Every year, the Tourism Organization for the City of Daejeon hosts a competition, giving away a lot of money in cash prizes. How much do you ask? About 12,000 dollars are given out, with the most – $2,000 given to the Overall Winner. 3 Gold place winners walk away with $1,000 each. A special prize is also given out with the winning amount of $1,000. 3 people receive Silver prize of $500. Bronze, on the other hand is shared among 5 different winners and $300 each is awarded. Lastly, the smallest prize, but the most – 30 people – are awarded with $100 each.
A ceremony for the winners takes place in City Hall’s exhibition gallery, where their works are framed and displayed for anyone to observe. Food and drinks are also served at the ceremony and anyone is able to attend to support or congratulate the winners.
I have been participating in this competition for the past three years. Two years ago, I felt very proud to have placed among the honorary mentions (the smallest prize). Last year was not as lucky as I didn’t even place with the five images that I’ve submitted.
To keep the suspense around it’s winners, the organization sent me a message inviting me to the ceremony. While not stating exactly which prizes I’ve won, one’s mind certainly races as to which monetary prize will be mine, and of course the honor of the award (haha).
I was awarded the Honorary Mention AS WELL AS the Bronze Place. Whoo hoo! Not too shabby! The most I’ve ever won and the most I’ve ever won in a photography-related event. Alright!
Here are a few images from the ceremony.
Each participant (alongside the most anticipated monetary prize) received a certificate and a rose. Overall through Bronze placed winners got to enjoy a velvet-covered folder, while those of Honorary Mention winners are standard (I got both, so I can see the difference haha). A booklet of all the images and prizes is also available for any participant of the gallery.
Thank you to my support system (husband and husband’s friends) for keeping my nerves down as I was anxiously curious as to which prizes will await me at the ceremony.
In case you’re curious, here is a closer look at the image, which received Honorary Mention Prize.
And this one got Bronze!
I received a lot of comments on the last image, stating that it looks more like a painting than a photograph. I absolutely agree and can’t wait to see them both hang in public places in Daejeon.
Taken at Daejeon’s National Cemetery in November of this year. This pond is shaped like Korea and is a very common photography destination during all seasons as it can look drastically different during each.