When I was growing up I remember walking down the stairs into my favorite place in my Grandparen's house... the basement. There in the basement with wonder and amazement, I stared down the tall bookshelves that housed hundreds of National Geographic magazines. Mawmaw and Pawpaw had been collecting them for years and for me, they were an unending source to feed my sense of creativity and expand my small world into a big one. I would flip through the pages and just dream for hours of what it would be like to travel to all the places I'd seen literally all over the world and what it would be like to have interactions with the animal I'd seen running through the plains of Africa or swimming in the great seas that cover our planet. I'll forever be grateful to my Grandparents for this.
This morning I awoke to the news that the National Geographic Channel on Instagram had selected my image "Sea Ninja" as the winner of their "On Assignment" challenge in the category of "Underwater". I can't tell you the flood of emotions and excitement that brought me and the overwhelming sense of accomplishment. I know it's not legitimately published in their magazine but for me .... it felt just the same.
I will continue to capture the wonders of this world and share them with the world and maybe one day ... just one day ... one of my photos will be printed in one of those yellow bound books and some other kid will be inspired by what their eyes see.