Erika wins “Best Photo Story” and “Best Photo” at New Orleans Shootoff

First and foremost, I would like to thank Think Tank bags (, Mannie Garcia ( and Adobe ( for the free toys!!!  I would also like to thank Johnny Bivera for assembling this amazing event, and Bill Auth, legendary photographer from US NEWS & WORLD REPORT for ensuring I was doing a good job.

The theme for this year’s event was “street”.  So I took my nifty Nikon D7000, and headed to the “not so friendly” section of Orlando, Florida.  After spending two grueling hours looking for a photo story in the hot July sun, I found these two gentlemen sitting on the sidewalk of a small convenient store.  They appeared to be under the influence of something and I found it rather difficult to have a conversation with them.    I only had about 9 minutes to capture this photo story, and I nearly fell out of my seat when I was announced as the winner.  wOOt!

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