It was an honor to be chosen to judge the photography section at the Winford Show this year and very inspiring to see the variation in the work submitted. There was lot's of categories, including Landscape, human study, Animals and insects, with a varied range of images, which shows that even with a single subject, there is so many view points from which to create an image.
It's always tough though to choose a winner, photography is very subjective and like other art, everyone will have there own style they like and point of view on what is a good image. For me, I like photography that makes you stop and look more. Maybe the images draws you in or the subject makes you ask more questions, what's going on, why are they there, what happens next. I think it's very important that there is a story in an image, after all, images speak a thousand words, so should always ask "what is my image saying?"
It was great to talk with some of the entrants afterwards too, even if their images didn't win this time, to give feedback, chat about photography and find out what inspired them as they pressed the shutter.
And what advice would I give to anyone entering a Photo competition? Shoot for the competition, rather than search through your archives to find an image that fits. You are more likely this way to tick all the boxes that the judges are looking for.
If you would like Andrew to be a judge at your next photo competition, then please get in touch.