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Photography Question 
Meghan Gonski


Why does BP judges for the contest like photos with veils and people? I just looked at all the winners in the People catergory from July 2009 to January 2007 and a lot of photos are close ups of Asian people with veils wrapped around their faces.
They also seem to like Asian and African-American portraits in general 18 of 31 photos feature these races.
I post this meerily because I noticed it when looking to see how I could improve my own photos to do better in the contest and wondered if anyone else saw this same tread.

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9/18/2009 3:12:16 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Human nature. Here's one take on it.
Some one makes a trip to Vietnam. They take a regular picture of an old man/woman dressed in native attire. They show that picture to the person who lives next to said subject. That person responds, "nice picture, but so what? That's my neighbor, I see them everyday."
Bring that picture back to the U.S. and people will say,"ooh, that could be in National Geographic"
Now reverse it. Take a picture of a regular suburban life and show it to people in the U.S.
They'll say, "nice picture, but it's just like the stuff I see everyday. So what?". Now show that to somebody in Vietnam, you could easily get "oooh, fabulous looking picture. So many wonderful looking things in the U.S. Just like the magazine photos."

Human nature. Same goes with pictures that really aren't that great or are merely just snap shots at a beach, like many swimsuit shots. But use somebody who looks like a model, or at least has a boob job, and people think you did something difficult.
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9/18/2009 5:29:17 AM

Steve M. Harrington
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/28/2005
  I agree. I have shot in quite a few countries that we North Americans view as exotic. When I look at the images of photographers from those countries, I am invariably struck by the absence of what I considered their countries most interesting aspects.
Fish never think about water.

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9/18/2009 1:15:24 PM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/6/2001
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  I think many of us feel the same way, Meghan..Sometimes it seems like the winners are all about the same from one month to the next. Maybe they need new judges that can see past the usual.

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9/18/2009 3:17:18 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  ...or maybe it's a simple case of folks copying previous winners?

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9/19/2009 12:18:50 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  That's another take. Like the flower behind water drops on glass.
Steve, I see your point but I was making a different point.

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9/19/2009 8:43:18 AM

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