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Are You Planning to Enter a Photography Contest? Some Effective Ways You Can Be the Winner

Are You Planning to Enter a Photography Contest? Some Effective Ways You Can Be the Winner
If you’re a photographer, participating in a photography contest will undoubtedly prove beneficial for you. The contests will provide you with an opportunity to improve your photography skills as well as gain exposure within the photography world. Not to mention, photography contests will push you out of your comfort zone and boost the overall productivity as well as creativity of your photos. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional or a newbie; you always need to participate in photography contests to gain experience.

You will find countless photography contests to participate in where you can hope to win the competition. Even though you don’t need to be a professional to win the contest, keep in mind that you will be competing against many professionals. Therefore, you need to ensure the photos you click are on a whole new level so that you can improve your chances of winning the competition. Here are the great ways you can win a photography contest.

Read the Rules Again and Again 

Just like reading the directions before completing the assignments in our school, you need to pay close attention to the rules of the photography contests. Paying attention to the rules is one of the most important things you need to consider if you’re planning to win the photography contestYou will be surprised to know how many photographers end up losing the competition just because they don’t read the rules correctly. You can capture the best photo that is capable of blowing off the judges, but if the photo violates the rules of the competition, your entire effort and hope of winning the contest will go in vain.

This is why you should read the rules a couple of times before you enter the photography contest. Consider checking the essential details such as entry format, last submission date, model releases, and many more.

Perfect the Sharpness of the Photo

If you think that you can win the photography contest by submitting photos of low sharpness, say goodbye to the dream of winning the competition. The sharpness is an extremely essential aspect of a photo. After disqualifying the rule violators of the photography contests, the judges will look at the sharpness of the photos during the elimination stage. If you’re a beginner and don’t know how to capture photos of great sharpness, make sure you learn the process before entering the competition. Perfecting the sharpness will undoubtedly increase your chance of winning the photography contest. As per Capture the Atlas, you need to master the sharpness in photos.

Make Sure the Composition is Interesting 

One of the most effective ways to stand apart and win photography contests is by paying close attention to the composition of the image. Instead of placing the focal point of the camera in the center which will make your photos look boring, you need to place the focal points slightly left or right from the center.

Keep in mind that you will get time to experiment with your photos before the submission date comes. This is why the composition of the photos needs to capture the attention of the judges.


These are the effective ways you can win the photography competition. Make sure you’re confident while entering the photography contest. Additionally, do not give up even if you don’t win the contest.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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