Enter these Photography Contests

Should We Pay to Enter Photo Contests?

Our local galleries advertise a call for entries to about four exhibitions per year.  The cost is usually around $30. for up to three entries.  I pay for the entries whether my work is chosen for exhibition or not.

The same is true for online submissions to contests.  While some are free, most online exhibitions charge a fee for entry.  Much of the time, we’re helping the online website continue to prosper, sometimes we’re paying for a juror, and sometimes if I see a juror who I would LOVE to see my photos I will enter a contest just for that reason.

Here are a few contests I ran into this morning.  And their costs and deadlines.  Additionally, some of the contests are subject specific or have a theme.

Click on the image above to link to the PictureCompete website.

Click on the image above to link to the PictureCompete website.

The Picture Compete contests, Aging, My Home, and Childhood are closed and past deadline, but you can sign up to be informed of 2014 contests.

I find it helpful to see what the judges have selected in the past as winning images.



TeraBella Media, enter contests by clicking the above image.

Deadline: March 13, 2014 TeraBella Media, enter contests by clicking the above image.

And here’s a link to the Photo Contest Directory, where you can troll through their contests and choose the right one for you. http://www.thephotocontestdirectory.com

And by googling online photo contests, I found this link.

Have you found some cool contests to enter, nice prizes?

Let me know. kit@kitfrost.com

Contest Winners 2014

I see a lot of contests online, and submit images when I feel my work is appropriate.  I received a link to these winners from Photography Network and the Women’s Photography group on Linked In.

What do you think about the winning images?  Would you agree with the judges?

TBM Photography Network, contest winners.

Monument Valley Photo Workshop, Suggested Reading List

The location for our upcoming Photography Workshop, Monument Valley is world renowned as a location for filmmakers, photographers and many others.

Whether you intend to register for our Photography Workshop in Monument Valley or not, I hope you enjoy reading about the land, the people and the stories of the American West.  My first visit to the park was in 1985, I went horseback riding with friends.  I thought I was in a John Wayne movie.  It still remains like a trip back in time.  If you go, be sure to visit Gouldings Lodge and Trading Post, and John Ford’s point were a few Navajo folks like to pose for photographs, on horseback (yes, go ahead and pay them for their modeling).

The tribal park is on Navajo land, it is home to Navajos who love their privacy as well as those who will gladly take you on tour into the canyons and talk about the monuments, their history, and names. A brand new Hotel, called The View is now open at the entrance to the 17 mile drive through the park.  The images below were taken while traveling along the scenic drive.  You can pay your entrance fee and have a self-guided drive, or you can hire a Navajo guide and have access to more of the monuments, ruins, and petroglyphs.

Here are a few background books about the Valley and the Navajo people (Dineh)

Scenes of the Plateau Lands…Wm. Lee Stokes
Land of room enough and time enough…Richard E Klinck
The Book of the Navajo…Raymond Friday Locke
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson…Hampton Sides
The American West…Dee Brown

Our April 2014 photo workshop to Monument Valley also includes a day at the Valley of the Gods (below).

Looking north from Valley of the Gods, the storm is beginning to form, at sunset ©Kit Frost

Looking north from Valley of the Gods, the storm is beginning to form, at sunset ©Kit Frost

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These student photographs were taken while along the scenic drive in Monument Valley. I get a kick out of Navajo “kitsch”.

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Geronimo was an Apache indian. But I find the “statement” here made by a Navajo tribal member living in Monument Valley interesting and photo worthy.  Documentary photography at Monument Valley.

Photographing the USA Pro Challenge Today

Stage One of the USA Pro Challenge started today in Durango.  I had the opportunity to photograph the start of the race as well as the pre and post-race activities in downtown Durango.

Here’s a few selects from the exciting day.  In addition to photographs from this race, after the riders left Durango the party continued at Buckley Park in Durango.  A jumbotron followed the action as the pelaton left Durango and headed to Telluride to end the stage.  Member of the Southern Ute Tribe joined in the festivities with dancers and tribal elders in full regalia.

Tips for Great People Pictures

Here are a few of Bob Krist’s Tips for Great People Pictures

It’s all too familiar: you turn a corner in a village in Peru or Portugal, see a local with a fascinating face and colorful, traditional clothing and think, “A fantastic portrait.” But, you don’t take the photo and go home with few “people pictures” from your trip.

Tip #1: The thing that prevents many travelers from approaching people is fear of rejection. There will always be a potential subject who doesn’t want bothered, but in my travels I’ve found people to be more cooperative if I tell the stranger why I want to take his picture. For instance, “I’m a student in a photo class, this is my assignment,” or, “My father’s family is from this region and I’m doing a slide show to share at our family reunion.” The mission specifics are not important, but the fact that you have one and are sharing it opens an element of trust. Also, explaining your mission in the native tongue helps enormously.

Tip #2: Take along your best people pictures to share. Most people can’t resist a really nice picture and if you have samples that show your past successes, you’re much closer to winning permission from your potential subject. The easiest way to do this is to carry a little book from a print-on-demand photo service like Shutterfly, Apple, Blurb or Picaboo. I usually carry a 20 page, 6”x8” softcover book that is inexpensive, easy to carry and works like a charm.

Tip #3: Once you win your subject’s confidence, keep it by photographing them in flattering light. Overcast conditions are ideal for great people pictures. If it’s sunny, try to maneuver your subject into the shade. If you must shoot in bright sunlight, turn your subject away from the sun and turn on your flash. That way, you’ll come back with a nicely lit portrait and not something that looks like a face on Mount Rushmore!