This image, The Passage Home, was awarded the top prize in The Center for Fine Art Photography’s juried competition entitled “Night”. Being one of my current favorite images, I have entered it into 5 other photographic competitions and it has been honored in 4 out of the 5. I’ll get to the exception later.
For me, entering my images in various photographic competitions is a way of getting feedback on where I stand with my vision. I don’t put all my faith in competitions as they’re juried by people, each with their own particular biases, but being recognized still helps reinforce what I’m doing.
In an earlier post, I mentioned how the Center for Railroad Photography and Art (CRPA) themed competition of “Creative Images” railroad photography caused me to look at other photographic genres for not only inspiration, but to learn what is considered a creative and good image. My goal has been to compare my work against the best of all photography, not just railroad photography. For me, this is a way to be challenged and grow as an artist.