Well, last year I was quick to spruik the good results of my images at the Epson Pano Awards so I figured that it was only fair that I also share with my avid readers my not-so-good results this year.
Image scored 73 in amateur-nature category
This year I entered 8 images (all of which were film captures). I figure that I have invested a lot of time (and money) in panoramic photography and that is what I enjoy so I feel these are the pinnacle of awards that I should aim to enter in each year. Of course, like every entrant we enter our best images and think that each is worth a Gold or Silver award...or as a minimum a bronze. So, this is what I did.
Image scored 72 in amateur-nature category
Image scored 68 in Amateur - The Built Environment category
Again this year the awards offered an amateur and an open category. Initially, I decided I would enter a few entries into the amateur section. I submitted fairly early on during the entry period...but after receiving some film back from the lab a few weeks prior to closure of the submission period, I decided to enter a few more. This is probably where things got a bit out of hand.
Image scored 65 in Open - The Built Environment category
I had two similar images (one vertical and one horizontal) which I was torn between entering. I didn't want the judges to mark down one of my images as they had seen a similar image in a different orientation so I decided I'd enter one into amateur and the other into opens (knowing there were different judges for each category). I then decided I'd enter another image into the open section as there is a discount for entering more than 1 image. And that was that. 8 images entered. I waited patiently for the emails about my results.
Image scored 70 in the amateur - nature category
To cut a not so long story short, one image just scraped in with a bronze award scoring 75. The rest got nothing. I scored a 64, two 65s, 68, 70, 72 and a 73. Overall, I was pretty disappointed.
Image scored 75 (Bronze Award) in the amateur - nature category
Image scored 64 in amateur - The Built Environment category
There have been a lot of discussions on social media about this years judging being a lot stricter than previous, but I don't think this is an excuse. Even before these social media discussions surfaced my mindset was that my images aren't up to scratch and I need to continue to work at it. I think that's a fair enough view. I'm not beating myself up about it - I mean I do photography to enjoy it...not to win competitions - but it is nice to see how your images compare to your peers and I think for that reason it is worthwhile entering. It is also nice to be awarded and I must admit I do have a little chuckle to myself whenever I see in a professional gallery that an image has scored an award in the Epson Pano awards (because I have a few awarded images too)!
Image scored 65 in the open - nature category