Tuscan Trees, Gold Award, 1995 Australian Professional Photography Awards. You can also read about this image in Peter's new book, The New Tradition. Details on the www.betterphotography.com website.
Each year, in an effort to encourage photographers 'to give it a go', I repeat a competition experience I had years ago: The most important award I ever received was coming second!
It was back in 1995 when I aspired to produce great photographs like Doug Spowart, Rob Imhoff, Ken Redpath and John Whitfield-King. Of course, I also admired the work of Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Irving Penn, but they were the international legends while Doug, Rob, Ken and John were the leading photographers in the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography).
And then at the end of the awards that year, I was standing on stage next to Tim Griffith who was the AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year. Was I bummed that I only came second? Hell, no! I was amazed that I was even on the same stage – that the judges put my photography in the same league.
However, even second place wasn’t the real prize, it was the gold and silver awards I earned for my four prints. Winning first or second is a preference made by the judges and there’s only one of each; while gold, silver and bronze awards are a standard and there is no limit to how many will be handed out. It’s not up to the judges, it’s up to the entrants to reach that standard.
So, if your work is good enough, it doesn't matter how many other photographers produce bronze, silver or gold awards. There are no limits to the number of awards presented if the quality is there.
We all love receiving likes and hearts on Facebook and Instagram, but how does your work stack up when viewed by the more experienced eyes of equally experienced judges? Earning a bronze award tells you that you’re on the right track, a silver award is a real mark of achievement. And a gold award – I wish I knew how to get more of them myself!
Entries into the 2020 Better Photography Photo of the Year Awards close on 22 August 2020, so there's still time to enter! How many bronze, silver and gold awards can you earn? For more details, visit www.betterphotographyphotocomp.com now!