What’s The Purpose Of Entering A Photo Contest?

Sometimes it seems like it takes more effort than it’s worth. Not only do you have to keep up with your regular business and client work, but then you have to add in creating specialty images to enter into photo contests too? Is it really worth it?

Yes.

A photo contest ultimately does three things for you.

1. It boosts your confidence. Nothing can put a smile on your face more than being recognized by your peers. When they recognize your photographic talent, you know you’ve accomplished quite a bit in your career.

2. It educates you. Taking photographs for clients is completely different than taking photographs for awards. You look at things differently, put new perspectives on your subject matter, and learn more about the true art of photography.

3. It proves your expertise. When you market your photography, your client judges you based on your images and your marketing materials. When you add “award winning” in, it changes the dynamics. Your client instantly knows you’ve been recognized outside of the typical business world, and others appreciate what you do as well.

Win a few awards, and your business can easily become more professional, more saleable – which means you can charge more for what you do.

If you enter a local contest, you can list “award winner”.

If you enter an international contest, you can list “international award winner”.

With just a couple of wins behind you, you could quickly improve your status by becoming an “International Award Winning Photographer”.

And you could win some pretty cool prizes along the way too.

Here’s a look at contests happening right now.

2nd Annual Great Outdoors Photo Contest 2011

Have a chance to show off what you can create in nature, and have a chance at winning a week long Polar Bear Adventure.

The Photo Contest

Browse through this blog to find a variety of contests and photography competitions from around the world. They have different categories – portrait, sport, travel, etc – so you should be able to find something corresponding to your interests.

31st Annual Spring Photography Contest

Winning photographs will be published in the November 2011 issue of Photographer’s Forum Magazine, and exhibited at Brooks Institute Gallery. [Read more...]

Are You A Member Of Our Facebook Page? Join Now And Win

Are you one of the 500 million people currently active on Facebook? Have you joined our Virtual Photography Studio fan page?

Our Facebook page is a great way to keep up on our latest information to help you become better at the business side of photography. We share a ton of tips, interesting resources, and a contest or two along the way.

Starting today, we are running a contest through the end of September to give away one Six Figure Photographer Fast Trak training program. All you have to do is visit our Facebook page, like our page, and sign up to win. It’s that easy.

Then at the beginning of October, we’ll select the winner, and let you know who it is.

We also have a ton of new ideas planned for Facebook, so this is a great time to join and keep up on the latest information. If you’re a photographer, and want to make money with your photography, you can’t afford not to be on Facebook. And we’ll be showing you the best-kept secrets – IF you are following us.

Like us today on Facebook, and sign up to win Six Figure Photographer Fast Trak.

Learn more about Six Figure Photographer Fast Trak here.

Enter Digital Photographer of the Year Awards for 2010

What does winning a photographer award mean to you? It could be something you do for you – something that allows you to be recognized for your photographic skills. Or it could be something you do for your clients – something that allows you to showcase your skills. Either way, an award can help you boost your confidence and help you build your business a little bit more. It puts you into a different category of photographer. You can use it on your resume to tell your potential clients you’re an award winning photographer. And of course you can win some pretty excellent prizes along the way too.

Digital Photographer magazine just released their Photographer of the Year awards 2010 program, and you have several chances of winning between now and the end of the year. With six categories to choose from, you don’t have to enter everything right now. Each category opens up and corresponds to an issue of the magazine: Landscapes through August 26th, Portraits through September 23rd, Wildlife through October 21st, Travel through November 18th, Action through December 14th and Creative/HDR through January 14th.

When the final category closes, Digital Photographer will announce their grand prize winner, who will become Photographer of the Year for 2010.

Ready to enter?

Get Clients: How Photographers Are Using Facebook and Twitter

In early December 2009, I went out and asked photographers to contribute their best Facebook and Twitter tips and advice on how you can use these tools to help grow your photography business.

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I accepted tips from photographers all over the world, and deeply enjoyed hearing how some of you are using these new tools to help grow your businesses. The questions were:Getting Clients How Photographers Are Using Facebook and Twitter

Question 1 – What’s the right way to use Twitter to promote your business?
Question 2 – What’s your best tip for getting followers on Twitter?
Question 3 – How do you manage your time on Twitter?

Question 4– What’s the right way to use Facebook to promote your business?
Question 5 – What’s your best tip for getting followers on Facebook?
Question 6 – How do you manage your time on Facebook?

My goal was twofold. First, I wanted to find out you are doing with social, and how its impacting your business. Second, I wanted to provide a resource for you as a photographer to grow your business using these top free technologies.

Using those two strategies as my guideline, I welcome you to dive into this downloadable document, learn new ideas and strategies along the way, and discover how you can make 2010 your best year yet using Facebook and Twitter to market your photography.

Feel free to share this PDF document with your friends and fellow photographers, link to it, or post it to your website or blog.  I invite you to use it and benefit from it.

Download Getting Clients with Facebook and Twitter [PDF]

Love Social? Give Us Your Best Twitter and Facebook Tips!

With the New Year just a couple of weeks away, I thought it would be fun to roundup the best tips for using social, specifically Twitter and Facebook, to promote your photography business.

In order to participate, I invite you to submit a tip. Then we’ll include them in our future post, “Getting Clients: How Photographers Are Using Facebook and Twitter”.

To participate, all you need to do is answer ONE of the following questions:twitter-logo-s

Question 1 – What’s the right way to use Twitter to promote your business?
Question 2 – What’s your best tip for getting followers on Twitter?
Question 3 – How do you manage your time on Twitter?

Question 4– What’s the right way to use Facebook to promote your business?facebooklogo
Question 5 – What’s your best tip for getting followers on Facebook?
Question 6 – How do you manage your time on Facebook?

Pick one of the above questions and answer it. Then send your answer to us in one of the following ways:

Pick one question and reply here in our comment section

Email it to me at Lori@VirtualPhotographyStudio.com

Or tweet it to me at @LoriOsterberg

It doesn’t matter how you get your tip to me – I want to hear from you. You’ll get full credit, great exposure, a chance to share advice with other photographers, and a chance to learn from those around you.

Then once we have all the tips, we’ll compile them into a post and downloadable document you can share. What are you waiting for? Deadline for submitting your tip is December 24, 2009.

Could Your Online Marketing Ability Give You A Photographer Award?

Mashable’s 3rd Annual Open Web Awards: Social Media Edition has just been announced.

With the advance of social media this year, its hard not to have some type of social media within your marketing plan. Whether you love Twitter and use it all day long, have a great blog that people love to follow, or have a desire to be the best Flickr photographer, here’s your chance.

Start by visiting OpenWebAwards.com. Once you’re there, sign in using either your Facebook or Twitter id, and start nominating. With 50 categories, there’s one for anyone who loves being online. Here’s just a few:

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Enter A Photo Contest and Improve Your Resume

Want three reasons to enter a photo contest?

1. Winning an award adds to your credentials. If you can put a long list of awards on your resume, you’ll not only have a more professional look, you’ll be able to charge more for your work as well.

2. You’ll learn a ton. Look at the winners of each contest you enter from the previous years. Study them to get an idea of what they are looking for, and improve your photography skills in the process.

3. It makes you feel great! There’s nothing like winning an award that gets you excited for your business.

I found this great list of contests – 9 Great Photo Contest To Take Part In! – and it inspired me to share the list with you, and to give you 3 more additional resources to enter.

The Center for Fine Art Photography
The Center for Fine Art Photography is sponsoring a photo contest with the theme – a visual representation that portrays the likeness of a person, animal, place or thing.

This contest is open to photographers worldwide, amateur and professional level.

Entry fee is $20 USD for 3 images as a member, $35 for non-members. Additional images are $10 each.

Deadline of August 18, 2009

Official website: http://www.c4fap.org/cfe/2009Portrait/portrait.asp
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Photograph Anything In The World And Get Paid For It

A few weeks ago I told you about a new contest – Name Your Dream Assignment.

Most photographers – amateur and professional – dream about that one assignment that will take them to a place in a far away land. Maybe its to the depths of a rainforest to capture unknown animals. Or to an amazing reef, exploring warm waters and bright colored ocean life.

My dream is to …

Well, maybe I’ll wait and announce it when the contest officially opens. Which is next Tuesday, March 3rd. dreamassignmentscreenshot

I’ve had a sneak peak behind the scenes, and I’m excited to start reading the ideas.

So what’s your idea? If you haven’t thought of one yet, get started. Head over to Name Your Dream Assignment for more information. Then use this weekend to put together your ideas, and get ready to join the fun next Wednesday.

Come back here and leave a comment about your idea – I’d love to hear what your dream is.