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DCMag POTY shortlists
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:21:16 PM »
http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/photographer-of-the-year-2011-travel-shortlist

not sure who actually wades through the thousands of entries to select the shortlists - can't be the judges surely...life's too short  :D



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Re: DCMag POTY shortlists
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011, 09:48:01 AM »
http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/photographer-of-the-year-2011-travel-shortlist

not sure who actually wades through the thousands of entries to select the shortlists - can't be the judges surely...life's too short  :D

It is a bit of a puzzle how they cope. It's the one big flaw in the competition, the real judges, whoever they maybe, are presented with the choices that are made by the magazine staff, so it's their take on photography that is foremost, and perhaps are pictures that will look good in future editions.

That having been said there are some good images within the 180 or so that are shortlisted and would do well in club competitions.

I was amused with the question on 'Wildlife' definitions, should animals in captivity count? I would think poking them with a stick would meet the criteria. :legit:

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011, 12:30:58 PM »
I was amused with the question on 'Wildlife' definitions, should animals in captivity count? I would think poking them with a stick would meet the criteria. :legit:

Rather reminded me of the NTNOCN sketch "Gerald the Guerilla"
Rowan Atkinson: When i caught Gerald he was wild
Mel Smith aka Gerald the Gorilla: Wild, i was bloody livid!  :2funny: :D

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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2011, 12:48:23 PM »
I'm some what in agreement with Alan a bit.

I've gone through almost all of the sections - and it's clear that some of the people creating shortlists have as much idea about 'head turning' photography as they do about updating a web site called DCMag.com.

Some are outstanding - but a lot are just - not!

There were 1 or 2 that i  thought were not beyond what i could have achieved - and i aren't that good for this 'alledged' level of competition.
The portraits section contains a few images that could've come off Abers site - take that as a compliment for Alan (who loves to enter a competition) and few that left me questioning how you define portrait.

A load of Monks were to be found again along with the usual groups of children, though i liked the one of the teacher in the classroom with the kids.

So, all in all, as there will no entrants from any one i know - i will not not be popping over to add an opinion or vote.
And further more - re-states my view that the site has nothing to interest me...

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2011, 02:33:39 PM »
Interesting range with some very good and some not so but you have to be in it to win it. Did not bother this year with the fee and the aggro I got last time.I note the guy who gave me a hard time and cried on his blog about people being multiple shortlisted and being pros (and other such stuff not against the rules) has this year got two shortlisted and tells all on his blog. It would be tempting but beneath me to say something to him. Nah - I`ll just suffice with not voting at all. Wonder how many entries they got with the fee?

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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2011, 04:48:59 PM »
I wasn't going to enter, but did, in the end.
I'm convinced the number of entries was a lot lower than in the past.

Of course I got nowhere, even my best photographs are not to the staff's taste. I know of at least one picture of mine, that someone (who knows his onions erm ... photos) recommended as a POTD, with all the reasons why it was a splendid photograph, but even that got nowhere.

My entry was only half hearted, so I wasn't really involved with commenting on other people's photos and voting and things like that, but, in spite of not giving votes and therefore not getting votes in return, some of my shots were on the first or second page of the 'most popular,' or 'highest rated,' or whatever it's called. Especially two of my 'creative license' photos were constantly in the foreground. And some of the others as well.

But, as I said, I wasn't really expecting anything.

So, if I'm tempted again next year, will you all please reason with me, and stop me from wasting my money?

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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2011, 07:38:09 PM »
I had a look at some of them. A few good shots to be sure, but an awful lot of stuff that simply does not fit the brief. I'm sure Oldboy will join me in wishing all the best to whichever non UK photographer with loads of gear and opportunities most of us can only dream of gets the main prize .
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2011, 08:59:28 PM »
I was struck by a couple of photos which appear to have been shortlisted in more than one category, and amazed that several photographers managed to get more than one shot in the top listed.

I always wonder whether having access to an exotic location in a comp run and judged by folk in the UK starts off with an added advantage as so many in these comps seem to do so well.

I've never entered any of these comps, I certainly wouldn't be attracted to a competition based on my willingness to pay to enter.

(having just been asked the correct spelling of my name so all 3 cups at my camera club can be awarded to me for 2011, I'm happy for my fame and fortune to remain pretty local)

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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2011, 10:46:08 PM »
I was struck by a couple of photos which appear to have been shortlisted in more than one category, and amazed that several photographers managed to get more than one shot in the top listed.

I always wonder whether having access to an exotic location in a comp run and judged by folk in the UK starts off with an added advantage as so many in these comps seem to do so well.

I've never entered any of these comps, I certainly wouldn't be attracted to a competition based on my willingness to pay to enter.

(having just been asked the correct spelling of my name so all 3 cups at my camera club can be awarded to me for 2011, I'm happy for my fame and fortune to remain pretty local)

Maybe if we could find a similar competition, run in say Malaysia or India, we might score highly as our photos would have the 'different' factor. Nice, fresh green landscapes, light skinned kiddies on a beach, snow photos, skating etc etc.

My fortune is non existent, but I'm happy with my 'fame' as a winner  of the weekend competition here, plus the honour of having had a picture as the Image of the week. On that other site, I have had two wins (weekend competition) and last time I was one of five 'runners up' in the competition corner on Flickr. Haven't been doing badly these last few months! And these small competitions are much more fun!

Struggling with my concrete at the moment though!
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2011, 11:03:26 PM »
How many seek fame, only to find they can't cope with the trappings of fame? Or the hangers on that lead them astray?

I'm happy with my celebrity status.z

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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2011, 12:14:45 AM »
I had a look at some of them. A few good shots to be sure, but an awful lot of stuff that simply does not fit the brief. I'm sure Oldboy will join me in wishing all the best to whichever non UK photographer with loads of gear and opportunities most of us can only dream of gets the main prize .

 :2funny: :2funny:

It's not the gear I object to but the fact the winner usually come from the far east.  >:(

Noticed J A Mortram has a photo in the Portraits section.  :tup:

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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2011, 12:19:07 AM »
Or the hangers on that lead them astray?


I don't mind the hangers on as long as they are nubile females, or even glamorous grannies at my age!  :P

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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2011, 12:29:11 AM »
I wasn't going to enter, but did, in the end.
I'm convinced the number of entries was a lot lower than in the past.

Of course I got nowhere, even my best photographs are not to the staff's taste. I know of at least one picture of mine, that someone (who knows his onions erm ... photos) recommended as a POTD, with all the reasons why it was a splendid photograph, but even that got nowhere.

My entry was only half hearted, so I wasn't really involved with commenting on other people's photos and voting and things like that, but, in spite of not giving votes and therefore not getting votes in return, some of my shots were on the first or second page of the 'most popular,' or 'highest rated,' or whatever it's called. Especially two of my 'creative license' photos were constantly in the foreground. And some of the others as well.

But, as I said, I wasn't really expecting anything.

So, if I'm tempted again next year, will you all please reason with me, and stop me from wasting my money?

(Spellchecker doesn't seem to work, so apologies for any typos!)

Come on, don't be greedy now. You've won the competition here, had image of the week and won the weekend competition on PR, what more do you want?  ::)

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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2011, 07:55:55 AM »
I wasn't going to enter, but did, in the end.
I'm convinced the number of entries was a lot lower than in the past.

Of course I got nowhere, even my best photographs are not to the staff's taste. I know of at least one picture of mine, that someone (who knows his onions erm ... photos) recommended as a POTD, with all the reasons why it was a splendid photograph, but even that got nowhere.

My entry was only half hearted, so I wasn't really involved with commenting on other people's photos and voting and things like that, but, in spite of not giving votes and therefore not getting votes in return, some of my shots were on the first or second page of the 'most popular,' or 'highest rated,' or whatever it's called. Especially two of my 'creative license' photos were constantly in the foreground. And some of the others as well.

But, as I said, I wasn't really expecting anything.

So, if I'm tempted again next year, will you all please reason with me, and stop me from wasting my money?

(Spellchecker doesn't seem to work, so apologies for any typos!)

Come on, don't be greedy now. You've won the competition here, had image of the week and won the weekend competition on PR, what more do you want?  ::)

I too, want my share of hangers on, especially glamorous, greyhaired men, to lead me - almost - astray, and give my life some added excitement! Don't need the POTY money, as it does not even pay for a new kitchen!
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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2011, 10:05:04 AM »

I too, want my share of hangers on, especially glamorous, greyhaired men, to lead me - almost - astray, and give my life some added excitement! Don't need the POTY money, as it does not even pay for a new kitchen!

Sorry, only grumpy ones left!  :dance:

 

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