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award winning photography

i’m now an official award winning photographer ! I entered 7 photos earlier in the week for the Swallowfield Show.
My total prizes were:
3 first places
1 second place
1 third place
Best Photo in Show rosette
Best Photo in Show trophy (for one year)
and … £7.50 in prize money
The Best Photo in Show and Rosette:
the prize envelope (containing the £7.50 winnings):
winning the trophy was mixed blessings. prize giving wasn’t until after the raffle was drawn (which seemed to have about a million prizes – he mentioned that the ladies filling in the details on raffle tickets had filled so many that they had got “writers cramp”. we call that RSI nowadays don’t we?).
Anyway, we got to the show at around 1pm and didn’t get away until after 5.30pm ! kids weren’t particularly impressed. Although esther is proud of her dad, and of the fact that her knees won first prize in the hoovering picture (see below)
the trophy prizes being announced:
collecting the trophy
proud trophy winner
more details:

Category: Flood
First Prize and Best Photo in Show. i nearly didn’t bother entering this as i didn’t really rate this photo. you never know do you … (except I do now)
Category: Seasons
Didn’t win anything 🙁
Category: Seasons
Third position (but there were only three entries!)
Category: Portrait
Didn’t win anything 🙁
Category: Portrait
Second place.
Category: Guess the song (ten green bottles)
First place. Last minute photo. Jane’s idea
Category: Around the house
First place ! . Last minute photo. Jane’s idea as well.
The stiff competition in this category included someone’s photo of two sheep outside a barn (random interpretation of the category). Tony’s cropping suggestion made this a winning photo !
When i wandered over to collect my prize money later in the day I saw someone looking at this photo. they said “that’s just a young person doing the vacuuming, and it’s not even a real vacuum cleaner”. He was implying I had deliberately mislead the judges and got away with it too !
We spent all the winnings on Fish and Chips on the way home !