I've never been much for photo contests or competitions. I've always been happy with just capturing images and sharing them, and as long as I'm happy with what I capture, that's all that really matters. 

But as I've become more serious about what I'm doing, I suppose I've started to wonder just how my work stacks up to my peers. Yes, there is the Facebook feedback, which is usually positive, the Instagram likes, and most importantly, the validation you get when someone purchases a print of your work. But sometimes, you wonder, do your peers accept you as a member of the club? Are you considered a serious artist and photographer, or just a casual shooter?

So to that end, I've sought out opportunities to show my work in the context of a group of artists. Juried shows are new ground for me. Last year I applied to two and wasn't accepted to either. This year, so far I've applied to one, and yesterday, I received my acceptance into the 14th annual Maine Photography Show. This show is considered fairly prestigious and competitive among Maine photographers, so I'm honored to have been chosen. This year, 775 images were submitted by 295 photographers, with just over 100 selected. I'm excited to be a part of such a select group.

My image, "Dory In Bernard Harbor", was photographed last June while teaching a workshop in Acadia National Park. We were catching a sunset in Bernard Harbor and as the sun continued to set, the light continually changed and had this amazing quality to it. As we were finishing up, the group leader pointed out the dory and we started photographing it. I used a Tamron 35mm f/1.8 lens for the shot. I took several shots as others used a tripod to push the dory away from the dock to the position it was in. The golden light on the pier behind the boat and in the sky created a truly dreamlike atmosphere to the image. It was one of those images that as soon as I saw it, I knew it was a favorite.