I was surprised the other day to find a large manila envelope in my mailbox. I didn’t remember ordering anything.
Nor did I remember entering a photography contest. But I had, and I had won first prize! The contest was sponsored by American Road magazine, and the envelope contained the issue in which my winning photo was published. The contest celebrated the magazine’s tenth year of publication; the contest’s theme was road-related photographs that somehow involved the number 10. On a lark, I submitted this photo of the big Dixie Highway pony truss bridge I found near Veedersburg, Indiana. I’m not crazy about the photo – it seems flat to me. But the lattice Xs in the railing seemed like 10s, making this the closest photo I had to meeting the entry criteria.
On the other hand, I really love my photo of this tree at sunrise. I’ve written about it before, but in short I came upon this scene one morning and happened to have my good digital camera with me. One of my colleagues encouraged me to enter it into a little photo contest we had at work, one judged by popular vote, and it won by one vote. The second-place photo was taken by another colleague whose work impresses me (and who has been published in the National Geographic).
It’s fun to have my work recognized!