Category Archives: Contests

The Artist’s Studio

Now Showing at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center and sponsored by the Denver Architectural Foundation:

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Just When We Thought it was Safe……..

After discussing the “Contest Trap” in previous posts….. of course I have just entered another contest for the Denver Architecture Foundation, sponsors of Doors Open Denver.  My interests in the contest was two-fold:  I’m a member of DAF and the co-sponsor Colorado Photographic Arts Center (aka CPAC, and unfortunate acronym): I love photographing Architecture…….Also it was open to any architecture within the Denver City limits, no stated time limit.  So although the Clock Tower was taken at a DAF Open House, none of the images are from the actual Doors Open Denver Event.

I tried to avoid cliched images….Did I Succeed?

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My Expectation is that I will again fall into the “Special Merit Category” which means, OK but not our style……..

Thoughts on Personal Vision

 

Above, three recent but very different images that I had submitted to an online Gallery.  Two are very recent, but the Apache Plume is from about 12+ years ago. So what does that say about my photography skills, style and personal vision.  Keeping in mind that vision and style are not synonymous.  These represent different styles, but I think a similar vision in regards to how I see the light and what attracts my eye.

All of these images received a similar ranking (details here).  That soul destroying ‘Special Merit” category that keeps you wanting more.  So what does “special merit” mean anyway?  Have I not progressed at all in 12 years?  Or are my interests and vision not the current hip and trendy thing? (I think the latter)  So I’ll get recognition, but never actually win a contest?  (One of my recent submissions is going to be published in a book this year.  But that’s another story……..).  And what is winning?

My middling success for a while sent me down “The Rabbit Hole”  as I discussed recently on my photo diary.  So I’m reflecting, reorganizing and redirecting my energies.  At a recent Personal Vision Workshop with Cole Thompson, we discussed how winning can actually be a setback to the progress towards understanding our personal vision; leading us to pursue the WIN rather than the VISION.  Small rewards can seriously sidetrack real goals and personal accomplishments.

Who are you making photographs for?  Yourself or the win?

 

 

Light, Space Time: Landscapes

Submitted last week to Light Space Time Online Gallery.  I’ve had some success with them, and they provide a lot of follow-up information on the strategy of preparing contest entries.

So here goes the Landscape Edition:

 

 

Photographer’s Forum

I first encountered Photographer’s Forum as a photography student in Monterey.  So I’m getting re-acquainted by submitting work to their Spring Contest…….

Online Gallery Rip Off?

Remember that a while back I announced my submission to the 1650 Gallery for “BLURRY”?

Imagine my surprise when I find out by accident that my submission was accepted, BUT NOBODY TOLD ME!  No Notification of any kind, and I’ve searched all my emails including Spam and Trash.  I am PISSED!

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And I feel very cheated.  I will not submit anything to the 1650 Gallery Again!

Putting More of my work out there……

Just submitted to the 1650 Gallery Show….Blurry

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Today I’ll post the B&W….Monday the Color Entries………..

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Still time to enter (although maybe I shouldn’t invite competition?)

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