Image competition is something that photographers use to grow, to improve their technique, style, storytelling, and skills overall. Image competition isn't a photo contest, images are judged on their own merits, not against others. There are 12 elements that are judged, and overall if all 12 elements are evidenced in the image, that image does well in competition. As a professional, my desire is to create works of art and to continue to improve my images.
Last weekend, the Virginia Professional Photographers of America hosted their annual image competition. 589 images were submitted. I entered 6 images - 5 received red ribbons (above average) and one received a blue ribbon (deserving of a merit). I can't share the images here yet, as there are two more image competitions where I will enter them again. I'll share the high scorers here this summer after the International Print Competition. But I wanted to share my latest news here, as I'm happy about it!