I entered my first Photography competition tonight! I entered one black & white, and out of 19 b&w entries, I didn't place. The judge said everything was spot on, excellent focus, great light and shadow, detail, texture, compelling composition. Interesting image. I was a little bummed, at my score compared to images with similar score. The winners totally deserved the wins. So I asked the judge(s) afterwards, being clear I am not whining about points, but wanting to know why, with all the great things said about the image, such a low score. They said it wasn't competition quality. One said I should be showing that in a gallery, that it is very sellable...that interior designers would love it. Keep it up, make some money, but it's not competition quality. So it didn't place. I am cool with that. What I did get was exactly what I wanted to know. Is it sellable? Should I continue in this style if I want to try to make some money? I also entered an image in the Color catagory. Out of 104 entries, it took 3rd place!!! :smileys: W00T! They said that image is competition quality. I lost points because it should have a had a more narrow crop, and the brown tip of the leaf. In the critique, he said with an image of this calibur, you really need to find (giggled) the better specimen. I had a hard time deciding how much to crop the image. As far as the brown leaf tip...well, it was late in the season for irises, and I was searching around for a good specimen with no dead flowers near, that also had good light AND a good background. It took me forever to find that shot . I am quite happy right now. I think some thanks goes out to some of you helpful people right here. Thanks for all your help in getting me this far!