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Dan Eitreim
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February 24, 2015

There are so many different types of photo contests out there, it is sometimes hard to decide which ones you want to invest your time into. Of course, the main goal is to have a good experience, so here are some things to consider when searching for a good photo contest:

1. The Prize

The first thing that people wonder when they hear the word “contest” is what the prize is because everyone wants to know what they will get if they win. It is biggest incentive to participate in a contest, so make sure the prize is something you truly want. The better the prize is, the happier you’ll feel when you win the contest. Some of the best prizes offered are publication in magazines, cash, or products such as cameras or lenses.

2. The Theme

The theme of the contest is extremely important because it should be challenging yet not limiting. If there are too many guidelines and limitations on what type of photo you need to enter, then it is harder to enjoy the whole process of thinking about what to photograph and coming up with the final product. The theme should allow the photographer to be open-minded and interpret what the theme means to them. Those who can present the theme in a new and unique way will have the highest chance of being recognized and awarded.

3. The Judges

This is an imperative aspect to consider because it determines the winner of the contest. There are two ways that photo contests are judged: 1. by voting 2. by a judging panel of the organization that hosted the contest. There are pros and cons to each method. Voting is more interactive because you can ask your friends and family to vote for you and it allows you to show off your work to an audience. The downside is that people can find ways to cheat the system, making it unfair to other contestants. But hopefully, the online voting system is advanced enough so that there aren’t any loopholes. If you enter a contest where a judging panel chooses the winner, then you have no control over the process of how the winner is selected. This way, there is a less likely chance that the contest is rigged. It definitely is harder to win, but it also feels more accomplishing because you know that your photograph was chosen out of many many other applicants.

It isn’t difficult to come across a photo contest that appeals to you. I would recommend entering many contests because there is always a chance of winning. And even if you don’t win, you still get feedback from other fellow photographers. A great site that hosts many photo contests is ViewBug.com. What makes them stand out is that they have many different themes for their photo contests so you can pick which theme you like the most and enter it. Also, they offer a variety of prizes that appeal to everyone such as Canon cameras or even $200 cash. The best part is that they hold contests frequently, so if you don’t win the first time around, there is always another chance!

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