A couple of months ago, my pro photographer friend Laurence Chen encouraged me to submit this photo to the Environmental Photography Invitational, a photo contest open to residents of the Pacific Northwest. To my great surprise and delight, it was selected as a winning photo! It didn’t garner a named award (such as Best in Category or Honorable Mention), but it was one of 106 chosen out of a field of about 2,000.
The print is now hanging at the new Art Wolfe Gallery in downtown Seattle (1944 1st Ave South, past the stadiums and near the absurdly giant Krispy Kreme). It’s on display from May 20 to June 30, 2006, alongside a lot of really good photography—I’m honored to be in good company.
I’m slightly giddy that I can add “award-winning photographer” to my list of accomplishments, mostly because it’s not something I expected to be. I also learned this week that of the winning entries, my photo is also going to be featured in a photo spread in the summer issue of PhotoMedia Magazine. So I’m also now a “published photographer.”
At tonight’s opening reception for the winners, I have to admit that there was a tingly moment when it sunk in that there, hanging right there, was a photo that I shot. And my wife overhead someone comment, “That image really sucks you in” and compliment it. It was a nice feeling.
I’ll stop now so that my head doesn’t inflate any further and pop. But if you’re in Seattle and want to see some good photography, stop by the Art Wolfe Gallery.