Much to my surprise, I am officially an award-winning photographer! I won two blue ribbons at the Central States Fair in the Open Class Division 15 (Photography) Adult Amateur class (Class A). The photographs are in two different categories (lots) within the division.
Thank you to the judges at the fair, the very helpful staff at Michael’s, the Black Hills Astronomical Society for the trip on which I took the first photograph, and the Dept. of Energy (and thus you the taxpayer) for funding my trip to a conference in Prague on which I took the second photograph. Most importantly, thank you to God for all of the blessings and gifts that allowed me to achieve this and to my wife for her patient help and advice in mounting them.