It has a little to do with an old tradition of mine from my competitive fishing days whereby I would always wait until last to draw my peg from the bag (and usually end up with a decent one). However I didn't go as far as clicking the 'upload' button with my left hand which I always felt was lucky. But photography is far removed from the elements of luck that are associated with fishing. Before all you fishing folk exclaim that there is a lot of skill involved blah blah blah, I do understand this, very much, however there is often no skill involved at the draw bag. Photography is in fact an art form in its own right appreciated by those that understand it most and with a vast wealth of knowledge and experience in this years judging panel I want as much luck as I can muster.
I was realistic though and in order to sway the judges and make my images stand out they had to be selected carefully, checked over, checked a bit more and checked again before the final submission. So the fishing draw bag tradition was more of a comforting excuse to the fact I'd left it too late.
Hand on heart, I can honestly say that my images this year are an improvement on last year's selection and I hope that is as a result of one more years experience/practice.
I entered two of the categories and here are my selected images. Feel free to leave any comments below and please do keep your fingers crossed.