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The Great Kuwait Sunset Challenge Poll

I have to tell you honestly, I didn’t think this through. One day, I realized I did not have one single sunset shot from Kuwait. I took one, and it was awful and it got me started. I had no idea when I started how much fun it was going to be – for me – and I sure hope for you, too.

As the submissions started rolling in, I found great joy in the recognition you were all getting with your beautiful, sometimes funny, often soulful contributions. I was delighted with your enthusiasm, and your graciousness in participating. And I also struggled with “Holy Smokes, how do I end this? How do I choose a winner?”

If I tell you what I really think, you will think I am copping out. I think we all ended up winners. I felt like a winner, seeing all those beautiful sunsets through your eyes. I felt such joy seeing the compliments you paid one another’s photos. I loved spotlighting your talent, and I know there are a lot of non-photo-takers out there who enjoyed checking in every day to see what had been posted. But how to resolve the question: who won the challenge?

Then, a few days ago I started seeing an orange ball I didn’t recognize on my write-a-new-post page, and yesterday there was an announcement about something new at WordPress, PollDaddy, which means I can now put a poll right on my blog (this is new for WordPress; I know some of the others of the Kuwait bloggers have had this capability for AGES) but I am thankful to have it now, just when I need it.

You get to vote. YOU get to choose the winner of the Great Kuwait Challenge Poll. You will have one week to vote (and hurry! I already have an idea for the next challenge!)

I don’t really care who wins; the fun for me was in seeing all the photos that came in, seeing such beauty through your eyes. In my eyes, we are all winners – you who submitted beautiful shots and we who got to see them.

But – just because I can – I am going to turn the vote over to you: Who took the best Kuwait Sunset photo? (Go to The Great Kuwait Sunset Challenge and click through to other’s blogs, also visit individuals posted who sent me photos):

Poll is closed!

You will note – because I can – I chose a very sunset-y polling device to help you make your choice.

I truly hope I have included everyone who submitted a photo (of a KUWAIT sunset!) and forgive me if I have made a mistake. I think I got you all. My initial photo doesn’t count; it was just to show you how bad my sunset photo was and to encourage you to do better.

Thank you, WordPress, for showing up with a polling device, like a Deus ex machina to solve the dilemma of how I was going to give bragging rights for the best Kuwait sunset.

Ready? Set? VOTE!

October 19, 2008 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Blogging, Community, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Photos | ,


  1. […] Go here to vote […]

    Pingback by The Great Kuwait Sunset « Teagirl’s Photoblog | October 19, 2008 | Reply

  2. Voted.. it was interesting.. you should set up a photo challenge every now and then .. really!

    Comment by ::: ShoSho ::: | October 19, 2008 | Reply

  3. First off, thank you for this awesome challenge. We really needed something like this on the blogsphere and I’m glad it turned out great. Can’t wait for the next challenge.

    You know we can vote more than once, right? In this case you have my word that I have voted only once and not to myself. πŸ™‚

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | October 19, 2008 | Reply

  4. […]Please visit this excellent blog and kindly cast your votes for the best sunset in Kuwait. […]

    I came across your blog while I was reading Grey’s posts and I find your blog to be very entertaining and useful. Keep up the good work !


    Comment by Mathai | October 19, 2008 | Reply

  5. Voted πŸ™‚

    Comment by Yousef | October 20, 2008 | Reply

  6. LOL, Teagirl, campaigning for a win!

    ShoSho – Your wish is my command, Lady. I already have an idea for the next one!

    Mac – These are my favorite posts – where an idea catches fire, and other bloggers/photographers end up writing my posts or giving me material for posts! Vote more than once? Technically, it says you can’t, based on cookies. I’ll have to go see what I can find out! This is my first time using a poll.

    Thank you, Mathai, and thank you for participating!

    Thank you, Yousef!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 20, 2008 | Reply

  7. Lol.. and why wouldn’t I campaign for a win? πŸ˜‰

    Comment by teagirl | October 21, 2008 | Reply

  8. You are not the only campaigner, Teagirl!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 21, 2008 | Reply

  9. they are all so lovely ,, i managed to see most of them and i cast my vote ..
    although i have a strong bias toward my shots , i picked some one elses’ πŸ™‚

    Comment by abdulaziz | October 21, 2008 | Reply

  10. where can I view their sunset pics

    Comment by pearls | October 21, 2008 | Reply

  11. Technically, it says you can’t, based on cookies.
    Cookies can be deleted. And even with cookies, someone using anonymous proxy will be able to cast numerous votes without having to delete his/her cookies.

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | October 21, 2008 | Reply

  12. Oh, Abdulaziz, you are very noble. There is one of yours that I totally loved – the sun setting over a curvy wake, it was kind of like an exclamation point to end the day. πŸ™‚

    Pearls, some we posted here (when bloggers sent them) and some you have to click on the bloggers names, most of which are under the original post The Great Kuwait Sunset Challenge – or some on Abdulaziz’s photos post. Some are magnificent, some are just awesome. πŸ˜‰

    Mac . . . you are levels and levels ahead of me. I am not even in the same game. I mostly just have to count on the honor of my readership. I am not even checking the results until Saturday, to keep myself honest.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 21, 2008 | Reply

  13. […] of deadlines – have you voted in The Great Kuwait Sunset Challenge Poll? The deadline – Saturday – is fast approaching. I haven’t peeked at the results, which I will […]

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