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Are Photographic competitions disheartening ?

I do, on the whole, find photographic competitions most disheartening. Whenever you get the rejection email or letter a little bit of confidence ebbs away. I become subdued and a bit saddened whenever I fail to get shortlisted and its happened countless times. It makes me wonder way we go in for them ? Why do I keep putting myself though this ? Obviously the kudos and honour of selection, let alone the enhancement of your career, can sometimes outweigh the negativity but lately the negative feelings are deterring me from entering too many competitions.
You can probably tell I’ve just received such an email ! I’m disappointed that my selection for the Peaches and Cream IV competition run by the excellent company Millennium Images haven’t been selected but I’m mindful that the images they normally choose are excellent. My images are below and were based on a poem by Raymond Carver called ” The Cobweb “. I’m really looking forward to the exhibited images and I already  know that the standard will be incredibly high.

I’ve had the honour of being a judge on a prestigious worldwide competition and it’s an incredibly hard task to whittle down 2000+ images to just 10 ! Personal choice plays a big part in the selection obviously and you try and be fair to everyone but you still know that 1990+ photographers are going to feel like I do today.

I often find that the costs of entering photographic competitions are a big deterrent especially when the odds are stacked against you. Take for instance the Taylor Wessing Portrait prize. In 2013 they had 5,410 images entered from 2,435 photographers. From the 5,410 images only 60 were selected for the final exhibition. The cost per entry was £ 26.00 per picture. That’s a lot of disappointed photographers. I have to admit again though that the Taylor Wessing prize does champion great photography and the show was visited by over 64,000 people. Great publicity if you can get it.

I’m still unsure if the competition route is an effective way of promoting your imagery or if it is a route to despair and disenchantment. Positives and negatives, if you pardon the pun.

Come tomorrow, today’s disappointment will be consigned to history and I’ll pick up my bottom lip and keep taking the images I love. I enjoy what I do and I just love photography.

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Architecture in Edinburgh, Scotland

I recently spent a few days up in Edinburgh, Scotland and was amazed at some of the wonderful architecture. I particularly liked the combination of old and modern but was really impressed with the modern architecture. My favourite piece of modern architecture was the new Scottish Parliament building in Holyrood, which was designed by the Catalan Enric Miralles, who unfortunately died before its completion. Here are some of my images from this photogenic building.

The other building that I liked was a combination of old & modern architecture used at Usher Hall in the city centre. Here are a couple of my images.

Here are some more images of this beautiful city.

It really was a marvellous short break and this wonderful city is well worth a visit.

Valentine’s Day

February the 14th is Valentines day, so I thought I’d post a few images which have been taken with lovers in mind. I’ve had these placed with stock agencies for the last couple of years but none of them has sold. No-one loves them enough ! Alas. Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful Valentines Day.

Using Photoshelter

I recently got into a dilemma over where to store my archive of images. What was the safest option ? It’s a question asked my photographers all around the globe. Personally I get very edgy using a multitude of different hard drives and decided it was best to store on a combination of hard drives and a storage facility. I knew of Photoshelter from their ill fated attempt at being a stock library. Unfortunately the Photoshelter Collection only lasted a year due to a lack of finances and their belief that it was better to concentrate on their core business Photoshelter archive. I was disappointed that the collection closed because they were doing all the right things and there was a real sense of community and goodwill. I didn’t get a sale but others were starting to get regular sales before the doors closed. It would have been a good alternative to Alamy and Getty Images.

With this in mind I was very wary of putting my archive with them and looked around at various other storage facilities but Photoshelter stayed true to their word and improved the archive business beyond recognition. They unveiled many new features which were instrumental in me changing my mind. Their website templates, sales ability, marketing tools and ability to upload and download files instantly made them more of an attractive package.

I’ve been uploading for about 5 months and I’ve been pleased with the results so far. They fall between two or three stools at the moment which I’m not 100% comfortable with but its certainly one of the better options. I wish they would market the collections a bit more as I’m sure library sales could follow. I’m using it mainly for safe storage, website and downloading files to clients, both potential and current. I’ll let you know how it progresses over the next few months as I gradually build up the site.

This is one of my recent images which I’ve placed on Photoshelter. It was taken from the summit of Pen-y-Fan, in the Brecon Beacons, the largest mountain in southern Britain.

Veer drops RM and goes the RF route


Veer, the stock library owned by Corbis has dropped all Rights Managed images in favour of Royalty Free, it was reported in the British Journal of Photography. The RM images currently on their site will be relocated onto the Corbis website.

” We launched microstock-priced imagery a year ago in response to customer demand,” says Nairn Nerland, senior vice president of marketing and general manager of ” It’s been very successful and we’ve decided to make it more scalable and extend our proposition in the value-based sector of imagery.”

Veer admits that the stock image industry is evolving, with microstock taking increasing importance in the market.

I think it’s becoming increasingly difficult for photographers to make a regular income from the stock industry. Too many images are driving down the prices and many pro photographers on stock forums are complaining about diminishing returns. I’m currently with Alamy for my editorial work and I’ve noticed that the prices are dropping. Wether this is due to the current economy, competition, microstock or my bad photography time will tell. It does all seem to be on a downward trend.