The Finalists in the $1000 Mother’s Day Photo Contest

by Janice

Mother's Day 2008 - Giveaway Event

It’s time to announce the finalists of our $1000 Mother’s Day Photo Contest. Now it’s your turn to decide who should win $1000.  Voting has closed.

There is a reason we usually choose our contest winners by random. Trying to choose WHO should be finalists or win is ridiculously difficult!!! It is far too much responsibility. I don’t want to be the one who determines if someone is happy or if someone is disappointed.

Choosing who should have their fabulous motherhood photo moved on to the final round is literally painful. Each photo represents the incredible, God-given gift of motherhood. Each story is precious and beautiful.

At each site, I saw loving families and mothers who adore their children as much as I adore mine. I was blessed by each one of you and your devotion to your families.

I hope that in writing your post and putting up your photo(s) you realize how much you already have “won” having such wonderful love in your life. (But yes, I know, $1000 sure would be nice too!)

Please forgive us if your photo isn’t here. As I said, choosing was almost unbearable. Jennifer and I worked through the list all day today and finally got our favorites down to a final list of twenty.

I know I said we would choose fifteen, but ladies, this was really hard! We did the best we could. Now it is up to you all to vote. (I am just so relieved that the final vote isn’t up to us!)

Some photos we chose because of the story behind them. Others, we chose because the images resonated with us. But for all of the photos we strongly suggest you click over to the site and read the story behind the photo. It brings each shot even more meaning to meet the family behind it.

(Please note: I wanted to comment at each one of your posts. Each one was so moving. But due to the number of sites I needed to visit, I had to give up on trying to comment at them all. Please know that I was touched by every one of you and if I didn’t have a family of my own begging for attention, I would sit at this computer for 24 hours straight to comment at every post.)

Thank you for sharing your photos and your stories. May God bless each one of you and your families! This was so much fun, we will HAVE to do it again! :)

And last but not least, we want to thank Egg Beaters and their delicious new Egg Beaters with Yolk for sponsoring this contest with an unbelievable $1000.00 prize!!!

The winner, as determined by the voting in the poll below, will be awarded the $1,000.00 prize via an American Express gift card. This contest is open to Canadian and US shipping addresses. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by a random draw.

(The finalists are not listed in any particular order and you can only vote once.)

So here are the photos:

Perky’s Perspective

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Working Momma 247

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The Ragan’s Ramblings

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Grasping for Objectivity in my Subjective Life

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It’s My Blog and I’ll Cry If I Want To


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Flip Flop Mamma

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Heiner Clan

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QWeird Utah

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This Not So Simple Life

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Too Small For Me

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Bill, Miss and Brood

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The Nelson Gaggle

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Geek Parenting

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Rio Oso Designs

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Tara’s View of the World

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Momology – Adventures in Motherhood and Photography

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Baby Dolls and Soccer Balls

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Overstuffed with Polka Dots

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2nd Cup of Coffee

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Email entry from Jorja

Since this is an email entry and there isn’t a site to visit to read the story behind the shot, I will include here Jorja’s explanation included in her email.

“This is a self portrait I took of my youngest daughter and I. She woke from her nap as I was making dinner. After nap snuggles took precedence over making dinner. I had my camera handy and set it on a self timer cuz I realized these were the moments I never want to forget.” – Jorja

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Honorable Mention

We also have a bonus “honorable mention” photo. Even though this blogger, My Three Ring Circus, is located in Australia and couldn’t participate in the prize draw, she still played along and posted a fantastic shot. The look on her baby’s face is priceless. Thanks for playing!
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PS After you have voted, make sure you stop by our Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway post to enter all our other Mother’s Day giveaways.



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Adventures In Babywearing May 3, 2008 at 1:12 am

Oh my gosh- I have tears just looking at all these wonderful photos!

Steph

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2 karla ~ looking towards heaven May 3, 2008 at 1:29 am

gorgeous! Beautiful display of motherhood.

Blessings,
Karla

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3 Briana May 3, 2008 at 1:31 am

All of those were just great! If that’s just an example of the selections you had to go through, then I do not envy having to pick so few!

I voted for Geek Parenting, ’cause that is exactly what my mommy experience sums up to at this moment in the trip.

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4 Jen May 3, 2008 at 1:34 am

Spectacular, best wishes to everyone!

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5 Crunchy Domestic Goddess May 3, 2008 at 1:38 am

wow! what amazing photos! i look forward to reading the stories behind them all. :)
it is going to be awfully hard to decide which one to vote for.

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6 Alyson May 3, 2008 at 1:56 am

Thanks Susan and Janice for all your hard work. You had a nearly impossible job. These are wonderful entries.:)

Alyson @ 3 Ps

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7 Melissa May 3, 2008 at 2:25 am

I LOVE the self portrait of you and your daughter…what a TENDER moment! And such a good idea. I am going to do that more! =)

thanks for chosing me as a finalist! =)

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8 Janice May 3, 2008 at 2:59 am

Melissa – just wanted to let you know that the copy with Jorja’s photo was written in her email. It wasn’t me talking. I will go back in and edit that to make it clear. Sorry for the confusion.

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9 Milk Mama May 3, 2008 at 3:46 am

Oh my gosh! Great photos! I love them all! They all gave me a big smile. Everybody has their own story of motherhood to tell. Even the people who weren’t “winners” (that’s me!) have shared beautiful photos that told their stories! Thank you all, ladies!

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10 Amy May 3, 2008 at 6:16 am

Wow! I can’t believe I made it to the finals. Mine sticks out like a sore thumb. All these endearing, heartfelt, artistic shots followed by my crazy boy in a toilet!

Good luck to the finalists – I must have looked at over 100 of the entries yesterday and they were all incredible. :)

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11 tiff May 3, 2008 at 8:04 am

Thanks for the honourable mention!

All of the photos are amazing. What a wonderful way to look at motherhood.

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12 Tara R. May 3, 2008 at 8:25 am

thanks for choosing me as a finalist!
What a wonderful batch of mommy moments to choose from :)

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13 Erinn May 3, 2008 at 8:26 am

Unbelievable that out of so many amazing shots mine is one of the finalists! Thanks a million!

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14 Rachel May 3, 2008 at 8:55 am

Wow – thanks SO much for putting me into the finals! I am so excited! Everyone’s photos are so great, and I can’t wait to find a moment (when my 16 month old isn’t wiggling in my lap) to read all of the stories behind them!!

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15 Suzanne Bastien May 3, 2008 at 9:02 am

That was a very very very hard choice.
However, I cried with three of them, though the last tears were the best. I LOVE the sibling love one!

That one did it for me!

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16 Christina May 3, 2008 at 9:11 am

Wow! What a wonderful surprise to see MY entry there! I am honored to be chosen out of so many amazing pictures. Thank you!

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17 Linda at 2nd Cup May 3, 2008 at 10:14 am

I have not told my mother yet that I entered this photo! Thank you for the opportunity. I’m very excited!

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18 flipflopmamma May 3, 2008 at 10:21 am

Oh, I am so excited to be a finalist!! Thank you so much! All those photos are so great, I can’t imagine how hard is was to pick the final 20!

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19 Lara May 3, 2008 at 10:35 am

I am absolutely thrilled and honored to see my photo here! These are all amazing stories/photos!

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20 Patricia Cooper May 3, 2008 at 10:49 am

What a great pic! That Daddy looks pretty happy too!!

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21 Lynn Thomas May 3, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Tara’s pic sums up the emotional bond we have with our precious gifts from God. That’s a true “mommy moment”, for anyone that is a mommy, you can “feel” this picture!!

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22 Liz Kallman May 3, 2008 at 12:17 pm

It’s a great picture – i like it because it’s not something they posed for. (Bill, Miss and Brood)

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23 misty May 3, 2008 at 12:35 pm

I voted for ‘It’s My BLOG and I’ll cry If I want to’. The picture was beautiful and the story was heartbreaking. It brought tears to my eyes knowing that a child that small has been through so much, it reminded me of my nephew. There are millions of happy moments, but the ones that test our faith and our strength are the ones that truly inspire. Good luck to her. And I wish nothing but the best for her and her family.

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24 Head Gaggler May 3, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I am so honored to be apart of these wonderful photos. Thank you so much for letting me into the finals. I love all of the submissions, they are just wonderful!

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25 Stephanie May 3, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Such lovely photos! This is a great way to start my morning! Although all of them are unique in their own way, I voted for the e-mail entry by Jorja because something about that photo (and the corresponding message) just made my heart go pitter-patter.

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26 Faye May 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Wow….what great pics to choose from and congratulations to the finalists! It warms my heart to see that Motherhood is expressed in so many unique ways. Now I have to vote?? Oh boy!

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27 Stacy May 3, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Wow great photos by everyone!

Thank you so much for choosing me as a finalist! I still can’t believe my photo is up there!

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28 Nodinsnest May 3, 2008 at 1:39 pm

A wonderful selection, it must have been so hard!

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29 Marina May 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Wow! From a photography perspective, and from a “capturing the essence of motherhood” perspective, I LOVE this one!

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30 Marina May 3, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Wow! From a photography perspective, and from a “capturing the essence of motherhood” perspective, I LOVE the one from “Momology” with the little girl handing the green stem to her mom! I had to comment again, because I noticed the comments aren’t tied to the pictures, and I love this picture so much!

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31 Michael May 3, 2008 at 3:29 pm

I love it! It’s precious!

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32 Ingrid May 3, 2008 at 3:48 pm

This brought me back to a time when I gave flowers to my mom for Mother’s day. I can see the tears in her eyes and feel the hug she gave me. This picture even allowed me to feel and see the meadow in my mind from which I got the flowers. What a precious beautiful gift. I am sure many mothers have similar memories when they look at this gift.

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33 Jen May 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Wow, this was a difficult choice, for sure!!! What a blessing it will be for the winner!

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34 WAHM Tara May 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm

What a hard decision! All of the pictures are just beautiful! Good luck to all of the participants!

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35 Pam May 3, 2008 at 8:07 pm

What beautiful pictures!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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36 Tammy May 3, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Those are really fantastic photos! Great job and good luck to all!

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37 Pamela Kramer May 4, 2008 at 8:40 am

LOL – Those twins are adorable.

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38 Perky May 4, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I’m so honored to be included as one of the finalists! I really enjoyed looking at so many of the photos that were entered! Motherhood means so many things to so many people and it was fascinating to see the various photos!

I have to admit — the moment I captured of CutiePie on the carnival swing may be my idealized moment of motherhood, but the baby in the toilet DEFINITELY captures the moment-to-moment reality of motherhood!!!!

I love them all!

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39 ter May 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm

I love them all. I couldn’t find the photo I wanted to submit. Oh well. I think they are all winners. Beautiful photos, absolutely wonderful!

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40 Dad May 4, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Whatever it takes for as long as it takes you will always be my baby. Love Dad

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41 Tom Busch May 4, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Awesome connection between the two of you Tara, a great shot of a tender moment. All the best

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42 Heather May 4, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Wow, that was hard to choose! What fabulous shots!

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43 Lisa May 4, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Love the story behind Linda at 2nd Cups pic!

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44 Heather May 4, 2008 at 11:59 pm

I just can’t choose. “Bill, Miss and Brood” and “Geek Parenting” bring a smile to my face but the deep stories behind “Too small for me” and “Rio oso designs” make me ponder and re-evaluate my life and gain strength and appreciation for life. All so inspiring. How do you judge someones story.

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45 La Mama Naturale May 5, 2008 at 1:19 am

Wow! Such great pics!!! Hard to choose…hmm…

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46 Trish May 5, 2008 at 1:26 am

so hard to chose – no 3 tugged at my heart.

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47 Kaye May 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm

These are all so great and it is terrible that I have to choose just one! Great job, everybody!

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48 Jasmine May 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm

You need to have two awards; One award for the picture that _should_ win, and an award for picture with the largest following of blog readers. =)

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49 Lei May 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm

These are amazing. Good work ladies!!!

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50 Jody May 6, 2008 at 11:48 am

All of these picture are fantastic!

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51 Rachel May 6, 2008 at 12:36 pm

beautiful…

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52 Brittany May 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm

wow… these are all so amazing!

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53 Barbara Hinkle May 6, 2008 at 3:35 pm

I will never forget the second I saw my first child – I was never the same again. My life changed forever because I had never know this kind of love. I am the mother of Miss, in Bill, Miss & Brood and I could not be more proud of her, my first born. A wonderful mother herself she is passionate about capturing those precious moments in time that will never be duplicated.

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54 Cindy May 7, 2008 at 11:41 am

Bill, Miss and Brood, I came by this site by chance and thought I would let you know I just voted. I remember that very moment of my own, 4 times with each of my boys. That very moment, right there is perfect happiness in every way. The world is right, skies are a perfect blue and Heaven is shining down and the Angels are singing. Thanks for the great big smile. :)

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55 Jim Gollwitzer May 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Cool Stuff

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56 Karen May 9, 2008 at 9:39 am

I love watching my girls play dress-up, so of course, I just HAD to vote for Overstuffed With Polka Dots!!!

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57 MoneyMakingMama May 9, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Beautiful pictures … every one of them.

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone !!!

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58 Desiree Pangan May 13, 2008 at 1:09 am

basically yours was the best good luck little cousin

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59 Killara August 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

These are all such touching images that evoke a wonder of the story behind each of them.
Congratulations on these beautiful photos.
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