We had an outstanding turnout for our 2008 photo contest. This year the judges had over 700 photographs to choose from! (And thatís after the first cut.) Once again voting was difficult but the decisions were finally made and you can find the list of winners in Sarahís Letter from the Editor. My sincerest thanks to each of you who entered and ďCongratulations!Ē to those of you that won.
I have heard from many of you that you would like to know how to increase your chances of winning or having your photo selected for the cover. I would like to say a little something to that end. The first piece of advice I can give is: Enter the contest. Yes, you ďhave to be in it to win itĒ and when I choose the cover and portfolio I only select images from our photo contest. No exceptions. Second, and I canít stress this enough: Follow the rules. The competition is fierce and if the judges can eliminate someone on a technicality they will. (Be warned, this is true of most contests, not just ours.) Third: Donít try to guess what the judges wantósubmit images you love. The judges are a fickle bunch and there is no telling what they might like next week let alone next year. Fourth: Trust your instincts. If you think your photo would look better cropped or without your finger in the shot, then the judges will think so too. Fifth: Avoid murky images. Iím the first to admire a moody photo but be careful. If itís too dark then itís not going to print well and I have to pay attention to that when Iím choosing the portfolio and cover. And my last piece of advice is this: Donít take it personally. If a ďsure winĒ didnít catch the judgesí eyes donít second-guess your taste or your creativity. Did I mention the judges are fickle? I hope this advice is useful and I do encourage all of you to enter the 2009 contest. I love seeing your diverse talent and we really canít do this without you.