I’ve said frequently that I’m rarely (if ever) truly happy with my photographs. I am definitely my own worst critic. In fact, it took me a long time to even publish any on Flickr and have rarely entered a photo contest. I have considered entering more often, but I look at the pool of entries and decide mine just doesn’t come up to scratch.
Recently, Second Friends, a social networking site started a while back by Seth Regan/Mankind Tracer specifically for Second Life residents, ran a photo contest. I have been a member of Second Friends since September, 2012, but admittedly haven’t done much there, other than check in once in a while. But when I saw a notice for the photo contest – without a view of the other entries – I decided to throw my hat into the ring. I think entering it blind was the main reason I did it. I wasn’t comparing my work to the other entrants.
Ironically, I sent in my entry a couple of days ago, but for some reason, the email bounced back. By the time I realised it, I thought the entry deadline had passed and I just shrugged it off, thinking it would be another of my failed attempts, anyway. But then I saw a post that there were still three hours to go until the deadline, and I resent the email.
This time, it went through. And to my shock, I won first place.
The photo I chose was one of my very favourites I’ve taken. It was from the 2304 Rain post I did a couple of months ago.
Please click the link above to visit Second Friends, and if you are a dedicated Second Life dweller, join. It’s an opportunity to socialise with other SL residents and post about what you’re doing there – events, your business, or just the fun you have in our amazing virtual world.
The prize is to have my photo displayed on the home page of Second Friends for a month, along with a link to my blog. So for a full 30 days, whenever I log in to Second Friends, I’ll be reminded that sometimes I need to stop being so critical of my work and just be humbly proud.
I love that humbly proud.. the picture is very deep, love it…ty for sharing!
Thank you 🙂
*drags you out of your hole and puts you in the spotlight* Girl, your pictures are awesome!! and this one is truly amazing. I like humbly proud as well, but you have every reason to be proud.
Hugs, Rwah 🙂 It means a lot to me that other people appreciate what I love to do ♥
Very cool! I am going to join right now. Thank you, Peep! I have learned so much from you since since following your blog \o/ :*
Yay! I’ll send you a friends request. Glad I can be of service 🙂
Second Friends is proud to have received so many great photo submissions for the contest and we chose the best of them all. Congrats to you Peep 🙂 Seth Regan / Mankind Tracer
Thank you, Seth 🙂 I am truly honoured.
Congrats Peep. Your photograph is beautiful, so be fully proud of your achievements! Take an even bigger step into the spotlight with a smile upon your face 🙂
Thank you! And I’m definitely smiling 🙂