Last week one morning I got a call\u00a0 from an unidentified number. They were calling to inform me of a merit award I\u2019d won for the camel caravan image I\u2019d submitted.\nI was so thrilled and taken aback that I became incoherent and began to babble. Like a kid might at the sight of Santa giving him something he\u2019d dreamed of\u00a0 but never thought he\u2019d actually get!\nI told everyone I could that very minute. This was too exciting to keep to myself.\nSuddenly the 18 hours a day spent on photography seemed worth it. Suddenly the two years and many many dollars spent on equipment were earning me some dividends. The rewards and fulfilment needed celebration \u2013 but it would take some time for me to accept that this had actually happened.\nI am so habituated to \u2018waiting-for-success\u2019 that when the moment comes it is almost impossible to believe it.\nAnd so I waited for the news to sink in.\nThe award means that my photo will be a part of an exhibition hosted by the organising body in Singapore. And a token monetary award.\nI shot with the SLR for the first time 3 years ago.\nFriends were always encouraging \u2013 but one can never be sure if it is just kindness when friends say nice things \u2013 but at that time I used their sweet words as stepping stones to keep building my confidence in this completely new domain.\nAnd here I am today \u2013 feeling like I have arrived! Besides me and my kind friends, someone else thinks that these photos that have given me so much pleasure are worthy of recognition.\nTime to celebrate!\njm\nJune 2012\np.s. More good news has followed since that first award \u2013 2 more selections \u2013 so I\u2019ve now created a page with the award-winning pictures.\nThe post Winning my first award in photography appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.