Youthful Expectations

© Donna La Mattino Pagakis

Youthful Expectations

Ken Smith level-classic September 17, 2012

A peaceful scene, Donna. Beautiful work!! #1486795

Joy Rector September 17, 2012

love this shot #10326142

Katarina Mansson September 17, 2012

That childĀ“s curiosity so well and beautifully captured! Winner! #10326314

Mitch Spence level-classic September 17, 2012

As Katta says, Donna, and that color combination is great. #10326327

Richard B. Hallick September 17, 2012

Your aquarium shots are so stunning. The girl's expression is priceless., #10326892

Julianne Bradford September 17, 2012

Just adorable Donna! #10327166

Jill Odice level-classic September 18, 2012

Winner :-) That's all I have to say :-) #10327823

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe September 18, 2012

A huge THANK YOU to all of you. Your comments inspire!!!!



Julianne Bradford March 27, 2013

Congrats on #6!!!! You ROCK girlfriend!! #10625871

Nikki McDonald level-classic March 27, 2013

Wonderful month for you, Donna. I think this is my favorite - it's just delightful. Congratulations on all the Finalists and good luck in the next round. #10627564

Linda S. Smith level-classic March 27, 2013

This is just stunning Donna! Huge Congrats and hope to see it again soon! #10627712

Irene Colling level-deluxe March 27, 2013

Your amazing photo brings the sea creatures to life.

Congratulations on your creative Finalist. #10628320

Debra R. Harder March 28, 2013

This is magical...and another WINNER!! LOVE THIS, Donna! Huge congrats on your outstanding finalist!! #10629440

JO ANN CLEVELAND March 28, 2013

I love this Donna, congrats on ALL your outstanding finalists ...hope to see all again in GOLD!

jo ann c #10629798

ALLEN O. HOWARD March 28, 2013

I love these pictures at this location Donna! They are simply awesome! Congratulations. #10630188

Stefania Barbier level-addict March 28, 2013

she's in awe... so beautiful... congratulations!!! #10630778

Carla Capra level-classic March 28, 2013

I so love these shots. Well done!
Congratulations. #10630947

Stefania Barbier level-addict March 29, 2013

huge congrats on your beautiful winner!!! #10631762

Renee Doyle level-classic March 29, 2013

Congratulations Donna on this wonderful winner!!! #10631794

Linda S. Smith level-classic March 29, 2013

Huge Congrats on getting the Gold Donna! Well Deserved! #10631841

Cheryl Schneider March 29, 2013

Beautifully done, Donna. Congratulations!!! #10631911

Terry A. Stoa level-classic March 29, 2013

Congratulations on this Winner and on all of your Finalists, Donna. Superb work. #10631944

Leslie McLain level-deluxe March 29, 2013

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Donna, #10632082

Dennis Behm March 29, 2013

Congratulations on your Second Place Win! #10632159

Christopher Budny level-deluxe March 29, 2013

Congratulations, Donna! #10632205

Monnie Ryan March 29, 2013

Fabulous, Donna - congratulations! #10632365

March 29, 2013

So Happy This One Gold.. A Big Congrats To You Donna For this Win.. #10632384

Ken Smith level-classic March 29, 2013

Superb work, Donna. Congrats to you for the gold! #10632441

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe March 29, 2013

I'm truly honored, thanks so much!!!

Keep up the incredible work, my friends!!!



Katarina Mansson March 29, 2013

Love it - congratulations Donna on your superb winner! #10632639

Bob Cournoyer level-addict March 29, 2013

Congrats, Donna... :-) #10632675

Debra R. Harder March 29, 2013

Not surprised one bit to see this brilliant image win GOLD, Donna! Huge congratulations on your outstanding winner!!!! #10632717

Martha R. Mazon level-classic March 29, 2013

Congratulations Donna! I adore this one! #10632735

Mitch Spence level-classic March 29, 2013

Such a pleasure to see, Donna--both the image and the fact that is has gold. Congratulations to you. #10632774

Julianne Bradford March 29, 2013

Congrats on your gold girlfriend!! #10632775

Linda L. Ruiz level-classic March 29, 2013

You have the Gold trigger finger....Huge congrats on this cool shot #10632819

Katherine Kuhn level-classic March 29, 2013

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Donna! Gorgeous! #10632929

Carmody Baker March 29, 2013

Great job Donna. Congratulations! #10633024

Carol Quina level-classic March 29, 2013

Congratulations on your well deserved WIN! #10633036

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict March 29, 2013

What a magical image, Donna!

Congrats on your win!
Debby #10633312

Emile Abbott level-deluxe March 29, 2013

OH to be young again. Congratulations Donna on your Gold winner. #10633376

Terry Cervi level-classic March 29, 2013

Congrats on your adorable win, Donna!! #10633548

Kathy Salerni level-classic March 29, 2013

Congrats on your Gold Winning image, Donna! #10633618

Robert K. Bemus level-classic March 29, 2013

Congratulations on your beautiful Win, Donna!! #10633997

Carla Capra level-classic March 30, 2013

An awesome Winner. Congratulations. #10634512

JO ANN CLEVELAND March 30, 2013

Wowwwww... Big congrats on this wonderful 2nd Place Gold Winner Donna!

jo ann c. #10634898

Stephen Zacker March 30, 2013

Awesome. Congratulations #10635315

Michele Peterson level-classic March 30, 2013

Big smiles, this is so adorable. Congratulations, Donna, on this wonderful win! #10635598

Phyllis H. Burchett March 31, 2013

BIG congrats Donna on this fabulous winner!!! #10636232

Lucy Abrao March 31, 2013

Congrats on this win!
Lucy #10636259

ALLEN O. HOWARD March 31, 2013

WINNER!!! Congratulations! #10636509

Susan Williams level-classic April 01, 2013

Congratulations on your Gold, Donna. Such a wonderful capture and beautifully presented. #10637992

Nadia Paul April 02, 2013

Such a beautiful winner Donna - congrats! #10639533

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic April 04, 2013

Beautiful capture and connection, Donna. CONGRATZ !!!

UB. #10641643

Kathy Cline level-classic April 06, 2013

Congratulations Ms. Donna! I know this spot well.
You can always find and capture such creative images there. I always love them.
Have a blessed weekend. #10643758

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic April 07, 2013

Congratulations Donna on this wonderful Gold Winner!!! #10644438

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe April 07, 2013

You have left so many kind comments and congratulatory wishes, thanks!!! #10644443

Merna L. Nobile April 16, 2013

Dear Photo Friend: I feel that something has changed at Better Photo but cannot tell you just what has happened. I have been here since 2003 and most every month I have written to all the winners telling them how their work touches me. I have witnessed photographs that bring tears to my eyes and colors that are unbelievable, now I am worried that like all good things that it will not be here the next time I look.
But the feeling of not being able to congratulate all the winners for the hard work, and sharing their talent with all of us makes me so sad.
However it turns out and even if this is the last time I have this privilege, to let you know how exceptional your work has been, please know that I will never forget.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of you for the month of February, 2013, I send my very best to you always, Merna Nobile

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This young lady appears fascinated, with all the colorful sea life, among the kelp forest.

50 mm - f/1.8 II - Canon EF
RAW / Monopod / Aperture Priority / - 1 EC / 50 mm
F 7.1 @ 1/250 ISO 6400

Birch Aquarium
La Jolla, California
September 12, 2012

Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: -1.00, ExposureTime: 1/320 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 6400, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 50.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on September 16, 2012 All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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