After obsessively checking the California State Fair website for the list of jury accepted entries, the list was finally made available this past Thursday. 55 accepted photographs and I was not on the list. Honestly, this was a bit of a shock. I have seen the accepted entries from the past 3 years and truly believed I had the photographs to at least be jury accepted. I even went as far as to check who the juror for photography would be in advance. A photography professor who studied under Ansel Adams and is now heavily into experimental Polaroid photography. I did see his bio as a hurdle since he’s seen the best of landscape photography from his past and is now into experimental photography, not my cup of tea. The entries I had certainly are not experimental, but I even threw in a quirky dead bird entry to appeal to that side of his expertise. Nothing.
On the other hand, of the accepted entries I have been able to find online, I do think that Sandy Follett is very deserving in having her works accepted. Check out her website >>HERE<<. I had seen her Tunnel View – Rainbow photograph previously and instantly recognized it once it popped up on my screen over the weekend. It seems like she’ll be serving as a volunteer at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite this year so she’ll have ample opportunity to add to her impressive portfolio.
I have always said competition results are based on the strength of the competition and on the judge. I’ve been rather good in the past in estimating which of my photographs would do well and which photographs I love, but may not get the same reaction from a photography judge. And not having seen the entries accepted this year, I just have to take my lumps, learn even more about photography, travel to more locations, and ultimately learn to post process even better!
The 9 photographs I entered into competition: