I just wanted to thank any of you who voted on my pictures in the photo contest - I could not have come this far without all of your help. All three rendered enough votes to continue on to the final judging in October. Here is a copy of the letter I received...
Dear NYIP Focus Contestant:
We are pleased to announce that your photo has been voted as one of the top 100 in the Main Street/Faces in the Crowd/Pets and Wildlife category. This means your photo has now moved into the final round of voting, where our panel of celebrity judges (Bobbi Lane, David Handshuh, and John Owens), will select the grand prize winner and first prize winners in each category.
The NYIP Focus contest received over 7,000 entries—so as one of the top 100 in your chosen category, you are part of an elite group of talented photographers. We’re very impressed with the work that we’ve seen, and expect that our panel of judges will find it very difficult to decide upon the winners. Thank you for being a part of this exciting event, and congratulations on becoming a finalist.
Jeanne Y. Fu
Photo Contest Director
(I don't think I've ever been considered in an "elite group" or a "talented" photographer before - I'm enjoying this status while it lasts!!! LOL)