First etsooi challenge for 2023

January 12th, 2023
A huge thank you to Karen ( @cocokinetic) for hosting the last ETSOOI Challenge, it is now my absolute pleasure to host the 149th challenge!

The etsooi phrase was coined by Mary Beth Dailey. When a photo she took didn’t turn out as she expected she "Edited the Shenanigans Out Of It" (or as others have translated it as "Editing the 'Sorryness' Out Of It"). Repairing what she thought of as a failure with a huge amount of post-processing she was able to come up with a satisfactory outcome. She then turned this experience into a challenge for the 365 community and now many challenges later, you are invited to participate in this, the latest challenge.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

1) Your starting image MUST be taken within the designated time frame ( which has been backdated)
2) You MUST have taken the picture yourself.

There are no boundaries on the way you edit your picture. So, be creative!

If you need some help there are plenty of programs: Affinity, Photoshop, Lightroom, Topaz and more. There are free websites such as,, . For the phone and tablet there are many apps: Snapseed, PicsArt, Pencil Sketch, Free Camera360, Deep Art Effects, Distressed FX+, Hyperspektiv, and ToonCamera.

If you wish, in your narrative do include the program you used, it may assist others new to this challenge.

You may enter as many images as you like, but I may only select one to be chosen as a finalist. The winner receives the honour of hosting the next ETSOOI challenge.

The start date is January 2nd (backdated)
The end date is February 23rd
Tag entries etsooi-149 (note the hyphen between letters and number)
Entries can be seen here:

Feel free to link your entries here in the comments below as it keeps the post visible and easy for all to find, and helps more people find your project.
March 3rd, 2023
@30pics4jackiesdiamond Did I miss the vote on this one?
March 3rd, 2023
@marlboromaam nope I forgot it, thanks for the nudge, will sort when home tomorrow
March 3rd, 2023
@30pics4jackiesdiamond LOL! I'm glad to know I didn't miss it, but I was beginning to wonder.
March 3rd, 2023
@marlboromaam I've even been enteringit!!!!! Duuuhhh. Am in London so can't do anything at the moment
March 3rd, 2023
@30pics4jackiesdiamond I'm sure it will wait. =)
March 4th, 2023
@marlboromaam all done Mags, thank you again for the reminder
March 4th, 2023
@30pics4jackiesdiamond It's all good. =)
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