I am writing to express appreciation for Bill Clough’s nice feature on my recent success in the “Wildlife in Focus” photo competition. While I worked hard and overcame obstacles in achieving that success, nothing happens in a vacuum. I therefore wish to thank some folks who were and are important to me in my photography endeavors, as well as in my life.
Were it not for the mentorship and enthusiasm of lifelong friend Jimmy Jackson, I likely would not have embraced photography to the extent I have today. From examples set by his own fantastic photography, to his tutelage on bird species and behavior, explanations as to what constitutes a truly special photo and time spent with me in the field, he has infused my approach to photography with much substance and style. To him I remain ever grateful. Jimmy also took the inset photo of me that appeared in last week’s feature.
In terms of the photo contest, I wish to extend special thanks to Sylvia Garcia-Smith. I will never forget her generosity in readily lending insights from her experience with the contest, and explaining nuances of rules and other facets of the competition. Any time I was discouraged or confused, Sylvia provided direction and guidance; her ongoing support and encouragement set her apart as a true and noble friend, then and now.
Once again, I greatly appreciate the wonderful coverage provided by the Bee-Picayune.