On My Own Time (OMOT) is a region-wide competition organized by North Texas Business for the Culture of the Arts (NTBCA) to exhibit the talent of member companies’ employees. There are categories for a variety of arts in both amateur and professional divisions: ceramics, fabric, jewelry, works on canvas, works on paper, woodworking, and of course, photography. My company participates religiously.
This year, I entered two of my photographs in the Color Photography category. The definition they used for “professional” was that you earn money for your work. They had left out the word “regularly,”which was part of the definition last year, so I decided to be brave and enter the professional division.
There are 3 outside judges from the art community in North Texas who judge all of the entries and select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category and division. Photos of all of the entries are also placed online on our intranet for employees to vote. During this time, the art is also on display at one of the main campuses for my company for employees to view and vote. The employee vote determines the People’s Choice award. First place in each category as well as the People’s Choice award from all member companies are invited to display their artwork at Northpark Center in late Septemer.
So today was the Artists’ Reception at work, where they serve us cookies and punch and announce all of the winners. The peanut butter cookies were fantastic, by the way. But even better than the cookies was the fact that one of MY photos, Down to the Wire, won FIRST PLACE in the Professional Color Photography category. Me = ELATED!
I am so proud I could burst. I am now an award-winning photographer. Woooohoo!