Outcome of my salon entries – Month of January 2014

A new year for salon entries for me – 2014. The start of my third year entering national and international photography salons. So let’s see how I did during the first month of my third year of salon entries. Unfortunately I had some bad luck this month with two international salon coming up with a zero acceptance rate but more about that later in the blog. The overall results.

Total number of salons entered:

8 (0 national salon and 8 international salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 30 acceptances from 62 photos entered = 48% acceptance rate (increased from the 38% last month despite two salon with zero acceptance)

Medals: 2

COMs: 1

 

Now for the individual salons:

A. International salons:

 

1. Maitland International Salon of Photography 2014 (Australia):

Photos entered: 4 photos in the Nature section

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Bateleur drinking water received its first acceptance.

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Bateleur drinking water

Cubitje Quap water hole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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2. 31st Ridgewoord International Exhibition 2014 (USA):

Photos entered: 4 photos each in the Nature General and Wildlife sections = 8 entries.

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (38% acceptance rate)

Comments: Lion portrait 1 received its first acceptance but missed out on another two salons later this month. Seems like this image is not everybody’s cup of tea.

 

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Lion portrait

Near Kamqua waterhole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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3. Port Talbot International Digital Salon 2014 (UK):

Photos entered: 4 photos each in the Nature & Open sections = 8 entries.

Acceptance: 5 acceptances and 1 medal (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: The Vulture and the Jackal 3 was the image that received the medal for the month of January 2014 – the Port Talbot Medal.

 

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The Vulture and the Jackal 3

Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa

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4. 1st BOS Salon of Projected Images 2014 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos each in the Open, Nature & Travel section = 12 entries.

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (17% acceptance rate)

Comments: Almost 3 saved the day for me and achieved its first acceptance but it was not accepted in a salon entered earlier the month.

 

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Almost 3

Cubitje Quap water hole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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5. Bristol Salon of Photography 2014 (UK)

Photos entered: 4 photos in the Wildlife section

Acceptance: 0 acceptances (0% acceptance rate)

Comments: This was one of my failures this month. All four images entered were “fresh from the camera” but it did not work. Not even Hyena take away 2 was accepted. Maybe the busy background or lack of golden light?

 Hyena take away 2

Hyena take away 2

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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6. PSM International Digital Salon 2013 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos in the Nature section.

Acceptance: 4 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)

Comments: A 100% improvement on the previous salon. The Vulture and the Jackal 6 received the second medal for the month – a bronze medal

 

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The Vulture and the Jackal 6

Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa

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7. MOF International Photography Exhibition 2013 (Turkey)

Photos entered: 4 photos each in the General Open Colour, General Open Monochrome, Nature & Creative section = 16 entries.

Acceptance: 0 acceptances (0% acceptance rate)

Comments: My second failure this month. Interesting to note that last year I also had a zero acceptance rate in this salon. It makes on to think hard about this salon and what type of photos the judges prefer. I am not really concerned about the other sections but the Nature section is important to me. So I’ll post all 4 my images entered in the Nature section and you can be the judge. I would love to have received comments from the judges on my images but… (one can just speculate why none were accepted)

 

Playful young hyena 1

Playful young hyena

Kruger National Park, South Africa

1st entry in a photography salon

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 Ground hornbill take off 2

Hornbill take off 2

Kruger National Park, South Africa

1st entry in a photography salon

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Wild dog puppy kill 1

Laikipai, Kenya

1st entry in a photography salon

 

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 Lapped faced vulture take off 1 crop 2 1024 300k 72d sRGB W

Lappet faced vulture take off 1

Bedinkt waterhole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

6th entry in a photography salon – already received 4 international acceptances

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8. 2nd Greek Photographic Circuit 2014 (Greece)

This was a 4 salon circuit.

Photos entered: 4 photos in the Nature section = 16 entries

Acceptance: 12 acceptances and 1 COM (81% acceptance rate)

Comments: The Vulture and the Jackal 4 was the image that received the COM for the month and was the only image that was accepted in all 4 the salons.

 The vulture and the jackal 4 1920 300k 72d sRGB W

The Vulture and the Jackal 4

Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa

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Message to take home:

I’ve mentioned above that I do concentrate on wildlife photography and that is why I want to share this short message with you. Two important issues are important in wildlife photography: (a) Anticipation and be prepared to get that shot. If you see it happening and it is not through the camera, you are too late. And (b) know your subject (its behaviour) – it will assist you to be prepared and getting the shot will be much easier.

Until the next month keep on shooting!!!

 

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  1. #1 by bessie on February 23, 2014 - 1:10 pm

    Thanx for sharing Willem and well done!

    • #2 by whk139 on February 24, 2014 - 2:52 am

      Only a pleasure!

  2. #3 by Many Torti on April 6, 2014 - 2:16 am

    Hi there i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read
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