A few weeks ago I took part in a photo contest organised by the prestigious Smithsonian Magazine. It was a hasty and a spontaneous decision. I had never participated in any important contest before. I was reading a scientific article on Smithsonian and out of a sudden I noticed that the annual 14th photo contest was open and that they were looking for exceptional photography in the following categories: The American Experience, Natural World, Travel, Sustainable Travel, People, Altered Images and Mobile. The Smithsonian will select 10 finalists per category, a winner for each category, and a Grand Prize winner from the 70 finalists. Submitting one of my pictures, taken with low-budget Fujifilm camera, was an act of bravado. The picture I submitted is not exceptional but in my opinion, it gives you a food for thought. The picture is well-known to my blog readers as I set it up as my profile picture (it is my favourite picture, I have to admit that). I titled it: Solitude in La Colina, Amsterdam. All in all, I have submitted my picture and it has been approved! The 70 finalists will be notified of their status by February 20, 2017 and will appear on Smithsonian website in spring 2017. I can't wait for the results.
Click on the link to view the entry I submitted and to read the caption describing the photo's content, my personal interpretation of the photo and the story behind it.