Photo contests are one way to help you with your photography skills.

This article today comes from Adam Williams who submitted this article to “picturecorrect”. Amazing insights are certainly worth sharing.

After a few minor photo competition successes, I entered the 2013 Focus Awards absolutely full of confidence, my ego had taken hold and all I could think about was all the recognition and prizes I was going to win.

You guessed it, it was an absolute fail!

However, failure is one of my key inspirations and every time it happens (fairly often) the cogs in my mind start spinning as I try to figure out how to never let it happen again.

One of Adam Williams winning photos!

At the time, I was still a carpenter/builder and as I went about the rest of the day my mind was elsewhere contemplating how I could improve my chances of photo competition success in the future.

Then an idea struck me, a lightbulb moment, what if the winning photo competition galleries, the top 20/50/100 scoring photos that are always published on the relevant competition websites contained a pattern as to which photos might be more likely to be successful in a photo competition.

I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I raced home, turned on the computer, opened an Excel spreadsheet and created a series of columns based on photographic criteria.

Great Light, Black and White, High Saturation, etc, etc

I then scoured the galleries of my favorite photo competitions, one by one I viewed each image and ticked the various boxes on my excel spreadsheet.

I was hoping to see patterns of specific photographic criteria common to the top-scoring photos.

Not only did I find a series of patterns, their significance blew my mind.

There were three very important photographic elements found within almost all of the winning photos, so much so, if your photos didn’t contain at least two of these three elements it was almost impossible to win photo competitions.

3 Important Photographic Elements:

  1. Strong Subject
  2. Simplicity
  3. Great Light
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Enter Photo Competitions with the unfair advantage!

Have you ever noticed that the same handful of photographers seem to win all the high profile photo competitions?

It’s true, the same names tend to end up on the winner’s list time and time again.

Photo competitions are no different from any other competition in the fact that if it is your first time entering you are probably not going to be all that great. To be great in any competition generally requires figuring out the subtleties of success.

So what can we do to give ourselves the best chance of winning?

The reason the same photographers tend to always win is that after several years of entering they have figured out what works and what doesn’t.

Keep in mind, like me, those winners once were lousy at photo competitions too.

But, that kind of experience comes at a cost. They have probably, entered their best 4 or more photos into at least 5 photo competitions per year, over a period of 2-3 years. If we do the math at an average of $25usd per photo that kind of experience is likely to cost well over $1000.

What if I told you that you already have GOLD-winning photos in your collection?

Yes 100%, you already have photos in your collection that have the potential to achieve awards at the highest levels and win the biggest international photo competitions!

How do I know this?

Over the years, I have taught Photoshop to thousands of passionate photographers of all levels, from absolute beginners to experienced professionals.

And the one thing they all have in common is GOLD-worthy photos in their collections.

I bet your wondering, how can absolute beginners and experienced professionals both be at the same level?

You are right; they are not. However, without fail, no matter the skill level I could always find photos with GOLD level potential on the hard drives of every single photographer that I have taught.

Granted, the beginners generally had fewer gold-potential photos than the more experienced photographers; however, regardless of skill or experience, I could always find the diamonds among the rough.

Therefore, I am 100% sure that you too have photos of the highest level in your collection; but, which ones are they?

If you are like me, you probably have 20,000 – 200,000 photos on your hard drives.

And if you have entered a competition before you might know that your favorite photo is often the one the scores the lowest. Just because we like it doesn’t mean it will do well in a photo competition.

We should absolutely take photos to please ourselves, however, to be successful in photo competitions we need to put our emotions aside and choose photos that will please the judges.

Image selection is the most important skill you can learn to winning photo contests.

Not only is selecting the right photos critical to doing well in photo competitions, but it is also the single most important skill in building your reputation as an exceptional photographer.

All photographers of all skill levels have both brilliant and bad photos in their collections. Yes, the more skill and experience the photographer has will generally result in a higher ratio of brilliant over bad images.

That being said, if both the beginners and the best photographers have both brilliant and bad photos to choose from, then there can be no doubt that one of the most important skills in becoming an exceptional photographer is image selection.

In other words, your reputation as a photographer is directly related to the quality of the photos you choose to share.

Having a better understanding of what makes a great photo, along with being more critical and more selective about which photos you share, is likely to elevate your standing as a photographer more than any other skill.

Exceptional photographers only share exceptional photos! (When was the last time your favorite photographer shared a bad photo?)

You will be able to take the knowledge you learn in this course and use it to build a reputation as an exceptional photographer by being more selective and refined about the photos you share.

In this short video course, I will teach you the key criteria that judges tend to favor and show you how to find those winning images within your own photo collection.

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There are amazing photos that go around on the internet, whether they be from personal photographers, or from free photo websites, or social media. As I browse through the various photos on the internet, I see some that just need special recognition. This week’s “PHOTOS OF THE WEEK” is a collection of photos that I have randomly collected to show you. They are all just amazing photos, and some are somewhat newsworthy. The above photo, I thought, was a photo of the crazy fires going on in California and Oregon, only to find out that this a photo of the fire in Tasmania last year (2020). The face of the world is changing with these fires, and some great photos have been coming forth from those fires.

Here is some more amazing photos, I am sure you will enjoy:

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Fashion models of the avian world © webguzs/Getty Images —— Striking plumage, dramatic tail feathers, long down-curved bills, that indefinable certain something… You can see why bee-eaters are considered among the most beautiful of birds—and highly prized by photographers. There are about 25 species of bee-eaters that live throughout tropical and subtropical parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. They”re medium-sized and both males and females sport similar jewel-toned plumage. This group perching in Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania is mostly made up of the northern carmine variety—with blue-green heads and mostly red bodies—plus a few European bee-eaters seemingly for accent color.
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Old Farm implements still standing – Photo by Lanny Cottrell / 123Photogo
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Photo by Marián Šicko from Pexels

Starting Monday, August 16th, don’t miss a special series of blogs, on all the major camera manufactures…. their history, the company, their cameras. Very interesting details of each camera company. See below:

A Pexel Photo by SNAPWIRE
A Pexel Photo by Pixabay
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A Pexel Photo by Filckr
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Photo by Jenna Anderson on Unsplash
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Don’t miss tomorrow’s blog! The last of “50 subjects in Photography”. All 49 have been done, and this would be the last one of this series. I hope you will enjoy this one on “A series of 3 related Photos”. See you tomorrow!


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We are surrounded by art and culture every day. It is a part of our world. Today, we are featuring the best photos captured of art and culture. There are some amazing photos and certainly worth sharing. Enjoy:


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Photo by Johannes Mändle on Unsplash ——- Stadtbibliothek am Mailänder Platz, Mailänder Platz, Stuttgart ——– Library in Stuttgart
three woman with face paintings
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woman wearing blue dress with umbrella during sunset
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saint basil s cathedral
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selective focus photo of brown dreamcatcher
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set of paintbrushes on table
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painting of dreamy woman with rabbit on sunny day
Photo by Анастасия Беккер on Pexels.com
Photo by Aida Batres on Unsplash
Photo by Ernesto Velázquez on Unsplash ——- Hand in the sand in Punta del Este, Maldonado Uruguay
photo of a woman sitting beside statue
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artistic frontage of a building
Photo by AaDil on Pexels.com
Photo by Dyana Wing So on Unsplash ——— Lunar Festival in Philadelphia Chinatown
Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash ——– Palm and old style lamp
Photo by Shaun Salmon on Unsplash ——- Kandy, Culture Festival, Sri Lanka
close up of red wooden temple
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white and pink concrete building on green grass field under white sky
Photo by Jeffrey Czum on Pexels.com
old statue of young woman with smartphone in museum
Photo by Denise Duplinski on Pexels.com
hands in front of white and black background
Photo by Matheus Viana on Pexels.com
three geisha walking between buildings
Photo by Satoshi Hirayama on Pexels.com
photo of group of men wearing assorted scarves holding sticks
Photo by Follow Alice on Pexels.com
futuristic geometric exterior design of sydney opera house at night
Photo by Ben Mack on Pexels.com
pair of red ceramic shoes
Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com
woman raising her hands
Photo by Marlon Schmeiski on Pexels.com
photo of two native americans playing woodwind instruments
Photo by Gabriela Custódio da Silva on Pexels.com
man love people woman
Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com

Don’t miss the rest of this week. After a survey, they discovered that there was 51 different subjects on photography….. And I am doing all the subjects. I am half way done, so don’t miss out. Come back tomorrow, or look at the previous blogs done.


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Wallpaper photos are considered some of the best photos in the world. People look for incredible photos to put on their computer background, or their smart phones, so they are entertained with some of the most beautiful photos. It’s here that we find some photos that have been used as “Wallpaper” photos. Amazing photos, that you will absolutely love.

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Photo by Rory Hennessey on Unsplash – Photo of SpaceX liftoff of nighttime rocket launch
Photo by Khamkéo Vilaysing on Unsplash —- It happened when we arrived at landeyjahofn, it was all gold! Amazing dust and light!
Photo by Pawel Nolbert on Unsplash
Photo by Pietro De Grandi on Unsplash ——– Silver Porsche 918
Photo by Jo Wroten on Unsplash
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Photo by asoggetti on Unsplash —– Some sheep greeting the sunrise (and me) on Monte Due Mani mount.
Photo by Mary Winchester on Unsplash
Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
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Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
Photo by Cody Scott Milewski on Unsplash
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Sunset lights up the whole sky —– Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
Photo by Lukasz Szmigiel on Unsplash

Thank you for checking out this amazing collection of photos, titled: “Wallpapers” or “Screen Savers”. This collection of photos is a sample of what people are choosing to put on their phones and computer backgrounds. See you next week for another issue of ”PHOTOS OF THE WEEK”.


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In my quest to find some incredible photos for PHOTOS OF THE WEEK, I decided to find the latest photos of ANIMALS. Everyone loves them, and they are all a part of everyone’s lives. Here is the best collection I have found at this time, this year..

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Photo by Gwen Weustink on Unsplash
close up of cat
Photo by Henda Watani on Pexels.com

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”―

James Herriot
shallow focus photo of pink and brown jellyfish
Photo by Pawel Kalisinski on Pexels.com
unrecognizable person holding dog paw on grassy meadow
Photo by Turgay Yıldız on Pexels.com
animal avian beak bird
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
white rabbit in brown wooden box
Photo by Elijah O’Donnell on Pexels.com

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Anatole France
white and gray bird on the bag of brown and black pig swimming on the beach during daytime
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
short coated black and brown puppy in white and red polka dot ceramic mug on green field
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
woman with stallion on pasture
Photo by Misha Voguel on Pexels.com
close up portrait of a antelope
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

“You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.”

Robert Louis Stevenson
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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

― Mahatma Gandhi
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Photo by Geran de Klerk on Unsplash
Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash

“Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”

― George Eliot
Photo by Vincent van Zalinge on Unsplash
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash
Photo by Debbie Molle on Unsplash
Photo by Eric Welch on Unsplash

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.”

― Alfred A. Montapert
Photo by Sammy Leigh Scholl on Unsplash

“Let us remember that animals are not mere resources for human consumption. They are splendid beings in their own right, who have evolved alongside us as co-inheritors of all the beauty and abundance of life on this planet”

― Marc Bekoff
funny little dachshund puppy sleeping on cozy sofa
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dolphins in water
Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Pexels.com
Photo by Trinity Kubassek on Pexels.com
white and brown owl
Photo by mark broadhurst on Pexels.com
close up photography of a butterfly
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brown mountains
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Hawaii is a U.S. state in the Western United States, in the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles from the U.S. mainland. It is the only state outside North America, the only state comprised entirely of islands, and the only state in the tropics.

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Beneath the breathtaking natural wonder and exotic beauty unique to each of the Hawaiian Islands, there are vital roots. These are the stories of the people who tend to them. Who cultivate ancient ways of living in harmony with the environment and embrace local and Hawaiian culture with equal parts aloha and responsibility. For the next generation. And for Hawaii to stay rooted. 

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white and blue bus near green palm tree under blue sky
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Keoni Kaholoaa

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Interpretive Ranger At first, the southern edge of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park appears otherworldly. Wind-whipped black rock stretches from the cliffs to the deep blue waters of the Puna coast, a vast expanse of lava, frozen mid-flow into long smooth ropes called pahoehoe and sharp, jagged sections called aa. 

As native Hawaiian Keoni Kaholoaa hikes down the lava flow from Holei Pali, camera in hand, the brittle lava crunches under his boots, shattering like fragile glass. It’s surprisingly delicate. At a glance, the landscape seems barren. But there’s life everywhere.   

As he photographs the plants he finds, Keoni thinks about the Park’s visitor center and how lush it is there. Just like it is across the entire windward side of the island of Hawaii. These green islands were born of fiery lava, and the teeming plant and wildlife they now support all started in this way. 

It’s a perspective not lost on the Interpretive Ranger, who shares with visitors tales of his ancestor, Pele, the creator deity associated with the volcano, on whose land they walk.

volcano erupting at night under starry sky
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What is an Interpretive Ranger?

My duties here include sharing the culture with the visitors, to lead them on hikes and talk about the native wildlife. But my main purpose as an interpretive ranger is to leave a sense of belonging with visitors so that they can take that home with them.

How do you do that?

Letting visitors know that, hey, you know, these things are real. Pele is a force. We need both respect and humility to live in and around Pele.

erupting lava during daytime
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building beside shore
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The respect has to be there because as humans, as Hawaiians, as Kanaka Maoli, we are visitors just like anybody else. You know, this is not our land. The land belongs to Pele and the land belongs to the different elements.

You need the land so that the native plants can grow and flourish. And the native birds and insects and wildlife. I am connected to the land. Our responsibility is to protect the land, is to care for the land, is to cherish what we have, the water, the elements. It’s all connected.

And that mentality should be true no matter where you’re from. If you think about it, any tribal people of old, they were really connected to the land and the surroundings. And as humans progress, you know, we’re getting further and further away from that. And so, any opportunity that I or anyone else can share that, I think, is important. And working for the Park is a great way to do that.

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landscape photography of mountain
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What is the best time of year to go to Hawaii?

The best time to visit Hawaii is between March and September. This is when the islands see the highest temperatures and the lowest amount of rain. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the beach or the water.

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Why is Hawaii so dangerous?

Since Hawaii is located in the middle of a vast ocean and the ocean bottom drops off quickly, the waves and currents can be very big and powerful. Certain beaches are hazardous year-round while others are dangerous at certain times of the year.

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ocean waves crashing on rocks during sunset
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palm tree near body of water
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Is it good to live in Hawaii?

Living in Hawaii will probably make your life a lot more fun. … If you want your days to be less dreary and have better weather, and be able to enjoy the outdoors all year round, then move to Hawaii. I actually do surf and golf almost every week. start your Move to Paradise!


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Hawaiian Customs and Traditions

Native Hawaiians navigated to the Hawaiian Islands, where they lived and flourished for centuries, carrying on the cultural traditions they brought with them and innovating new ones. With the influx of a diverse group of people to the islands, including the missionaries who converted many Hawaiians to Christianity and immigrant laborers who worked the sugar cane plantations, some Native Hawaiian traditions were widely adopted and evolved in the same pattern of assimilation, adaptation and innovation that affected the culture of newcomers, creating a shared culture of diverse influences commonly referred to simply as “local.” However, many Native Hawaiian customs have been protected and perpetuated and are still practiced today.

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At the time in Hawaii’s history when the sugar industry grew and plantations multiplied, immigrant laborers were brought largely from China, Portugal, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico and the Philippine Islands. This diverse group of people living together in close-knit communities created a melting pot of cultures, which produced a unique blend of customs that have roots from many areas of the globe that are collectively referred to as “local.”

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Have you ever tried hawaiin food? Most of it is amazing. Here is a chance to try some by going here: hawaiin food.

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I hope you have enjoyed this pictorial of Hawaii. Sometimes it is hard to experience it with photos, but, in person, it will be an experience you will never forget.