Jen Dixon Photography | The results are in {2018 Shoot & Share Photograph Contest}

The results are in {2018 Shoot & Share Photograph Contest}

April 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

You know what I have figured out trying to keep up with my blog? That I am better at taking photos then I am at writing. ;) I keep trying though, it will all come together at some point. Right?!

For the last 3 years, I have entered an international photo contest put on by Shoot & Share and the results are in for 2018. Over 412,379 photos were submitted to the contest by photographers all over the world. I normally get asked to share the link so friends and family can help me win, but this contest really doesn't work like that. The voting is unanimous, time consuming and addictive. 4 images in a category pop up on the screen and you select your favorite. This can go on for hours, and days and weeks! A huge percentage of the voters are photographers. Nothing a little more nerve racking then having the results in the hands of your peers, but it is super fun! You honestly RARELY see one of your images, this was the only one I saw pop up in my voting and honestly, this image was eliminated from the contest pretty early (you win some and you lose some). It is exciting to see your images come through. I feel like that is what drives you to keep voting sometimes, just the chance to see one of your images. OH, and you don't get to track how you are doing, you just get a final report at the end on how your images did. I didn't enter all 50 images this year, last year I was still feeling pretty uninspired as I was still dealing with some residual depression after losing my father, but I wanted to still enter with some that I really loved. The results really narrowed down to 2 sessions from last year, which was pretty crazy.

I usually avoid entering photo contests, but with this one I leave feeling inspired and hopeful. I see beautiful images with creativity and quality that I feel are not unobtainable for me. I see that my work over the last 7 years has grown and knowing that I am improving and my work is making it to even the top 30% on an off year, excited me for this year and what I can bring the 2019 contest. It also shows me that sometimes the images I am not calling my best can be seen as awesome to many others (from the first contest I did and walked away a finalist with my image ranking 102, just 2 images away from a TOP 100!) and that I should have a little more faith in myself and my work. Here's to 2018 and aiming for higher in the 2019 contest.

Check out all the images I submitted in the 2018 contest here!

 


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