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Martin Sojka

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11-04-2011 10:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: photo awards

Hi folks, I’ve recently submitted one of my photos from Myanmar to the Photo Awards 2011 held by photo website. I almost forgot about it but they sent me a reminder about the submission deadline. To my surprise, there will also be 11 People’s Choice Awards, decided by a public vote…

They directly suggest that “it’s a good idea to share your photos on Facebook or in other social media”. Since I’m not very active on Facebook and photography is still just my hobby I cannot compete with some photographers who have thousands of followers on Facebook. So I thought… why not share it with my friends here on the LJ “social media” :)

If you’d like to help me, all you have to do is to click on this link and if you like my photo click on the VOTE button on that page.

To make it even more interesting, I decided to reward one of the voters (random draw) with the medium size print (Dimensions: 34×51cm, Price: 99.00€) of this photo. To be eligible for the random draw you have to vote and then post a short comment on this thread. I will pick the winner after the end of the Photo Awards.

Thanks for your help!


Here’s photo description from my flickr page as requested in some comments:

Spectacular Bagan was one of our next stops in Myanmar. Bagan was the ancient capital of several ancient kingdoms in Burma and is located on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy River. The ruins of Bagan cover an area of 42 square km. The majority of its buildings were built in the 11th century to 13th century. It is estimated that as many as 13,000 temples and stupas once stood on this 42 square km plain in central Myanmar, and Marco Polo once described Bagan as a “gilded city alive with tinkling bells and the swishing sounds of monks’ robes”. Approximately 2,200 remain today, in various states of disrepair.

Hot air balloons are flying over Bagan every morning. We’ve seen five balloons total that day. The flight is relatively short (around 1 hour) because the air is not cold enough when sun rises above the horizon in Myanmar. Watching them flying slowly in the silent morning was a nice experience too.

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#1 posted 11-04-2011 10:15 PM


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#2 posted 11-04-2011 10:17 PM

Done. I think LJs has some of the best photography around; better than many photography websites, ironically enough;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 11-04-2011 10:21 PM

Voted and I must say very nice. I have a friend that is a professional photographer and he sends me pics he’s taken and this is every bit as good as his. Good luck!!!

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#4 posted 11-04-2011 10:23 PM

Martin: A fantastic photo. I voted.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 11-04-2011 10:27 PM

You are cheating, but I voted anyway. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-04-2011 10:27 PM


Nice one Martin. Been looking into some random photos there. Taugh contest.

Good luck on this one!!

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 11-04-2011 10:28 PM


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#8 posted 11-04-2011 10:29 PM

That’s a great painting, when will you be posting your photo?

Seriously, I agree with Bertha that we have some amazing photograph skills on display, but sadly I am not included in the talent pool. I’d love to see a tutorial for photographing woodwork, as I’ve never been able to showcase my work well this way.

-- Time to get started

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#9 posted 11-04-2011 10:31 PM

Voted. Sweet Pic. Where were you when you took it? IN a hot air balloon as well?

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#10 posted 11-04-2011 10:32 PM

Awesome picture. Is this one of those vote every day deals or just once?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 11-04-2011 10:35 PM


it’s weird that you can just vote without registering, i hope that doesn’t leave the door open to fraud.

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#12 posted 11-04-2011 10:40 PM

Beautiful photo, just to have seen that is amazing!
You are a wonderful gangster, hope you win, the photo are world class.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 11-04-2011 10:45 PM

Of course we can beat Facebook. Nice photo!


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#14 posted 11-04-2011 10:50 PM

Great pic!

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#15 posted 11-04-2011 10:56 PM


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