We were flooded this year with entries to our photography competition. Over 400 images poured in from all over the state, the country, and some from around the world. We were delighted and just a little surprised. But what really got our attention was the quality of the work submitted. Beautiful sunsets, portraiture, carefully crafted conceptual work—it was all here, and to judge this we needed some serious help. Enter Nashville Arts contributing photographers Hunter Armistead and Jerry Atnip. Together they carefully looked at and discussed each image slowly and deliberately before making their final top ten choices. Each photograph was presented to the judges anonymously and without any technical explanation. They were judged purely on their photographic merit. You can see the winners on pages 28–32. Although I agreed with the judges wholeheartedly, there was one image that stood out to me as simply too good to ignore, so I picked it as the Editor’s Choice. It is by Sarah Taylor, a student at Watkins College, who also happened to win the judges’ top prize. Congratulations to her and to all who entered.
This last month has been an emotional roller coaster for many of us. If you were deeply disappointed, now would be a good time to buy some art and cheer yourself up. If you were delighted, now would also be a good time to buy some art and celebrate. Either way, you should buy more art.
Season’s greetings to all our readers.
Paul Polycarpou | Publisher