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Poor work in photo comps

meercat 9 278 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 2:41PM
I have recently entered a rival mags photo comp, with a single picture so far, but on browsing other "artists" work, I was shocked at some of the quality being entered.

Now I may not be the best photographer in the world, but one particular shot really got me annoyed. The image was on a par with photos taken by my 5 year old, top of the subject cut off, at an odd angle (not artily done just poorly) and the taker had put in his comments that the result was breath taking!!

Now I'm not perfect but why enter a comp when there are clearly amazing photos and yours is so obviously poor?

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Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
26 May 2009 3:09PM
Because its a negative view to hold?
If you think like that you would never enter a photocompetition - ever. (unless your very selfcentred/boastfull then it would not matter how good or bad your work was).

Certainly there are some people who are bad who don't know they are bad - just watch "Britians Got Talent" for some examples. However sometimes its not them that is at fault - sometimes others tell them they are good and so they try - and points to them for at least trying - some people never do
Also as its a photocomp - how od you know the entry wasn't a 5 yearolds shot Wink
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 3:41PM
Save your annoyance until it wins. Wink
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
26 May 2009 3:44PM
reminds me a women who entered an art competition with a drawing by her son (somewhere around 5 years old I think) and she won the comp with the very basic photo because of all of the "inner meanings" and such. She had a field day telling the judges what she thought! Wink
dwilkin Plus
11 24.3k United Kingdom
1 Jun 2009 3:18PM

Quote:If you think like that you would never enter a photocompetition - ever.

Hence the reason I almost never have!
yellowduke 9 303 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2009 3:28PM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
f8 14 9.2k 22 England
1 Jun 2009 4:26PM
Is that why people do self portraits? Wink
yellowduke 9 303 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2009 5:01PM
If it is it explains why i haven't!
John_Frid 12 514 57 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2009 5:37PM
If someone wants to enter a competition then they should be allowed to do so. Whilst you may not feel their image is in with a chance of winning that is no reason to deny them the entry.

Being annoyed with an image (or the author) because it doesn't meet your idea of good is somewhat strange in my opinion. You may be bemused (or even amused) by the entry, but annoyance seems unwarranted.

However, if an image you think is poor were to win (or be commended in some way) then maybe you have some reason to be annoyed, but at the judges not the author. Then again, maybe the judges hold justifiably different views on what constitues a good image - photography is, after all, much more subjective than it is objective.
James_G 11 166 5
1 Jun 2009 5:59PM
Do you get equally annoyed by clearly second-rate photos on EPZ regularly getting more than 50 votes and loads of 'great shot' comments? Just a thought.
Morpyre Plus
13 1.6k 8 Wales
1 Jun 2009 6:56PM
which is why i like competitions that are divided into ability catagories and have seperate judges per level rather than a single group of all skills. a better approach because encourages the beginner to practice and learn to improve and work their way up through the ability levels.
Krakman 11 3.6k Scotland
1 Jun 2009 7:31PM
Wouldn't it be more logical if only the ones that are going to be the winner(s) entered the competition? I don't see the point in all the others taking part at all.

Maybe you could have the competition organised into two categories - one for the ones that are going to be the winners, and the other category for all the others? It would save an awful lot of time and effort with that judging nonsense.

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