2011 in a nutshell - my blatant self promotion and thanks to all

posted on 7th of december, 2011

Well we are nearing the end of 2011, "it's not over yet" I hear you cry but for me the end of December is real busy so I thought I would write this very self promoting blog now.

As I write this I have just had my 900th image accepted by DT ( and my 901st )  

That's 537 accepted images this year resulting in 1225 sales so far in 2011 with an RPD of just under $2.

For me though this year has not been about the sales but more about working on the technical side of things. I'm lucky that I have a full time job so stock photography is something I can put time into when it's spare but I think it's a great place and community to learn and grow as a photographer. Due to DT having very high standards ( most the time ) in what is accepted I think that it can really help you become a much better photographer all round. When I started out in 2009 and crashed and burned because my only real experience in photography was on Facebook with friends and family telling me I was great. Well DT soon taught me otherwise and I felt like a real   .

After a year off I got more to grips with it and 2011 has resulted in the above but for me more importantly an image being purchased from Dreamstime and used in a National Geographic news article in November 2011     and also collecting a photography award from HRH the Prince of Wales AKA Prince Charles at St Jame's Palace, London for a winning entry from over 20,000 entrants in the Great British Countryside Photograph of the year 2011. These are things that money can't buy and I'm very great full to DT and it's amazing community that helps and offers so much advice and time for people to learn and grow as photographers and I'm sure my small success's have been a direct result in my involvement with DT.

I hope everyone has a great December, Christmas for those who celebrate this and a very happy new year.

Comments (20)

Posted by Stacieawalker on May 09, 2012

I know this is not a new post, but I wanted to give you my feedback. You are doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work. You images look awesome!

Many Blessings,

Stacie W.
Posted by Lfmpereira on December 08, 2011
A merry christmas to you and a new year full of health, joy, and success. :)

Congratulations and dont forget that you also are an example (a good one) to many.

Keep it up. :)
Posted by Digitalvox on December 08, 2011
Congratulation! Keep going on, Brett. We have two things in common in your blog story - full time job and DT, :-) Well done and very special congratulation for your image in NatGeo Magazine!
Posted by BCritchley on December 08, 2011
Many many thanks everyone.
Posted by Melonstone on December 08, 2011
Congrats Brett - fab that your pic was used by NG and how exciting going to the palace! Well done, you've worked hard so you deserve it.
Posted by Lenutaidi on December 08, 2011
Congratulations!Have a great Christmas and New Year !!!All the best for you!!
Posted by Gbfoto on December 08, 2011
congratulations and well done Brett! I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year and that 2012 is even better for you!

Graham :O)
Posted by Egomezta on December 08, 2011
You are doing great, congratulations, I have the same feeling as you do about DT. Happy Holidays.
Posted by Adeliepenguin on December 08, 2011
I have been watching your portfolio grow through the year, and have been amazed:) Very nicely done!! I am also amazed that you managed 537 accepted images in one year with a full time job. Congratulations on your successes. I hope 2012 brings many more.
Posted by Dorvard on December 08, 2011
Happy New Year and good luck!
Posted by BCritchley on December 08, 2011
Thank you David, Clearvista, Xatil34 and Francesca :-)
Posted by Francy874 on December 08, 2011
Congratulations on your results Brett!!! I agree with you, Dremastime is a great community :-) Me too, I'm learning a lot in photography since I collaborate with my husband Nero67 :-)
Have a great Christmas to you too!!!
Bye, Francesca :-)
Posted by Clearvista on December 08, 2011
well done a great year full of great achievements for you. :)
Posted by Xatil34 on December 08, 2011
Posted by Davidwatmough on December 08, 2011
I told my children to read your blog.................... if they dont believe me they must believe you about the transforming aspect of photography........ that is it changes your life and your view of the world. David.
Posted by BCritchley on December 08, 2011
Many thanks.
Posted by BCritchley on December 08, 2011
Many thanks.
Posted by Nero67 on December 08, 2011
I am trying to learn in photography and I must say that your words are true.Congratulations for your achievements and your portfolio,you're a great photographer.Ciao, Francesco.
Posted by smartview27 on December 08, 2011
Beautiful baby and photos !
Posted by Gmargittai on December 07, 2011
I am happy when other amateurs like me feel happy and grateful for the opportunity to practice their hobby with a bit more purpose than "Facebook and friends".
Wish I could get close to your results. I only got 155 photos accepted this year and sold 426. But I am happy with what I got and hope for better.
Wish you a happy new year and many more uploads and sales.

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I am one of the remote editors for Dreamstime. Multi-international award winning photographer based in the UK. Major awards and credits: The Official Eurofighter International Aviation photographer of the year 2015, 1st place, best digitally enhanced image. The Official Eurofighter International Aviation photographer of the year 2014 2nd place win. International award winner at the Royal Horticultural Society's photography awards 2013, 1st place in Seasons and 3rd place in the wildlife category. May/June 2013 Dreamstime assignment 2nd place winner "Security and protection... [Read more]

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