44 thoughts on “The 10th Photo Competition”

  1. Christopher – you have to give the url of an image file (ends with “.jpg” for example), not the url of a page on which there is a picture. In this case I’ve edited your code to point directly at your image on Imgur. 🙂

  2. Agh, Jan. Joy?

    It’s not so much that I don’t do joy; it’s more that I rarely seem to record such moments for posterity. Well there are some, but not for public display.

    Yes, a definite challenge, I may have do think somewhat laterally about this one. I cannot find any flowers or trees with remotely joyous expressions, and even my past pets are frowning.

    Not to be discouraged though, I’ll think of something!

  3. Araminta – I shall go and ask my close friend Bllby then, or even Ethel who is still here despite repeated attempts at contact. 😉


  4. Sniff. Sigh. Ear droop.

    Joy? Joy, where are you?

    I will try for a smiling red kite. Don’t hold you breath.

  5. By the way Jan, I love your picture… and I saw in the paper that the cheese rolling carried on unofficially and no one was harmed in the making of this entertainment!

  6. Just to say that that Joy can be interpreted as widely as you like. Plenty of time too – nearly two weeks left!! 🙂

  7. Hi Jan.

    My entry. The photograph is ancient and not brilliant but the expression on small one’s face could qualify, don’t you think? She still adores horses!

  8. Hi Jan – its got to be about kids, though I love Christopher’s sky, joyful, magestic, freedom and light. I should call this one “Bubbles in the sandpit”.

  9. Hey Bravo, where’s yours gone?

    I’m just calling in to issue a gentle, ladylike reminder “COMPETITION CLOSES TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT WHEREVER YOU ARE, FOLKS!!!”

    A few more entries wouldn’t come amiss. You can think laterally , out of the box, in the box, down the tube, whatever 🙂

    Got visitors for the weekend so rushing round like mad bat but should be able to post results before close of play on Sunday.

  10. It seems I shall fail at this one! I’m going to a festival tomorrow and had it in my head that the comp closes Sunday midnight, not Saturday! Failed.
    If I get some decent shots I’ll put them up though!

  11. Joy?

    Not easy, here’s an expression of joy!

    20 years ago, (before the age of digital photography) my daughter was born, I was of course delighted, I decided to decorate the car when I went to collect mother and newborn. The hospital was perhaps 10 miles away from our house, I drove the main streets of Port Elizabeth in this, the front was suitably decorated with pink ribbon and balloons!

  12. Jan, I’ve sweated megabytes and managed to put a photo in the Media gallery but can’t move it into this post. Help!! 🙂

    Let me try, Soutie

    happy time

  13. Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to post photos for this. It’s been a bit miserable, cold and cloudy here over the last couple of weeks so I was looking forward to seeing what the Charioteers made of “joy.”

    Hi Soutie, your photo’s particularly appropriate for today and was a very effective and public announcement to the world. You must have been driving around bursting with “new dad” pride. Hope you got lots of good reactions from the other drivers!

    Christopher, thanks! Those big huge skies and the suggestion of vast open spaces appealed a lot. That’s one of the things that makes me want to go visit America.

    As for OZ, well Awwwwww, that German Shep puppy!!! I do apologise but I’m going to have to say “soooo cute.” I remember my brother’s Shep, Amber when she was precisely that age. All huge paws, undisciplined ears and pure trust and happiness. Gorgeous.

    Evening Janus, your blonde, blue-eyed little princess in her party dress exudes joy. I have a feeling she’d have as much fun with bubbles as Papa G’s Koko – a wonderful totally natural picture of joy too. Hope you had a lovely day today, PG!

    Araminta, I don’t agree that this photo “is not brilliant.” I think it is. I think the benign solidarity of that patient horse and the little girl’s outstretched hands and joyous excitement is just perfect. It captures an instinctive response, which I remember vividly myself. Congratulations, Araminta. You are the winner!

    ps: Over to you for the next competition.

  14. Ara – but someone has to be there to capture the moment! It is a lovely picture and a worthy winner, very well balanced in composition (true!) a lovely quality of light, ,the noble profile of the horse, (perhaps the knowledge that he/she is pleasing the child) and of course such a joyous expression – AND YOU WERE THERE! Well I’m presuming you were!

  15. What a pleasant surprise to brighten up a dull Monday morning!

    Once I’ve recovered from the weekend, I’ll ponder on the next theme.

    Thank you, Jan, and thank you all for your congratulations. 🙂

  16. I was there, PapaG! I was watching the whole thing quite closely, and I knew the horse was unlikely to react badly. I’d just given him his feed, and he was always pretty easy to handle anyway.

  17. I presume it was your daughter, Araminta? She was a great deal braver at whatever age she was than I am now!

    Now if anyone is looking for a photo to depict ‘terror’ – put me that close to a horse and they will win every competition going!


  18. You are right, Boadicea, I can’t remember how old she was but pre-school, I would guess.

    Both the girls were brought up with horses and largish dogs so they were never afraid of either!

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