Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Entering a club photo competition

Quite often one comes across someone in the camera club who has become disillusioned with the monthly photo competition. Having participated for over a year now, I can understand the feeling of disappointment when the judge sees faults in your masterpiece and don't hand you the recognition you think is well deserved. Hence, there are people who drop out of taking part in the club's photo competition.

A photo competition conducted by the camera club is meant to be a process of grooming you to become a better photographer. It does not matter if you win or not. The whole idea is that you have a chance of pitting your work against other members'. When a judge picks on a fault, it is not meant to criticize you. All photos are presented anonymously to the judge. It is the judge's duty to make comments, good or bad. Believe me, you won't be in a hurry to forget when a judge finds a weakness in you photo. It is a very effective learning process.

Personally, I think the competition also helps a person in character building. Where else do you find an opportunity to train a person to accept constructive criticism, month after month? It is not surprising that photographers are generally very agreeable people, if I may say so myself!

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