Would THIS photo have been YOUR winner?

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  1. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    As you might know by now, our local paper does a monthly photo contest, and the June theme had been "Movement".

    At first, entries only trickled in one by one, and several were quite ... erm ... weeeeeeeeellll-like submissions, then there were some promising ones, then some really good ones, and I only handed in my one and only submission (you're allowed to post 4 photos per month on the given theme) in the morning of July 1 - it was the last.

    http://www.scheesseler-anzeiger.de/index.php?menu=12751&dataid=29&page=1&searchValue=

    This is the site where you can see all the submissions, and by clicking at the first (you might know who took that one, you can then click forward from photo to photo).

    Just so you know without reading any German which one's the winner photo of last month's contest, here's a screenshot of said site with a red arrow pointing at it:

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    (There are more submissions than showed on my screen)

    Those who care to reply to my question, please click through them so you can at least view them at 380px wide ... a pity they aren't any larger than that ... and tell me if you think that winning photo is a winner at all?

    I'm not trying to say my submission should have been the winner.
    Don't get me wrong.
    This is not about me.
    But more about the jury ... please go judge for yourselves and let me know, will you? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. lockwood81

    lockwood81 TPF Noob!

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    Guten Tag,

    To me these two speak movement:

    1. Autor: Joachim G. Pinkawa, Rethem
    Fuchs-Galopp

    2. Autor: Corinna Schleiffer, Lauenbrück
    VenezolanischesTanzfeuer
     
  3. Hooligan Dan

    Hooligan Dan No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Having been on the inside of photo contest judging on a number of occasions, I can say judging is a joke. They are made by people who often know nothing about photography and while entries are supposed to be anonymous, more than a few times I've been present when judges have looked at entries names and given them to people they know. One of the recent ones I witnessed(I was photographing the judging of a big local show for a story in the paper) a judge actually gave themselves a ribbon in the mixed media category and gave best in show to a horrible composite photo...that I overheard her saying to the other judges she knows the lady who did it and she "always does fine work."

    It's why i never enter into fairs and shows anymore. Just got to a fair and look at the photos. Great photos won't even get honorable mentions while unintentionally blurry photos of boring subjects will get 1st place.

    What's funny with the photo that won is just a few clicks down the road is a far superior shot of an insect in flight over a flower.
     
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  4. Antarctican

    Antarctican TPF Noob!

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    What a variety of photos! Many of which have no relation to the "movement" theme that I can discern. Why that shot was chosen as the winner is a mystery, given some of the other entries (such as the ones listed by lockwood81). You, and some others photographers who entered shots, 'was robbed' as they say
     
  5. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What annoys me a little is that they made a photo a WINNER which has evert so aparent technical flaws! If the body of that butterfly and its legs had been sharp and not blurred, I might have said, hey now, cool photo. But apart from a couple of blossoms, nothing's sharp. While other submissions are not only a lot better photography from the technical point of view, but also much more inspired photography (and I am still not referring to my own entry).

    (While --- shhh: just among us, get closer --- I really don't see in how far four entries of the same person feeding the same baby has anything to do with "movement" at all, but shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Never tell!!!! ;)).
     
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    Antarctican TPF Noob!

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    ^^^ Heehee, those shots stood out for me as well as being ever so tangential to the theme (I mean we all know kids squirm around, but c'mon!)
     
  7. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    that one winning image is what happens to you 1000 times when you try to get a proper image of one of those butterflies.

    so i would not say it is the best keeper ever. i would have probably kept it since composition is not bad and the perspective is nice. but i would not have submitted it to the contest.

    there are some images which are way more impressive among the submissions.
     
  8. Miaow

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    There's quite a few I prefer that show movement better than that butterfly that won....True makes you wonder why it won :confused:
     
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    I think I would have shot a photo of a dog taking a dump. It would have represented movement better than the winner and, alot of those photos.
     
  10. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It was not until you said it was a photo of a butterfly that I noticed that it was - I thought it was a blurry flower shot!
    I have to agree and say that Dan is in the right here! Synical as it is to think like that it is - sadly the truth of the matter in many cases. All you can do is either stand aside - start a rebellion - stop entering - or keep entering and hope!
     
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    There are some very good shots of movement; that however is not one of them. In fact, I would have to say that as far as I can see, the best thing that particular image is, is a good bad example.
     
  12. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, for the time being, I've definitely decided to stop entering (which is not the first time I "decided" but have caved in again ;)), for July's theme is "holidays" and ... erm ... I beg your pardon? When this one's the June-winner, I dare not THINK what might become the July winner :roll: So I'll definitely opt out on the "holiday"-theme!!!
     

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