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WINNERS of the Bird Photography Contest

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 21, 2016, 5:08 AM



I have spent quite a long time looking through all of your beautiful bird photograph entries today, and I must say I am so inspired by all the submissions. This was a VERY hard decision for me to make, as I can clearly see the effort and talent behind these lovely photographs. I must reiterate that the purpose of this bird photography contest was to inspire us ALL, and help us better our skills as photographers. I think this was a very successful challenge, as the intention became clear while looking through all the submissions. 

To be fair, I wrote a list of requirements for the bird photography submissions. You can see the below list to see exactly what helped me make my decision in choosing the winners. Please refer to my original journal "Win 1,000 Points (Bird Photography Challenge)" to see more details about the rules, requirements, and the submissions entered. 

  • What was I looking for?

  • - I am simply looking for two bird photographs that inspire me, aesthetically, and I will be looking at technique as well. 
  • - What I mean by aesthetically, is that the bird is photograph is not over-edited, not photo-manipulated (i.e. adding objects, fake bokeh, or anything "unnatural" to the photo). 
  • - I am looking for a bird photograph that is aesthetically stunning, i.e. good lighting/exposure, sharp, etc). Black and white or Colour submissions are welcome!
  • - Please note that I will be looking at photography technique, i.e. whether it be closeup, macro, composition, etc).
  • - I will not be judging the bird itself! I love ALL birds, no matter what color or shape they are, they are all beautiful to me. 
  • - I will not be judging what camera you use, though for bird photography it does help to use a telephoto lens, as birds are very quick etc.
  • - I will be looking for originality most importantly. Capturing a bird's behavior for instance, such as feeding it's babies or flying is excellent but just a few of MANY ways to capture birds!

  • * AMENDED RULES

  • I have amended the rules for this challenge. As there were so many beautiful photographs entered to this contest, it was very difficult to decide 2nd place. I have decided on TWO winners, and they will both equally receive 200 Points (and a journal feature), as promised. 
  • I have also decided that there needs to be an honourable mention, as there was one outstanding entry that didn't quite make it to 2nd place. The winner of the honourable mention will receive 100 Points and a journal feature. 


WINNING ENTRIES 



1ST PLACE - 1,000 Points



:star: Congratulations to EdgedFeather :star:


Kismet by EdgedFeather


2ND PLACE - 200 Points



:star: Congratulations to Spotting-Nature & plumita1 :star:


European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) by Spotting-Nature

Waiting by plumita1


HONOURABLE MENTION - 100 Points



:star: Congratulations to chriskaula :star:


Tawny Owl by chriskaula



A huge congratulations to the winners, and EVERYONE who entered, you are all wonderful! I wish I had enough points to give to you all, but keep an eye out for more contests coming up. My next one will be a general nature photography contest! If you have any suggestions for the future, please feel free to note me anytime. Thank you all so much for your entries, I very much enjoyed looking through them all! :love:



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:iconninachloris:
NinaChloris Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016
Thank you so much for adding my photo :happybounce: Hug congrats to the winners :3
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Photographer
You're most welcome :cuddle: :aww:
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:iconqueen-kitty:
Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016   Photographer
Thank you for featuring my 15 under 15 feature :heart:
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Professional Photographer
So welcome! I think it's a brilliant feature :hug:
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Spotting-Nature Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. That makes me really happy :) Heart
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Professional Photographer
Most welcome! Congratulations! :aww: :clap:
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Nipntuck3 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
MANY THANKS , I DO APPRECIATE IT
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome! :aww: 
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016   Writer
Congratulations to the winners! :woohoo: 
You've picked out some great picture Sarah! :love:
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you honey!! It was a hard choice because they're all so beautiful! :hug: 
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016   Writer
I bet it was a difficult choice, but you picked the right ones! :happybounce: :cuddle:
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:iconedgedfeather:
EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow, thank you so much! I am so excited! 

Great job to everyone else who entered! :D
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
You're so welcome! I hope you enjoy the points! :aww: :hug: Your submissions were beautiful but the owl really wowed me most. The combination of the bokeh and detail of it's eye. Simply lovely!
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:iconedgedfeather:
EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely will enjoy the points! I haven't quite decided what to do with them yet :)

I am so glad you liked that photo, I was really happy with how it turned out!
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plumita1 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
:iconheartsignplz: Congrats! :iconflowersplz::iconflowersplz::iconflowersplz: Thank you so much! :iconflowerthnxplz: :iconforyouplz:
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome!! Well done! Such a beautiful photo entry. Enjoy the points! :aww: :rose: 
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
Congratulations!  They are all beautiful! :clap:
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you sweetie! :aww:
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:iconmarcosrodriguez:
MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations to the winners!! And thank you for the mention!! :hug:
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
You're most welcome! :aww: :love:
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:iconjia-horizon-artworks:
Jia-Horizon-Artworks Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist
Congratulations for the winners :D 
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much sweetie! 
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:iconjia-horizon-artworks:
Jia-Horizon-Artworks Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist
you're welcome anytime dear Hug 
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:iconchriskaula:
chriskaula Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016   Photographer
Thank you so much Sarah! Congrats to the winners. :)
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome, Chris! It was an excellent photograph, thank you for submitting! I am loving your recent photos btw. :hug:
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:iconchriskaula:
chriskaula Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016   Photographer
:)

I'm glad you like it. It's fom today. I didn't wanted to go out because it was raining but it was worth it. :D
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderfulness!
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you kindly dear! :hug: :aww:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
The winners deserved the award, excellent images! I appreciate the display of my cardinal, it got some attention it wouldn't have otherwise.
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you kindly! :aww: I thought your cardinal photo was absolutely gorgeous, and am very surprised it doesn't have more love!  Thanks for your entries, they were lovely too!
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:iconbarcon53:
barcon53 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
Thank you. I wish I had taken it in time to enter the contest! Maybe next time....
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