Photography News Issue 33

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Editor’s letter Shoot towin

©Zjingji,New talentwinner,TPOTY

© LLouie,TPOTY

Do you ever enter photographic competitions? It's fair to say that most photographers don't bother, despite the lure of fame and fortune. How much fame and how much fortune obviously varies hugely and there is certainly no guarantee of either beyond the short term. The pictures above are winning shots from last year's Travel Photographer of the Year. I have been organising, running and judging photo contests for a good many years and the whole scene is very different now compared with how it was when I first started. The biggest change, of course, is the way we shoot pictures. For keen photographers being able to shoot digital images that can be replicated infinitely with absolutely no quality loss is very different from shooting slide film where you had one precious, easily damaged (or lost!) original that you could copy at a cost, literally and technically. And, of course, today's images can be edited and uploaded to a contest site minutes after their capture. In film days, entries had to get sent in using that quaint service we call the post. That cost money, even more if you wanted the picture back, items could delayed or, worse still, lost. Thesewere all potential barriers to entrywhich meant only the truly keen bothered. Entry level varied. When the magazine I was editing sold over 100k copies a month (a figure, by the way, publishers would sell their mothers for now!), I’d expect to get around 1000 entries but that depended on the prize as well as the mechanic and the theme – yes, that’s right a mere 1% of the copies sold. On one occasion the lure of winning a new car (even if it was only a Ford!) attracted 10,000 pictures. In another contest we got six (yes, as in half a dozen) pictures for an expenses paid trip toMonte Carlo. We withheld the prize.

As an enthusiast I loved entering contests – I won a few too. Naturally, as an impoverished geek – nothing’s changed there – the prize of cash or kit was a massive draw but so was the creative challenge. I liked to shoot for the contest rather than take pictures frommy files. I used to buy every photo magazine on the premise of trying towin something.My success rate was moderate but I did get images in print and won some nice prizes too. The thing was often you didn’t know the result until you bought the next issue of the magazine. There was many a time when I was in Smith’s flicking through magazines, and suddenly I’d spot my picture and read I’d won or got placed. It was a most exhilarating feeling – it’s a shame you can’t bottle it. Current photography contests are mostly run online and the scenario is obviously very different. Often a fee is payable, entry might be open worldwide and of course you can enter without any more effort than picking up the tablet or turning on the computer. What is not new is that the winners are often simply stunning images. Occasionally, you still get the ‘what on earth is going on’ feeling but generally great shots win. I was lucky enough to be invited by Zeiss to the Sony World Photography Awards evening, a swish black tie affair. The winning and short- listed pictures were simply amazing. I need little encouragement to get out with the camera but seeing all that great work gave me evenmore project ideas to consider. Hope to see you again next month.

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