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Dreaming BIG and working to make things happen has really changed my life since going to camp.

One of my biggest dreams has been to make it to New York…

So when I see a competition back in September on this fabulous photographer’s blog back in Sept, where the prize is a family trip to New York and all have to do is enter a family portrait (I’d just taken this family portrait) I thought why not?

So I enter that shot and then promptly forgot about it, thinking nobody actually ever wins these things…. (oh how wrong you are dear Xanthe…)

As it happens you were supposed to get people to vote for your photo, I didn’t… as I forgot that part and never actually read the rules…. So the 100 most voted for shots were chosen to go in front of judging panel, including the wonderful Julia and they then choose 10 photos to be chosen by Steve McCurry, because the reason the trip is to New York is because Steve is going to photograph the chosen family.

And he chose us…. in this shot.

These kinda things never happen to me but…… We’re going to NEW YORK at the end of Dec for New Year’s Eve, hooray!!!! And we’ll be photographed by the incredible Steve McCurry who has photographed families all over the world.

This just goes to show…. dreams can come true….  there are real winners to these competitions, and it’s so worth entering…. coz you just never know…

Somebody pinch me….

I hope you’re dreaming BIG out there… go make them happen.

Written by xanthe

November 22nd, 2011 at 7:04 pm

  • http://www.meghandavidson.com/ Meghan @ Life Refocused

    Congratulatios, Xanthe!!! So happy for you and makes me know that dreams do come true. xoxo

  • marina

    congratulations!!!! you do deserve it, Xanthe, this portrait is amazing!!!
    enjoy your time in NY and meeting SteveMcCurry!!! wow, what an awesome prize!!!!!

  • http://blog.verdandi.co.nz Leonie

    WOW! So excited for you. Congratulations Xanthe. You totally deserve it, those images from the day are amazing!

    You are going to have the best time. I just know it


  • http://www.colourofpomegranates.com tamar

    congratulations Xanthe! NY is one of my favourite places and you will love it especially during the festive season. love the portrait. yes dreams can come true. keep dreaming as will I!

  • http://www.theukmama.com Denise Balyoz

    oh Xanthe! what a wonderful, inspirational story. I’m thrilled for you. New York is WONDERFUL during the holidays…and a chance to be in front of STeve…WOW. Do tell us the story please?? xxo

  • the whitings from izmirrrr :))

    Congratulations love… What an amazing shot! What a beautiful family. So nice to hear that u won… Soooo there is justice out there as this picture is one of the most stunnig pictures I’ve seen… Have fun in NY :) )Dom,Pelin,Emre xxx

  • http://www.lisajane-photography.com lisa

    Wow! How exciting. I am so happy for you.

  • http://www.magnetisedbylife.com Chelle

    Wow Xanthe congratulations, how exciting!!! So happy for you & your family :)

  • Kirstin

    Yay! Yay! Yay!

  • http://www.lizabeeandcompany.com Liza

    Congratulations!!! Things are really happening for you.

  • http://www.kidnappedbysuburbia.com keli_h

    oh my gosh, WOW!! so amazing!!! congratulations!

  • http://www.paigebphotography.com Paige B.

    That is awesome news. That photo is breathtaking, so it is well deserved.

  • http://www.erikarayphotography.com erika


  • http://tarawanders.com tara

    sooo exciting! i love it and am so happy for you and your beautiful family.

  • http://www.katshots.com Chiqui

    Xanthegirl!!! CONGRATULATIONS.

    Of course, of COURSE you’d win, my dearest! It was just a matter of time with your big talent and your magic-making ‘eye’.

    WooooohooooooYOU. Have a blast in NY and I’m so excited to see the other photos that’ll come out of this dream-come-true!

    Humungous Hugs from the Azimis.OXOXO.

  • http://www.jodimckee.com jodi

    hooray!!!!!! so excited for you!

    i would say let’s meet up for tea, but i’m probably going to be house bound with a newborn. ;)

  • http://lolas-sweetlife.blogspot.com/ Laura

    Oh, so wonderful…while I’ve never been I hear the NYC at the holidays is amazing…I’m sure you all have a most fabulous trip!

  • http://kimklassen.com kim klassen

    i could not BE HAPPIER for you!!
    i’m in love with this photo….and YOU…. and your beautiful family too…

    sooo exciting… xo

  • http://www.blissandfolly.com Tammy Lee Bradley

    I have goosebumps from head to toe. So delighted for you. xoxoxo tam

  • http://www.traceyclark.com traceyclark

    squeeeeee! you deserve it all my dear!

  • Irene


  • http://jademsheldonphotography.com Jade Sheldon

    Wow, wow, wow!! What a wonderful Christmas gift! I am beyond thrilled for you and your family. New York really is a fun place. I can’t wait to get back someday.

  • http://www.mckinley-rodgers.com/blog pen

    OMG!!! Congratulations! Couldn’t have happened to a lovelier more deserving person/family. And the winning photograph. Totally deserves a trip to NYC! Yipppeeee!!! So happy for you xxx

  • http://madelinebea.com/blog Maegan

    Xanthe…that is wonderful!!!! Congratulations!!! You most certainly deserve this amazing honor! (btw…I’m 2.5 short hours away from NYC and I would totally come and see you while you’re there!)

  • http://mami-dearest.blogspot.com/ isaida


  • http://www.birdwannawhistle.com Corinna

    Congratulations Xanthe! It’s a captivating shot and I can completely understand why you won. Meanwhile, have an amazing trip! NYC at the holidays is so beautiful!