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The winners are . . .




Miss Kitty announces the winners . . .


with today’s posting for the first quarter of 2011 Calendar Bookmark Photo Contest, along with the three whom we have chosen to receive the ‘One lovely blog award.’
For those who are interested in the statistics, there were nine entrees with twenty-six images, of which nine made the final cut. 



Finalist poster


The decision was by no means easy and so a set of criteria was established and applied by which each photograph was judged. The ‘finalist’ images were imported into Photoshop and according to the photograph, may have had applied some retouching; burning and dodging; blurring of the background; and any other visual adjustments we felt would enhance the photograph.
After post production and cropping the photograph down to the required size, it was placed on the ‘finalist poster’ and then the judging began in earnest.


There were four photographs, that came very close to winning. Image two, of Susie was sent in by Kevin from Animal Shelter Volunteer Life — PAWS; KM provided several wonderful poses of George Clooney from Clooney’s Num-Num Fund, image four.
From Spain, photo five comes courtesy of Isabel Gutierrz’s feline Lili, an artist who also blogs about her cat at Espacio y Color; last but certainly not least, image nine was sent in by Victoria and features Lucy taking in her sun-puddles. Her blog is Lucy’s Christmas Lodge.


When we announce the competition open for the second quarter, we shall provide a guideline to help improve your odds for not only making the finals, but increasing your chances of winning. Of course that would make our job even harder, but Miss Kitty and I will be up to the task.


The Winners . . .     congratulations!

January, Noah by Alexandra from Switzerland

February, Tiny Johnson by Tricia at Katnip Lounge, USA

March, Mr Puddy by BN from Australia




Preview of the placements of the winning images


The final downloadable version will be made available on Christmas Eve with a link to the full size print at our Picasa album along with a couple of tidbits about each winner.





The Recipients for the ‘One lovely blog award’ are . . .




Christiane’s blog Ninifees DosiNews from Germany, was elected for her excellent blog and rich photographic images, including for having a huge heart, taking care of many strays and trying to find a very good home for them. Her blog has Google translator widget installed so you can read along.



Catrina’s blog Cat’s Cat from Canada, whom many of you know is another person with a gracious spirit and a huge heart. Her love is over flowing with kindness.



KM’s blog Clooney’s Num-Num Fund also from Canada. She recently brought home her second feline, named Neytiri, named after the main female character in last years blockbuster film Avatar. When you visit there, you cannot help but find humor by the truck load, so stop by for a visit.


Thought there were many more I could have passed this award along to, but as I stated in my previous post, by limiting the number of recipients, the meaning and value of this award is greatly increased.


Wow, this was one long posting. Time for another nap. Make that a very long nap. 






28 comments:

Mr Puddy said...

Hooray !!!!! I won : )
My mom is so happy I'm on March because her birthday is on March : )

Thank you

Sparkle said...

Concatulations to the winners! That calendar looks pawsome!

lupie said...

Oh darn!
We missed it!
Anyway, a big congratulations to the winners!
The calendar looks super!

weaverpat said...

Dear Miss Kitty,
Excellent choices!
Congratulations to all of the Winners!!!
It made my day happy to see the photos of all the fine felines. Also I wish to say thank you to all the good people who have won the One Lovely Blog Award for supporting and promoting the love and care of our furry companions.

Thank you Miss Kitty and Egmont for all the time and loving work you put into the community of feline bloggers.
We love it when a new post from Miss Kitty is waiting for us in the morning!
Deiter and the Gang...and Pat

Katnip Lounge said...

We are so excited that Johnny won! The competition was stiff; Miss Kitty you certainly had your job cut out for you in judging.
We had a fun time and look forward to participating again.
Thanks!

Alex aus dem Gwundergarten said...

Hi Miss Kitty!
Wow, Noah is so proud to be Mr. January :o). He will receive an extra spoon of cottage cheese tonight. Thank you so much and we're now looking even more forward to X-max evening.
Enjoy your nap and take good care
Alex & Noah

isabel gutiérrez said...

Hi Miss Kitty!

¡Uy1 Casi, casi gané. Jajaja.

Bueno, me encanta haber participado en este lovely concurso de gatos guapos.

Es un placer escribirte y verte en las fotos que te hace Egmont, cada vez apareces more beautiful.

Miles de besos.

Lucy the Cat said...

Congrats to the winners! All the pictures are wonderful! Thanks for holding this contest. It was fun!

Cloon said...

Miss Kitty thanks for having theese contest in the first place, all photos were excellent and congrats to the 3 winners who look fabulous. And Miss Kitty we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for recognizing our blog and giving it theese most special award, it means so much! And congrats to "Ninifees DosiNews" and "Cat's Cats (my little twin lives there) for also winning theese award.

Cat said...

Hello Miss Kitty, What a wonderful surprise!!! I am so very honoured to recieve the Lovely Blog Award from you and thank you most sincerely for your recognition and kind words.

It is so thoughtful of you to put on the calendar contest and spend such time and effort selecting the kitties and working on the photos. I must say the finished bookmark looks great and I await Christmas Eve and the downloadable version :-) Congratulations to the beautiful kitties who are featured!

Christiane said...

Hallo Miss Kitty,
Ich möchte allen Gewinnern gratulieren. Bei der Auswahl an schönen Fotos war die Auswahl sicher nicht leicht. Ich finde die Idee mit dem Kalender und dem Fotowettbewerb sehr kreativ. Meine große Anerkennung für Egmont, der sich die Mühe macht, all die Fotos zu bewerten und zu bearbeiten.

Vielen lieben Dank auch für herzlichen Worte zu meinem Blog. Wir haben uns sehr über den Lovely Blog Award gefreut.

Liebe Grüße und einen besinnlichen 3. Advent
Christiane

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Congrats to all the winners. Give your dad a big hug for all the work he did on the calendars and the judging. I'm sure it was no easy task.

Caren Gittleman said...

So glad to meet you! I found you over at "Cat's Cats" and you have a simply GORGEOUS blog!!!

It is only fitting that I would follow you because growing up my brother's nickname for me was....ready?.....

"MISS KITTY!!!"

To this day he STILL calls me that!

Hope you will stop by and visit us at Cat Chat http://opcatchat.blogspot.com

Sophie Munns said...

What fun Miss Kitty !
...such a shame there no kitty cat at my home to photograph when I see all these charming images! Sat hello to your dad for me!
S

ABBY said...

Miss Kitty
Wonderful concats to all the winners. What lovely work you and your Dad did.

purrin
xoxox

Fin said...

The calendar looks amazing!

Luzia said...

Liebe Miss Kitty, eine ausgezeichnete Wahl! Vor allem Mr. Puddy finde ich sehr schön, wie er auf diesem Baum posiert. Aber auch die anderen beiden sind ein Katzentraum. In diesem post sind soviele interessante blogs und Katzen genannt, dass ich nun viel zu tun haben werde;-)) Ich wünsche Dir und Daddy noch wunderschönte Tage und eine gemütliche Adventwoche. Bei uns scheint heute die Sonne und der Schnee ist leider geschmolzen. Liebe Grüße von Luzia.

✿ Hélène Flont ✿ said...

Bravo!!! Ils sont tous adorables!!! Très joli choix Miss Kitty!
Chaleureusement votre
!!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

AFSS said...

Congrats to the winners. The bookmark calendar looks pawsome.

meowmeowmans said...

Hi Miss Kitty and Egmont,

Wow, you certainly had some great entries from which to choose. We are so happy for the winners! :)

We love Cat's Cats, and our friend Cloon is awesome, isn't he? We will have to go check out Christiane's blog .. it looks quite lovely!

Have a great weekend!

Kevin at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life

Vicki said...

All of the entries are beautiful...SO nice to see people that love their animals....Merry Christmas!

Gaby Bee said...

Congrats to the three winners! All the pictures are truly beautiful. Give your dad a big hug for all the work he did on the calendars. The bookmarks look amazing!

Sending warm wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas and much health and happiness for 2011.

Gaby xo

Admiral Hestorb said...

Congratulations to efurryone!

Vicki said...

Hi again! I so agree on Christmas and focusing more on family and getting together...I love being able to help in any way we can. This year my hubby and I helped 2 families that are struggling where they would have a nice Christmas dinner and a few things for their kids...It does a persons heart good ya know...Merry Christmas! Also I am going to try and get a better photo of Prissie for your calendar...She is a grand lady!

cats of wildcat woods said...

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

kathrin said...

schöne Weihnachtszeit wünscht herzlich Kathrin

katzenfreundin said...

Ich wünsche Euch ein schönes Weihnachtsfest und harmonische Feiertage. Rutscht gut ins Neue Jahr und alles Gute für 2011.


LG Claudia

Mr Puddy said...

I just stop by to say
Merry Christams !!!!!


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