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Winter Competition - Time to vote!

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 5:02 AM
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. I apologise for the delay with the competition, but we are now ready to start the voting!

First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who submitted work to the competition! As the submission stage has now closed, we need to pick a winner. But with so many pretty pieces of work to choose from, we need your help! Like previous competitions, all of the pieces will be put up to a public vote, where all deviants can vote for their favourites, regardless of whether you are a part of Pure--Nature or not.

----- Submissions -----

Nature's beauty by ElliSpirelli
1. Nature's beauty by ElliSpirelli

Thankfulness for nature's beauty by ElliSpirelli
Thankfulness for nature's beauty by ElliSpirelli

Strong by 66Number
Strong by 66Number

Snowy by 66Number
Snowy by 66Number

Nature 5 by Ask-The-Badger
5. Nature 5 by Ask-The-Badger

Nature 7 by Ask-The-Badger
Nature 7 by Ask-The-Badger

winter #11 by mathew001
winter #11 by mathew001

winter #20 by mathew001
winter #20 by mathew001

Snowy winter by Lactucaa
Snowy winter by Lactucaa

Udah 5 by EdgedFeather
Udah 5 by EdgedFeather

Congo 24 by EdgedFeather
Congo 24 by EdgedFeather

A Touch of Frost 2 by jxsnyder
A Touch of Frost 2 by jxsnyder

----- Time to Vote! -----

How many pieces can I vote for?
You can vote for up to 3 pieces, but you will only be able to make one valid comment for votes. Any comments after that will not be counted.

How does the voting system work?
Each of your votes will be worth a number of points. Your first vote (which should be your most favourite) is worth 3 points, your second vote (which should be your second favourite) is worth 2 points, and your third vote (which should be your third favourite) is worth 1 point. At the end of the votes, the 3 pieces with the highest number of points wins!

How do I vote?
To vote, you can leave a comment below stating which pieces you are voting for. For reference, take a look at the example below on how to layout the comment when voting...

#2 (3 points)
#5 (2 points)
#9 (1 point)

The #'s are refering to the pieces. For example, #5 would refer to Ask-The-Badger's piece - Nature 5. You don't have to add the points into the comment, however, the votes will be taken in the shown order, so the first piece that you vote for in your comment will get the most points, and the last piece voted for will get the least. Therefore, make sure you put the pieces in the correct order when making your comment.

Do I need to be a member of Pure--Nature to vote?
Nope. All deviants can vote and support their favourite piece(s), so if you want to, feel free to try and get the support of your watchers.

Is there anything else I should know?
I doubt it needs saying, but please do not vote for yourself... I know it can be tempting, but lets play fair now... Any votes which happen to be for yourself will be disqualified.

If you have any problems with voting, please feel free to get in touch with us, but please do not ask us to change your votes.

Good luck everyone!

Voting will close on the 11th February 2015 at 1pm (GMT)!

My post! by JDS-photo
My post!
Another shot taken from Borth, and while it isn't as interesting as some of the other photos that I have taken, I couldn't help but smile a little at this photo. It wasn't until recently that I noticed the vignette that DxO Optics Pro 7 had automatically put on this photo on the top, and it looks really weird, but hopefully I'll have the time to revisit the photo and edit it.

So what do you think? Please feel free to comment and critique? All feedback is welcome and appreciated! =D
Well we're at the end of 2014, and what a year it has been...

A lot has happened in this past year that I'm glad to have been a part of, both related and unrelated to photography.

First, there was the decision to upgrade my kit and get my first DSLR. With my new camera kit, and the new editing programs that I have been using over the past year, I would say that some of the pieces this year are some of the best to date. I'm really happy that my photography has been improving in quality, and I hope that I still get the time in 2015 to continue to improve and build on what I already know.

Then there was the Tenovus Goodnight Walk, where I got to take part in an event and help out with photography. The event was a great experience for me, and I also got to see some other photographers in action, which was kinda scary at first...
But I would love to take part again next year (if exams don't get in the way...). The Goodnight Walk was definitely one of my highlights of the year.

There has also been the jump to other social platforms, such as twitter, tumblr and 500px to try and showcase my work to more people, although whether this will go well will depend on what others think really.

On top of all this, one of my pieces finally reached 1000 views on deviantART! Although unsurprisingly, it wasn't actually a photography piece :giggle:

THEATRHYTHM:FF - Lightning vs. Snow (Colour draft) by JDS-photo
This beauty recently passed the 1000  view mark, which did take me by surprise!

But focusing on Photography, I'm really pleased to see that some of my more recent pieces are liked so much by some, especially "Over the Horizon" which I think is the most faved piece in my gallery at the moment.

Ynysangharad Park - Bandstand 1 by JDS-photo Summer Walk by JDS-photo
Over the Horizon by JDS-photo Splash! by JDS-photo Borth - 2 by JDS-photo
Tenby - Monument (2) by JDS-photo Fun at the Beach! by JDS-photo

Outside of photography and deviantART, I've done a lot of other work, such as working alongside the University's Students Union to help with the student move-in weekend back in September, getting to help new students settle into University life. And then there's also the coursework and exams...

Despite the large amount of annoying things that has happened in the past year, this year has been pretty awesome, and I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone on DeviantArt that has supported me over the past year, as well as previous years, whether it's through following, faving, commenting and critiquing, or even being an active member of Pure--Nature. You're all awesome people!

Hopefully, I can be more active in 2015, and I will hopefully start doing journals like this again soon (Although I think I said that last year xD).

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year, and I'll see you in 2015!
Splash! by JDS-photo
This photo was taken at the same time as "Over the Horizon" in Borth. I decided to use the opportunity to experiment with some more camera features with this shot, before trying to edit a little in DxO Optics Pro 7.
I am a little torn about the outcome of this photo. There is a lot of technical features that I'm having problems with, such as trying to get a quick shutter speed without over-exposing the photo to try and get better detail, but I'm just stuck with how to go about it at the moment.

What do you think of this piece? Please feel free to comment and critique! All feedback is welcomed and appreciated! =D


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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the watch!
JDS-photo Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem =D
ExcaliburBlade Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Thank you for the important part of life  Hug
JDS-photo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem =D
1Daydeviantart Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You very much for the Watch and the Llama! Seriously, THANK YOU!
JDS-photo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem =D
Phototubby Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
JDS-photo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem =D
dazombiekila Featured By Owner Edited Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fave. If you have time can you please read this and post a journal asking people to pray for my girlfriend.…
Thank you for your time and God bless you.
JDS-photo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem =D
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