As a photo competition judge I occasionally get asked, "What do you look for?” In this article I will give you an idea. It is the first article in a series about ways to share your work.
I have always avoided putting myself in a position where I had to be judged by others or had to get praise or approval from others. If I knew it was good enough, that was what counted.
In the "old days" however, before self-publishing, the Internet and having an established name, that was a problem. You couldn't get a photo, an article or a book published without going via an editor. If you wanted to make and sell music you had to get approved by a record label.
In school you had to get the teachers approval that your work was good enough. I remember getting criticized for my writings in school till I was 17. But then when I went to business school, my teacher there was so enthusiastic about my writings that he read my work to the whole class.
Different viewpoints; different opinions.
But I always knew my own voice, myself.
Being the one judging others’ work
Participating in photo competitions is something that - naturally - never felt natural to me.
It can be tough training to edit your images down to a handful or just one to submit. It involves trying to understand other people’s images and how they are judged alongside yours.
I see some people who are really good in selecting images and submitting them to competitions. They have fun with it as if it’s a sport or a way to spice up one’s photography.
But how does one take that lighthearted stance and go about winning a photo competition?