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February Photo Contest "Couples!" [RESULTS]
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Lab_Rat
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Location: San Antonio, TX

PostPosted: 2008.02.29(Fri)22:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Platy love:

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Marcos Avila
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Location: Santo Andre (Brazil)

PostPosted: 2008.03.01(Sat)11:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Submissions closed! We have 20 submissions for our second 2008 round! Let's move on to the 1 week voting phase. All board members can vote, but remember...to make a valid vote you must choose your 3 favorite candidates from the selection below and clearly list them in order of preference!

Although the selection criteria are ultimately personal, we hope that each voter will take into consideration the 3 basic elements of good photography:
adequacy to the proposed theme, attentive composition and technical quality.

We also encourage everyone to add comments justifying your choices, and including praises or constructive criticism to those that weren't chosen.

Participants cannot vote for their own photo, but are expected to vote and add comments for the "other" good photos! All in the name of friendship and fun!

Voting Deadline: March 7th (Friday)

#01. J.B.


#02. susankatomerit


#03. Alex Kawazaki


#04. Dusko


#05. Frog


#06. nikelodeon79


#07. Jan


#08. Heather R


#09. Skittles


#10. shaun64326


#11. Marcos Avila


#12. Sacrophyton


#13. Jacko


#14. GummiH


#15. ELUSIVEFLOUNDER


#16. MCHRKiller


#17. tolkien


#18. deborah_claro


#19. Dawn


#20. ambell1616


Good luck to all! Smile
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Scipio
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Joined: 22 Feb 2008
Location: The United States of America

PostPosted: 2008.03.01(Sat)11:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

1st- #4 Dusko- Beautiful fish, beautiful pair, beautiful picture.
2nd- #5 Alex Kawazaki- Sorry Alex, I actually flipped a coin between you and Dusko, great fish!
3rd- #8 Heather R- The Loaches may not be an actual "pair", but they look great and so does the picture quality.

Good job everyone!
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Theresa1
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PostPosted: 2008.03.01(Sat)12:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) 17: a girl, a boy and the kids, how perfect is that? Smile
2) 4: I am not a cichlid lover, but those are some beautiful fish and the picture is super-sharp!
3) 10: I have no clue what it is, but it looks super-romantic. Smile

about two pictures I liked but why I haven't chosen them:

13: sorry Jacko, I really really love white Bettas. It would have been my number one picture... if the glass would have been clean. Sad
7: I really like this picture, how the bristlenoses almost synchronized their movements. I did vote against this picture in the end though, because I personally don't like any artificial extra-colorful or long-finned bred forms.

If anybody wants to point out my Betta splendens now... go ahead. But it was my only chance to have a fish in this year, so I went for it. Wink
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Lab_Rat
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PostPosted: 2008.03.01(Sat)12:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

#4 Dusko- beautiful picture, beautiful fish, fit the theme perfectly
#1 JB- gorgeous pair, that had to have been very difficult to get that shot
#8 Heather R- also beautiful fish
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Heather R
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Joined: 04 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: 2008.03.01(Sat)13:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow this is a tough one. I have been looking over all the entires and finally came to a decision.

1. #4 Dusko - Absolutely stunning photo and fish. A perfect pair.

2. #11 Marcos - I don't know what it is, but I love this photo. Very nice gourami pair.

3.#14 GummiH - This photo is not only pretty but also cracked me up! Nice job.

Terrific entries everyone. Very Happy
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CAllain
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PostPosted: 2008.03.01(Sat)14:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) # 7 - Jan - This picture reminds me of a couple sitting together on a park bench, only the fishy version.

2) # 18 - deborah_claro - A very intimate pair there Wink and refreshing to see snails.

3) # 2 - susankatomerit - A nice picture of a nice pair, and in a tank that well planted it must have been tough to get as well

Everyone submitted great pictures this time round, and it was really hard for me to choose! I've already edited these choices a few times! I would do honorable mentions, only there's no point doing that for all of you is there? Laughing
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Miss_DirtyPoo
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PostPosted: 2008.03.01(Sat)14:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

I vote
1 - #3 - Alex, I love this photo. Gorgeous fish, gorgeous composition and sharpness of the photo. And what I love most about it, is that the male is just ever so slightly sharper and more in focus than the female (or what I assume to be the female? I don't know anything about cichlids!). It may sound sexist, but it feels right to me, with how much fancier looking the male is and all. Love it.

2 - #4 - Dusko - gorgeous fish, great sharpness etc. Really, the only reason I picked Alex as #1 is because I really love the focus on the front fish with the back slightly less sharp.

3 - #8 - Heather - great sharpness, love the contrast of the stripes on the sand, love the different angles you were able to catch the fish at! Great shot!

They're all amazing shots, though!
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krt
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PostPosted: 2008.03.01(Sat)15:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

#10 not sure what everything is here but it really follows the "love" theme to me

#16 great composition- kinda wish the pic was bigger

#3 had a tough time picking between this and #4, 4 has better fish IMO but 3's coloration is perfect

wow- it was a tough choice this month. Lots of really good photographs.. I would have really liked to pick #17, it is a beautiful photograph- probably my favorite in the competition but didn't really fulfill the criteria for this month- I know there are two fish there with eggs but this picture is not about 2 fish to me- let me nominate this one as a species picture in the gallery section or in a faq about breeding.

Theresa- you said you didn't pick #7 becuase you don't like long-finned bred forms- but you picked #4.. those rams are bred that way (notice the difference between #3's fish and #4's).
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StuDer
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PostPosted: 2008.03.01(Sat)15:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. #3 - I love this fishes, and the picture is great!
2. #20 - Nice fish, nice photo.
3. #18 - Great photo!

Congratulations!
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