I participated in the annual “Anything Goes, Almost” art show competition put on by the San Angelo Art Club. I had entered two photographs, but because I have been under the weather for the past several days, I was unable to attend the opening reception and judging.
I did get a phone call this morning from one of the club members, and she told me that one of my images, “Winter Wren”, had won third place in the photography category. So I will be getting a cash award and a ribbon. I was hoping for a first place, but of course, it always is up to the judges. Besides, I haven’t been to the gallery to see the photographs that beat me out.
The second piece that I had entered and was my personal favorite, “Hawk in Tree”, apparently failed to place. I will show both of them to you, and you can see what I entered. The frames pictured here are digital, and not the real frames that are hanging in the gallery.
So back to the cameras and I will see what I can do about improving my place at the next show. As a side note, I might mention that I entered one of my water lily photos in this same show about three years ago. I did win first place in that competition. That same image won 4th place color against 27,500 other color entries in a contest sponsored by Canon and Photographers Forum magazine. Fourth place doesn’t sound like much, but since it was 4th in about 27,500 entries, I was rather pleased. There were no sub-categories in that competition. Just simply color or black-and-white.
Win or lose, I really enjoy entering competitions. I think that over the years I have won four first place, six second place, and more thirds than I care to admit to. Also there were several, honorable mentions, but that’s like being kissed by your cousin.
Of course, there also is the chance one the above will sell at the show, as they will be hanging at the gallery through April 30.