A Christmas Carol: A Crim-Dassler Photo Contest

Well, I hope you have been enjoying the album of entries from the first Crim-Dassler Christmas photo contest sponsored by The Dassler Effect, Edward Crim Photography, and Forest Park 365. [On a side note, be sure check out Forest Park 365, as this is its last day of really great, year-long project.]

Well, here you go. First, the results (the top 15 are listed), then an introduction of our 6 judges, which is followed by the complete alphabetical listing of the entries as they originally appeared along with photographer information.

With regard to the results, you will notice that there was originally a tie for 2nd place, which I resolved by emailing four additional judges to help me break the tie (thanks Jen A., Josh W., Amanda S., and Lloyd J.). Finally, many thanks to the accounting firm of Dawn-Marie-Fox-Das which certified the results (thanks, sis).

Most importantly, thank you, contestants, for some lovely and thought-provoking images, and congratulations to the winners! And, readers, please do feel free to comment and tell us whether the judges got it right or which images you feel “wuz robbed.”

Well, without further preamble, here are………..

The Results

  • The Dassler Effect 1st Place Prize of $100: “I Heard the Bells” by Karen Rice (49 pts)
  • The Edward Crim Photography and Forest Park 365 2nd Place Prize of $50: “Frightful” by Karen Rice (47 pts)
  • The Edward Crim Photography and Forest Park 365 3rd Place Prize of $25: “Earth Stood Hard as Iron, Water Like a Stone” by Chandra Mininger (47 pts)
  • 4th Place: “Deep and Crisp and Even” by Adrian Das (45.5 pts)
  • 5th Place: “And Glory Shone Around” by Trees Burton (43 pts)
  • 6th Place (tie): “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Emily Klaasen Wilson and “I, Said the Sheep” by Daniel J. Kasztelan (42 pts)
  • 8th Place (tie): “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Jessica Tumminello and “Run Over (What Grandma Saw)” by Mike Hofner (41 pts)
  • 10th Place: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Jennifer Sodergren (40.5 pts)
  • 11th Place (tie): “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” by Virgil Das and “Walking in a Winter Wonderland II” by Eddie Jones (40 pts)
  • 13th Place (tie): “Walking in a Winter Wonderland III” by Adrian Das and “While Shepherds Watched” by Gracie Das (39.5 pts)
  • 15th Place (tie): “The Holly Bears a Berry, As Red as any Blood, And Mary Bore Sweet Jesus Christ, To Do Poor Sinners Good” by Katy Owens and “Joy to the World” by Melanie Blunk Dolan and “Oh, What Fun it is to Ride” by Melanie Blunk Dolan (39 pts)

Meet the Judges

  • Matthew Peter Blazer has been running the non-profit Riverside Gallery since Nov. 2007. It amazes and annoys him how many great photographers there are out there (annoys him because many don’t have crazy nice cameras). Matt believes art and artists are a key component of good culture, and of the eventual healing of the world.
  • Edward Crim is a professional photographer who lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri and who is spending the current year photographing some aspect of Forest Park each and every day.
  • Odetta Fields is an English schoolmarm to over 130 students at local St. Louis high school. A long time resident of Missouri, she grades papers, plays violin, collects jewelry, and proudly wears Sisterlocks. Odetta has traveled to over five countries and loves listening to stories of people from around the globe. She hopes to one day publish a book and become a lovely wife to a lovely man.
    • High Score: 10, Low Score: 3, Average Score: 6.63
  • Tim Garrett is a professional dabbler living in St. Louis. Some of his photobooth photography can be seen here: www.photoboothart.com. Also, an ongoing yearly photography project can be seen here: www.fullchordpress.com. He is currently at work on a web-based list making tool. Coming soon to www.blisto.com.
    • High Score: 8, Low Score: 4, Average Score: 5.73
  • Barry Sherbeck is a photographer, visual artist, and multimedia designer in Madison Wisconsin. He loves the power of the still image. He’s a husband and father of two daughters
  • Heidi Vincent love of photography began at a young age; she spent hours watching her father capture weddings snap by snap and even more hours watching him place glossy white paper into a magic solution to bring our colors and contrast. From her days watching her dad develop photos in the dark room she learned to appreciate what makes photography so very timeless: it can take you back, pull you out, draw you in, or simply freeze a moment forever. Although, she seldom holds a camera herself, she is often on the other side of the lens watching and waiting for the magic she knew as a small child.
    • High Score: 9, Low Score: 1, Average Score: 5.03

Entries

Daniel J. Kasztelan, Billingsville, Indiana


Nancy Graham, Langley ,B.C


Maurya Hofner, Springfield, Illinois


Trees Burton, Birmingham, UK


Jennifer Sodergren, St. Louis, Missouri


Katy Owens, St. Louis, Missouri


April Mininger, St. Louis, Missouri


Emily Klaasen Wilson, Hawthorne, New Jersey www.emilybwilsonblog.com


Abi Svoboda, St. Louis, Missouri


Adrian Das, Godfrey, Illinois


Chandra Mininger, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Tanya Mark, St. Louis, Missouri


Karen Rice, St. Louis, Missouri


Dora McGee, St. Louis, Missouri


Gracie Das, Godfrey, Illinois


April Mininger, St. Louis, Missouri


Katy Owens, St. Louis, Missouri


Karen Rice, St. Louis, Missouri


Angela Vories, St. Louis, Missouri


Daniel J. Kasztelan, Billingsville, Indiana


Virgil Das, San Antonio, Texas


Dora McGee, St. Louis, Missouri


Jessica Tumminello, St. Louis, Missouri


Annemarie Maciorowski, Chesterfield, Missouri


Raymond Blanton, Dallas, Texas


Melanie Blunk Dolan, St. Louis, Missouri


Barbara St. John, St. Louis, Missouri


Jeremy Huggins, St. Louis, Missouri


Raymond Blanton, Dallas, Texas


Virgil Das, San Antonio, Texas


Trees Burton, Birmingham, UK


Abi Svoboda, St. Louis, Missouri


Anne Morley, St. Louis, Missouri


Nathan Gemayel, St. Louis, Missouri


Melanie Blunk Dolan, St. Louis, Missouri


Annemarie Maciorowski, Chesterfield, Missouri


Mike Hofner, Springfield, Illinois


Ashly Nagrant, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Angela Vories, St. Louis, Missouri


Jessica Tumminello, St. Louis, Missouri


Rebecca Brady, Yorkville, Illinois


Jeremy Huggins, St. Louis, Missouri


Tanya Mark, St. Louis, Missouri


Eddie Jones, St. Louis, Missouri


Adrian Das, Godfrey, Illinois


Barbara St. John, St. Louis, Missouri


Jennifer Sodergren, St. Louis, Missouri


Buffy Jo Barrs, Atlantic, Iowa


Gracie Das, Godfrey, Illinois


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17 thoughts on “A Christmas Carol: A Crim-Dassler Photo Contest

  1. does it have to be the title of a christmas song, or just a line from it?
    and can it have a subtitle written by the photographer?

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  2. Hi, Katy. It does not have to be the title of song. It can be a lyric or from a song. I said in the rules that some slight modification of a song lyric might be fine, but probably not a subtitle that is completely unrelated. I hope that helps and I hope you submit.

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  3. these are lovely! thanks for doing this neil. i love all the reindeer photos. who has access to reindeer in this group?! 🙂 i also really like ‘earth stood hard as iron…’ and ‘joy to the world’.

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  4. I love “When The Snow Lay Round About, Deep and Crisp and Even”. The action in it is great; it’s not static, the color is great, and the sidewalk leads the eye really well.

    Well done!

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  5. the photo titled, “Earth Stood Hard As Iron, Water Like a Stone” is strikingly beautiful and well titled.

    I also like, “I, Said the Sheep” and the reindeer photos

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  6. I said the donkey… Great photo. Composition is dead on. The intensity of the eyes framed by the posts is striking. It looks like what it has seen has changed it into a different animal. Like Puzzle in the real Narnia.

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  7. I loved both of Karen’s entries, they were deserved winners.
    Was surprised not to see ‘When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even’ in the top few.
    Many thanks for doing this Neil, lots of fun!

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  8. All of your photos brought me much joy! I had a special connection with “Children Sing The Happy Song”! It made my heart skip when I saw it!

    Karen Rice! Great eye! I adore “I Heard The Bells”!

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