Thank you to everyone who offered up their opinions, thoughts and votes as to which pictures I should submit for the photo contest! I really appreciate so very much that you took the time and trouble to respond to my request! Wow! So Many Great Thoughts!
Actually I was a little surprised at the outcome. First by how many of you responded (Did I say thank you already?) AND by the photos that you were most drawn to. It honestly was different than I anticipated. That said, it's exactly why I threw the photos out into the Blogiverse and asked for your opinions. Sometimes when you stand too close to something, it's hard to see it clearly. My Nana used to mumble under her breath, "Can't see the forest for the trees". Totally get that now.
I sent in my submission yesterday and I want you all to know that I took all of your thoughts, opinions and votes into consideration before making my decision. And I wrestled with it for some time too. I know that the chance of one of my photos being selected is somewhere between slim and none but, as my Dad taught me, if you are going to do something, do it to the best of your ability. All or nothin'. So I am good with whatever the outcome. I truly believe that I treated it seriously, read all of the instructions carefully and submitted the best that I had to offer.
Ultimately I had to consider several things when making my selections: their guidelines (of course, the photos that best represented our city as I view it, your input and my heart & soul. One of the photos I sent in, none of you chose as a favourite. But it was my favourite and everytime I look at it, I remember that day, that moment. Perhaps it's too personal a choice, too emotional of a decision but that's when sometimes you just gotta go with your heart.
Thankfully, I was allowed to submit four photos, so the other three are the ones that got most of your votes (thank you again!)
In case you are curious, here are the four photos that I submitted:
I understand that the contest closes Mid-July and the winners will be announced some time in August. Soooooo I guess we will all find out then :)
Meanwhile, win, lose or draw, I am the big winner because I have all of you folks who are so endlessly kind and supportive. Thank you!
PS I will absolutely let you know if any of my photos are selected! Stay Tuned
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.