Outcome of my photography salon (competition) entries – Month of March 2014

I’ve just returned from a two week photography safari in the bush (and the semi-desert as well). During the two weeks I’ve received the results of the last few salon entries for the month of March 2014. I did entered my second ever international print salon to ensure that I do get a total of 25 print acceptances for an EFIAP honours award. And luck is still with me – not one salon with a zero acceptance rate this month. Now for the actual details on the results for the month of February 2014:

 

Total number of salons entered:

12 (4 national salons and 8 international salons).

 

Overall outcome:

International: 57 acceptances from 100 photos entered = 57% acceptance rate (decreased from the 62% last month)

National: 35 acceptances from 64 photos entered = 55% acceptance rate (slight increased from the 53% last month)

 

Medals: 6

COMs: 8

 

Now for the individual salons:

A. International salons:

 

1. 1st FIP International Print Circuit 2014 (India):

This was a 5 salon circuit.

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in the Nature section = 20 entries.

Acceptance: 4 medals, 4 COMs and 6 acceptances = 14 acceptances (70% acceptance rate)

Comments: Almost 3 received 4 medals in four of the five salons – 2 FIAP gold and 2 PSA old medals. I am very satisfied with the outcome of this salon because my wife did the printing herself (I did not use the service of a professional printer shop). After only two print circuits I almost have enough print acceptances to qualify for the prestigious EFIAP honour awards. Hopefully I would be able to apply for EFIAP award early next year.

 

Almost 3 crop 1 1024 300k 72d sRGB W

Almost 3

Cubitje Quap water hole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

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2. 1st Reflection International Salon 2014 (Serbia):

Photos entered: 4 photos each in the Nature, Open colour, Open monochrome & Reflection sections = 16 entries.

Acceptance: 9 acceptances (56% acceptance rate)

Comments: Al four my entries in the Reflection section were reflections from animals or birds and all four were accepted. Only two of my Nature images were accepted. A surprise acceptance was Tree squirrel reflection because I thought it was not a great shot. My first 100% acceptance rate for February 2014. Bone struggle received its first acceptance as well as its first COM award. A little bit of a busy background but I loved the interaction between the two spotted hyenas and the expression on their faces.

 

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Tree squirrel reflection

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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3. 3rd JPS International Salon 2014 (India):

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in the Nature section.

Acceptance: 4 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)

Comments: My first 100% acceptance rate outcome for the month. It was the second time I’ve entered Honey badger drinking water in a salon – this time an international salon. I was not very sure about the image because images of honey badgers are difficult to get. I was not sure if the international judges would appreciate portrait images of honey badger such as this one but it seems they did.

 

Honey badger drinking water 1

Honey badger drinking water

Cubitje Quap water hole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

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4. 1st Exhibition Malinik 2014 (Serbia)

Photos entered: 4 photos each in the Nature & PJ section = 8 entries.

Acceptance: 1 acceptances (13% acceptance rate)

Comments: Wow – almost a failure on my side. Only 1 acceptance in the PJ section with a sport image. None of my Nature images was accepted – not even Gull dropping fish. Gull dropping fish were entered in five other salons (4 of these salons were part of a circuit) already with a 100% acceptance record. It even received a COM award in one of the salons in Australia. Well, you cannot win them all. I would love to get some crits from the judges on this one particularly.

 

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Gull dropping fish

Chobe River, Botswana

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5. 23rd Trierenberg Super Circuit 2014 (Austria)

This was a 4 salon circuit.

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

Acceptance: 16 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)

Comments: My second 100% acceptance rate for March 2014. Not very often that one achieve a 100% acceptance rate in a circuit. I was very lucky with Zebra bite – I did not think it would achieve a 100% acceptance rate. Hopefully it was the light and action that did the trick for me. I also posted this image in last month report when it received its first salon acceptance. Two other failures in the meantime with this image

 

Zebra bite

Zebra bite

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

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6. Montenegro – Grand Prix 2014 (Serbia)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered each in the Nature, Photo Travel, PJ, Sport and Open colour & Open monochrome sections = 24 entries.

Acceptance: 6 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again – I did not do well on the odd section but I got 3 acceptances in the Nature section. This time I want to post the image that was not accepted because I love the image called Cry. Maybe the light/exposure was not acceptable for the judges but to me it is the story. You be the judge.

 

Cry

Cry

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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7. 2nd EMPA International Digital Salon 2014 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in the Nature section.

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Again Almost 3 received yet another international medal – image posted under 1st salon result. Up to date it already received 6 international medals, 2 other international acceptances and 2 national salon acceptances with only 1 non-acceptance in an international salon. By far my most successful image up to this point in time. But once again – let me post the image that was not accepted in this salon namely Bulbul My seat. It already received a few international and national acceptances but this time around it was not good enough.

 

Bulbul My seat

Bulbul My seat

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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8. San Joaquin Valley International Exhibition of Photography 2014 (USA)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered each in the Nature General & Nature Wildlife section = 8 entries.

Acceptance: 1 Medal & 3 acceptances = 4 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: My last international medal for March 2014 and it was Almost 3 again who won the medal. Bateleur drinking water received its four acceptance in a row with no failure so far. Interesting outcome because I almost did not enter this image in salons because of the legs in the water with not enough space at the bottom of the image. Just to show you – do not be too critical about your images. Interesting to note how many winners Cubitje Quap water hole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa delivers.

 

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Bateleur drinking water

Cubitje Quap water hole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

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B. National Salons

 

1. 4th Sandton National Digital Salon 2014 (South Africa)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered each in the Nature, Scapes, Sport, Human Portraits & Architecture sections = 20 entries.

Acceptance: 13 acceptances and 1 COM = 14 acceptances (70% acceptance rate)

Comments: the COM was for an image entered in the Human Portrait monochrome section and interesting to see that all 4 sport images of mine were accepted. My surfing images are not well received in salons but this time Surfer 2 received the highest mark of my 4 sport images. Only its first acceptance in its third entry.

 

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Surfer 2

Mossel Bay, South Africa

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2. 1st PSSA National Digital Salon 2014 (South Africa)

An interesting salon because of image size was not the normal 1024 x 768 but a larger image size was required.

Photos entered: 4 photos each in the Nature colour, Nature monochrome, and Open colour sections = 12 entries.

Acceptance: 6 acceptances and 1 COM = 7 acceptances (58% acceptance rate)

Comments: Dad and son was entered for the first time in a national salon and it received the COM award. It was entered 3 times already in international salons and it only received 1 acceptance. May be because of the lack of action but I like the attitude of the male Cape fox (the Dad) as well as that of the little one. To me, that is the story I want to tell.

 

Dad and son 1

Dad and son

Near Auchterlonie water hole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

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3. 2nd MCC National Digital Salon of Photography 2014 (South Africa)

Photos entered: 4 photos each in the Nature wildlife, Nature birds, Scapes, Pictorial open, Macro sections = 24 entries.

Acceptance: 2 COMs and 5 acceptances = 7 acceptances (44% acceptance rate)

Comments: Lioness and cub walking 1 received its third COM award in a national salon. Up to date the image was accepted in all five salons entered.

 

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Lioness and cub walking 1

Leeudril water hole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

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4. 1st IPCC National Digital Salon of Photography 2014 (South Africa)

Photos entered: 4 photos each in the Nature colour, Open colour, Street photography and Abstract sections = 16 entries.

Acceptance: 7 acceptances (44% acceptance rate)

Comments: Three of my nature images were accepted. A surprise was the non-acceptance of Running puppy as it already received an acceptance in an international salon. I though the national judges would appreciate images of wild dogs – more than their international fellow judges. Not sure why it did not receive an acceptance but it could be the post-processing because it was really difficult to develop the image. Or was it the background of this image? But I’ll give it another try in a national salon or two and see what the outcome is.

 

WD Running puppy

Running puppy

Laikipia, Kenya.

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Message to take home:

Looking at the last image posted – Running puppy and the fact that the background of the image might be a bit busy. The wild dogs were so fascinating but they also were moving so fast that it was not possible to evaluate the background of each image. It was therefore so easy for me to get so caught up in the beauty of the wild dogs that I forgot there are other things to consider before taking my shots. Therefore – a piece of advice: a photographer must consider “background awareness” as one of the camera’s settings even though you cannot change it in camera. It is a fact that a photographer does not press the shutter release without taking note off or adjusting the camera’s shutter speed and/or aperture. Therefore, take a quick look at the background/surroundings and deciding what you want to include and/or exclude from your image before taking the shot. A quick scan and an adaption to one’s setup will go a long way towards getting the perfect shot.

Until the next month, be prepared and know what to expect before keep on shooting!!!

 

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  1. #1 by bessie on May 5, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    great stuff willem!!

  2. #3 by Albie Venter on May 5, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    Very Nice Willem. I love reading how its done and the thought process that goes on. Also glad to have been present with some of the sightings. Every time I see that Zebra fighting pic I remind myself not to ever leave a large lens behind :)

    • #4 by whk139 on May 6, 2014 - 4:10 am

      Thanks Albie – never too old to learn!

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