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Photo Contest: Hot Pics for December

Subscribers to Dave Johnson's Digital Focus newsletter took these award-winning shots.

12/05/11 Hot Pic: "Foggy Reflections" by Paul Bild, Vancouver, British Columbia

Paul writes: "I took this photo last fall in a foggy afternoon in the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver. I used a Canon G6, and I converted it to black and white with Adobe Photoshop Elements."

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12/12/11 Hot Pic: "Ships at Rest in a Foggy Harbor" by Jerry B. Hissong, Hillsboro, Texas

Jerry took this photo aboard a yacht in the harbor just outside Valdez, Alaska, about an hour after dawn.

12/19/11 Hot Pic: "In the Everglades" by Lester F. Shalloway, Salt Lake City, Utah

Lester shot this photo while traveling the Everglades, along the Anhinga Trail. He used a Canon EOS Rebel T1i with his lens set to about 150mm.

12/26/11 Hot Pic: "Great Egret" by Volodymyr Staryy, Rockaway Park, New York

Volodymyr says that he took this picture at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, in Queens, New York. He used a Canon Power Shot S3 IS.

12/5/11 Runner-up: "Motorcycle Jewelry" by Patricia Morphy, Shannonville, Ontario

Patricia writes: "My brother and I were in my car, awaiting the arrival of a ferry in Nanaimo, British Columbia. I glanced out the window and saw this motorcyclist's hand. I thought that the shining silver of the bike and the jewelry were an interesting composition."

12/12/11 Runner up: "Reaching for the Sky" by Nancy Anderson, Phoenix, Arizona

Nancy writes: "While visiting my parents in Washington state, I was intrigued, on a morning walk, by the backlit roses in my mother's garden. I shot this with a Kodak Z740."

12/19/11 Runner-up: "Night Theater" by Chris Opfell, Los Angeles, California

Chris writes: "This is a photo of the now boarded-up Los Angeles Theater. I shot it in broad daylight and then enhanced it to look like nighttime in Photoshop."

12/26/11 Runner-up: "A Very Different View" by Hasan Salmaan, Leicester, UK

Hasan says that he captured this "very different view of the Eiffel Tower" with his Canon 5D and a 70mm lens.