I am proud to say one of my images won Manhattan Arts International recent competition, The Healing Power of Art, Art that Uplifts the Spirit. Over a thousand entries were submitted from all the continents! Receiving professional peer accolades is always nice, however this one was special for a couple of reasons. The topic, The Healing Power of Art is especially relevant as it’s what I try to do with my photography. Indeed, I rarely enter competitions but could not resist this one as the topic exemplified what I strive for. Thanks to my friend Michael Ellison, a great photographer, for turning me onto the contest. Special thanks to my wife Virginia for helping me submit the entries late one evening the night before they were due. We cut it close! The most important reason winning was important is because the image Manhattan Arts International selected is so near and dear to my heart. Can you pick the winner from the six I submitted? I’ll tell you at the end but see what you think.
And the winner is...no cheating – scroll down to see
Jennifer and Sarah it is! I took this years ago in the backroom of a Cafe we used to won (I paid off all my bad karma so we’re now out of the food and beverage business). Jennifer is the Orchid Lady in Savannah. She would brighten our Saturdays, and our customers by bringing Sarah along as she sold her exquisite orchids in our Cafe. The customers loved Sarah. She’s not supposed to be able to hear well, if at all, but she’d beam when she sensed our espresso machine hissing away! I’m always touched by the radiant love and joy they so freely and beautifully expressed. They are great friends.
Don’t feel bad if you selected another image. Renee Phillips, the founder of Manhattan Arts International said she had a tough time deciding which one to select. If your an artist, or even an art connoisseur, Manhattan Arts International is a great resource. Renee is a potent catalyst to help artists prosper both artistically and financially.