Today I went into London to the Excel exhibition centre for the Active Travel Show. This is where National Geographic announced the winners for their photography competition. We arrived a bit earlier than we expected so had some time to kill, I nervously ambled about not really taking note of any of the stands. My main focus was to just find out the competition results. When the time came for us to sit down and the announcement to be made, we sat at the back whilst the National Geographic Traveller art director and deputy editor tried to get the sound and slide show working. This waiting just kept adding to my nerves! Finally they sorted it out and the presentation was underway, and the first category to be announced was the Action category. This is what I entered and immediately my heart sank when I saw the screen; on it was two of my competitors images, one large and one small photograph. Instantly I thought that the large photograph was the winner and the small one the runner up. However this was not the case as the art director and head judge; Chris Hudson announced I was the winner and turned over to the next slide with my photograph on it! Immediately I was in shock as I really did not expect this to happen!
So as you can imagine I am so stoked! And I am really happy to see that some snowboarding photography can be published and win competitions that would not have even thought about snowboarding before!
Thanks National Geographic!