Happy New Year! So far things are starting off well for me, and I hope life is positive for you as well. I found out I won the National Press Photographer's Association's Mid-Atlantic Region Clip Photographer of the Year contest which really surprised me since I tend to shoot mainly features and sporting events due to my evening shifts. But though it was a shock, I am so thankful to receive many virtual "pats-on-the-back" from the association members, colleagues, mentors, friends and family. I have felt that the smallest of kind gestures, such as a simple "congratulations", really warms your heart and motivates you to make the most of each day despite the assignments you're given.