Outcome of my photography salon (competition) entries – Month of April 2016

I am a bit behind with the posting of the results of my salon entries because we are already in Aug 2016 but no need to worry – eventually we’ll get there. So let’s go directly to the outcomes of my salon entries for April 2016

The details of the salons are as follows:

 

Total number of salons entered: 11

9 international salons & 2 national salons.

Overall outcome:

International: 60 acceptances from 120 photos entered = 50% acceptance rate

National: 21 acceptances from 48 photos entered = 44% acceptance rate

Medals: 3

COMs: 6

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. INTERNATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. 2nd Tower circuit 2016 (Serbia)

This was a 5-salon circuit

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered in Nature section (20 entries) = 10 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: All 4 images received two ore more acceptances with Weaver sparrow dance receiving 4 out of a possible 5 acceptances. Once again and a continuation of my previous post – no need to travel to exotic places because this image was taken in my back yard.

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Weaver sparrow dance

My own back yard, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. Scottish salon 2016 (Scotland)

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered = 2 medals (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Staying with the average of 50% acceptance rate with my international salon entries this time with two medals. Ostrich in dust was a very interesting medal winner if you like backlight shots. For those who are visiting the Kgalagadi park – be on the lookout for the ostriches on your late afternoon drive back from Rooiputs to Twee Rivieren (on the western side of the road). They are usually around taking dust baths providing your with some interesting backlight shots.

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Ostrich in dust

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. Natura naturans salon 2016 (Serbia)

Photos entered & results: 8 photos entered = 2 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: An interesting salon with two nature section namely Birds/Insects as well as Landscape. Lupha rocks is the only one of my four images entered and received an acceptance.

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Lupha rocks

Luphathana, Wild coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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  1. 4th Cheltenham salon 2016 (UK)

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered = 1 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Eisch, I am going downhill with my salon results at this stage with once again only a 25% acceptance rate. However, Francolin reflection received its required third acceptances (working towards my EPSA honours – three acceptances per image required) after its 9th salon entry.

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Francolin reflection

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. 2nd Digitalna foto arhiva crcuit 2016 (Serbia)

This was a 4-salon circuit with three Nature section – my favourite type of circuit. Four countries were involved as well.

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered in the three sections (48 entries) = 23 acceptances (48 % acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again, each of the 12 images received at least one acceptances meaning the images are up to standard but maybe the images were just not the “taste”/choice of the judges. However, Goshawk shadow received acceptances in all 4 salons. Initially I thought to crop out the shadow but after I’ve developed the image, I liked the shadow. And for those of you who are familiar with the Kgalagadi will know this images was taken at my favourite waterhole in the park.

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Goshawk shadow

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. 1st IUP SALON 2016 (Hong Kong)

Photos entered & results: 20 photos entered in 5 section = 9 acceptances (45% acceptance rate)

Comments: I received a 100% acceptance rate in the Nature section with all four images receiving acceptances. Cloudy elephants also received its required 3rd acceptance after seven entries so I can put the image away.

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Cloudy elephants

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. Indian Photofest salon 2016 (India)

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered = 4 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)

Comments: A, at last a successful salon with a 100% acceptance rate. Leopard bite also received its required 3rd acceptance after 5 entries. Sorry for posting so many leopard images but these animals are so elusive and they are one of my favourite animals – many more to come. Also anything can happen around them – like these two that are in a mating mood. So always be prepared!

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Leopard bite

Greater Kruger national park, South Africa

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  1. Sydney harbour salon 2016 (Australia)

Photos entered & results: 8 photos entered in two Nature sections = 2 ribbons & 4 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Three acceptances each in both sections with 2 ribbons (COMs). Leopard one eye reflection received its required 3rd acceptance after its 9th entry and received one of the ribbons – a struggle to get the required 3 acceptances for this image, Not sure why (many because of the one eye not being there anymore or is it the quality of the light – I sound like a camera club judge now – the technical aspects of the image is more important than the story telling element) but at last I can put the image away.

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Leopard one eye reflection

Greater Kruger national park, South Africa

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  1. 5th Hoylake salon 2016 (UK)

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered in Nature section = 3 ribbons & 4 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: And I should conclude this international salon section with yet another image taken from my back yard and it received its required 3rd acceptance in its 5th entry. I just love the interaction between the birds in my back yard during the breeding season. I also choose a very nice sport to photograph them – just under a dark bush with the sun shining for almost an hour in the afternoons on them. The black background is not manipulated in Photoshop.

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Weaver on backside

My back yard, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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 B. NATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. 3rd Southern suburbs SALON 2016 (South Africa)

Photos entered & results: 24 photos entered = 1 medal, 6 acceptances (29% acceptance rate)

Comments: A struggle lately with the national salons even with my entries in the nature section. For example in this salon I only received 1 acceptance in the Wildlife section. So how about posting an image that did not receive an acceptance and you be the judge. Standing hug already received 2 national salon and 3 international salon acceptances including a COM award. Maybe the judges are of the opinion that I am blurring the background of this image during my post-processing (which is a total no-no in nature photography) but it is not the case. It is just the 600mm lens that can create such blurry backgrounds if one is close to your subject and the background is some distance away.

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Standing hug

Tswalu private national park, South Africa

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  1. Photo challenge SALON 2016 (South Africa)

Photos entered & results: 24 photos entered = 4 COM & 10 acceptances (58% acceptance rate)

Comments: A much better salon result for me with 3 COMs and another acceptance in the nature section – 100% acceptance rate. Lioness water please is one of those images with a COM award.

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Lioness water please

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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Message to take home:

Thinking about photographic salon and other competitions, one needs to be careful not to get too upset with the outcome of these competitions. It is just because the judging process is so subjective. The same principle applies to camera club judging. Therefore, this year I decide to review the outcome of my salon and camera club results and I realised the following:

My results are disappointing because nowadays I am trying to do things “Out of the box”. I am moving away from the typical salon and camera style of images. Camera club evenings and salon competitions are now becoming just a measuring tool and not the ultimate. I am now prepared to step outside the comfort zone of those typical (technical correct and rules complaint images) camera club images. With such an approach it’ll probably all go wrong and one’s hit rate will be very low during a trip. However, trying to capture something different is where you will find the WOW photos. We all the rules in photography such as the rule of thirds, golden triangle, etc. and we hear it time and time again in the critique of the camera club judges. Why not try and break it? Such an approach will set you apart from the endless bird on a stick shots we see every day on social media (not that there is anything wrong with such images). Lets see where such an approach is taking my level and style of photography.

What (and where) is your style of photography? If it is within the camera club milieu, so be it but just make sure you do not get too upset with the judges and most of all – keep on enjoying it. Otherwise, try and do something different – not matter what other people (especially the judges) think.

Until next month, keep on shooting

  1. #1 by bessie on August 7, 2016 - 4:10 pm

    Well said and done Willem

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