We had been running a Fundraiser Raffle
for our Gotta Dance Documentary Film
production since the
summer of 2005, the goal to engage 400 separate
participants. Given the fact that our huge Golden
playground in the sky has thousands of visitors daily,
it was believed that this truly was an obtainable
target. But, we struggled until April 2006 to meet this
Given this lag, it was surely hard to
keep smiling especially since our own Darcy─whose glorious
smile graces every one of our 1000+ pages─had
just left my side for The Bridge, due to losing her
own battle with cancer.
To bring much needed cheer,
and to celebrate Darcy's (shown here with Mom) contribution to all of our
lives, as well as the giving spirit of all who have
purchased tickets, we created this fun Sweet Golden
those persons who had purchased at least two raffle
tickets were able to submit entries. Submitted photos were to
reflect our "Sweet Smiling Golden" theme,
i.e., the pictured Golden needed to be smiling.
wonderful prizes for our contest
included an imported handmade pillow/blanket, Lenox
collectible, Bella and Company apparel and wares, Golden themed
books, and handmade mini-photo albums.
were determined by a group of gifted, Golden-loving judges,
included artist Mia
Lane, artist Karen Killian, and
Kennedy. The following comprehensive scoring
criteria required the judges to provide up to 30 points for each of our entries.
Judges' Scoring Criteria
10 points: Impact/Appeal
eye-catching and distinctive is this photo?
How compelled are you to look at this
smiling face? How much does the photo make
you smile? Does this photo make a good,
strong statement? Does the first glance
carry its complete meaning?
10 points: Creativity/Originality
Does the photographer show an artistic
eye? Did the photographer use creative
techniques to make an interesting effect?
Does the photo have an individuality to it
that sets it apart from the rest of the
photo in focus or, if blurry, is this done
in a clearly intentional artistic way? Is
there good placement of the subject matter?
Are there harmonious proportions? Does the
photo show pleasing colors with clarity and
correct exposure? Can you make out the
details in the shadows?
There were so
many wonderful entries that we decided to
have a Ten Top
Winners list. As the point
differences between many in this grouping
were quite low, there was also a listing of
Honorable Mentions ─
ten next highest rated entries. All of our
heartfelt entries will always have a home
here at the Land of PureGold, and can be
Winners & Honorable
Board Member Goldens' Smiles