A Thousand Bucks Will Buy a Lot of Burritos

I just got some great news, and I’m celebrating with a burrito. Because sometimes you just have to splurge.

I got an email this morning from the curator at the Farmington Museum, where this image, Winter Lifeguard, was featured in the show that opened Saturday. It won Best in Show. As in First Place, with a $1,000 cash prize. Hence the celebratory burrito.

It’s satisfying enough to get into juried shows but, spoiler alert, winning a prize is pretty nice. I’m grateful to the folks at the Farmington Museum and the guest curator for choosing this image, and now I’m even more motivated to keep trying for the best work I can.

Not that prizes equal good work, but they do mean someone else thinks it’s good, and since I already liked this image enough to submit it, it’s a satisfying synchronicity.

So I’m going to savor my burrito, then get back to work. It really is about the journey, but once in awhile some recognition makes it that much sweeter.

A Thousand Bucks Will Buy a Lot of Burritos

I made this image in December at Lake Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

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16 Comments

  1. Susan Embry May 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    Congratulations—great light and composition…and it spoke to them!

  2. Beth May 9, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    Congratulations, my dear friend! This is well-deserved recognition for the great photography you do. Feel free to have another burrito!

  3. Susan Carpenter Sims May 9, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    Yay!!! Congrats, you rock star, you πŸ™‚

    • deonne May 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

      Susan – Aw, thank you! Practicing my Pete Townsend guitar pinwheels now. πŸ™‚

  4. Michelle Wing May 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm #

    Deonne, thrilled for you! This is a gorgeous shot, and definitely worth a celebratory burrito! Dancing a happy dance around my studio in your honor!

    • deonne May 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

      Michelle – Oh, I’m so glad about the happy dance! That’s even better than a burrito. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the kind words.

  5. Manisha May 10, 2016 at 6:25 am #

    Congrats! Rock star- I agree! It is a great shot and I’m so proud to know you. I hope you celebrate with more than just a burrito!
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    • deonne May 10, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

      Manisha – Thank you so much! I put some extra guacamole on the burrito, does that count? πŸ™‚

  6. Barbara Eisele May 10, 2016 at 8:35 am #

    Striking photo! Congratulations!

    • deonne May 10, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

      Thanks so much, Barbara!

  7. Sherry in MT May 10, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Well deserved – you have so many fabulous photos but it is indeed great to get some confirmation from unknown peers! The money ain’t bad either! LOL
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    • deonne May 10, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

      Sherry – That’s so nice, thank you. And no, it ain’t bad at all. πŸ™‚

  8. John Dwyer May 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

    Congratulations. Brilliant image; such clarity!

    • deonne May 10, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

      Thanks so much, John!

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