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    Yesterday was the day.
    Winners were announced.

    My fingers jittered and twittered as I dialed the museum. My heart raced and skipped while I waited to be transferred to The One With The List. She answered the phone. I stuttered and stammered, pronouncing my last name like the people who call here with sales pitches in the middle of the afternoon. I asked the question. Needy, like a child begging for acceptance into the “in crowd”. She recognized my name.

    That surprised me.

    She shuffled and flipped paperwork looking for the list. She laughed when the file was open on her monitor. She looked. She confirmed.

    Judge’s Choice – Peacock. 1st Place.
    People’s Choice – Peacock. Honorable Mention.

    I’ll take photos of it with the actual ribbons when I get back over there to pick up my prize, which is a surprise! It (as well as my other entries) will be on display through November 19th at Putnam Museum.

    My first exhibition.
    My first awards.

    Both the public and professional judges.

    It’s official, I’m a Professional Photographer, too.

    This rocks.

    Thank you for supporting and encouraging me through this! I would have been a total basketcase without you guys. Hugs. Love. and more Hugs.


    Raehan said,


    8.29.2006 @ 11:10 am
    Jeanette said,

    That’s awesome! Not completely a surprise for me, though, because you are incredible and talented! xox

    8.29.2006 @ 11:22 am

    I told you there was nothing to worry about! You do goodm no make that great work! A well rounded person, and no I don’t mean your shape!!! Pat on the back! :yahoo:

    8.29.2006 @ 11:22 am
    phoenix said,

    *pinch* hehehe I knew all the time you were “professional” and a “winner”. You be the whole bag of chips and then some gf!

    Congrats and I know we will be seeing more of these!

    8.29.2006 @ 11:30 am

    There was no doubt in my mind that you’d walk away with a prize! Your work is beautiful. Don’t ever doubt yourself!!

    8.29.2006 @ 11:58 am
    Sue said,

    :yahoo: :yahoo: Leanne, no surprise here either…. that is a beautiful picture and so deserving. Congrats to you and I am sure there will be MANY more in store for you as your little winged friends pass by to visit you and pose for pictures.


    8.29.2006 @ 12:08 pm


    8.29.2006 @ 12:30 pm
    Sleeping Mommy said,

    That’s just wonderful Leanne–and well deserved. This right here is why–someday, when I have some expendable funds–I’m going to commission you to do a memorial portrait of my beloved Willie.


    8.29.2006 @ 12:11 pm
    YellowRose said,

    Congratulations!!! :yahoo: I knew you’d be a winner, because you are all ready a winner to many of us! Great job!! :good:

    8.29.2006 @ 1:41 pm
    MommaK said,

    You rock girl!! I am so proud of you!!! :friends:

    8.29.2006 @ 1:41 pm
    Robin said,


    8.29.2006 @ 1:56 pm
    Tommi said,

    :yes: oh yeah, oh yeah!!
    I’m supper proud of you! :good:
    Looks and talent. Lucky girl!!! ;)

    8.29.2006 @ 1:58 pm
    Tommi said,

    hey, can you please change supper to super! hee, hee, hee. :duh:

    8.29.2006 @ 1:59 pm
    Taba said,

    well duh!! :bunny: i would have been shocked if you didnt win!! that peacock is just………….probably the most gorgeous peacock photo on the face of the earth.
    congrats!! you deserve it!

    8.29.2006 @ 2:22 pm
    Laura said,

    Leanne!!! Congratulations!! HUGGS!!! that is GREAT news!

    8.29.2006 @ 3:17 pm
    Chele said,

    Not surprised at all. Your photos are gorgeous. Some month when I haven’t massacred the budget, I will definitely be buying a print of your peacock.

    Congratulations! :dance:

    8.29.2006 @ 4:02 pm
    Lisa said,

    Congratulations on what is surely the first of many such awards, Leanne!


    8.29.2006 @ 5:27 pm
    cjsteff said,

    Congrats! I cannot say however that I am surprised at all. You are deserving. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us! Hugs, clara

    8.29.2006 @ 5:31 pm
    pamibe said,

    YAY!!!! Congratulations, you earned those awards!!!! :yahoo:

    8.29.2006 @ 5:48 pm
    hubby said,

    I found the ad, I watched you spend a tremendous amount of time choosing the right pictures, watched print and re print the photo’s until you had perfection.

    I found it because I knew you would win, I can honestly say it was not a shock.

    If you could have the faith in your abilities that everyone around you has in what you do, you would relax a lot more.

    Super Job Honey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yahoo:

    Love you

    8.29.2006 @ 7:09 pm
    Lianne said,

    Wow, way to go! We are all so proud of you! You deserve it and you should think of it as the first of many, many awards to come.

    Yeah for Leanne!!!!

    8.29.2006 @ 7:33 pm
    Janet said,

    Congratulations, that is fantastic!!! Woohoo!!!

    8.29.2006 @ 8:18 pm
    Heather said,

    Congratulations, Leanne! Well done!

    8.29.2006 @ 9:15 pm
    Paige said,

    That peacock was my favorite of all your entries. Congrats on a job well done. I am so pround of you! :hug:

    8.29.2006 @ 10:29 pm
    Jacque said,

    You brat!! You talked to me on the phone and didn’t tell me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One last thing, I told you the peacock would win :raspberry: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    8.29.2006 @ 11:22 pm
    Nancy said,


    Woo-Hoo, Girlfriend! I am so happy and excited for you! I knew you could do this. CONGRATS!!!!!!

    8.30.2006 @ 6:44 am
    tbirdonawire said,

    Woohoo! That is fantastic and very well deserved!

    8.30.2006 @ 10:37 am

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    8.30.2006 @ 2:00 pm
    Shelli said,

    Leanne! I am so proud of you or proud to be your friend. I so agree with this choice. You are more than worthy! :hug: :hug: :hug:

    8.30.2006 @ 9:22 pm
    Wacky Mommy said,


    8.30.2006 @ 11:57 pm
    Kimmy said,

    Congratulations! :good: That’s awesome! YOU’re awesome!!! :giggle:

    8.31.2006 @ 12:49 am
    mar said,

    Congratulations!!!! :good: :dance:

    8.31.2006 @ 1:43 am
    Ardice said,

    Congratulations! That’s GREAT!! :good:

    8.31.2006 @ 8:07 am
    Ficklechick said,

    Way to go!!!! What a beautiful photograph!

    8.31.2006 @ 10:39 am
    Jewels said,

    :good: That is so awesome! I’m so tickled for you! Way to go. I can’t get most of the pictures I take with the digicam to be focused, I wouldn’t dream of subjecting the public to my terrible pictures! LOL

    8.31.2006 @ 12:45 pm
    anneberit said,

    Fantastic!! Congratulations :yahoo:

    8.31.2006 @ 3:08 pm
    Angel said,

    You SOOOOO deserve this award! That’s been one of my favorites :)

    ((((((Big hugs))))))) I’ve missed you!

    9.8.2006 @ 11:48 am

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