2nd Place At The Hawai’i Photo Expo

This weekend was the opening of the Hawai’i Photo Expo at the Wailoa Center in Hilo. I typically don’t enter contests anymore, but I’ve been working on trying for every photo opportunity lately. In taking these opportunities, I have decided to take each experience in a positive light, and only allow criticism to teach and not discourage me.

To my surprise, I received a call the night before the reception letting me know that I might want to attend. That sent my mind wondering if I won something, or if it was just a call that was made to everyone to encourage them to show up to the reception.

Upon arriving to the Wailoa Center I picked up a program to see all the artists, and noticed a number next to my name. I read that I had won 2nd place in the Master category. Sweet!

After, the awards were handed out I had the opportunity to speak to the juror George F. Lee, the photo editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He asked me about my subject, and I told him about DJ Miss Salvador, and how this was one of the outtakes from our session dodging rain under the awning of Hilo. He revealed that a few people questioned him on his decision. He told them that he was the juror, and it was his decision. He told me that he liked the urban feel, and that the image reminded him of his teenage son. I admit that I questioned the decision to enter this photo, but I really liked it. John also voted for me to enter this photo, and looking back I guess it was a good decision.

If you are in Hilo you should visit the exhibit at the Wailoa Center until June 29th. Admission is free.

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