Judges for Photo Competitions

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Judges for Photo Competitions
10 months ago

Hello DPreview community!

I wish to share my experiences with photo competitions and how it seems like the winner is picked based on luck and not by quality. Before I start, I would like to preface that I am a hobbyist photographer. In the future, I would love to become a professional photographer, but since I am a games programmer, I will have to take it up as a second job.

I've entered one other photo competition besides the one I'm about to go into detail in, but the competition results have since been wiped.

Now, I entered a competition for a local Australia camera shop named Ted's Cameras. The winner receives a Canon Powershot N. The theme of the competition was black-and-white. The competition rules didn't specify how literal the theme black-and-white was to be taken. I took the obvious approach of picking a black-and-white photo, just in case.

This is the photo I uploaded. It was by no means perfect, but I was still very happy with how turned out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aquageneral/9105780395/.

After waiting a month or so, the winner was finally announced. Here it is: http://www.teds.com.au/photo-comp-winner/.

Here is a embed on my entry:

My Entry: Cold, Dark, Foggy Night

I can see the appeal in the winning image, but to me personally it is a HDR photo of a jail, with not too much else about it. What are your opinions on the judges... judgement?

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