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Richard H. Hahn
 

Is there an animal category for the contest?


I reviewed the August winners of the "animal" category. Not only was the winner an insect, but most of the other "winners" were either birds or cutesy pictures of pets. Is there an animal category? Or, should those who photograph wildlife go elsewhere?


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9/16/2004 3:10:13 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  They need a turtle category.


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9/17/2004 3:38:03 AM

 
Pamela K
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/21/2004
  Wildlife photos and photos of pets all go into the animal category. I have many wildlife photos in that category. This month (August) two of them were selected as finalists: Hunter and Synchronized Swimming. If you check previous months winners, you'll see lots of wildlife shots. Some have even won the grand prize.

You can also submit them occasionally to the monthly theme or nature categories. Macro photos, like those of insects, can go into macro/details. This contest looks mostly for composition, color, lighting, etc. They don't check to see how hard the shot may have been to get. This means that wildlife shots have to be excellent to be chosen because it's a lot easier to arrange things so that your pet is in good lighting or the perfect pose or to get those great close-ups.

Pam


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9/17/2004 7:39:06 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  I wouldn't say that wildlife shots have to be excellent. They pick what they pick, but sometimes plain straight forward things get chosen, sometimes more interesting things don't.
I find it amusing and kinda arrogant that he ask for an animal category after checking the animal category, and then says birds aren't animals.


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9/17/2004 2:23:11 PM

 
Richard H. Hahn   The arrogance is all yours Greg. You are totally missing the point. Insects, birds and household pets are dominating the category winners. Shows a bias against mammals, especially wildlife. It's okay... every photo contest website charts their destiny. It's clear that wildlife photographers should go elsewhere. I know I certainly will.


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9/17/2004 5:12:05 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  An "animal", by definition can be anything not vegetable or mineral.

This Contest puts a lot of emphasis on composition, lighting, imagination, and technical merit...(as it well should.)
The fact that they picked an insect,(...or the neighbor's cat), means that in their minds, those photos excelled within those judging criteria.

In defense of those photographers,...most of us might never get a chance to shoot polar bears in the Arctic, or go on a safari in Kenya.


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9/17/2004 5:32:14 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Bu the way, Richard..
I just visited your Gallery.
You're work is stunning!!
(I'm envious)
Bob


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9/17/2004 5:36:59 PM

 
Karma Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Richard, what the judges choose is often hard to figure out for me. They choose many excellent shots for sure, but I've seen them pass up things I were SURE would place. Why your photo Fox Curl wasn't a grand prize winner kind of blows me away. Who knows...but keep submitting for our benefit! You take very skilled nature shots.

Karma


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9/20/2004 6:12:06 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  maybe they'll add a people category too.


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9/21/2004 12:38:46 AM

 
Eric  Schneider
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2003
  I think we should have a category for left handed point and shoot males living abroad who use only Japenese made cameras with after market lenses and no filters....... HA HA!
Enjoy the free contest people.


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9/24/2004 6:47:16 AM

 
Karma Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  No way! We should have a category for homeschooling mothers of three who live in Idaho and use a Fuji S5000! I'm a shoo-in!

However, I do see the point of the orginal poster because it's the amazing wild life shots I see get passed over most often. Since I understand how VERY difficult these shots are to get I can understand frustration in that aspect. I think some shots of pet kitties (they pick an abundance of these) could be passed over once in awhile for shots of wild foxes in sunset lighting! Just my humble opinion.
I know the judges have a lot on their plates and do their best.

Karma


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10/2/2004 7:11:45 PM

 
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