Sometimes it seems like it takes more effort than it’s worth. Not only do you have to keep up with your regular business and client work, but then you have to add in creating specialty images to enter into photo contests too? Is it really worth it?
A photo contest ultimately does three things for you.
1. It boosts your confidence. Nothing can put a smile on your face more than being recognized by your peers. When they recognize your photographic talent, you know you’ve accomplished quite a bit in your career.
2. It educates you. Taking photographs for clients is completely different than taking photographs for awards. You look at things differently, put new perspectives on your subject matter, and learn more about the true art of photography.
3. It proves your expertise. When you market your photography, your client judges you based on your images and your marketing materials. When you add “award winning” in, it changes the dynamics. Your client instantly knows you’ve been recognized outside of the typical business world, and others appreciate what you do as well.
Win a few awards, and your business can easily become more professional, more saleable – which means you can charge more for what you do.
If you enter a local contest, you can list “award winner”.
If you enter an international contest, you can list “international award winner”.
With just a couple of wins behind you, you could quickly improve your status by becoming an “International Award Winning Photographer”.
And you could win some pretty cool prizes along the way too.
Here’s a look at contests happening right now.
2nd Annual Great Outdoors Photo Contest 2011
Have a chance to show off what you can create in nature, and have a chance at winning a week long Polar Bear Adventure.
Browse through this blog to find a variety of contests and photography competitions from around the world. They have different categories – portrait, sport, travel, etc – so you should be able to find something corresponding to your interests.
Winning photographs will be published in the November 2011 issue of Photographer’s Forum Magazine, and exhibited at Brooks Institute Gallery.