Introduction to Entering Print Competitions
This is something I've actually never shared before, my perspective, my view and my experiences on entering photography competitions. I do recall the very first time I came across a competition in a magazine and thought, you know what, why not, I'm just gonna enter it. Yeah, I didn't follow the criteria, I didn't follow the guidelines. (laughs) And, I never heard anything back surprisingly because I was so new to it. There was a little bit of a drive in me that I knew that I kinda needed to know how or where my work actually sat within industry standards. And that's probably been the biggest part for me. As far as an industry, we are unregulated. Anyone can pick up a camera, anyone can become a photographer. They can register a business. In terms of industry standards, I truly believe that when it comes to setting that bar of standard professional practice and where you sit within it, the one and best place for you to understand where you are in terms of those standards is by entering ...
competitions. There are some incredible competitions around the world. I tend to enter competitions in Australia and have done for many years in the past. I enter print competitions at WPPI. And those two competitions are, in my opinion, two of the highest standard of competitions that I've entered. When you put your work out there to be judged you know you're going to get quality feedback and enjoy that experience and learn so much from it, purely because of the judges that they have there and the experience and knowledge that they have. A lot of judges these days that come through the system, have to experience a lot of judges training. So when you go along and you watch these competitions and you're receiving feedback, you know that it's gonna be from someone who actually knows what they're talking about which is invaluable. That feedback truly is invaluable.