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Believe it or not, I am not the most confident person in the world. Show me one of my photographs and I will point out a dozen things that are wrong with it. Things I need to fix, change, or do-over. I am probably the hardest critic I know. Perfectionism - my nemesissssssss. Boo. Hiss. But it's the part of "me" I am trying to embrace. After all, it can only make me crazy better, right? When the Fort Worth Zoo held their photography contest, I entered under the direction of my photography teacher. In fact, all his classes were urged to enter. So we could learn, and grow, and do something that scares us; like have our work be judged by professionals, while we directly compete with one another. But I did it. And if you are a regular around here, you know I won third place. Winning! What I didn't know is that ALL the winners would be featured, not only on their website Fort Wort Zoo, and their Facebook page, but also in their magazine. The day I got it in the mail was the day of extreme excitement. I almost jumped through roof. My photograph is in a MAGAZINE!!! :jump:jump:jump: I was all adither and adathers, or a whatevers! On the roof! :jump:jump:jump: This is the cover - first place and best in show got the honor. This is the page that hosts the winning bird photographs. That's me!! I know her! I know her! Actually, I know the second place winner too. My pal Nickie. Out of all the photography students that entered, we were the only two chosen. I just get all excited seeing it again. I know this is probably silly. This is the page that had an excerpt about the contest. It is also the first time that I saw in print how many photo entries were submitted (900!) and that the judges were a panel (how many is in a panel?) of professional photographers. Ahhh! I still can't believe this happened. I think it took getting the magazine in the mail. Something, I could see and touch - that wasn't just on a website - that made it really hit home. [caption id="attachment_7015" align="aligncenter" width="534" caption="Winning photograph featured with the Fort Worth Zoo logo."][/caption] I am proud (and surprised) by this accomplishment. I think I won more in spirit than I did in prizes and achievements. Winning! What's really funny? This whole blogging thing is what got me into photography. Heh.
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