Ok it wasn't quite a million, but not far off!
This is a message to say thank you to an incredible amount of people. Two weeks ago i was challenged to find the best referees for my work. An amazing opportunity with Tourism Australia was the reward so i set out to see who would like my work and who would like it enough to share it. I shared one photo and asked if people like it, that they shared, liked or commented on it. My aim was to get 10,000 views and 100 comments on that photo.
Not only did i reach that target, i completely smashed it. Through your help i reached an incredible 331,287 views on Facebook alone. With other platforms like Twitter, Pinterest and 500px i could not keep track of how high it finally got. It got shared 438 times and liked 8,445 times. There was nearly 200 comments and the overwhelming response was positive. This is staggering to me and as the number continued to grow i grew confident that my submission to Tourism Australia would be one I'd be proud of.
You can check out the video that i submitted here. I'll add it here shortly and would love some feedback. This all happened in two weeks and with a full time job that can be pretty demanding at times i believe i created something that i can be proud of.
Will it all be enough to win? I honestly don't know. The competition seems pretty incredible too and i know they'll be submitted stunning work. The questions i prefer to answer right now is: Is it enough for me? Was what i submitted the best i could do? I can say with some ferocity that i am satisfied and i believe i did the best i possibly could. If that's not enough to get me through to the final 3 then i can live with that.
Not only did i have great support from the public, my family and friends helped me far more than i could ever deserve to ask. I love them all to death and hoped they'd be able to help in small ways, but they went completely above and beyond. Ideas i was hoping to do fell through and we thought of others. People asked their friends and pleaded with other people to help. It was an incredible feeling having a hoard of people fight for me and i am going to try my best to thank them all as best i can. They know who they are so i don't want to put all their names here. I'm bound to forget someone and that would kill me. To everyone though, thank you! If this is the end of this particular phase then what I've learnt through this has given me more than any job could possibly hope to.
I offered up a huge printed version of the photo i was sharing to say thanks to those that helped share it. I'm going to work through every single person, every like, every share, comment, Tweet, blog and retweet and choose someone. It will take some time so bear with me. I'll announce it as soon as i can!
I can already see that one prize is just not enough. I'm going to work on some other things that i can give to a few others that went above and beyond to help. I haven't got it all figured out but i hope it goes some way of saying thanks.
Thank you to everyone that helped me. This post can't begin to show how much i appreciate what you all did.