Right Moves: Photography Contests

Myrna Kresh

Myrna Kresh, has 30 years of experience working with emerging and established photographers. Formerly the Executive Director of the Advertising Photographers of New York, Myrna energized and expanded APNY’s Assistant and Emerging Photographer Programs and has a profound understanding of what it really takes to make it as a pro. Myrna is an industry insider, producing and representing visual artists, in their commercial and personal projects.

Dear Right Moves,

My friends and family keep sending me photography contests to enter. There are so MANY of them! Are they all equally legitimate? Can someone from the outside like me really win? I don’t mind paying an entry fee, but how do I know which contest to enter? Certainly some contests are better than others, but how am I to know?


Dear Contest Confusion,

All contests are NOT created equal. Some contests are organized by less than knowledgeable “pros,” wanting to generate a revenue stream for themselves rather than discovering and rewarding emerging talent. If  a contest is organized by an established publisher, photography association, camera manufacturer, recognized workshop, be assured it’s legit. Do NOT enter everything. Do a little research and if the contest "speaks" to what you do, and you’re comfortable that what you do is relevant to their contest, pay the fee, ENTER. I think winning contests is key to being noticed for every level of photographer. Whether you’re a student assistant, emerging, or established, creatives are always looking for winners, and that just could be YOU.

To submit your advice questions to Right Moves, send an email to myrna@myrnak.com.



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