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Gold winner from Photoshelter

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I just wanted to make an official blog post to recognize my being named a Gold winner in Photoshelters Jump Start your Photography Business contest. It is a really nice honor, being selected out of a field of over 2000 entries from all genres of photography. Big thanks the good people over at Photoshelter, who host both of my portfolio & archive websites. They are constantly making updates and producing great free educational materials. (Here is a link you can use if you want to give them a try) Photoshelter also started a great community on Google+ for everyone who entered the contest where people can share ideas and experiences.

I also want to thank the sponsors Calumet Photographic and American Society of Media Photographers (an organization I’ve been wanting to join for years now) and everyone who has supported me. Being an independent photographer is really difficult, but the encouragement from everyone really helps me find the strength to keep going.


Out, out, out….POYi judging now

I didn’t enter any pictures this year, but I’m still fascinated by judging currently going on in Missouri at Pictures of the Year International. If you don’t really love photojournalism, it’s probably like watching paint day. But I do love it, and painful as it is to see some of my friends great work pass by on the way to the “outs” pile, it is an incredible education opportunity for young photographers. I was lucky enough to win a second place in the feature sports (above) category a few years ago, and it is both humbling and inspiring to see all the other great photography. I really need to start entering contests again, not to win, but for the great opportunity they afford to reflect on my own work.