I can’t believe it has now been another year. Another year down. More adventures, more trips & just plain epic times. It is the one thing that I love most about this career. I have NO idea what is coming in the future. Often as all freelancers feel, there is a huge feeling of unsurety about the future. Will I get hired for the next job? Will I be the one they call for xyz job? You can kill yourself with “what if”. The thing I’ve learnt is that if you let things happen, things happen. (Yes, thats right. I meant to say that.)
Every year around this time the South African Guild of Motor Journalists (SAGMJ) holds their very prestigious annual awards. Their goal is to showcase the hard work of those who work hard in the South African automotive sector. It spans across all forms of media: radio, print, online, web. It has grown significantly over the years to what it is today. The prizes are that much more sought after each year. I think the ‘competition’ becomes that much stiffer each year too! This is what the SAGMJ hopes to achieve: raise the level of automotive journalism (in all forms) in South Africa.
This brings me to a rather proud moment. For the 2nd consecutive year, I have won Automotive Photographer of The Year for 2013. Best Motoring Photographer of The Year was another one. I also won The Carlie Norval award for Best Photograph of The Year again. I wrote about who Carlie Norval was & why there is this award in last years blog post about this same topic.
I’m rather humbled to have won all the photography awards for the evening. These things are just very nice bonus’ to putting your head down & working hard for a year. Whenever it comes to these awards, I have a brief moment where I wonder if I’ll even have anything worth entering! Then I begin trawling through the previous 12 months worth of work & soon realise I have more work than I can even enter. A minor moment of self-reasurance when this happens. I breathe a sign of relief. It’s been another good year. I have my clients to thank for this. Without their support, I’d be a ship lost at sea.
Right now we’re in the dead of winter industry wise. Season is ahead. I’ve been secretly (or not so secret if you follow my instagram/twitter) working on a few projects which I feel is a fantastic new direction for me career wise. I’ll be sharing that with you all very soon. For now, thanks again for all the support you guys give me. The constant feedback & cheering from the sidelines. It goes a long way in helping me keep going. We’re all running as hard as we can towards something. That ‘something’ is different for all of us. But I don’t forget the extremely humble beginnings & the people who gave me their shoulders to stand on.
So this is me, Seagram Pearce, South African automotive photographer signing off for now.