19th March 2008
March 19, 2008

Dear Mr. McGann (Rowan Mark):

On behalf of Smithsonian magazine, I am pleased to inform you that you are one of the top ten finalists in the People category of our 5th annual amateur photo contest. Your photograph called Focus Is Everything was among more than 7,500 entries we received from all over the world.

On April 1, 2008, your photograph, along with those of the other 49 finalists, will appear for a limited time on Smithsonian magazineĀ¹s Web site at http://photocontest.smithsonianmag.com/v5/finalists/people3.html . It will also be considered for publication in an upcoming article on the contest in a summer 2008 issue of Smithsonian and for a photography exhibit, Eyes on the World:Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest, scheduled to appear in the Smithsonian Castle from July 2008 through January 2009.



Helen Starkweather
Senior Assistant Editor

My Acceptance speech:

Truth be told just being nominated is such an honour.....

Be Cool

Rowan Mark