I need some help on choosing photos for a competition

I’m going to enter some photos in a competition for black and white images. There is no specific category that I have to submit to (the judges will decide) with the only criteria being technical, that the images are a certain size and B&W in grayscale mode. The photos generally fall into the fine art realm with an emphasis on, from what I’ve seen on past winners, individuality, experimentation and generally darker tones. Weird is not unheard of. So, I would appreciate some feed back on which I should enter, keeping in mind on how the photo stands as a strong B&W image – one that would make you stop if you saw it in a gallery. I’ll probably enter multiple images but, since I have to pay for each image entered, I would like to keep it to four or less. Thanks!

#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

#12

  One thought on “I need some help on choosing photos for a competition

  1. June 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    #4 is a gallery contender

    • June 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks Chuck. It was a favorite when it appeared on my 365 project last year.

  2. June 4, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I am lost !! So many wonderful photographs! 4th is hands down favourite. 2nd one too. 6th one,deer one!

    • June 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Sonali. #4 is always a favorite, especially with co-workers. Creepy / weird is always a hit in the fine art world!

  3. June 4, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Very difficult to choose…. I was once told ( by competition judges) that my most successful images were those that showed more of my personality rather than photographs that anyone could have taken.. .. 2 – is very evocative and clever.. I can see why people like 4 but personally not my cup of tea and I find the slanting horizon offputting.. I have been drawn back to No 7 several times.. and I like the shadows in 11

    • June 4, 2012 at 3:09 am

      Lookiong at what you’ve written again about which would make me stop and look in a gallery..actually No 1 would It has very good depth of field and 4 ( but with straighter horizon) , 7 and 11

      • June 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

        Thanks Helen. Others have mentioned the slanting horizon in #4 in the past and the first thing I did when processing the image was to straighten the horizon but it just seemed to lose its impact, at least to me. I went back and forth a couple of times but decided to stick with the tilt – more nightmarish maybe. There’s something about #7 that I like also – I think the texture and tones.

      • June 4, 2012 at 7:47 am

        Good luck with them and let us know.. That first one is like a painting.. the more I look at it the more I like it….. as for the dolls head.. did you try tilting it even more ??

      • June 4, 2012 at 8:14 am

        Thanks, it will be a few months before I know anything but I’ll be sure to post about it. I’m drawn to #1 also. It makes me want to stare at it for a while. As for the doll photo, no I didn’t try to tilt it more, I may try it later and see if it works. I understand what you are saying – it’s tilted just enough to look like sloppy camera work but not enough to look intentional.

  4. Chloe
    June 4, 2012 at 7:05 am

    they are lovely;
    #2 definitely
    #3 – love that composition
    #8
    #12 – those leading lines are so strong, awesome photo

    • June 4, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Thank you Chloe. It’s tough narrowing them down and you hit on a few that I like also.

  5. June 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    #8 for me. I would love to see the image printed – very black

    • June 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks for the input. Very much appreciated.

  6. RLS
    June 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    #2 is a wonderful capture! That would be my choice.

    • June 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks. I’m keen on that one also.

  7. June 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I like #’s 1, 5, & 7. good luck!

  8. June 5, 2012 at 1:02 am

    #2 jumped out at me.

    • June 5, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Thanks. It seems to be one of the finalists.

  9. June 5, 2012 at 5:41 am

    2, 4, 5 or 7 🙂

  10. June 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

    #2 for the juxtaposition or suggestion of “keep out”–it is a graveyard, right? And #7–because it tells a story. Good luck!

    • June 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks. #2 is actually the “chicken people” scarecrows that I had in previous photos. #7 proved more popular than I thought. I liked it, so I figured no one else would 🙂

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