I hate to say it, but I made a real dumb move recently.  It’s worse than my worst blonde moment (which are not uncommon around here).  Back in October, I entered a couple photos into the Popular Photography Reader’s Contest.  With over 4,400 submissions, I wasn’t really expecting to hear anything back and I didn’t.  So when they published the winners, I looked through the magazine with awe and made some mental notes for when I enter next year’s contest.  And that was that.

When I returned from my Christmas break, I decided there was no time like the present to clean out my junk mail.  I think I had about 1300 emails and had been avoiding it for quite some time.  It contained a lot of GAP sales and Disney Reward updates and PhotoJoJo ideas.  Nothing urgent, just kind of fun to look at.  As I went back farther into the early November emails, one of them caught my eye.

From: Lindsay      Subject: Popular Photography Magazine- Readers Contest

I didn’t quite know what to expect, but as I read it, my heart skipped a beat…


Congratulations your photo is a finalist in the Pop Photo Readers Contest.
Please email me a high resolution 300 dpi file of your photo no later than
4pm EST Tuesday November 10. Please include basic information about the
photo such as how/when it was taken and what equipment and settings were
used. Also, please include all your contact information such as phone
number, address, and website. One of the editors will be contacting you with
a short interview.


Linzee Karasik
Art/Production Assistant
Popular Photography Magazine

WHAT?!  I read it several times over to make sure I wasn’t imagining things.  But it’s true.  Apparently one of my photos was selected as a finalist in the Contest!  And I missed the submission deadline!!! What a disappointment.  But I honestly couldn’t help being totally excited that I had even been considered.  So I awkwardly wrote Linzee back and gushed “Thank you’s” and “I’m sorry’s” and asked if I could possibly enter the photo into another contest.  So we’ll see.

Here’s the image they selected, taken earlier this year:

I’ll be kicking myself as I frame the email!

2 thoughts on “16th Annual 2009 Popular Photography Reader's Contest

  • Heather

    Amazing pic! I sure hope they cut you some slack. Good luck!

  • Laurie

    Janna! I can only imagine your disappointment! But hey, you were a finalist. Submit another photo next year, and I bet you’ll be a finalist again…..and with the passing of time, you’ll be able to laugh at this year’s submission. I’m sure it is something you won’t soon let yourself forget. I think you are a fabulous photographer!

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