I mailed out a postcard to the entrants of last years Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest last week. I hear they still haven’t arrived in people’s mailboxes. Thought I would share the postcard here, since many of you entered last year or have kids or grandkids that entered. Or hopefully many of you are thinking of entering this year for the first time. Monica designed the postcard. Have a look:
There are 6 Photo Classes this year:
+ Black & White
+ Trains, Planes, & Automobiles
There are 3 Age Divisions:
+ Youth (7-12)
+ Teen (13-17)
+ Adult (18+)
Hopefully many of you enter again and many more of you are inspired to enter this year. Or inspired to have your kids or grandkids enter.
REMINDER THAT NEXT MONDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY. WHILE YOUR BANK AND THE GOVERNMENT AND A BUNCH OF OTHER BUSINESSES TAKE THE DAY OFF, THERE IS NO REST FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 139. RISE AND GRIND EVERY SINGLE DAY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT MY PLANS ARE FOR MEMORIAL DAY (OTHER THAN MAYBE SLEEPING LATE AFTER WHAT I HOPE IS AN EPIC MOVIE NIGHT ON SUNDAY) BUT IT MIGHT INCLUDE A ROAD TRIP OR A BARBECUE OR A FEW OTHER OPTIONS THAT MIGHT KEEP ME BUSY. LIKEWISE YOU MIGHT BE ENGAGED IN A SIMILAR ACTIVITY ON MONDAY MORNING. YOU MIGHT NOT GET A REMINDER AND YOU MIGHT NOT BE IN A POSITION TO SUBMIT. PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
HAPPY! Many people claim to like to be HAPPY, but did many people actually get a picture of somebody that is HAPPY or of something that makes them HAPPY? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!
As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 15, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):
1-Nathanial Brown – 1 week
2-Tamara Peterson – 1 week
3-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks
4-Mike Vest – 3 weeks
5-Alexis Baugher – 6 weeks (3)
6-Jesse Howard – 6 weeks
7-Mindi Terrell – 13 weeks (2)
8-Monica Jennings – 18 weeks (2)
9-Brandon Kahler – 38 weeks (2)
10-Linda Bennett – 42 weeks
11-Sarah Toot – 43 weeks
12-Angie DeWaard – 47 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 51 weeks (2)
14-Kim Barker – 57 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 58 weeks
16-Logan Kahler – 60 weeks
17-Teresa Kahler – 69 weeks (2)
18-Carla Stensland – 69 weeks (2)
19-Micky Augustin – 71 weeks
20-Andy Sharp – 72 weeks (3)
21-Bill Wentworth – 73 weeks
22-Cathie Morton – 77 weeks
23-Elizabeth Nordeen – 78 weeks
24-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 80 weeks
25-Kio Dettman – 82 weeks (2)
But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 58 weeks
Nader Parasei (Orange City, Iowa) – 1 week
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 72 weeks
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 79 weeks
Scott Degeneffe (Rural Boone County, Iowa) – 1 week
Melissa Degeneffe (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week
Melissa Degeneffe (Erb Pond – Boone County, Iowa)
Alexis Baugher (Iowa) – 7 weeks
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 74 weeks
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 70 weeks
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 43 weeks
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 44 weeks
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 2 weeks
Angie DeWaard (Living History Farms – Urbandale, Iowa) – 48 weeks
Christopher D. Bennett (Orange City, Iowa)
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 70 weeks
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 81 weeks
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 4 weeks
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 2 weeks
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa) – 1 week
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 14 weeks
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 61 weeks
Jesse Howard (West Bend, Iowa) – 7 weeks
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 39 weeks
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 78 weeks
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 1 week
Monica Jennings (Roland, Iowa) – 19 weeks
Stephanie Kim (Brooklyn, New York) – 1 week
34 participants! That is an amazing week! I know for sure it is the high for this calendar year and it might be the highest of all-time. I’ll have to check my records and get back to you.
Particularly exciting was first ever submissions from Nader and Melissa. I don’t expect Nader to be a regular contributor, but you never know. But with Melissa, there is some hope!
Also, Stephanie had her first submission this year. I don’t know if this will lead to regular or even irregular submissions or not. We will just wait and see.
There were no new states added to the map this week and at this point, I’m betting new states added will be an increasingly rare thing. Time will tell.
There were submissions this week taken in the following places:
+ New York
Here is the current calendar year list for states:
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ North Dakota
+ South Dakota
+ Washington D.C.
25 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over halfway there!
The Outside of the United States map is currently:
+ British Virgin Islands
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I took my picture about 175 miles from my front door, so I continue to not contribute.
There was one major milestone this week! Dawn joined the 52 Week Club! One straight year of weekly submissions. Congratulations Dawn!
There were no streaks snapped!
But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:
PARK! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!
But what in the John Culbertson is a PARK image? Simply put, it is a picture taken in a PARK. And there are all sorts of PARKs. There are city, state, national, baseball, softball, playgrounds, nature preserves, urban, pocket, sculpture gardens, cultural… just to name a few. Of course, there is more than one definition of PARK.
While considering a possible subject for your PARK submission, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with an inspiring image.
The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of the great human principle.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
I look forward to seeing your interpretation.
The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.
You can send your images to either email@example.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.
That is it. Thems the rules!
That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of PARK in this place that I believe brings a bit of respite for some next Monday.