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

I just cannot believe it – this will be the last post for 2014 regarding my salon results as just received the last salon result for the month of November 2014. It is now just about 3 years of active photography salon participation for me. But let’s not waste time and energy and get straight to the results. Much better month because I achieved a 100% acceptance rate in two international salons as well as an increased in the acceptance rate in both national and international salons. “Touch wood” – still no salon with a zero % acceptance rate this month. The details of my results are as follows:


Total number of salons entered:

9 (4 national salons and 5 international salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 64 acceptances from 104 photos entered = 62% acceptance rate (increased from the 52% last month)

National: 50 acceptances from 92 photos entered = 54% acceptance rate (increased from the 44% last month)

Medals: 6

COMs: 12


Now for the individual salons:


  1. International salons


  1. 121st Toronto International Salon of Photography 2014 (Canada)


This was a digital and print salon.

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in the Nature section (digital) and Open (print) = total of 8 entries

Acceptance: 2 COMs & 6 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)


Comments: With the four prints acceptances, I’ve achieved my goal of 25 prints acceptances internationally. Now I can prepare the paper work for the EFIAP honours application. Hippo yawn 1 was one of the prints that received a COM award. Just to show you what light can do in an image

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Hippo yawn 1

Chobe River, Botswana



  1. SAM circuit1st Exhibition 2014 (Serbia)


This was a 6-salon circuit but I’ve already posted the results of the first three salons. However, this is the final outcome of all six salons.

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in Nature & Wildlife, sections = 48 entires

Acceptance: 3 medals, 2 COMs & 24 acceptance (60% acceptance rate)

Comments: The Vulture and the Jackal 2 received medals in 3 of the six salons but I’ve already posted the images last month. Meerkat looking for love was one of the two images that received a COM award – its third COM award at this stage. Not sure if I am satisfied with the post-processing of the image in Photoshop. So, I think I might visit this image again in Photoshop to see if I can do a better job.

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Meerkat looking for love

Tswalu nature reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa



  1. 40th Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography 2014 (UK)


This was a digital and print salon.

Photos entered: 4 photos each in Nature digital and Nature print section = 8 entries

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (38%)

Comments: Like I’ve mentioned before – it is not easy to get acceptances in a UK salon. I am not sure why but I think the judges in the UK tend to look at images fro a different perspective. Or they are just looking for something different. If you do get an acceptance in a UK salon – do feel lucky about it. Darter with fish 4 was one of the three images that received an acceptance in the digital Nature section. Only its fourth acceptance in 8 salon entries – like I said – one never knows what to expect from a UK based salon

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Darter with fish 4

Chobe River, Botswana



  1. The Wrekin Salon 2014 (UK)


Photos entered: 4 photos entered in the Nature section

Acceptance: 4 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)

Comments: And then another surprise – a 100% acceptance rate in a UK based salon. It was the third time I’ve entered Fox love into a salon and it received its third consecutive acceptance.

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Fox love

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa




  1. 2nd Three country Grand circuit 2014 (Serbia, Montenegro, Ireland)


This was a 3-salon circuit held in the three mentioned countries

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in Nature, Bird and Wildlife sections = 36 entries

Acceptance: 1 COM & 19 acceptances (56% acceptance rate)

Comments: A very interesting outcome – I did not expect Brown hyena landscape to do that well. The image received 1 COM and 2 acceptances. However, If I look at the “history” of this images, I do realise that I’ve entered this image into 3 previous international salons and 1 national salon – and it received acceptances in all of these salon. I was very lucky to have captured this scene. The hyena sat upright for just a second before starting to walk away. The moment was so short lived – my wife did not even get the shot. I was not sure if the judges would like the out-of-focus frame of the image but that was just as I’ve captured the image – no blur afterwards in Photoshop.

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Brown hyena landscape

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa



  1. National Salons


  1. 2nd Bosveld National Digital Salon 2014 (South Africa)


Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Birds, Nature, Sport, Open colour, Human portrait colour and Scapes sections = 24 entries

Acceptance: 1 Med, 1 COM & 16 acceptances (75 %)

Comments: One of my highest acceptance rate for a national salon – I usually average around the 40% acceptance rate mark. The medal was once again for the stair trail image taken in the Richtersveld posted in a previous salon result post. A surprise was Fish eagle landing ground that received the 1 COM in this salon (its second COM in 7 salon entries). It is a relatively “old” image that I’ve started using in 2012 but I’ve decided to use it again because I haven’t reach the allowed 5 acceptances per image with it.

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Fish eagle landing ground

Chobe River, Botswana



  1. 9nd Krugersdorp National Digital Salon 2014 (South Africa)


Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature, Human portrait, PJ, Scapes, Open colour and Open monochrome sections = 24 entries

Acceptance: 2 medals, 3 COMs & 9 acceptances (58 %)

Comments: A very interesting salon medal winner with Fire fighters in the PJ section. My fourth salon entry with this image and a 100% acceptance rate, so this image is doing rather well on the national salon circuit. However, it was its first medal award. May be it is time to try it on the international photography salon circuit. Like I’ve mentioned last month – this image only received a silver award in our monthly camera club meeting. Once again just to show you – do not rely solely on the outcome of your local camera club judging and scorers/critique. Give an image you like a try at a photography salon. If it does not receive an acceptance after the third entry, then you know what to do with it.

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Fire fighters

Bloemfontein, South Africa



  1. 3rd Tygerberg Digital Salon 2014 (South Africa)


Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature, Scapes, Open monochrome, Portrait, and Open colour sections = 24 entries

Acceptance: 1 COMs and 9 acceptances (42 %)

Comments: So ever now and again I tend to focus on some of my images that do not receive an acceptance. One such image this month is Red cheetah alert. Just a month ago the very same image received a COM award in another national salon as posted in last month’s salon results post. Not to mention the fact that the image already received three acceptances in an international photography circuit. I cannot put this image on the shelve just because of one non-acceptance. Still a long way to go with this image – definitely I’ll try and entry this image in another few salons because I jus love the colour (taken during the late golden hour) and the intensity of the eyes.

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Red Cheetah Alert

Tswalu nature reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa




  1. 9th Beachcomber Digital Salon 2014 (South Africa)


Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature, Save the Rhino, , Portrait monochrome, Macro, and Open colour sections = 20 entries

Acceptance: 2 COMs and 6 acceptances (40 %)

Comments: I was one of the three judges in the PJ & sport section – so I was not allowed to entry images in that section. I did not have any great images (or so I thought) of rhinos – so I had to look deep into the archives for some rhino images. And surprise, surprise – Rhino in front received a COM in the Save the Rhino section. Digital manipulation was allowed in this section – however, I do not believe in the manipulation of nature images. So, this image was not manipulated. I was just lucky to have captured this rhino walking towards me. Not sure this image will do well in the usual Nature section of a salon but what the h….. maybe I’ll give it try!

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Rhino in front

Somewhere in South Africa



Message to take home:


During my recent trip the Kgalagadi (November 2014) and having some discussions with my fellow photographers, I came to realize how important this piece of advice: “Photography is all about compromises especially with wildlife photography – just accept the fact there isn’t a perfect world/setup for photography. Adapt and make the best of the opportunities available to take your favour shot. Do not wait for the perfect conditions to take a photo. If you do, you’ll never be able to take a photo.” I am sure my fellow wildlife photographers will agree with that statement. I’ve captured some award winning images under the most unfavourable conditions. It just like the sport advertisement: “Just do it!”


Until next month, keep on shooting


  1. #1 by michaelsingletonhaworth on December 24, 2014 - 4:39 am

    Willem, well done on your high and rising acceptance rate in international salons. From the outside looking in your distinction “Excellence FIAP” (EFIAP) when awarded will be well deserved. Wishing you and Theresa a Merry Christmas and many happy hours with your cameras in 2015.

  2. #2 by whk139 on December 24, 2014 - 5:10 am

    Thanks Mike – and all the best for the festive season to you and your family as well. May the sightings be with you in 2015

  3. #3 by bessie on December 26, 2014 - 9:04 am

    well done and congratulations willem!

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