Royal Photographic Society monthly 365 competition: Finalist – December 2013

I was browsing the website of the Royal Photographic Society in the UK (RPS) when I saw one my 5 entries for the monthly 365 competition was selected as one of 26 finalist. On the website it seems like there were just over 830 entries. This monthly 365 competition is created for members of the RPS and the society has members from all over the world.

The website to view the finalist:

http://www.rps-365.org/competition/finalist/365/feature-journal-front-cover/finalists/

Very interesting choice by the judges – the selected image:

Hornbill foraging 1

Hornbill foraging

Image taken near the entrance to 14th borehole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Sept 2013 – for detail see my trip report

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One is allowed to submit 5 images for each monthly competition – below are the other 4 images I submitted:

1.

Cheetah drinking water 1

Cheetah drinking water 1

Image taken next to Cubitje Quap water hole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in November 2013 – trip report to follow at a later stage

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2.

 Dad and son 1Dad and son 1

Image taken near Auchterlonie water hole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in November 2013 – trip report to follow at a later stage

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3.

14 Lioness and cubs drinking water 3 W

Lioness and cubs drinking water 3

Image taken at Leeudril water hole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Feb 2013 – see trip report for more detail

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4.

Aggressive 800m start 768 500k 300d sRGBc

Aggressive 800m start

Image taken during an inter-school athletic meeting in the Free State during the month of March 2013

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Message to take home:

When it comes to photographic competitions, it is important to remember the following: Your viewers’ brains analyse what their eyes see when they first look at your image. Your subject and story of your photograph must be identified quickly by your viewer. If your viewer cannot figure out what the subject is…. all interest is lost. So keep your image as simple as possible with the least amount of distracting elements.

Until next time – keep on shoot those simple shots!!!

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  1. #1 by michaelsingeltonhaworth on January 29, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    Willem congrats – high praise indeed – well done!!

  2. #2 by whk139 on January 30, 2014 - 10:11 am

    Thanks Michael!

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