1. afg_farnab's Avatar
    Hi, I'm going to start by borrowing from what I mentioned in the recent article announcing the winner of the "black and white" theme.
    Early disclaimer: I didn't participate in the black-and-white contest.

    "I browsed through all the submissions and found a LOT of creative, artistic black and white shots that were much more than "shoot at what's in front of you and convert them to black-and-white". For instance:

    Picture 1

    Picture 2

    Picture 3

    Picture 4

    Picture 5

    Picture 6

    Picture 7

    Picture 8

    Picture 9

    Picture 10

    Each one of the above shots is so much more than a "simple shot of what's in front of you". They go to show the sequence of thoughts the photographer had, from framing the shot in his/ her mind, to snapping it, to editing it, and presenting it to the audience. There is so much play on composition, lighting and some brilliant editing in these shots. In contrast, I find the winning photo lacking in all these areas.

    I hope this contest gets better in terms of judging the winning photo, going forward.

    I understand that picking a winning photograph is an extremely difficult task and what appears aesthetically pleasing to me might not strike as pleasing to someone else (like the judge). However, there are some obvious things that cannot and should not be ignored while grading a picture. For instance, things like creativity, composition, play on lighting, angles, and even the amount of effort that went into the shot.

    I absolutely love these weekly contests and enjoy contributing and even more, I enjoy browsing through the awesome photos shared by the WP community. I just hope to see some improvements in the judging process.

    My only intention here is to provide constructive feedback. Thanks for your time.
    Last edited by afg_farnab; 09-11-2014 at 02:39 AM. Reason: Better formatting of hyperlinks
    09-11-2014 02:30 AM
  2. Force2Reckon's Avatar
    although, these photos seemed like taken by a professional photographer or may present a professionally looking images, please bear in mind that the contest itself is just all for fun

    it is not a professional competition that one must look into every aspects/category of photography like the ones youve mentioned

    winning is just a plus, but browsing every submitted images (for me) is what i enjoyed the most
    Guytronic likes this.
    09-11-2014 05:18 AM

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