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4 Categories To Win!

We have four popular categories with a first prize of $750 each. Choose from Emotive Portraits, Classic Landscapes, Exotic Travel and Revealing Nature.

Richard Tonkin 2021 Overall Winner and Classic Landscape Category Winner (detail)

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Gold, Silver or Bronze?

Our competition is designed to encourage you. Bronze indicates potential in your entry. Silver means you truly have reached professional standard. And Gold has really impressed all three of the judges!

Pedro Jacque Krebs Revealing Nature 2021 Category Winner (detail)

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3 Expert Judges

The only competition where all the judges are AIPP Grand Masters of Photography who have judged around the world in both professional and enthusiast competitions.

Andi Abdul Halil Emotive Portraiture 2021 Category Winner (detail)

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$20 Entry & Every 5th Free!

The competition costs just AUS $20 (around US $15) each entry and for every four entries, you receive a fifth entry for free. Plus you receive a score and a comment as well!

Graeme Gordon Exotic Travel 2021 Category Winner (detail)

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A Learning Experience

Every entry receives a short comment about how their photograph has gone and how the judges think it could be improved. Many photographers enter just for the feedback!

Polly Fenton 2019 Photo of the Year

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$2000 OVERALL FIRST PRIZE

There are four $750 category prizes and one overall $2000 first prize. While the prize money is helpful, it's the award and the recognition that entrants relish the most!

Victoria McDonald 2018 Photo of the Year

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Sandisk's Portable SSD

My recent workshops to Svalbard and then to New Zealand taught me a salutary lesson about taking sufficient storage space. Originally, I was going to Svalbard for 20 days, then back home before visiting Middlehurst in New Zealand for a fortnight or so. With the SAS pilot strike in Norway, I spent another 10 days in Svalbard before flying directly to Middlehurst. Storage was going to be an issue!

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Fujifilm's X-H2s On Review

Now, I might have my chronology a little out of kilter, but I reckon Sony and Canon wildlife photographers have had a leg up on Nikon and Fujifilm shooters for a year or so because of their subject-based autofocus. However, the scales have evened out and Nikon now offers deep learning for subject autofocus and Fujifilm's X-H2s has also hits the ground running with its subject detection system for animals, birds, automobiles, motorcycles and bikes, airplanes and trains.

I've been playing with the X-H2s for the past few days and I have to say I'm very impressed.

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Canson @ Middlehurst Photography Experience

Tony Hewitt and I discuss what we call our Middlehurst event - is it an art photography workshop, a retreat, an experience or an adventure? Pick your descriptor - in many ways, they all apply.

However, one of the things Tony and I agree on completely is the paper we choose to print our work on - Canson. Okay, so we're both Canson ambassadors and Rob Gatto from Kayell helps our groups out with some paper each year at Middlehurst - but Tony and I could use any paper we wanted to. Certainly we try new papers from time to time, but it's always Canson we return to. And while I have my favourites, I think that favourite is in the process of changing.

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How do you make better photographs?
How do you create photos other people admire?
Read how with our three essential ingredients.
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The Three Essentials
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GREAT IDEAS
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PHOTO EDITING
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A Mentor

First, we need a source of ideas. All the equipment in the world will get us nowhere without ideas. Ideas are our energy source. Ideas make great photographs.

Second, we need to embrace photo editing. Learning selective editing is the key to creating photographs that you'll be proud of and that others respond to.

Third, we need a mentor. The most famous artists and photographers in the world all benefitted from advice. Yes, photography is an individual pursuit, but how do you know if  what you're doing is any good? Only a mentor can give you this essential feedback.

1. We're Full of Ideas!

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Better Photography Magazine and its annual Photo of the Year awards provides all this to its members - ideas, skills and feedback.

Maybe you're tired of Google and YouTube, aimlessly looking around for what you're not quite sure? Or perhaps Facebook and Instagram are leaving you confused about what makes a good photograph and how to create it?

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One of the problems with so much to choose from is knowing what to choose. That's where a quarterly magazine like Better Photography can really help because it suggests ideas and techniques you might never think of trying on your own.

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Here's How It Works!

Recently, I was reading an article by Better Photography contributor Nick Melidonis. Nick was writing about a Photoshop plugin called Shape, which at the end of your editing process can give your photographs some wonderful life and sparkle.

I might be the editor, but I'm also a magazine reader! I immediately followed the link Nick provided, purchased Shape and today it is a regular part of my workflow.

My photos look better because of it, but without the article in Better Photography magazine, without the 'idea' from Nick, I would never have found it. And I would never have searched for it on Google because it wasn't anywhere on my radar.

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Click on the menu image here to visit Shape's website if you'd like to investigate it yourself.

Now, don't get me wrong. I use Google and YouTube, but the extra value of carefully selected content in a quarterly magazine like Better Photography shouldn't be overlooked.

You only need one idea from each magazine to make the subscription worthwhile. And there are thousands of ideas tucked away in the Better Photography magazine archives, available to download for all subscribers.

Chances are you've recently bought a new camera or lens, or perhaps it's a monitor or a processing app, but what did they do for you on their own? The ONLY reason equipment and techniques are useful is because of the ideas you use as a photographer - and that's what Better Photography provides.

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IDEAS
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The secret to great photography isn't in new equipment, it's in your ideas - and you'll find tons of ideas and inspiration in a subscription to Better Photography magazine.

2. Selective Editing

Selective editing is the single most important skill a photographer can learn today. It lets you express and refine your ideas.

'Global' editing is what our cameras do. When they take a photograph, everything within the frame receives the same global settings, even if the sky ends up too light or a person's face is too dark.

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'Selective' editing let's us transform camera photos into something much, much better. Not only can we darken the sky or lighten a person's face, we can creatively interpret the image in many different ways - depending on our ideas.
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I'm well known for embracing post-production in my work, but I am also criticised for 'changing' or 'enhancing' reality by photographers who call themselves 'purists' or 'realists'. These misguided folk are our enemies. No one is forcing them to edit their photos if they enjoy the discipline of capturing everything 'in-camera', but I don’t think it is acceptable to criticise others who wish to be more adventurous and express their creativity through photo editing.

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Photography is a language and we are all entitled to choose whether we write fiction or non-fiction.

For me, post-production is just as important as the capture. Photography is a two-step process and depending on the subject, I get to decide how much or how little post-production is best.

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Do What YOU Wanna Do!

Years ago when I started playing with Photoshop, I showed four competition entries to a couple of friends. Their response was terrible, telling me the images were horrible and that it wasn't even photography. A month later, those same four images won me the 2004 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year award.

Fortunately for me, the judges had a different view of photography than my friends and it's the same today: everyone is a photographer and everyone has an opinion. My objective isn't to get you to think like me, rather to share a range of ideas and inspirations to get you thinking and photographing like YOU.

And with a subscription to Better Photography magazine, the contributors and I will share with you a range of post-production techniques and approaches that will have you making great photographs.

3. Finding A Mentor

Many of the contributors to Better Photography magazine also act as mentors and lead photo workshops. We have no shortage of expertise.

However, not everyone has personal access to a mentor, so one way we thought we could help is through our annual Photo of the Year competition. Every entry receives a score and a short comment from a judge, providing valuable feedback.

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And every subscriber to Better Photography receives a free entry into the competition, which is the only photo competition judged by three AIPP Grand Masters of Photography.

Our How To Win Photo Competitions online package links in with the judging comments used for our Photo of the Year awards and you can enter extra photos as well for more comments.

So, what are you looking for?

Do you want to produce photographs of a professional standard?

Would you like to feel comfortable with post-production so you can edit any photo?

And would you like to experience the satisfaction of producing a photograph that is truly creative?

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This is where you start - with a subscription to Better Photography. Here's what you get:

Four brand new issues of Better Photography, each 100 pages and in full colour.

Access to over 50 back issues of Better Photography magazine, full of ideas and inspiration and valued at over $750.

Entry to the Better Photography Photo of the Year award, valued at $20.

Re-subscribe for just $29.80 - a saving of $20 in future years.

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We'd love to welcome you as a subscriber - why not join now and enjoy taking Better photographs with Better Photography magazine.

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