I enter a lot of competitions. Not so many that I end up on “A Current Affair” showing off my lounge room looking as though a prize-bomb went off, but enough that I actually have won stuff. Good stuff, too! Here’s a list of the things that I can remember off the top of my head:
- A 10 day trip around New Zealand’s South Island with Intrepid Travel
This one was one of those “In 25 words or less…” competitions. Mine was something corny about dolphins splashing around my kayak with me looking blissfully on – barf.
- A pair of Blundstone shoes
Another corny entry, this one of the “Roses are red” type.
- A Canon 700D DSLR
This is a regular one for me. Canon’s World of EOS runs something called Photochains on a roughly monthly time frame. You enter an image that fits with the current “word link” and attach a new “word link” to your own image. I’ve actually won this comp twice, but the forst time I had not paid close enough attention to the rules and was disqualified for having entered a picture that had been previously entered in another competition. Sad face. (NOTE: I have yet to actually receive the camera, so there may well be a double sad face here.)
- Peoples’ Choice Award in a local photography competition
There is a local festival that happens every year, and a couple of years ago they held a photo comp where the theme was “Landscape, Peoplescape, Dogscape – images of the Lawson Golf Course.” My entry of a crazy looking dog bounding joyfully along caught the attention of the crowd and they voted me the $200 Peoples’ Choice award. Nice!
- Third place in another local photo comp
The local tourist magazine -“Blue Mountains Wonderland” holds a photo comp every year – “send in a few pics of the local area for your chance to win cash.” I sent in a few pics and I won another $200. Still trying to replicate that particular feat, but no luck as yet.
- First place in a local photo comp (while living in New Zealand)
This one was kind of funny. In New Zealand they have what you call A&P shows – Agriculture and Produce – and they usually have craft and hobby competitions. One category is photography and I thought I’d enter in the novice category. My $1 entry fee allowed me to send my mounted photo to the show where it was displayed for the duration. I forgot all about it in the following weeks, so you can understand my surprise when I received an email informing me that I had placed First in Show and First in Category! My prize? $2 for the category win and a cool bespoke trophy for the show win.
I guess I am happy to have found a way to actually use my hobby (photography, in case it wasn’t clear) in a way that can have some tangible reward. Elsewhere on the blog I have mentioned my dabbling in micro stock imaging, but that is a whole other kettle of whatever and the topic for its own post. I think I’ll add to this category of posts as (if) I have more luck in future competitions.