This year has been quite exciting for me and there was plenty to celebrate.
It was thrilling to have my long awaited solo photography exhibit at the National Wildlife Visitors Center in May and was honored to be included in their center for my bird and wildlife photography to be showcased. “Cherish Nature” was a photographic expression of the importance of conservation and habitat protection for wildlife and to recognize the success of the years long efforts of conservation to revitalize endangered species.
As stewards of the earth, I believe it is important for us to do what we can to help preserve nature for generations to come. “Think Global ~ Act Local” is a wonderful mantra to live by.
This year, 10 of my images were selected to be included into Juried art shows through the Maryland Federation of Art, which is no small feat. That doesn’t share how many images I did submit for consideration for exhibits that were not accepted. Of those ten images, two have been purchased by collectors, which in my mind makes me an official artist ! Two of my donated images for MFA’s annual fundraising event were selected and now grace the homes of two more collectors.
Along with the MFA’s success, I had several of my images published in a variety of venues from the cover of the September commemorative issue of Maryland Department of Natural Resources magazine, the 2020 Patapsco Heritage Greenway calendar, several online Florida Audubon articles and the expansive book “Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia” by Bruce Beehler.
On the home front, I worked on three production projects, two for the Investigative Discovery channel and one for GrubHub. It was a great opportunity seeing professionals in their industry work at their craft.
Each year I keep saying I want to slow down and it doesn’t seem to happen. On a personal front, I had to move my horse in March but ended up in this most incredible, beautiful and historic place just outside of Annapolis. Since that time, horses have filled my day and my photography has taken a back seat save a few escape days and the scouts for my classes.
It’s time for me to pick up the camera more often and it’s my New Year’s Resolution. While it was good to have a break from so much photography, I miss the quiet time I have when I’m out capturing the world around me.
Some exciting adventures are already planned for 2020 and I can’t wait to get started!
Categories: All about Hoofbeats & Footprints, Birds
Sounds like you had a great year, Emily. Best wishes for the year ahead!
It was a great, but oh so busy year Eliza. I’m hoping to get out more to enjoy nature this next year. Best wishes to you as well for a wonderful New Year.
You and your photography inspire and motivate me as a photographer. You have had quite the year – Congrats & Cheers – YAY!!! I am a big nature lover and like you try and leave no trace behind. Here’s to 2020!!! Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂
Such a lovely compliment and I am honored to be considered an inspiration for you. We certainly have been on this blogging journey for a long time with each other. Thank you so much and may you have a joyful New Year.
Wow! That certainly is an event filled, exciting year! Congratulations on all of your accolades and successes. Enjoy your time with your beautiful horses ~!
You are so kind, and nothing more grounding than time with the horses, so thank you so much for that. Appreciate your friendship.
It is truly a pleasure to experience part of your world through your blog.
Congratulations Emily! What an amazing year! Here is to 2020, may it be filled with many peace filled moments behind your camera.