Monday, August 18, 2008
Just an update from the VLF Wildlife Photo Competition - details found here: VLF Wildlife Photo Competition
I confirmed today with a staff member at VLF that the letters notifying photographers which have placed in the contest are being sent out this week. Those who did not get a placing will not receive a letter. Those receiving a letter will have their image(s) published in the upcoming nature book. It's a coffee table format hardcover - the last edition had approx. 200 images in it, and proceeds are used towards land conservation efforts. VLF is a non-profit organization promoting private land conservation in deep south Texas, and long term plans are to potentially extend into the surrounding states. Private land conservation is important, since perhaps 20-25% of all lands in the US is public (state/national parks, etc.) .
So what's the good news? I have been told that I am receiving a letter notifying me of "several placings"... The staffer was not willing to provide any additional information at this time, so I must wait. Those images will be published in the book. I have no idea how many of my images have been selected or what they placed (1st, 2nd or 3rd). I also have no idea whether or not my images might have been a division winner, or the long shot of being good enough to be a contender or even considered in the Grand Prize portfolio competition.
I've only placed several images from the competition on my website, and you are welcome to view them in the Nature galleries. I do hope to have more up in the next few days or by the weekend. I know it may not sound like it, but this waiting is killing me!!!
The above image is a full frame shot of a Long-billed Thrasher, just 12-15 feet from the blind, and I took it with my 500/4.5. The head and bill are ~15" long at 100%!!!
Just a quick note that I'll be presenting a photography class for the Grand Lake Camera Club this Tuesday, August 19th. I look forward to meeting new faces and talking shop about macro photography!