I rarely enter photography contests, but late in 2019 I did enter two. I got honorable mentions in both, which is better than nothing, but it’s also not as good as an actual prize. I suppose honorable mentions are how photography contests encourage people to keep sending in entry fees. On the other hand, I can honestly say that all the other images that were honorably mentioned were really good, so at least I was in good company. Top, honorable mention #1, an all-American bubble created in the Susquehanna River town of Selinsgrove, PA, which was selected in the “Street, Professional” category in the Monochrome Photography Awards. Below, #2, a misty morning on Lake Iroquois in Williston, VT, in the Sports/Nature category of the mammoth International Photography Awards. Click here for some of the Monochrome winners. And here for some of the IPA winners.