Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing kids and water in the Kids And Water Photo Contest with chances to win a Fujifilm FinePix and more!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Erika Thornes for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Erika Thornes is a San Diego photographer who spends countless evenings at the beach. She captures life as it unfolds, especially near the water, above or below. She has been recognized as a leader in silhouette photography, teaching others how to convey emotion and a story through their images. Erika is a contributor to The Photoshop Show, as well as This Week in Photo, and was the featured gallery artist for the Google+ Moment that Matter gallery show in San Francisco.

Grand Jury Winner

"It's real. It's fresh, the tongue on the baby, the look of the big sister. The fact that the kitchen isn't fancy. it's real. The fridge magnets. It's a home. And, it's a moment. Captured and processed beautifully. " - Erika Thornes

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"The composition is fantastic. The texture, the wave, the jump, the fingers. All done well. The fact that there is more detail on the jumper than the background, and the perfect splattering of people almost like textured dots in the water make this image something I want to explore. I can't stop looking at it, I wish there was a few more" - Erika Thornes

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"This reminds me of childhood. A view we can't always see. The rays of light coming through the water, highlighting the curled toes. There is just enough highlights, and a little glow from the murky lake water make this image. It is about the details in a photo that is simple. The details are nailed. " - Erika Thornes

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"The right shutter speed was used here. The water isn't perfectly frozen but has a bit of movement. That look. It can't be replicated. It exudes the title: Pure Joy. What a pleasure. Look at those fists! " - Erika Thornes

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"The open mouth of the lower boy draws me in, even before a quick glance at the jump. I find a lot of inspiration in Elliot Erwitt's beach and water work. His humor catches me. And, this image, reminds me of that master. The humor, the joy, the emotion, all caught in a split second of time. " - Erika Thornes

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