Why Enter Photography Competitions?
ARE YOU READY?
Late next month, registration starts for PPA’s International Photographic Competition – a chance for photographers to enter their best images and see how they stack up against the best photographers in the world. Will you be entering? You might be surprised to find out why it is so critical to your success.
Art competitions are nothing new. The concept is actually very closely based on the Paris Salon. During the 1700s, the Paris Salon was what every artist aspired to do. If your work was accepted by the Salon, and displayed in the Louvre, you had truly made it! Print competition works in much the same way. A group of masters judge your work and if it meets a certain standard, it is accepted into the show.
There are hundreds- probably thousands- of photographic competitions every year, but the one sponsored by Professional Photographers of America is the gold standard. The judges are put through a rigorous training system that ensures a fair, consistent judging from year to year. Trust me – I’ve gone through this process and it is no easy task. Because of these high standards, the PPA competition attracts the best of the best. The winning images are amazing artistic achievements.
SO WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME?
Good question. You don’t win expensive prizes in this competition. What you win is photographic skill. Competition will force you to become a better photographer. Even if you enter and don’t do so well-it doesn’t mean you didn’t grow as a photographer. I can assure you this: by pushing yourself creatively every year in print competition, you WILL become a better photographer. No doubt about it. It just takes a willingness to put yourself out there and maybe fail a little bit. Everyone fails at competition every now and then. The winners are the ones who keep trying.
“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” ~Woody Allen
Here is a LINK to PPA’s site and everything you need to know about the upcoming competition. Give it a try and see how you do. I even put together a DVD on Print Competition that explains how the system works and strategies for success. It is everything that I wish I knew back when I started competing.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Has print competition helped you grow as a photographer? Any advice for competition newbies? If so, leave a comment and let me know what you think!