This week, the Center for Railroad Photography & Art announced the winners of “Be Creative”, their annual themed photography awards competition and seeing the final selection is always a treat for anyone interested in creative railroad photography.
While I don’t always agree with the order of the top choices, I generally find that the judges have made some good selections in what must be a difficult process. Photography is subjective and what constitutes good creative photography is more so. The top award went to Matthew Malkiewicz, a choice that I agree with, as it’s a wonderfully creative image in vision and execution and is a real pleasure to look at.
Two of my five submitted images were picked as Judges Also Liked selections. Like anyone entering, I would have been thrilled to receive one of the top three awards, but I am honored to be selected in this esteemed group of fellow photographers. I have gotten to know many of these individuals over the years and I’m happy for every one of them. Getting an honor like this is encouraging to any creative person and feeds the fire to be better.
“If your any good at all, you know that you can be better….” – Lindsey Buckingham
This quote from Lindsey while he was with the Fleetwood Mac band has always resonated with me. He expresses in this brief quip the knowing that you are good, with the insecurity that you are not yet at your best, but realizing that the potential is there for you to be. This is a common theme that I observe in many of the best creatives, whether they are photographers, writers, musicians, or chefs.
Since the theme of “Be Creative” is open to interpretation and quite broad, I basically submitted my five favorite images from the the past year. I’ve learned that trying to second-guess the likes of a competition’s jury is fruitless and that you should just submit what you like, assuming of course, that it fits into a broad interpretation of the theme.
So, while I was not a finalist in this competition, the results inspire and motivate me to push my creativity further. I know that I can be better!