Friends of the MST Photo Contest – 3rd place again

MST - Sharon crossing Deep CreekThird place again?

For the third year, I’ve entered the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail photo contest. For the third year, I’ve won third price.

I should be thrilled. The pictures entered were very good. You can see them all on this site.

But the expression “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” doesn’t even apply to me. I’m the cousin once removed that they have to invite.

The photos were judged by a distinguished panel of judges:
•    Photojournalist Ted Richardson of Ted Richardson Media
•    Gene Furr of Gene Furr Photography
•    Amy Hamm of Great Outdoor Provision Co.

It’s an impressive set of judges. So I’m glad I got third place and a gift certificate from Great Outdoor Provision.

My 2013 winning picture, above, is of Sharon crossing Deep Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In this photo, I’ve already crossed the stream in my boots. She’s taken off her boots and is crossing with crocs on. We’re in deep, deep forest, in a section not frequented much by the average visitor.

MST maintenance - waterbarsI think that’s how I get my winning picture. I’m on the MST, far from a road. Maybe they’re impressed that I’m even out there. 

The picture on the far right is my third place winner in 2012. Lenny is hard at work on cleaning up waterbars on the MST located on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

MST236-painterIn 2011, I submitted this picture of a man I stumbled on at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is in Cape Hatteras National Seashore but doesn’t allow cars on the beach. So he didn’t think that anyone would be there. And here Sharon and I come walking up to him.

I don’t do cute. I win on quirky.

I’ll probably enter the contest next year. How can I improve my chances? How can I move up to, maybe, second place? 

Think about entering next year’s contest. If I can place, anyone has a chance.


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