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Losers are People Too

It’s not for lack of trying that I have as of yet to win a photography competition. Every year I enter at least one if not a few. Sure, the other images are better than mine. Sure, I am competing against hundreds of other people. But just this once couldn’t I be a winner too?

Now, I’m reaching out to my readers for help. The current competition is sponsored by the California Coastal Commission. There are two aspects to this competition:

1. Judges Awards (an independent panel reviews the photos and chooses the top picks)
2. People’s Choice Awards (this is a simple popularity contest- actually called Viewer’s Choice – awarded by most votes)

Just to be clear. The prizes aren’t anything major. They’re decent, but it’s not like I’m going to get a lump of dough. There may be a showing opportunity. I suppose what I really want is some recognition for my passion and maybe some validation that I am good enough.

Here’s where you come in. Right now the photo just below this text (Monarchs) is positioned at #13 with 90 votes. If you could complete the following simple and fast (only about 20 seconds) instructions, I may have a chance. Add to it, this is an amateur photography contest. The image in the #1 position was taken by a professional photographer. One (I) could (do) hope that this particular image will be disqualified because it’s not aligned with the rules. Rule following is of the utmost importance when it’s convenient (to me).

Here’s how you can help me win! There’s no registration but a couple of steps nonetheless.

— Click this link
— You’ll see my four photos
— Select the number of stars (5 is a good number) to rate any of my photos
— Enter your email, enter the “I’m not a robot” code
— You’ll get a confirmation email – check your SPAM. Click the link and you’re done!
— It seems like a lot more than it really is. I think the extra steps are to avoid voting via robot.

You could vote for all 4 photos or just your favorite (the Monarchs) one! Oh, and when you click on the Monarch photo, please ignore the grammatical error in the description. I goofed and am unable to edit.

Brilliant beauties
Velella Velella!
Velella Velella!
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Goat Rock
Harbor Seal Mama at Goat Rock

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. With a recent move to Oregon and the unending search for a new home, life has been mildly chaotic. I am working on my next post about the wildlife of Monterey Bay. Stay tuned for a ton of fun images.

Hey, thanks a cluster (of Monarchs)! I appreciate your support.

Update: October 11, 2015
I didn’t win. Again. But these folks did.

I sure do appreciate the show of support. I came in 3rd for viewer’s choice. Not too shabby given that there were more than 1000 photos submitted. All in all, I am totally okay with the outcome.

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  1. marie

    I gave 5 stars each to the monarchs and the mama. The hawk is giving me attitude and I just don’t know what to think about that fella, Velella2. You are good enough! You’re smart enough, you’re pretty enough. And gosh darn it, people like you. 🙂

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