Always with a sense of hope and optimism do I press the send button for an entry to a competition. This year I was fortunate enough to receive to an ‘Honorable Mention’ for two images both from the Brutalist project. This is a novel experience for me and the boost to my morale and productivity seriously out weigh the ‘disappointment factor’ of never hearing from them again. I teach photography part-time and one thing that I consistently tell my students is that hard work and determination are more important than natural ability. It is true not just in photography but a general lesson in life.