Mar 28 2011

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Melissa Crytzer Fry

Okay … I know we’re not playing poker*. But it seemed a fun title to announce the winner of the first-ever What I Saw Amateur Photo Contest.

Shh. Listen. Can you hear it? Noisemakers! Sirens! Cymbals! Applause!

Congratulations, Jennifer Bonstein. Your entry (below), Stairway to Heaven, inspired a panel of judges and a whole lot of voters (169 to be exact). Your Amazon certificate is on the way!

Many of you have expressed interest in purchasing Jennifer’s uplifting, inspirational photo. To contact her directly, please visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

J. Bonstein ~ Stairway to Heaven

Special thanks, also, to each of the super-talented photographers who submitted breathtaking entries. Take a peek, if you haven’t already.

Basics of the Contest

Given that I am passionate about writing, storytelling and photography, the goal of this contest was to solicit amateur photographers (or writer-photographer hybrids) for photos that:

  • Told us a story
  • Illustrated creativity
  • Exhibited some serious wow-factor

Giveaways for Visitors Who Voted

The contest also included prizes for voters – all related to the panel of writer-photographer first-round judges: Caroline Leavitt, Therese Walsh and Damien Franco. Winners were randomly drawn from among those visitors who stopped by and voted/commented.

The winners** are:

  • Tammy R. Clark – Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
  • Erin Patrick – The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh
  • Pauline Reynolds – 8 x 10 signed print on Metallic Finish Paper by photographer Damien Franco

*Why is Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Associated with gambling? According to Urban Dictionary, legend says that, years ago, every casino in Vegas offered a 3-piece chicken dinner with a potato & a veggie for $1.79. A standard bet back then was $2. Thus, when you won a bet, you had enough for a chicken dinner.

**Winners who haven’t claimed their prizes within 30 days of notice forfeit prize. Prize will be given to another entrant, drawn randomly.

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