For those not directly involved you may not realize that +Chrysta Rae
announced the grand prize winners for the March Scavenger Hunt last night!!
Now that I’m done blubbering about it and it’s finally sinking in, I can talk about it!! I’m so excited to say that I won first place from +kimberly pemberton
and I’m so excited about that because I get to pick one of her prints to be my very own! EEEEEEEEEEK!!
Also, I did win the over all Grand Prize!! thud
I am shocked and amazed! I truly wasn’t expecting to win the whole thing and I am still reeling from it!! Now, anyone who knows me knows that I get very sentimental from time to time and pretty mushy – so you’re just going to have to deal with another big lump of mush right now. Sorry… but I warned you……
I have to give a great big thank you first of all to +Chrysta Rae
for holding this event!
Chrysta – you are such a trooper, cheerleader, tease and amazement all wrapped up in one!
You work at this tirelessly, working on no sleep, being a mom, dealing with life, and yet you still do such an incredible amount of work. I don’t know how you do it all!!
You cheer for each and every one of us – checking up on us to see how we are doing, and telling us that we can do it. Kicking some of us in the ass and just hovering around in case anyone needs you!
And you tease us mercilessly, spurring us on and making us feel like all at the same time we’d like to scream and just get to the finish!!
And amazement… you are amazing. You are so magnetic that everyone loves you (as you should well know by now). I love hearing your so awesome laugh in hang outs and you always have a smile for everyone who crosses your path. You are so beautiful inside and out - giving of yourself and making other people feel special. You do all of this … and it’s just because it’s who you are… and that is truly amazing!
And the judges, who worked so hard to make their decisions….+Alan Shapiro
- Do we know how lucky we are to have Alan judging this contest? Alan is such a generous soul- he is always surprising me with his kindness to everyone and anyone. When I first “met” Alan, I was like “so who is this mysterious guy who is so damn good with his camera? “ I fell in love with his hard hitting portraits and then soon learned that he also has a softer side with flowers and little details. He gives of himself, happy to share his knowledge and his amazing smile. Thank you for all the hard work you do for the hunt, and for all the other things you do, Alan.+kimberly pemberton
- How could anyone NOT love Kim?! Kim is like a butterfly, flitting around from one flower to the next, spreading purple goodness to the world, and showering it in sparkles and … um.. other stuff that I won’t mention here… ;P Kim is always smiling and her sense of humour is just a pure delight! Kind hearted and wonderful… that is Kim Pemberton. +Nick Gatens
… SO many things I could say about Nick!! He’s a kind of quiet guy, but now and again he jumps in with a zinger and disappears as quickly as he arrived. Nick has a HUGE heart and he’s so willing to help out anyone who needs it! Nick introduced himself to me after the Spoofy Sunday and I am so happy that he did. He is a true G+ treasure. Plus, I really dig his photos – he has a way of looking at the world that is just a little bit different than everyone else… and that is so Nick.
Ok , so now that I’ve said my thank yous to the “team” I want to say thank you to the other participants! I KNEW that the competition was going to be tough, and so I worked hard in hopes of just keeping up with the rest of you!! I almost didn’t participate this time around because the first time I had a hard time when it came to the judging! It had nothing to do with anyone but me – I was disappointed in myself and my photos. I felt like I should have worked harder, and I wasn’t imaginative or creative enough. Most of my photos weren’t technically well done and I just felt like I missed the mark. So for 4 days I moped around beating myself up over it and feeling rotten.
When the sign ups came around again, I decided that I would do it again - so that I could prove to myself
that I could do better than last time. AND that I could take it better if I didn’t win anything, now that I knew what to expect. For me it was like my own personal test… I had to know that I could do this better – photographically and emotionally!
Congrats to my co winners – +Christopher Germano
, and +Brian Bonham
!!! You guys totally rocked it and it was exciting to go up against you!!! Participating in the scavenger hunt is HARD work! It’s not easy to have a word put in front of you, and you have to make something amazing out of it! It only looks easy until YOU are doing it! lol! So everyone who finished and submitted – you are all winners, because you got through it and you probably learned a bunch in the process!!!
Being in the Scavenger Hunt has taught me so much… about me, about photography, about how to stretch my mind and try new things. Pretty things, fun things, weird things, and yes, even gross things!! And really, as artists, isn’t that what we should all be doing? Searching into the corners of our imaginations and coming up with new ideas and exercising our creativity and learning?
That’s what the hunt has done for me – so I encourage you to give it a try. Sign ups are today on Chrysta Rae’s page – so don’t miss it !
Thank you so much to the amazing people who donated prizes – +kimberly pemberton +Alan Shapiro +Chrysta Rae +Nick Gatens
and +RC Concepcion
I am SO looking forward to the Kelby training, the one on one time and the print!! I was thinking about signing up for Kelby training so this is the perfect prize at the perfect time! Now I just need to decide.. should I join the judges for the next round.. or should I play again? ;)
Reshared text:THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER
for the March Scavenger Hunt - the person who scored the most point
between all 3 judges in every category...is +Sandra Parlow
(once again, I am leaking)
Sandra, you are not only an amazing photographer, which you more than proved this hunt, but you are a true delight to thousands of us who recognize the truly beautiful person you are. You make me laugh, you inspire me, you are one of those genuine people that you wish you had in your life... and you realize... you do. You make Canadians proud, sunshine. You give people a reason to smile every single day. You are one of the few beautiful people
I know and hold close to my heart.
I am over the moon thrilled to tell you, you have won a 1 year subscription to the +Scott Kelby
) which I know you will turn your photography into more incredible images we all will be honoured to see. I am also sending you a personal "Chrysta Rae Package" because I am so proud of you!!! And yes... yes there will
be rice cakes.ALSO
you, as the winner, get to pick one of the 10 items for the May Scavenger Hunt!!!!!
Congratulations sweetheart. I am
thrilled for you.