Shoot and Share photo contest

For the second year in a row I participated in the Shoot and Share photo contest. My goal this year was a simple one. I wanted to do better than I did last year. They allow you to enter up to 50 photos in 25 different categories. This year the majority of my work was in engagements and weddings but in last year's contest I had some more family and styled work. I did pretty well last year - 3 of my photos finished in the top percentile of their category. I had 1 in the top 30%, 1 in top 20% and 1 in the top 10% - which out of hundreds of thousands of entries, is pretty good. This year, I was hoping to get some additional "likes" on my photos and maybe have some more place in the top percentile. At least one of my photos however, made it ALL THE WAY! I was able to locate one photo in the final rounds of the contest but they don't tell you how you did overall until all the results are tallied and winners have been announced on March 20th. I know that at a minimum I'm a finalist which means out of over 330,000 entries, one of my photos was in the top 500 photos in it's category!!! I am so unbelievably excited and humbled. I started this business a mere 3 years ago after not picking up my camera in an artistic way in years. I've worked hard, harder than anyone knows to grow and learn and turn my business into something I would be proud of. So this right here, this makes me feel like that work is worth it! I've watched my work improve and my client base grow over 3 years and have impressed myself in ways that I didn't think were possible. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this journey. I have appreciated you more than you know.