This year, for the first time in my life, I entered two photo contests. Up until then I always had this hesitation to send in one of my shots because I was afraid it would ruin my own pleasure about a picture. I do realize that that sounds kind of weird, but I really can be thrilled with a picture, for varying reasons. Either because of a special moment, or because it was taken at a – to me – special location, or maybe just because it brings a smile to my face. Whatever, but a shot can really make me happy.
Anyway, mid August the first ‘verdict’ came in. A shot of mine of two Dung Beetles fighting over a dung ball which I took in Mala Mala, South Africa last December got to the finals of “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” (I know.. maybe it was kind of far fetched since I’ve only been into the more serious photography for about 4 years now 🙂 but still reaching the finals I considered already a compliment).
But what it did was sort of diminish my expectations for the second, almost equally big contest I entered. The National Wildlife Federation’s Photo Contest. When you’ve ever layed eyes on the quality level of the photographical material in their magazine and on their website, the courage to enter a photo to the annual photo contest sinks right into your big toe.. Must admit that I closed my eyes when my finger hovered over the ‘send’ button.
But last week, an email came in: “Your photo “Braving the Waves” of the Green-backed Heron Fishing has won First place in the Birds category, Pro level, of our 2011 National Wildlife Photo Contest.”……
Wow! I’m really over the moon!
Although the NWF only announces the winners on the 21st of November, I got special permission to publish this, well at least to me, great news in time before the VNF photo festival next week. Thanks NWF!
To the Dutch: I DO see you there, don’t I?? Hurry up in ordering your tickets! Only 5 days left! Order your tickets at: Foto Konijnenberg!