I am not a huge fan of competitions, they are hugely subjective and often baffling. However there is one I enter every year without fail 'The National Open Art Competition'. It's a great platform for emerging artists wanting to get their art shown and I am determined, like those that enter the RA's "Summer Exhibition" year after year after year to get into the final show.
So far I have tried three times and I have had two entries shortlisted for the final 'physical' judging session and both times have failed to get in. This year, my fourth try, I submitted four shots from my Abstract Architecture project in which I take architectural images and spin them with pulled focus' and cross processed chemical developments, and thankfully have again had one image shortlisted for that final judging session for the big show.
I am hoping that this series is interesting, challenging and different enough that the judges will put it through-but as I said at the start, competitions are hugely subjective. They have decided on my least favourite image for starters as their favourite, so..... I'm not hugely optimistic, but am keeping fingers crossed.
Now, to 'celebrate' the result, which ever way it may fall on Sept 2nd I have decided to give away approx 18" x 12" signed print from that collection, printed by the fantastic "The Printspace". It will be from the new incarnation of the series, the church spire. A triple exposure of a 'brutalist' church in Maida Vale. This shot has been exposed in focus and then each exposure after the focus was pulled away each time at half the distance to give it that movement/explosion finish, the negative was the cross processed in "wrong chemicals" to give it that slightly odd colouring as normal.
How do you enter? Just simply fill out the contact form ("email") in top right hand side of the website, or pop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org whichever you prefer and on the day of the results I shall pull a name out the hat and send you the signed shot to whereever you are based........Easy as that.