Outcome of my salon entries – month of July 2013

 

To summarise: It was a busy month salon wise because I’ve entered a total of 11 salons during the month of June 2013 – 2 national salon and 9 international salons. I had some fortunate moments the past month or two but unfortunately it did not materialise in my salon outcomes. Up to now (3 year and 143 salon I only had 5 salons where I had a zero acceptance rate. In this month alone I had a zero acceptance rate in three salons. If a person tells you the standard is much lower in international salons and one gets acceptances much easier, that person does not know what he is talking about. International salons have a very high standard with many more participants than national salons.

Overall outcome: International : 16 acceptances from 64 photos entered = 25% acceptance rate with 4 COMs and National: 15/32 = 47% acceptance rate with 3 COMs as well. Not a great month for me in the international salon arena. Well, lets see what the salons in August can deliver.

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. International salons:

1. 41st PSNY International salon of photography (USA):

A first zero acceptance rate for the month of July – entered 4 photos each in the Scapes & Open colour sections. No acceptances – not even this image:

 

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Hole in the Wall

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2. World around us 2013 (Serbia):

Entered 16 photos – 4 each in the Nature, Sport, Monochrome & Open colour sections. Once again, not very successful with only 4 acceptances (25% acceptance rate). Very disappointing to see only one of my Nature photos received an acceptance because my main aim is Nature photography.

 

3 Martial eagle nesting material  2 WMartial eagle nesting material 2

Kgalagadi Trans. Park

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3. 12th International Virtual Image Exhibition Buenos Aires 2013 (Argentina):

I’ve entered this salon last year with no success – zero acceptance rate. This year I’ve entered 4 photos in the Nature section.  This time around – only one acceptance (25%).

 

2 Hippo playtime 4 WHippo playtime 4.

Chobe River, Botswana

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4. 1st ECPA International Salon 2013 (India)

Entered 4 photos each in the Nature section and Photo travel section. Received 4 acceptances (50% acceptance rate) – only one nature image received an acceptance.  Muddy take off  is an image I captured in Sept 2011 and I decided to re-visit and re-develop it. Well, achieved some success with it.

 

Muddy take off 1 768 500k 72d sRGB WMuddy take off

Kgalagadi Transfrontier park

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5. 3rd Taichung International Exhibition of Photography 2013 (Taiwan)

Entered 4 photos in the Nature and Landscape sections.  Three acceptances (38% acceptance rate) with two being in the Nature section.

 

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This is mine

Giant Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa

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6. PSA International Exhibition 2013 (USA)

Entered 4 photos each in the Nature and Wildlife sections. My second zero acceptance rate salon this month. Not even Jacana dad with chick legs made it – maybe the judges were very critical about the background of the images.

 

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Taken on Lou Coetzer’s specially designed photography boat on the Chobe River. Botswana

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7. 2nd South Devon Salon 2013 (USA)

Entered 4 photos in the Nature section of the salon. Received 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate) of which one was Lapwing with butterfly 3.

 

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Taken on Lou Coetzer’s specially designed photography boat on the Chobe River. Botswana

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8. Welsh International Salon 2013 (UK)

Entered 4 photos in the Nature section. Received 2 acceptances (50%).

 

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Kgalagadi Transfron. Park

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9. Perspective One Salon 2013 (India)

Entered 4 photos in the Nature section and this was my third failure for this month with a zero acceptance rate. Maybe not enough action in Jackals drinking together.

 

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Kgalagadi Transfron. Park

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B. National Salons

1. 1st PPS Monochrome Digital Salon 2013 (South Africa):

As mentioned earlier, I am not really a monochrome fan but this time I’ve tried to support some of our local clubs. Thus, 12 images entered into 3 sections. Received 5 acceptance (42% acceptance rate). Drifters sunrise sunburst is a new image I’ve developed and changed into a monochrome image (and it was accepted).

 

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Excelsior farm, Namib Rand, Namibia

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2.  Bloemfontein National Salon 2013 (South Africa):

My own club’s salon and I was the judge in the Scapes section (therefore I was not allowed to enter an images in the Scapes section). So I’ve entered 20 photos in 5 sections. Received 5 acceptances and 3 COMs and 7 additional acceptance (50% acceptance rate). One of the COMs was Duiker drinking water.

 

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Mokala National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.

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Message to take home:

Trying not to think of the three salons in which I received a zero acceptance rating this month, I cannot ignore this message I read somewhere on the Net: “Never give up practicing or even better – never give up trying. You’ll never know when success will enter your world of photography”.

 

Until next month’s salon outcome, keep on practicing and keep on shooting!!!

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