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December 2021 Challenge: SMILE


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In such an ugly time the true protest is beauty. (Phil Ochs) but because smile is beauty can be said "In such an ugly time the true protest is smiling...."

 

I did not see this challenge before, therefore all smiles are welcome, small ones, big ones,

 

Same rules as always - choose 3 of your best pics in Alamy, entries close at midnight on the 31st December, Spanish time 🙂, after which I will choose 8 to vote for.

 

Some examples:

 

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and of course do not follow this

 

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I see the winner already above.

 

Allan

 

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Two cambridge bid ambassadors walking in Fitzroy Street Cambridge

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Heavy horse appears to be smiling

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Clown doll on market stall

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Allan
 
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A cheerful topic at a gloomy time of year (in Vancouver anyway).

 

Smiling barber and customer, Dominican Republic

 

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Smiling vegan chef, Vancouver
 
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Smiling sisters, Riviera Maya, Mexico
 
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1. Participants smiling at a santa run.

 

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2. Dancers at a Chinese New Year celebration.

 

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3. Smiling girl in bee costume at the Peoples Walk for Wildlife.

 

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Congrats again Jorge! This challenge topic made me smile! 😀 Here are my three

 

1) Bahamas starfish with a smile

 

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2) West Indian smile and a platter full of drinks

 

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3) Egyptian girl with smile

 

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Congrats on your win! I am a little short on smiling faces in my port but here is my offering...

 

Portuguese traditional dancers in Providence, RI

 

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Amusement park riders at Six Flags in Maryland

 

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Tourists pose with Austrians in traditional dress at Mirabell Palace in Salzburg

 

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Well done Jorge. In these sad days we all need to have something to put a smile on our face. Hoping my three will make you smile.

 

 

 

Even fruit can do it.

 

 

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall.

 

 

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One more scoop please.

 

 

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Congratulations, Jorge! Well deserved win.

 

 

Smiling young man waiting for a haircut,  Zaachila, Oaxaca, Mexico

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Shy smile of a young parade participant, celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris.

 

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Grinning motorcycle officer at the 159th anniversary celebration of Milan’s police force.

 

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My three, Sorry they're small, I'm no longer able to drag larger from Alamy, rather, having to copy address from AIM.

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Lola, a Bali beach seller, carrying her wares around her hat.

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A smiling fangblenny

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Hi Jorge! Good topic for X'mas!

 

Here's my three:

 

1. Cuban man in his 60's, Trinidad, Cuba, Latin America

 

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2. Two indigenous happy Ecuadorian girls, Otavalo, Ecuador, South America

 

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3. Teenage sisters laughing in a downpour, Singapore, Asia

 

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Kumar

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A fake Roman theatre comedy mask with a chilling smile.

 

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I asked this young Carabinieri to smile. This is what he came up with.

 

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The famous Mona Lisa smile . . . and a pizza!

 

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Young happy fisherman having a good time.

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Beautiful American Indigenous maiden at an Oklahoma centennial parade.

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Great Grandfather meeting Great Granddaughter for the first time.

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6 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

I don't envy you choosing the eight finalists from the above images.

 

Allan

 

 

+1000

 

I am even thinking in alternatives to avoid this, e.g.

 

- Option 1. To subcontract the person to choose the final 8 images. I knew what happened to me last time and I do not what to repeat it.

- Option 2. To do like the Champion League, i.e. select 4 blocks of topics, animals, kids, groups, adults and run a voting system and the two tops of each group will go to the final 8 for a definitive selection of the winner.

- Option 3. Assign a number to each image and use a bingo cage and to choose 8 numbers.

- ....

 

I am thinking as well to follow the Spanish Eurovision song contest approach, that is to choose for the next Challenges, for a period of minimum one year, my worst images for that topic to be sure that I am not going to win. For peace on mind purpose 🙃

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