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

Another month of photography salon entries and results. It looks like September was the month for circuit entries – I’ve entered a total of four international circuits this month. But lets look at my outcomes re: my salons entries for the month of Sept 2014. Luck is still on my side with a few international and national medal winners.

 

Now for the actual details on the results of my images entered for the month of Sept 2014

 

Total number of salons entered:

7 (1 national salon and 6 international salons).

 

Overall outcome:

International: 97 acceptances from 168 photos entered = 58% acceptance rate (increased from the 54% last month)

National: 13 acceptances from 24 photos entered = 54% acceptance rate (increased from the 45% last month)

Medals: 6

COMs: 4

 

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. International salons

 

1. SAM Circuit 2014 (India)

 

This was a 3-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Wildlife and Nature sections = total of 24 entries

Acceptance: 2 medals and 10 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: The jackal and the vulture 2 received medals in two of the salons. Now it is time to put this image to rest and work on some other images,

 

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

The jackal and the vulture 2

Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa

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2. 2nd RTANJ Digital Circuit 2014 (Serbia)

 

This was a 5-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in Open, Monocrhome and Nature sections = 60 entries

Acceptance: 1 medal and 29 acceptance (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Almost 2 won a medal in one of the salon and it was accepted in three other salons. However, interesting to note that the photo did not receive an acceptance in one of the five salons. Just to show you – an image might won a medal in one salon and not even receive an acceptance in another salon. Very subjective and therefore one should not take the outcome of a salon personally.

 

Almost 2 crop 1 1920 300k 72d sRGB Y W

Almost 2

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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3. Tallaght International Digital Photographic Art 2014 (Ireland)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos in Nature section

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: At last one of my photos of the mating lions received an acceptance. Mating lions 4 is an image of a serie of images of this pair of lions doing it in the Kgalagadi. It does not happen very often that one gets so close to mating lions in the wild with no distracting back or foreground.

 

Lion mating 4

Mating lions 4

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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4. 11th German Mega Circuit 2014 (Germany)

 

This was yet another 5-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature and Bird sections = total of 40 entries

 

Acceptance: 1 medal, 2 COM and 26 acceptances (73% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: It was the first time that I’ve entered this 5-salon circuit in Germany. I am quite satisfied with the outcome with 1 medal, 2 COMs and a very high acceptance rate. Some sort of consistency in this circuit as Jacana chick long legged received the PSA medal in one salon, two COMs and two acceptances in the other four salons.

 

Jacana chick long legged 1 1400 300k 72d sRGB noise

Jacana chick long legged

Chobe River, Botswana

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5. 1st DPA International Salon of Photography 2014 (Ireland)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in Open, Nature, Wildlife, Birds, PJ and Sport sections = 24 entries

Acceptance: 1COM and 9 acceptances (42% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: A very interesting salon outcome with none of my bird photos receiving an acceptance. All four bird photos received international acceptances previously. I’ve entered Three horses turning for the first time in a salon and it received an acceptance in the Open section. I was not sure how the image will do – so I am quite satisfied with the result.

 

Three horses turning 1920 300k 72d sRGB W

Three horses turning

Moolmanshoek farm, Eastern Free State, South Africa

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6. 2nd Olympic Photo Circuit 2014 (Greece)

 

This was a 4-salon circuit

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

Acceptance: 1 medal, 13 acceptances (88% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: My best result for the month. I’ve also entered this circuit last year with some degree of success. The Hug received a medal in one of the salons and acceptances in the three other salons.

 

The Hug 1080 300k 72d sRGB W

The Hug

Tswalu Nature Reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa

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B. National Salons

 

1. 1st Brandpunt Camera Club salon 2014 (South Africa)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Wildlife birds, Wildlife excluding birds, Scapes, Human portraits, Human interest and Open sections = 24 entries

 

Acceptance: 1 medal, 1 COMS and 11 acceptances (54 %)

 

LF vulture take off won a medal in the Wildlife bird section. Not much more to say about this salon other than the judges made some interesting choices. Some of my images that received a few accpetances and medals in previous slaons did not even receive an acceptance in this salon. Well, still an overall acceptance rate of above 50% – acceptable to me – just some interesting choices by the judges

 

LF vulture take off 1024 300k 72d sRGB W

LF vulture take off

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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Message to take home:

 

Yet another tip on salons entry/outcomes and the choices made by judges. After a few years now of salon entries, I was once again came to the conclusion that judging images are very subjective. However, a photographer cannot and should not ignore the technical aspects of a photograph. So should the judge. Do not rely solely in the outcome of just one salon. Also try and get the opinion of some fellow photographers (not family). Ask specifically fro them to critique the technical aspects of your photos. Having the technical aspects of your images critiqued by the right person can add value to your image and to you as a photographer Just make sure the person doing the critique gives constructive comments that you can use for improvement..

 

Until next month, keep on shooting

 

  1. #1 by michaelsingletonhaworth on November 4, 2014 - 11:14 am

    Willem well done- your salon award list continues to grow. It is good to see that these international salons recognise your talent!! Onward and upward!!

    • #2 by whk139 on November 6, 2014 - 2:57 am

      Thanks Mic, for the kind words.

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