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Summer 2006 Photo Contest Winners Announced

I don’t know why I do this to myself. Organizing one of these things is a walk in the park compared to actually going through all of the entries, getting to a short list of candidates, discussing them with your fellow judges, and agonizing over the final decision. There were nearly 300 entries. That’s an impressive turnout (if not the 400 I was hoping for—maybe next time). If you recall, I’d promised bigger prizes if we reached 400. Well, I’ve decided to give the larger prizes anyway.

There were a lot of different interpretations of the theme. We had roads. We had far away places. Boats, motorcycles, and lots of people. Each of these photos stood out based on a combination of technical excellence, adherence to the theme, and visual impact. And here they are:

5th place and winner of a Flickr Pro account (or extension) goes to chillntravel for mt bromo view – indonesia:

mt bromo view - indonesia

4th place and winner of a Flickr Pro account (or extension) goes to dshymas for Herre we gooo…:

Herre we gooo....

3rd place and winner of a Flickr Pro account (or extension) goes to wasabi42 for Snaefellsjokull:


2nd place and the winner of a $150 gift card from B&H Photo goes to J. Star for May + motorcycle = proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Maybe I’ve got a soft spot for bikes. But the road, the curve ahead and what lies beyond, the feeling of freedom that riding gives… I can almost taste the bugs in my teeth:

May + motorcycle = proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

1st place and the winner of a $250 gift card from B&H Photo goes to HalonaCoast for Ao Nang Tower, Thailand. 200 feet up a sheer cliff face in Thailand with nothing but a little rope and some steel keeping you from certain death? Personally, I think rock climbing is crazy. But it’s pretty adventurous.

Ao Nang Tower, Thailand

And the bonus Flickr Pro account in the “blog about the contest” drawing goes to Mainline Mom of Water water everywhere.

Finally, a few honorable mentions:

Tully River Rafting Mont Blanc in the mist Lets do it! And then there was light!!
Cuyoc The Silence of Sunset Mount Bromo at sunrise Rain squall in Glen Etive At the Helm

Congratulations, everyone! Prize winners will be contacted by email shortly to claim their prizes. Thank you for participating!

John Watson

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you're interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.

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  • Great choices and thanks again for the great work!
    Congrats to the winners!!!

  • NameTaken

    great shots…

  • This has absolutely and completely made my day! Thank you SO much! :)

  • Shug1

    Well done the winners :) Great picts :)

  • Congratulations to first place.
    Job well done.

  • Oh I’m so excited to win something, even if it isn’t for my photo! Am I the ONLY person that blogged about the contest?

  • What a great contest! Congrats to all the winners you deserve it!!! A big Thanks to FD for putting this together and for the honorable mention.

  • HalonaCoast

    I would have to agree with J. Star, this totally made my day and not a bad start to what hopefully will be a memorable 30th birthday (tomorrow). First time I have every won anything like this. Guess it depends on what you are used too … I would be way more scared driving a motorcycle with one hand and trying to frame a shot than up on a rock face, tied in with a rope. :) Thanks to everyone for the congrats and thanks John for putting on the contest.


  • totally agree with J. Star and HalonaCoast. thank youuu…. and congrats to all winners….

  • cool pics…i felt i don’t really know how to take pictures after seeing those great pics..hehe…keep it up

  • congratulations to all the winners! you guys deserve it! :D

    and great job to John and all the judges. i’m pretty sure you had a hard time choosing from the pool.

  • Congrats to the winners :)

    Nice work by the judges & to John (Y)

  • Don’t want to sound too repetitive, but yeah: congratulations to the winners. And thank you very much for all the work involved in organizing this contest.

  • Congrats to all the winners! So much adventure. Thanks for including me amongst the honourable mentions. :)