Recently my local town of St Helens held an open art competition. You could enter pretty much anything you wanted. There were 6 category prizes (Portrait, Drawing, Landscape, Olympics, Mixed Media, Digital), 6 highly commended prizes and also your standard 1st, 2nd and 3rd Awards.
I only found out about the competition 2 days before the deadline so I quickly got to work. I took a photo of my dad and then did an A4 sized pencil portrait of him. Entry fee was £6.00. Although I was happy with the piece, I knew I had rushed it slightly because of the short notice. Also I was able to enter 2 pieces but with the short deadline there was no chance I would get them both finished.
On the opening night I decided to go and visit the gallery and see what the competition was like. I didnt realise the standard would be so high!! When I go home I had a letter waiting for me. It said that I need to go to the prize giving night because my drawing had won something (although no information was given away on what I had won).
After seeing the standard of work at the exhibition I pegged my expectations on getting a highly commended prize, as there were about 4 other pieces that could top me in the drawing category and 3 or 4 in the portrait category.
PRIZE NIGHT - My whole family turned up, and some friends who had seen the progress of my work through facebook. After an hour of browsing the art for a second time the prize giving began. First was the Highly Commended...and my name was NOT read out. I was in shock, and instantly thought they had made a mistake. Next were the Category winners. And each category winner duely deserved to win. Then it came to the Drawing Categoty Winner. Me!! "Steven Douras with the Portrait titled 'George'."
One of the best moments ive ever experienced. Never tyhought I would win it yet afterwards I had multiple people approach me to concratuate me and tell me it was well deserved. Still in shock about the whole thing. But it has given me the confidence and the drive to not only enter more competitions but also to push my art to the next level.