That's pro photographer and founder of PhotoCon Hawaii Ric Noyle on the right. Besides being a passionate photographer interested in highlighting local Hawaii talent, Ric is a gentleman who worked his ass off to put together this incredible event. To my surprise, I won first place in PhotoCon Hawaii's inaugural contest. It's a huge honor considering the talent involved both as entrants and as judges, including his son (and amazing photographer) Zak Noyle. It also made me feel so bad for not being able to attend the event because I was off in Los Angeles. (Sorry, Ric.) But Ric did say that PhotoCon Hawaii succeeded beyond his expectations.
Take a look at the contest results to check out some of the other local talent. There's a lot of impressive work there. I was fortunate to also get an honorable mention.