#Wexmondays - For those who don't know its a weekly online (via Twitter) competition run by Wex Photographic where photographers can submit their best shot from the week before.
Each week tons of photographers would submit one shot with the hope of some exposure and/or a 2nd or 1st place win. At the end of the year the points are counted and some nice prizes are given out to the overall winner and the runner up.
That's the explanation out of the way :)
I started taking part in Wexmondays from the very start. I was simply happy to be involved and I enjoyed the friendly competition it brought, it was also great as a way to meet other photographers online (and later in person). And as more people joined each Monday started to become a mini event where photographers would congratulate each other, comment on the images, talk gear and locations and generically have a good natter.
Then Tuesday would roll round, anticipation would build and that weeks winner and runner up would be announced.
I found the taking part quite addictive at first, and on occasions where I came 1st or 2nd it was a nice boost to the confidence and showed that on some level I could compete with some super talented people. And like all ongoing competitions it was a great motivator that encouraged me to get out and take photos.
As the weeks rolled on I was quite content going though the motions of submitting something and simply taking part, but without really thinking about it I was slowly moving up the leaderboard. Before I knew it I was 5th, then 4th, then 3rd.
From 3rd place my main competition came from Justin Minns (and exceptional photographer from Suffolk - click the link,), who had been in 2nd place for a while.. But towards the end of the competition (thanks for a great deal of luck and circumstance!) I first drew with him and finally over took him to take 2nd place a couple of weeks before the competition ended.
It really could have done either way, and at the end of the year when all points where counted I had beaten Justin by only 20 points.
The winner of 1st place went to Lee Acaster, who week on week pretty much nailed it! I don't think he ever submitted a weak image. And to my knowledge Lee only missed one week - and that was because he had been awarded British Wildlife Photograph of the Year 2014 and simply didn't have the time that week - Which is a pretty good excuse if you ask me :)
When the competition came to an end all weekly 1st place winners got an invite to the Wex exhibition at the Forum in Norwich (where they used on of my shots to promote it). The opening night was a good laugh - having a bit of a drink and meet quite a few people I only knew from Twitter.
And obviously all the shots looked amazing!
You can read Wex Photographic blog post on the winners here, And see all mine and Lees winning images