I was excited to stumble across my name on a recently published list of '100 Landscape Photographers you should Follow' the other day (link here). It's always thrilling as a photographer to receive recognition for your work, and these days it is more and more difficult to stand out because there is just so much competition out there. It's not like the film days when one in a hundred people had a camera - today it would be difficult to go outside and meet someone who doesn't own a camera! Not only that, but it's everyone's dream to get paid to travel to the most beautiful locations on earth to take photos. So the competition is fierce out there!
I've done a lot of work trying to separate myself from the competition by taking unique photos that nobody else has (hence a lot of my night work) but even then it remains difficult to entirely pioneer a new realm in photography because once your images are released, everyone tries to mimic them and get similar shots. That's a great thing though - it means that people find inspiration from my photos and want to capture similar moments. That's just the nature of the game these days -- but it's awesome to be in the forefront and regarded as one of the best by many, which is why it was such a pleasant surprise to stumble across my name on that list :)