This year I decided to join the MPA to try something different. And as a member thought it would be a good idea to enter their annual competition to see where I stand. I chose 9 of my favourite images from the past year. 8 of them made it to the second stage which involved submitting a printed version for a panel of 5 judges to assess and score. Anything scoring over 80 (out of 100) earned a merit and is considered for the top awards which will be announced at their awards ceremony on October 18th. I've just been informed that all 8 that made it to this second stage of judging have scored over 80, earning merits and are now in the running for the top awards. Everything is now crossed in hopes I earn another award this year. Something to look forward to heading into winter. I am so excited. The following images are the 8 that made it through.