Every year the Professional Photographers of Canada holds both a National and a Provincial print competition called an Image Salon. Members from across the country are able to participate in both by submitting up to 4 images in several different image classes.
A panel of trained an experienced judges views the images anonymously with only the image title and class. They then award a score of Not Accepted, Accepted, Merit or Excellent.
Of the 144 images submitted to the 2015 PPOC-BC Image Salon, 10 images received an Excellent, 31 received Merit, and 58 were Accepted.
I am proud to share with you the images I submitted and their salon results.
This image is titled Love Umbrella and was entered to the Commercial Illustration class and received a Merit. *This image won Best In Class! Read more.
This image is titled Real Life Hero and was entered to the Portrait of a Main class and received a Merit. *This image received Honourable Mention.
This image is titled Man-tail Piece (yes, I was trying to be clever. I don’t know that it worked though as the judges did request the title be read four times.) and was entered into Unclassified and received an Accepted.
This image also has a less than stellar title. I really struggled and would LOVE any suggestions. I entered it into Fine Art Class and it received a Not Accepted. My challenge is that I think the image is stronger when you know that it is basically straight out of camera. That this is a scene as captured and not just bad photoshop/concept. I called it Silver Disc Floating on a Pond. What would you suggest?
The Nationals are coming up in April and these images can be submitted and up for awards. I’d love your thoughts and suggestions for improvement. I find it challenging to look objectively at my own work.