One of the questions aspiring photographers ask the most is how they can start getting their work noticed. Something that is important to understand is that photography is hard. It is exciting work and I am grateful everyday to be doing what I’m doing, but it has been a long road, full of failure and rejection and without a question, getting your work noticed will be hard. Today, I am proud to be a judge of “The BigPicture Photography Competition” and I am excited to see the work of established photographers as well as new talent. This competition is open to all photographers worldwide; enthusiasts and professionals alike. It is a great way to show off both your courage and your skill. BigPicture calls on photographers to contribute their work to this competition that both celebrates and illustrates the rich diversity of life, as well as inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery. $12,000 in cash prizes are awarded and winning images are exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. BigPicture is accepting entries until March 1. Learn more at www.bigpicturecompetition.org.