2011 in a nutshell - my blatant self promotion and thanks to all

Well we are nearing the end of 2011, "it's not over yet" I hear you cry but for me the end of December is real busy so I thought I would write this very self promoting blog now.

As I write this I have just had my 900th image accepted by DT ( and my 901st )

That's 537 accepted images this year resulting in 1225 sales so far in 2011 with an RPD of just under $2.

For me though this year has not been about the sales but more about working on the technical side of things. I'm lucky that I have a full time job so stock photography is something I can put time into when it's spare but I think it's a great place and community to learn and grow as a photographer. Due to DT having very high standards ( most the time ) in what is accepted I think that it can really help you become a much better photographer all round. When I started out in 2009 and crashed and burned because my only real experience in photography was on Facebook with friends and family telling me I was great. Well DT soon taught me otherwise and I felt like a real

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After a year off I got more to grips with it and 2011 has resulted in the above but for me more importantly an image being purchased from Dreamstime and used in a National Geographic news article in November 2011

I hope everyone has a great December, Christmas for those who celebrate this and a very happy new year.

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May 09, 2012

Stacieawalker

BCritchley,

I know this is not a new post, but I wanted to give you my feedback. You are doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work. You images look awesome!

Many Blessings,

Stacie W.

December 08, 2011

Lfmpereira

A merry christmas to you and a new year full of health, joy, and success. :)

Congratulations and dont forget that you also are an example (a good one) to many.

Keep it up. :)

December 08, 2011

Digitalvox

Congratulation! Keep going on, Brett. We have two things in common in your blog story - full time job and DT, :-) Well done and very special congratulation for your image in NatGeo Magazine!
Cheers!

December 08, 2011

BCritchley

Many many thanks everyone.

December 08, 2011

Melonstone

Congrats Brett - fab that your pic was used by NG and how exciting going to the palace! Well done, you've worked hard so you deserve it.

December 08, 2011

Lenutaidi

Congratulations!Have a great Christmas and New Year !!!All the best for you!!

December 08, 2011

Gbfoto

congratulations and well done Brett! I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year and that 2012 is even better for you!

Graham :O)

December 08, 2011

Egomezta

You are doing great, congratulations, I have the same feeling as you do about DT. Happy Holidays.

December 08, 2011

Adeliepenguin

I have been watching your portfolio grow through the year, and have been amazed:) Very nicely done!! I am also amazed that you managed 537 accepted images in one year with a full time job. Congratulations on your successes. I hope 2012 brings many more.

December 08, 2011

Dorvard

Happy New Year and good luck!

December 08, 2011

BCritchley

Thank you David, Clearvista, Xatil34 and Francesca :-)

December 08, 2011

Francy874

Congratulations on your results Brett!!! I agree with you, Dremastime is a great community :-) Me too, I'm learning a lot in photography since I collaborate with my husband Nero67 :-)
Have a great Christmas to you too!!!
Bye, Francesca :-)

December 08, 2011

Clearvista

well done a great year full of great achievements for you. :)

December 08, 2011

Xatil34

Super!!!

December 08, 2011

Davidwatmough

I told my children to read your blog.................... if they dont believe me they must believe you about the transforming aspect of photography........ that is it changes your life and your view of the world. David.

December 08, 2011

BCritchley

Many thanks.

December 08, 2011

BCritchley

Many thanks.

December 08, 2011

Nero67

I am trying to learn in photography and I must say that your words are true.Congratulations for your achievements and your portfolio,you're a great photographer.Ciao, Francesco.

December 08, 2011

smartview27

Beautiful baby and photos !

December 07, 2011

Gmargittai

Congratulations,
I am happy when other amateurs like me feel happy and grateful for the opportunity to practice their hobby with a bit more purpose than "Facebook and friends".
Wish I could get close to your results. I only got 155 photos accepted this year and sold 426. But I am happy with what I got and hope for better.
Wish you a happy new year and many more uploads and sales.

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Photo credits: Brett Critchley, Johnmills12.