Twenty-Five Questions to Think like a Photo Competition Judge

Photo of an impala drinking. Impala Drinking. This image has a feeling of tranquility. The lighting and soft focus background of the impalas reinforce the feeling of a peaceful scene. The subject pops and helps create story. © Donna Brok
Impala Drinking. This image has a feeling of tranquility. The lighting and soft focus background of the impalas reinforce the feeling of a peaceful scene. The subject pops and helps create story. © Donna Brok

By Donna Brok

Camera clubs offer members some great opportunities to learn and practice their craft, one of which is regular photo competitions. In addition to whatever points members earn toward year-end recognition, seeing other members’ images and getting critiques on your own is one good way to improve your photography. Thinking like a photo contest judge is an even more powerful way to rapidly improve the quality of your entries. In this article, I will explain my thinking as a photo contest judge and the 25 questions I ask about every photo I evaluate.

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An Editor’s Perspective: Photography by Kevin Barry

Autumn wildflowers at sunrise

 

Images by Kevin Barry
Story and Gallery Edit By Miriam Stein

I’ve always been drawn to Kevin’s photography for two reasons. His use of light and exposure continuously evolves and I have enjoyed viewing the growth of complexity and intricacies of his imagery. Secondly, I appreciate that Kevin focuses his photography on Florida, his backyard. So often photographers concentrate on the exotic areas, taking expensive photo safaris, while missing the beauty that surrounds them at home.

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