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one word portrait + american portraits giveaway!

Botswanan children

Botswanan children

Quick: tell me the one word that popped in your head when you saw this portrait of Botswanan children outside the Okavango Delta in the comments below and you could win American Portraits: 100 Countries.

I will randomly choose one commenter to win photographer Michael Clinton's new coffee table book, American Portraits: 100 Countries.  Michael Clinton is the president, marketing director, and publishing director of Hearst Magazines (including O and the Food Network magazine), and, in his spare time (!), travels and photographs, which has led to four photography books.  I love the idea behind the American Portraits book: expressing the often-underappreciated diversity of the United States via portrait photography.  Just look at his beautiful shots of our varied America:

American Portraits book Michael Clinton portrait
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Portraits from Michael Clinton's book

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below with the one word you would use to describe the portrait above of the Botswanan children.  As always, you can get additional giveaway entries by:

1.  Liking our Facebook Fan page.  You must leave an additional comment below stating that you liked our fan page.

2.  Becoming a Twitter follower of @theroadforks and tweeting about this giveaway, up to once a day.  You must leave an additional comment below every time you tweet this giveaway. 

The giveaway ends on February 11, 2011, which gives you two full weeks to comment, tweet, and increase your chances of winning this book.  Unfortunately, this giveaway is limited to residents of the United States and Canada.  If you don't win, you can, of course, purchase the book from Amazon, as well:

Good luck (and I can't wait to see the words that you choose)!

This promotion was sponsored by Glitterati Incorporated and all images from the book are from American Portraits by Michael Clinton, copyright 2010, published by Gliterrati Incorporated.  www.Glitteratiincorporated.com.

* UPDATE: The contest is closed and lucky #8, Keith, received the free book.  Thank  you all for entering and stay tuned for our February giveaway (it's going to be a doozy).

01/27/2011 22:24
Illumination

I thought of light, hope, wonder and promise... Which all add up to illumination for me. Outstanding picture.
01/31/2011 12:49
Thank you so much for this wonderful comment, thisenvy. And, I love your word!
01/27/2011 22:56
Beautiful....
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01/31/2011 12:48
Thank you Anne!
01/27/2011 23:26
mesmerizing. specifically the eyes of the child in the front. amazing photo.
01/31/2011 12:45
Thank you Cassi! She posed for us for about 20 minutes - loved being a model, I think.
01/27/2011 23:53
"Peaceful"... just felt at peace when I seen that girl's eyes! :)
01/27/2011 23:57
I've been a fan for a while now on Facebook! Love, love, love your work! http://www.facebook.com/theroadforks
01/31/2011 12:44
Thank you so much T-Roy! We really appreciate that because we love your photography, as well.
01/28/2011 00:02
lol, ok twitted it now from @foggodyssey! You serious we have to comment every time we Twitt it? How are you going to really know?
01/28/2011 09:24
T-roy, Last time we ran a contest, we realized that some people weren't copying us when they tweeted it or linking to this post so some tweets weren't counted which made everything way more confusing than it needed to be. So, we decided on this approach which is just to have people comment below once they tweet it and that way I make sure I count them! It's a bit annoying, I know, but we want to be fair to everyone!
01/28/2011 01:30
The first word that came to mind was "Hope" when I saw your photograph.
01/31/2011 12:44
I really like that, Connie. There is hope in those children, isn't there?
01/28/2011 08:44
Shine

I'm a follower on Twitter & FB! :)
01/31/2011 12:43
Fantastic word.
01/28/2011 08:52
Glimmer
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01/31/2011 12:43
Lovely word!
01/28/2011 09:15
Curly, must be because of the hair.
01/31/2011 12:42
:) I love that curly hair!
01/28/2011 09:51
Sparkly... it's the eyes
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01/31/2011 12:41
I don't know how her eyes sparkled like that but I think she's one of the most beautiful little girls I've ever seen.
01/28/2011 12:47
tracy Z
Happy.
it just made me smile.
01/31/2011 12:40
Your comment made me smile, too! :)
01/29/2011 00:38
Victoria Barrios
Amazing
01/31/2011 12:40
Thank you Victoria!
01/31/2011 11:05
Bethany
sapphire
01/31/2011 12:39
Bethany, I literally had to come back and look at the picture to see it but now I do. Wonderful word!
01/31/2011 11:41
Sharon
One word: beautiful

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01/31/2011 12:39
Thanks Sharon!
02/07/2011 11:43
I think of 'Future'
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02/10/2011 14:31
Connection
... its all in her eyes.
I love the innocent joy of this shot.
Thanks for sharing it and what a wonderful contest idea!
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