I've entered numerous competitions, with varied successes. I will concentrate on one, but also list some of the highlights of others.
The main one I've entered is Lens Culture - International Portrait awards.
Having examined this competition, I identified two elements to entries:
And these were the series images:
I uploaded full-Res images which - bearing in mind that my Internet connection is abysmal - was an all night job.
For the individual series, I chose an eclectic bunch of images. three street images, one from a comic-con event, and a posed portrait.
The entry fee was supposed to be $50 for the individuals, and $50 for the series, but LenCulture offer 1 30% discount for students, so the first entry was only $35, and the second was more heavily discounted, so it only cost me $2 to enter that.
It is not judged until the end of May, so we'll have to wait and see.
I did receive news that one image (The guy and the dog) has been shortlisted, and is being used for their promo / website, but that might just be advertising tactics...
I did receive reviews of my entries, and I've linked to them here:
The Series entry, and the review:
And the individual set and review are:
Overall, I'm very pleased with this. I've clearly not won. The "Shortlisting" may be just a publicity stunt, but the overall feeling of this is a good one. I've been dealt with professionally, I've been assessed (what I think) fairly, and I've picked up hints and tips. The assessment was definitely about those images, and the reviewer made specific references to them in his piece. I've made notes of the issues, and will attempt to improve my work accordingly.
Well. Here goes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.