I've never really been one to enter photography contests (aside from this one i guess). Early on, it was drilled into my head that many contest organizers are simply trolling for images which they can then use for other purposes without too much regard for ownership, copyright, payment or final usage. So naturally, I've been weary. However, we all know what they say about rules.

I had this shot in mind for a while, and when I saw the ad for the PDN Faces contest, it clicked. Also, PDN's rules clearly state that "...you retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee..." Right now, I am not banking on the prize patrol showing up with balloons and a big check as there are many quality images in this contest. However, it doesn't matter. I am personally pretty damn proud of this image, and at the end of the day, it makes me happy to look at it. That's enough ... although I wouldn't slam the door on the prize patrol.

What are your thoughts? Comment below.