Photographic Pride and Prejudice
Friday 9 November 2012 — Category: Competitions
Last night was the monthly print competition at the local camera club I belong to — and because there is no meeting later in the month due to Thanksgiving, it was the monthly electronic image (EID) competition too. As usual, I entered the maximum number of photos: eight color prints and two EID.
I am ashamed to admit that I was quite disappointed that “only” three of the ten photos I entered won an award. The two photos on this page each won first place. Winning just one award is something to be proud of. Winning three in one night is awesome. I am certainly very spoiled and greedy to think that three is not enough!
My only excuse — whether valid or not, you can judge for yourself — is that up until now about half of my entries have been winning awards, on average. So when “only” 30% won this time, I felt like it was below my “usual” level of success.
Putting it in baseball terms, during the last club year (September 2011 - June 2012) my “batting average” (the ratio of awards won compared to the total number of photos I entered) was .527. So far this club year (starting September 2012), before last night, my average has been .556. So, when you’re used to batting .500, it could feel somewhat disappointing to bat “only” .300 — even though batting .300 is still really great! Despite with last night’s subpar results, my overall “batting average” is still an extremely respectable .495. Who could possible complain about that?!
Well, no matter how you look at it, obviously I have been spoiled by my past success, and it’s high time I learned some humility and thankfulness! And anyway, I don’t really have too much to be proud of. I have mentioned previously that the photos which win awards at the local level are passed on to the monthly regional competitions of the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs. At this level, my photos are measured against the work of great photographers from dozens of clubs across the Pacific Northwest.
Out of the 49 photos of mine which have won awards at the local camera club, only ONE has gained any sort of award at the regional level. That ought to be enough to puncture my pride and put me in my place — it’s only a pathetic .020 “batting average!” Obviously, I’m not ready for the “major leagues” of photography!
I have written previously that I've been taking this monthly photo competition too seriously, and that I would take a more relaxed approach this club year. Apparently, if I’m bothered by a 30% winning rate, then I’m still taking it much too seriously. Clearly, it’s time for me to take another deep breath and have FUN!