Validation

There are some great moments of validation in an artist’s career:

  1. When someone likes a piece of your work
  2. When someone likes a piece of your work enough to buy it
  3. When you win an award for a piece of your work

Thankfully, I’ve had the first two happen . . . and now I can say I’ve hit the trifecta!

A few weeks back I submitted one of my photos for an online contest with a company called Art Forward Contests (unfortunately their site is down for maintenance, but please check back):

Lake Tahoe 2012 - Heavenly LightThis piece, called Heavenly Light, is one of the images that, while I was capturing it, I KNEW would be amazing (provided I caught it right).  So I was thrilled when I saw how it turned out.

That’s why I thought to include it in the Art Forward contest.  And when I heard from them two weeks ago that I won, I was over the moon!  There were over 800 artists who submitted their pieces for this contest, and mine was chosen for the Bronze award!  According to the congratulatory letter that came in the email, my name will show up on a double-page spread in an upcoming International Gallery Guide.  This guide is distributed in Galleries, Museums, and other locations, and apparently reaches hundreds of thousands of art patrons around the world.  In addition to that, my image and contact information will appear in the “Winners” section of the website (when they finish updating it), which has a following of about 15,000 and growing.

I think I literally bolted out of my seat and jumped up and down for joy when I read the email, for I can now call myself an award-winning photographer.  I did win one before for a piece called Open Reflection, but that was when this was all just a hobby for me . . . when I was just testing the waters to see if I could make a go of this photography business.  For some reason, this award seems more of a validation, saying “Yes, your photography is good enough.  You may continue.”

It also encourages me to continue submitting my photos to contests.  Who knows, the next award I receive might be the Gold.

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