Mailbag - August 2018
Photo feedback was a bonus
I just wanted to send a quick note to thank the Buzz Magazines and all of the judges who selected my photograph [Icelandic Horses] as the Grand Prize winner of this year’s photo contest [July 2018]. I am truly humbled to have my photo recognized in this way.
But even more importantly I appreciated the thoughtful feedback all of the judges gave me on why they liked the image. That was an extra “prize” for winning the photo contest I hadn’t expected. I look forward to next year’s contest; better start planning my next photo trip!
Editor’s note: Congratulations again, Darren! See all winning photographs here. Amateur photographers, look out for details about next year’s Photo Contest in the March issue of The Buzz and online in the spring.
Uncle Matt did good
It is always fun to see the published photos that The Buzz selects for the annual photo contest. It is even more exciting to see your children in a photo that placed. My sons, Travis and Bennett, were very excited to see the photo their Uncle Matt (Bennett) took of them [The Clay Boys, Third Place/People category]. My brother’s artistic skills captured the essence of my boys.
To say the least, seeing that photo published on the cover of The Tanglewood/River Oaks Buzz created a tremendous “buzz” in our home.
Photo contest inspires
Thank you to all at The Buzz Magazines for putting on such an amazing photo contest! Love that you offer five fun categories and accept unlimited entries. Add in that it’s free, limited to amateurs and judged by experts, and you’ve got a winner of a contest. There aren’t many – if any – out there with all these features. You’ve made submitting photos a snap, and your staff is supportive, kind and responds promptly to questions. I’ve participated in the contest the last few years, and every year I look forward to it. [Kathy’s photo Full Moon on Duty received fourth place in the Landscapes category this year.]
For me, it’s often the spark for needed jolts of inspiration to get out there and click, click, click! It’s exciting and fun to be a part of – and an honor to be published in your magazine.
Back porch fan
Thank you for the quick response to my request about an online link to Andria Frankfort’s Cleaning Up After Camp article [July 2018 Back Porch] so I could email it to my daughter and daughter-in-law. They both live out of state, and they really liked the article. They are experienced moms of campers, but learned new information about the “art" of unpacking after camp.
I look forward to reading The Buzz each month; it’s upbeat and positive (especially the Back Porch column.., which is truly like a “back porch” experience). Passing on new ideas that I read in The Buzz helps me to be a “cool” mother and mother-in-law.
Editor’s note: Marge, thank you for your letter, and we’re so glad this article helped out your family.
Two green thumbs up
I really enjoyed reading Kelly Thomas's [online] piece about recycling [Recycling: A Greener City, a Greener Planet, Buzzworthy Blog]. It was an impressive overview about the importance of recycling and sustainability, and her background research was complete and well communicated. Some of my family members and acquaintances have mentioned that they were motivated to be more mindful of recycling following reading this article. The staff at Buzz Magazines are remarkable, and I anticipate that Kelly has a promising future ahead of her!
George Williams, MD, Member, Environmental and Sustainability Board
Editor’s note: Thank you, George, for the kind words and for being interviewed by Kelly Thomas, one of our talented summer interns. You can see this article and more from our interns at thebuzzmagazines.com/buzzworthy.
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