I belong to a photo club and they hold a yearly print competition. I enter photographs into all of the categories but the ones I like the most are still life and portraits, with portraits being my favorite.
The two photographs that took first and second place in the people portion of the competition are here;
|The Guitarist (A self portrait).|
|Laura (unless I'm a real wizard, not a self portrait :P )|
The only reason I put a photograph of myself into the competition was because I needed another print to go to the maximum of 5 between all of the categories. At the end of the year, scores are tabulated, and while I think it is silly, end of the year ratings are based upon the total of all of your scores. So conceivably, you could not place 1st, 2nd or even 3rd in any of the categories, but still end up with the highest total of the year. While this scenario is highly unlikely both based upon the talent of the other photographers in the competition, and also the math is against it, it doesn't rule it out. For that reason alone, you're better off putting in a photograph that you think will score even 5 or 10 points, rather than not put one in.
That's exactly why I tossed a photo of yours truly into the mix. I honestly didn't think it was going to do well, and when I got the news, I was so excited to tell the model that we placed, because she also suggested that I submit it.
Anyway, I will have photographs from my most recent trip to Florida here shortly, and also photographs from the golf booster here shortly.
Until then, take care!