The other day I received an email that a photograph I had submitted in a contest was awarded honorable mention. This is a big deal for me, so much so that I’m sharing it with you (plus it gives me something to write a quick blog about). This was my first entry into any photography contest, so it is a definite boost to my confidence and in the future, I will not be so apprehensive to enter photography competitions.
The contest I entered was the 17th Annual Canon USA Hawaii Amateur Photo Contest and the theme was “Snapshots of Hawaii.” I’ve included the contest’s description below:
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a winning shot is worth a $1,149 digital camera at Canon USA. Sounds like a sweet deal? We think so too and it’s as easy as one, two, Snap! Canon USA is proud to announce their 17th Annual “Snapshots of Hawaii” themed Canon Amateur Photo Contest. Hit us with your best shot (pun intended) and send it in to the Canon USA Hawaii office for a chance to win the coveted EOS Rebel T4i 18–135mm IS STM Lens Kit. Whether you catch a simple moment or sum up a lifetime in a singular shot, if you capture it, Cannon USA wants to see it. This competition challenges all local amateur photographers to submit their best pictures of Hawaii. Good luck and most of all, have fun!
The upcoming challenge begins on December 1, 2012 and runs until on February 28, 2013. Entries must be submitted via mail or walked in to Canon USA’s local office in Honolulu. Pictures must be in print format with a maximum size of 5 by 8 inches and submitted by amateur photographers within the specified dates. Each photo will then be examined in March 2013 by a panel of judges based on visual impact, technical skill and in keeping with this year’s theme. Three of the best photographs will win their creators a snazzy Canon camera while 22 additional photos will win Honorable Mentions. All 25 images will be displayed at the Canon Photo Gallery in April 2013.
I do not like the limelight, and I did not enter the contest for bragging rights, but I am proud of the way I see life through my lens. I felt the need to test my photography skills and let my style be judged and evaluated. I believe that one can only grow as an individual by pushing one’s limits, by stepping outside one’s comfort zone and exposing yourself to criticism (i.e: publishing a blog).
My goal for 2013 was to enter some of my work into the Maui County Fair, so this has given me boost in my confidence to get a few more images ready for the fall.
I am not a great photographer, but I definitely enjoy learning the art and craft of creating a nicely composed picture. The more I learn, from classes, from literature, from other photographers and going out and making mistakes on my own, the stronger it makes me, not only as a photographer, but as an individual. Life is not mistake free, but we hope to learn from our experiences in order to find what we love. I am still learning.
I submitted three different photographs which I felt were true to the contest’s theme. The first one, “Ioa Needle,” was the one selected.
The opening night reception will be held on April 1st in Honolulu and the twenty-five winners will be displayed for the entire month. So if you are looking for something to do on O’ahu during the month of April, stop by the Canon Photo Gallery and find inspiration in the photographs of amateurs.