A little while ago I was tipped off about a local photo contest, the first of its kind in the area, running to promote the local My Raynes Park Festival. Not averse to taking a few snaps with my iPhone in the neighbourhood, I decided to enter the maximum five shots taken in and around the area. I’ve never entered a ‘proper’ photo contest before, prior to this I’ve only ever submitted photos to Instagram related challenges, with mixed results!
I have to confess to being pretty pleased with my submissions and it felt pretty good to have my photos displayed on the organiser’s online gallery. As the closing date drew nearer, more and more photos appeared and 168 photos were submitted in total, in two categories, under and over 17 years of age.
A few days later I received emails telling me that two of my images, Pause and Morning Light had been shortlisted. Well chuffed! So, I was invited, along with my guests (dragged hubby and the kids along!) to the prize winning event on 15 June 2013 at the Raynes Park Library, in the presence of the Mayor of Merton, Krystal Miller. When we arrived, of course we made a beeline towards my two photos, only half interested in everybody elses! Is that ungracious, or just human nature? It is a contest after all and we snub all competition!! But they both looked so great mounted on the wall.
So to the awards. To be honest, the awards part is a bit of a blur. I remember that Pause received a highly commended, and although I thought Morning Light was a far nicer photo, I was delighted to receive the recognition. But when they announced the winner of the 17+ category as….Debs Coady with Morning Light, I was so shocked, or gobsmacked as I think I might have said to everybody at the time. How lame is that?! But, OK this is a small town local event, but I was actually thrilled to bits!! And so surprised, because I didn’t think both my shortlisted photos would even get a mention. But they did and I am extremely grateful and very pleased to receive a couple of certificates, £100 winners cheque (now banked!) and I am now the proud owner of two rather lovely mounted photos.
Good on you Raynes Park Photo Festival, I look forward to the next one….