Oh my goodness. I won an award.
It still hasn’t quite sunk in yet, as I kind of feel like I just started. I mean, there are parts of me that feel like I’ve been doing this forever and I have way more confidence and knowledge than I did two years ago, but to win an award???? SO exciting.
So, which award did I win? Twice a year, the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) holds an international image competition for their members. There are eight different categories, each highlighting a different area of children’s photography, and a first, second, and third place winner is chosen for each category. Images are judged on their Impact (40%), Technical Merit (30%) and Composition & Creativity (30%) by a panel of highly experienced and recognized photographers. I entered a handful of images into the competition, and honestly, I was just excited and curious to see how my images were scored and to read the critique of such highly esteemed colleagues. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would win!
Check it out you guys. This image of sweet Celie smiling in her mama’s arms won first place in the newborn category. FIRST place!!
I honestly can’t believe it.
So, what does this mean? Well, first, I get to put that super cool “award winning” seal on the header of my website. Check it out up there :) Next, my entry in the directory of IL child photographers is now highlighted as an “award winner”!! I also get recognition as an award winning photographer, my image gets published in NAPCP’s award winning image gallery, and I get entered into the NAPCP “Photographer of the Year” competition. Holy craziness.
Thank you all so much for your support and love for LSP. I am so fortunate to have a job I love so much, and I thank my lucky stars everyday! To get recognized for something I love so much is just the icing on the cake. I don’t know if it will ever sink in, but it feels pretty good. Thanks so much friends!!