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Monthly theme Happy holidays winners

The holidays seem far away now, but maybe we can squeeze out the last holiday spirit by publishing the winners of the Monthly theme contest. 

Guest judge John Wilhelm has been 1x's own Santa, by selecting the winner who will be $250 richer. The rest of the positions have been decided by public voting. Congratulations everyone!


1st place

"Dear Santa..." by Anja Matko.

Judge's comments
This is my winner image. According to the photographer's description, this is one of santa's elfes who fell asleep during his job. For me the image symbolizes in a very simple and easy way, the negative side of christmas and holidays; the pressure and depression it can bring to certain people as well as the feeling of loneliness and sadness. I just love the freedom of interpretation and the idea in this one.

2nd place

"Baby's First Christmas Star" by Juan Osorio.

Judge's comments
This is quite the opposite of the winner image. I like the esthetics of the light and the fantastic mood. Christmas for children should be exactly like this: Nice, warm and sweet.
3rd place

"Happy holiday" by Horst Fischer.

Judge's comments
Perfect use of a wide angle lens. Lately I hear a lot about those holiday-holidays, that means celebrating Christmas on a cruiser. For me an absolute nightmare. And I like it to get confronted with my nightmares on images.
Highest voted

By Nuelle Flipse.
 By DejanaMŠ. 
By Sveduneac Dorin Lucian.
By Anna Zuidema.
By Petri Damstén.
By Elena Pardini.
By Anne Madalinski.

By Petar Boskovski.

By Ioan Bodean.

By Mario Grobenski.
Congratulations to all of you, well done
Wow!! This is a beautiful surprise! It's really an honor! I'm so happy!! :) :) Thank you so so much John Wilhelm for choosing my image for the 1th place! Congratulation to all the winners! :)
thank you Anja was a pleasure! keep up the great work!
Congratulations to the winners, well done! :-)
Congratulations to the winners!!!! I also want to thank everyone who voted on my photo! Thank you soooo much!! Best regards! ;-))
I find all the interpretations varied and beautiful. Congratulations to the happy winners for the well deserved prizes :)) Best wishes :)) Best regards.
Among this series of photos we can find different themes with the subject of Happy New Year, and should be noted by carefully selecting the winners was exemplary. Congratulations to the winners and the rest their photos by Thomas chosen ones!