Last fall a friend and I worked on a personal project. I knew I wanted to work with sports. Brittany is a great designer and we knew together we could make a great project. After a lot of researching and gathering inspiration we came up with the initial drafts. We wanted to show the motion and strength it takes to be a top athlete. Each pose shows off the sport at its peak moment. I reached out to a few fellow students to see if they wanted to be the athletes in the photos. They all were great and really made the project come together. After a night of photographing the athletes in the studio we got the final three images and edited them. I gave the final images to Brittany and she did the rest adding the lines and text to compliment the images. We both were really proud of how the posters came out. We knew they were good, but never imagined how far they would go. We entered them into the local american advertising awards and were excited to win gold. It moved up to the district competition and we won silver. The next level was the national competition against all the other student work across the country. A few weeks went by, and we finally got an email saying we won on the national level, but we did not know what awards. The national gala and ceremony was at the Disneyland hotel. They announced the professional awards and some of the best commercials and advertising were shown. It came time for the student winners. I saw my images come on the screen and they announced I won gold. I won gold for the photography and Brittany won silver for the design. Winning a gold award at a national level really surprised me. Out of 6,000 student entries in the country, the judges picked my photographs as the best. Getting recognized nationally is something I am extremely grateful for and I am so excited for the future. It was an incredible feeling seeing my work and name on the screen in the same room with some of the top advertising agencies. Watching the other winners just gave inspiration to keep working and perfecting my photography. Thank you to everyone who helped with this project!