The last time I participated in photography competitions was way back in my secondary school days when I submitted entries for the school’s annual photography competition. Since I rediscovered photography, I have not given participation in competition much thought as I am of the opinion we all are uniquely different and creative in the way we see, perceive and represent the world, and as such, no right or wrong, nor a good or bad photograph.
But seeing so much beautiful photography being created and published by fellow photographers from all over the world, I do wonder and ask myself at times how does my photography, my work, compare with what’s out there? and after reading Ivan Johsua Loh’s post on participating in photography competitions … http://ivanjoshualoh.com/2015/06/25/awards-with-fujifilm-x-t1/, I decided to give it a try. I researched the competitions Ivan mentioned and decided on The International Photography Awards (IPA) competition as it’s international, well known and established within the industry, well participated, easy on the image copyright rights and with many categories which one can choose to participate in.
I had a number of images in mind, my personal favorites, so to speak, and I submitted them under the ‘Non-Professional’ category. Submission fee per entry is rather steep (in my opinion) at USD15 per single shot entry. Closing date was 14th August. I left it at that after the submission. Yesterday, having not heard from IPA at all since the closing date, I visited the IPA Facebook page to see if there’s news and to my surprise found out results were already announced on the 29th Sept. On browsing through the winning entries, I found two of my entries awarded for Honorable Mention under the ‘non-professional’ category. I am really pleased and happy to share this news and achievement with you all. The IPA 2015 competition ‘Non-Professional’ category attracted 17,839 submissions from over 153 countries.
Under ‘people/culture’ category
‘A Couple’s High Street Wedding Photo Shoot’
(Any reader (especially from Hanoi) reading this post who knows the couple, I would appreciate it if you could advise their email contact for me to thank them personally.)
under ‘fine art/other’ category
Where Are All The Leaves?
the above photos were published in the following WordPress posts …
About the International Photography Awards
The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. Each year, the International Photography Awards (IPA) invites passionate photographers, to compete for the title of Photographer of the Year, Discovery of the Year and Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year. A board of esteemed professionals in the field juries the competition: curators, photo editors, gallery owners, art directors, and other luminaries from the international photography community. The awards includes a Lucie Statue and cash prizes totaling over $20,000, exhibition and publication opportunities. www.photoawards.com
About the Lucie Awards
The Lucie Awards is the annual event honoring the greatest achievements in photography. The photography community from countries around the globe will pay tribute to the most outstanding photography achievements presented at the Gala Awards ceremony. Each year, the Advisory Board nominates deserving individuals across a variety of categories who will be honored during the Lucie Awards ceremony. Once the nominations have been received, the votes are tallied and an honoree in each category is identified. The honorees are pre-announced months before the Lucie Awards. The Lucie Awards are a signature program of Lucie Foundation. www.lucieawards.com