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Many photos are ruined by busy or inappropriate backgrounds. Sometimes by changing your camera position or moving your subject you can frame your subject against a better background that makes a much stronger photograph. And this is something judges are keenly aware of! 

When looking through your viewfinder, look at all the elements as shapes and lines, rather than what they really are. How do these shapes and lines interact? Can you keep the shapes and lines of your subject separate from the shapes and lines elsewhere? One way to make the shapes and lines of your background disappear is to focus on your subject and throw the background out of focus. Or in a landscape, maybe you need a higher vantage point to remove the horizon if it is distracting, or get down really low so you just have the sky as the background. Or shoot on a misty day when the background is obscured. 

Of course, by the time you're looking for photos to enter, you've already shot your photo. So, what can you do about the background then? When editing your photos, can you darken the background or desaturate the colour so it is less distracting?

The background is not as important as your subject, but it can ruin an otherwise wonderful subject if it is not kept under control. And the same applies to all photography, whether you're entering a photo competition or not!

The 2018 Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year Award is now on! Entries close on 31 October 2018 and there is $17,000 in cash and prizes available. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be handed out and every entry will receive a short comment or suggestion from the judging panel.

Check out our e-book on How To Win Photo Competitions on our Better Photography Education website - you can find it here.

And, of course, you can enter our current Better Photography Photo of the Year Competition. Entries close 31 October and details are here.

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