I am a housewife and hobbyist photographer in my 60's. I have enjoyed photography for as long as I can remember but somehow thought a SLR was for pros. In my early 30's a friend encouraged me to purchase a SLR so in 1983 I bought my first SLR, the Canon A-1 and a few lenses. I've been hooked ever since.
I have learned much of what I know about photography from library books and BetterPhoto.com. I had never even heard of the "rule of thirds" before joining and entering the contest here. I've been entering since 2004 and have met many great people on this site who have been both gracious in their encouragement and helpful in learning new techniques. To me a sincere compliment is worth more than an Editor's Pick.