Last year I entered print competition for the first time, which was a huge learning experience. I entered again this year, although admittedly kinda at the last minute. If you're not familiar with Professional Photographers of America's International Photographic Competition (or the "Superbowl" of professional photography as I call it), then read last year's IPC results post first for an overview of how scoring works.
How I did in 2018 IPC
Three out of four of my images were awarded a merit, all within the General Collection. Not too shabby! Although my goal was 4/4, it's still better than 2/4 last year.
Now for my entries:
Image 1: Collie and Columns
I love the architectural elements and leading lines in this image, but unfortunately the judges did not feel strongly about it. Although I haven't received my critique yet, I'm wondering if perhaps the judges wanted more of a story? It scored 78. And actually I'm grateful it didn't score the dreaded 79! Still one of my favorite images taken this summer.
Image 2: Mr. Tough Guy
I love Adobie's intense expression and the colorful graffiti wall. The ironic part is that Adobie is ANYTHING but tough - he's actually quite gentle and snuggly with his toy bunny. This one scored 80, and earned a merit in the General Collection.
Image 3: Maybe She's Born With It
If you've visited Loyl's Natural Pet in the West U area, you may have met Lucy, one of the resident greeters there. She has the most amazing eyelashes, and I instantly fell in love with this image of her. It scored 80, and earned a merit in the General Collection.
Image 4: Wish You Were Here
The first three images were all taken during client sessions in Houston, but this last one was taken while on vacation in Paris. No lie, I spent a couple hours sitting, watching, and walking around the Champ de Mars, waiting for the perfect dog to walk by to pose for me in front of the Eiffel Tower. When I saw Chicco, I knew he was the one! And shhhh, don't tell anyone, he's actually Swiss, not French! This image scored an 80 and earned a merit in the General Collection.
Pulling back the curtain
I love a good before and after! So I thought I'd pull back the curtain and show how much post-processing work can go on behind the scenes. The slideshow below shows my four entries 1) straight out of camera, and 2) as submitted into print competition.