Outcome of my photography salon (competition) entries – Month of February 2015

I am a bit behind on my posts regarding my monthly salon entires and results due to several reasons. Two reasons are the administrative necessities regarding the applications for star rating at the PSA, EPSSA honours award and EFIAP honours awards. Also my wife and I had a busy few weeks regarding photography safaris – I almost used all my annual leave for four trips from January up to now. However, now I do have time pn my hands again until our next trip in Aug 2015. ,

Once again – a very interesting month with mix outcomes – 2 international salons with a 100% acceptance rate and a few COMs.


The details are as follows:


Total number of salons entered:

8 (6 international salons & 2 national salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 41 acceptances from 76 photos entered = 54% acceptance rate (slight decreased from the 59% last month)

National: 19 acceptances from 44 photos entered = 43% acceptance rate

Medals: 1

COMs: 9


Now for the individual salons:


A. International salons


  1. Kotor circuit 2015 (Serbia)


This was a 4-salon circuit with salons with judging conducted in 4 countries


Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature, Wildlife and Birds sections = 48 entries

Acceptance: 1 COM & 23 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)


Comments: Owlet yawn received it first COM award and acceptances in the other three salons. I was not sure about this image because it was really difficult to process the photo in Photoshop because of the busy background and light coming through the branches. But luckily the pearl spotted owlet provided me with enough action. We drove to the owlet spot a few times before I was able to capture his yawn.

Owlet yawn

Owlet yawn

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa



  1. F2 Cities Salon 2015 (Argentina)


Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 1 COM and 3 acceptance (100% acceptance rate)

Comments: Whistling rat was an image I had to wait until almost the last minute before the gates as the Twee Rivieren camp was supposed to close. I saw the rat close to the road on my way to camp and I realized that I only had a few minutes left before the sun will disappear behind the dunes. So I was waited for the rat to get into the last sunlight and I got lucky. I first salon entry with this image and again – I got lucky.


Whistling rat

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa



  1. 58th Saguaro Nature Exhibition 2015 (USA)


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

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (38%)


I’ve decided to enter one of my macro images of a fly captured in the bush in my back garden for the first time in this salon – Bush fly. And luck was on my side as it received a COM award. It took my a while to capture this specific image because the fly was very “busy” and did not want to give an opportunity to capture it. But patience paid off.

 Bush fly 1400 300k 72d sRGB W

Bush fly

Home garden, Bloemfontein, South Africa



  1. 2nd Digifocus Salon 2015 (India)


Photos entered: 4 photos entered in the Nature section

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)


Comments: I came to realize that Drop of water is not a favourite amongst the international salon judges. It is the first acceptance it received from 6 previous entries. So, it is time to put the image away – it has already received three COMs in the three national salons it was entered.

Drop of water 1920 300k 72d sRGB W

Drop of water

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa




  1. Coachella Valley Exhibition 2015 (USA)


Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in Nature and Wildlife sections = 8 entries

Acceptance: 1 medal & 2 acceptances (38% acceptance rate)


Comments: A very interesting medal winner – totally unexpected – Jacana chick with lunch. An old image retrieved from the archives because it only received one acceptance previously. Seems like I can use this image more often.

Jacana with lunch 1024 500k 300d sRGB K noise

Jacana chick with lunch

Chobe River, Botswana



  1. 55th North Central Insect salon 2015 (USA)


Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Insect section

Acceptance: 4 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)


Comments: It looks like the macro course with Hendrik Louw paid off as I received a 100% acceptance rate in this very interesting salon. However, it was the image Coming for lunch capture with a 600mm lens from a specially designed photography boat that was awarded the COM. And I did won some other award with this image in the past.

Coming for lunch

Coming for lunch

Chobe River, Botswana




  1. National Salons


  1. 2nd PSSA National Digital Salon 2015 (South Africa)


Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature colour, Nature monochrome, Open colour, Open monochrome, Our Country sections = 20 entries


Acceptance: 3 COM & 4 acceptances (35 %)


Leopard in the dark backlight is also not very popular with the judges – not sure why. Maybe because the judges cannot see what the image is all about. So I decided to turn the image into a monochrome image and entered it in the Nature monochrome section. And it received one of the three COM awards. The colour version of this image only received 3 acceptances in 10 salon entries.

Leopard in the dark 1 light frame BW

Leopard in the dark backlight

Mala Mala nature reserve, South Africa



  1. 1st Ermelo National Digital Salon 2015 (South Africa)


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


Acceptance: 1 COM & 11 acceptances (50 %)


The only COM award for me in this salon was O mommy.

O mommy 1080 300k 72d sRGB W

O mommy

Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa




Message to take home:


Because my main interest is in Nature photography, I want to focus on the following issues today namely hesitation. Sometimes you may find yourself (sometimes) in a habit hesitation. It is really not a good habit because if you hesitating too long to capture an image of a certain situation, it can prevent you from getting that perfect shot. So, what would you hesitate. There are a few different reasons but after you’ve read my last few blogs, you might realize that one reason is:

You may be too concerned about what people may think of your image. Especially salon or camera club judges.

My advice – do not take/capture images just for the judges. Such an approach will “kill” your photography and you would not be able to develop your own style. Do what you do best and just enjoy it.


Until next month, keep on shooting


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