WE'RE GOING TO NEW YORK! - xanthe berkeley
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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.

  • Meghan @ Life Refocused
    Posted at 19:36h, 01 December Reply

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

  • marina
    Posted at 15:56h, 25 November Reply

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

  • Leonie
    Posted at 07:15h, 25 November Reply

    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


  • tamar
    Posted at 22:43h, 24 November Reply

    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!

  • Denise Balyoz
    Posted at 17:20h, 23 November Reply

    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 :))
    Posted at 15:29h, 23 November Reply

    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

  • lisa
    Posted at 11:13h, 23 November Reply

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

  • Chelle
    Posted at 09:14h, 23 November Reply

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

  • Kirstin
    Posted at 06:41h, 23 November Reply

    Yay! Yay! Yay!

  • Liza
    Posted at 04:50h, 23 November Reply

    Congratulations!!! Things are really happening for you.

  • keli_h
    Posted at 01:35h, 23 November Reply

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

  • Paige B.
    Posted at 00:22h, 23 November Reply

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

  • erika
    Posted at 23:34h, 22 November Reply


  • tara
    Posted at 22:50h, 22 November Reply

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

  • Chiqui
    Posted at 22:34h, 22 November Reply

    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.

  • jodi
    Posted at 21:53h, 22 November Reply

    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. 😉

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:43h, 22 November Reply

    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!

  • kim klassen
    Posted at 21:16h, 22 November Reply

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

    sooo exciting… xo

  • Tammy Lee Bradley
    Posted at 20:11h, 22 November Reply

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

  • traceyclark
    Posted at 20:04h, 22 November Reply

    squeeeeee! you deserve it all my dear!

  • Irene
    Posted at 19:49h, 22 November Reply


  • Jade Sheldon
    Posted at 19:49h, 22 November Reply

    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.

  • pen
    Posted at 19:44h, 22 November Reply

    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

  • Maegan
    Posted at 19:42h, 22 November Reply

    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!)

  • isaida
    Posted at 19:36h, 22 November Reply


  • Corinna
    Posted at 19:27h, 22 November Reply

    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!

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