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.
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!
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! 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-
-and we'll discuss. 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: The WOW factor:
Bold, striking, captivating. Lighting:
Perfect use of exposures, highlights and shadows relative to your image and subject. Emotional:
Proper hues, overtones, undertones, subject theme. Produce a strong emotional response when necessary. Focus:
Very sharp where needed, well thought out. Uniqueness:
Take unique shots and perspectives that we've not seen before, especially for common subjects such as pets and flowers. Have a grand composition...
Make the shot worth a thousand words!
Looking forward to your best photos as always. See you around,