I will be judging this year’s Photographic competition and The Chiswick Calendar asked me what I will be looking for as a judge.
I have judged many professional competitions – from the Sony World Photography Awards to the Taylor Wessing (National Portrait Gallery) Award and ask the question myself, “ What images stand out for me that could win a photographic competition?”
I will look for images that draw my attention and ask me to discover the message within, something different, eye-catching!
A moment in time captured in a thoughtful way, such that it evokes an emotional reaction in me.
It could be the subject matter, the setting, an interesting composition or an incredible use of light or a combination of any or all of those things.
Don’t win? It doesn’t matter. Your reward is in taking part – you will have taken the first step of gaining confidence to take yet more photos and enter more competitions.
Analyse the winners’ photos or ask your judge for a critique. Increasing your knowledge and improving your judgement of suitable entries will improve your chances in the future.
I look forward to seeing your entries and wish you all the best of luck!
Text and pictures copyright Julia Fullerton-Batten
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