After learning a few lessons about taking good photographs from the Washington Gardener photo contest and a photographer friend, I went out and tried to get more interesting shots. I think I got a few good ones, and when I posted them, Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener, commented that I should check out the "Signs of Spring" photo contest for a local community paper, the Takoma Voice.
This was way back in the when, but Kathy tweeted me at one point, letting me know that I had won! I was excited. Then I kind of forgot about it, because I had it in my head that the newspaper people would get ahold of me. I called them a few times weeks later trying to get a copy of the issue that the picture was printed in, and finally they said I could just come down to the office and pick up my prize.
I didn't know there were prizes involved! I now have a nice T-shirt that says "!Viva la Republica Popular de Takoma Park!" which I think is cute, and an expired certificate for a free year's subscription to Washington Gardener. I think had it been mailed or picked up the moment the issue came out, I would have redeemed it, but I don't begrudge the price of subscription renewal to Kathy. She prints a cool magazine, and it's worth the $20 for the year.
But, besides that--I can now say I'm an award-winning photographer! I think that's kinda cool. Maybe this year, I'll try to get more interesting photographs for the next Washington Gardener photo contest!
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