Let's get right to it, shall we?
1st Place--JAMIE FORD, "GIVING HER THE BIRD" (#19).
$25 Amazon gift certificate and an 8x10 print of the contest photograph or any other photograph in the gallery.
2nd Place--ESTHER AVILA, Entry #6.
$10 Amazon gift certificate and an 8x10 print of the contest photograph or any other photograph in the gallery.
3rd Place--J.T. ELLISON, "You Say Monet, I Say Manet" (#14).
An 8x10 print of the contest photograph or any other photograph in the gallery.
Honorable Mention--S.F. JOHNSTON, "Every Hope and Dream" (#33).
Honorable Mention--ZARA CALVENTE, "Too Well Illumined" (#31).
Congratulations to the winners!! I would ask the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners to email me with their contact information so I can arrange for delivery of their prizes. Also, please select either the contest photograph or any other photograph from [the gallery] for your prize.
Now for a word about the judging:
In order to better manage the process, I developed a scoring system I named "P.E.T.S. Voice." I awarded points (up to the maximum indicated) for each of these five elements: Pacing (10), Enjoyment (10), Technical (10), Storytelling (10), and Voice (5)*. I then set aside the eight top scorers for a fresh review and selection of the winners. Although all entries stood out in one or more categories, the winners succeeded in all five with exceptional skill.
Starting Monday (I will be away for the weekend), I will comment on each entry about what I liked best. If you are also interested in constructive comments, drop me an email, and I would be happy to offer whatever suggestions I might have.
Thank you again for such an amazing contest. During the course of this week, your entries generated 5,362 hits! WOW! I was also very impressed by how supportive this community of writers has been.
I hope to see all of you back here and on your own blogs. Drop me a note if you'd like to trade links.
Happy writing, and have a great weekend!
[*Scoring was reduced for voice, since it is difficult to establish a unique voice in so short a piece.]