Photo Challenge Winners | Phone

February 26, 2011

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It was so fun to browse through the entries this week and see just how amazing a cell phone photo can turn out! It’s wonderful that most of us have a camera on us at all times and it was an awesome reminder to use our phone cameras even more than we already are.

This week’s Guest Photographer Judge, Andrea Riley, is the queen of always having her phone camera out to capture impromptu moments.  While she really enjoyed going through the entries, we know she had a difficult time narrowing all of the beautiful entries down to just the top ten.

1st Place – Just Another Autism Mom

Andrea wrote:    This was agonizingly difficult! To narrow down the photos, I had to set some criteria.  First, I wanted the photos that portray snippets of life…those moments so important that you don’t want to miss capturing.  When I don’t have my “big girl” camera but when something memory-worthy occurs, that’s when the cell phone comes out.  I was also looking for a story or a special connection between the subjects in the photo. I chose Just Another Autism Mom’s photo as my very favorite…it was one I loved from the moment I saw it.  Everyone in the photo is oblivious to the camera.  The blur of the doctor’s hands adds action to the photo.  This is as real as it gets and so perfectly captured!

2nd Place – Lyndee K

What a gorgeous capture and the fact that it was taken with a cell phone is amazing!  The processing on the photo captured my eye immediately.

photo winner - I Heart Faces

3rd Place – Simple Girl

Having been to three funerals of loved ones over the past 2 months, this photo really spoke to me.  The young people in this photo had gathered together to honor a teammate and friend.  This photo is a poignant reminder of how precious and fleeting life is.

photo winner - I Heart Faces

4th Place – Just Imagine Heaven

I was won over with that little girl’s expression.  Pure sweetness and fun!

photo winner - I Heart Faces

5th Place – The Daily Wyatt

Happy mommy moment!  I picture a fun day at the park just enjoying a lazy, relaxed day together.

photo winner - I Heart Faces

6th Place – Grethel Van Epps

Love the blur in the window showing the high speed motion of the train while in contrast this little guy has no energy left at all.  This reminds me of the many photos I’ve captured of my kids in the car totally worn out by a fun family outing…moments before those eyes close in exhaustion.

photo winner - I Heart Faces

7th Place – Pics by Presley

Heart wrenching!  My son had minor plastic surgery a couple years ago, and I recall all those emotions that I went through worrying about my little guy.  For this family, surgeries are a regular occurrence.  I can’t imagine what that must be like.  This is a truly touching moment between mother in son.

photo winner - I Heart Faces


8th Place – MJ Photography

This is a photo I can totally relate to.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been in the store with two boys fighting over the wheel on the car and a sleepy girl in the infant seat.  Did I ever capture it?  Nope!  Kudos to this mom for recognizing the importance of capturing the everyday moments.

photo winner - I Heart Faces

9th Place – Just Keepin’ Up

There’s nothing I love more than a carefree morning spending time with my kiddos.  They’ll often come in on Saturday mornings and curl up with us.  Reminds me of the Brad Paisley lyrics, “I live for little moments like that.”

photo winner - I Heart Faces


10th Place – EJ_D

This photo was on my decision list the entire time, but my husband is the one that encouraged me to choose it.  The moment recorded here is so peaceful, and I love that it is a self-portrait.

photo winner - I Heart Faces

Each week we (Angie & Amy) like to show off some of our favorite entries as well! Here are our picks…

Brian Farmer
photo winner - I Heart Faces
the living well
Photo Challenge - I Heart Faces
Just Leesha
Photo Contest - I Heart Faces
Photo Contest - I Heart Faces
Photo Contest - I Heart Faces
Meri Heggie
Photo Contest - I Heart Faces
Buxton Family Extension
Photo Contest - I Heart Faces
Skye Snyder
Photo Contest - I Heart Faces
Photo Contest - I Heart Faces
Photo Contest - I Heart Faces

Don’t miss next week’s photo challenge…

“Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes… Anything But A Face!”

Be sure to read more about this theme before you choose your photo.


If you were in the Top Ten or an “Angie & Amy Pick” you can go to this page to find your special Winners Button to display on your blog!  Super-huge congratulations for entering such an amazing photo this week!

A Friendly Reminder: To be able to be considered as a winner for our photo challenges, you must follow these guidelines…

1| Only ONE photo can be in your entry post. If there are other photos in your entry post, your photo will not be passed on to the weekly judge.

2| Our button must be in your post (you can find our buttons on our “Grab a Button” page.)

3| You must enter a permalink to your blog post or Flickr entry (not a link to the home page of your blog.)

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea February 28, 2011

Thanks, everyone, for a fun week! I love all the photos I chose, each for a different reasons. There were also tons more that I would have loved to feature. I am always amazed at the talent that pours in each week. Makes it so hard to narrow down to ten!


Allyson February 27, 2011

Thanks Angie and Amy for making my snapshot of chaos a favorite! I feel like I won the lottery. 🙂 And congrats to the winners. It was amazing to see what our cell phones can do. Fantastic job capturing special and fun moments even with the smallest of tools.


Lolli @ Better in Bulk February 27, 2011

Amazing, inspiring, wonderful photos this week! I love the variety! I’m just excited to be getting my iPhone this week!


Greta Coalier February 26, 2011

Amazing, I had so much fun entering my first ever contest here and the winners are awesome. The one of the mom holding her child in the hospital bed is heartbreaking and beautiful.


Angie February 26, 2011

LOVE the winning photos so much! —>RT @iheartfaces: Photo Challenge Winners | Phone


Just Another Autism Mom February 26, 2011

Wow, I am so honored mine won! Thank you for appreciating all of the real moments.

I love all of the winning and favorite photos. : )


Laura Metzger February 26, 2011

Wow! I only saw a few of these! I love your criteria and you chose amazingly. I had an emotional reaction to every single one!


Rachel February 26, 2011

I don’t envy you! All those captures were amazing!

Special thanks for including Bubba Presley in the Top Ten picks (#7) – we love him and his family and this picture just makes me want to squeeze them all!


Life with Kaishon February 26, 2011

I love the pictures you chose Andrea! Real snippets of every day life are so beautiful! Thank you for reminding us : ) Congratulations to all the winners! YAY you!


Grethel Van Epps February 26, 2011

LOVE all the pictures!.. Congratulations to all and thanks Andrea for picking mine int he top ten!!..


amy February 26, 2011

The baby sleeping at the grocery store cracks me up! Congrats everyone! This was a super fun week.


Ally February 26, 2011

Love this weeks challenge. Didn’t have a moment to enter but loved all the winners!!! All were so “real” Congrats to all the winners 🙂


Stacey February 26, 2011

I absolutely can’t believe I made it to the top ten! Thank you! 🙂 I have to say, this challenge opened a whole new window of photography for me! I never thought to go through and edit my phone’s pictures before this, let alone download photography apps for my phone! I was in awe with so many of the entries, and they gave me a lot of inspiration. 🙂


skye snyder February 26, 2011

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the guest judge, Andrea Riley’s, picks. She managed to sift through all those entries and find deeply moving images from our phones. I will be spending my morning, “meeting” these inspirational photographers. Congratulations! And {squeal} …wasn’t expecting to see my photo on the Angie and Amy list. Thank you so very much. I’m thrilled to kick start my day seeing my baby on the ‘big screen’! Thank you.


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