I just got word over the holiday weekend: Digital Photo Magazine honored my photograph – Ted, Tasmanian Sheep Farmer – with a first-place award in their Art of Photography Contest, Environmental Portraits category. If you are looking to gain recognition and connections within the imaging arts community, submitting your work to contests is crucial—but be selective.
Study the images from a competition’s previous winners; determine what types of photographs win with this judging panel. Is this a conservative judging panel with a preference for classical imaging? Do the competition judges tend to celebrate innovative digital effects?
It might seem like obvious advice: “Know to whom you’re submitting before you submit.” But, as a competition judge myself, I’ve seen far too many worthy art works go to the wayside, only because the image didn’t match the criteria for the submission.
Use your time and energy strategically. Make sure your hard work has the most appropriate platform to arrest a judge’s attention and awaken others to your gift for the art of photography. Happy hunting!
Check out the second round of my three interview series with Chris Marquardt on People Photography. In this video I share my thoughts on the power of photography to overcome language barriers and show some images from my shoot in Tasmania. Plus, I give some insightful tips such as determining the best approach to the model release.
If you missed the first video check it out here. I’ll post the third interview with Chris soon!
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my Tasmania Portrait Series Album received merits and was selected for the highly acclaimed Loan Collection by PPA. You may view the whole album and find out more information about the Adobe sponsored trip by visiting previously posted WPPI 1st Place, Album Competition Entry.
Journal entry #15 – The People of Tasmania
As I sit on the plane returning to SF I feel deeply saddened as though a part of my heart has been left in Tasmania. My love for this island does not route from the expected such as sensational landscapes, magical forests, exotic wildlife, but lies in the extraordinary people that I was blessed to meet.
My love of travel is fueled by exposure to various cultures and my love of a country is dependent upon the nature of its people. In my life I have never found a place full of such beautiful people that made me feel safe, welcome, comfortable and embraced. I felt accepted without reservation, judgement or suspicion, which is not always the case when you have a huge camera hanging around your neck. Tasmanians are open people who are kind, generous and willing to share their lives. There is a pureness to them that I haven’t been able to find anywhere in the world. They give because they want to, because they have open hearts and minds and they expect nothing in return. The nature of those I was fortunate to meet has truly affected my life and will undoubtfully have a profound affect on me and the way I live my life.
YOU ARE INVITED TO VIEW MY TASMANIA IMAGES that placed 1st Place at WPPI album competition.
You may also find out more about my Tassy work and other Adventure Photographers in Rangefinder Magazine, O’Reilly websites, Adobe Lightroom Book by Mikkel Aaland, PDN, TWiT with Leo Laporte, Rangefinder Radio, Adobe Lightroom Gallery Site and by visiting my Blog.
Thank you Mikkel Aaland and all the Lightroom Adventure Sponsors (Adobe, Tourism Tasmania, Epson, Lowepro, O’Reilly and Qantas) for making this trip possible.
I received special honors in the WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS INTERNATIONAL (WPPI) 2009 Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition. Designed to recognize outstanding photographers, the judging was held in Las Vegas, NV on February 14 and 15, 2009. Hall competed against an international field of photographers to win such honors. The Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition awards are presented each year at the largest trade show, educational platform and convention in the United States for professional photographers. The 2009 competition included 2717 prints in 19 different categories submitted by photographers from all over the world. For more information please visit WPPI Website.