It’s not the gear…
Just to show you don’t have to have the fanciest most expensive cameras to take an awesome photo:
This image won “Thumbs Up” on ViewBug in a Self Portrait contest. It was taken on an iPod while sitting in my car (parked, not driving!). I glanced in the rearview mirror and noticed the sun coming in the back window gave me this great rim light on my hair. I grabbed the only camera I had with me, my iPod, and clicked.
Now, it’s not the most prestigious award in the world, but I’m mostly pointing out that it’s the vision not the gear that creates something that not only you are proud of but others can appreciate as well. They didn’t know how this shot was taken, only that they liked the end result. That is what counts.