Back in April, I decided to enter some of my photos in a couple of photography contests. One of the contests was the 28th Annual Spring Photography Contest with the magazine "Photographer's Forum". This contest is co-sponsored by Canon.
Photographers Forum Magazine is aimed at the emerging professional photographer, with lots of interesting tips and articles on well known and becoming well known photographers. There is a lot of information on the latest in technology related to the field of photography, and a great deal of advertising of equipment which makes me realize just how painfully amateur I am in this field!
This spring, the magazine received around 3,000 entries from the US, Canada, and around the world for the contest. The judges of the entries are themselves professional photographers, and teach photography at various colleges. They have chosen the top entries to become the "finalists", and from this group 4 winners and 100 honorable mentions will be chosen.
All of the finalists will have their photos published in the Best of Photography Annual 2008 hardcover book which is sent to college libraries and instructors of photography, art and graphic design. Since this is a limited edition publication, they do not do a reprinting of any year - just the original run of the book.
I just received a letter informing me that one of my photos has been chosen as a finalist in this contest. It will be published in the Annual Best of Photography book, and will go on to compete for one of the top 4 or 100 honorable mention positions. I am thrilled!!! To have made that cut from among 3000 entries I count as a huge honor, and to be published is such a wonderful bonus! The photo which has become a finalist is "Misty Mountain" which you can see in my January 2008 blog, or on my website.
The contest is completed and winners notified by August 15, 2008. I already feel like a "winner" in being chosen as a finalist.