Winning is a Bonus
By Sheila Holzer, IACC Member
Entering a photograph in a competition is, for the most part, the result of a personal odyssey with that particular image and it is that journey which provides me with the sometimes frustrating, frequently satisfying, and, occasionally exhilarating, experience. Whether it is an idea I want to express visually, or an existing image I want to put a “frame” around and preserve, envisioning and executing the image is what ultimately yields the greatest satisfaction. Winning is a bonus.
Judges for our competitions do not have the luxury of lingering over an image to appreciate what is, perhaps, visual subtlety. As a result, images with “impact” are more apt to be winners: but are they necessarily the ones with the most depth? As well, contrary to what we are led to believe, judges respond to an image with a biased eye; it is human nature to do so. For these reasons I would urge those of you who also enter competitions not to take the judges selection too seriously. Another group of judges might well score your image differently.
You have taken the photograph for personal reasons and should not let another person’s opinion invalidate
If you choose to grow as a photographer, put effort into learning the basic rules of composition; then learn to break them. Learn to control your camera so your vision can be transferred. View, analyze and discuss the photographs of others. Read books and magazines. Persevere!
When you enter a photograph into a competition you are contributing to the well-being of the Club: you provide the other members with pleasure, with a new idea, and with a forum for discussion, thus contributing to their growth as photographers.
Winning is a bonus.
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