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

As mentioned in my previous post, I am still busy with my photography salon administration and I’ve probably received my last salon result for 2015. What a busy salon month this was with 13 salons entered in November 2015 all over the world. However, my main aim is Nature photography and therefore I mainly enter photos in the Nature category. The entry fee for some salons is for all the categories – then I’ll try and enter photos in each of the categories. Right, lets look at the results for November 2015:

The details of the salons are as follows:

 

Total number of salons entered:

13 (12 international salons & 1 national salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 73 acceptances from 142 photos entered = 51% acceptance rate (slight increased from 48% last month)

National: 14 acceptances from 25 photos entered = 58% acceptance rate (slight decreased from 60% last month)

Medals: 4

COMs: 3

Once again – unfortunately there was only one national salon in South Africa this month. A decision made by the PSSA to decrease the number of salons to be held in South Africa. Not the same trend we do see worldwide – very interesting!

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. INTERNATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. DPW SER MNE BIH CIRCUIT 2015 (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

This was a 3-salon circuit in three countries.

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature section = 12 entries

Acceptance: 1 COM & 5 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: As always, a very interesting outcome – I am no longer surprised but just enjoying to see the various outcomes like this one. I’ve entered Weaver stands your ground for the first time in a salon. The very interesting outcome as it received the COM in this circuit in one salon but failed to receive an acceptance in the other two salons.

 

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Weaver stands your ground

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. WREKIN SALON 2015 (UK)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section.

Acceptance: 3 acceptance (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: At last, my third salon acceptance for Mudd restling in its 7th salon entry. For some or other reason, the judges did not like this image. However, now I can put this image away after I’ve achieved my goal (PSA Galaxy requirement) of 3 acceptances.

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Mudd restling

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. DEL PLATA FOTO CLUB SALON 2015 (Argentina)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (10% acceptance rate)

In many of this month’s salons, I’ve used images for which I only need one more acceptance in order to get the required 3 acceptances per image. Meerkat love three was such an image and I’ve received my third acceptance for this image in its third salon entry – full marks for this image

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Meerkat love three

Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa

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  1. 122ND TORONTO SALON 2015 (Canada)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: I’ve used the same strategy here in this salon – all four images entered require just one more acceptance each. Hippo yawn 3 is a very “old” image taken a few years back but now I can put it away.

Hippo yawn 3

Hippo yawn 3

Chobe Nature reserve near Kasane, Botswana

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  1. 2nd BAWS SALON 2015 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 1 medal & 2 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: The first medal for the month and Weavers on your back taken in my backyard – just to show you that you do not need to travel to great images. Just need some patience and a great deal of luck. 3 acceptances for this image in only three salon entries – done and dusted for the shelve!

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Weavers on your back

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. 41st SMETHWICK SALON 2015 (UK)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again – the same strategy – entered four images and these four images only require one or two acceptances each to achieve the goal of three acceptances each. I was not that successful with Ostrich in dust as it only received its second acceptance in this salon after six attempts. Now just for the final hurdle with this image – its third acceptance.

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Ostrich in dust

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. 3RD THREE COUNTRY GRAND CIRCUIT 2015 (Ireland, Montenegro, Serbia)

This was a 3-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature, Wildlife, Birds, Open Colour, Sport and PJ sections = 72 entries

Acceptance: 1 medal & 24 acceptances (35% acceptance rate)

Comments: This was one of those salons/circuit where there is a limited entry fee option – this time the minimum of sections to be entered was six. And to my surprise, the medal was awarded to an image of mine entered in the Photo Journalism (PJ) section – Two fire sill.

Two fire sill W

Two fire sill

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. 23rd SINGAPORE SALON 2015 (Singapore)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 2 COMs & 1 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Leopard smacked was one of he images receiving a COM award. Another success story with a 100% acceptance rate in 7 national and international salons despite the low light conditions and some noise in the image

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Leopard smacked

Londolozi nature reserve, South Africa

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  1. DOUBLE HALF CIRCUIT 2015 (India)

This was a 3-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section = 12 entries

Acceptance: 1 medal & 8 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: At last, a third acceptance for Young baboon in its 8th salon entry. Not really a success story using this image in salons maybe because the eyes of the young baboon is not visible. Maybe it would have been a stronger image if the baboon was looking at me but I just love the body language as well as the backlight effect (emotional image?).

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Young baboon

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SALON 2015 (USA)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 1 COM & 2 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Jacana with eggs is another image that received its third acceptance after I’ve struggled to get the required third acceptance. Very special image to me because it is not the privilege of every photographer to capture a Jacana climbing onto his nest filled with eggs. One of those images I call “an emotional image” – an image the photographer loves but it is not really a image that will do well in competition.

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Jacana with eggs

Chobe Nature reserve near Kasane, Botswana

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  1. 1ST BI-CONTINENTAL CIRCUIT 2015 (Greece & UAE)

This was a 4-salon circuit

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

Acceptance: 1 medal & 9 acceptances (63% acceptance rate)

Comments: Yet another first for me – a successful salon participation in the UAE (at this stage my total stands at 44 countries). And a medal award as a bonus as well. Meerkat sitting hug was the image that received its first medal from one of the salons in the UAE.

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Meerkat sitting hug

Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa

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  1. ISTANBUL PHOTO MEETING SALON 2015 (Turkey)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Also my first successful salon participation in Turkey. Playful young hyena is another image that was not well received by the salon judges in the past – received its third acceptance after seven salon entries. Maybe the background or the lack of good light – both very relevant reason for judges not awarding a salon acceptance to this image. Therefore, I am very satisfied with the required three acceptances.

Playful young hyena 1

Playful young hyena

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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  1. NATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. 10TH BEACHCOMBER SALON 2015 (South Africa)

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Wildlife, Macro, PJ, Scapes, Human portraits monochrome and Open colour sections= 20 entries

Acceptance: 3 COMs & 11 acceptances (58%)

Comments: Two COMs in the Wildlife section and the third COM for a landscape image Church cloud opening.

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Church cloud opening

Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Message to take home:

I’ve posted a few bird photos in this post – currently my favourite subject to photograph, especially birds in flight/bird actions. The reason why it is currently my favourite subject? Maybe it is because bird photography is so challenging or maybe it is just the opportunity to show my readers what the human eye cannot see. Challenging? All I can say it might be easy to call yourself a bird photographer. However, it is definitely not that easy to be a good bird photographer. For those who have tried their hand at bird photography will know. First of all, your do need proper equipment. But if you think that an experienced photographer with proper equipment just goes on a photography safari trip or just go to a birding place to photograph birds, aim their camera and lens at the birds, and capture many, many amazing photographs, please think again! Because it is definitely not what bird photography is all about. Bird photographers (and I would like to see myself as a “bird photographer in the making”) are those photographers who go to the site before anyone. We stay around until there’s no light. We stay and learn about the environment and the birds’ behaviour and we go back to the same place again, and again, and again until we do get what the shots that we want. Looking the two images I took in my backyard of the weavers posted above – it took me about 2 months of planning with trail and error (30 minutes per afternoon because for just 30minuts the sun is perfect for this shot – sunlight permitted) to capture this image.

 

Until 2016, keep on shooting

 

  1. #1 by michaelsingletonhaworth on December 29, 2015 - 3:29 am

    Willem your bird images are excellent! The weaver fight is brilliant and unusual and the Ostrich getting up from its dust bath is superb. Thanks for showing us which images you enter for the salons and what the outcomes are. I find it instructive. I wish you many wonderful images and experiences in 2016.

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