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On Behalf of Grand-Photography, I'd like to welcome everyone to this international group. We are not only here to bring artists who are photographers together but also to show our love & passion for photography!

Sponsorship Opportunity: take part in our contests by helping raise prizes and rewards for winners. Be presented and promoted by having your names/thumbnails advertised on contest pages and winner blogs. For more information contact the founder by sending a note

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Works of art are only accepted if:
:bulletblack: they are photographies of high quality/focus/clarity
:bulletpink: they have great framing/interesting focal point
:bulletblack: they have a composition balance: contrast/lighting
:bulletpink: they have a proper saturation/vibrancy

We take your submissions very seriously and are using a voting system of three to determine whether your work gets accepted or rejected. Each rejection receives a structured justification of our actions for your information.

Members are allowed to submit up to 1 work per week (assignments and contests are individual). They are allowed to participate in all assignments and competitions that will be taking place. Everyone is welcome!!

Contributors are allowed to submit up to 4 works per week (assignments and contests are individual). They are allowed to participate in all assignments and competitions that will be taking place. They have exclusive access to the group's information and direct submission when uploading their works to dA. They also get to vote on submissions and promote works to the featured folder. Currently this position is open, if you're determined to help out and be responsible it would be a pleasure to have you as one of our contributors and be part of the Admin family!

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Note: Each folder has 12 different interesting facts!!
Check Them Out!! (All In All 168 Interesting Facts)

:bulletorange: Featured: randomly best works chosen
:bulletgreen: Abstract+Surreal: creative art + beyond reality
:bulletgreen: Animals: all forms of living nonhuman creatures
:bulletgreen: Architecture: buildings, bridges, & monuments
:bulletgreen: Commercial: advertisements, business, and fashion
:bulletgreen: Conceptual: photos of all sorts with thinking aspects
:bulletgreen: Macro: close detailed shots
:bulletgreen: Miscellaneous: unspecified photography
:bulletgreen: People: modeling, portraits, nudes
:bulletgreen: Plants: all forms of trees & flowers
:bulletgreen: Scapes: landscapes/waterscapes/skyscapes/cityscapes
:bulletgreen: Transportation: anything used to get around
:bulletred: Assignment: Birthday: opens shortly
:bulletred: Contest: once we become a super group

Key:
:bulletgreen: Currently Open For Submissions
:bulletorange: Currently Open But Restricted
:bulletred: Currently Closed For Submissions

Assignment: is a regular homework on a given topic that will be given monthly and will be rewarded by a special blog feature.

Contest: is usually a seasonal competition where you get up to 4 months of preparation and will result with a winner getting a variety of awards including points, features, and others.

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:points:Do You Have Some Points To Spare & Want To Help Us Grow To Become A Super Group? If Yes Please Donate By Following This donate-4-grand.deviantart.com/ It's Much Appreciated Thanks

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We are always open for suggestions and your ideas. Hence, don't hesitate to contact me or any other admin staff member.

Thank You,
Matus Majer

Group Info

Grand-Photography is not just a group for photographers but a community for artists to come together and share all kinds of photographies from around the world.
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Founded 2 Years ago
Jul 25, 2012

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Group Focus
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Bonjour Glitter

On behalf of Grand-Photography, I'd like to invite you to get to know our admins. We all aim to work together to make this a wonderful community for our members. We are always open to suggestions, and if anyone has any thoughts/ideas then feel free to send us a note.

Founder MatusMajer "Photography has been a big part of my life for the past number of years. I've worked with a number of societies, groups, and photographers around the world to capture beauty. Photography is a very subjective topic; nonetheless, any good piece is meant to have that energetic impact."

Co-Founder Smurfage "I have a strong eye for design. My experience in art spans 12 years, including a degree and certification, and includes knowledge of art history, critique, color theory, design and composition, and fundamental photography. I believe in fair play and honesty, bringing those roles to the table as an admin."

Contributor DaisyDinkle "I'm a hobbyist who has been studying photography casually for about 2 years now. I have always had a love for it. Being an admin in over 4 groups has taught me so much about how to judge the quality of a photo, and that knowledge has helped me with my own images as well. It has also given me the ability to work and talk with some amazing artists."

Contributor ateist-kleranty "Nothing professional, nothing special. I'm self-taught, I got everything from the newest bible - INTERNET. By reading, viewing websites with information about photography. Self-improvement by taking a large number of photos, tests, treatment, tons of hours spent with the camera and the computer. I have won few internet competitions. My shots have been published in both US, UK independent magazines."

Contributor JoycelynSiew "I've been a photographer for over 3 years specializing in nature photography. It is a creative expression of my love for adventure that expresses a world departing from our normal city life. I have been an admin in 3 photography groups focusing on quality."

Contributor lexxii "I'm a fun loving and 'free~spirited' girl who models occasionally and is working on a communications degree looking forward to working in broadcasting. I have great passion for photography and music as it has a deeper meaning to it."

Contributor monikamolnar "I've always been interested in photography, it has been my hobby ever since I got my first camera. I shoot various topics, for me it's not the theme but the feeling that matters. I love how a good photo can create such an awesome atmosphere. As an admin, I believe it's important to judge fairly and give chances for everyone to improve."

Contributor NB-PhotoArt I'm not a pro, but I have been taking pictures since I was 14, with a Practica SLR owned by my Dad. To take pictures has been an important way of connecting to the world around me ever since. Although I have not specialized in any genre, cats, big or small, are the love of my life. I'm also interested in photographing anything (or anyone) else that comes my way and has beautiful shapes or colors."

Contributor sAARGe "I was watching a documentary on photography one evening and the next morning I decided to get a dslr. I've been playing with it from over 2 years and have fallen in love with macro, architectural, landscape and night time photography."

Contributor sizuka-90 "Photography is all about capturing the right moment and having chances to explore a lot of interesting places. Photography and modelling has already been my life ever since I can remember"

Contributor TimiGL "Photography is the beauty's proof. There's no word to describe the meaning of photography. With it you can capture important moments of our lives. Simply said a photography can worth more then a 1000 words. That's why I love it. "

Contributor WorldII "I'm Andy Brotherton from Wales, UK. Been a professional photographer for over 10 years. I shoot mostly fashion and commercial photography. I live and breath photography. I am also a member of the Royal Photographic Society here in the UK where I judge and enter shots into National and International contests. I was the winner of the best digital shot of 2010."


Best Regards,
MatusMajer

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Reminder about declined submissions...



Dear Grand-Photography Family,

Because we strive for perfection, small details that may be insignificant to other groups, matter here. Your photos are typically discussed at length, with opinions spread around. So we would just like to remind you that you are welcome to an admin (or multi-admin) critique for any declined shot you wish. If your photo was accepted by other high-end groups, we totally understand you may not want a critique because we "saw things differently"- that's why we offer the option.

Simply reply to our decline message. We'll offer you an educated response.

:bulletpurple::bulletpurple: If your declined photo doesn't come with a message, try replying to the submission process or get in touch with us. Sometimes our admins are in a rush, forgetful, or some other excuse. It doesn't mean we don't care! Just let us know.

We really love seeing your great photos. Keep sending your best, so we can display it proudly for all to see!

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As always, we're here for your questions, concerns, and considerations. Get out there and snap something great!

- Jay

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Dear Grand-Photography family,

With some recent discussion amongst the team, we've decided to implement a new policy- image dimensions. It was with very careful consideration that we now require a submitted image to be:

:bulletred: Zoomable to a larger size, preferably at least 800px on either side.

:bulletred: If your image stretches the entire section without zoom, that will also be minimally acceptable.

Basically, make it zoomable so we can see the fine details. Your chances of denial are greater with small images- some details become blurred and it loses the grandiose feeling. Luckily, we know this isn't a problem for most of you.

Our judges go through very careful consideration with each of your submissions, spending possible hours - sometimes days - analyzing the pros and cons of your shots. One thing that became clear though... size matters. When photos are submitted with a small size (unable to be enlarged), it's very hard to get a "grand" feeling and a true taste of the subject shot. Even if the photo appears to be appealing, we can't get that taste for finer details and feel immersed in the shot. That's a huge factor in our decisions.

Now, we understand smaller shots are made due to "theft" reasons- that's totally understandable, but that also undermines your photos' potential and our ability to effectively judge. So if you're someone who submits a small photo to us for protective purposes, you have a choice to make: Your protection, or exposure via our group. Remember a creative, well integrated watermark can be highly effective at image protection and enhance the photo at the same time!

Feel free to voice any comments or suggestions!

See you next time! Keep sending your amazing shots!

Best Regards,
Jay
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Hi everybody! It's your local co-founder here, giving you a well-deserved update as to what's going on with us.

Our founder, Matus, has been missing in action for 7 months as of now, with no trace. He's probably very busy or somewhere without internet. So that has the burden falling on the rest of us to make sure things are running smoothly. He probably thinks we've dissolved by now. We've gone through a slate of admins, adjustments to voting, quality considerations, and quality assurance to ensure our standards stay high.

:bulletblue: To any newcomers or those wondering, our acceptance rate averages 33%, based on the submissions received within an average week. I'm glad to say this number has increased over the last year, mainly because the submission quality has improved! So I want to say a giant THANK YOU to all the great members who took our advice to heart when reading feedback, and improving your shots and skill, sending your very best!

:bulletpink: At this time, we don't have the manpower or resources to hold any grand-prized contests. All we can do is hold contests within our group, with the prize of personal exposure. I'm sure this is fine with some of you!

:iconstarplz: Care to lend a hand?

We're always looking for volunteers to offer a couple minutes a day, or a week to helping judge submissions and leave helpful feedback to our great artists and our budding artists. The ideal judges would have a good knowledge of photo concepts and strong examples of photo work or pieces accepted into our gallery in the past. We're a small, friendly team who could use the help so submissions don't hang around for days. I know I hate waiting for the submission result! :)

If you wish to apply, send me a note- :iconsmurfage: -and we'll discuss.

:iconthumbsupplz: Lastly... Keep sending your best!

Remember... if you want a well thought-out critique of your photo, simply reply to the denial message. We're here to help, not just accept the best. We all want to be as good of photographers as we can! Don't get discouraged by a denial. It doesn't mean it's necessarily bad- it might just need some fine tuning.

Keep the following in mind when shooting/submitting:

:bulletgreen: The WOW factor: Bold, striking, captivating.

:bulletgreen: Lighting: Perfect use of exposures, highlights and shadows relative to your image and subject.

:bulletgreen: Emotional: Proper hues, overtones, undertones, subject theme. Produce a strong emotional response when necessary.

:bulletgreen: Focus: Very sharp where needed, well thought out.

:bulletgreen: Uniqueness: Take unique shots and perspectives that we've not seen before, especially for common subjects such as pets and flowers.

:bulletgreen: Have a grand composition... Make the shot worth a thousand words!


Looking forward to your best photos as always. See you around,

Jay
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Koyukichi Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for accepting me into your group ^^
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dreamsborninfire Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Photographer
can i get a reason why my photo was rejected? I mean i usually get asked if I want to know what's wrong, etc etc. 
 Thank ya 
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NB-PhotoArt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Would you be so kind to tell us which photo you are referring to? In the future, please go to your Correspondence Messages and submit your request for feedback by hitting the "No Comments" button just beneath the Declined message ...
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dreamsborninfire Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Photographer
ah ok. my bad 
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NB-PhotoArt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks again for accepting another shot of a "German" tiger. I hope it isn't boring.
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