Today I found out that I had been shortlisted for the Wales Blog Awards, in the best photo blog category, for the Cardiff Arcades Project. Should I win the category, then I will also be put forward to win the Overall Best Blog.
I’m really flattered and honoured to be nominated for the award, let alone shortlisted. It’s fantastic that something like this exists in the first place. I know some people have differing opinions on the awards, but, you can’t really deny that it’s great to have something that showcases the hard work that people put into their blogs, usually all for the love of doing it – commercial blogs are discouraged from entering.
It looks like it’ll be a great evening on October 27th, when the winners will be announced, and I can’t wait to see who takes home some of the big prizes, such as Best Writing on a Blog, and Best Food and Drink blog – my personal favourite there is Pint of 45, so good luck boys.
However, with regards to my category, there is a fly in the ointment. While it is of course amazing to be shortlisted for a photo blog award, something I’m really passionate about, I am one of only two nominees, while every other category has three. And there were only 7 photo blogs nominated, of which I’m the only one to make it through to the shortlist, the other nominee was actually nominated for the uber popular “Lifestyle” category. This to me is nothing short of a travesty. I can think of several amazing photographers in Cardiff alone, I can only imagine what there is in the rest of Wales.
In the end, for best photo blog, it will be between me and a 13-year-old girl who maintains Circus Clouds. I wish I had the passion and enthusiasm (and the equipment ;-)) for photography when I was 13, so it’s wonderful to see her receive praise for what she’s doing. I reckon she’s one to watch in the future that one.
But, no disrespect to her, or to me I suppose, but surely we can’t be the only two photo bloggers in the whole of Wales worth celebrating?
I’m not entirely blaming the judges of course. I really, really, don’t envy their job of sifting through the apparent 200 entries to the blog awards this year. And hats off to them too for making changes from last year’s awards, both photo blog and food blog are new categories, along with the People’s Choice award. That said, it’s a shame the judges didn’t cast the net a bit wider than the public nominations that had been received for best photo blog after they saw how few entries there had been.
I’d have loved to see some of the great work that our city, and our country, produces in this category. It made me wonder why more people didn’t nominate great blogs, or nominate themselves. I’m not going to pretend that I nominated any, because I didn’t. I can’t really answer why, I guess it’s probably because I assumed that someone else would have done it, a crap excuse I know.
So, if the blog awards happen again next year, I’ll be making a conscious effort to nominate some of the fine blogs I know and love, and hope you will too. And, if you run your own blog, there’s nothing to stop you nominating yourself, getting shortlisted or winning this award would be great for anyone’s confidence/CV. But until then, thanks to whoever it was nominated me – looking forward to seeing what happens on the night.
Oh – and if you feel that way inclined, you can vote for me to win the People’s Choice Award. Good luck to all my fellow nominees (in all categories) – see you on October 27th!