Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Contest

Greetings and welcome to Hohenfels Volks, THE place for our place! Here’s hoping the weather this weekend will allow for some great shots. Hohenfels is getting cold and it’s time to gear up for long dark nights and days that are just as dark! It’s also time to get ready for some great autumn and winter shots!

As promised, the information for the contest. I’ll start with the prizes. First place will get a 25 euro gift certificate to Photohaus Zacharias in Regensburg. Second place will get a 15 Euro and third will get a 10 Euro gift certificate. Of course, for the contest to be valid, we have to get at least 10 entries.

Of course, you have to like our Facebook page and make a great photo to win. I’ll be the sole judge, and each person can only enter 1 photo.

The contest will run from Saturday morning, the 15th until the morning of the 22nd. Photos must be made no earlier than today. Any image that was shot before today cannot be entered. I'll announce the winners soon after the 22nd.

The theme for the contest is “The End of Summer.” With the fests, back-to-school, and fall approaching, there should be plenty to get your creativity fired up! Your image should convey a sense that summer is coming to a close.

I’ll base my judgments on the following criteria:
1- Technical- exposure, color balance, sharpness, and other technical merits.
2- Creative- creativity, creative use of gear, creative use of elements within the scene, and other aspects of creative photography.
3- Impact- does the image induce some feeling or message, and how well does it accomplish this.
4- Theme- how well the image complies with the theme.

Ansel Adams said that “There is nothing worse than a sharp photo of a fuzzy concept.” Your photo may be technically perfect, but if there is no impact or creativity, you probably won’t win.

If we don’t get enough entries, we’ll have to reduce the prizes or limit them to 1 or 2 places. Anyone can enter, but you have to contact me to arrange for pickup of the prize. That means you have to be in the Hohenfels area to receive your prize, or plan to come here to pick it up. If your image doesn’t win, it doesn’t mean that I don’t like it, or you for that matter, it just means the winners had some greater impact or a less fuzzy concept.

This contest isn’t for prestige or grand prizes, it’s about being creative and liking your work. It’s about sharing our work with each other. It’s not about being competitive or better than anyone else.

Hohenfels Volks: Autumn Roadside
ISO 100, f/16, 1/25
Autumn roadside. I wanted to convey the feeling of an old fashioned autumn with this shot. By exposing to place the cut wood and the framing leaves at the top of the shot at a level that pulls you toward the clapboard building, this photo seems to announce the onset of fall.

Here’s hoping you enjoy the rest of your week and capture the shots you’ve been wanting. Get out and make it happen, then show us, share what you felt through your images on our Hohenfels Volks Faceboook page.

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