Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
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!
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.