For the second year, all three of my images submitted into the Sidney Fine Art Show accepted. A total of 338 pieces of art from sculpture to photographs were accepted from 1,200 submission. Their selection was based on excellence, creativity, originality, and technical achievement with an emphasis on artistic accomplishment.
But this year was to be more special than I imagined. Shortly after I received notice that I had been accepted into the show, I received a call inquiring as to whether I was planning on attending the opening ceremonies. Not long after that I received an e-mail asking permission to have one of my images used in their promotional publication. Clearly, something was up.
I will spare you the details except to say I won the "Show Designer's Award". Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, Best Work on Canvas or Board, Best Work on Paper or under Glass, and Best 3 Dimensional, as well as six Juror’s Choice Awards and the Show Designer Award.
As a photographer it was exceptionally pleasing to have an image successfully compete against oils, pastels, carvings, and tapestry. The message to all you photographers is "you can't win an award if you don't submit to a juried show" ... so submit.
The image that won, "Dead Wood", is a high dynamic range (HDR) capture of dead yet dramatic tree north east of the Salton Sea. It looks much more dramatic large (it was 28x38 in the show). For those of you that don't know, HDR is when you take numerous images of the same subject at different exposures thus capturing a "dynamic" range of light. The resulting images are often quite dramatic.
Now it is time to prepare for next year.