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International Photographic Competition 2017

What an amazing year!! When I walked the floor at Imaging USA 2017 which displayed the award-winning images from 2016, I was in awe at the images being displayed. I said to myself, if I have to step up my game. I have to compete at the International Photographic Competition. I entered my First Photographic Open case (4 images).

The grueling process began with selecting images, and working on them. I reached new heights in my skills, as I worked and reworked every image until I was sure that they were ready to compete.

Every image in the the Photographic Open is judged on the 12 elements of merit.

  1. Impact 
  2. Technical excellence
  3. Creativity 
  4. Style 
  5. Composition
  6. Presentation 
  7. Color Balance 
  8. Center of Interest 
  9. Lighting 
  10. Subject Matter 
  11. Technique
  12. Story Telling

And I am happy to report that all that worked paid off!! All 4 images received a merit, giving me a BRONZE medal for the case!! I could not be happier as a first time entrant! I had a lot of help along the way, from wonderful mentors, friends, and professionals who pushed me, guided me, and inspired me every step of the way.

Also, I now have 4 merits towards Master of Photography degree.

Here are my images, and my thoughts on each one! Click on the image to see it in full screen.

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