September Photo Contest winners revealed!

I’m really excited to announce the winners of the “ Readers Photo Competition” for this month’s competition. However, before I reveal those, I’m taking a self-indulgent moment to share one of my best pics taken this week (since I can’t enter our contest). This one was captured at Olbrich gardens, outside. This photo proves it isn’t the camera that makes the best shot — I use a relatively inexpensive ($150 model) camera. No, it’s the patience. I call it “Butterfly Nectar.”

And now, on to our winners, this month judged in three categories — general, for the more artistic (and so we list the camera used as well), pet, for the proud pet owner, where artistry may not be as important as content; and people — where artistry and composition, and even photo quality for that matter, doesn’t count much at all, but capturing a feeling of “Americana” does.

General Category — Six Awards

First place award: Clearing by Nilesh Patel, taken with a Canon Powershot S3 IS camera.

Second place: Tugboat Ties by Barb Job Packham, using an Olympus (either Camedia or Underwater Stylus)

Third place: Dandelion Explosion by Vincent Aiello, using a Canon Rebel

Fourth place: Sunset Flight by Andrea Blankenberg, using a Sony Digital

Fifth place: Winter Sunset by Vincent Aiello, using a Canon Rebel

Six place: The Epicenter by Edward Sobczak, Sony 6 Cyber Shot

Pet Category — Four Awards

First place: It’s a Dog’s Life by Julie Crow

Second Place: New Year’s Day Walk by Barb Job Packham

Third Place: General Hambone, USA by Julie Crow (the judges were a sucker for this dog)

Fourth Place: Sallie Jessie Ruffael by Marcia McCaughey

Americana — People Category — Three Awards

First place: Rosie by Barb Job Peckham

Second Place: Fall Prospects by Janice Schyvinck

Third Place: Pick Your Battles by Kathy Lewis

Submit your photos by e-mail (four different photos per submission) to and see who we feature in October! We’re especially interested in seasonal — fall or Halloween photos — of people, places, pets or things that go bump in the night! Think pumpkin patches and fall leaves changing colors!

Also: next week we’re revealing our “six words to define life’s lessons” winners. You still have until this Thursday to enter! Six words, that’s all. Teaser — here’s mine: “Tightrope walker in need of balance.” What’s yours? E-mail it today!

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