3 Simple Photography Tips For Winning Photo Contests

Follow the 'Pop' principle to improve your chances of winning photography competitions.

| General Photography


Winning competitions not only fill you with a sense of pride, but they also give you the opportunity to get your hands on free photography kit. 

As you won't be the only one entering photography themed contests, having knowledge that keeps you one step in front of others who enter is always handy to have and that's where our friends COOPH join the conversation. Over on their YouTube channel, they've got a new video that covers the 'POP' principle on winning photography competitions. 'POP' stands for Plan, Organise and Position and the video features the two-time winner of the Red Bull Illume action and adventure sports photography contest, Lorenz Holder.

In the video, he shares the story of how a beautiful landscape, with its reflective surface and autumnal shades, was captured and COOPH applies the 'POP'; principle to his description. We've summarised each of the points below but do watch the video to learn more about Lorenz's shoot in detail. 

Plan - Don't arrive in a location too late to capture the 'winning' shot, know when a place will be at its absolute best so you can take full advantage of it. 

Organise - Not all shoots can be planned and sometimes, you're in a location only once or you may find time isn't on your side so you have to make the most of the opportunity in front of you. Lorenz found himself in this situation on a shoot in Germany where what would be a beautiful image of a bridge, river and surrounding trees was spoilt by the hundreds of leaves that had fallen on the water's surface. Lorenz happened to have a giant fishing net in his car so with the help of Senad Grosic, they used the fishing net to collect all of the leaves so the water was left beautifully clear. 

Position - Where you capture a photo from and the framing can make or break a photograph so do take the time to think about angles and other key image components before hitting the shutter. A little pre-planning never hurts either, something Lorenz did for this particular shoot. 

The image Lorenz captured was used in over 300 magazines so his efforts were well worth it in the end, even if Senad didn't agree at the time! 

For more tutorials from COOPH, check out our features section where we have a photographer's diet for you to follow as well as 9 top DIY photography tricks and hacks.

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