Exciting news! Just found out today that one of my pictures has won second prize in a Facebook photo competition organised by Park Cameras. The theme was “Christmas” and so I entered an image of a robin in a suitably festive wintry tree. I must admit that I entered this competition fairly early after it was announced and so forgot about it – there were only two other entries when I entered my shot and I hadn’t realised that one of the other ones was also a robin. I nearly deleted the email telling me I had won one of the two prizes available – a Canon A3+ sized photo printer!
The timing couldn’t be more perfect as I am about to print off the final versions of the prints I want to include in my university application portfolio. The Canon Pixma Pro-100 that Park are sending me has had great reviews and is the new model of the Canon 9000 Mk2 that I currently use. I’ll hopefully get it in the post in the next few days and I’ll do a review of it and provide some comparison between that and the older version.
Here is the shot that won the competition and below it my robin picture. I’ve had a look through the 200+ entries that Park Cameras received for this competition and picked out a few of my favourites.
A truly deserving winner that captured this beautiful spot in amazing light. This I could easily see being snapped up by manufacturers of Christmas Cards.
I’ve really started to enjoy entering these competitions. Begrudgingly I’d encourage you all to have a go – but that means I’m going to have to up my game to try to beat you. I’ve found that you can never really tell what the judges are looking for (or the quality of the other images in the running) for a prize. Don’t be afraid to enter and if you don’t expect to win and you can only ever be delighted if your name gets a mention or better still you actually win something. Over 3000 people ‘like’ Park Cameras on Facebook and they have now all seen the two winning images, more will be on Park’s weekly email listing – that’s great publicity for any aspiring photographer.