Emerging Photographers 2010 Winners Announced

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

Trust - Photolife Contest Edition

Kissed – Photolife Contest Edit


FrostFlowers – Photolife Contest Edit


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Jeff is a portrait photographer based in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada.He is also a geek, and a dad.When he grows up he hopes to be a superhero, a firefighter or lead the resistance against an alien invasion.
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  1. Starla Penenr August 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Love all three but “kissed” is my favorite! I”m going to check out the magazine for sure!

  2. Observer May 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Sorry to say my friend, your images the ones… underwhelming. Think of it like this, if you were somebody else [unrelated to you], would this person spare a second glance?

    • JCloss May 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

      You may find my images underwhelming. That’s fine. It doesn’t however make the images from the final choices good. Some, of course, were. Lots were not. Some were good art but poor photography, which I find difficult to accept in a photography competition. I’m happier with my portrait photography than my nature and landscape which I submitted to the contest. I didn’t say I was more deserving, but I did say I wasn’t impressed with the final choices. Thanks for your input though.

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