Your First Photo Contest Guide

Posted on December 19, 2008. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , , |

Every time people join in a photo contest their goal is immediately focused at winning. That’s quite a fact and in order to steal the photography contest, you must use every trick on your sleeve to impress the crowd and of course the judges.

Every photography contest has its own rule. You must first  understand them and carefully examine the technical aspects before beginning to implement your strategy. You must impress the judges with something unusual. Try to come up with a composition that will exhibit your style, something that has not been done before in any picture contest. That sounds rather ambitious, but to be able to pull a stunt like that will be a sure win.

Every photo competition has their specific rules and in some cases additional or special rules are added on the existing ones. Even a good photographer could sometimes fail to satisfy the specific details the judges expect to see in a photo contest. Trying to know those specifics is not bothersome but the explanations can be confusing for new comers.

Here are some crucial factors that you should remember in photo competitions:

CategoryPicture contests offers a variety of categories to choose from, landscape photography, like wildlife, children, boats, underwater, self portraits, trees, birds, flowers, nature photography, people and many others. Pick one that interest you most and focus on improving your skills on that category.

Research – After choosing the right category that will suit you, do some research and find out what techniques are used on images that have been successful in the past photography contests.

Criteria – Find out the criteria that is required for taking part in a certain contest and see if you qualify for the same. Also ensure that the terms on the fine print seem agreeable to you, only then take part in the contest. Finally, you must also be aware of the fees that you have to submit for entering the contest.

Instructions – All too often, people hoping to win photo contests fail to read the contest instructions. They assume that any photo will do as long as the photographer deems it good. Judges look for many other qualities that you must learn. While the instructions might be a bit confusing, it’s best to read them.

There are many other basic guidelines for starters who are planning to participate on photo contests. These are some but like I said a good research and solid fundamentals are the key to be competitive in this line of contest.

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