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The Great DSi Photo Contest - Results!


Kenneth Jarecke / Contact Press Images

The results are in, but first I'd like to thank all of you for your votes, your feedback, and for shifting the burden from me, to well, none of us really, but more importantly, away from me. "Peace through shirking" might just be my new motto.


First Place - Zane Jarecke (age 11) with "Flying Hay". Not only did he make the picture, he also threw the hay and fed the horses. How's that for some good old school, photojournalist-like, multitasking!


Second Place - Yasmine Jarecke (age 13) with an untitled self-portrait. I think she had an unfair advantage with the quality of her subject matter, but hey, a win is a win.


Third Place - Surreal Grasshopper, by Zane Jarecke. What can I say? This is just weird. On reflection (laugh-track), there was a high level of weirdness running through all of the images submitted. I'm not sure where that comes from, but I'm pretty sure not from me.

There were also three honorable mentions...

Yasmine had two with "Horse's Backs", and "Kitten with Flowers (grrr).

Zane had one with "Roadside Bride".

Our prize money total... Zane $35 and Yasmine $25.

This was fun.

Thanks again, umm I think. You know, I've been writing this blog for about two years now and the amount of comments for this photo contest were about twice as much as anything else I've ever posted.

I think it might have something to do with the kitten in the flower pot.


The Great DSi Photo Contest

JAR_dsi_contest_01Photo #1

While driving around last Saturday, two of my children got into a little competitive photo-graphing with their Nintendo DSi's. Fair enough, but there's no way I'm going to judge the winner. I'll let all of you do that.

Photo #2 

The photos are numbered, just give us your picks in the comments below. I'll score three points for first, two for second, and one for third.

Photo #3 

There's cash involved, twenty bucks for first, fifteen for second, and ten for third. Yes, I'm a cheap dad, but I'm not going to steal their copyright like so many other contests today.

Photo #4 

The competitors are ages 13 and 11.

Photo #5 

Although I can't readily place their influences, I'll tell you they've been exposed to a lot of quality photography books. I'm not sure what affect I've had on them (photography wise), but they both quickly informed their mother that setting-up images was strictly forbidden (when she made a "helpful" suggestion), because daddy doesn't. Big smile on that one! (I wonder how so many journalists have somehow missed that lesson?)

Photo #6 

The contest will officially end at 4pm MST on Friday the 16th (so they can use their winnings to see a movie or something).

Photo #7 

They did their own edit. They each have five images posted here.

Photo #8 

I did a slight curve adjustment on each frame and a tad bit of sharpening. Besides those two things, these files are pretty close to what the DSi's pump out.

Photo #9

I refrained from coaching. I didn't want to tarnish how they see things.

Photo #10

This is all in good fun. Suggestions and/or criticism is encouraged, but please don't be cruel.

I'm excited to see how this turns out.

I'll post the results on Monday, July 19th.