The best one yet! Photo contest winner!

Friday started of pretty crap to be honest. I got attacked by a spelling Nazi and was made to feel like shit for accidentally letting three typos get through on my professional side of life. I should not have let it but for some reason I did.

I should know by now not to let them under my skin but I guess I had my defenses down. Oh well I hope one day I’ll be strong enough to not let it bother me. Anyhow the title of this post is “The best one yet!” and that’s where I would like to move to.

Lets step back a bit to June of this year when I decided to get more of my photography out there in order to advance my sideline career as a photographer. Yes I know I am an interactive guy and all but I must admit I do really love the pure form of photography almost more than anything else and the secret fantasy of traveling with my family and shooting along the way does entice.

For those of you who have read my blog or no me personally you will know that I spent the summer of 08 in Spain traveling with my family. I shot a few thousand pics and one of them was deemed by Photolife Magazine worthy enough to place in the top five of the 2009 edition of Photo Life’s annual photo contest, Image International. Yep that’s right! It is a huge honor and spurs me to keep on shooting. It is my 5th time I have been published and by far “the best one yet”. Oh and the prizes were great too:

  • DxO Optics Pro Elite software
  • Sigma 55-200 mm f/4.5-5.6 DC lens
  • Sony GPSCS3KA GPS unit.
  • SanDisk Sansa c250 2-GB MP3 player
  • Epson Stylus Photo R280 printer
  • SanDisk Cruzer Micro 2-GB USB key
  • QuickPro Camera Guides Digital 101 & Digital 201
  • QuickPro Camera Guides Photoshop Elements 101

The whole day was a roller coaster of a day but in the end I won out over the troll. I would also like to say thanks to all my friends on Twitter that have much more experience with  comments, and blogging in general, that came to my side that day. @petequily, @monicahamburg, @hummingbird604 and @EmmeRogers [also a dyslexic] You guys rock!

Look for the dead tree version of Photlife in Feb/March.



  1. Emme Rogers says:

    Happy to add my support! I make spelling mistakes all the time and still miss a few after reading something over 2 or 3 times. Thats what editors are for. And I know non-dyslexic writers that do the same. In fact 5+ of us proofread the calendar about 5 times and still missed the fact that there was a spelling error on ‘dyslexia’.

    People like you and I are paid for our creativity and even a writer without dyslexia still makes spelling errors and still could benefit from an editor.

    Glad your feeling better!

    .-= Emme Rogers´s last blog ..Pic of the Day (not in the Reading is Sexy Calendar): Lorraine Murphy =-.

  2. Beautiful photo, Jay!

    And as my friend says (oh, and Kris Kristofferson), don’t let the bastards get you down. 🙂
    .-= Monica Hamburg´s last blog ..Have You Ever Wanted To Knit While Having Sex? =-.

  3. Jen says:

    Ditto about what Emme said. Please don’t think too much on the spelling errors. Those without dyslexia MAKE and MISS spelling errors ALL the time. Trust me, if I could chose between spelling well and having the creativity and talent that you have, I would chose the latter, in a heartbeat. People are not inspired by correct spelling – they are inspired by beauty and design.

    Peace, Jen

Leave a Reply