the blue sky, you know that it is clear just the way the sun hits your eye. Your eyes are drawn to the sun but immediately you look to the little girl. She becomes the sweet subject of this image.

Anonymous said...

Hard to choose, but my vote is for #4.

Jessica said...

#3!

Mrs Jelly said...

I'm going to vote for number 4.
I'm in the UK and we haven't seen ANY sun at all this summer, just rain, rain, rain and more rain!
So I like number 4 because I can see the sun in it!
:o)

Anonymous said...

#4, I love the color and lighting.

Anonymous said...

Definitely number 2 (the blackberry). It kicks A.

Heather Capener said...

It's so hard, but I think I am going with #4. I love it! I love them all! Wow!! great pictures!!

Kelli Eudis said...

great choices. I say #5 and #1

Jenni said...

I love 1, 3, and 5 because they all embody summer in such different and unique ways, but I will have to say that 3 takes the cake. I love the ferris wheel because first, the color and composition is outstanding. Also, it is such a crisp, bright picture and I love that I can imagine myself in it. It takes me somewhere else. So I vote #3: the ferris wheel.

Karen Long said...

#1... Simply fabulous!

{Erica} said...

1 or 5...umm...NUMBER 1. final answer...

Kevin Lavin said...

I think #5 takes the cake! Reminds me of being a child which, in my opinion, are the best summer memories I've ever had! Oh to feel that young again, not a care in the world but to run through the sprinklers and climb a tree!

mika said...

my favorite of the bunch is definitely 5. i love the color...the warmness of the shot as a whole makes it feel like a summery hazy dream. the range of colors in the kids swimsuits and that there's so many of them and they're all doing different things embodies summer to me...they're all distracted...playing, enjoying good times with friends...playing...wet..in the grass. i like how they fill the frame...how there's a hazy wetness at the top and reflection on the sidewalk at the bottom... number 5 gets my vote!

Unknown said...

Number 1 is awesome!!! My vote is for # 1 all the way!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

2

Tara said...

I am absolutely crazy over #4.

Anonymous said...

Well #3 of course!

Anonymous said...

# 1!! Love the hats and glasses. Definitely summer for me. What great timing! Beautiful shot!!

Colleen said...

#1 gets my vote!

Hannah said...

#4!

Kristen said...

I love #4 - it is beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Love #4. Great use of light!

Brandon Bridge said...

I must vote #4

Angela said...

I vote number 5. If you live in the heat of Vegas like I do this is what summer is all about - trying anyway to get wet!!

Megan said...

#4...Sun...thats summer! They are all amazing!

melissa ellen parker said...

#4 so dreamy

Shepherd Family ACALPM said...

#4 Beautiful Heat, the brown grass, the sun, that could be my little girl... Summer... Fabulous!

Nora said...

number 5 is great.

Anonymous said...

#5 is my favorite. It brought back a lot of childhood memories. Summer and sprinklers gone wild--nothing better! Great action composition.

Anonymous said...

all nice pics, but number 2 is my fave

ricka said...

#4 - magical.

Anonymous said...

My vote #3. I lived that this summer.

Anonymous said...

mmmmm......love fresh berries!! #2~

Jessica F said...

#4-love the light

Robbie said...

#2. I can never get food to look so good in photos. Good job, blackberry photographer!

Susanne said...

I vote for #4. I ♥ sun flare! :-)

Jessica said...

5

Anonymous said...

i'm going to have to say #1 because it's great to see the young laughing it up with such style. And the shades are to cute too. Number 1 for sure.

Denise said...

Hey Jackie,
I like #3 it brings back so many great memories and the colors and detail are really good. You are awesome!:-)

Luis Murillo said...

I have to vote for #4 as these types of photos are my most favorite. I love the colors and the flare from the sun as well...

kanaboke said...

#4

Shayla said...

I am loving the vibrancy and life in #3!!!

sophie said...

number 1! so adorable!

Karen said...

i too am torn between 2 and 5. i can hear the sounds of 5. i have to say i completely love the simplicity of 2. the perfectly imperfect nature of everyday gifts. though blackberries do not come every day. so my final answer is #2.

Anonymous said...

#1 for me as it shouts summer and here in the UK we need it :)

The Price Family said...

#1 is the best for me

Anonymous said...

# 5 is the winner

Michael Palmer said...

#1 is on pint with this theme

Rebecca said...

#5 is the perfect summer rendition

Anonymous said...

Hands down #5- it completely embodies summer and really just begs you to jump in the picture with it- love it, love it, love it. It makes me forget my worries completely!

Anonymous said...

I'd have to agree with you sir, #5 is by far the best- it speaks to the inner child within all of us. Its the ONLY picture of the 5 that could truly exist ONLY in the summer- therefore, its the best!

Anonymous said...

#5 gets my vote too- I love how the picture of the children is reflected in the sidewalk- perfect. Whoever took this picture is a true artist, to have seen that and then captured it perfectly.

Mandi Arrington said...

I love them all, but my favorite would have to be #4

jill langston kaufusi said...

I choose #5.

Fab Five said...

#4

Gary Church said...

Without hesitation ... #5 is THE summer photo.

Anonymous said...

OK...they're all terrific!
My vote is #3.

Jennifer (Fern) said...

Without a doubt #4, hands down!

Anonymous said...

They're all cool. #1 just says, I'm ready! Thats my pick!

Nickell said...

My vote is #5 for sure. How much more summer can you get than a bunch of kids running in the sprinklers!

Heather said...

Smiling = Summer to me! So...#1

The berries with the red & white picnic cloth would have been my next choice b/c picnics & bbq's remind me of summer too.

Ericksons said...

Number four, nothing says summer like running through a field barefoot.

Annalee Taylor said...

#4....that brings so many memories of summer to me. love.

Crystal said...

#1 Definitely!! Friends, big hats and laughter!!

Kaylynn said...

My vote is for number 4 - It makes me want to be a little girl again.

Anonymous said...

well... i vote #1.
loveee the big sunglasses.
and the fact that they're laughing.
love it.

Allison Hill said...

#5 truly captures summer

Amanda said...

I vote for #5.

Rachel said...

#5- I'm biased, but I love it!

Anonymous said...

Me too! #5 is my pick!

Annalee said...

#5. I love it! They are all fantastic.
#5 just has such a classic summer feel to it.

Emily B. said...

I love them all, but I'm going with #5 because it is the quintessential summer experience! Reminds me of my days running through the sprinklers. Great lighting!

Unknown said...

I pick #5! THAT is the picture of summer! I like how it's not completely straight but the angle is kinda off. It creates the feeling of summer fun! and who doesn't love running through sprinklers?!

lyn. said...

It's #5 for me... it just says summer!

Anonymous said...

I vote number one all the way

Anonymous said...

#5

Anonymous said...

All of the are great! But #3 is the one for me.

Anonymous said...

#3 is the one for me.

Hayley said...

I love #4.

Tavish and Amie Calico said...

#4 owns hands down. I don't even know if the voting is over or what but that picture is amazing everything about it. I love love love it! good job photographer!

Shar said...

#4.

Cindy said...

1... for sure. LOVE #4 but have to agree that it is has more of an autumn feel to it.

Julie M said...

#1 for me.
I love the tone, the crop, and it way it just radiates summer fun...

Anonymous said...

So many good ones, but I think #5 takes the cake- truly summer!

Anonymous said...

#5- Makes me want to run through the sprinklers right now- its 105 already where we are at!

Lizzie said...

#5 - so fun. Who doesn't have memories of running through the sprinklers?

Kelli Radmall said...

# 5. Captures the fun of summer.

Anonymous said...

Goodness, what a fun contest with some really sizzling entries. A choice for a vote is difficult because each speaks so well to the theme. However, I have to place my vote for NUMBER ONE....shades, hats, fun, laughter, good friends.....speaks of sizzling, summer fun to me!

Anonymous said...

the first one is the only one I can't stop looking at! #1

Anonymous said...

I love all the pics but I think number 3 is great!

Meg said...

Love #4, that's what summer as a kid was like in my head...

Anonymous said...

#5 all the way!

Anonymous said...

ooh, this is hard, but I think #5 is my favorite. Great job everyone!

Anonymous said...

So, I've got a couple that I really love (#4 and #5), but I think my final vote is #5- it just says "summer" to me.

Annie Link said...

I can hear and feel #5. #1 is great too, but #5 screams summer.
How cool are you?

Anonymous said...

Its so hard to choose just one- but I think I have to go with #5.

mandy said...

#4 im in love with this pic!! I want it!!

Anonymous said...

#5 gets my vote- great work!

Heidi Bitsch said...

#2 That makes me hungry for pie just looking at the picture and summertime is definitely a good time for berry pie.

A and M said...

#5!! Nothing says summer to me than children playing in the sprinklers trying to cool off. That is what I did all summer long as a child!

Krista Hansen said...

I love 1 and 5 but my final vote is for 5. All are such beautiful shots!

Anonymous said...

Come on people- #5 is definitely the best "summer" picture!! :)

Mrs.Sargent said...

FOUR!

Anonymous said...

I have to go with #1. It has relevance, great comp and the best overall image strength out of the choices. Plus it's too darling!

Jolene said...

#4. simple and iconic - gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

My first instinct is definitely #5- so summery!

Anonymous said...

Numero uno! It just has a great feeling to it what with the great smiles, big hats and sepia-ish tone. BTW, found your site from the articles you wrote on DPS - excellent stuff!

Anonymous said...

hmmm, tough choice. #5 is what I'm leaning towards. great pic!

Jessica said...

#4 for me!
Luv it. ;)

Anonymous said...

I like 5 but L-O-V-E #1 so that's my vote.

#1

Anonymous said...

I am going to VOTE for number ONE. That to me just shows what is so amazing about having a best Girlfriend.

PS: I was directed here to vote by Heather From One Shot Beyond via twitter

Anonymous said...

#5 is the quintessential summer picture- everyone and anyone can relate to it!

Rachael said...

I vote #4. It makes me want to be a little girl again.

Anonymous said...

I love #3 it reminds me of summer fun not just from todays summers but from my childhood and from movies that show summers in the 40's and 60's. I love the colors and the lighting and angle of the photo.

Lindsey said...

#4- it just look SO carefree which is what summer means to me (or at least it did when I was a kid!)

Anna-Karina [siebaecktgern] said...

I really like #2. The colors are so summer like.

Kaity said...

I love #2. I love blackberries. They are summer to me.

KK said...

It was truly not an easy choice...but I think I'll have to say #5. Two reasons - number one...you just can't do that in the winter...I mean, I guess you could - but you'd surely be freezing your buns off...number two - it absolutely reminds me of my childhood - playing in the sprinklers with my sisters...

Thematically it delivers the message for me, composition is great and shows movement - I'm in love with the wet reflection on the sidewalk...

Yep - #5

Becky said...

I like #4!

Anonymous said...

#5 is the bomb!

Anonymous said...

I have to go with #1!!!! The sunglasses, laughter, friendship, FUN
and it just screams SUMMER! The way the photo is taken without glare in the beautiful sunglasses shows a lot of talent as well. #1 puts it all together!