Time for the Best of Show Voting in the 2017 Photo Contest!

By dave
December 1, 2017

The first round of voting is finished, and we have our first place winners for each category. Before we reveal the people behind the photos, we're going to do one final vote to determine the best of show.

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Nov 30, 2017 8:18 PM CST
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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It is fun to see the winners in the different categories. Some real beauties to consider. I'm going to ruminate on the choices tonight and vote in the morning. I am a little confused as the instructions say we will have 48 hours to vote but they also say voting will end Sunday evening which is 72 hours. I'll be done a lot sooner than that. Thanks everyone for all the lovely photos to enjoy. Many wonderful things to think about.......
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Nov 30, 2017 9:00 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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You're right, voting ends Saturday evening, not Sunday. I'll update the news item.
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Nov 30, 2017 9:15 PM CST
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They are all so gorgeous. Congrats to each!
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Dec 1, 2017 12:01 AM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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I agree! Thank you to everyone who submitted photos and/or voted to make this another great Photo Contest. I tip my hat to you.
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Dec 1, 2017 6:07 AM CST
Name: James
Anacortes, WA (Zone 8b)
(Heat zone - 1, Sunset zone - 5)
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Just got done voting. It is nice to see that a few of the photos I voted for were chosen by others as well. All beautiful photos! It really was a hard choice this year. Thank you to everyone that submitted photos to the contest so that we could enjoy this, and thank you to Dave and crew for making it all happen!
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Dec 1, 2017 8:53 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 8a)
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I agree with James above. It was nice to see several of my prior choices in the finals. This was a hard group to pick fav's from.

Thank you many times to Bluestone Perennials for sponsoring this contest and to our talented photographers for sharing your work.
Leslie

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Dec 1, 2017 10:19 AM CST
Name: Morgan
IL (Zone 5b)
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That was tough... I think ten of those were in my top three for their category. Several more were in my top four or five for the category. Really nice photos everyone! I'm curious how much weight my vote has.... how many people here vote?
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Dec 1, 2017 11:57 AM CST
Name: James
Anacortes, WA (Zone 8b)
(Heat zone - 1, Sunset zone - 5)
Region: Pacific Northwest Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents
Container Gardener Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Garden Procrastinator Garden Photography
Good question, Molanic. It would be interesting to know the average vote count for the contests.
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Dec 1, 2017 12:49 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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I agree
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Dec 1, 2017 2:50 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Only one of my prior choices made it to the finals. Naturally, I voted for that one. It was difficult to decide where to cast my other two votes, but rather than have them go to waste, I did the best I could.
Good luck to everyone!
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Dec 1, 2017 2:56 PM CST
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Such lovely images, this site has some very talented members! I voted, and I'm so glad to have seen some of ones I had voted in the categories to be among the selected, all of them are special anyway! Good luck to all, great work, uber inspiring! Smiling
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Dec 1, 2017 6:56 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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I just cast my votes for Best of Show. Congratulations to all those who made it to the final stage of this years photo contest! It was very difficult choosing just 3 favorites in each category. In one category, it took me forever to whittle it down from 25+ favorites to just three ... it seems I always have that problem with our photo contests. Smiling

Really wonderful photography everyone, so many really gorgeous photos ... I'd love to have one of each framed to hang on a wall! Lovey dubby
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Dec 2, 2017 1:26 AM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Such fabulous photography! I recognized each and every one of the photos from the 1st round of voting. I have no recollection of what I voted for then. I only know that most of the finalists were ones I agonized over the first go round, making this time so much harder.

But I did it! Miss Indecisive here actually cast her votes prior to the very last minute possible.

Congratulations to all of y'all. And thank you for adding so much beauty to this wonderful gardening site.
And thank you, Dave & crew, for creating and maintaining this wonderful gardening site.
And thank you, Bluestone Perennials, for sponsoring this contest for the members of this wonderful gardening site.
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