Photolife Magazine just published their September issue with the winners of the Emerging Photographers 2010 Contest announced. As you may have guessed, I didn’t make the cut.
I’ve flipped through the honourable mentions, and I have to say, I’m not very impressed.
This is not to say that I think my photos were so much more deserving. (Well, I might a teeny little bit, but that’s my egotistical side speaking – something all of us photographers have some of.)
I found the images chosen to be … underwhelming. There were certainly some excellent examples – but there were also some that left me wondering why they were chosen in the first place. I know it would have taken more time, and more work, but I’d have loved to see a small bit of text with each image saying why it was chosen – it might have helped me, as an emerging photographer – see what the judges were able to see that I could not.
A couple were so digitally manipulated that I didn’t feel I was looking at a photograph any longer. I’m a fan of digital manipulation (one of my submitted images was split-toned in lightroom) but only to a certain extent in a photography competition. A couple were just out of my artistic ken – I don’t see why they were chosen at all.
I trust the judges. They saw something I couldn’t. Usually though I can look at a photograph and understand. This time I couldn’t.
For your reference, below are the images I submitted. Go and pick up a copy yourself and see what you think. See if the images chosen as winners and honourable mentions appeal to you. See what resonates, and what doesn’t.
See – that’s the great thing about art. Love it or Hate it. Understand it or fail to comprehend. It’s art. And someone, somewhere – will love it.
Trust – Photolife Contest Edit
Kissed – Photolife Contest Edit
FrostFlowers – Photolife Contest Edit
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