Why joint or why not joint a photo competition
Are you also so frustrated never win an photo competition? don’t give up go for it if you think you take the best shot ever.
But really be honest after the winner is announced and you are not among the winners and it is not the first time you not the winner you are frustrated again.
I remember my first award a 5th price it was, I was 17 years old and the photo I made was with a classic kodak click camera which I got a few years before for my 14th birthday
The photo contest was organized by a local photo club in town, their were around 500 participants on the competition.
The second time I won an award was for a nationwide festival with more than 2000 participants and I got the first price and the price was a free flight ticket to a country of my choice.
Its almost impossible to win an award nowadays
One reason is the number of participants who join a photo contests and the hight quality of participant photographers.
(note: The organizers of the Sony World Photography Awards 2017, the world’s largest photography competition, have In total, 227,596 photographs were taken by photographers from 183 countries : (source WPO Sony)
Almost an impossible task for the jurors to stay objective I assume
Well I never won a Sony wpo photo award even not a honorable mention.
That doesn’t mean I stop trying every year again its free so always try and try again it also inspire you to upgrade your level as a photographer.
Be aware which photo contest you like to participate
Photo competitions can be lucrative business because if it is not for free most of the time and therefore their is a lot of rubbish on the market 20$ for a single picture 30$ for series to allow to join a contest is not an uncommon fee.
for example with an estimate of 40.000 participants which is not rare nowadays with a of fee $30 = 1.2 mln and with all photos which they can use freely according the contract its is a quite a capital
If you pay your fee your not only pay for the costs of the award organization will endure
you also pay for the winners money prices
You better find a free fee brand related photo contest organization like in my case is the wpo sony award and Nikon however its organized by the camera brand every camera can participate.
And if you wanna pay for a photo contest choose a prestigious serious one for example the PX3 Paris and the LUCIE award.
Probably I shoot more than 100.000s. Since I started as a photographer I don’t know I lost control over it. I also have a lot photos from the old school on Celluloid in my archive which I should digitalize but I have no time for it, or maybe if I am gone forever, somebody else who interested of my work and they will take care of it till the next generation.
I am personally not so good at bookkeeping my files very well. I put some on social media but all in low resolution. Because you never know who is going to missed use your work like people who have no respect for artistic property, but you like to have liked from the public. Well, you can find my work all over the internet just Googling my name: Frederik Enneman and you see a lot of my work which probably are illegally miss-used without my permission.
Yes… there are success stories about photographers with more than 10.000 till 100.000s followers and making money because of it. Their pages are attracting advertisers and paying them for advertising on their page.
Like the most of us are not that lucky it has to do with the first day you started show yourself on the internet, how often you see others nice picture than yours getting so many likes and you only a few. Don’t worry about it. It takes some time you have to build up your network, it may take time for a couple of years. Don’t give up. Anyway, let us talk about stock-photography.
Stock-photography is also where you can store your photos and earn some extra few bucks.
If you think you can make a living from it you got my blessing but the competition is killing the stock photography business. The shutter stock for example where I contribute my images has more than 200 mil images in their stock files. The chance that one of your images is chosen could be like winning the lottery.
However, it seems to be that there are success stories at least that is what the stock photo companies want you to believe. The stock photo companies will always have a hunger for new fresh photo’s from you to keep their business running. What they do is giving you hope because when you contribute for the first time you get a message that one of two of your images is sold and that you have earned 50 cents for each image. Which make you happy that somebody is interested in one your photos, peanuts of course but the time that you’re where properly paid for your photography are over.
But if you nevertheless against all opposition give it a try beware that the images you contribute must have the best quality, technical and artistic. Noise, unsharpness, too much underexposed, or over, or having a chromatic abbreviation or any other artifact problems like poor processed editing getting overlay grid on your image are not accepted. So, before to contribute expand your image to 100%-200% to be aware your image is sharp and have no dust and ensure whether you need an image release or property release form. Selling your images is all about quantity put all of your best photo’s to all the stock photo companies you know and spread your changes and grab as much as you can and make some extra income.
For example PicFair.com and 500px where I also contribute my pictures are maybe less strict for the quality and giving you more space to be creative in your way also they give you the chance to make your own price like PicFair does.
500px.com gives a price estimate on the 500px marketplace depending on the resolution of the image you contribute. Crowdpark.com mostly a website for citizens photojournalists can be worthwhile to check it out as well.
Thanks for reading this article I hope this article is worth reading, all comments are welcome especially from those who have other experiences with stock-photography.