I entered this year’s Red Bull Illume contest and ironically enough, of the four photos I submitted, the one that made it to the semi-finals wasn’t even shot on my own camera. I was too lazy to bring mine along that day and Jeff Z was kind enough to let me borrow his. He’s the guy crouched down on the bottom left of the frame. If you have a minute, click his name and browse around his photo site because he’s literally one of the best BMX photographers on the planet. My roommate and riding buddy, Ryan Fudger, is high up on that list too. They both have multiple entries in the top 250 and each time I see their photos (whether it’s in some contest or not), I get more and more inspired to step up my game. They’re my go-to guys whenever I have photo questions and though I still have a long ways to go, I already feel like I’ve learned plenty. I don’t mean to get sentimental about this but it’s one of things I love most about living down here. I get an inspirational and educational experience I was never able to get when I was in school and best of all, the people who help make it possible are my friends.