...finally over. After more than six months and 7,000 votes (wow), we have a winner.
Take a bow, Greg Noire. The floor is yours.
"Wow. I am literally amazed by all of this," he says. "My photography got me on this list, but my supporters definitely got me this win. Watching those votes go up was pretty overwhelming -- I didn't realize that there were so many people who enjoyed my work out there."
I mostly informed everyone via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter of the contest, and it was cool to see people from different cities and states reposting my images and demanding everyone go and vote Greg Noire as the best music photographer in Houston.
Over this past two years, I have really pushed myself to do more and to do better because I wasn't satisfied with what I was creating. I hit a brick wall and it was painfully obvious that change was needed.
I decided it was time to nurture my craft, and within this process of growth, redefining my style as well as re-branding my name was a necessity. It's a blessing to know that the fruits of my labor are finally beginning to harvest.
This contest has opened my eyes and showed me that people actually care about the content I'm pushing out and I am even more inspired to do more...way more. It's insane that my work was chosen over some of the greats that were listed in this contest.
I'm a huge fan of Todd Spoth and a recent admirer of Trish Badger's work, so to even be placed among the ranks of these amazing photographers as well as all of the others who were listed is such a tremendous honor.
Thanks to Houston Press for including me in this contest and a HUGE shoutout to everyone who voted me as Houston's best music photographer.
You all are amazing.
More with Greg on the next page.
When Rocks Off emailed Noire earlier this week, we asked him to send over some of his favorite images to run with our announcement. This is how he chose the photos you're looking at right now.
"The images I decided to attach are simply my favorite moments that I have photographed," he says. "I think that at the core, this it what makes music photography so enjoyable for me. Whether it be a slight pause from an emotional performer to gather oneself or exuberant crowds who are having the time if their lives, these moment are what I strive to capture."
Needless to say, Noire is welcome to shoot for Rocks Off anytime. We're pretty much at his disposal.
Congratulations to Greg one more time, and a big thank you to everyone who entered, the three judges who helped narrow down the finalists, and especially everyone who voted. We really didn't expect there to be so many. Hopefully we can do this again sometime.
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