The Photo Gods continue to look favorably on my most recent photos. In this competition, “Nature” included photos taken in zoo or wildlife park settings, while “Wildlife” required the species be photographed in its natural habitat. Since almost all of my photos (except my early mantid shots) are taken in the subject’s natural setting, I distributed my entries somewhat randomly between the two divisions.
In this competition, three judges score each image on a scale of 1 to 9. Each photographer can enter up to four images in each category. This is a really large international competition with a pretty high bar (the highest I’ve encountered) for acceptance. Two of my eight submissions were accepted. Minimum score for acceptance was 22 for Wildlife and 23 for Nature. “At the Snapdragon’s Doorway” was accepted in the Wildlife category. “Syrphid” made its international photo competition debut and was accepted in the Nature category.
With six international photography competition’s data under my belt, it’s time to start eliminating some of the least competitive images using the system outlined in “System for Selecting Images for Competition.” I’ll post some of the those images and offer some thoughts regarding why those images weren’t as competitive as I had originally thought they might be. Stay tuned if you are interested in the competition aspect, or just look at the pictures as they appear if you are more the browser type.