Back in 1985, I entered my first NC State Fair Photography competition. I captured a first place blue ribbon for a photograph of the old mail boat out at Ocracoke. I entered again the next couple of years, but photography was judged against fine art instead of separately, so I stopped entering. Last year I joined the fray again and took a first place ribbon. Feeling the need to support the fair competition again this year, I entered this image taken out at the Jim Hunt complex last year. To my amazement it captured this years blue ribbon. Two years in a row. As my art teacher will undoubtably say next week..."That ain't too shabby!"
Worked as a photographer in Raleigh for over 30 years in various capacities from news photojournalism and sports photography in the 80's to corporate annual report and advertising into the 2000's. Simon has produced greeting cards which have sold over 3 million copies and counting.