After I was lucky enough to win the Smile Photography Competition at Meadow Mews last year (with a really random photo that I didn't enter till the last minute!), I thought I would enter it again this year - just for a bit of fun. Last year I won a digital camera package which included a digital camera and photo printer. I hardly ever use it as I love my SLR, but it's nice having a spare camera for those times when I don't want to lug my big camera around.
This year I entered about 15 photos - all of the boys doing different things, but of course most of them were of Kobe as he is good for taking cute photos. Today I got a phone call from the lady at Meadow Mews saying that one of my photos was selected as a finalist! I couldn't believe it as I really thought last year was just good luck and didn't think I would have a chance of getting into the final this year.
The photo they selected is one of Kobe that I took in May when we were raking up the autumn leaves at the front of our house.
The woman told me that this year it is a 'people's choice' award, meaning that people have to vote for the winner. The winner of each centre wins a $600 digital camera package and is then in the national final and has a chance of winning $10,000. I'm not that keen on the local prize but I definitely wouldn't knock back $10,000!
The photos are displayed from next Thursday at Centro Meadow Mews for a couple of weeks. You can either vote at Meadow Mews or online. I would LOVE some help to win so I can be in the national final to win $10,000. I know I have no hope of winning it, but have already been dreaming about what I would do with $10,000 - only problem is that there are too many options - we could either put it towards the house deposit (still having NO luck finding any houses!! Grrr), go on a big spending spree and buy lots of things that we 'need' but don't want to waste the money on -like a new table and new couch, buy Noah a new wizz bang mattress for his bed (we priced one the other day and it cost more than a whole king sized ensemble!), buy a second car, get some plastic surgery and liposuction done, buy LOTS of chocolate (to undo all the benefits of the liposuction that was previously done!) , buy lots of cool new clothes, or go on a really great family holiday somewhere fun and warm :)
Who says money can't buy happiness!!!? ;)
If you don't want to vote for Kobe's photo (and why wouldn't you!!?) then you can always help out by voting for my friend Kylie who is also in the final - and was last year too!! Her photo of her cat is awesome. I will post more info about voting as soon as I find out.