Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, has declared that October 2017 will be Photography Month in an official decree that "commend[s] its observance to all citizens." That's right, if you live in North Carolina and you love taking pictures, you now have an official month to celebrate your wallet-crushing hobby.

The Photography Month designation was issued for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that October is when North Carolina hosts a number of photography-related festivals and fairs. But it goes beyond this.

In addition to its large number of photography events, the proclamation points out that photography "enriches the lives of those who practice and appreciate the art form," that the state's photographers, "take great pride in sharing their accomplishments in the areas of photographic art," and that the state, "recognizes those photographers who capture our diverse communities and landscapes."

Check out a full copy of the proclamation below: