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Horse Illustrated's 2012 Photo Contest: People's Choice Voting

See what our judge picked for the nine honorable mention entries, then vote for your favorite!

September 2012 Extra

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For the 2012 photo contest, Horse Illustrated readers were asked to submit their best images of horses in action. The top five entries appear in the September 2012 issue. Below are the nine images that judge Dusty Perin selected as honorable mentions along with her feedback. Thanks to everyone who entered!


Photo Contest prize


Winner of the People's Choice voting will receive an Absorbine gift basket valued at $200. The eight other finalists will receive the following prizes courtesy of Absorbine:

  • 32-oz. Show Sheen Hair Polish & Detangler
  • Show Sheen 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Show Sheen Stain Remover & Whitener


2012 Photo Contest
David Barrett, North Carolina: Interesting angle and good composition. The sharpness and emerald forest in the background add to the picture, but it still needs more story.




2012 Photo Contest
Kelly Beard, Florida: This photo has a fantastic background, an interesting angle, and a good action story. It's a little dark though. Maybe some flash would have helped.

2012 Photo Contest
Christy Maxon, Kentucky: Nice panorama. This photo shows great action caught in duplicate, with a soft background and good use of light.

2012 Photo Contest
Sarah Starks, California: Beautiful background, nice action and creative silhouette. I would have cropped in more on just the single horse.

2012 Photo Contest
Vicki Foss, Minnesota: This image has a nice wintery feel and good focus (that can be tricky with snow). There's also a good off-center composition, leaving room for the horses to travel across the space.

2012 Photo Contest
Susan Austin, Maine: This photo tells a story of action and fun. I like the dramatic lighting, but I wish I could see more of the shadows on the beach. This is a small file that was probably taken with a point-and-shoot or a cellphone. It illustrates that you can take good pictures with simple cameras.

2012 Photo Contest
Susan Drover, Massachusetts: This is a very technically sharp eventing image. I like the shadow on the jump, but I wish the sunlight was directly on the horse to make the colors pop.

2012 Photo Contest
Jill Vaughan, Georgia: Nice action and good lighting, but this image could have been greatly improved if it had been cropped vertically.

2012 Photo Contest
Jennifer Kuipers, Arkansas: Beautiful backlighting and nice mane action, but this needed to be cropped in tighter and less centered.

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Carol    Columbus, OH

9/25/2017 9:52:22 PM

Mean girls! I'm sure she was picked fair & square. I wish it was me, but ill just say to the winner Congrats & have. Good trip! You go girl!
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Bonnie    Waverly, KS

11/12/2013 4:02:10 PM

ilove the horse jumping

susan    pville, VA

6/8/2013 2:58:29 PM

did anyone vote for Emily watson

Smackie    Weaverville, NC

11/24/2012 2:06:41 PM

What ever happened with this? Whole issue devoted to the top 5, this contest ran for 3 months! Now, not a word.

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