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Lense On, back viewFor a number of years I have been entering the annual North American Nature Photography Association’s Showcase Competition with absolutely NO RESULTS!! Well, it finally happened! I got in! The above photo, “Leopard Reflection,” was selected to be in the top 100 photos. Now the math on this works out to over 2400 images were submitted this year!!! This is what I did to change things:
1. I entered as many categories as possible.
2. I entered strong compositions
3. I tried to title the photos what they were
4. I entered 6 images, all different
The really odd thing was, “Leopard Reflection” got into the Top Ten, and “Leopard Tree” was a semifinalist. Go figure. In the out take photos, you will see my proto-type Lense On! I found out a plastic base and light weight fabric do not hold up, but duct tape helped! The moral of the story is: judges change every year and so does their evaluations. Ultimately, it does help to have really great photo opportunities, and naturally, a Lense On! to steady your big lense! I used my Lense On! to get both photos.