Towards the end of last year I was approached by the Royal Agricultural Society who were looking for judges for their 2013 Photography competition.
I was honored to be asked and happily accepted the offer to be one of 3 judges for the Nature category of the 2013 IGA Perth Royal Show National Photographic Competition & Exhibition.
So bright and early on Saturday morning I arrived at the Photography Building in Claremont Showgrounds and after a quick coffee we were perusing the entries laid out on tables before sitting down for the formal judging process.
There were about 220 enties to the Nature category and I must say that overall the quality of entries was very high and it was a joy to see some of the amazing photography that people are creating.
One of the main comments I would have to entrants would be to pay more attention to composition and try to make the image tell a story or envoke an emotion.
Many images, though technically very good were too focused on isolating an animal and placing it smack bang in the middle of the frame. While this approach shows the detail of the animal very well it often fails to engage the viewer. However, always remember that rules are there to be broken and you can still create an engaging image by isolating your subject, it’s just a lot harder to achieve.
A generally better approach is to show more of the animals environment, move the animal away from the centre using the Rule of Thirds approach and have the animal looking towards the camera or into (not out of) the image. Also try to use leading lines, such as branches or the line of the animal or environment to draw the viewer in to the image.
Congratulations to the winners who will be announced shortly. First, second and third positions all went to outstanding images 🙂
If you are going to the 2013 Perth Royal Show I strongly recommend stopping by the Photography Building and viewing the Exhibition. for more information about the Perth Royal Show visit their web site or Facebook page.