OK - here are all the photos about snow:
Which is the winner? I have to post these and think about this for a moment...
[Ed.: ...taking that moment...]
First, I am cutting photo shopped images and, while we are at it, pictures of closed beer. I just can't see putting the bottle back in the stash. I want to see the snow as having an affect either on a person, on a moment or on the beer. I like Stan's photo a lot. That's the one in the upper left. Too bad I hate skiing. I really liked the Beer Nut of Dublin's photo of dedicated winter home brewing... until I realized that this mash tun is wrapped up in a blue foam camping mattress and that he has likely slept on it. Yik. Pete Roe told me this about the entry he sent which is at middle row centre-right: "Attached is my entry, entitled "Winter Storm". Not much of a winter storm, I know, but that's a lot of snow for Alabama." OK, I hear you but, for a guy looking at a Great Lake every day, well, I don't think I care though I truly appreciate the meteorological quirk.
That leaves the six photos with beer poured out into a glass. Need to take care from here on in. Top row centre-left? You call that a snow fall? You are the weakest link. Good bye. Five to go.
[Ed.: ...more thinking...]
The two on the bottom row to the right? They are not as good as the one to the left of them, the Maredsous photographed from a low angle. It's better than the top row centre-right as well. The Maredsous has better light and I can see some snow flaskes actually in focus. I am not sure what the beer in the other one is - though I think it is a Founders. No, it is between the Maredsous and the Adnams.
[Ed.: ...again with the thinking...]
Verdict? I am going with the Adnams. Why? Well, the mug is cold. The frothing up of the beer is displaying the fact that the mug was in the snow for sometime, the beer likely better. Who cares, you say? Well, this is something that any good Canadian has witnessed as a characteristic of drinking beer on a snowy day when you have been kicked out of the house or are just hanging around the porch during a January party. It is not only about beer and snow it displays an interaction of beer meeting snow. Plus it looks really tasty. It's the beer I want. It's by John Lewington, 2007's Grand International Winner, who threw in this message:
Greetings from a bloody cold and very snowy England! Never having the chance to photograph beer in snow in this part of England before, I'm hoping you will accept a late substitute for any one of my previous entries. Snow in Suffolk in November, is like a Canadian wanting to be an American. Very rare! I'll drink to your health with the beer in the photograph.
I accept and I award. Well done, John. As with the baby photo winner last night, the snow prize will be awarded as part of the last overall prize-stravaganza. Tomorrow? Beer portraiture: artsy... yet fartsy.