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How to win photo competitions (or not)

Discussion in 'AP Magazine Feedback & Suggestions' started by wozza, May 11, 2018.

  1. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Highlight 1: In a way, though, they're still "bad pictures". There are so many ways -- often cumulative -- that pictures can not quite be good enough that it would take forever to analyse what remain, ultimately, failures.

    Highlight 2: People whose own pictures are not very good -- be it technically or compositionally -- often can't see the flaws in others' pictures either. Two things are at work. First, a ropy picture will remind them of one of their own ropy pictures, so they'll vote for it. Second, even ropy pictures may be so much better than REALLY bad pictures -- poorly focused, ill-framed snapshots with dubious colour balance, for example -- that they are comparing them with the worst (including their own previous pictures), not the best.


  2. wozza

    wozza Active Member

    Oh God, don't get me started on Taylor Wessing. Emporer's new clothes and all that... ;)
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  3. wozza

    wozza Active Member

    Sure, but anyone going through the 800 or so images in APOY each month will spot some common mistakes/themes to be explored.
  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I did think of putting these in...
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  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

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  6. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Reminiscent of the The Little Book of Management Bollocks - just not as intelligent. :cool:
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  7. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Do they include the guff with their submission of do they make it up later?
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  8. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    You can write the guff when you submit digitally. I think the secret with this competition is to enter a series and write the most arty guff you can to go with it.
  9. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    "Nobody liked his pictures but his introduction was so good we gave him the first prize"? :confused:
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  10. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I like the third image, and while the other three are certainly good, they're not anything I would personally consider exceptional in terms of stand-alone photographs. I see plenty of more engaging portraits on Instagram / Flickr.

    Edit: I guess, specifically, for me there's nothing in any of them that grabs me as unique, stand-out, or worth hours of gazing.
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  11. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    At least they show a greater degree of actual humanity than previous years and don't look as if they could just as easily have been mannequins as people...

    By and large the justifications seem to be from a standard 'Mission Statement' how to guide, the possible exception of Mr Barstow who one suspects has fallen into the trap of believing his own (self)publicity...;)
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  12. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Does anybody still take the Taylor Wessing competition seriously?
    I suspect that even the entrants don't.
  13. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Does anyone take the BJP seriously - or RPS - or even the National Portrait Gallery? To me, they all seem pretty pedestrian and samey. I'm sure they all feel very important, to themselves, but to the rest of us plodders? I don't think so.
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  14. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera In the Stop Bath

    If you dont enter you cant win!.....I only read the BJP in the dentists or doctors waiting room, I go to the National Portrait Gallery when I visit London because I like looking at pictures and yes I take the RPS seriously I would say that though because I have been a member for a very long time, getting back to winning competitions you have to be so lucky if you ever win one...
  15. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    Or take an excellent shot that is appreciated by the judge(s)
  16. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera In the Stop Bath

    No you don't always have to take a excellent shot............
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    IvorCamera In the Stop Bath

  18. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Well, I've received notification that my selected picture has been left at the door of the venue of the exhibition in Tyler, Texas. I do hope it doesn't rain, although that would probably improve it!
  19. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera In the Stop Bath

    We have our fingers crossed for you Catriona.....
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  20. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    It’s not essential but it might well help
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