winning photo


by J.W. H

Theme: Backstory

The worst thing we can do when we grow up is make us lose sight of what made us children.



grass, memories, childhood, past, baseball, years

  • Teddy V.

    Love it!

    August 13, 2013
  • Mimi B.

    Hello J.W.H! I was inspired by your beautiful picture. in other words "with out your picture there would be no film. I will be submitting this weekend. 

    July 20, 2013
  • A. B.

    @Team T. You guys are aWEsome! Love the work you've done with this image!

    June 16, 2013
  • A. B.

    @J.W. H. Grandslam thank you man! Perfection!

    June 16, 2013
  • Team T.

    The entire team at TomCruise.com loved your photo and included it in our newest blog post.   Go to the website and check it out.  Sincerely, TeamTC

    October 24, 2012
  • Precious T.

    Yes! I finally get to see the picture! I have to say the backstory the one liner is amazing. The phrase is touching nostalgic and seems wise beyond your years. I love that. Also This image as "basic" as it is captured emotion intact "memories" like the title implies without reading the tittle or backstory and that is a successful picture, Congratulations!

    October 16, 2012
  • J.W. H.

    @Ashley ...That's the most humbling thing anyone's ever said to me. I'm absolutely touched. I'm very sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for the congratulations. I'm going to keep that comment with me as a lesson in emotional strength.

    October 15, 2012
  • Ashley F.

    This picture reminds me of my second husband, Tim, father of my daughter, Sarah (13).  At 14, after an emotionally tortured childhood, he left his one love, his one outstanding talent for athletics, his baseball, if you will, for the drugs that would bring him to a painless place.  He never surpassed 14 emotionally, and so became a man-child, struggling to stay sober, his sweet nature overwhelmed by the constant inner conflict.  The drugs became a deal breaker to our marriage and his parenthood.  At 47 he had moved to paradise on Kauai, but had burned all of his bridges and set up a palm tent on the North Shore.  Though we hadn’t seen him in years, on the morning of the Japanese earthquake in March, 2011, I made two calls upon awakening and hearing the news.  The first was to his mother, asking her to warn him to get off the beach.  She never could reach him.  The second was to his father, an Episcopal priest, asking him to stop calling the jails and hospitals, and focus instead on the coroner’s office.  Tim’s body was found 3 days later, washed up in a land called Hanalei.  Little Jacky Paper never could let go of that rascal, Puff.  Ah, the blurry boundaries between child and adult!  You have captured that moment in this photo, and I give you my heartiest congratulations!  ashley

    October 13, 2012
  • J.W. H.

    @Bobby No, thank YOU!

    October 01, 2012
  • J.W. H.

    @Cathy Thank you very much :)

    October 01, 2012
  • Bobbi H.

    Wonderful caption to a great picture that makes us all go back to the day!  Thank you so much.

    September 25, 2012
  • Cathy Dee J.

    Love your theme sentence. Great image!

    September 25, 2012
  • J.W. H.

    I would just like to personally thank everyone who voted and commented. I love all of you. Thank you so much for being so genuinely supportive. You have no idea how much it means.

    September 24, 2012
  • J.W. H.

    @Carolyn Thank you so much :D

    September 24, 2012
  • Carolyn M.

    Good Luck Cousin John! I think you are pretty amazing! I loved what your Dad said about the photo. xxoo

    September 24, 2012
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