I'm living proof you don't need the 10 years experience and $000's of equipment to get published. The Nature Conservancy of Canada selected one of my shots for their annual "holiday" card. It was a donation (as are all my shots to their organization, should they wish to use them).
The photo was taken within 60 days of purchasing my D80 (my first digital SLR).
So all you beginners out there. Show up and shoot!
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