Hey Mi fans,
This year, ShotByMi is starting off a new upgrade. 4 world-famous photographers joined on board with ShotByMi 2020 panel of judges. We’re very looking forward to seeing their professional perspectives on photographic works selection.
Before that, here comes the question. What photographs would be favored by the judges and have a better chance of being selected for the display page or even winning the Grand Prize?
Today we’re taking you behind the scenes and find out the photographic evaluation standards from the judges. More than that, we hope we can pick up the pace and transmit a few tips to the participants - what types of photographs judges are looking for, which can help you stand out in ShotByMi 2020 Photography contest. Let’s get started!
Close to the photography contest theme.
This time ShotByMi kicks off with the theme of Summer Vibes. When you think of summer vibes, what comes to your mind? Yes, it’s all about summertime! However, some submission subjects are either remotely irrelevant to the summer, for example it’s about other seasonal scenery or it’s too personal to the photographer, but meaningless to anyone else. So understand what the contest is about is vitally important.
Focus on the photographic subject/the intent of a photo.
The winning photos often hit our hearts the moment we see them. When your photographs are with strong subjects, viewers can immediately identify the subject and form their first impression. If a photograph doesn’t convey intent and lacks attention, then the judges might get lost and cannot be clearly drawn to the main photographic subject.
Composition is the key.
A good photographic work means the elements in the image are well-arranged, the objects are well-placed and the subject matter is well-expressed. Either it’s through purposeful setup or simply through having an intuitive sense of style when the photo is captured. The depth-of-field, lens or zoom setting and angles are great importance to enhance the composition.
Light is an inspiration to photography creation.
With no doubt, utilizing light is actually the ultimate factor in photography. One simple tip to capture the well-lit photo is facing the objects toward the setting sunlight or other lighting sources instead of shooting them with the sun behind. In most cases, the intensity and color of light shall be appropriate for the subject. Hence, the light balances and exposure of the images make the photo look balanced.
Emotion makes your photos alive.
The emotion of good photography works should help viewers connect with the story and feelings expressed by photographers. When your photographs evoke emotions in people, you are more than half way to get the ultimate place. Amongst those photographs, they might express something touching, gloomy, funny or thought-provoking. It’s a state of a mood and contemplation. When your photographic works are targeting to portray a feeling, you are enlightening your viewers and create the artistic atmosphere.
Creativity adds the highlight.
Creative visual work should be beyond predictable techniques, with unique thinking and visions, which gives viewers a strong visual impact. For starters, we need a basic understanding of color assortment, which can help us creatively manipulate the color composition and make influence on the style of the photographs we create. Apart from the color factor, elevating the perspective also matters a lot. Try different and unique angles, you will find out more shapes and lines that you didn’t realize before. Not to forget, exploring the interesting place that will inspire your creativity and enhance your photographs. You will be surprised to see so many inspiring spaces waiting to be discovered.
How to avoid the error notification while submitting the photographic work:
Pls use your Mi phone to upload and edit the photo. If you need the third-party App to edit the photo, pls make sure that the EXIF information for the photo is preserved, otherwise an error message will appear.
Time waits for no one. So does #summervibes. Grab your Mi phone and create your story through lens!
Your Vision, Your Story