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.