How to have good chances of winning photography contests

Posted on August 7, 2008. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , , |

The most definite number one tip for successfully entering a photography contest is follow all the contest regulations. Every photography contest has their own set of specific rules. Some rules may not actually have some sense but believe me, judges always put into account the proper implementation of it. Follow them and you will be a few steps ahead of others.

I would like to share some of my new experiences and hopefully inspire you guys to enter some of your top compositions in photo contests in the future. Joining photo contests is exciting and fun and more likely irritating. Once you have submitted your entries all you can do is hope and pray because at that point you have no control over what will happen. All the hard work that took you weeks to accomplish will be subjected to the taste of the judges.

Another thing to consider upon joining photo contests is choosing the category which will perfectly display your expertise. Picking the right category gives you more confidence and you can stay more focus because somehow you feel comfortable. Another wise approach is anticipate which among the categories will have the most and least numbers of participants. Trying your luck in a category with less entries will give you more possibility of winning than choosing categories with more than 1000 entries. A picture contest category with less than 100 entries may only have one entry worthy to be chosen as the winner and judges will have an easy pick. And if the picture contest rules allows participants submitting multiple entries per category then try submitting three entries. This way, each one will get individual notice as opposed to three similar photos that compete with and diminish attention from one another.

Lastly, if you have 3 equally good photos I recommend that you submit all of them by all means possible. What I mean is that you should not feel compelled to enter the maximum number of photos allowed in every category of a photo competition. Remember to submit only your very best photos and don’t ever submit your best photos with mediocre images.

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