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Sometimes as judges, we see subjects that are really small in the frame or hidden away. This is something that is easy to do because the human eye is very good at zooming in on what the brain is interested in. This is especially so when you look through the viewfinder of your camera and what appears to be quite large to you when taking the photograph can end up being relatively insignificant in the final image.

Get in close to your subject with your zoom lens (or just walk in closer) so it’s really obvious what the viewer is supposed to be looking at, or look at the images you have and crop them so the subject is more important. 

Of course, making your subject obvious doesn’t mean it has to be large in the frame – a car in the middle of a flat desert doesn’t need to be large to be obvious. However, a car on a busy city street will be lost with all the other cars unless you move in a bit closer with your zoom, or you crop the image during post-production. 

Cropping an image doesn't automatically make it better, but if cropping your image can remove distracting elements from the frame, then it's probably a good idea!

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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