This award and art competition in Florida pretty much got me hooked on underwater photography. I got into the top 25 out of over 600 entries from all over. I was then awarded the Omar Cooper Award, for the outstanding high school artist which gives me a year internship with the artist and or organization of my choice.
It also gave me the chance to meet my mentors, part of the South Florida Underwater Photography Society (SFUPS). This then introduced me to my current amazing setup that I am using instead of my small point and shoot canon G-12, which was a great first camera but I love my new setup with my nikon d7000, with my state of the art underwater housing with dual strobes.