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The National Open Art Competition: Round 1

Its been a big week for us photographers/artists, while I watched Twitter erupt with elation and despair over who got what selected (and what didn't) into Landscape Photographer of The Year, I myself was waiting the results for The National Open Art Competition submissions. 

The NOA competition offers a platform for artists/fine art/photographers etc to enter and promote their work, which subsequently leads to having it displayed in an exhibition and hopefully awarded a prize, or being sold. It consists of two rounds and are judged by respected artists in their field, this year being;  Norman Ackroyd RA, Vanessa Branson, Caroline Irby and Chris Orr RA. 

In my first year of entering I got through the first round but didn't get past the second and last year I didn't get through the first round at all. So this year I entered 3 images in the hope that by entering a body of work, it would strengthen my chances. 

Well, today I have found out that I have got one image selected into the second round. I am over joyed, not only because it helps reinforce that I am heading in the right direction with what I hope to achieve, but also because it is one of my particular favourites. 

Selected shot: Santa Monica Beach, LA in the smog

Selected shot: Santa Monica Beach, LA in the smog

 So now the second round, I need to get the image printed and framed via The Printspace shipped down to Goodwood for the next round and then hopefully (fingers crossed) on to Somerset House! If you entered yourself, I hope you had good news, if you didn't, please don't give up and keep trying.