Validation and a Really Nice Belt

The magazine came out, so now I can say which contest I placed in (the one I mentioned last week).

It’s the AAA Big Shots contest, and I’m proud to have taken third since the other winning images are spectacular. You can see them all here.

The prize was a beautiful handmade belt by John Rippel, and in my world you can never have too many accessories so I’m pretty psyched about it. Here’s that photo:

Validation and a Really Nice Belt

Looking Out

It’s the first contest I’ve entered, and placing feels like validation that I’m on the right track with the photography. (And it’s got me even more motivated to get that New Mexico book out this year.) Life is good, and I hope you’re feeling the same these days. Now if we could only get spring to show up…

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18 Comments

  1. Manisha February 24, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    Congrats! Yours is the one that is spectacular! I admire the way your always put your images and words out to the world. I admire you!
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    • deonne February 24, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      Manisha – Aw, thank you! You’re there with your wonderful photos on your blog, so keep at it. πŸ™‚

  2. Barbara Eisele February 24, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    Ah..h..h…you captured the beautiful skies and flavor of New Mexico. Congratulations!

    • deonne February 24, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Barbara – Thank you! It’s such a special place.

  3. Deborah Dash February 24, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    Congratulations! I don’t agree with the second-prize winner, for the record. I wouldn’t have even placed that one as a finalist. I liked all the other ones, though. And it’s cool that yours was the only black-and-white one! πŸ˜€ I love keyhole shots. Do we get to see a picture of the belt when you get it? (ON you, of course. haha) Way to go!

    • deonne February 24, 2015 at 9:37 am #

      Deborah – Thank you! And yes, I feel a belt-selfie coming on. πŸ™‚

  4. Susan Embry February 24, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    Congratulations! Fabulous perspective, and I love the sense of longing .

    • deonne February 24, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Susan – Thanks so much! I’m happy to hear you say about the sense of longing, since I was definitely going for that with this image.

  5. Ericka February 24, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    Gorgeous! Congratulations! YES, on the right track!

    • deonne February 24, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      Ericka – Thank you, and hurray!

  6. Janet February 24, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Beautiful. I love your black and white. The first prize winner is spectacular. Also like the second one. And proud of you for getting the third place, you are on your way.

    • deonne February 24, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      Thanks, Mom. It does feel like momentum.

  7. Sharon | Cheesy Pennies February 24, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    That’s fantastic! You’re right, the other photos are magnificent. But yours is great, too.
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    • deonne February 24, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      Sharon – Thanks so much!

  8. Emilie Vardaman February 25, 2015 at 7:32 am #

    Aw hat an honor, and rightly deserved. Congratulations!
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    • deonne February 25, 2015 at 7:48 am #

      Thank you, Emilie! I’m pretty happy about it.

  9. Sherry in MT February 25, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    Indeed that is a super shot and in black and white no less (which you have a great talent for). So happy for you and can’t wait to see the belt! LOL
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    • deonne February 25, 2015 at 9:09 am #

      Sherry – Thank you for the kind words. Interesting that a style/skill/talent emerges over time, which is a good reminder that practice works, ha.

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