Piece description from the artist
Hot air balloons drift through the valley between the mountains and rise quicker in the early morning air. A rooster, a duck, and a sheep were the first hot air balloon passengers.
Mike DiRenzo is a retired 6th Grade English and Science teacher and he is the current President of the Photographic Federation of Long Island which is the governing body for 21 camera clubs in the New York Metro Area including Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. Mike is also the former President of the 120 member "Huntington Camera Club":http://www.huntingtoncameraclub.org/ in Huntington, New York. He has six times been the winner of the Leonard Victor Award from the "Photographic Federation of Long Island":http://www.pflionline.com/. In 2009 the "Photographic Society of America":http://psa-photo.org/ awarded Mike a Gold Medal in their Annual International Club competition. He also won the first place award in the PSA 2010 International Travel Photo competition and third place in the PSA's Photo Travel competition in 2013 and first place in the PSA's 2013 Creative Imaging Division.
"Best in Show" 2014 St. Joseph's Hospital Annual Photography Competition (Scenic)
"Grand Prize" 2014 St. Joseph's Hospital Annual Photography competition (Black and White)
"Best in Show runner-up" 2014 Gurwin Center Annual Photography Competition
"Grand Prize" 2014 Gurwin Center Annual Photography Competition (Animals)
Mike has had his work featured on the websites of "Popular Photography":http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/friday-sep-24 as well as "Outdoor Photographer Magazine's":http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/.
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