I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response to the Blithe Photography Contest that took place. Every single entry was beautiful, unique, and captured the true spirit of the region. I spent a long time this morning sifting through all the entries trying to decide on the winners, and quite frankly in my book you are all winners. That being said, I promised a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize, so I must choose! Thank you so much to all of you who took the time and effort to enter the contest. Thank you for all of the love and support you have shown Blithe. Your artistic interpretations surpassed my expectations entirely.
Also, before mentioning our winners, I must send a shout out and a thank you to Ms. Sanura Snowpaw. Sanura was kind enough to contact me and offer additional gift cards for her store Somnia as an extra prize for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and also 8 honorable mention gift cards. It was such a kind gesture, that did not go unnoticed, and I’m certain the prize winners will love the extra surprise!
1st Place: Gorba McMahon: I am simply in awe of this image. The attention to detail is remarkable, and the way Mr. McMahon captured the spirit of Blithe in a single image is astounding. One of my favorite parts about this image is the tiny little waving avatar in the middle portion of the photo. (check out the full size version on flickr to see the little details) You can see him waving from afar as he travels across Blithe, discovering everything it has to offer. Mr. McMahon also linked to this awesome youtube link to correspond with the image which really helped to breathe even more life into the image.
Second Place: Ayla Barzane: During the contest I would continually check the group to see which new images were popping up for the contest. When Ms. Barzane submitted her image and I saw it for the first time, I literally gasped out loud in complete awe and amazement. The color tones she chose to use in the image show a different side to a region that I’ve always envisioned as neutral and monotone. She brought a side of Blithe to life that I didn’t really realize existed, and has inspired me to add a little color to the sim in the future. Everything about this image is beautiful. Doesn’t it make you want to curl up on the beach with a good book, or someone you love?
Third Place: Skip Staheli: I love this little detailed close up from Mr. Staheli. I love the story it tells, and the effort he put into creating a scene at Blithe. A few sea gulls, scavenging for lunch. The color palette he chose was perfect for this beach setting, and in my mind I can hear the seagulls singing, and the waves crashing against the shore as I soak in every part of this image.
As I said, I had a really hard time deciding on the winners for this contest. As I was sifting through all my choices, there were so many other images that stood out. There are a few names and links of images I would like to make “honorable mentions” from the contest, that while they may not have received one of the top three prizes, their images still captured my heart. I chose 8 honorable mentions to feature since Sanura sent me 8 additional gift cards. I honestly could have thrown 20 honorable mentions together with how many great contest entries there were! These 8 were exceptional in there own special way! These are in alphabetical order:
Bijou Lee: Image – This one captivated me from the start. I love the kitty playing next to her and the lighting/shadow work.
GrizzyGrut: Image – What a clever perspective. I love the thought that went into this.
Felicity Blumenthal: Image 1 & Image 2 – I have to share both of Felicity’s because I simply couldn’t choose. Both are perfect.
JenniferKatie: Image – I love that she appears to be waiting for someone to arrive at the tavern. The anticipation was captured perfectly.
May Sims: Image – Such a sweet capture. I love seeing couples make use of the sim.
Perrain Berenohn: Image – Major points for point of view & perspective. Great peek through the curtains.
Samuel Moorsider: Image – There’s so much spirit in this image. I think it captures the soul of Blithe.
Terry Fotherington: Image – Rich color palette. Beautiful capture.
Thank you again so much to each of you for your participation in the contest. I will be contacting the contest winners with their prize money, additional Somnia gift cards. I will also be passing a little token gift card from Somnia to the honorable mentions.