Seem you just get started and before you know it... it's the time we have to say... man, the 2012 Xmas, Yule, Kwanzaa, Hogmanay and Hanukkah Christmas photo contest has flown by. The entries have to be in by Sunday at noon eastern standard time but so far we are close to where we were last year - 171 pictures of beer love compared to last year's final total of 186. That is good. And the prizes bulge. That is good, too.
Up there is another entry by John Lewington of England. he says:
This is a picture of another London pub that I thought may be of interest. Over here in the UK we have an organisation called CAMRA... This photo is a different take on that name. It's not a lamp above the door but one of the 1000s of security cameras that now watch our every move. Boy! I am glad in live in the countryside where I take enjoy my beer without being spied upon.
I think I would find that a bit less than comfortable, too.
Sounds like we have some word of mouth going on. Gary Simmons of Kitchener Ontario has sent in this one photo to the left. He says "I don't take many beer photos, but I shot this one this past summer." He learned about the contest from fellow entrant and fellow photographer and pal Peter Collins.
Steve Palmer, CEO and Brewer at Beermont, Vermont - just a few hours drive to my east, has sent in these three entries. The middle one is a glass of Jack D'or before a Catamount sunset.
Jeff Wayne of Tampa Florida has sent in these eight photographs including one of Dublin's Temple Bar as well as one from a trip to the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA:
I’d like to enter the second pic to your comp — it’s from the Star in Bath and if you look closely at the beer you will see the whole world reflected in it, well the wolrd in which I live within my head. [H]ere’s another pic I have always loved but it dates from 2005 when I last visited Jenlain, so it’s not an entry it’s just one of those lucky shots, which reminds me I need to get back to northern France next year (travel jourmalism is so handy in getting to beer places).
I am not sure why the Jenlain shot is not an entry so I am posting it as a provisional entry until I clue into what he's saying. He added, however, that the photo of London Pride reminds ATJ of a Beefeater at the Tower of London. And it does:
And finally, Brian Stechschulte, the writer and photographer behind AllOverBeer.com has sent in these eight entries. Titles include "Ken and Fritz" and "Toronado Barleywine Festival." Brian was last year's grand winner and also suffered the annoyance many of us have felt from time to time when DRAFT magazine poached his winning photo giving some half-assed excuse that it had a right to his art. Hands of this year, DRAFT jerks:
There you go. You are caught up to date. Two days left. Let's get some more beer pR0n in in the inbox, please.