Competitions

I enjoy the challenge of creating images for various international online competitions, expanding my horizons and improving my skills.  Some of the competitions are specifically for photography, others are for all forms of art.  I prefer juried competitions as I feel they are a more accurate reflection of artistic merit, as opposed to the popularity contest of voted competitions, where the winner is usually the one with the most followers on social media.

The organisers have different ways of ranking and categorising entries, some have “finalists”, some “shortlists”, and some have neither.  Light Space & Time, for example, awards “Special Merit” which they describe as “the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category. Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers.”  I see that as a success; they also award “Special Recognition”, which I translate as “shortlisted”.

Competition successes:

  • July 2018 – “Flight”, “Airport” and “Lagoon” selected for inclusion in the F-Stop Magazine “Land, Sea, Air” issue August-September 2018
  • June 2018 – “The Party Is Over” [Monochrome] selected for printing and inclusion in the Chania International Photo Festival exhibition taking place August 28-September 5 2018
  • May 2018 – “Flight” [Abstract] selected for printing and inclusion in the Praxis Gallery “The Abstract Image” exhibition taking place June 8-27 2018
  • May 2018 – “Piastrellato” [Abstract] selected for printing and inclusion in the Blank Wall Gallery “Moments of Color” exhibition taking place in June-July 2018
  • April 2018 – “Building Blocks” [Scapes/Monochrome] won Second Place in The Motif Collective “Cities and Towns”
  • April 2018 – “Kissing Camels” [Nature] voted runner-up (4th place) in Your Art Gallery “Animal Kingdom” competition, from 80 entries
  • April 2018 – “The Journey” [Monochrome] selected for printing and inclusion in the Blank Wall Gallery “Black and White” exhibition taking place in May 2018
  • February 2018 – “Haunted” [Abstract] and “Jubilee” [Minimalism] both awarded Special Merit in Light Space & Time “Abstracts”
  • January 2018 – “#Manchester Framed” [Scapes] selected for printing and inclusion in the Blank Wall Gallery “Cityscape” exhibition taking place in March 2018
  • January 2018 – “Ice Forest” [Glitches] Second Place in Contemporary Art Gallery Online (CAGO) “2017 Photography/Digital Art”
  • December 2017 – “Assimilation” [Abstract] and “Blue For You” [Abstract] both awarded Special Merit in Light Space & Time “Patterns, Textures and Forms”
  • November 2017 – “Piastrellato” [Abstract] Best In Show in Contemporary Art Gallery Online (CAGO) “All Colors” Photography/Digital Art category
  • November 2017 – “Summer Stars” [Nature] won Viewbug Peer Choice Award
  • July 2017 – “Divine Dahlia” [Nature] Special Merit Award in Light Space & Time “Floral and Botanical”
  • June 2017 – “Summer Is Coming” [Nature] Honourable Mention (Top 10) in Alverton Gallery “Month of May”, exhibited in the gallery for 30 days
  • June 2017 – “Spring Has Sprung (Summer Is Coming)” [Nature] Special Merit Award in Light Space & Time “Seasons”
  • May 2017 – “Grand St Bernard” [Scapes] Winner Photo of the Month Bob Books “Landscape”
  • May 2017 – “Yulara (Australia)” [Scapes] Special Merit Award in Light Space & Time “Landscapes”
  • April 2017 – “Post Office Dog” [Monochrome] Honourable Mention (Top 10) in Alverton Gallery “Open Label”, printed and exhibited in the gallery for 30 days
  • April 2017 – “A Conflict Of Interest” [Abstract] selected for printing and inclusion in the Blank Wall Gallery “Moments Of Color” exhibition April-May 2017
  • December 2016 – “Dusty” [Motorsport] and “Not For Highway Use” [Motorsport] selected for inclusion in The Swift Motorsport Gallery exhibition, May-November 2017
  • December 2016 – “Bahrain Palm” [Shadows & Silhouettes] People’s Choice winner Viewbug “Sun At Dusk” challenge
  • July 2016 – “Bahrain Palm” [Shadows & Silhouettes] included in “Summer Selection 2016” by ViewBug team
  • July 2016 – “Sunset over Manama” [Scapes] 3rd place in Fusion.Art “Cityscapes” competition

The near misses are also successes of a kind, being shortlisted from hundreds or thousands (and in some cases tens of thousands) of entries:

  • July 2018 – “The Party’s Over” shortlisted in The Motif Collective “Black and White”
  • May 2018 – “Divine Dahlia” shortlisted in The Motif Collective “Nature’s Glory”
  • May 2018 – “Hideaway” finalist in Fusion.Art “Black & White”
  • March 2018 – “Mirror Man” Special Recognition in Light Space & Time “Figurative”
  • February 2018 – “On The Rack” finalist in Fusion.Art “Colors”
  • January 2018 – “Venice” Special Recognition in Light Space & Time “Cityscapes”
  • January 2018 – “Defiance” finalist in Fusion.Art “Leaves & Petals”
  • December 2017 – “Summer Stars” and “First Frost” finalists in Fusion.Art “Seasons”
  • November 2017 – “Pollen Raider” Special Recognition in Light Space & Time “Nature”
  • November 2017 – “Up In The Air (Piastrellato)” finalist in Fusion.Art “Colorful Abstractions”
  • October 2017 – “The Two Seas (al-Bahrayn)” Special Recognition in Light Space & Time “Seascapes”
  • October 2017 – “Airport” shortlisted in The Motif Collective “Minimalism”
  • September 2017 – “Post Office Dog” Special Recognition in Light Space & Time “Open”
  • September 2017 – “All You Can See” finalist in Fusion.Art “Skies”
  • August 2017 – “Transition” finalist in London Photo Festival “Macro”
  • August 2017 – “I Stand Alone” finalist in Fusion.Art “Black & White”
  • July 2017 – “Day’s Eye” Special Recognition in Light Space & Time “Floral and Botanical”
  • July 2017 – “Arona Dawn” shortlisted in The Motif Collective “Sunrise/Sunset”
  • June 2017 – “Summer Palm (Bahrain Palm)” Special Recognition in Light Space & Time “Seasons”
  • June 2017 – “Pollen Raider” shortlisted in The Motif Collective “Nature’s Glory”
  • June 2017 – “Farewell To Muharraq” finalist in Fusion.Art “Cityscapes”
  • May 2017 – “Grand St Bernard (Italy)” and “Deserted (Bahrain)” Special Recognition in Light Space & Time “Landscapes”
  • May 2017 – “Venice Grand Canal” and “Manama Sunset” shortlisted in The Motif Collective “City”
  • April 2017 – “Polaroid” Special Recognition in Light Space & Time “Figurative”
  • March 2017 – “Kaleidoscope” Special Recognition in Light Space & Time “Abstracts”
  • March 2017 – “Fiatarancia” finalist in Fusion.Art “Colors”
  • February 2017 – “Dreaming” finalist in Fusion.Art “Plants & Leaves”
  • December 2016 – “Together” shortlisted in The Motif Collective “Minimalism”
  • November 2016 – “Post Office Dog” finalist in Fusion.Art “Artist’s Choice”
  • October 2016 – “Kaleidoscope” shortlisted in The Motif Collective “Abstracts”
  • September 2016 – “Kinderdijk” and “Silver Lake” finalists in Fusion.Art “Waterscapes”
  • August 2016 – “Bahrain Palm” finished in top 1% of Viewbug “Unedited”, from 27,492 entries
  • July 2016 – “Kinderdijk” shortlisted in The Motif Collective “Black and White”
  • July 2016 – “Post Office Dog” finished in top 1% of ViewBug “Black & White Masterpieces”, from 122,232 entries