Taking part in the ABF photo contest (and winning!)

I took part in the 2014 photo contest of the Anza Borrego Foundation (ABF) with four of my images this year, and I received a notification that my image “Brittlebush & Canyon Wall” won in the Black & White category for adult photographers. Yes!

Winning images are on display from February 18th until March 1st at Borrego Art Institute (665 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 – map) – if you’re heading out, stop by and visit the gallery! I haven’t been there yet but will go this week, and I’m really looking forward to seeing all the images. With 5 categories and separate contests for youths and adults, there will be at least 30 jury-picked winners on display. While the images are on display, there’s a silent auction with sales benefiting the Anza Borrego Foundation, as well as public voting for the “People’s Choice Award”.

My color submissions didn’t receive any more attention, and I guess I’ll be able to see why once I see the other winning images. I would certainly have liked for “Dreams of Clay” to perform better, but well… that’s the thing with personal favorites – no one else may be able to see what you see in them. :) And I do have to say that, with the maximum print size for the contest being 11×14 inches* it was clear to me that it wouldn’t work too well once I saw the final print – the actual image is only 8×12″ (with a white border around for aesthetic reasons), and I think that’s just too small for an image with this amount of detail. I need to have it produced as a 36×24″ acrylic. One day…

*) I’m curious to learn why that format was chosen, when the majority of contestants most likely use digital cameras that produce images with a native 4:3 or 3:2 aspect ratio – I’ll have to ask.

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