'More than Fair' Results

As most of you know, I entered some framed photos in the Elizabethtown Fair this week. My first big disappointment came when I showed up with my nine entries and was told that, though I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE in the written rules, only one entry is allowed per category. The really frustrating thing is that the categories are so broad…for instance, people and action sports are in the SAME category. This ruled out 5 of my 9 entries. What a bummer!

So anyway, after the time and energy I spent on this project of preparing the photos, I was very excited to see what my results would be when we went to the fair last night. After wading through some of the entries, I found my ‘Sunday Drive’ picture, taken during our honeymoon last year, and saw that it had a Third Place Ribbon on it!

That was rather thrilling, this being the first time I’ve entered a fair or contest with a framed print. Then I found ‘Tiger’

and ‘Do I Knose You,’

which didn’t have any ribbons but I’m hoping that many got a good laugh out of the cow. : ) After completing our circle of all the entries, I realized we hadn’t seen my favorite of the photos, ‘Wonder.’

We made the loop again, but to no avail. I was starting to get irritated, thinking that they LOST my picture before it even had a chance to be judged. How frustrating and disappointing! So I found a fair worker and was semi-impatiently standing, waiting for her to finish talking with someone else, when I glanced over at the table I was beside and lo-and-behold, THERE IT WAS, with a blue First Place Ribbon and another, large ‘Best of Show’ Ribbon!

(sorry, I tried to paste in the image I took of the ribbon and art last night, but it was with my cell phone : ) so is poor quality – click on the link to see it!)

You can imagine that the irritation faded quickly and I got rather excited : ) and hurried over to find my husband. I was floating most of the night, and must confess that I’m still doing so today. : ) Though I knew that I personally LOVE the picture of my nephew with the sparkler, I would never have thought that the judges would have deemed it the very best photo of all the categories of adult entries. I’m THRILLED!

Just wanted to share with those of you that I thought would be interested, and/or have played a large part in my process of growing as a photographer. Thanks for the encouragement and support you’ve given me!

Ann

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