Have you ever entered an art or photography competition? It is a bit unnerving and it’s often hard to choose which images to enter. I don’t view myself as competitive by nature but I do like to receive feedback to help me find out how I’m developing as a photographer and to learn tips and techniques that will help me improve.
Recently I received recognition for my persistence and achievement by entering photographic competitions with my camera club. Each month there is a theme which helps us to stretch and grow as a photographers. We not only get scores but verbal critique from one or more of the judges.
I’ve been a member of Langley Camera Club for four years. We have about 130 members and enjoy three meetings per month. We have in-house competitions once per month where we can submit up to two photographs. Our club also accepts submissions for entries into 13 competitions that are held across Canada. I have been fortunate in having several of my images selected throughout the year.
The Judy Daniels Award of Excellence is awarded once per year to members who achieve the highest aggregate scores from inside and outside competitions. I was thrilled to receive 1st Place for the year 2011-2012 at our Awards Ceremony on Oct. 17.
It’s fun to go out and about with my camera in search of scenes that capture my imagination. For me, the joy of creating images far surpasses the reward of winning competitions. This lovely recognition has inspired me to continue to seek feedback. If you are interested in learning more about photography, I encourage you to find out about photo clubs in your area. The people are friendly and it’s always great to be with others who enjoy it as much as you do.
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