A couple of months ago I entered the Portland Audubon Society's native plant photography contest. The winners were announced on May 18th. I never did get to the exhibit, and I promptly forgot about it.
Guess what today's mail brought? An offishul document, suitable for framing, proclaiming that I'd won first prize in the close-up category, plus a $25 gift certificate for the Audubon nature store. Woo hoo.
I think, though I'm not 100% sure, that this was the winning entry -- birch bark colonized by moss. Compositionally, it's the dullest of the three photos I entered. What it has going for it is texture; it reminds me of an aerial view of a snow-dusted canyon lined with trees. Maybe the judges were on the right drugs.