Yup, it’s that time of the year again…
Nothing to photograph so I just reuse my pictures by entering them in photo competitions. This year I tried my luck in the Smithsonian/Air and Space Mag competition and in a competition organized by Red Bull Sweden.
The second one ended today without any luck. All you had to do was upload your action pictures on Instagram and tag them. I thought my A2A pictures of jets with afterburners would be more than enough action, but apparently they are not. I did came out as one of the more original contestants as most of the pictures showed snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, etc. Of course my shots weren’t the best. There were more than 1700 entries so it’s not really a surprise I didn’t end in the final 3, nor did I hope for it after seeing some of the entries. I am surprised though about the winning shots. The first one isn’t showing any action at all, but of course it’s a great picture. Just look at it! That light and colours! To be honest, I don’t like the second one. The third one on the other hand does show action and is a kick-ass shot.
It’s not all bad luck for me though. Yesterday I got the email that one of my 3 pictures made it into the final selection of the Air & Space Magazine. I accidentally only entered in one category (don’t ask…) so I’m happy that at least one made it. I still have to compete against 9 other pictures in this category and against 39 others for the whole contest. So please keep your fingers crossed in January when they’ll announce the winners.
I must say I am happy that both contest had a jury selecting the winning pictures. Most of the contest work with ‘likes’ on Facebook, resulting in me spamming everyday until everyone hates me. I did this once, but after that first contest I just didn’t dare to ask anyone for likes anymore. I kinda used all my credit during the first contest. I did win that one though!
So, what’s your experience with photo contests? Feel free to add current contests in the comments.