Oh wow, how excited was I on 21st August , when I opened my emails? There, in black and white, was an email from Countryfile Magazine, telling me a photo I had sent in of one of my dogs, was selected as the winning entry, for the September edition of their magazine. The competition was being sponsored by Halti, so I was also to receive a selection of their products!
I have been a fan of Countryfile ever since it started! Thankfully, my husband really enjoyed it too. It has become a religion in our house now. Every Sunday evening, we would have a roast dinner, then curl up on the sofa, to watch that weeks episode.
One day, I was sitting in a waiting room waiting for my medical. On the table was a Countryfile magazine. I had never seen it before, but was so absorbed in it, I was gutted when I had to go in for my appointment.
I immediately went out and subscribed to the magazine. That was June 2012. And I’m still subscribing to it!
Every month, I have read the articles, looked at the walks and the competitions. I have mentioned to my hubby many times that he should enter the competitions. Both hubby and I love photography. I have seen his photos, and I firmly believe he has some award winning pictures of his own.
I have never really thought any of mine would be good enough. Then in July, after a trip to Isle of Skye, I saw the competition regarding pets on holiday.
I love taking photos of Fido and Lola, and had been pleased with how they had come out. My hubby actually was the one who thought I should enter one of them into the competition.
I thought – why not! What have I got to lose? So on 16th July, I send off my photo.
When I received the email telling me I had won, I was absolutely shocked. I didn’t care about the prize! It was the fact that someone had thought my photo was good! I couldn’t stop smiling. Immediately, I started spreading the news! I was now an award winning photographer! Ok, it isn’t like I’m on TV or anything, but I was having my photo published in September’s edition of Countryfile Magazine. I mean, Countryfile!
I have been waiting in excitement to see it in print.
Last night a friend received her copy of the magazine. Mine hadn’t arrived, but she sent me a photo. I was again in ‘smile’ mode! She promised to bring me the magazine into work the next day.
When I saw it in print, it was like I had won the lottery! Ok, most people won’t know me, but everyone who buys the magazine, will see the picture I took of Fido!
I was always into photography and competitions, just not both together! This has given me a new motivation, to get out there and take more photos. Learn more about my camera and explore the countryside.
Sometimes, you just have to have confidence in your own ability. If I hadn’t won, I wouldn’t have been disappointed, however now I have, I feel 10 feet tall. I am very proud of myself, but more importantly, I am proud of my husbands word. I know he takes some amazing photos too. I will be pushing him more to get his work out there now!
Don’t ever doubt yourself. Push yourself out there! Sometimes, it turns into nothing, but other times, it fulfills your dreams and more! I certainly will be doing more photographic competitions. You never know, once day it may even get me on the TV with my photo in the Countryfile calendar!
You have to have a dream and ambition!
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