Pipe Creek, TX
This post is for all of my photographer friends who are struggling with what to do now that they can’t go out and shot, or attend their favorite photo clubs meeting.
Aside from projects around the house I have also still been working on my photography. I do have a couple of on-line photo competition sites that I regularly submit my photos to.
The first one is https://gurushots.com. I have been a member for less than a year and it has been a lot of fun. To think that you could enter a contest for free with thousands, or even tens of thousands of entries from all over the world, and do well is quite a thrill. Getting a message from another photographer in Russia or Malaysia, who loves your photography can be quite exhilarating! I have risen just as far as I can go. To get to the next level I have place first in a competition to become a “Guru.” It ain’t going to happen, so I have kinda stopped participating, but still I do recommend it.
The next one is PhotoCrowd https://www.photocrowd.com. In this one there might be only a thousand or two entries, again from all over the world, but the quality of the judging is better. It is humbling to submitting a photo that you are sure is your best work only to have it get a low score. Still I HAVE won a couple of first places, and have had quite a few images place in the top 10%! It’s also just fun.
If you prefer prints, as I do, the last one that I entered is from the DeWitt County Shutterbugs at https://dewittcshutterbugs.com. I submitted 11 prints in 10 different categories. I did pretty well at that one which included a first place and 5 second places. I actually won $250! That one is over til next year, but the Victoria Camera Club http://www.victoriaphotographyclub.com/page4.html also has a similar print competition that starts in July.
Another thing that I am working on with a few of my photo friends is a way to use https://hangouts.google.com/ Google Hangouts to continue the Greater San Antonio Camera Clubs https://www.gsacc.org/ online digital competition. That is a work in progress that I hope to get finished by our next education meeting on the first Thursday in April. Wish us luck!
So I hope that everyone uses this pause in life to make this a better world for all of it’s citizens! Stay creative, happy and most of all safe.