Photo Contest: First Place WINNER

Photo by Donald Robinson.

Photo by Donald Robinson.

The runaway winner, with eleven first place votes, is Donald Robinson’s shot of LaRon Landry frozen in midair. One of those first place votes came from Santana Moss.

“Oh, that’s cool,” Moss said. “Did he catch that thing?” Good question, and I didn’t know. So I asked LaRon.

This picture of you won the fan photo contest on the blog.

He gives a genuine looking smile. “For real?”

Yep. So do you remember that one? Did you catch it?

“Nope. I missed it. I just couldn’t quite bring it down. I think it would’ve been a challengeable play, though — maybe could’ve be a catch and a fumble.” Landry shakes his head. “That’s a really decent picture, though. Whoever took this is a great photographer,” he says, smiling, and walks off with the printed photo.

So Donald Robinson is the winner of the two tickets to August 28th preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Congratulations to Mr. Robinson, and thanks to everyone who entered.


Photo Contest: Second Place

Photo by Mike Rudy.

Photo by Mike Rudy.

Photographer Mike Rudy calls this photo “TheWord,” a reference to his own designation of Coach Zorn as RedskinsPope, which is what spawned this entire contest.

This image was a favorite of Redskins staffers who saw it on my desk — “That’s a really good photo,” said Casey Husband, editorial director of publications — and pulled down four first place votes from the players, including Marcus Washington. “Oh, this is a great picture,” Washington said. “And it’s even better because I look like I’m really paying attention.”

Photo Contest: Third Place

Photo by Jeffrey Kahn.

Photo by Jeffrey Kahn.

“Ohhhhh! Looks like you were in a pie eating contest,” says Randy Thomas. Thomas was one of the guys who got Chris Samuels the birthday cake, and also one of the guys who smashed it into his face.

“At some point, when you’re not looking, I’m going to get you for this,” Samuels says.

“You look like Two-Face, from the Batman movie!” says Thomas.

“Third place,” Samuels says, turning to me, “Do I win any money?” No, unfortunately, and neither does photographer Jeffrey Kahn. “That’s a bummer, man. Good picture, though.”

Photo Contest: Fourth Place

Photo by Andrew Markowitz

Photo by Andrew Markowitz

Andrew Markowitz’s shot of rookie WR Horace Gant going up for the ball earned only one first place vote … from Horace Gant. You just voting for that because it’s you? “No!” Gant said indignantly, “It’s a great action shot!” Enough other voters agreed that this image comes in fourth place.

Photo Contest: Fifth Place

Photo by Jon Biegler

Photo by Jon Biegler

“It’s a good picture,” said James Thrash, “but I like the one of me running better.” The rest of the voters didn’t agree, and Jon Biegler’s photo earned enough votes to finish in fifth place.

Photo Contest Runners-Up

Andre Carter reviews the photos.

Andre Carter reviews the photos.

Well, the voting for the RedskinsPope photo contest is done. A panel of more than ten players reviewed and rated the pictures, and the top five photos (including our prize winner) will be revealed tomorrow. The runners-up are after the jump, in no particular order. And thanks to everyone who entered.

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Tuesday, July 29: Announcing the RedskinsPope 66 Photo Contest

Redskins fan Mike Rudy sent in an email suggesting a training camp photo competition, in which readers could send in their photos of players from camp and the players would vote for the best of them, as a way of wrapping up the open-to-the-fans section of camp. Ordinarily, I’d have dismissed this as a fairly transparent way of Mike getting us to post some of his photos, but I was transfixed by one of the filenames he had assigned, and it compelled me to go ahead with his idea.

The files are named in what appears to be quick-reference shorthand to the action of the photo plus a number, so this has the filename of ROCKTD-170, likely because it shows Rock Cartwright scoring a TD (and was photo number 170).

This is TOLERRUNAFTER-33, because it shows Burl Toler running, presumably after he has made a catch.

None of those is that one that inspired me, though. This is the photo whose filename convinced me that the contest was a good idea:

I give you the photo that Mike has named REDSKINSPOPE-66. I think we can all agree that that’s pretty inspirational.

So here are the details of the RedskinsPope-66 Photo Contest: you have, let’s say, one week to email me your best training camp photos. (Amusing filenames optional but encouraged.)

Depending on how many images I receive, I’ll either take them all to a panel of players for judging, or I’ll cull out the top ones and bring them to the players for final judging. Winner gets the distinct honor of having their photos judged the best by the players, and maybe some other sort of small prize if I can dig something up around Redskins Park.

So get emailing.