What makes a winning photograph?

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!

Julia Fullerton-Batten

Text and pictures copyright Julia Fullerton-Batten

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