Whether or not you like winter, the one thing all people will agree on, is that Winter can be so beautiful. The snow seems to just put purity in the air, and make every thing so white and beautiful. If you are a photographer, winter will be one season you like, just for the photography opportunities.
Here is a collection of the best winter photos I could find from several sources. Hope you enjoy them:
There are actually quite a few photo contests around the world today. Have you ever thought of entering a photo contest? If your photography seems to be on par with winning photos, here are some tips for entering a photo contest:
Below are some standard rules that you can tweak as needed depending on your unique photo contest:
All photos must be original work, taken by the entrants. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person. In other words, the photo you enter better be your own, or you could run into some serious problems, legally.
Here is a list of rules that usually required:
The photo must be in its original state and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame.
Violators will be removed from the contest, stripped of any prize(s), and banned from entering future contests.
Entries will not be accepted unless submitted via the official contest channel. Entries not submitted through the proper channel will be deleted.
Entries will be judged by the [Company]. All decisions are final. The Company reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules.
By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by the [Company] for advertising purposes.
Submissions will not be accepted once the deadline lapses.
The prize must be collected by the winner and is nontransferable.
The winner will be contacted via the email address provided during entry. If no response is received after [three] business days, a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to the prize.
The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
If you’re using entry forms like those offered by Submittable, you can include language at end of the form asking entrants to confirm that they have read the rules and regulations by clicking the submit button.
Have I ever entered and won a photo contest? Why, yes I have. I have entered the local county fair one year, and was already working for a photo store and had pretty good knowledge of what they might be looking for, and took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Then, at some point, I was asked to be a judge for a photo contest. The rules were already laid out, so, I, along with another photographer, judged the contest. Now, that was tougher than I thought, because they had professionals enter the contest as well, and when we did not vote on a particular persons photo, he registered a complaint with the people who sponsored the photo contest, saying we did not know what we were doing, because, it was obvious to him, he should have won.
So, the point to this is that there will be people, always, thinking they should have won the prize, when in reality, they are no where close to winning.
I entered an international contest as well, going against all the people in the world, with close to 10,000 entrants, and I ended up in third place. I won (now this goes back a long time ago) a Vivitar darkroom projector. I did not have a dark room, so, I sold the prize. But, the recognition was cool, because I saw them using my photo in some of their advertising.
I would love it, if my readers entered contests, and shared their results with us.
Here is a list of 20 photo contests for the year 2021:
Note: You can click on the one that interests you, and it will take you to their page. Try it.
Photography contests are a great way to find out if your images are up to scratch. By taking part in these competitions, you can win big. Either cash prizes, camera equipment, or having your work exhibited.
Even if you gain no financial benefit, having your images posted on the competition’s website has incredible benefits.
Here are some more winning photos:
GRAND PRIZE Manoj Shah Nairobi, Kenya
You can almost feel the earth tremble with the massive footsteps of an African elephant as it returns home with its herd after drinking at a marsh in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. Photographer Manoj Shah placed his remote camera on the ground where he thought the elephants would pass, then tripped the shutter while staying a safe distance away. “If I tried to take the picture lying down, most likely I would not be able to get up again,” he quips. A lifelong photographer, Shah speaks almost mystically about his quest to document this majestic species in decline. “My daughter worries that the elephant will be just a memory, a dream where they will walk on Earth at peace, as they were born to do, but kept alive only in our minds.” Moved by the animal’s power and frailty, he warns, “Their future is in our hands.”
This is my annual series of “THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE”, and now it is issue #7. This is a collection of some of the best black and white photos found on the internet in the last few months, from some of the most talented photographers in the world. I said last year that the interest in black and white has been developing for some time now, and this year the photos collected are the most amazing photos I’ve had to date. Congratulations to the photographers who’s photo was chosen for this presentation.
As far as how I pick these photos, here is some of the criteria I look for:
The photo must have good contrast, and have excellent blacks and whites.
Would this photo look better in black and white, than in color.
For facial pictures or portraits, the exposure must be perfect. No washed out tones and the greys are very nice.
Some black and white photos tell a story, and it can be best told in black and white.
With that in mind, here is this years winning photos:
This concludes this year’s ART OF BLACK AND WHITE, VOLUME 7. Thanks to those who let me use their photos. You have amazing talent and perhaps we may use your photos again.
Last week we had a great post of amazing photos of Rivers of the world. The response was tremendous. Now, to really add to even more beauty, this week’s Photos of the Week are all about the ocean. So many people in the world love photos taken of the ocean, ocean-side, etc. Here are today’s picks: