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Winning Digital Photo Contests (Lark Photography) [Paperback]

Jeff Wignall
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7 Dec 2009 Lark Photography
Digital photo contests are hot and this savvy guide reveals the inside secrets and technical advice photographers need to find - and win - the best competitions. Jeff Wignall covers all aspects of this rising phenomenon, from finding safe and trustworthy contests to taking visually impressive and emotionally powerful photos that will catch the judges eyes. He also includes one-on-one interviews with key contest owners and judges to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on why a particular photo won. The featured contests include: Digital Image Cafe, Kodak, Wet Pixel and many more. Well over 100 original contest-winning images appear throughout the book, with commentary from the contributing photographers on their specific style and shooting techniques.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lark; 1 edition (7 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600594751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600594755
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,311,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Wignall is a professional photographer and author of over a dozen books including The JOY of Digital Photography. He is a frequent contributor to a number of photo magazines and he regularly works in advertising for several major photo industry clients, including Sony, Canon, Nikon, Olympus and MAC Group.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 9 May 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've started up a litte camera club with my friends so I bought this book to help me to understand how to judge an image and to understand how other people judge images. Sadly, it didn't help me at all in any of these areas. Basiclly, it's generic photography stuff with some good images stating that "generally" this is what judges look for in competitions. The title is very misleading.

If I'd seen it before I bought it, would I buy it... no.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice idea book 14 Nov 2009
By Michael McKee - Published on Amazon.com
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The photos in this book are wonderful. I'd recommend it to beginning to intermediate photographers who are learning to see photographically. Don't expect the "inside technical advice" to reveal anything you won't find elsewhere. Winning contests is a clever marketing line. I bit. The content is a collection of general tips with a spin. The format is to present a category of photography, offer some example photos and good generic suggestions about what to focus on. For dramatic nature moments? Be prepared. For stop action photography? Practice. Push your limits? Try something new. That's about the depth to expect. It's more about attitude than technical details. If you want encouragement, there's a lot of 'you can do it' in the text.

It's all good advice, the kind of stuff we need to internalize to get better. One featured quote is "Follow your passion and you'll be amazed at the results you are able to achieve." True enough but hardly an insider secret.

Jeff Wingall does show us some stunning pictures and his commentary is useful. If you're stuck in a rut and are looking for fresh ideas you might find or be reminded something helpful here. If you're an experienced photographer, you've probably heard it before.

There are some interviews and advice from a couple of amateurs who win contests. There's a list at the back of contests to enter. But most importantly, there's a wide range of excellent photos to peruse.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winning is easy, you just have to know what wins.... 3 Nov 2009
By Weijenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's a book for all you competitors and all those wanting to make a name for themselves!
Looking at these gorgeous examples of actual price-winning images, you get an overall feel for the quality, the uniqueness, the purity, the focus.... and a lot more that is needed to make outstanding pictures that can not only compete but can win. All the shown examples have won. That makes this book a very fine measuring tool for the quality of your own work. The book covers a broad scope of contests. Jeff gives very good info about what is out there, the levels of the contests, the frequency, the prizes, the benefits of competing. Jeff encourages us to go to work as if competing in a contest. Entering (and you don't have to win every time) competitions in itself enhances the quality of your work. I like his style of commenting, informational and to the point, Jeff indicates what the essence is of every shot at hand. The original makers also have a say about their work and the fun of competing. And, yes, the even greater fun of winning. To win is aknowledgement, sure, but in this book you feel it's fun and exciting just to be in it. And: runners-up get published just the same often. Competition is wonderful way to get really involved in image-making, to make sure you make stunning (in every meticulous aspect) pictures.
After digesting this book, you know what's in store and what to do to get there.
Needless to say: these (winning) images are great. Just for that reason this book is worth having, browsing through it time and time again.
And who knows what a prestigious win can do for you?
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner of a Book About Winners 11 Sep 2009
By W. Wagoner - Published on Amazon.com
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Jeff Wignall's newest book just arrived from Amazon, and it is sensational. The combination of contest winning photos (beautifully reproduced) and Wignall's expert comentary and how-to techniques is awe-inspiring. This is one of the best photo books ever, a masterwork featuring extraordinary shots by ordinary photgraphers who hit the jackpot. It's so well written and explained, it makes me think I could, too!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding insight and a usefull tool for photographers 18 Sep 2009
By Todd MacMillan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been reading over this book. What great insight into the techniques and methods used by these outstanding photographers. In the interest of disclosure, my wife and I are the owners and operators of Digital Image Cafe. 31 of our current and past members are featured in this book. Though I am on the inside, I still have learned yet more about what it takes to make these eye-catching photographs. It was a pleasure to work with Jeff and Lark Books to get them everything that they needed to create this useful tool for all of the aspiring photographers out there. This has turned out better than we had even hoped. Congratulations to all of the featured photographers from all of the contests sites! You all deserve a standing ovation for taking the time to share your knowledge, not only in this book but on sites like ours!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for contest photographers 2 Oct 2013
By L Virginia Kickle - Published on Amazon.com
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This book first caught my eye in a bookstore where I purchased it. I loved the book so much I purchased it again from Amazon when it was misplaced after loaning it to friends. The book includes technique but is aimed more to the art of finding and composing compelling subject matter. Each different concept is described concisely on one or two pages along with a photo that perfectly illustrates the concept. I would recommend this book for any person who loves photography and wants to take more dynamic photos.
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