The Results are in: 2018 Shoot & Share Contest

Have you ever been that kid in a candy shop?  You know the feeling:  you walk in, and laid out before you is this rainbow-colored assortment of delights, the likes of which you've never imagined, much less seen, before -- floor to ceiling sweetness, all sugar coated and promised glistening goodness.

This feels exactly like that.

Each January, photographers from around the world come together to participate in The Shoot & Share Photography Contest, an international competition that is not only free, but also fair.  Beginning the first week of February, images are voted on in a completely random and anonymous fashion.  Photos by professionals who have been in the business for 30+ years, brand new amateurs, and everyone in-between -- and no one knows who the photographers are until the voting is complete and the awarding begins in early March.

This year was my first time entering, and lemme tell you:  the competition was fierce! I've not seen photography talent and skills like this since ... well, ever.  And I didn't expect much to come of my work, tossed as it was in an ocean of vibrant colors, expert editing, perfect posing, and exceptional lighting.

So color me shocked -- like an awed child in a sea of gorgeous candy -- when I watched as my images plowed right through rounds one, two, three and four, on to rounds five and six, and then pushing past seven and eight ... all the way through round twelve.  

My photos made it all the way to the finals, the top 3.1% of all images submitted.  Y'all, one of my images even placed.  

Let's let that sink in for a minute.  (It hasn't sunk in for me yet, so I'm still trying...)

An image of mine actually placed in the top ten in an international photography competition.

What.

Maybe 2018 really is  my Year of Possibility.  

I am beyond astonished -- nay, utterly floored -- and overwhelmingly honored to have witnessed nearly half of the 50 images I submitted place in the top 30% and higher of a competition encompassing more than 412,000 total submissions.  This is not false modesty.  I am truly blown away to have done so incredibly well in my first year of submissions, with so.  much.  astounding talent.

Here a graphic of what that looks like:

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Pinch me.  I might be dreaming. 

Want to see which of my photos placed?!  Well keep scrolling, my friend because here they are!

(Placement is shown beneath the image as number/total entries in category.)

 Wedding Couple - placing 7,546/36,983

Wedding Couple - placing 7,546/36,983

 Kids - placing 10,143/35,570

Kids - placing 10,143/35,570

 Kids - placing 8,954/35,570

Kids - placing 8,954/35,570

 Seniors - 6,095/29,460

Seniors - 6,095/29,460

 Styled Portrait & Fashion - placed 2,243/11,101  Model:  Princess Keilee

Styled Portrait & Fashion - placed 2,243/11,101

Model: Princess Keilee

 People Portraits - placed 4,127/14,733  Chicago, October 2014

People Portraits - placed 4,127/14,733

Chicago, October 2014

 Family Portraits - placed 5,623/26,963

Family Portraits - placed 5,623/26,963

 Engagement & Couples - placed 7,930/37,145

Engagement & Couples - placed 7,930/37,145

 People Portraits - placed 2,210/14,733  HMUA & Model:  Brittianna J

People Portraits - placed 2,210/14,733

HMUA & Model: Brittianna J

 Creative & Personal Projects - placed 2,199/13,502  HMUA:  Brittianna J

Creative & Personal Projects - placed 2,199/13,502

HMUA: Brittianna J

 Creative & Personal Projects - placed 1,993/13,502

Creative & Personal Projects - placed 1,993/13,502

 Pets & Animals - placed 1,652/14,426

Pets & Animals - placed 1,652/14,426

 Kids - placed 4,385/35,570  See  MORE from this session HERE.

Kids - placed 4,385/35,570

See MORE from this session HERE.

 Travel & Landscape - placed 1,129/16,373  Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida, December 2017

Travel & Landscape - placed 1,129/16,373

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida, December 2017

 Emotion & Excitement - placed 605/8,800

Emotion & Excitement - placed 605/8,800

 Creative & Personal Projects - placed 1,266/13,502

Creative & Personal Projects - placed 1,266/13,502

 Travel & Landscape - placed 303/16,373  Castaway Cay, Bahamas, October 2017

Travel & Landscape - placed 303/16,373

Castaway Cay, Bahamas, October 2017

 Teens & Seniors - placed 209/29,460

Teens & Seniors - placed 209/29,460

 People Portraits - placed 210/14,733  Model:  Alicia Wright

People Portraits - placed 210/14,733

Model: Alicia Wright

 Creative & Personal Projects - placed 393/13,502

Creative & Personal Projects - placed 393/13,502

 Styled Portrait & Fashion - placed 7/11,101  Model:  Princess Keilee

Styled Portrait & Fashion - placed 7/11,101

Model: Princess Keilee