The Hill Country Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country. A photo contest is held each year to select images that represent the best of the Hill Country in these four areas: Hill Country People; Natural Treasures; Hill Country Enterprise; and Working the Land. A calendar is produced and sold as a fund raiser for the organization. The collection of photographs featured in the 2010 calendar were chosen from over 400 entries.
I was overjoyed to learn that my photograph of grapes entitled “Pick Me” was selected as the winner in the Hill Country Enterprise category and is the featured photo for the month of August. The calendar can be purchased at their website:
The 40th Annual Rockport Art Festival sponsored by the Rockport Center for the Arts was held July 4-5, 2009. Artists from over the country apply to display their art in the categories of painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, glass, wood/fiber, mixed media and photo/print. The applicants work is juried for acceptance into the show. This year, I was chosen as “Best In Media” for the category of photo/print making. This honor comes with a cash award and being automatically accepted into the show next year.
“We are happy to announce that our judges have selected you as a Best Of Media winner for the 2009 Rockport Art Festival. . . . All three judges felt your work was exceptional and Rockport Center for the Arts joins them in commending you on your rewarding efforts. . . . . It is quality artists like you that help make Art Fest a success year after year.”
The 5th Annual Naturescapes Exhibition will be hanging at the San Marcos Activity Center September 4-October 30, 2009. The photos were taken in natural areas throughout Hays County, Texas. My images that were selected are of a green heron and a great blue heron which were taken at Aquarena Wetlands Boardwalk in San Marcos.