Outcome of my salon entries – Month of October 2013

It was a very busy month for me when it comes to entering photography salons. A total of 13 photography salons were entered during the month of October 2013. And what a job it was preparing the photos and entering the photos in each salon!  But let’s get right down to the results itself – to summarise: I’ve entered a total of 13 salons during the month of October 2013 – 2 national salon and 11 international salons. And once again: I had another salon with a zero acceptance rate (an international salon in Sri Lanka).

Overall outcome: International: 40 acceptances from 88 photos entered = 45% acceptance rate (increased from the 23% last month) and National: 44/96 = 46% acceptance rate

Medals: 3

COMs: 4

Now for the individual salons:

A. International salons:

1. Doboj Salon 2013 (Bosnia):

Entered 12 photos in the Open, Life & Nature colour section. Only 3 acceptances (25% acceptance rate) fortunately all three in the Nature section.

 

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Duba Plains, Botswana

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2. 9th Yuanlin International exhibition of Photography 2013 (Taiwan):

Entered 8 photos in the Nature Open and Nature Wildlife sections. Received 4 acceptances (50% acceptance rate). An interesting acceptance was Giraffe Sunrise.

Giraffe sunrise 1

Giraffe Sunrise

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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3. My Journey 2013 (Ukraine):

Entered 4 photos in the Nature section and received 2 acceptances and 1 COM (75% acceptance rate). Hornbill foraging 1 was the photo that received the COM award

Hornbill foraging 1

Hornbill foraging 1

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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4. 9th Swansea International Salon 2013 (UK)

Entered 20 photos in the Nature, People, Colour, Monochrome and Travel sections. Received 5 acceptances (25% acceptance rate). BB jackal surrendered 3 was the only photo to be accepted in the Nature section.

BB Jackal surrendered 3

BB jackal surrendered 3

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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5. 1st PFM International Salon 2013 (India)

Entered 4 photos in the Nature section and received 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate). It was the first time I’ve entered Maraboe feeding in a salon and it received its first acceptance.

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Chobe River, Botswana

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6. 58 annual International competition of Photography 2013 (Sri Lanka)

Entered 4 photos in the Nature section and this was salon with the zero acceptance rate for the month. Supper 2 did not even receive an acceptance and I thought it was a good enough photo. Just to show you how high the standards are in international salons

Supper 2 1400 300k 72d sRGB WSupper 2

Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa

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7. World of Salon Photography 2013 (India)

Entered 4 photos in the Nature section and received 1 acceptance (25% acceptance rate).

Hornbill foraging 2Hornbill foraging 2

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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8. 2013 Mississippi Valley Photography Salon 2013 (USA)

Entered 8 photos in the Nature and Open section and received 5acceptances (63% acceptance rate) and I received the silver medal for The Vulture and the Jackal 2. My first medal in a very long time

The Vultue and the Jackal 2 1400 300k 72d sRGB WThe Vulture and the Jackal 2

Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa

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9. 2nd Borneo International Salon of Photography 2013 (Malaysia)

Entered 4 photos in the Nature section and received 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate).

26. Pied kingfisher with fish 1Pied Kingfisher with fish 1

Chobe River, Botswana

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10. French Digital Circuit 2013 (France)

This was a 4 salon circuit and I’ve entered 4 photos in the Nature section. One images (Jackal fighting 1) was accepted in all 4 salons, two images received 2 acceptances each and the fourth image received 3 acceptances – total of 11 acceptances (69% acceptance rate.

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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11. 1st SPM International Salon 2013 (Malaysia)

Entered 4 photos in the Nature section and received 2 acceptances and my second medal for the month for The Vulture and the Jackal 6.  The images taken at the vulture restaurant at Giant Castle in 2011 are starting to produce some results for me.

The vulture and the jackal 6 1400 300k 72d sRGB WThe Vulture and the Jackal 6

Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa

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B. National Salons

1. 8th Krugersdorp CC National Digital Salon 2013 (South Africa)

24 images entered into 5 sections. Received 11 acceptances and 1 COM (50% acceptance rate). Rocks and waves at night in the Scapes section received the COM award.  .

Rock and waves at night 1 1400 300k 72d sRGB blue lig H WRocks and waves at night

Hole in the Wall, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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2. 2nd  Pretoria Super Circuit 2013 (South Africa)

This was a 3 salon circuit and I’ve entered 24 photos in 6 sections. Received 29 acceptances and 2 COM and my 3rd medal for the month in the PCCC salon of this circuit (44% acceptance rate). Quiver tree hill 2 in the Scapes section received the medal award.

Quiver tree hill 2 1024 300k 72d sRGB WQuiver tree hill 2  

Excelsior farm, NamibRand Reserve, Namibia

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Message to take home:

As you read through this post and look at the images, you will realise that some of the images dated back to 2011. It was only this year that I went back to my folders and reviewed some of my images taken on trips a year or more ago. Why? One effective way to overcome developing some “meaningless/worthless” images, is not to start your developing processes of images immediately, but to leave them for a few days/weeks/month (even years) until the memory of that moment of taking the photographs isn’t quite so fresh in your mind. That way, you will look at the image with “fresh eyes”, just as your readers will. With such an approach, you won’t only be focused on what I called the “emotional” photos. The fresh look will rather assist you to view your images from a different perspective and it would be easier to identify those “WOW” images.

 

Until next month, keep on shooting!!!

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  1. #1 by de Wets Wild on December 10, 2013 - 1:59 am

    Congratulations on your successes Willem! The image of the giraffe in the Kalahari is my favourite.

  2. #2 by Singing Tips on January 7, 2014 - 12:05 am

    Thanks to my father who shared with me on
    the topic of this website, this website is genuinely awesome.

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