Friday, 28 July 2017

Competition Pointer: Can You Impress The Judges?


Competition Pointer: Can You Impress The Judges?

The trick to winning a photography competition is to impress the judges. How you do that is a little more complicated, but start by imagining you are one of the judges.

Think about what they do. They are presented with hundreds or maybe thousands of photographs. Each image is precious and important to its photographer, but unlike the photographer, as the judge they don't have the same emotional attachment.

Many people enter photographs of their children or loved ones, thinking they are the best images in the world. And they are. They are the best images for that person because there is a three way association between the subject, the photographer and the photograph.

However, for a judge who doesn't know either the subject or the photographer, that association is lost. All the judge can deal with is the image, not the personal associations.

Successful photographs will create an association with the viewer - and the judge. That association is created by choosing interesting or appealing subject matter, by capturing that subject matter with beautiful lighting or in an exotic location, by choosing an unusual camera angle, etc.

Successful photographs are usually different from what we are used to seeing. What do you have that is a little different to the norm?

The 2017 Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year Award is now on! Entries close on 15 August 2017 (late entries possible until 21 August) and first prize is a cool $5000 cash. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be handed out and every entry will receive a short comment or suggestion from the judging panel. For more information, visit
Banff, Canada 17 - 25 September 2017
South West USA 23 January - 2 February 2018
Amazing Bhutan 17 April - 5 May 2018
The Silk Road - The 3 'Stans' 21 May to 5 June 2019
Click here for details!
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