‘Photography is the story I fail to put into words’ – Destin Sparks
This one is a particular favourite of mine, because I never actually expected it to happen! No, it wasn’t a “professional” competition. Yes, it was an internal competition for my photography society rather than an external competition. No, it was not in the “advanced” category but instead the “intermediate” category.
Even still, I was the youngest member in the society and – in comparison to plenty of others – very inexperienced and limited in my techniques, especially when I first began.
What made my results at the start of the 2016/2017 season so surprising was my poor performance at the end of the 2015/2016 season not long after I joined. I mean, I was learning new tips and tricks every week that I could utilise and spent more time working on crafting and staging a photo rather than just “taking” one, so I felt even more energised by the improvement in my scores as it meant that I was further developing and improving as a photographer.
The first time I won was in Round 1 of the 16/17 season, an “open subject” round.
This photo was inspired by an image that I first took back in 2014, and re-creating it was an absolute nightmare. I love the connotations of the image however, and really wanted to see how others would react to it. I must admit, they reacted a lot better than I thought they would!
I followed this up by taking first place (albeit after a tie-breaker) in Round 2, a “set subject” round, where the subject was simple pleasures.
A trickier proposition. After burning through several ideas, I settled upon the below picture, ‘Smile’. With its simplicity and honesty I felt it was the perfect submission entry.
Due to travelling, I missed the rest of the 2016/2017 season and I don’t know when/if I’ll be involved in another photography competition again, so winning these two was an absolute dream and something I’ll hold on to for a very, very long time.
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