I was fortunate enough to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to attend the 2012 Photoshop World convention through my job at BlackBox Studios. Every day was filled with classes about Photoshop CS6, and an expo with photography gadgets / software with contest opportunities. The first day I heard about the Adobe photo contest, where every photographer at the convention could capture images at the Westcott Lighting booths to submit for this contest. There were three booths set up with different themes and models each day, swarmed with artists and their cameras. The rules were to submit your favorite photograph the day you captured it, upload it at the Adobe booth to retouch it, and submit it with your image title and information. On friday, September 07, I submitted my “Mad Scientist” image, in hopes to beat out hundreds of other photographers and win the new version of Photoshop CS6 and Lightroon 4. I was nervous all day and truthfully doubtful, anticipating the closing ceremony where the winners would be revealed. There was a winner picked for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday’s submissions. As they announced Friday’s Best Photo winner, I saw my image appear in front of me, projected in front of everyone who attended the convention. I have never had a more memorable experience and I will never forget how proud I was in that moment as I literally jumped up and down in excitement. I almost did not submit any of my work until my manager, Shane Baskin, helped me find the confidence to go for it. I will never hesitate in the future to put myself, or my artwork out there, because the potential reward is exceedingly gratifying.