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Competition Pointer: Common or Uncommon Subjects?

 

What type of photographs impress the judges? That depends on who the judges are, what the judges do, and where they live and travel.

 

A few years ago I was showing two audio visual presentations. One depicted the hill towns of Italy and France; the other concentrated on outback Australia.

 

When I showed the presentations to Australian audiences, they loved the Italian hill towns. In comparison, when I showed the presentations to an audience in Italy, they loved the Australian outback best.

 

Judges are the same. Photographs of unusual or special subjects which are not generally seen generally will have more appeal than the commonplace. This is human nature.

 

Of course, something that is unusual for you may be common for the judge - and you simply can't know everything about the judge. Similarly, a photograph of the commonplace presented in a different or special way can astound the judge simply because it is so common.

 

Confused? When you're looking through your photographs to enter, if you have a choice between two images, pick the one that has a point of difference. An African nature shot will probably outscore an Australian one because we have Australian judges. On the other hand, if the Australian shot is simply perfect, it won't matter where it was taken.

 

The 2017 Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year Award is now on! Entries close on 15 August 2017 (late entries possible until 21 August) and first prize is a cool $5000 cash. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be handed out and every entry will receive a short comment or suggestion from the judging panel. For more information, visit www.betterphotographyphotocomp.com.

Peter Eastway Uses

Peter Uses
AIPP

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