Today I received an email promoting an upcoming new “International” landscape photographer competition. “The Internatio
I can’t help but feel that if I was to enter this competition I’d be competing against full-time, professional landscape photographers. Photographers who own galleries, run international workshops, have the time to travel to the best locations and capture the best light -and then photoshop the RAW file to make it fit the current trend. Stacking yourself up against the ‘worlds best’ is exactly what some photographers out there are looking for, but for me I’d rather compete with other photographers who are at my level. Photographers who are doing what I’m doing, saving fuel, planning trips with friends when time allows, buying film, applying for a few hours leave from their day jobs in order to chase the golden light etc ….
The full-time pros have their AIPP events. Where is the “AUSTRALIAN Landscape Photographer of the Year competition??
This bit gets me, is this competition really international? I mean come on. The entrants will most likely be 80% Australian, followed by about 10% kiwi with the remaining 10% being a mixture of UK and the US. OK, so is that really a big deal? well probably not, but the you do need to ask yourself. Would I really stacking myself against the best landscape photographers in the world? Maybe?
The cost per image entry is $25 USD, however if you want to be considered for the “International Landscape Photographer of the Year” prize you need to enter at least 4 images. $100 USD is not a lot of money (well it is for me). If you weigh it up against the potential prize of $5000 USD it starts to look like a decent gamble -but for me the odds are probably 10,000/1 at best. If the feedback provided is better than “Too dark in areas” or “Crop suggested” then the $25 USD per entry might be worth it.
One of the main draw cards for entering this competition would be achieving a place within the top 101 images. If you achieve one of these spots your image will be published in the 2014 hard cover book (a soft ebook copy will also be available), which sounds nice, but I’m not too sure where the benefit is. The website says “YOUR REWARD IS FAME AND ACHIEVEMENT” which makes it feel a bit like completing a quest on WOW (World of Warcraft). Put all that aside and I guess it could be nice to see one (or more) of your images alongside some of the International Pros.
Why no film Category?
I’m amazed that there is no film category, the feedback given after the recent Epson and Loupe awards suggested that the “next big thing” might include a dedicated landscape film category. When you shoot film it means you can’t really go to town on your RAW files with Photoshop like you can with a digital file. Photoshop is a major aspect of photography these days, and that won’t be changing anytime soon (and I use it and I love it) but If there was a film section then I’d enter in a flash.
The only problem would be that it currently takes me up to 6 months to shoot, refrigerate, develop, and then scan my images 😉
I don’t want to discourage anyone from entering this event, as I’ve entered others and received some great results, (see my photography awards page). It is a neat feeling to see your work score well, and also great when you are provided with some helpful and meaningful feedback and critique. I’ll make my mind up sometime before the May 30th closing day.
Your comments are always welcome.