Support Kyle’s work by voting for his photo in this prestigious competition
A few weeks ago, I shared the amazing news that I had been named a finalist in the 2020 Travel Photographer of the Year competition. One of the world’s most prestigious photography awards, TPOTY holds a special place in my heart, as their awarding me a prize for my reflective alligator photo in 2016 helped pave the way for my career change to become a full-time professional photographer that same year.
One of my series of four shortlisted images, this striking photo of talented professional ballerina Izabella Duran-Soriano, was also selected as a candidate for TPOTY’s People’s Choice Award. Only about 100 of more than 25,000 entries were chosen as candidates for this special award, which is separate from the regular juried competition still in process.
Please take a moment to visit the People’s Choice voting page and consider casting your vote for my photo! It is Photo #29, featuring a masked Bella leaping in a romantic tutu.
This is a travel photography forum, and I don’t usually like to go off-topic. But for today only, I am going to digress and direct a gentle, friendly reminder to my fellow Americans: Please vote today!
The stakes have never been higher. Every vote counts. That’s true even for those of us who live in states where the outcome of the presidential race is virtually certain. It’s important to stand up and be counted. And there are many down-ballot races and ballot measures that are extremely important and whose outcome is not at all determined yet.
As travelers and photographers, we are united by a yearning to explore and understand the world, and by a passion for sharing and advocating for what we learn during our travels. I’ve traveled in many nations where the right to vote in free and fair elections is just a distant dream. For those of us fortunate enough to have the right to choose our leaders, it is not an option to sit by and leave the selection to others.
Voting is the most serious obligation most of us are called to perform regularly in a democratic society. Please get out there are vote today, if you have not already done so. Thank you! No matter how you have to get there, go to the polls and vote today!