Sunday, November 15, 2009

Published Photographer

I, my friends, am now a published photographer!

On October 20, 2009 I received an email through my Flickr account that said,

"I am writing to let you know that one of your photos has been short-listed for inclusion in the ninth edition of our Schmap Houston Guide, to be published mid-November 2009.

While we offer no payment for publication, many photographers are pleased to submit their photos, as Schmap Guides give their work recognition and wide exposure, and are free of charge to readers. Photos are published at a maximum width of 150 pixels, are clearly attributed, and link to high-resolution originals at Flickr."

I had two questions. Was this a hoax and which picture?

I had never heard of Schmap Guides. So I did some research to make sure they were legitimate and it turns out they were. It is actually a very neat website with lots to offer!

The picture was one I had taken of Reliant Stadium where the Houston Texans play.

Reliant stadium and Astrodome

I had a great view of it out of our hotel window. I took it this summer when Frankie and I went to the Land Surveyor's Conference in the Houston area. I had uploaded it to Flickr because I was going to put in my blog, but then changed my mind.

I told them I was interested in being in the running to have my picture used for their Schmap Houston Guide and didn't really think too much else about it until today.

Today I got another email through my Flickr account that said,

"I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo has been selected for inclusion in the newly released ninth edition of our Schmap Houston Guide:

Reliant Stadium

I am excited about MY photo being used and by the fact that I can now say I am a published photographer! Even though it is a small accomplishment, I am pleased. :)