By Elaine Boardway
Thank you for your great response to the fall photo show contest. For this show, I wanted to see how you interpreted the Halloween theme. I saw everything from actual performance entries to spooky scenes. I was looking for a clear theme from you, with in-scale props and backgrounds. I really enjoyed the special effects some of you added to your scenes; however, I marked you down if the photo was too blurry.
17 YEARS AND UNDER
Lillian W., VA
I placed this entry first because it was well executed and even had a horse show theme. The background was perfect, the photo was crisp, and the story was clear. The sign next to the judge was the icing on the cake.
Abbie C., TX
There were several trick or treating scenes and I loved the execution of this one. The scale of the props is realistic, the dim lighting works and I totally believe the adult would answer the door in a spooky costume.
Rachel A., NC
I placed this entry third because this was an excellent use of photo effects. I thought this helped make the entry even spookier.
Anna W., SC
This entry came in fourth because I love a good performance entry. The tack looks great and the choice of props was in scale. That said, the photo was slightly blurry.
Rebekah S., CA
I placed this entry fifth because of the spectacular lighting effects. Everything is in scale. I cannot tell what is on top of the saddle though.
Kayla C., CA
This is the sixth place entry. I loved the exuberance of these foals. Children this young often have to trick or treat during the daytime, which added to the realism for me.
Shannon S., CA
I gave this entry honorable mention because it shows an excellent use of costumes and props. It got a little busy with purple paper grass!
18 YEARS AND OVER
Sharon W., CO
I placed this photo first because of the meticulous eye for detail. Everything in this photo is a feast for the eyes and who better to dress as Picasso than Picasso himself! This is the entry that kept drawing me back to it.
Dayna S., OH
I placed this photo second for originality and attention to detail. The rider is gutsy but secure, and the horse (dragon) is brave and obedient. The war bridle is unconventional but not unheard of for jumpers.
Liisa E., IL
This charming photo came in third because of its pleasing composition. The rider commands attention, the lighting sets off the subject, and the bats are blurred like they are in motion. The bridle is a little thick, but it fits well and goes with the theme of a local contest.
Abby R. MO
I placed this photo fourth. I loved the effect of the fog and glowing pumpkins. This was an excellent choice of model because he reflects the moonlight right back.
Maddie K., FL
This is the fifth place photo. I really liked the theme, and the background and forest floor enhanced the presentation. Jason Voorhees has never been this cute.
Donna D., NJ
I placed this photo sixth. The costume is adorable and to scale. The theme has a universal appeal and the composition is pleasing. The plants in the background are a bit large to be from a muggle's garden.
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