I got so excited, I kissed the guy who handed out the awards:) LOL - just on the cheek of course. I didn't even open the envelope with the prize money until I got home and of course the award plaque is now hanging in my dining room, just for a little while anyway.
My work is currently on display and for sale until the end of January at the 22nd Annual Pinellas Park Art Society's Photography Show in Florida.
I had a good feeling about this from the beginning, but the discovery that the judges were independent judges, an art critic and a Florida magazine editor made it even sweeter. I felt truly honored (and like jumping up and down shouting I won, I won:)
Here is the winning entry
Image copyright 2010 © Rose Hill - click in the gallery below for a larger view.
No, I didn't win first prize, but hey, it was my first time entering any photography show competition. I'm happy for the guy who won the first prize in the digital category, because I thought his entry was amazing and required extensive digital experience and some expensive software - neither of which I possess. I walked away with third place, some welcome cash and a big grin on my face.
I find myself increasingly attracted to digital art and to fine art photography, it's the photographic style I'd like to develop more in 2011. Sometimes I just want to throw away everything I ever took a picture of and start fresh:)
Thank you to all my gather friends who always supported my photographic endeavours and
a word of encouragement to all who are chasing their dream
You can't win the race if you drop out.
Thanks for looking and
letting me brag a little - yay, I won!